Yesteryears: Hood River Memorial Hospital open house scheduled this week in 1955

1915 — 100 years ago

The freeze that struck the valley Friday night did great damage to the fruit blossoms. It has been estimated that the strawberry yield will be cut down probably one-fourth. Among the apples the Winter Banana, Spitz, Ortley, Jonathan and probably other varieties have been seriously affected. The D’Anjou may have escaped with the Bartlett, on account of blooming earlier, but the Winter Nellis was probably nipped in most places. This warning may prompt the demand for orchard heaters in the future.

Announcement was made by the post office department this week that a fourth R.ED. route will be established here, the service beginning on the sixteenth of next month. This carrier will serve 265 families and the route will cover 25 miles. His salary will be $1200, the same as the present carriers receive. The new route will extend out on the West Side to Tucker’s bridge and thence south of Odell to Dukes Valley.

VERBATIM: Local Airport Authorized by CAP

To Be Used For Private And Student Flying

Official authorization from the Civil Aeronautics Administration for the new airport south of Hood River was received here last week and the field is to be used for both student and private flying, as provided for under existing war-time restrictions.

This field is sponsored by the Hood River Flight of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Army Air Forces, and most of the work has been done by members of this group.

Classes in aeronautics, including most of the information necessary for private flying license, are held at the Hood River high school every Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in these courses should contact Bill Perry, Flight Leader, or attend a meeting. Girls and boys 15, 16 and 17 years of age are especially urged to investigate the program offered by the local C.A.P.

This program for aviation in Hood River is in line with the overall program of the Army Air Forces as outlined by General H.H. Arnold, Commanding General, who has made the following statement: “We are earning our leadership the hard way and we do not intend to relinquish it. That is where our young people — young men and women alike, boys and girls — come in. The Civil Air Patrol is providing American youth, tens of thousands of them, with indispensable training in aviation.

“Those young people will not have to start from scratch. They — and we must increase their numbers from tens of thousands to millions — will form a new pool of experience, both military and commercial. As they come to maturity, American air power too will come of age and that coming of age will be our best guarantee, not only of the leadership in the air, but of our very existence as a sovereign nation.”

— Hood River News, May 4, 1945

1925 — 90 years ago

During the past eight years the kilowatt hours of substation electrical output of the Pacific Power & Light Company for Hood River have practically doubled. This information was contained in a statement which was given to this paper during the week by Lewis A. Arthur, of Portland, vice-president and general manager of the power company. The exact figures covering the kilowatt hour output on the Hood River feeders are as follows: 1917, 1,407,900; 1920, 1,739,640; and 1924, 2,734,502.

The four hundred Portland businessmen who, last year, endeavored to persuade the officials of the Parkdale Strawberry Festival to postpone their affair as it was seriously interfering with the success of the Rose Festival are using different tactics this year. They have, and correctly, sensed the magnitude of the Parkdale constellation and are now engaged in a drive to raise the gigantic sum of $250,000 to combat the inroads the Parkdale festival is bound to make in their amusement plans. This huge sum does not scare the Strawberry Festival managers as they have come back with the announcement that this year they will enlarge the scope and make it an afternoon and evening affair.

1935 — 80 years ago

“The Lost Lake Road is now open for automobile travel as far south as the forest boundary, but it is now tough going from there on,” said Alva Day, when he arrived home Sunday after a trip into the lake with Allen Stansell. The two men, who expected to be the first in to the lake this spring, had to forgo their claim when they found that Bud Hatfield, Bill Lassen, J.D. Cotton and “Red” Basler were ahead of them Sunday morning, and to these four Upper Valley men goes the credit for breaking trail to the lake this year.

Youths resident of this county who are willing to join a CCC Camp, have parents who can use the money they earn, can pass a physical examination and who will sign up for six months, should present themselves at the earliest moment to the Relief office in the Franz building and register. At the end of six months, if they so desire, they will be eligible to sign up two more periods of six months each, making 18 months in all. The age limits are 18 to 28 inclusive.

1945 — 70 years ago

Housewives of Hood River County can apply for their home canning sugar beginning May 15, states W. J. Bryan, chairman of Hood River War Price and Rationing Board. “Applications may be submitted to the board in person, but since it will not be possible to act on them immediately, it is suggested, to save time for both housewife and the board, that they be mailed,” says Bryan. Applications forms may be obtained at the board office, located over the First National Bank on Oak Street.

With priorities granted Monday, the Donald M. Drake Company, of Lewis Building, Portland, has been signed to a general contract for construction of a pear and apple storage warehouse to be built at Van Horn, E.R. Pooley has announced. The warehouse, 120 by 160 feet, with a 12-1/2-foot high ceiling, will be of tile and concrete construction with a built-up wood composition roof. E.R. Pooley, who is sales manager for America Fruit Growers of Hood River, owns 110 acres of orchard.

1955 — 60 years ago

Weather information is being broadcast to orchardists three times daily over KIHR during the critical blossom season to aid in calculating when smudge pots should be used, reports Ross Hukari, head of the Traffic Association Weather Committee. Broadcasts are at 4, 6:45 and 7:55 p.m.

Open house at Hood River Memorial Hospital will be observed during a celebration Thursday between 1:30-4:30 p.m. under the sponsorship of the newly-formed hospital auxiliary. Conducted tours of the hospital are planned and the auxiliary has invited the public to attend the observance of National Hospital Day.

1965 — 50 years ago

A utility’s nightmare was just about over this week, but not before it caused Hood River Electric Co-operative manager Willard Johnson a few sleepless nights. It all started when a helicopter slammed into Bonneville Power Administration lines that fed the bulk of the co-op area. Almost immediately, calls came in from customers whose homes were blacked out. It ended up lasting 34-1/2 hours.

Voters gave solid backing to the Hood River County school budget when they passed a tax levy here Monday by nearly a 2-1 margin. School board members made the official canvass Tuesday, and confirmed totals of 737 “yes” and 371 “no” votes on exceeding the six per cent requested amount.

1975 — 40 years ago

A Hood River dentist is among four named Saturday as Oregon General Dentist of the Year by their professional peers. Dr. Yosh Kiyokawa, a native of Hood River, graduated from high school here in 1948, attended Oregon State University, graduated from the University of Oregon Dental School, receiving the outstanding student award in 1956. After two years in the Army Dental Corps, Dr. Kiyokawa began private practice in Hood River.

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1985 — 30 years ago

An emergency communications network for Hood River County moved up a step on the ladder Monday when the county commission signed its approval of the final draft of the plan. Commonly called the “911 system,” when it’s in place anyone in the service area can dial 9-1-1 on the telephone and reach an emergency dispatch center which will send the proper service to the trouble spot.

Fate of its marina beach and its traffic problems will be turned over to a community committee for suggestions, Port of Hood River Commissioners decided after a hearing on Monday. More than a dozen community members were present at the hearing. Several voiced strong opposition to a proposed fee permit system to regulate parking at the Port Marina Park beach area. More community input was also requested.

1995 — 20 years ago

Efforts to make the Hood River Swimming Pool available year-round have led to an expected two-month delay in the pool’s normal summer opening. It is expected to be closed until Aug. 1, the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District announced Friday. Building permits weren’t issued on the roof-building, bathhouse renovation project until last week, despite an effort since fall to complete the paperwork, said Chuck Johnisee, parks district chair. The Hood River Swim Team is still determining what it will do, said Lynne Pendleton, assistant coach.

Cascade Locks — Activity has been brisk this past week, as a new city is rising for a weekend opening. Whiskey Flats, known as the new Fort Oregon Theme Park on Thunder Island, opens its gates to the public May 6, offering fun for the entire family.

2005 — 10 years ago

Parkdale Little League dedicated its Baseline Drive field to the Halliday Family on April 28, four the late Wilbur Halliday and family. Wilber’s widow, and her sons, Scott and Mike, accepted the honor as up-and-coming Little Leaguers watched during a brief ceremony.

Many students from Hood River Valley High School spent Wednesday helping businesses and individuals in Hood River to raise money for United Way. Jobs varied widely, from yardwork to assisting with veterinarian surgeries.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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