Yesteryears: June Knudson new library director in 1975

1915 — 100 years ago

Hood River vinegar manufactured by the Apple Vinegar Company took the highest gold medal over a score of exhibits from other fruit sections at the Panama-Pacific Exposition last week. The winning exhibit was the famous Hood River Yellow Newtown Brand, put up in quart, half gallon and gallon containers.

J.C. Butcher of the Oregon Arsenical Spray Company was here from Clackamas last week and purchased from Hood River Development Company a tract 100 by 180 feet on the O.W.R. & N. right of way west of town for the purpose of building a spray manufacturing plant there.

1925 — 90 years ago

Trolling off the mouth of the White Salmon River on Wednesday, Mrs. L.O. Meacham hooked a Chinook salmon which weighed 41 pounds. After the fish was hooked there was a long fight lasting over 30 minutes before the salmon was brought to gaff, and the boat was below the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

Modern methods of irrigation are working their way into the Upper Hood River Valley. J.D. Smullen, who is the owner of a fine orchard on the bench east of Parkdale, has just completed the installation of a concrete diversion dam and concrete pipe line for the main water line, delivering domestic and irrigation water to his home and orchard.

1935 — 80 years ago

When the balance for the day was drawn at the First National Bank on Monday, it was disclosed that the deposits total was at an all-time record for the bank. According to E.O. Blanchar, president, deposits on hand at the end of the day were $1,145,000, which, when compared with deposits on the same day one year ago, of $968,000, shows a gain in the period of $177,000.

In common with many other cities in Oregon, Hood River is now going along without a relief office, local headquarters for relief closing its doors on Saturday morning between the local committee and Elmer Goudy, state relief administrator.


September 14, 1945: Four Hood River County men, Tuesday night, were initiated as members of the KOIN Million Dollars Club, in recognition for their work in promotion of war financing, which won national records for Hood River County. They are: Earl C. Ziegler, Hugh G. Ball, Rene DeVin and J.L. Breckenridge. Chet Duncan is placing the Minute Man membership pin on Zeigler’s coat lapel.

1945 — 70 years ago

Following the closing down of operations at Oregon Lumber Company mill at Dee last week, A.C. Lighthall, president of the company, this week made the announcement that the Oregon Lumber agrees with the conclusions of the Forest Service, which recently decided that it will be necessary to reduce the allowable cut of government timber in this area and that any logging must be done on a sustained yield basis in order to protect the watersheds in the Hood River area for the benefit of the large fruit industry.

1955 — 60 years ago

A forest fire on top of Fir Mountain near the county line burned over approximately 18 acres late last week before state forestry and Neal Creek Lumber Company personnel brought the blaze under control late last Thursday. The fire started after a lightning strike and 40 to 50 men fought the fire. The property and timber in the fire area is owned by Neal Creek Lumber.

A serious labor shortage is expected to develop in the valley and northwest during October, Boyd Jackson reported at the Traffic Association Friday luncheon meeting. Preparations for supplementing the current labor supply were formulated by the 26 persons in attendance.

1965 — 50 years ago

What do you do with a skunk in the trunk? The man who asked police the question Monday wasn’t just posing riddles. The smell from the trunk of his car proved it. Police quickly learned: 1. It isn’t easy to knock out a skunk with ether, and 2. A skunk, given the chance to escape from a car trunk, won’t always do it. The man from Auburn, Wash., brought the problem in to police after he had pondered it a couple of days. He had driven to Hood River to visit his sister when the whole thing started Saturday evening.

Both high schools in the Hood River Valley saw enrolment figures swell during the first week of classes. Wy’east gained 44 students, pushing the total up to 614. Hood River high school registered 421 students.

1975 — 40 years ago

Assuming duties as new library director at the Hood River County Library is June Knudson, who started work Sept. 8. She replaces Ellen Kimber, who retired Aug. 29 after 19 years with the library. During her first week, she said she is very impressed with the library as it is now. “I want to continue to find good and better ways for the library to serve the community,” she said.

Landmark crumbled

With a small crowd of faithful fans watching, a bulldozer crunched the old Tip Top Tavern to the earth in less than an hour here Thursday.

The big Caterpillar dozer hardly seemed to work up a sweat as it crunched the wood and concrete block tavern to make way for a new one-way couplet intersection here.

“Executioner” was Cat driver Dale Taylor, of T&M Construction in The Dalles, whose Cat chewed into the building from the frame back side, working forward to the concrete block front. One of the witnesses was Larry Fisher, owner of the Tip Top for well over a decade. Thursday’s work spelled out the end to more than the much appended former tavern it was. It had been a Saturday and Sunday morning coffee club, popular chicken spot and gathering place.

— Hood River News, September 18, 1985

State police game officers hauled two nets loaded with more than a ton of salmon from the Columbia at Hood River Monday, claiming the untended nets violated Bonneville pool fishing regulations. Taking in illegal nets is nothing new to officers Joe Sandberg and Fred Patton. In one haul during closed season last year, they brought in 4,800 pounds of fish, Sandberg said.

1985 — 30 years ago

A five-year retirement schedule will be pursued if voters pass a $500,000 fire station bond issue for Hood River. City residents will vote on the proposal Nov. 5. But the location of where that station would rise remained open after the council committee, meeting Tuesday, figured it would be inappropriate to designate a site before it’s decided by voters whether there should be a new station.

Two recent graduates of Western Oregon State College have announced plans to open a new fitness and workout studio in Hood River. Kim R. Jones and Diane L. Olliffee are principals in the corporation, which will operate Columbia Fitness. They’ll share space — but not hours — with Downtown Brown’s, a teen night club, at 109 Oak Street starting Oct. 1.

1995 — 20 years ago

It’s not often a Hood River mayor is asked to dabble in foreign relations, but it’s a role Bob Palmer enjoyed last week as a representative in Tsuruta, Japan. Tsuruta, Hood River’s sister city, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sept. 5. Palmer and Hood River’s Elizabeth Foster flew over to be part of the event.


September 14, 2005: Mary Jette’s two-pound Bartlett stands out among the bounty of the season in Hood River County. The giant was picked last week on Mary and Fred Jette’s orchard on Willow Flat Road. The pear is more than twice the size and weight of most large Bartletts, such as the example in Mary’s right hand. The two-pounder spent a week in the fridge and was ready to eat by Monday. But Mary said the field man from Diamond Fruit, Chad Wimmers, told her, “Don’t eat that pear until I see it.” Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.

The Old Timers Picnic, sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Lions Club, attracted 361 members of Cascade Locks pioneer families who came from far and near. Darrell Wilson came from Parker, Kansas, and received the award for the person coming the greatest distance. Wilbert Harrison came from California received the award for the oldest man present. Iva Woodword was the oldest lady present at age 94.

2005 — 10 years ago

A campaign is underway to get Hood River County ranked first in the nation for the percentage of renewable energy it uses. This week, about 5,500 customers of Pacific Power and Light (PP&L) will receive information about Blue Sky — alternative power — options. Residents are also being asked to advocate for environmentally friendly energy by picking up a support sign at Mothers’ Market to post in their yard.

Columbia Gorge Community College will secure a permanent campus in Hood River this coming week, as officials prepare to close Monday on an approximate 12.5-acre site just west of 12th Street on the Heights. The college is purchasing the parcel, which boarders Indian Creek, from London-based Icon Holdings LCC for $1.3 million.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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