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YESTERYEARS: Butler Bank Building to become new county courthouse in 1936

December 9, 2006: James Arp, chief executive officer at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, left, welcomed about 60 people to the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours in the hospital lobby Thursday. Arp announced the hospital’s plans to expand and upgrade the facility, a project slated to start in July 2007. The front entrance will be moved to the southeast corner of the grounds. Surgical areas and patient rooms will be expanded as part of a project expected to take about two years, according to Arp, who showed visitors the architectural drawings of the revised building. Providence’s funds will be combined with a community fundraising drive to pay for the expansion, he said. Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.

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December 9, 2006: James Arp, chief executive officer at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, left, welcomed about 60 people to the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours in the hospital lobby Thursday. Arp announced the hospital’s plans to expand and upgrade the facility, a project slated to start in July 2007. The front entrance will be moved to the southeast corner of the grounds. Surgical areas and patient rooms will be expanded as part of a project expected to take about two years, according to Arp, who showed visitors the architectural drawings of the revised building. Providence’s funds will be combined with a community fundraising drive to pay for the expansion, he said. Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.

1916 — 100 years ago

Until the legislature has passed laws to provide penalties for violation of the bone-dry amendment, the present prohibition limitation on liquor importations will be enforced in Multnomah County, District Attorney Evans has announced. Attempts to ship in liquor in larger quantities than are allowed by law at present will mean arrest. It was pointed out that the bone-dry amendment may be declared unconstitutional insofar as it prohibits importations, and constitutional so far as it appeals to the present prohibition law. That would leave Oregon without liquor regulation of any sort. It is believed, however, the repeal cause would also be thrown out if the amendment were declared invalid.

1926 — 90 years ago

Over one week of rain and snow came to an end on Monday of this week, after a climax in which more than an inch and a half of rain fell in the 24 hours between 6 a.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday. The break came just when the danger point had been reached because the soil, already waterlogged with a week of steady rain, refused to absorb any more moisture, and every hillside carried hundreds of smalls streams. In a number of points in the county, the ditches overflowed at several points, and the roads were badly cut up before the road crews could check the damage.

1936 — 80 years ago

By unanimous vote, County Judge H.L. Hasbrouck and Commissioners Forrest L. Moe and J.D. Smullin decided on Wednesday to acquire for county court purposes the former Butler Bank Building, if the offer which they have submitted is acceptable to the State Bank Examiner, Circuit Judge Wilson and the depositors’ committee. The decision came after a conference with District Attorney Baker and Ross Coppick, liquidator. While those controlling the sale of the building had set $25,000 as the price, the court stated that it could not extend its counter offer above the sum available and which has been allotted for this purpose. The new and final offer was in writing and has been transmitted to the parties of interest.

1946 — 70 years ago

Hood River County Court Judge Art Howell and Commissioners F. Waldo Arens and George Stranahan, Tuesday night of this week stated that the post of sheriff had been offered to R.L. Gilmouthe, who has been in Hood River for nearly one year serving as adviser to veterans of World War II. Gilmouthe, it was stated, is ready to accept the post when it is vacant. Under Oregon law, the county court has the right to select a successor to the post of sheriff in the event that the post is rendered vacant by death or resignation, and the court this week exercised its prerogative. Sheriff John Sheldrake was recently elected county judge and will resign at the end of the year.

1956 — 60 years ago

Temporary relief for the water shortage in the Barrett water district is reported this week with the repair of a line serving a dozen families in the Jericho Lane area. F.N. Taylor, district secretary, reports that a number of leaks in the line have been repaired and that approximately 200 feet of faulty line was being replaced yesterday. Taylor said a stockholders’ meeting is scheduled after the first of the year and the decision on what is to be done with the line probably will be discussed then. He said the present repair work is an “emergency” project. Residents in the area report that the water pressure problem is somewhat alleviated. The line serving this area was installed in 1929, Taylor reports.

Fire Crews Battle Blaze

Fire, apparently starting in the area of an upstairs bedroom, crackled through a Portland Way home Wednesday morning.

Mutual aid calls went out from the West Side to help with the house fire, but there was no immediate report of loss. One person was at home when the fire broke out, and she discovered the flames. There was no report of any injuries resulting from the blaze.

Odell Fire Department was called in by West Side to “backstop” their efforts in dousing the flames. The two-story home is at Rt. 3, Box 860, about half a mile east of the Oak Grove School.

The woman, contacted at the home of a neighbor while the firemen were still at her family’s home, said she heard a noise, went upstairs, and found that the flames were already well advanced.

Hood River News, December 8, 1966

1966 — 50 years ago

Candy Cane Lane, the bright spot in Hood River’s Christmas season every year, turns on its lights next Sunday. For the past seven years, neighbors on Prospect and Montello west of Fourth have joined in a cooperative program to decorate yards with Christmas finery. To introduce the display each year, Santa Claus takes a little time out to visit the area to pass out candy canes to children who come to see him there. Santa expects to arrive somewhere between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday to pass out candy canes until his supply is used up. For the rest of the Yule season, the neighborhood will literally be Christmas Illustrated.

1976 — 40 years ago

Fire season hit the Hood River valley this week, with flames completely destroying an Odell barn and causing extensive damage to a house in Hood River. Pine Grove and West Side firemen assisted in the nine-hour struggle with the barn fire. Odell Fire Chief Ken Palmer said two tractors and an estimated 75 tons of hay were destroyed. He said the county made a cat available to help remove the hay. The milking room was saved. The housefire is estimated to have caused $18,000-$19,000 in damages. All residents escaped the blaze.

1986 — 30 years ago

By early January, at least a portion of the Waucoma Center in the Diamond complex will be humming with activity. Not only will United Telephone of the Northwest be in residents (they’ll open their offices Dec. 22), but the building has also been selected by the U.S. Forest Service to house the temporary headquarters of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area (CGNSA). “As of yesterday, we have a handshake agreement,” explained Port of Hood River Manager Jim O’Banion Tuesday morning. “They are preparing a document, and we are working up a list of costs which we hope to have ready for them this afternoon.”

1996 — 20 years ago

One of the best seasons on record at Cooper Spur Ski Resort is expected to continue unabated despite an early morning Wednesday fire that destroyed a historic building. Cooper Spur’s day lodge was a complete loss following the blaze, which consumed the 2,000 square foot, three level structure before volunteer firefighters could arrive. The fire’s cause has not been identified.

2006 — 10 years ago

Floods began and ice ended November for Hood River County. The final day of the month was marked by ice and snow storms blanketing the area from Hood River to Cascade Locks. The weather halted traffic on I-84 from 2:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. from Hood River to Troutdale. Thursday’s weather was a fitting end to a wet and wild month that broke precipitation records. That includes two of the wettest days of this month, when 1.61 inches fell on Nov. 6 and 1.97 inches fell Nov. 7.



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