YESTERYEARS: City jail resembles ‘secondhand store’ in 1936

1916 — 100 years ago

A survey of the Columbia River Highway as far as Wasco is now contemplated, according to the report of State Highway Engineer Cantine. Mr. Cantine says that the survey between Hood River and Mosier has been completed and a survey from The Dalles to the Deschutes River is now in progress. Sherman County, the report says, has requested that the survey be completed from the Deschutes River to a connection with the Biggs-Wasco survey and with its completion there will be a continuous survey of the Columbia River Highway from Seaside through the counties of Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Wasco, and part of Sherman to the town of Wasco.

1926 — 90 years ago

Since the first of the year, the exterior of the new Apple Growers Association cold storage warehouse at Odell has undergone a radical change. Even before the building was completed, a number of defects in its design became apparent, chief among which was the total absence of shelter for wages, trucks and workmen in loading and unloading fruit. A narrow strip of roof had been designed and built against the north and east walls, and even that did not protect the expensive system of motor-driven conveyors from the weather. Recently, this strip of roof was torn away and a metal roof, 180 feet long and 22 feet wide was built along the north side.

Between 500 and 600 people accepted the invitation of the Twin Peaks Auto Co. last Saturday evening to attend the unveiling ceremony of the new Star Six car, and those in attendance represented all communities in the Mid-Columbia. The large floor of the showrooms had been cleared for dancing and with music available, many of those present spent several happy hours in dancing.

1936 — 80 years ago

Hood River’s city jail, on Monday afternoon of this week, more nearly resembled a secondhand store than anything else, for, displayed on a large auto robe which had been spread on the floor was as varied an assortment of stolen goods as has ever been brought into the city jail.

For several hours, Chief of Police Sloat, who organized the raid on a cabin west of town and took possession of the big cache of stolen property, phoned residents, asking them to come to the city jail to identify property believed to belong to them.

Icy Pavement Takes Its Toll

Icy pavement over the past weekend and on Monday took its toll of damages to a number of cars and trucks in downtown Hood River and on the Columbia River Highway between this city and Cascade Locks.

On Oak Street Sunday night, one car skidded from the pavement into the yard of the Ott Byers home, and another, after skidding, crashed into the home of Jess Kienholz. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

Between Hood River and Cascade Locks, more than 20 trucks and cars either went into ditches or were stalled because of the icy condition of the pavement, while at the west end of town, a truck turned over, after skidding.

Later Monday, sun and wind took off the ice coating, and made travel more safe.

— Hood River News, January 18, 1946

1946 — 70 years ago

The Milk Control Section of the state Department of Agriculture this week refused to accede to an extensively-signed petition for a rehearing of the application of Steven L. Wilson and Russell M. Ward for a license to distribute milk in the Hood River area, under the name of the Hood River Dairy.

The local committee of the Hood River County chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, at its meeting Jan. 10, went on record as being willing to pay for ambulance transportation to the hospital for any newly-diagnosed case or suspected case of infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis) from Hood River County upon recommendation of the City Health Office, County Health Officer or City Health Officer. Most cases from this area have been hospitalized in Portland.

1956 — 60 years ago

Excavation and construction of the new Memorial Hospital addition is tentatively scheduled to start as early as April 1, the building committee told 32 persons at the annual hospital meeting Tuesday night. Plans were also disclosed to continue the fund drive for up to $75,000 to eliminate the need of a real estate mortgage on the $525,000 addition.

Spectators crowded into a standing-room only armory last Tuesday to watch the debut of big-time professional wrestling in the new structure. The second card is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. with the VFW again the sponsor and Harry Elliott the matchmaker. Henry Lenz goes against George Drake and Regi Siki will wrestle Wild Bill Savage.


January 20, 1966: “It seems like a long time when you write it, but not when you live it,” said Monta Glaze, right, at her 95th birthday party here Monday. She shared a large birthday cake with Mrs. Mabel Sherwood, 83, whose birthday falls on the same date. Mrs. Glaze has lived in Hood River since 1880; Mrs. Sherwood since 1902, and they have known each other since about 1915. A large group was served the cake at the party at Hanby’s.

1966 — 50 years ago

Rent for Hood River County School District offices will come out of the taxpayer’s “school” pocket, not his “county government” pocket, the Attorney General has ruled. The ruling came at the request of both the county and the school district after office space was reshuffled in the court house in December.

Jaycees here have entered Eugene Euwer, 30-year-old winner of the county’s orchardist of the year award last year, as a candidate for Oregon outstanding young farmer of the year.

1976 — 40 years ago

Postmaster Stanley Hendrickson had reason to be shell-shocked as the new year began in Hood River. His office had just gone through the trauma of a 33 percent increase in the price of first class postage, and the complaints that go with it. The new stamp costs 13 cents, up from 10 cents.

Hershner & Bell and Farrell Insurance Agency are in the process of completing a merger that will become effective March 1. Both businesses have been on the Hood River scene for many decades, but in earlier years, both had different names: Hershner & Bell started in 1921 as “Oregon Mutual Auto,” and Maurice Farrell purchased into the business in 1957, purchasing the firm from Mary Davis, whom with her husband Phil operated the agency from about 1949.

1986 — 30 years ago

News of a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A called “epidemic” by medical authorities has been very much in the regional media in recent weeks, but according to Hood River County Health Nurse Beverly Manly, there are no diagnosed cases of the disease in Hood River County. “We have administered immune serum globulin to some local residents who ate in affected restaurants in the Willamette Valley, and we are on the lookout for any possible cases here,” she said.

With port projects consuming available funds at unpresented rates, Port of Hood River commissioners heard more bad news at their Monday meeting. Agent of record Bill Pattison discussed the “horrendous price increase” this year in bridge insurance. A company that had provided bargain insurance to the port in 1984 later went broke, he said. That $18,500 all-risk policy is only a fond memory for commissioners, who learned that the cost of an $8 million policy — half the recommended coverage for the bridge — will cost the port $115,000 this year.


January 18, 2006 — Zed Ruhlen, a member of the Columbia Gorge Aeromodelers, retrieves his remote control airplane after a flying session Saturday morning at Westside School. The club held a “Christmas Present Fly-In” to help anyone who might have received a remote-control plane for Christmas. Photo by Esther K. Smith.

1996 — 20 years ago

When a real snowstorm hits Hood River, most residents aren’t bothered by it. They just don their winter coats, pull on their boots and pick up a shovel. Thursday and Friday, citizens braved the latest winter storm with little incident.

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation has taken the initiative to move forward with a brainstorming session Feb. 1 to discuss the need for new ball fields for area youth activities. Within the next two or three years, the Little League fields will no longer be available behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Currently, teams have been able to use those facilities for summer baseball and softball. Hence, the district has called this meeting to begin the process of developing or acquiring a new site for ball fields.

2006 — 10 years ago

Sometime before midnight on Jan. 11, water was rushing into Laurance Lake from the Clear Branch, Pinnacle Creek and every gulley in the mountainous ravine, filling the 130-acre reservoir to its brim. The overflow — about 1,000 cubic feet per second of water (cfs) — spilled out of Laurance Lake, down the 350-foot-long slide and into the Middle Fork of the Hood River. Miles downstream, this water combined with the East and West Forks to peak at 8,000 cfs at Tucker Bridge, two and a half feet above flood stage and substantially higher than it has been for a few years.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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