Yesteryears: 911 comes to Hood River County in 1986

June 18, 1986 — Two Gehrigs long involved in Odell business overlook a scene one of them created 40 years ago.  At left is “Butch” Gehrig, present owner, flanked by his father, Rudy, who teamed with his brother Harold to build the station after World War II. It has continued in the same family ownership since it was built.

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June 18, 1986 — Two Gehrigs long involved in Odell business overlook a scene one of them created 40 years ago. At left is “Butch” Gehrig, present owner, flanked by his father, Rudy, who teamed with his brother Harold to build the station after World War II. It has continued in the same family ownership since it was built.

1916 — 100 years ago

The United States Forestry Service has just issued a complete map and description of the proposed loop road highway around Mount Hood which contains many things of local interest. The map of the highway loop shows the road already in use and also the uncompleted section from Mt. Hood Lodge to Government Camp, a distance of about 30 miles. The loop which embraces most of the territory set aside by the government for Columbia Gorge Park is mapped from Portland to Hood River over the Columbia Highway, from here to Mt. Hood Lodge by way of Parkdale, around the mountain to Government Camp, and from there into Portland over the Sandy Road, a distance of about 200 miles.

1926 — 90 years ago

By an agreement arrived at between John Koberg and the local chapter of the Red Cross, Mr. Koberg will set aside two days a week at his Columbia Beach resort for instruction and tests in swimming under Instructor Davis, of the University of Oregon, who is a certified Red Cross instructor. This arrangement will continue throughout the season. Thanks from the community is due to Mr. Koberg for his interest in this matter, for it will thus be possible for a large number of Hood River boys and girl, and grownups too, to learn to swim.

VERBATIM: Pioneer Daughters Give Park to City

Plans have been completed and work begun on the new park which has been given to the Library Association through the Women’s Club by Mrs. William Stewart, Mrs. Georgiana Rand and Mrs. Anna C. Nelson in memory of their mother, Mrs. Georgiana Smith.

The park grounds will take in the property between the Library and Anderson’s Funeral Home and will extend from State down to Oak Street. C.C. Anderson is purchasing two lots extending north of his own property and these, too, will be landscaped. B.R. Atkinson, landscape architect, will direct the plans for the park, which will be one of the beauty spots of Hood River when completed.

The Women’s Club, which is responsible for the movement of purchasing property for the establishment of the Carnegie County Library, plans to contribute funds for an artistic park bench with a plaque bearing the memorial inscription and the names of the donors.

— Hood River News, June 19, 1936

1936 — 80 years ago

Mr. McMillian was in town from Lost Lake Tuesday and brought with him a breath of keen, fresh mountain air which attracts so many visitors to this alpine gem in which Mount Hood is often reflected. “The road to the lake is in good shape, except for a few spots on the county end, where logging trucks have broken through,” said McMillian. “Already there are indications that a large number of visitors will go to the lake this summer and we expect one of our best seasons at our resort. At this time the lake and the woods are very beautiful, recent rains having brought out vivid green growth everywhere.”

1946 — 70 years ago

In the county school unit election, held on Monday of this week, both special and serial levies carried by a large majority, the special levy by 229 to 78, and the serial levy by 221 to 88 votes. The total vote cast was only slightly over 300, which was surprisingly small, considering the issues at stake. Every precinct in the county except one gave the two levies a good majority of affirmative votes. The one exception, Mt. Hood, voted 40 to 13 against the special levy and 48 to 5 against the serial levy. The reason is not clear, but it is stated that the opposition was based on the mistaken idea that no provision of any kid had been made in the budget for the Mt. Hood School.

1956 — 60 years ago

Decision on whether the city will support the county-wide youth activities program financially was postponed until July 2 by the council Monday night, but the request for a contribution of $400 found general favor among councilmen and city officials. The problem of finding an “extra” $400 in the 1956-1957 budget faces the city in its decision of financial support. Don McCutcheron, Elks exalted ruler, presented the request and explained that 32 activities are planned during the 12-week program for 7-18 year olds — such as pee-wee baseball at Wy’east, junior legion baseball at Parkdale, and bowling and tennis at Hood River.

1966 — 50 years ago

Strawberry picking was nearly in full swing this week, and employment officer Boyd Jackson said some 1,200 berry pickers are working here. By the end of the week, picking will start on what he calls “an excellent crop” of cherries. Looking east, Jackson said The Dalles and Mosier are harvesting very large crops and could use some 400 more pickers. Additionally, heavy apple and Bartlett pear crops in many areas have given growers a big thinning job. “It’s anticipated that 2,500 to 3,000 pickers will be needed for pears and apples alone,” said Jackson. “That’s more than last year. It came to 2,000 then.” In addition, they’ll need another 2,500 in the packing houses.

1976 — 40 years ago

The minimum bid for construction of the proposed county museum building at the Port of Hood River was accepted by county commissioners Monday night, after museum committee chairman Lee Elmgren told the board during discussion of the main motion to “quit cutting our throats!” The bid, $98,267, was awarded to Dale Elliott Construction Company of The Dalles. That amount is for an unpainted block building, but the board also passed a motion to secure figures for painting the building and paving the parking lot. During the discussion of the motion, a board member mentioned that about a month ago, there was an idea that perhaps the old Union Pacific railroad depot could be used for the museum. It was the first time Elmgren had heard anything of it — and he was angered that he hadn’t been told.

1986 — 30 years ago

On July 1, a Tuesday, almost all Hood River County emergency phone numbers will be switched over to one combination, 9-1-1, bringing the area into conformance with a state-mandated regulation. To report most emergencies, just dial 9-1-1, says Hood River County Sheriff Dick Kelly. Only Cascade Locks is outside Hood River County’s 9-1-1 service area, according to Kelly. Cascade Locks’ current 9-1-1 phone system goes to Rocky Butte and is rerouted to Hood River. Cascade Locks residents should dial 386-2711 to report emergencies to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Department.

1996 — 20 years ago

Every dog has his day, they say. If that’s true, then a whole lot of canines may have reason to howl with gratitude soon. Hood River County’s Animal Management Advisory Committee is about to embark on an aggressive quarter-million dollar fundraising effort that will lead, they hope, to a 24-bay domestic animal shelter that would be open as early as 1997. If the effort succeeds, Hood River County will finally have a home for stray animals which are now housed at a handful of private sites around the area and at Wasco County’s shelter.

2006 — 10 years ago

Marinas at the ports of Hood River and Cascade Locks have already filled up and The Dalles’ facility is almost out of space. What that means is that boat owners soon won’t have a place to permanently moor their boats at a marina on the Columbia River for the summer. While the season generally brings full marinas, marina managers said the change this summer is how fast and how early slips have rented. “It was May 8 this year that we were full and June 30 last year,” said Laurie Borton, marina manager for the Port of Hood River. Five years ago, the marina took until mid-August to fill.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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