YESTERYEARS: Plans for reopening Dee Mill underway in 1986

1916 — 100 years ago

Records at the courthouse show that 17 shipments of liquor were received through the local express office during January and 30 in February. At Cascade Locks, five shipments were received in January and at Wyeth four. No freight shipments have been received since the first of the year.

Two babies were born last week which won’t have another birthday for four years. These two youngsters made their advent into the world on Tuesday, February 29, a date which appears on the calendar once only four years. One was a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Richardson of 13th and Wilson Street, and the other an eight-pound girl who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Clark at Mount Hood.

VERBATIM: Apple Vending Machine Popular

That the apple vending machines which are being placed in Portland and other places by a local company are already proving popular is not surprising when one considers the high quality of fruit which is being offered to the public at a nominal price. Of this machine, the Oregonian has the following to say:

The apple-vending machine in the lobby of the Imperial hotel has proved to be most popular with the folk, according to one of the clerks at the hotel desk. Practically all of them are anxious to sample Hood River apples and, having eaten one, usually return for more. Placing of the apple-vending machines in public places in various cities of the Northwest will materially increase the consumption of apples, it is believed by those who have watched the public patronize them here. The cashier at the Imperial hotel says that 5-cent pieces have been in demand during the time the machine has been in operation in the lobby. Eastern people invariably declare that they want to see what “OreGON apples taste like,” she says, the pronunciation of the state’s name being in direct contrast to that of the natives, who, like Hoot Owls, make it rhyme with “fun,” as if it was spelled “OreGUN.”

— Hood River News, March 12, 1926

1926 — 90 years ago

With the primaries looming in the near future, there is only a small amount of interest among political aspirants. Chief interest at present centers around the post for county judge, for which it is now practically certain there will be at least three entries. They are the present incumbent, H.L. Hasbrouck, J.W. Morton and, so it is reported, Jasper Wickham, who has been the county assessor for the past 16 years.

Anticipating the biggest demand for ice cream in its history, the Hood River Creamery plant is being largely augmented by the addition of new machinery and equipment, which will increase the output of the plant to 800 gallons of ice cream every 24 hours. In view of the growing use of mechanical refrigeration in the various confectionaries of the Mid-Columbia, the creamery will this year deliver part of its output in five gallon insulated bags, which are easier to handle than the tubs and cans.

1936 — 80 years ago

Assurance that there is no truth in rumors that the CCC camp at Wyeth is to be disbanded or transferred to a base outside Hood River County was received by A.L. Anderson, president of the new County Progressive Club, this past weekend, in the form of letters from Congressman Walter M. Pierce and Regional Forester C.J. Buck. It is now evident that the Wyeth CCC camp is on the preferred list and will be retained over a long period to play its part in developing at least part of the ambitions program drawn up by the executive board of the Progressive Club.

At the suggestion of fire insurance adjustors, R.O. Sche, local jeweler, is now offering a number of pieces of plate cutlery sets and other examples of high class table and associated merchandise at a big reduction in former marked prices. Some are slightly tarnished by smoke or otherwise not in the same perfect condition they were before the fire in the Richards’ block, but defects are so insignificant that the average buyer could not notice them. And loss in sales are covered by insurance, so Sche is passing on to customers an opportunity to secure exceptional bargains.

1946 — 70 years ago

Mayor Joe Meyer and City Attorney John N. Mohr were in Seattle the early part of this week to complete details of the contract which will result in the setting up of 26 housing units in the City of Hood River to relieve the housing situation there. Hood River is one of the first Oregon communities in line to receive these units, and Mayor Meyer was pleased to learn that the number of units coming to Hood River had been raised by two, making the number 26 instead of 24.

Spare Stamp 9 will become good Monday, March 11, for five pounds of home canning sugar and will be valid through October 31, 1946, the OPA announced Wednesday. Most customers will find Spare Stamp 9 in their War Ration Book 4. No addition to the regular consumer ration (five pounds each four-month period) can be foreseen at this time. Housewives are urged to continue to budget their sugar so that the home canning sugar will be used only as intended, that is, for actual home canning.


March 8, 1956 — Sausage and more sausage was served Sunday afternoon at Wy’east cafeteria by members of the St. Mary’s church altar society. The fourth annual smoked Dutch sausage and sauerkraut dinner was served to over 1,000 persons this year and approximately 2,000 pounds of sausage was sold. High school girls of the church, pictured left, served the meal and the boys washed the dishes. Joe Kollas photo.

1956 — 60 years ago

Earl Moore is the new county commissioner. The interim appointment was announced during the Wednesday morning county court session and ended a five-week political hassle following the resignation of Arvo Hukari as commissioner in late January to accept appointment as county judge.

County and city school districts will be dismissed for spring vacation starting Wednesday. Schools reconvene Monday, March 19.

1966 — 50 years ago

For the first time, Oregon’s A-1 state basketball tournament will carry the name of the Wy’east Golden Eagles as a part of the 16-team field. The Eagles earned the berth by racking up 14 victories during the Wilco campaign, and not one of those wins was more exciting that Tuesday’s clincher, the 64-56 triumph over The Dalles Indians.

Cascade Locks High School closed Tuesday because of a siege of flu-caused absences, and classes are scheduled to resume Friday. The elementary unit of the school remained in operation Wednesday.

1976 — 40 years ago

Highway 35 modernization, a project born here nearly a decade ago, was the topic of a State Highway Division informal meeting March 4 at the Mt. Hood Town Hall. Engineers said part of a new project will begin in fiscal 1977, and more will come later.


March 11, 1976 — New winners of achievement cards and Wolf Badges are these first year members of Den 3, pack 378. They received their awards at a Blue and Gold Banquet Feb. 27. From front to rear are Michael Trissell, Mike Rae, James Hicks, Jack Traxtle, Tom Phelps, Barry McKissen and John Kroeger. All are Mid Valley school students.

Cascade Locks — The Lions Spaghetti Feed Friday evening was a complete sellout. The pot was scraped to the very bottom, and Al Jackson estimates between 80 and 100 people were there. Profits will go toward local sight problems. Two basketball games during the evening were enjoyed. The high school boys beat the girls, and then went on to wipe out the faculty.

1986 — 30 years ago

Plans for a marketing research study have been formed by Dee Hardboard Inc. in an effort to reopen the mill between Hood River and Parkdale, which has been shut down for a year. Spokesmen for the organization were optimistic that the first phase will justify a full feasibility study, necessary steps on the road to putting the plant back on line.

Courage, perseverance and a dedication to healthful living. Those qualities are exemplified in the life of JoAnn Oakes of Parkdale, named Friday as the 1986 recipient of Soroptimist International of Hood River’s Women Helping Women award. Oakes and other nominees were honored at an annual recognition luncheon at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

1996 — 20 years ago

Capricious canines on the lam in Hood River County today may face their ultimate fate when they wander from home, but that could change by the end of the year. Hood River County Board of Commissioners Monday heard an update on a proposed new animal shelter, and members responded that the group proposing the pound was barking up the right tree.

With the Port of Hood River’s Waterfront master plan just now reaching its final stages, Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association has already stepped forward to offer volunteer help to improve portions of the Hook. The windsurfing association made a proposal to the port commission for installing ramps, rigging areas, restrooms and sites for windsurfing school trailers at the Hook.

2006 — 10 years ago

Graham Bergh and Jim Hassert won’t take offense if you say they’re involved in a trashy sort of business. In fact, they are proud of it. “We are taking something that is garbage and making a product out of it,” said Bergh, founder of Mosier-based Resource Revival. The company is interested in a particular kind of trash — the leftover bits you might find in the dumpster behind your local bike store. Since 1994, Resource Revival has harvested old bike chains, used freewheels and worn-out wheel rims to create its unique gift and home décor items.

Now showing at the Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing,” set in Hollywood, Calif., in 1935. HRVHS Theater Teacher Rachel Krummel has used the original script’s contradictions and added some of her own to make the high school’s production of “Much Ado” into an intriguing tale that is part happiness and part bitterness, part glamour and part seediness.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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