1916 — 100 years ago
L.B. Gibson, the present county superintendent of schools, has filed his declaration as a candidate for the Republican nomination to that office at the coming primaries. Mr. Gibson was appointed by the County Court to fill out the unexpired term of C.D. Thompson. He is also serving out his own term as principal of the high school, his duties there having been lightened in order to permit his doing the county work.
Several hundred persons were entertained by Proprietors Henry and Ted Serr at the formal opening of the Hotel Oregon Saturday and Sunday. Attractive menus had been prepared and on both Saturday and Sunday the dining room was filled to capacity. Many of those who attended took the opportunity to note the many improvements made by the new proprietors and to compliment them upon the excellent service now given.
1926 — 90 years ago
Growers who, during the frosty nights of last week, used smudges and heaters are convinced that they have avoided some damage among their pears. This is confirmed by several growers who did not use heaters and who are also convinced that the frost injured a percentage of the pear fruit buds.
With the prospect of early work in opening up the Loop Highway between the forest boundary and White River, it is now stated that several slides will have to be cleared before traffic will be possible. None of the slides are of a serious nature. The amount of snow now on the highway is stated to be remarkably light for this season of the year.
1936 — 80 years ago
Recorder W.J. Carlson, of Cascade Locks, this week asked Sheriff W. Edick to quote him prices for rent of one or more cells of the city jail at Hood River. The county leases the jail from the city and the Recorder believes it would be cheaper to rent jail space for its own lawbreakers than to build a jail at the Locks.
VERBATIM: Rotarians Asked To Aid Young Folk
Minoru Yasui, American-Born Son of Japanese Parents, Makes Real Plea For Young People
One of the most stirring appeals for sympathetic aid in the solution of a grave problem, ever heard in Hood River, was made on Thursday of last week, by Minoru Yasui, outstanding student at the University of Oregon, and son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Yasui, of this city.
Addressing the Rotary club, Yasui said he appeared as a representative of the Japan-American Citizens League, members of which are American-born sons and daughters of Japanese parents. “The future of these young people is as yet indeterminate. We are aliens, entirely unacceptable to Japan — and, as yet, we have not been accepted by the American people, our fellow citizens. The Japanese government does not want us back in Japan, and our position in the United States is almost equally anomalous. These youths are patriotic Americans, thoroughly imbued with American ideals, and we seek an opportunity to prove our worth as American citizens. Careless people sometimes question the extent of our patriotism towards the country of which we are citizens by our birthright, and others questions the wisdom of permitting us to be citizens. But none can take away from us our citizenship — we are born Americans, every one of us.
“Many of us believe we can play a great part in coming years by developing better business and other relations between the United States and Japan, and we are anxious to play this part if it will bring us fuller recognition as citizens of these United States, which we are proud to be. We honor magnificent America, the land of our birth, and we plead with Rotarians and other Americans for their aid in helping us to achieve our destiny,” concluded Yasui, amid applause.
Hal Nesbit, president of the cub, assured Yasui that Rotarians will do all they can to respond and urged him to visit the club whenever he is in Hood River.
— Hood River News, March 27, 1936
Nineteen men and one woman were provided with work during the past week through the Oregon State Employment Service and the Rotary Re-employment Committee. Eight of those were on permanent jobs at Bonneville Dam, four on permanent jobs in private industry and others on short term farm jobs. Up to March 14, Hood River County has furnished 1,458 men employment at the dam.
1946 — 70 years ago
A report on the total packout of fruit from the Hood River area for the 1945 season, compiled by R.G. Scearce, secretary of Hood River Traffic Association, reveals that apples are still in the lead in production, but pears are steadily gaining on the long-time major crop of apples. Of the crop of apples which went on the fresh fruit markets from the Hood River area, 755,317 boxes of Newtowns occupied the top place, and rated 53.2 percent of the apple crop shipped. Delicious was easily in second place, with 440,328 boxes, or 30.5 percent. Of the total production of fresh packed pears, totaling 1,218,746, the Anjou accounted for 913,909 boxes, or 75 percent of the total pear crop. Bosc were second, with 195,575 boxes, or 16 percent.
1956 — 60 years ago
The de Bruin family, formerly of The Netherlands, arrived in Hood River last Thursday and will reside in Pine Grove. The Pine Grove Methodist Church sponsored their trip to the U.S. and will hold a community reception for the newcomers Wednesday. Simon, who is 13, will attend Mid Valley junior high and Johanna, 10, will attend Pine Grove grade school.
Erection of 21 steel poles was slated to start late this week as Pacific Power and Light company crews complete the business district mercury-vapor street lighting project due to replace the present ornamental system in April. Thirty of 39 wooden pools had been installed by mid-week on Front, State, Cascade, Fourth, Fifth and Third. Steel poles have been painted and a special order cable for 12th and Oak installations is expected to arrive soon.
1966 — 50 years ago
Chelsa Powell, Ray Sato, Riddell Lage and Connie Smith all had at least two things in common during the community’s award banquet at Wy’east High School Friday. One thing was a pleased look of surprise, the other was a trophy recognizing each one for outstanding service during the past year. Mrs. Powell took the “Woman of the Year” award, Sato “Orchardist of the Year,” Lage “Senior First Citizen,” and Smith “Junior First Citizen.”
“They’re trying to lull us to sleep just when we should be most awake,” complained County Farm Bureau President Rob Hukari. He was talking about a House Resolution aimed at establishing an agricultural minimum wage bill. “For one thing, they’ve changed the number of it,” he said. “We’ve been mounting quite a campaign against HB 10518. Now they’ve changed it to 13712 and issued a bunch of double talk.”
1976 — 40 years ago
A request for a comprehensive plan change, allowing for construction of a commercial center in Odell, was rejected Monday night by the Hood River County Board of Commissioners. The board also rejected an appeal of a planning commission decision to deny an application for a zone change from A-1 (agriculture) to C-1 (commercial) on the same property. Purpose of the proposed comprehensive plan and zone changes, requested by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Weberg of Odell, was to build a commercial center with a bank, market, restaurant and medical office building on property located on the south side of Davis Road directly opposite Duckwall-Pooley.
A proposal for the first mobile home zone in Hood River County was approved by the county board of commissioners Monday night following a public legislative hearing. The Planning Commission had recommended the new mobile home zone in Odell on 12 acres of property owned by Ken Forester.
1986 — 30 years ago
The Golden Arches may be coming to Hood River, but the sign to advertise McDonalds will have to conform to the city zoning ordinance. Groundbreaking has been scheduled for the McDonalds on April 19. The Hood River City Planning Commission met Thursday to discuss a 25-foot variance requested from the McDonalds Corporation to put up a 70-foot sign in the port area. The city zoning ordinance states a sign can be no higher than 45 feet. More than 20 local people filled the meeting and all who spoke were opposed to the variance. The commission took note and turned down McDonald’s request.
Twenty goodwill ambassadors from Japan came, performed their magic, then left Hood River this week. The junior high school students, representing their home school in Tsuruta, Japan, arrived on a Saturday, split up to go to host homes, shared a week of activities and official functions, then, after a final Easter weekend with host families, packed up dozens of gifts and headed to the Portland International Airport for the flight home Monday.
1996 — 20 years ago
More families may be able to purchase that first home following Wednesday’s action by the Hood River County Planning Commission, which approved a subdivision project near Odell. The Ewe and I Addition, which would add 38 lots if fully developed as outlined, won unanimous, condition planning commission approval following a public hearing process that began in December.
Local orchardists breathed a sigh of relief Monday as morning sun topped the mountains and warned the mercury in their thermometers. Tree fruit crops barely escaped damage Sunday night when a mass of cold air swept through the valley, dropping temperatures to as low as 20 degrees in some areas.
2006 — 10 years ago
After a hundred years or so of fading from style (thanks to the introduction of electricity and oil) the most popular energy source in the history of civilization is coming back, namely to the Hood River Aquatic Center. The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has plans to use solar power to heat the 281,000 gallons of water in its recreation pool and 30,000 gallons in its therapy pool in 2007.
It sparked discussion in the library of White Salmon’s Columbia High School amongst citizen and noncitizens who were too young or too undocumented to vote. They were talking about President George W. Bush’s guest worker program and about a bill the House of Representatives passed in December, which would, among other things, erect a 700-mile fence along the southwest boarder. They were mad. And they decided to do something about it. At noon, they walked out of school and toward the city hall. They moved onto Bingen and eventually to Overlook Memorial Park in Hood River — perhaps the epicenter of the Gorge’s special protests.
— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer