Hood River News archives
November 23, 1966 — It takes a lot of supervision, and a lot of coffee, to get the town’s Christmas street decorations in place each year. Both are available here as Gordon Arnold and Lindy Sonnabend work in the elevated “buckets” used to hoist the decorations in place. Work started Sunday morning, and was completed both in the downtown and Heights business areas the same day. The project is handled annually by the volunteer firemen, who install the decorations and remove them after the Christmas season. The Merchants Committee of the Chamber of Commerce furnish the decorations and pay the firemen for doing the work.
1916 — 100 years ago
The first of the usual winter slides to occur on the Columbia River Highway blocked the road Friday when a mass of earth and rock came down near Lindsey, covering the road and carrying out the long-distance telephone lines.
VERBATIM: Law Stimulates Liquor Shipments
Anticipating the enforcement of the new “bone dry” law, Hood River people who take an occasional or semi-occasional “nip” have been stocking up since the election. Ninety-five packages, each containing two quarts of liquor, were shipped in last week through the American Express Company. Shelves of the office are now loaded with packages of strong drink. The figures given are considerably in excess of those of last month, when an average of seven packages a day were delivered there.
Since the election, approximately a fourth of the money orders issued by the local post office have been in payment for liquor ordered from California points. More than $350 has been sent away in money orders for liquor this week.
— Hood River News, November 22, 1916
Hood River’s new grade school on Eugene Street is completed with the exception of the hardware. This has been held up by delayed freight shipments from the East. It has been hoped that the school could be occupied by Thanksgiving, but the opening has had to be postponed.
1926 — 90 years ago
The city council on Monday evening ordered a sewer survey made for District No. 3, between 13th Street and the west edge of town, and to include the new high school project. It is expected that the completion of the high school will witness the opening up for residential purposes of the property adjacent to the new school. It was also announced that a right of way for the widening of May Street, between 13th and the new school, had been secured. The concrete paving on State Street was accepted, and an ordinance to provide for bond issues to finance this paving was initiated.
1936 — 80 years ago
Fruit growers and shippers present at the meeting of Hood River Traffic Association on Monday decided to authorize a dispatch of a message to Governor Charles H. Martin in which he would be requested to consider a plan of using the state Board of Conciliation as mediators between longshoremen and steamship operators, with the object of more rapidly adjusting pending differences and opening up the Portland waterfront. Growers and shippers stated that the situation is steadily becoming more intolerable, and much fruit which should be on its way to foreign markets is being held in storage or is being shipped at too high a cost for the grower, to Canadian ports, at which it can be loaded on foreign steamships.
1946 — 70 years ago
While, on Tuesday, the Mid-Columbia area, judging from reports, appeared to be the one area of the Pacific slope in which folks were enjoying sunshine, their joy was short lived, for on Wednesday they awoke to find that, during the night, four inches of wet snow had fallen to give the entire area its first winter coat of “the white and beautiful.” During the day, the sun again appeared at intervals and in town, the snow melted until Wednesday evening. Late Wednesday night, the wind swung to the east and freezing weather, accompanied by a light snowfall, readied highways to provide trouble for motorists Thursday morning.
1956 — 60 years ago
Santa Claus needs helpers. The county chamber of commerce plans to erect Christmas decorations at 8:30 a.m. Sunday starting from First and Oak. A Santa’s helper is also needed for the pre-holiday season and any individual who would accept a jolly good pay check is invited to apply by phoning 1741.
The 52nd annual Hood River fire department’s ball will be held Saturday night at the national armory and a 1940 model car filled with merchandise is being offered as a prize during the festivities, which start at 9 p.m.
1966 — 50 years ago
Parkdale — Middle Fork Irrigation District marked two significant advances this week in the project to bring a clear irrigation water supply to the Upper Hood River Valley. Notices went out to prospective bidders that the huge Clear Branch dam and reservoir is being prepared for bids and the long McElhose pipeline was moving well into the construction phase. Both projects will be focal points for the community and county for the next year because they will perhaps be the most accessible to the public eye.
1976 — 40 years ago
Tax time is never an easy one for property owners, but county officials are doing what they can to make it as easy as possible. Sitting near the window is the ever-full coffee pot for people waiting in line to get the chore out of the way. In addition to the hot coffee, the taxpayers can pick up a piece of information about one of the many services offered by their county government. This year they’re featuring the county library, giving out information to tell where it is, when it’s open and what services are available, not only in Hood River, but also in Parkdale and Cascade Locks.
1986 — 30 years ago
Sometimes advanced technology must give way to time proven methods of getting the job done — such as a fire brigade. Friends of the Columbia Art Gallery put the method to use Saturday in cleaning the gallery of art objects to be moved to temporary holiday headquarters. Volunteers lined the steep set of stairs leading from sidewalk to gallery. They passed objects down and out to where others waited to load them into pickups. Half a dozen pickups made about three trips each to 105 Oak St., where another crew waited to cart the materials into the gallery’s holiday quarters. No stairs this time; it was the easy end of the job.
1996 — 20 years ago
This week’s heavy snowfall claimed an unlikely victim at the Port of Hood River marina — a vintage floatplane. The 1941 Piper Cub was found partially submerged at its mooring Tuesday morning, apparently dragged down by the weight of the wet, heavy snow that fell overnight. Careful rescue work by a number of volunteers, however, resulted in the aircraft’s retrieval later that day with only minimal damage.
2006 — 10 years ago
Hood River County has tallied up and turned in its damages from the Nov. 7 storm to the state’s Office of Emergency Management. Economic Development Coordinator Bill Fashing cautions that the tally is built on a worst-case scenario. The estimates list $27 million in damages for Hood River County overall. There could be an additional $22 million in agriculture costs and losses alone, if the irrigations districts can’t get up and running again. “The $27 million is probably the more realistic number,” Fashing said. “But we present what is the worst of all possible situations to make sure our bases are covered.” The damage covers 14 impact areas in Hood River County from south to north.
— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer