December 19, 2012
100 YEARS AGO — 1912
At the meeting of the West Side Improvement Club last week an instructive talk on the culture of bees in this valley was given by W.W. Dakin, who has had a long experience with the little honey makers. He spoke of the many varieties which at first existed. From these two have been developed — the leather and the gold-colored bees. The former, Mr. Dakin said, is better adapted to the moist climate that exists in the Hood River Valley during the winter months. Santa Claus, Christmas tree and interesting program at the new Oak Grove school, December 23. An opportunity will be given to see the new school building before the program, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
90 YEARS AGO — 1922
Owing to the need for funds for the local Red Cross to continue its work among the crippled children of this county, and the fear that the full quota scheduled for this county will not be raised, friends of the children now plan to hold a ball at the new Pythian Hall, on Christmas night, the entire proceeds of which are to be devoted to the cause of unfortunate children of this county who need surgical attention.
Liquid evidence, in demijohns, kegs, casks and bottles, was poured into the local sewer on Thursday of last week by Sheriff Johnson and his deputies. The product of a number of raids and interrupted booze parties could not have found a better receptacle than in that into which it trickled. Few witnessed its passing, and not a tear was shed, or a joke attempted as the officers went silently about their task of putting this product of many a noisome and foul still where it could not bring death or sickness to man.
80 YEARS AGO — 1932
Rockford Grange Home Economics club will meet at the home of Mrs. Albert Krieg on Wednesday, December 21. A covered dish luncheon will be served. Those who attend are asked to bring 9-inch square woolen quilt blocks, which will be made into bedding for relief work. Roadmaster Nichols is breathing a series of prayers that if a thaw should chance to head this way it will not be in too much of a hurry. For the macadam roads in Hood River county are now frozen to a depth of at least ten inches and the frost is steadily eating its way to even lower depths. If a sharp thaw would set in and persist for any length of time, it is probable that the bottom would drop out of the county roads in many places, and with its road funds much depleted, the county would be in no condition to handle a serious problem such as this might prove to be.
70 YEARS AGO — 1942
Apropos the exodus of many of the Middle Valley’s crop of boys and young men to join Uncle Sam’s armed forces, Miss Carol Lippman, freshman in Odell high school, was recently heard to comment as follows: “Pretty soon men will be so scarce around here us girls will be mighty glad to pay ten cents just to see one.”
(Advertisement) Hood River Elks invite Mid-Columbia Kiddies to be their guests at a free show at Rialto Theatre, Christmas Morning, 10 A.M. Main feature: The Masked Rider, Starring Johnny MacBrown; Comedy: The Two Stooges, A Two-Reel Laugh; Cartoon: Mickey Mouse in Pluto Junior. All Children of the Mid-Columbia Area are invited.
60 YEARS AGO — 1952
(Advertisement) Christmas Suggestions from Ted Hackett’s: Record Players, Phonograph Records, Radios and Radio-Phonographs — or better yet: A New Freezer (Take your choice of either chest or upright models), A New Ironrite Ironer (Makes wife’s or mother’s work much easier), Or Any Other of the Many Beautiful New Home Appliances 2 Store Locations for your Convenience: Downtown, 205 Third St., On the Heights: 12th & C St.
(Upper Valley News) Miss Hanby talked during an assembly at the upper elementary school on Monday, December 8. She discussed tuberculosis — ways of contracting the disease and ways to prevent the disease. Charles Cunningham and Portia Maurer demonstrated the correct way of removing shoes without touching the soles. Shoes are the greatest carriers of disease.
50 YEARS AGO — 1962
An estimated 400 persons dined on hotcakes here Sunday, and profits from the fund-raising meal are expected to be from $200 to $250. Forty Lions club members served 1,600 hotcakes, 2,500 sausages, seven gallons of syrup and a thousand cups of coffee in their drive to raise money for Camp Fire Girls. Two student body presidents helped out. Tom Yasui of Wy’east and Bucky Parker of Hood River, honorary Lions, washed dishes.
Tekites, meteors, galactic drift and meteorites filled the day at Mid Valley school Dec. 5 as Harry Johnson of the Brown Foundation gave several lectures in the morning and exhibits of “Outer space” in the afternoon. The “Aero-Space Day” gave youngsters of Mid Valley, Pine Grove and Odell grade schools a glimpse into astronomy and insight into the universe.
40 YEARS AGO — 1972
(Photo caption) Polynesian dances provide a change of pace Monday night for snowbound Hood River Valley residents. The occasion was a Monday visit by J.B. Castle High School students from Hawaii. The contingent included dancers, basketball and wrestling teams and chaperones. They shared a potluck dinner before the basketball game, then returned to Portland. Hood River County residents have the opportunity to be involved in the 1973 Great Decisions discussion groups beginning in January, states Lee Foster, County Agent. Topics for discussion will include: mass media and foreign policy, man and his environment, the changing role of Japan, the developing trading triangle between the U.S., the Soviet Union and Japan, the U.S. relations with Canada and the Latin American nations.
30 YEARS AGO — 1982
(Photo caption) Members of the Equestrians 4-H Club are making Christmas special for their horses this year, thanks to the tasty wreaths they display. The girls made the wreaths from hay and other edibles such as carrots to hang on their horses’ stalls.
Showing their handiwork are Johanna Wyers, Jill Shellabarger, Becky Sparks, Rochelle Herman, Darcy Wyers and Jill Radliff.
Keith Bassham, a Hood River Valley High teacher who also teaches football and wrestling, was named recently to his high school’s football team of the decade as kick specialist. Bassham, a 1973 graduate of Vintage High in Napa, Calif., won a plaque for being named to the team of stars.
20 YEARS AGO — 1992
It’s a running world and you don’t need to leave your dog behind, thanks to a new product from Eva DeWolfe of Innovative Sports Product Group in Hood River. Called the Puppy Pull, the new runner’s belt-leash combination is modeled after windsurfing uphauls made by DeWolfe and Eric Sanford. Laced inside the leash webbing is a shock cord so a dog pulling against the runner is gently brought back in line.
Student and staff response to Hood River Valley High School’s new eight-period opportunity schedule has been generally positive, a recent survey shows. The schedule, implemented this year, doubles the length of class time from 45 to 90 minutes. Four classes are held daily, compared to the seven-period-a-day schedule in effect last year. Students attend four classes one day, then four different courses the next to complete the eight-period format.
10 YEARS AGO — 2002
Honking horns, cheers and applause accompanied the first official pedestrian crossing on Monday at the new traffic stoplight on the Heights. Even the threat of rain and a brisk wind didn’t dampen the festive mood as Down Manor resident Jessie Short led the group of state, county and city officials on the walk across 12th Street, also known as Highway 281, at the Eliot and Brookside intersection. She was joined by Dollie Rasmussen and Sharon Wilson, who spearheaded a grassroots fundraising drive toward the $237,000 signal.
A realty office is planning a move to a place of its own — a historic hotel on Hood River’s busiest street. RE/MAX Results, the Denise McCravey Team and Results Property Management hope to be moved in by mid-February to the Oak Street Hotel at Seventh and Oak.
— Compiled by Esther K. Smith, news staff writer