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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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1919 — 100 years agoAs might have been expected, many complaints are being heard concerning the wretched condition of the road surface on the concrete bridge across Hood River. Following the heavy rains a week ago, owners of trucks and cars were forced to pilot their vehicles through a sea o…

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There is always a sense of excitement when you begin exploring the history of a new project. What will you uncover? What might you learn that will help you better understand why things have become what they are today and how they might change in the future. For me, the exploration never grow…

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1919 — 100 years agoConcern about the facilities available for taking care of contagious diseases, such as influenza and smallpox, is growing. Hood River needs both temporary and permanent hospitals, also provision for the care of patients under detention until the nature of the disease from…

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On Second Saturday, Oct. 12, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) will have several of its antique gliders out soaring for visitors to see and enjoy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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1919 — 100 years agoA memorable event in the annals of Parkdale was the celebration on Sept. 30 of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Cooper, they having been married in the old country in 1869. All the younger children were present for the anniversary, from the oldest to the youngest. …

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1919 — 100 years agoThe first really sharp warning on the approach of winter was given Monday morning, when residents of all sections of the valley awoke to find everything white with frost. Following rain on Saturday, a sharp snap in the weather set in late on Saturday night, and Sunday bro…

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1919 — 100 years agoFine weather, a big crowd, more exhibits than the board could take care of were some of the main features of the county fair and in most communities would be accepted as the necessary adjuncts to success. All these, and many others, were outstanding features of the Hood R…

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While working on the history of the fruit industry for the Odell mural, I came across multiple sources of information about the history of various immigrants to our valley. While the Japanese side of the Yasui family has been pretty thoroughly documented, I have been negligent in digging dee…

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1919 — 100 years agoIn honor of the men and women of the valley that have withstood the hardships of the early settlement days, the County Fair Board has termed Friday, Sept. 19 as Pioneer Day. It is due to the endurance and conscientious efforts of the pioneer people that we are able to dis…

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The energy and exhilaration of sport, particularly the conditions typical of water sports, are difficult to capture in a museum setting. Nonetheless, through videos, photographs and colorful gear, The History Museum virtually vibrates with the energy of the Gorge’s water scene in its newest …

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1919 — 100 years agoThat the beauties of Hood River County are gradually becoming better known to the outside and less fortunate sections is evidenced by the remarkable increase in passenger traffic on the railroad to and from this city. Local railroad officials state that, during the month …

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Much has changed in the 40 years since the Sinfonietta was first formed. Below is a brief history, as well as an update on the Performing Arts Initiative and plans to build a 600-seat performance space.

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Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum will host the 2019 Hood River Fly-In at the Hood River Airport on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the hundreds of airplanes that are expected to arrive from across the country to visit this event.

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1919 — 100 years agoThe city council has now formulated plans for improving the west end of Oak Street and the immediate neighborhood. The plans call for grading and sewers and the installation of sidewalks of kerbs (sic), and finally, the hard-surfacing of the street between 13th and that s…

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In keeping with the History Museum’s mission of preserving and telling the stories of former Hood River County citizens, Cemetery Tales will once again take place in Hood River’s Idlewilde Cemetery on Sept. 20-22.“The hearts and souls of this year’s selected Idlewilde residents will come ali…

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Slowly emerging out of a once stark gray concrete wall is a striking image of the valley fruit industry. It appeared overnight in a soft, sky blue sketch, barely visible to the passer by. 

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1919 — 100 years agoFor several days last week, a gasoline famine prevailed in Hood River, owing to the non-arrival of a consignment that had been expected early in the week. The first garage to suspend the sale of gasoline was the Hood River Garage, and one by one other garages had to admit…

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Summer time, and the living may be easy, but driving through some of the West’s most scenic routes isn’t easy at all — it’s congested!  Thank goodness for drives like the 171-mile long Oregon Outback Scenic Byway, described on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website as “Solitude aw…

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Keep your eyes open as you pass through Odell throughout the month of August. The west side of the new cold storage building at Diamond Central will be transformed from a blank gray slate to a vibrant mural depicting the history of the fruit industry in Hood River Valley. 

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1919 — 100 years agoOrchardists of the Parkdale district are to meet in McIsaacs hall on Saturday to consider ways and means of securing a packing house for the use of growers in that section. In the past, orchardists in the Parkdale section have had the use of the Apple Growers’ Association…

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1919 — 100 years ago“To be or not to be” is the question that many users of the highway are asking anent the report that no traffic will be permitted between Hood River and Cascade Locks while paving is in progress. The various authorities who should know have been interrogated, but the resu…

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“Retired” is an interesting concept. I retired figuratively from my job with the county in 2015 due in part to budget cuts at the state level that no longer funded staff for the Commission on Children and Families. I was also 65. I could draw social security and receive Medicare for most of …

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Did you know that eggplants have gender? (Females have more seeds than males.) That you can tell if an avocado is good or not by peeking under its stem? (Green is good. If it’s brown, it’s too old.) That you should only store mushrooms in a paper sack? (They get sweaty in plastic — don’t we all?) 

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The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum hosts its eighth annual Traffic Jam fundraiser on Saturday, July 13. Admission will be $12 for adults and $6 for kids.

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1919 — 100 years agoWith the close of business on June 30, all post offices throughout the United States were ordered to discontinue the sale of 2-cent postal cards and 3-cent stamped envelopes, and at the same time postmasters were ordered to redeem such postcards and stamped envelopes if t…

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On June 8, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the European D-Day invasion during World War II.

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