YESTERYEARS: Groundbreaking for Ray T. Yasui Dialysis Center in 1997

April 30, 1937 — Members of Hood River Garden Club planted an Oregon Spruce on the County Library grounds last Saturday as one of their efforts during Conservation Week. Left to right, they are: Mrs. H.O. Kresse, Mrs. George Friday, Mrs. V.C. Follenius and Mrs. Walter Colby. Ralph Lewis furnished the tree. (H.R.N. Photo-Engraving.)

1917 — 100 years ago

Monday afternoon a farewell assembly was held for the six boys who left to join the aviation corps. They were Sidney Carnine, Yale McCarty, Arthur Lofts, Carl VonderAhe, Roy Dart and Lowell Nickelsen. Angus McDonald, a former high school student, also went. The boys made speeches and Betty Epping led in giving them each three cheers. Mr. McLaughlin told the boys that they represented the school and gave them each a small silk flag.

1927 — 90 years ago

The public is very fortunate in having the opportunity of hearing Governor Patterson discuss the important income tax measure on Monday evening, May 9, at 8 p.m. at Rockford Grange Hall. Realizing the strenuous duties of the chief executive, the grange is highly gratified at the honor conferred and the lecturer of Rockford Grange, Mrs. H. D. Steele, urges all to save this date and hear Governor Patterson. All are also asked to pass the word along to their neighbors, so that all may know about the meeting.

1937 — 80 years ago

While spring blossoms now hold attention in the lower valley, it is still winter in the Lost Lake area, according to Ralph R. Lewis, who with Dane Kemp motored in to the forest boundary of the Lost Lake Road on Sunday, and then covered the other four miles in to the lake on skis and found the going perfect. From no snow at the boundary, the two men found seven feet on the level at the summit and three feet of snow on the lake, which is still entirely frozen over. Even the streams, such as Laurel Creek, are still carrying only their winter volume of water and there was little evidence of spring anywhere beyond the Forest Service boundary.

1947 — 70 years ago

Elections will be held at AGA plants at Parkdale, Odell, Van Horn and Hood River today, to give workers on the payroll of the big co-operative an opportunity to decide, by secret ballot, 1., whether they wish to belong to a union and 2., if the first question shows a majority if favor, whether they wish to be represented by the AF of L or the FTA-CIO. This election is open to workers on the payroll as of the week ending April 19, and regular workers who are on leave of absence, vacation and sick leave are entitled to vote as well as those employed as of April 19.

Parkdale firemen, plagued by ailments in their third-hand ambulance, issued an emergency appeal today for help in solving the problem.

They’ve found a replacement, but they need donations totaling $1,150 within a week to make the switch.

Parkdale has been struggling along with a 1949 model which had first seen duty in Hood River and Odell. Now the aging vehicle is ready for retirement, the firemen said.

“It is in need of major repair,” said Rev. Byron Travis, spokesman for the department, “but because of its age, the parts aren’t available.

“Therefore,” he went on, “it’s imperative to buy another piece of equipment if we’re going to continue the service.”

He said the numerous calls since the ambulance was passed on in June have indicated the need, but the department can’t continue on the present basis.

“The ambulance committee located an excellent replacement, and the department has voted to purchase it,” said Travis. “Because of the immediate availability of this piece of equipment, the department must have $1,150 within a week if they are going to carry on.”

He said donations of any size may be sent care of Wally Hutson, Parkdale, or George White, Mt. Hood. All donations will be credited to the donor toward ambulance service.

The replacement, a 1958 Cadillac, has been little used by ambulance standards, Travis said.

— Hood River News, May 4, 1967

1957 — 60 years ago

Many school officials are keenly interested in the outcome of pending state legislation which could revise the plan for distributing basic school support. Hood River County district officials are among those most interested, while the city district may not be so greatly affected by any changes in the state aid to education formula. Also at stake is a possible increase in the $80 per census child, which would be part of the formula question. These factors are among the reasons the county district plans to delay its budget election until June 17. The county wants to know, if possible, the extent of financial support which may be forthcoming.

1967 — 50 years ago

“It’s my favorite of all the pets I’ve had,” Bonnie Alley asserted flatly to describe her feeling for Willy, the porcupine. She’s had the prickly pet for about a year now, and she raised it from the time it was barely bigger than a pin. Her twin brother, Bob, found the porcupine a year ago on opening day and took it home to Bonnie. He found it near the mouth of Whiskey Creek while he was fishing. The mother had been killed, and none of the rest of the family was anywhere to be found. Bonnie strokes the quills — always with the grain — and doesn’t worry a bit about getting stuck. “He’s got a wonderful temper,” insists Bonnie. “He loves dogs and cats — and people.”

1977 — 40 years ago

The mystery of Hood River’s disappearing water supply may have been solved, at least partially, city councilmen learned Tuesday. Public Works Director Tom Senior and City Engineer Donald J. Branton told the council they had located what appeared to be a “considerable” leak that might have existed for an extended time. The leak, the exact nature of which remained undetermined, is in a water line crossing under the Hood River to serve the Hood River Village. Branton explained there are valves on both sides of the crossing. When they shut off the east valve, cutting off all water to the complex, he said, there was still a substantial flow through the west valve. “You could hear it,” he said. Senior said, “There does appear to be a large volume.” To get a handle on it, he said, a diver would examine the pipeline on Wednesday.

1987 — 30 years ago

Parents have organized a Middle School Athletic Booster Club in an effort to save the athletics program at Hood River and Wy’east middle schools. Co-chairing the group are Jan Merz and Tim Wingerd; secretary is Nancy Ihde and treasurer is Jim Donnelly. The group of about 20 persons is working on proposals to present to the Hood River County School Board this month in an effort to save the athletic programs at the two middle schools. Budget committee members recently reaffirmed a balanced school district budget which excludes middle school athletics — among many other expenditures.

1997 — 20 years ago

Ray T. Yasui’s widow was proud. Because of ill health, Mikie Yasui couldn’t attend Tuesday’s groundbreaking at Hood River Memorial Hospital for the $3.6 million dialysis center that will bear her late husband’s name, but her son and daughter in law, Flip and Maija Yasui, brought her souvenirs: A close-up look at a hard hat, and the gift of a dozen roses, which had been presented to Maija Yasui at the ceremony. “She was just so thrilled that it was actually coming true, and she was going to be able to see it,” Maija Yasui said.

The City of Hood River announced it will purchase the downtown U.S. Bank building for use as a new city hall. The announcement followed six weeks of discussion between city and bank representatives. Under the plan, the city will move its city hall offices to the bank facility at 301 Oak Ave., then convert the city hall building into offices for the city police department.

2007 — 10 years ago

The Columbia Gorge Community College will break ground on its Hood River Indian Creek campus at 5 p.m. on May 8 followed by a reception. The construction of the facility will be the first permanent campus for the college in Hood River. Plans were scaled down to one building from two after funding fell short for the initial plans. The building will include 16 learning spaces incorporating a science lab, two computer labs, informal learning area, and 13 classrooms. Plans are to install a four-way signal at the intersection of 12th Street and Pacific Avenue, which will be extended west and south to provide campus access. Construction begins May 16.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, News staff writer

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