1915 — 100 years ago
During the past week the Enterprise, a weekly paper which has been published here for the past 18 months, suspended publication. Editor J.L. Hutchins made his valedictory in Friday’s issue of the paper, stating the local field does not justify three newspapers. The Enterprise subscription list has been transferred to the News and Glacier and unexpired subscriptions will be divided between the two papers.
1925 — 90 years ago
No longer will the tourist be able to say he didn’t see Mount Hood because he didn’t know it was there. The publicity committee of the Chamber of Commerce has now posted all the main roads in this section with yellow arrows, showing the way to points in the lower valley from which good views of the mountain may be secured.
With the opening to the general public of the new Kreig apartments on Oak Street tomorrow evening, one of Hood River’s long felt needs will be filled. There has always been a big demand for high-class apartment houses, and the few building which could fit the requirements have long and extensive waiting lists. The new Kreig building will provide 16 apartments, most of them of three rooms and bath, with one or two smaller apartments containing combined living and bedroom.
1935 — 80 years ago
Discovery of two new infections of fire blight in orchards west of Hood River during the past week have prompted Leroy Childs, head of the Experiment Station, to urge the Traffic Association to call a special meeting of growers and shippers to formulate plans by which a consistent and thorough check on all orchards may be maintained at least until the dormant season of late fall.
One of the heaviest ballots in several years was polled at Park Street School on Monday, when three board members of School District No. 3 (city schools) were selected out of five candidates. The final tallies were: Dr. L.R. Alexander and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Nichol, three-year terms; and Franklin S. Gilbert, one-year term.
Tyrone Taylor, a Hood River fireman for the past 13 years, has been named as Oregon’s “Fireman of the Year” for 1975.
Taylor, who grew up in Hood River and has spent all of his adult life here, is the first person from this area to be named as the state’s top fireman. The announcement was made at a Wednesday night firemen’s banquet in Eugene.
Now a paid fireman in Hood River, Taylor is also a member of the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, he is a member of the West Side Volunteer Fire Department.
His selection was based not only on the long hours he has devoted to meetings and training, but also on his community activities. As a West Side volunteer, Taylor was instrumental in converting a surplus van into a rescue truck, among many other department activities.
For the Hood River area, Taylor has taken his own time to conduct tours of the department for youngsters, he has taken a fire prevention program to schools, and he is a lieutenant in charge of training.
Taylor was the originator of the Odell to Hood River mini-marathon, run on the Fourth of July each year, and he has been in charge of the fireworks display preparations on the Fourth for the past two years.
— Hood River News, June 19, 1975
1945 — 70 years ago
As a reminder of the meat situation, the Pine Grove store, one day last week, displayed a bowl of roses in its large meat counter — but not a sign of meat of any kind.
A new lookout station, of modern type, has been built on the summit of Bald Butte in the Upper Valley, and is destined to become one of the major lookout stations of the district. District Ranger Walters states that a very large area can be covered from this station, and it will be important this and coming summers in fire protection work.
1955 — 60 years ago
Jan Kurahara of Centralvale is the only candidate to file for the county school board directorship to be vacated by a retiring Joseph O’Leary after 15 years of service. The election is Monday with county grade schools designated as voting places between 2 and 8 p.m. Kurahara has resided in the Centralvale community since 1946 after serving two years with army intelligence. He is married and father of three.
Overcoats and earmuffs are the proper attire for the Saturday afternoon opening of the Hood River municipal swimming pool unless the mercury gets out of the shade. Rates will be 12 cents for children through the eighth grade, 24 cents for high school students and 48 cents for adults. Bathing suits and towels may be rented.
1965 — 50 years ago
Five major track improvement projects have been started by Union Pacific Railroad between Cascade Locks and Hood River in the Columbia Gorge. The line changes, which total almost five miles, are being made in conjunction with the 13 miles of four-lane freeway being constructed by the Oregon highway department.
Building permits in the city of Hood River during May were $105,575 — lower than April’s high mark, but well above the figure for May a year ago. There were four residential permits issued.
1975 — 40 years ago
Bonneville Dam’s new $1.5 million visitor center became an official part of the Mid-Columbia community Sunday at a dedication sponsored by the ports of Skamania and Cascade Locks. In addition, the event kicked off the North Pacific Division, Corps of Engineers, bicentennial observance. Col. Edwin Townsley, who heads the division, noted that as of June 16, the Corps would have been in existence 200 years.
A second try proved successful as the Hood River County School District’s budget passed Tuesday by a 1,198 to 902 margin. It was a lighter vote than the May 6 election, which defeated the original budget. About 29 percent of the voters turned out, compared with 36 percent in the first ballot.
1985 — 30 years ago
One of the best known members of the Hood River City Police Department has stepped — unheralded but not unappreciated — from the active duty roster. Marko, the police tracking dog, and the program that came with him, were shelved by the city of Hood River during May, victims of time and lack of demand.
Hood River’s business map continues to change. The Weather Rail Restaurant and Mariner Store opened June 11 in the Mid-Columbia Maria and features both indoor and outdoor seating. Hood River Windsurfing offers customers a large stock of sailboarding equipment, including sails, boards, suits, personal flotation devices, and accessories.
1995 — 20 years ago
Early cherry crops in Hood River, mostly Bing, Vann and Royal Anne cherries, sustained severe rain damage Wednesday night and Thursday Morning. Most of the early crop will not be harvested, said Don Clark, district manager for Stadelman Fruit, Inc., the valley’s major fruit Grower. The good news is that later crops, such as Lamberts, are still too green to get much damage from the latest rainstorm. Lamberts are the main variety in the Hood River Valley, Clark said.
Hood River’s front door will get a fresh look while the community will have a site which honors military veterans if an effort to construct a new downtown park succeeds. Creation of Second Street Memorial Park is the focus this summer of a local group seeking public support and donations. The park would be located south of State and Second streets, adjacent to the town’s staircase and Horsefeather’s Restaurant.
2005 — 10 years ago
Bev Matthews, a Missouri native who moved to Hood River 35 years ago, has been working at Bette’s Place since 1978 — and will celebrate her retirement on June 20 with a party at the restaurant given in her honor. “She loves her customers and her work, and it shows,” says owner Gay Jones. “She never complains, and there’s not a bad thing to say about her. She will be missed.”
Horse trailers by the hundreds, filled with hunter and jumper equine participants from around the U.S. and Canada, will turn the upper valley’s Jensen Mills Meadow into one of the largest equestrian competitions in the country. The 2005 Hood River Classic, in its 14th year, is a benefit event for the Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.
— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer