1919 — 100 years ago
The parents and friends of the graduating class of 1919 were assembled Friday evening, May 30, when the curtain rose. The two young ladies, Miss Martha Ferguson and Miss Margaret Heft, occupied the center of the stage, with Edgar Harris, Maurice Graff and Rev. E.C. Newham and Rev. W.H. Body on their right, with Harry Plog, Wm. Gilkerson, Supt. Gibson, Prof. Vose and Chairman Graff and Mr. Odell on their left.
On June 17, Hood River will again have two downtown meat markets, R.A. Brock and Son, who recently arrived here on a trip from the coast, having decided to locate here. They have taken the premises of the Hood River Meat Market on Third, opposite the Pacific Power & Light office.
1929 — 90 years ago
A careful survey of business and other conditions in Hood River has convinced Lemuel J. Miller, superintendent of the Postal Telegraph Cable Co., that the company he represents will be fully justified in opening an office here and he has informed the head office. While Mr. Miller had no definite statement to make on Tuesday, he stated that his recommendations are invariably acted upon and he sees no reason why the rule should be broken.
1939 — 80 years ago
With the strawberry crop of the Parkdale area expected to be at or near peak by Monday of next week, it is now evident that the second estimate of 350 tons, made by the Apple Growers Association, will be reached when the crop is completed. The berries from the Upper Valley are reported to be in excellent condition and are sizing well. The first estimate of about 500 tons from the valley as a whole was made prior to the sharp frost, which cut heavily into many patches from which early berries were expected.
1949 — 70 years ago
Hood River’s memorial park swimming pool will be open for its second season June 12. The gates will be thrown open at 1 p.m., states Al Henderson, who will be the operator this year. By the end of last week, around 550 school children from Hood River Valley had signed up for instruction, which will be provided again this year by the Hood River Chapter of the American Red Cross. Admission prices: Single admission, 12 cents, children; 24 cents, high school students; and 48 cents, adults.
1959 — 60 years ago
The Hood River High School class that began most of that school’s cherished traditions held a remarkable semi-centennial anniversary on Memorial Day. Here to exchange reminiscences and look back a half-century later to their high school days were members of the class of 1909: Martha Struck Brunquist, Parkdale; Ann Wood Hershner and husband Harold, Hood River; Blanche Howe Vernon and husband Frank, Portland; Ada Mark Hills and husband Waldo, Salem; Florence Hanna Brock, Seattle; Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Cash, Portland; and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Onthank, Eugene. Thus seven of a class of 19 showed up 50 years after graduation.
1969 — 50 years ago
It will mean over $1.5 million in new plant facilities to the Odell community when Diamond Fruit Growers, Inc., completes a new building project, now in progress. The structures include a main facility containing 102,400 square feet backing building of tilt up concrete construction, with a large mezzanine also for packing. An office area and lunch facilities will comprise 7,840 square feet.
1979 — 40 years ago
“Play It Again, Sam,” Woody Allen’s excursion into the romantic insecurities of would-be lovers, will open Friday at the Hood River Junior High School. It is the second production of Creative Attention Seeking Thespians (CAST), Hood River’s community theater group. The play is an adult three-act comedy that everyone should be able to relate to, says Director Cathy Lewis. Lynda Slusher plays Linda Christie; Rick Dills is her husband Dick; Jean Kelter Dills plays Nancy; Judie Crawford is Sharon/Sharon Lake; Jan Axford is Vanessa; Barbara Norman, Go Go Girl; Jimmie Fogle, Intellectual Girl; Bonnie Koontz, Barbara; and Peter Dallman is Jeffery. Jeff Cook is assistant director.
1989 — 30 years ago
New events and a complete cruise schedule promise a busy weekend in Cascade Locks, where the fifth annual Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Days opens Friday for a three-day run. Marine Park will be the focal point for activities, but plenty of other attractions ensure a colorful weekend throughout Cascade Locks — as well as Stevenson, its sister city across the Columbia.
Sunday marks the grand opening of Down Manor, Hood River’s new retirement home at 3260 Brookside Drive. Continuous entertainment and tours will last all afternoon. As of Monday, some 16 of Down Manor’s 99 available apartments had been rented.
1999 — 20 years ago
On a glorious evening that sparkled with promise, 195 Hood River Valley High School seniors accepted their diplomas to mark their transition into adult life. It was a chance to remember years past, but also to look ahead. “Now is not a time to rest on our laurels,” Erik Steighner reminded his classmates during one of the student speeches.
The 16-member Cascade Locks High School graduating class ceremonies included some members of the Cascade Locks’ 1949 graduating class — who wore lettermen’s sweaters from their high school days. They were the first graduating class from this school building.
2009 — 10 years ago
Ruth Cutler, Mosier Community School teacher, retires this spring after 32 years with the school. Cutler did a variety of jobs during her time with MCS, and was most known for her creativity, her art and her ability to connect with every child at the school.
Compiled by Trisha Walker, News staff writer