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Looking Back on September 2, 2018


(CORRECTED on 2018-08-27: This photo originally ran flipped horizontally and has been corrected.)

History Mystery

Terray Harmon, Kathy Ursprung, Lucile Stephens, Sally Adkisson-Newell, Helen Madsen, Todd Weller, Cary, Brian Sauncy and Roger Howe contributed to this report.

Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. Information on the envelope reads, “Drive-In Theater, opening night, July 25, 1950.”

A number of callers noted the theater was located where Home Depot and the new transportation center are located today on Chenowith Loop Road.

“I saw ‘Paint your Wagon’ there, when I was in high school,” remembered Sally Adkisson-Newell. Lucile Stephens said she spotted her car at the ticket booth. “That’s my car lined up at the entrance. We used to load up brothers and kids and stuff. A lot of people brought their own popcorn and snacks and just stayed in their cars,” she said. The theater closed sometime in the 1970s.

20 years ago – 1998

The Northwest Airlines pilots’ strike, now five days old, is not throwing much of a kink into local travel plans. Travel agents got a heads-up in early summer that a strike was looming, said Hazel Phillips Travel owner Dolores Habberstad, so agents started steering customers to other airlines.

The Dalles Yacht Clubs members aren’t just kicking back on their boats and relaxing on the Columbia River every boating season. These folks, who get an up-close look at the river on a frequent basis, are often the first line of rescue when swimmers, boaters, windsurfers and other river users get in over their heads. In late July, several yacht club members at the Port of The Dalles marina saved a swamped boat by the harbor entrance along with its five passengers in a dog.

JOHN DAY (AP)—A doctor convicted of shooting 11 stray cows on his Eastern Oregon land narrowly avoided going to jail last week for failure to pay restitution.

PORTLAND (AP)—Sport fishing for all salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River and its tributaries could face its earliest closure ever because of a dispute between the federal government and the states of Oregon and Washington over how to best protect endangered fish.

40 years ago – 1978

The Northwest Passage is back in town. In the last weekend of its two-week stand at Fancy Dans the musical group is here for the first time in almost three years. The last time the group, composed of three graduates of The Dalles High School and a former resident of Yakima, played in town was a six-month stint at Jiggers downtown.

A discussion of a proposed business license ordinance for The Dalles is on the agenda of the city council meeting Tuesday night beginning at 8 p.m. in city hall.

The regular meetings of Fort Dalles Barracks No. 145 and Auxiliary of the Veterans of World War I will be Wednesday, opening with a 12:30 p.m. potluck dinner at the Civic Auditorium.

SALEM (UPI) — Oregon public school enrollment is expected to decline 1 percent form last year, Verne Duncan, state school superintendent, predicted Friday.

SALEM (UPI) — Legislators played a shell game with words Friday, wrestling with an alternative property tax relief plan they hope will appeal more to voters than Measure 6.

PANAMA CITY, Panama (UPI) — Gen. Omar Torrijos announced Friday he was stepping down as chief of government of Panama but will remain as commander of the National Guard.

60 years ago – 1958

Although figures were incomplete at noon today, enrollment in District 12 was almost certain to reach a new first-day peak as youngsters trooped back to classrooms for the start of the fall term.

Ray Denley of Ray’s Grocery, 1831 E. Ninth street last night told city police that someone apparently attempted to break into the store Monday night or early Tuesday morning. A screen door at the front of the store was torn off the hinges but no entry was made.

A new building project has begun here by Mid-State Construction Co., The Dalles and the company is low bidder on another project at Hood River.

SHELTON, Wash. (UPI) — An accident at the Cascade drag racing conference championships Monday cost Dick Martin, 33, Portland, a leg. The transmission of his modified coupe “exploded” during time trials.

NEW YORK (UPI)—A piece of white cloth, an open basement window and a man’s overcoat were under microscopic scrutiny today by police searching for the apparently mad killer who hacked the life from a young Utah couple.

PORTLAND (UPI)—Vice President Richard M. Nixon might visit Oregon early in October to give the GOP a boost for the November elections, party officials said today.

80 years ago – 1938

Glenn O. Allen, 62, member of a pioneer Wasco county family who was named justice of the peace for The Dalles area by Governor Charles Martin, was sworn in at noon today by County Clerk Henry Scherrer. He assumed duties immediately.

The opening Saturday of a modern, newly constructed roadside tavern at the intersection of the new Columbia highway approach and the entrance to the Dalles auto park was announced today by Ruth T. Langdon.

SALEM, Sept. 2. (UP)—Action to enjoin Secretary of State Earl Snell from placing an anti-seining and fixed fishing gear initiative on the November ballot was filed in circuit court here late Thursday. The complaint, signed by District Attorney Lyle J. Page of Marion county, charged that signatures for the initiative had been obtained fraudulently.

ROME, Sept. 2. (UP)—The fascist government banned Jewish students and teachers from all Italian schools today as the first step in a campaign to eliminate all Jews from Italian cultural life.

100 years ago – 1918

Carl Lebe motored to The Dalles yesterday from Portland.

Popular fiction, 75 cents at Judd’s.

H. V. Seymour, state industrial club leader, was in The Dalles this morning. He will leave tonight for Spokane where he will attend the inter-state fair which opened in Spokane today and will continue for the week.

Tygh Valley will hold its annual fair Sept. 17, 18 and 19, and The Dalles will hold a fair sometime in October, at a date to be announced soon. Both fairs will be conducted with especial emphasis toward war-time production and conservation, and it is planned to pay a good share of the premiums in War Saving stamps.

LONDON, Sept. 2.—Nikolai Lenine is not dead, but his condition is very grave, a message received here today says. The report of Lenine’s death received from Copenhagen has been not confirmed from any other source.

PARIS, Sept. 2.—From Flanders to Soissons, Germany’s stone-wall resistance, upon which she is staking her all, is shaking today under the incessant pounding of the French, British and American armies. Field Marshal Von Ludendorff is continuing his desperate struggle to hold the allied forces back until the Hindenburg line can be put in shape to serve as a defense of the German frontier.


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