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Looking Back

August 22, 2012


25 Years Ago- August 20, 1987

Goldendale Postmaster Mike Montanye retired last Friday, ending a career of more than 31 years in government service. After working here as a clerk for 7 years, he was appointed postmaster in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson.

“There was no mail delivery in town and very little in the rural areas compared to today,” he said. In 1965, there were two rural routes with about 250 boxes and some 140 miles daily service. Today, there are five routes, about 1,650 boxes, and 340 miles driven daily.

50 Years Ago- August 16, 1962

• The Goldendale Rockets won the Mid-Columbia League Championship when they defeated Carson 9-8 in 8 innings in a come from behind victory. The Rockets ended the season with a 9-1 record, winning nine in a row after losing their first game. The Rockets consist of Coach Bob Stewart, Assistant Coach Lloyd Brink, Jim Bell, Mark Allbritton, Jim Lenoir, Mel Brink, Mike Long, Mike Dickey, John Crocker, Max Linden, Carl Marlow, Ted Wilkins, Roger Ellingson, Fran Willis, and Ken McKune.

75 Years Ago- August 26, 1937

• Though the scooter craze has just struck Goldendale, Bennie Benson, mechanic at the Hi-way Service Station, a former racing car driver and pioneer of freak motorized “craft” toured Europe nearly 20 years ago on a power driven scooter. At one time, while residing in England, he held the world’s championship for scooter speed. He had attained the remarkable time over 60 miles an hour piloting one of the small, motorized cycles.

Compiled by Jean Allyn Smeltzer, of the Klickitat County Historical Society.


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