The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Jean Allyn Smeltzer
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back


25 Years Ago - June 6, 1991

For eight years, Cliff “Poot” Granum has the American Legion Memorial Day Flag Ceremony without a hitch. Months prior to the weekend honoring veterans he and other legionnaires mount large American flags to staffs which display names. Every year families are provided with a special way to remember the deceased. Last weekend four casket size flags and the 14 foot wooden staffs, they fly from, were reported stolen. Granum says the flags were apparently stolen the night of Sunday, May 26, as he was at the IOOF cemetery both that day and Monday.

In honor of Memorial Day, the Goldendale American Legion creates a parade of flags at the cemetery. This year a record number of 192 casket flags lined the grounds. On each staff a plaque acknowledges the veteran who died. The flags are donated by the families of the deceased. Granum estimates the flags are worth $100 each.

50 Years Ago - June 9, 1966

Airman Harold A. Schroder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Schroder of Goldendale, has been selected for technical training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, as a U. S. Air Force transportation specialist. Airman Schroder was graduated from GHS in 1964, and attended Yakima Valley College.

75 Years Ago - June 5, 1941

With most of Portland’s bakers out on strike last week their Goldendale Baking Co. has been enjoying increased demand from this county. Phineas L. Welter and Ernest Seibold, owners of the Goldendale Baking Co., in a statement issued this week declared that if all local stores patronized them regularly as they have in this emergency, they would be able to provide full time employment for at least one more baker.

100 Years Ago - June 9, 1916

The new Centerville grain elevator is progressing rapidly. The building is beginning to show up in good shape, and the construction will be rushed the next week or two. This elevator is to handle grain in bulk, and is the only one on the county. It does away with sacks, making a large saving to the farmers.


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