The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Compiled by Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Museum 

Looking Back


March 13, 1919

The “kid wagon,” the convenience used to bring children to and from school in the more remote parts of the district, was over turned Monday afternoon on the State Road. The team became frightened at a flapping curtain in a passing car, and without ceremony backed the vehicle off the grade, breaking a wheel and smashing a number of window panes. Fortunately, the children were not injured excepting for the scare and a minor cut or two from the flying glass. A hack has been pressed into service temporarily by Clay Barnes, who is driving the route.

January 3, 1935

A government mail bag, thrown off the train at Maryhill, was run over by the train and the contents of the pouch fairly chewed up in the affray. This report was issued Saturday by Postmaster W.F. Byars and L.E. Layman, Maryhill Mail contractor. Layman said that the train attendant threw the mail sack away from the rail car but the vacuum created by the train impaired its speed and the bag was drawn under the wheels. The length of the train ran over the bag, chewing the contents into bits.

February 23, 1939

Crocker Sets Pace – Oregon’s high scoring Laddy Gale is running well behind the pace set by Stanley Crocker, Goldendale Basketball star, according to a tally of season totals made this week. In thirteen games the diminutive Goldendale Star, who gained his basketball training in Centerville, has scored 211 points. An idea of Crocker’s potency on a basketball floor may be gained by comparing Wally Palmberg’s Northwest college record of 187 for 16 games.

February 17, 1942

A loaded stick of stove wood came close to causing a riot in the Dressel pool hall Monday when the top of the stove was blown off. (Stealing fire wood had become a serious problem in the early 1940’s. In an attempt to control the problem and discover the culprits wood cutters started drilling holes in fire wood and inserting a partial stick of dynamite. Unfortunately, the thief would steal the stove wood and resell it to unsuspecting customers, like Dressel’s Pool Hall.

March 14, 1958

With Tony Sarsfield racking up an amazing 42 points, the Ramblers bested the Magpies of Warm Springs 97-81 at Warm Springs Friday night. Sarsfield, who became a “papa” for the first time last week, tallied 16 field goals and nine free throws in the celebration. Fred “Stuffy” Stone accounted for 18 counters in the high scoring melee.

January 23, 1967

Scott Gray, nine-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gray had the misfortune to break his leg at the Satus Ski Lodge on Sunday. He is spending a few days in the Klickitat Valley Hospital after which he will be recuperating at home.

Answer to last week’s street question: Collins Street; Doctor Frank Collins fresh out of medical school moved to Goldendale in 1904 to start practicing medicine. In 1910, Doctor Collins and his wife Mary purchased the Big Victorian house west of Mid-Columbia Vet Clinic from Melgard the banker. The big ornate house would serve as a residence, office, and makeshift hospital for the doctor until 1927. In 1927, Dr. Collins bought the house at the northwest corner of Grant and Collins Street. Hence the name Collins Street. During the 1930s and 1940s the Collins home served as Goldendale’s General Hospital. The doors were too narrow for gurneys and doctors had to carry patients from surgery to their rooms.

Next weeks Trivia question; Byars Street


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