June 11, 1896 – 123 Years Ago

Wednesday and Thursday of last week a number of dead sheep came floating down the river. Know not how they came there. The report has been circulated that the Rufus steam ferry, while transporting Crofton Bros. Sheep from Sherman County to Klickitat showed its generosity by dumping off a great number into the Columbia through carelessness.

May 25, 1925 – 94 Years Ago

The Nickerson-Olsen Motor Company (today the General Store Building) installed a new visible Bowser gasoline pump of modern design this past week. The new pump delivers ten gallons of gasoline to a glass receptacle, which any amount may be drawn for the customer. An underground-ground storage tank of 550-gallon capacity was also installed.

June 27, 1929 – 90 Years Ago

A number of Goldendale people motored to The Dalles last Sunday to take in the talking pictures at the Granada Theater. This is one of the finest show houses in Oregon, and the only one this side of Portland with elaborate equipment and comfort for its visitors. Quite a number of people from this side of the river take advantage of the matinee price of 35 cents on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The evening price is 50 cents and there is no raise on holidays or when special programs are shown. The house is booked up with all-talking pictures, vaudeville talking pictures, news talking pictures.

June 1, 1939 – 80 Years Ago

The old fashioned thirteen-star flag cancellation mark that once made Goldendale post marks a joy to stamp collectors is no more. Last week, on orders from the postal department in Washington D.C., the old canceling machine was dismantled and junked. The new machine sent here uses only the seven wavy lines and the round stamp for the name. The old cancellation machine was made in 1906 and was brought to Goldendale from the Hood River Post Office about 1917 when T.A. Graham was postmaster. One of four such cancellation machines in the United States, it’s curious flag post mark attracted the attention of philatelists throughout the nation.

June 9, 1949 - 70 Years Ago

“A man’s best friend is his dog,” is an old proverb, and one which Lawrence Schroeder will probably echo after his experience Tuesday, when his dog “Carlo” probably saved his life. Lawrence, who owns a herd of dairy cattle, was in the act of loosening a rope around the horns of the registered Guernsey bull, when the bull broke loose, charging him. The prompt action and quick thinking of his son, Bill, who set Carlo on the Bull, gained Lawrence a chance to get out of the enraged animal’s way. Although he suffered a broken rib, and was badly bruised about the body, Lawrence feels very lucky. Long and advocate of artificial insemination of cattle, it is rumored that Lawrence is redoubling his effort in that field.

June 17, 1954 – 65 Years Ago

The forest “guardian” on top of Lorena Butte was put into service. The facility is called “very modern” with glass walls and a basement for gas cooking and grocery supplies. The new lookout station built by the State Forestry Department is on Max Maurer property, southeast of Goldendale. This new station now provides “practically complete coverage of all forest areas in the Glenwood District.” The State Forestry Department has three other lookout stations in the district: Grayback, Meadow Butte, and Diamond Gap. Simcoe Butte Lookout which formerly was manned by the State Forestry Department is now under the operation of the Indian Service.