January 9, 1891 – 130 Years Ago

“The largest school apportionment ever made in the county,” said School Superintendent Brooks on Tuesday, “is being made now. Over $8,000 is being apportioned. Together with the special tax, this will probably give Goldendale fully nine months of school.”

January 19, 1911 – 119 Years Ago

Klickitat County sheep men are of the opinion that prices for that class of stock will soar skyward within the next few months. Some predict that a grown sheep will bring $5 a head and spring lambs $2 by the time sheep start to the mountains

January 1941 – 80 Ago

Mrs. Max Maurer and baby son Rex Byrd returned to their home last Thursday from The Dalles Hospital.

January 18, 1951 – 70 Years Ago

“Ladies be good,” or you might have to go to jail—for it won’t be long until the Klickitat County bastille will have quarters to “care” for the feminine sex. When the jail was designed, they evidently failed to realize that separate and more elaborate accommodations are required for woman prisoners, and as a result unless their violations were quite severe they were by-passed to save the expense and trouble in transporting them to Yakima for “room service.” Joe Linden, local contractor, is putting in a concrete wall to divide the jail into women’s and juvenile quarters to meet state requirements.

January 1, 1953 – 68 Years Ago

Wishram and the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railroad yards in the town will not have to be relocated when The Dalles Dam is constructed. Mark Nelson, chief of the planning division for the Portland district office of The Corps of Army Engineers, told this to the more than 80 persons attending a Chamber of Commerce banquet here Tuesday. Wishram and their rail yards will be protected by a levee, and the railroad bridge crossing the Columbia River a short way south of Wishram will not have to be relocated but will be fitted with a section that can be raised to let barges pass through.

January 14, 1960 – 61 Years Ago

Congresswoman Catherine May report from Washington D.C.: As the plane circled Washington D.C. for a landing, I recalled my first trip into the capital just over a year ago. That night had been rainy and foggy, and my feeling was one of great anticipation and curiosity as to what lay ahead. This night, the sky was clear, and I had a beautiful view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol glowing in the light as we came in. My feelings were different, too. There was anticipation, but this time I had a pretty good idea of the job that lay ahead. Mentally, I was ticking off the jobs to be tackled in the early days of the session. Early the next morning, I went to special services at the National Presbyterian Church, President Eisenhower’s. The inspiring service was designed to give us strength for the tasks ahead. Congress convened at noon, and while action on the floor of the house was more or less routine organization, there was an underlying current of suppressed excitement and tension reflecting the awareness the second session of the 86th Congress was probably going to be a stormy one. Because this is a political year, predictions are that it may be the shortest, most controversial, and perhaps the most unproductive session in years.

—Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Society