September 23, 1920 – 100 Years Ago


An audience of over 900 persons, as quests of E. C. Allison, local Edison Phonograph dealer, filled the high school auditorium last Thursday evening, the unanimous verdict being there was no distinction between the living voice and its recreation on the phonograph. A bigger gathering was never seen in Goldendale because a bigger crowd could not get in. The attraction was a concert by Miss Alice Verjet, Victor Young, and Robert Velton—and an Edison Phonograph. Singing with the Edison machine, she held her voice in restraint, but this did not affect the quality. Intermittently she would stop singing and allow the machine to go on alone and the audience could not tell the difference on the record.

September 17, 1940 – 80 Years Ago

Relics of the horses and buggy days, when shoppers rode into town in high-wheeled hacks and tied their teams to the curb are gone. Ten hitching rings were removed from the sidewalk in front of the Ledbetter and Gimlin building Monday. According to D. Ledbetter the rings were placed in the cement more than 35 years ago. At the time Goldendale had no cement curbs or paved streets. The sidewalk in front of the building was the edge of the street.

September 17. 1940 – 80 Years Ago

Winter Barley seed from High Prairie fields has been shipped to nearly every county in eastern Washington this year, L. W. Fernahan, county agent announced. The barley, known as the Olympia variety, was first developed by the college experiment station from some seed brought to this country from Holland. C. A. Johnson, High Prairie farmer was the first in the county to plant this variety of Barley.


September 22, 1960 – 60 Years Ago

One of the machines in The Sentinel Printery that never fails to fascinate the youngsters, in addition to the linotype of course, is the automatic job press, with its uncanny method of placing the sheets of paper without the aid of human hands. We have heard through The Fallon Nevada Standard that a small boy visiting their shop figured it out immediately. The sheets of paper are picked up, he said, by the same little man who turns off the light when the refrigerator door is closed.

September 4, 1980 – 40 Years Ago

Hugh and Elma Cameron, a Centerville couple who helped start the present Klickitat County Fair and who served on the Fair Board for many years, have been chosen to serve as Grand Marshalls for the 1980 Klickitat County Fair. Cameron, 74, recalled the potluck meeting held in 1943 at the Centerville Grange Hall where county ranchers decided to put on the county fair. “We didn’t have a dime to start with,” Cameron said, “and we didn’t have any buildings.” The original grandstand and exhibit buildings, used in the fair before the Depression, had burned. The Civilian Conservation Corps, however, had used the fairgrounds as a camp, and had built several barracks on the site. These were modified for use in the first few fairs in the 1940s.

September 12, 1985 – 35 Years Ago

After many services held in a temporary structure, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church is building. “We plan to erect a wall and roof on the building this fall,” reported Pastor Lee Brock, “and continue work on the building through the winter and spring as weather and finances permit.” The group hopes to have the building complete enough of occupancy in the early part of 1986. Local men working on the foundation include Lee Griggs, John Peterson, Fred Thatcher, Pastor Brock, and youths Ken and Bobby Thatcher. The women of the church served lunch and supper to the workers on Saturday.

—Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Society