October 11, 1931 – 90 Years Ago

There is a strong probability that Goldendale will have a new industry, in the shape of a modern box factory. L.G. Davis, of Roslyn, Washington, who is connected with the Lake Cle Elum Lumber Company, has been in the city the past week and is much interested in the enterprise. He says he can deliver box shooks to the Yakima Valley from Goldendale by truck $3 per thousand cheaper from any other point. He has been looking the ground over and is making arrangements for lumber for this purpose. Every additional industry to Goldendale provides that much more employment, and a payroll is the thing we can use handily here.

October 8, 1941 – 80 Years Ago

Workmen on Klickitat County’s new courthouse began pouring cement for the building’s second floor during the week. Builders said the cement work on the building would probably be completed by the end of October.

October 11, 1951 – 70 Years Ago

Members of the Centerville Grange, in cooperation with County Commissioner J.W. Dressel, recently replaced the old “dangerous” board sidewalk along the north side of the highway going through the town with a hard-surfaced walkway from the school house to the C.J. Trading Post building, a distance of approximately one-half mile.

October 7, 1971 – 50 Years Ago

Though we’re used to seeing cattle on the move in spring and fall in this country, it isn’t too often we see them traversing city streets. When word was received that a herd of 200 cattle was moving along the hillside, across the Little Klickitat and headed for the new housing development, we went to investigate. It was the Howard and Marvin Norris cattle. Bringing them down Pipeline Road to town before crossing the highway was the best way home. I was told that, “When it snowed on them in their Simcoe Mountains pasture last week, those old cows decided it was time to come home.” Newton Norris secured a block of pasture at about 4,000-feet elevation directly north of Goldendale. The family has been driving cattle to and from this pasture for the last 80 years or more. Every generation of cows has learned the route by heart, and they not only know where to go but also when it is time to head north in the summer and back home in the fall.

October 11, 2001 – 20 Years Ago

Workers in Washington State who earn minimum wage will see their hourly wage increased by 18 cents per hour – to $6.90 – starting January 1, 2002. The state’s minimum wage is recalculated each year in September as a result of an initiative approved by voters in 1998.

—Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Society