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April 7, 1887 - 134 Years Ago - Goldendale Sentinel

A good many years ago, Mr. R. R. Thompson brought out a steam plow from England to be used on his Yamhill Farm. It was a ponderous affair, comprising two steam engines, which were stationed one on each side of the field and drew four plows back and forward between them. It cost some $10,000 and proved a grand failure. Since that time no attempt, it is believed, has been made to plow by steam in this state. But now another trial on a different plan is to be made. An Oregonian reporter saw a robust-looking traction engine, with drive wheels eighteen inches broad, passing down Front Street on Saturday and learned that it was for Dr. Nelson Blalock and was to be used hauling plows on his extensive farm at Blalock, Oregon. It was pulling a gang of seven plows, from C.H. Dodd and Company, of the style called “Dee’s New Deal,” a very appropriate name, as the whole outfit is a new deal in the line of plowing. Dr. Blalock proposes to use the new engine on 10,000 acres of his Blalock wheat farm.

April 6, 1961 – 60 Years Ago

Anyone who hasn’t been out to the Golf Club recently has a real surprise in store. He’d never know the club house! It’s about twice as big as before, since the new addition was put on, and before long the boys who work evenings and weekends will have the place really looking great. They’ve been “going to town” in the short time they’ve been working. Apparently, they don’t figure to spend much good golfing weather working indoors, which makes sense. When they do get to tramping the fairways, they’ll find them as beautiful as a picture, too. The work the last two years on seeding and faithfully irrigating certainly has paid off. All things considered, Goldendale Golf Club will have improved its facilities about 1,000 per cent over what they were but a few short years ago, when present work is finished. It is a fact we all must recognize, whether we ever set foot on a green or not: Goldendale Golf Club, a private enterprise, nevertheless forms a very valuable asset to Goldendale, the Klickitat Valley, and

Klickitat County.

April 17, 1969 – 52 Years Ago

Mayor George Nesbitt announced this week that at its meeting next Monday night, the city council will consider whether to take over ownership, development, management, and maintenance of the Goldendale Airport. The mayor’s statement paid tribute to the many persons who have so courageously worked hard to develop the airport over the years with very little financial help and who asked to be relieved of the responsibility. Nesbitt said a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration will be present to inspect the airport and to make recommendations.

April 8, 1971 – 50 Years Ago

Removal of the horse watering trough from Main Street and authorization of a new city policeman were actions taken by the City Council Monday. Petitions requesting the troughs removal and repairs of the Main Street planters were presented to the council by Alf Jacobsen. He said the trough constituted a hazard and was a liability to the city. The council agreed to have the trough removed to Klick Park.

April 8, 1971 – 50 Years Ago

Getting off the sofa in the living room to go to her bedroom, Mrs. George Klein had no reason Friday night to suspect the “Arms of Morpheus” had beckoned her to safety—for moments later, a sedan plowed into the living room of the house at 201 E Broadway and left the sofa in splintered shambles. A Mercury Comet ran out of control about 11 p.m. as it was traveling east of Broadway. It crossed the street, leaving an imprint of tire marks, careened across the lawn, knocked the corner post of the porch askew, and crashed through the door and corner of the house, finally coming to rest in the middle of the living room.

April 23, 1981 – 40 Years Ago

Middle School News by Cindy Falk: Alan Doubravsky, local timber faller, visited all the fifth grade social study classes Friday. He told us all about the special tools he uses, especially the chain saw. He started his saw, and it made an awful loud sound. He also wore the clothes of a logger, including “cork” boots, “tin” hat, and pants with wide suspenders.

—Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Society