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May 4, 1950 – 71 Years Ago

Members of the Goldendale High School Future Farmers of America class are doing their part to reforest the area devastated by fire several years ago near Willard. Recently the FFA boys made their seventh annual visit to the Willard Burn and planted 3,400 Ponderosa Pine seedlings during the day. During the seven years, it is estimated that the local FFA Chapter has planted nearly 50,000 trees in the reforestation program. Participating in the tree planting project were Delbert Imrie, Burton Briske, Gary Stone, Roscoe Imrie, Fred Long, Max Atkins, Mike Montanye, T. Texas Stonewall, Mike Robison, Neil VanAelst, Johnny Jones, Ronnie Bryant, Wayne Eshelman, Ronald Holter, Don Jackson, Ralph Holter, Marian Imrie, Jimmie Ingraham, Robert Drury, and Lindsey Smith

April 28, 1960 – 61 Years Ago

A county-wide canvass is under way to raise funds for a building to house the Klickitat County Historical Society and a museum of articles pertaining to the history of the county. The Presby Mansion at the corner of Broadway and Grant streets has been proposed as a site. But members of the Historical Society also are considering other possibilities. Many members had toured the Presby Mansion during an open house held earlier in the day. Proponents of the proposal said they feel the building, which exemplifies a bygone era in local history, would be an appropriate home for the display of county relics and headquarters for the society. Principal stumbling blocks in the proposal is the $18,000 purchase price and cost of upkeep of the 15-room mansion. The property has 136-foot frontage and is 114 feet deep.

April 28, 1960 – 61 Years Ago

The location of the proposed new Goldendale elementary school will be staked out and outlined with color pennants, it was decided at the Monday evening gathering of local school boosters. Presiding officer Jim Bridgefarmer named a committee, headed by Leonard Larsen, to erect stakes and flags to identify the location of the school on the eight-acre site adjoining the present high school grounds. Entrance to the site can be made from the football field or from the road past the county sheds, it was stated.

April 16, 1970 – 51 Years Ago

Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Holderby, who have lived in Goldendale for 21 years, are leaving the community immediately for Blythe, California. Holderby, who has been at the Goldendale Medial building, has been most recently associated with Dr. Elsie Tupper, who will carry on the practice alone until the doctor’s replacement, Dr. D. Shwisow, arrives in the summer.

April 29, 1971 – 50 Years Ago

A new two-story addition to A & A Building Supply is presently under construction. The building, when finished about mid-June, will house sporting goods, lawn care products, and unfinished furniture, stated Richard Arp last week. The second floor of the edifice will be the showroom and will face and open onto Mill Street and have parking in front. It will connect by a stairway to the existing building.

April 30, 1981 – 40 Years Ago

The Mail Must Go Through: Even though work is not quite completed at the new Goldendale Post Office, employees had to move their operations to the new facilities Saturday. Most of the mailboxes, furniture, and equipment was moved during the day, and service was reinstated that afternoon. The Goldendale Chapter of the F.F.A. was hired to assist in the move.

—Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Society