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September 4, 2013


50 Years Ago – September 5, 1963

• Opening day enrollment in the Goldendale Schools showed considerable increase over the opening day last year and previous years. The total enrollment in the 3 schools was reported Tuesday by Superintendent Paul Johnson was 1089.

75 Years Ago – September 1, 1938

• Goldendale’s American Legion post this week announced the signing of a lease for the Utopian ball room, which will henceforth be used as a Legion hall. The lease was signed with Maurer Brothers, owners of the property. The move was made because the American Legion feels its previous meeting place in the Brooks building is too small for the local membership of 140.

As an opening feature at their new hall the Legion will stage a public dance there Friday evening, Sept. 2, featuring the hot swing band of Ernie Fields. The dance is under the direction of Harold Wolverton.

100 Years Ago – September 4, 1913

• The J. L. Divers threshing machine pulled in Monday noon after a thirty days successful run. The usual formalities, such as throwing each others hats in the separator and firebox of the engine, wound up the season’s run at 9:20 a.m., at the John Bratton place on Crofton Prairie.

125 Years Ago – September 6, 1888

• The city marshal, one day last week, was suddenly confronted by a very troublesome dilemma. He had impounded a number of cows for violation of the city ordinance which provides that cows shall not run at large between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Along about noon it became necessary, on account of the extreme warm weather, to drive the cows to the creek for water, and no sooner had they left the pound than the trouble began. Armed with cudgels and other weapons of offense, several women who were peculiarly interested in the freedom of the animals, charged upon the cavalcade from an ambush with the avowed intention of stampeding the drove. It was a regular picnic for the on-lookers, but the marshal finally carried the day and corralled the cows again. The owners have employed Attorney Dustin to retrieve them and commence an action to set aside the ordinance.

Mayor George Stapleton and council men B. N. Snover and Joseph Nesbitt were among those who fell victims of their perseverance in enforcing the cow ordinance. Each one walked up and planked down $1.50 and took their cow away.

Compiled by Jean Allyn Smeltzer, of the Klickitat County Historical Society


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