The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Jean Allyn Smeltzer
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back

August 19, 2015


50 Years Ago - August 19, 1965

Klickitat County Commissioners awarded Teller Construction Co. of Portland a $449,915 contract to construct the Wahkiacus bridge over the Klickitat River in their regular meeting Monday. The bridge will be a prestressed concrete structure with the county paying the $2,261 difference between concrete and the steel in the original bid that Public Law 875 will pay. Public Law 875 provides funds for emergency repairs and is administered by the Civil Defense authority. The county will, also, build the Swale Creek and Rock Creek bridges itself with funds from PL875 of $10,000 and $8,000 respectively.

75 Years Ago - August 15, 1940

Klickitat County Sheriff C. R. House appraised of the fact that Wasco County’s famous Sheriff’s Posse had been invited to ride at the Goldendale Jamboree, Sheriff House, as one officer to another, wrote a letter to Sheriff Harold Sexton at The Dalles suggesting that the Oregon boys ship their horses to Goldendale by truck. Incensed over this suggestion, intimating as it did that The Dalles posse might not be able to undergo 30 miles in the saddle, Sheriff Sexton this week issued a public challenge to Sheriff House to ride with him on horse back from The Dalles to Goldendale on September 7.

Sheriff Sexton’s challenge to Sheriff House reads: “It is my understanding that you lay claim to having ridden considerable in the past, in your younger days, and I challenge you to ride with me from The Dalles to Goldendale, on horseback, on Saturday, September 7; the winner of this ride not to be judged on the time made between the two cities, but to be judged entirely on physical condition and ability to work or ride the following day.”

100 Years Ago - August 20, 1915

• K. C. Klancy and Jeff Nelson, Goldendale, have returned from the Mt. Adams berry patches. They must be awful bum berry pickers, says our informant, for they picked eight days and only secured 22 gallons of huckleberries. Berries, however, are very scarce this season on account of late frosts in the spring.

125 Years Ago - August 21, 1890

• Messrs. Emigh and Stout on their recent trip to the mines enjoyed the thrilling experience, yet unenjoyable experience of being lost for a couple of days, without either grub or blankets.


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