The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Jean Allyn Smeltzer
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back

September 2, 2015


50 Years Ago - September 2, 1965

• The City of Goldendale received state approval this week of its resolution for the work on C (now Collins) Street. The state approved project will be paid for with $13,660 of state gas money which will be matched by $4,553 from the city street fund over a two years period.

The project calls for widening C Street from Columbus Avenue to Chatfield Street, a distance of 400 feet, to a 36 foot curb to curb street with a 50 foot right-of-way. The north curb will be knocked out and replaced 12 feet to the north. Curb will be installed along the city park and C Street will be paved to King Street.

The street widening will involve moving three houses and destruction of a fourth. All the land is being donated by the homeowners for the cost of the moving. The fourth homeowner has agreed to accept the average of other moving costs for his ground, according to City Supervisor Elmer Sikes.

75 Years Ago - September 5, 1940

• Impressive with the solid simplicity that marked the lives of so many of the 250 Klickitat pioneers whose names are chiseled on the four sides, an 18 ton gray granite monument was mounted on the courthouse grounds last Friday. This monument, sponsored by the Klickitat Valley Pioneers Association, bears the names of pioneers who came here prior to 1880. Cost of placing the name of the pioneers on the monument was, for the most part, paid for by the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the people concerned. The Pioneer Association paid for a small group of names of outstanding pioneers who at the present time have no relatives living in this area. Jess G. Allyn, former mayor of Goldendale had charge of the work of securing the names of pioneers to be placed on the monument.

100 Years Ago - September 3, 1915

• Henry Vanhoy and family, in Portland for some time past, have moved back to Goldendale. Mr. Vanhoy has accepted a position with the Farmers’ Warehouse Company.

125 Years Ago - September 3, 1890

• Ed Smith, one of the prisoners confined in the county jail, took it into his head that he would enjoy a whiff of free Klickitat air, and last Wednesday carried out his scheme for obtaining said whiff. The hole through which “Buffalo Chuck,” the Indian, made his escape some time ago, was reopened by which he made his exit. He ran to a barn not very far off and crawled under the hay expecting to emerge there from after dark and give leg bail. A passerby, however, saw a brick falling out and give the alarm to Dr. R. D. McCully, the deputy sheriff, who pursued the runaway. Going to the barn, the doctor gathered up a pitchfork and began prodding around with it. Soon he heard a cry - “Don’t shoot!” The fork had struck him in the temple just above the eye. Lucky for him, and perhaps the doctor, that it did not strike him in the eye. He was soon taken back to his cell, and hereafter his privilege of a “trustee” will be curtailed to some extent.


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