The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Allyn Smeltzer
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back


25 Years Ago - June 13, 1991

Goldendale FFA members recently attended the District IV FFA Leadership camp, held June 7 and 8 in Cle Elum. During the camp, Goldendale’s Mark Lee was elected District IV reporter for the 1991-92 year. Participating in the leadership camp from Goldendale are Dan Lee, Ty Linden, Kip Geise. Mark Lee and Karl Enyeart.

50 Years Ago - June 16, 1966

Preceding the graduation program June 2, the Centerville school paid a special tribute to Mrs. Rollie (Ruth) Largent who is retiring after 34 years of teaching. After marriage to Rollie Largent, remained at home until she resumed her teaching career in Klickitat County. Her first school was at The Pine Forest Rural School, north of Goldendale, where she taught for two years. Then followed one year of rural teaching at the Horseshoe Bend school. Upon the consolidation of Centerville and Horseshoe Bend schools, Mrs. Largent moved to the Centerville school in 1942. She remained at Centerville for 24 years of dedication.

75 Years Ago - June 12, 1941

In a move designed to increase log storage capacity at their Goldendale mill, the Klickitat Pine Box Co., this week began construction of a highline stacker. The equipment, which has been moved from Wenatchee, will enable the company to stack up to one million feet of logs in the area immediately north of the present mill pond. Two 90 foot poles will be raised on opposite sides of the pond and logs will be carried across by means of a carriage operating on cables. The new stacker will enable the mill to double its log storage here, Philip Hingston, company manager said.

100 Years Ago - June 16, 1916

The entire southern part of the Lyle business district was destroyed by fire last Monday night. The blaze, the origin of which is not known, started in the Howard general merchandise store shortly after midnight. The flames entirely destroyed the Howard store, Kemp’s barber shop, Bachman’s drug store and Marshall’s printing shop, four buildings which were closely together in a row, being all of the business structures south of the railroad.

However, the plant of Marshall’s printing shop, was saved, the section crew on the railroad getting it all out just as the blaze reached the building. Marshall at once secured new quarters, and the next issue of his paper will not be delayed by the fire.


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