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April 11, 2018

April 6, 1888

Jochin Henry Timmerman was executed by hanging in Goldendale for the murder of William Sterling. Local tradition later told that just before his hanging Timmerman prophesied that Goldendale would soon be destroyed by fire, and indeed, on May 13, 1888, a little more than a month after Timmerman’s excursion, seven blocks of Goldendale’s business district did burn down.

April 1, 1907

A fire which started in the rear of the Armory Building at Goldendale following the regular Saturday night dance burned an entire block of business houses and caused a loss of $30,000. The exact cause is as yet unknown and such a headway had the fire obtained before discovered that the first warning people had, came from the helper engine which runs between here and Lyle. The screeching of his whistle aroused the town but even then, the sky was aglow and the Armory building fell shortly after. Just at dawn the fire bell signaled that the fire was under control. Today only the brick vault of the Aldrich Company’s bank and its single brick chimney stand. (The old armory building site is now the location of Dwinell Country Ales.)

Feb. 15, 1957

The Goldendale City council Monday night selected the Duncan-Miller manually operated parking meter for three downtown streets, and the meters will be installed by about the first of April. Locations of the meters will be on Main Street between Chatfield and Golden, on Grant Street from Broadway to Court, and on Columbus Avenue from Broadway to Court, both side of all streets. It is estimated that the meters will average $5 to $6 per month each, with a little slackening off during the winter season. Two hours parking will be provided by the meters for ten cents, one hour for a nickel, or twelve minutes for one cent.

March 28, 1963

Goldendale High School sophomore Jim Lee was named to the All-Valley A league second team, and Butch Beyerlin and Jim Lear received honorable mention in statistics released last weekend. Brian Savage, Bickleton sophomore and Dennis King, Glenwood were similarly named to the B League second team.

March 30, 1967

The horse responsible for the establishment of Forry’s Simcoe Stables was put to sleep Friday after suffering four days with paralyzed back legs caused by blood clots, Martin and Grace Forry this week. The Appaloosa mare “Maize” would have been22 years old March 29. The National Appaloosa Horse Club of America recently wrote the Forry’s asking if “Maize” could be present at this year’s national show in Walla Walla to be honored as one of the outstanding Appaloosa brood mares in the U.S. Forry asked that the honor be made in memorium.

March 19, 1987

Coming Down; City workers removed all the parking meters from downtown Goldendale last week, severing them at the base with a cutting torch. The holes left were then plastered over, leaving hardly a trace. The meters had been cover up for months by the city.

Answer to last week’s trivia question Academy Street; For nearly thirty years after settlement, Klickitat County schools were limited to only an eight-grade school curriculum. The first high school in the county, called “The Academy,” opened in 1897. The Academy school building sat between Broadway and Main street with its front door facing west toward downtown Goldendale and Academy Street. The Academy was replaced in 1918 with a big three-story brick building.

Next Week’s trivia question: Baker Street.

Compiled by Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Museum


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