The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Compiled by Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Museum 

Looking Back


July 6, 1907

The Hay Baler belonging to Grant Bundell will start Monday next with crew of five men. He has about 1,500 tons contracted for at the rate of $2 per ton. The machine will bale 15 tons a day of 10 hours.

July 6, 1907

The new engine for traction purposes, recently brought here by the Klickitat Pine Lumber Company, was taken to the sawmill section last week. It is the largest and heaviest engine ever brought into Klickitat, almost the size of the big ones on the O.R. & N. It is for the purpose of hauling loaded wagons of lumber from the mills in the hills to the company’s yards in Goldendale. Bridges are being strengthened and road put in shape for the heavy work demanded, the engine weighing 20 tons. It is expected the lumber “trains” will come into town next week.

June 5, 1919

Twelve thousand bricks were lost last week at the brick yard. A big crew of men have been hard at work getting brick ready for the several buildings that are to be erected this summer. In taking the bricks off the drying racks, enough were removed from one side so that the other side topped over, making a loss of 12,000 bricks, a couple of hundred dollars in cash, and the time required to make them. The crew of men are getting out lots of brick daily. and a big kiln is being formed. It is probable they will continue with work on that kiln until necessary to burn to supply the local demand, when work will be commenced on another kiln.

July 13, 1978

Move over, Wheat – 16 farmers in Klickitat County and Oregon have experimented with growing sunflowers this year, perhaps in reaction to the poor prices for wheat in the past several seasons. About 585 acres of the yellow flowers, grown for their oil, have been planted. According to Ervin Anderson of Goldendale Equipment, the consensus seems to be the flowers are doing well, given most farmers inexperience with the new crop. It is too early to assess the crop’s size or quality.

July 9, 1987

Life isn’t quite as lonely at the top as it once may have been for fire lookouts in Klickitat County. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) operates only two lookouts in southeastern Washington; one on Lorena Butte immediately outside of Goldendale, the other on Grey Back Mountain just east of the Glenwood Valley across from snow-capped Mt. Adams. The lookouts, Cathy Marshall at Lorena Butte and Lori Lorenz at Gray Back, are stationed five days with two days off. They both scan for fire and smoke during weekends.

Doug Daniels, manager of the DNR’s Glenwood unit recalled that numerous lookouts once scanned state lands of the county. But the number has dwindled to four within the past 20 years: Diamond Gap, dismantled, served areas south of Glenwood; Nester Peak still stands west of Husum but isn’t manned. Locally there is Lorena Butte and Greyback. Daniels said “a cabin in a tree” lookout is yet intact on Meadow Butte near Glenwood, but a section of the ladder is missing from the tree to prevent climbers.

Darland Street: Issac and George Darland came first to Oregon in 1865, moving to Klickitat County in 1876. Issac Darland was a farm machinery salesman, selling early day threshing machines. He worked for Gara Scott Co., Advanced Thresher Co., and Buffalo Pitts Machine Company. He was also an early day postmaster, having been appointed by Grover Cleveland in 1893.


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