The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Compiled by Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Museum 

Looking Back


June 14, 1894 - June 12, 1919

Winfield S. Lefever came down Monday from his summer ranch in the Simcoes, 12 miles north of Goldendale. He reports that three inches of snow fell there last Saturday and about two inches more on Sunday, but it melted rapidly and the ground was bare Monday morning. Bare ground was frozen an inch in depth Sunday morning. The electrical storm of Saturday spent its fury on the mountain. A bolt of lightning struck a tree about 100 feet from Mr. Lefever’s cabin and splintered it badly but no other damage was done.

July 29, 1948

A reduction of freight rates on hay in boxcar load lots from Goldendale to Portland has been announced by the S P & S Railway. The new price per hundred-weight is announced as 20 cents, as compared to the previous rate of 24 cents. The rate, it was explained, applies to Portland and points north of Portland. This makes the rate to Portland $4.80 per ton plus 3 per cent transportation tax. The move is made, Agent K.A. Zeverly said, to assist farmers in marketing their hay.

July 15, 1948

Any idea that Goldendale isn’t a “cow town” was laid to rest last Thursday. During the noon hour on that day a half-dozen cows, accompanied by a couple of calves, marched solemnly down main street, sauntered across the main intersection unmindful of state highway traffic, and proceeded to the west end of town where they munched grass for a while. Then they trooped back up Main Street and back to the Almon Dingmon ranch, where they had started from.

June 29, 1978;

Goldendale City Councilman Keith Silen had an interesting encounter recently. Keith, who graduated from Trout Lake High School in 1958, ran into a friend of his from his graduating class. On the night, he graduated from high school, Keith, along with all the other seniors, was tossed into the White Salmon River. When he emerged, he found that he had lost his graduation ring which he had just received. After looking in vain for the ring, he resigned himself to never seeing it again. But last week, the ring appeared again. Twenty years later, Keith’s friend gave him the ring which he now wears on his hand. Sometime during the intermittent years, the ring was found by a swimmer near the swimming hole. It went through a chain of hands before finally making its way back to Keith’s hands where it started.

July 9, 1987;

The year 1888 brought good news and bad news for Goldendale. The bad news was that most of the town burned to the ground. The good news occurred the next day, when the Hornibrook family moved here from Iowa. This weekend Goldendale’s Community days honors William Hornibrook, 95, as the festival’s Grand Marshall, an occasion which will highlight the family’s long history in town. “My father had 640 acres, which was a good-sized ranch in those days” said Hornibrook,” Wheat was 32 cents a bushel, Eggs were 8 cents, wool was 10 cents a pound.”

July 9, 1998

Three high school seniors from Goldendale have something in common with the likes of famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Alva Edison, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. What they all share is that they received all or most of the education at home. Jennifer Howell, Marisa Humphrey, and Theresa Shatraw are 1998 high school graduates, but they didn’t graduate on June 5 with the 89 seniors from Goldendale High School. Instead Howell and Shatraw turned their tassels in a more personal ceremony before a crowd of about 200 friends and relatives on June 7, sponsored by Goldendale Responsible Active Christian Home Educators.

Trivia Schuster Street: Schuster Street was named in honor of August Schuster. He was appointed sheriff of Klickitat County in 1862 by Governor Isaac Stevens of Washington Territory and served in that office for 16 years. He was postmaster at Rockland and moved to Goldendale when it became county seat in 1878. He helped move legal documents on horse-back during the winter months of 1878 from Rockland to the new courthouse in Goldendale. August Schuster was the father to William, who was the father Barney, who was father of Art, who was the father and grandfather to the present-day Schuster families in Klickitat County. When named, Schuster Street/East Street was the most eastern street in Goldendale and was known as East Street until 1968 when it was renamed Schuster.


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