The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Compiled by Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Museum 

Looking Back


November 21, 2018

November 15, 1888

The following order concerning the court house was made by the County Commissioners on Tuesday. It was ordered that plans be asked for, to be presented to the board on or before the first Monday in February 1889, with bids to accompany each plan, for building a court house, at a cost not to exceed $15,000. Said building to be brick, and with stone foundation, iron or tin roof and containing rooms approximately of the following sizes: Courtroom 40x45, Grand Jury Room 16x22, Petit Jury Room 16x18, Judges Room 12x14, Office of Court Clerk 16x13, Probate Judge 16x20 Auditors office 16x28, Treasurers office16x14, Sheriff’s office 16x14, Vault for Auditor 6x12.

November 17, 1938

Some things don’t change a lot in 50 years. One of them apparently, is the price of wheat. An item in last week’s “clippings of the past,” taken from The Sentinel of September 21, 1889, states that wheat is selling for 50 cents per bushel at Coffin and McFarland in Arlington, Oregon. While the latest wheat quotations from Arlington are not immediately available, the price of wheat in Goldendale this week is wavering around the fifty-cent mark, just where it was 49 years ago.

December 12, 1957

A toll bridge across the Columbia River at Biggs Rapids is not financially viable at this time, according to a report from W.A. Bugge, state director of highways. Early construction of the span was sought because of the impending building of John Day Dam, about 12 miles upstream from the bridge site. The span would serve as a transportation link for construction workers, it is maintained. The bridge also would eliminate a “bottleneck” on the through route to California, for trucks, tourist traffic, and other traffic.


November 13, 1958

George Brokaw, senior fullback, made a clean sweep of gridiron honors at the annual football banquet at the high school cafeteria Monday night. He won the inspirational, tackling, and blocking awards, and at the start of the season had been named co-captain along with Center Glen Hamilton. The shy gridder drew a rousing ovation from the 160 persons at the dinner, as well as the praise of his coaches. Others on the team that were given praise; Fred McClaskey, senior end; Ray Willis, senior half-back; John Mitchell, senior quarterback; Mike Ittershagen, half-back.


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