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By Compiled by Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back


November 20, 2019

October 3, 1938 - 81 Years Ago

Encountering a rattlesnake in any part of the country would not be to everyone’s pleasure, but to walk along the main street in town and almost step on such a reptile would indeed cause a palpitation of the heart. Just such an incident occurred early Sunday evening of this week, when Miss Betty Frayley, school girl, heard an ominous rattle as she was passing the Claude Purvine residence on Main Street ([southwest corner of Main and Wilber]. Almost at her feet, on the smoothly cut lawn, she discovered the rattler. What would you do? Miss Frayley did the only natural thing. She screamed. Robert Bratton, who lives across the street, rushed to the aid of the lady in distress, with a hoe. The instrument was sufficient, for in a few seconds time, Mr. Rattler was completely out of the picture. Examination revealed it had six rattles. It is probable the reptile came to town on a load of wood.

November 23, 1939 – 80 Years Ago

Friday evening, November 17, was the annual Ag Class “Harvest Ball.” The music was furnished by Virgil Oltmanns and his six-piece orchestra. It was a gingham and overall dance, but a large majority of the crowd wore their “best.” Besides having the gym decorated like a barn, there were a few good, old square dances, which proved that it was a real barn dance. Everyone had a good time and is waiting for the next big dance, the Junior Prom.

November 18, 1948 – 71 Years Ago

A feminine member of the Schmid family of Trout Lake, Nancy Pearson drew national attention four years ago when she manned the Meadow Butte lookout in the top of a Ponderosa Pine tree near Glenwood. In the course of her duties she navigated an 80-foot vertical ladder, up and down, five times a day, seven days a week. [“Meadow Butte Lookout,” Blue Light to Pucker Huddle.]

October 18, 1979 – 40 Years Ago

The Centerville Grange that burned to the ground last January is being rebuilt. Saturday, walls for the basement were put up, using a new method with prefabricated cement panels. The panel system, called “waffle-crete,” has never before been used in the Northwest. The wall panels are cast like a waffle so they provide adequate strength with less concrete and steel than a solid wall. Once the walls are in place the floor is poured against the bottom edge and the next floor built on top. The Grange will put a metal building on top.

November 12, 1987 – 32 Years Ago

There are three colossal accomplishments an individual can achieve in Klickitat County. The first, and probably most strenuous, would be to climb Mt. Adams. The second would be a thrilling and perilous raft trip down the Klickitat River. The third, would be to eat the “Ain’t No Way Burger” at Jeff and Carol Adams, Truckin’ Joe’s Café. The “Ain’t No Way Burger” is billed as a glorified 24-ounce cheeseburger, and glorified it is. It includes one-and a half pounds of fresh hamburger, three slices of ham, three slices of turkey, three slices of bacon, cheese lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The burger weighs in at two and three quarters pounds. Couple that major burger with a platter of fries piled six inches high, a half-pound of salad, and a piece of pie. Adams sells the meal for $9.95, but it can be had for free if the person ordering can eat the entire meal in an hour. Enter Jay Kayser; he was real hungry Oct. 29, the night of his 29th birthday. That night, Kayser, along with his family, went to Truckin’ Joe’s. He says he had left home intending to order steak and have a nice quiet meal with his family. That was until he found out about the burger deal and ordered it. “It was the challenge of the free meal that he liked.” Kayser said, “I thought, ‘Heck, what’s there to lose?’” But Kayser had achieved a first. Never in the time the burger had been on the menu, had it ever been eaten in its entirety. Kayser finished it in 58 minutes, with two minutes to spare.


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