The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back


December 11, 2019

December 12, 1929 – 90 Years Ago

Dear Santa: I am in the second grade. I am seven years old. I want a football and a wagon. I want some nuts and candy. Arthur Schuster

Dear Santa: I want a stock barn a three-motored plane, a crow shooting gallery, a steel tech erector, and a baseball game. Harold Hill

Dear Santa: Please give me a watch and a barn. Charles Hoctor

December 18, 1949 – 70 Years Ago

Patients and Equipment had no sooner been moved from the old Goldendale General Hospital to the new Klickitat Valley Hospital than operation of a nursing home was started by Mr. and Mrs. August Lofstrand, who recently purchased the building for that purpose from Mrs. Merle

McAllister, a former Goldendale resident. [The old hospital building was a two-story structure –with no elevator – I was born in the old hospital – Dr. Holderby carried my mother between floors on a narrow steep stairway before and after my delivery.]

December 16, 1954 – 65 Years Ago

“Four State Legislators, meeting with a group of citizens from the Toppenish and Goldendale areas at the Satus Ski Lodge last Thursday, assured the delegation they would put forth every effort to obtain additional funds needed for the completion of the two-story building constructed jointly by the State Parks and Recreation commission and citizen from Toppenish Goldendale areas. “Douglas Ledbetter, chairman of the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce Park Committee, briefed the legislators on the history of the Satus Recreation area since the start of the project in 1951. Before the public can use the lodge, we must re-wire and install additional toilets and shower facilities. The second story needs to be completed, which includes flooring, lighting, toilet facilities, a fire place, cooking quarters and painting.

December 4, 1969 – 50 Years Ago

U.S. Air Force Sergeant Jack Runyan, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Runyun of Roosevelt, has arrived for duty at McChord AFB, WA. Sergeant Runyan is an aircraft mechanic assigned to the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, a unit of the Aerospace Defense Command which protects the U.S. against hostile aircraft and missiles. He previously served in Thailand. The sergeant is a 1966 graduate of Bickleton High School. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.I. Smith, Orondo.

December 4, 1969 – 50 Years Ago

Assurance was given this week that all “away” basketball games of the Goldendale Timberwolves will be broadcast on TV channel 13 this season beginning with the Prosser game December 12. Kirk Williamson, who organized the sponsorship of Goldendale merchants, said 14 or more local sponsors had been found. Williamson will broadcast the games, assisted by Kevin Davis as a spotter and statistician. The broadcast program is entirely locally-sponsored and operated, under the license supervision of Radio KACI, which handles the leased wire arrangements.

December, 1991- 28 Years Ago

At least 200 people turned out for Goldendale’s first evening parade last Friday night, followed by the lighting of the new living Christmas tree and singing of holiday songs. Donning umbrellas and raincoats, crowds lined Columbus Avenue and Main Street to witness the passing of screaming fire trucks, colorful floats of red-faced riders, cars carrying city officials and children singing songs – each aglow with Christmas lights. Culminating the evening, an eight-foot living noble fir was lit by Mayor Ron Ihrig. The tree was purchased and planted on the Court House lawn last month with the work of the Committee for a Brighter Goldendale Christmas.


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