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The Bonneville Dam (elebration July 1,2,3 and 4 promises to be the greatest event in the Pacific Northwest,
this Fourth. It should draw 20,000 people to ( ascade Locks. But it is going to require the cooperation of
every man, woman, hoy and girl. The Committees are working night and day. They are shouldering the
bulk o f the labor, and will do their share. However, there is a tremendous lot of work ahead. Volunteers
lire needed. If you are willing to help put the (elebration over in a manner that will make the whole State
talk about Cascade Locks, tell Vernon C. Henderson, at Fourth of July Headquarters. He will have a place
for vou. And in return you will have the liveliest Fourth in the history of the Mid-Columbia District.
HE DAM CHRONICLE
V' »I I Ml
( ASCADK UM KS, ORFIGON,
■ AGREE TO HIRE
NUM BER 8
F R ID A Y , M AY 25, 1934
GOVERNMENT SHOULD ACT
FORMALLY OPEN FOURTH OF JULY
ITS NEW CHURCH HEADQUARTERS
In Juno and July the government will be putting hun-
tlreds of men to work on new contracts at Bonneville dam.
These men, selected from among unemployed, must sup
C o u n ty
C o u rt
T e ll» C a p ta in port their families in Portland and pay board on the job D e d ic a t io n S e r v ic e s to B e F e a V e rn o n G H e n d e r s o n to G ive
tu re d b y S p e c ia l M u s ic at
L N cU o n It W ill C o n tr ib u te
Full T im e to D e ta ils o f O r
unless houses are built in Cascade Locks in sufficient num
$Sl) P er M o n th to O ff»
c c r • S a la r y
Rivrf county oimmiMHinm
•t r<l to mniriliutr SSO a month to
|t r «alary il 4 deputy »hrriff, who
tv II l>r tvitioiird in ( i K id r I** Ics
be fining June I
I I hr ctrthl for obtaining 4 deputy
■I ild go to l .i|»t ( h a flo Nrlwin,
A jgu»t Peterson ami \\ J Carlson,
■ h o ate memtx-rs of a lomnuttrr ap
|> iintrd by I'rrMiirnt I'rank Hull id
t IV» citili to take I hr matter id
^■■Inr proirttion tip with county of*
H i lalt
1 t .ipi.iin \ rlv .n . chairman id thr
^fcmnuMrr, nude repeated trips In
fi id Riser Hr met with mrml«rr>
•I thr court some days ago and came
•» y with 4 signed agreement I hr
t) iff and prow» tiling attorney at
^pndr»l thr cnnfrrrncr and t •murre»!
thr pro|»>sition which thr court
^p.tdr to Captain Nrlson
It watt a «?m l in thr ton frrrm r
i.it thr sheriff * o ffu r would actrpt
h i . ode 1 * *» ks
for thr |x»»ition
condition that thr srlrttion mrt
ith thr a|iproval of tlir people in
ir lower nul id thr county.
Whrthrr thr businrss mrn td this
will . ntnliulr a* id it I* • c t. 1 1 in.*ii
s to bring thr salary up to $100,
endurar somr person who may lie
hililif t«' W"ik trmpoiaril) t t h r
that has I wen madr availablr by
county court, is a matter that
hi t U- threshed out b) the- people
01 < 4M .»li l inks
[IRE PLUGS ASSURED
IN BUSINESS SECTION
I (trough efforts o f William K«*elrr,
rnt for J. B. L i k r , Main street
ill l*e Muddl'd with firr hydrants,
put in practically the whole of
day obtaining pledges from prop-
tv owners who agreed to put in
or more plug« each.
- \ i Stewart m ting ior in- totlni
L. Stewart, announced he would
Wit in six fire plugs, to I k - tapped
^ H im In organization * «.iter mains
T l i- means that sufficient hydrants
Will I m - s|mtted along he highway to
Ren i from a point near the Bridge
of the (»ods to thr ( raigmont hotel.
■ A \V. Meyer, owner id the water
Rtiims in the up|wr end cd town, has
volunteered to provide water free of
cost in event of fire. The Stewart
organization will do the same. With
ample hose connections available,
and the use of the forestry service
fire truc k from Herman creek ranger
SUn ion, the town will lie in position
to fight quite a fire. The forestry
fjv\icc has an abundance of hose and
the pum|M'r will throw a stream a
Buflu lent distance to give residential
|»erty close to the highway some
irvey t'arc-y of the Service Shoe
is building a nice business hy
< people living in the Bonneville
n.|Ujr s,.rv» r
►Mi.m.1 ,(ri().v , |e |us
"K stations along the highway.
C o m m u n ity H o u se S u n
d a y A ft e r n o o n .
bers to care for them.
Inexpensive cottages will pay themselves out in two
or three years. They should be built by the government.
A revolving fund set up for this purpose would trickle
back into the national treasury in the form of rent. The
government is paying its unskilled labor only $15 a week.
That is not enough to permit them to support a family in
reasonable comfort after paying living costs at the dam.
If the government declines to act, private capital
must be induced to step into the breach. But we are con
fident President Roosevelt would order cottages erected
if made full yconversant with the facts— and the faacts
should be brought to his attention.
73 Years In
C e le b r a tio n .
The people of Bonneville have la
The movement to make the Bon
bored long and hard to develop a neville dam celebration in Cascade
community church where services can D»cks a statewide affair got into
I k - held every Sunday for the benefit high gear this week when the Cham-
of the men employed on the dam and lier of Commerce opened Fourth of
for the residents o f the Bonneville July headquarters with Yemon G.
Henderson in charge. Mr. Henderson
Sunday the church will be dedi- will lie on salary and devote his entire
c.tie»l with a|>propriate exercises. The time t odirecting activities incident
dedic ion services will lie held at to putting the celebration at Cascade
4:30 m the afternoon under auspices Dxrks on the map in a big way.
of the Portland Council of Churches,
Committee meetings are being held
the Oregon Council of Home Missions almost nightly and liefore the end of
Community another week the general committee
Church Board. The committee on ar hojies to have all expenses connected
rangements is coni|M»sed of Samuel C. with the celebration underwritten.
Lancaster, Rev. A. k. Davis, (»eorge
Plans for the celebration are rap
\tkinson and Dr. WeMerlund.
idly taking form, with new committee
Ruth Bradley Reiser will direct lx-ing appointed almost daily by "Jim'
the music and Rev. Milton A. Marcy, Merrill, chairman of the general com
D. I)., will deliver the semton. Other mittee. to look after details. A pro
speakers will include Rev. Perry C. gram fo r raising funds with which
Hopfirr, I). II., and Rev. G. A. Pol- to earn- on an extensive advertising
land. Rev. K. C. Farnham, D. D.. ex and publicity camfiaign throughout
ecutive secretary o f the Portland Oregon. Washington and Idaho have
Council of Churches, will preside.
1 been formulated.
Special music has been provided
Biggest problem to date has been
for the occasion. This will include a the matter of accomodoting visitors
vocal solo by Miss Scott and a chorus who will wish to drive in long dist
of children's voices.
ances and spend two or three days
'The community church occupies sight seeing and participating in the
the community house, which has been carnival o f fun. A committee on
built through the coojterative efforts housing the visitors is already at
of many people, but is a tribute, in wtirk on this problem. They probably
large measure, to the untiring work will endeavor to solve it by establish
o f Mr. Lancaster.
ing free camping grounds.
Features of the celebration will in-
1 elude a jitney dance running 24 hours
a day. beginning Saturday night;
Igtse ball games morning and after-
The Columbia and Snake rivers are n»Kin: a street carnival; water sports;
cafiable o f generating more electricity log rolling contests wrestling matches
than is now use»! in the United States and boxing matches; horse shoe pit
H. A. Martin, division manager o f ching tournaments; and a daily pro
the West Coast Power company, told gram o f contests.
the Cascade Dicks Chamber o f Com
Led by the Blue Knights orchestra
merce at its weekly mxinday lunch. of Ho»xi River and Samuel C. Lan
Mr. Martin, who has charge o f his caster. a deligateion o f 35 men and
company's Oregon and Washington women front the Cascade Locks
(»roperties, predicted rapid expansion Chamber of Commerce invaded Port
in the Bonneville »lam area during land Monday to ask the Portland
the next few years. He told the Chamber to join in making the four-
chamber that his company would be day Bonneville dam celebration here
lilac! to cooperate in obtaining infor
F’ourth a statewide affair.
mation and facts which am id tie
After the noonday luncheon at the
used to attract industries to this sec | Portland hotel a committee called on
Walter May, secretary of the Port-
W«*dnesday's meeting was held at land chamber, and formally asked
the W e-Ask-U-Inn. Thirty-five mem- Portland's whole hearted support and
I xts were in attendance. Membership cooperation. He said the matter would
cards were signe»! by the president be laid before his board o f directors
an«l distributed to all who were pres and expressed the opinion that the
ent. Next week's meeting will be held celebration would draw large cr»>wds
at Otto Becker's new Blue Moon, from Portland.
iust below the Odd Fellows hull.
Following the meeting at the Port
More and more people are joining land chamber's forum and the con
the chamber an«l indications are that ference with Mr. M ay, a truck carry
the membership o f 100 will lie reach ing the orchestra and bearing banners
ed earlier than anticipated. Invita announcing the celebration was put
tions are Ix-ing extended to all busi on the streets. The trucks paraded
ness men an«l women in the B«»nne- the streets, attracting much attention.
Seated at the speakers’ table at
ville dam area to attend the luncheons
William Keeler, chairman o f the the luncheon forum were Mr. I.an-
chamber's h»»ard of directors, reported caster, Presitlent A. W. Meyer, Sec
that the state liquor control board retary Vernon G. Henderson ant! Wil
had agreed not to issue any more beer, liam Keeler, chairman o f the board
licenses without the chamber's con of directors. .Mr. Henderson and Mr.
BY J ACK Met K \KY
Civil war was breaking upon the
c ountry and gold seekers were swarm
ing up thr rivrr, rnroutr to thr mines
in Idaho, when my father brought
he« family to Cascade Locks in the
early part of 1861. Hut they didn'd
call the town Cascade lawks in those
days, for there was no town. It was
known to everyone as the l'p|>rr
Cascades The ground down where
the government reservation is now
was covered with an Indian village,
and there were only three white
families. I here must have lx-rn 1500
Indians. They lived in hark houses,
laid out in a long street. The three
white families live»! in Irani houses
that stood about where thr highway
runs through town, down aliout Cold-
felter s store. One family was named
( hitman. Then there was "Jim "
Thompson and his family and Amos
Cndrrwood and his family.
I was nine years old when we came
up the Columbia (tom Fort Van
couver, where I was liorn in 1852. 1
will I k - 82 years old the second clay
of June, and as I have lived here for
nearly 75 years I have seen the town
grow from almost nothing.
M y father was Richard McCrary.
Hr was liorn in Kentucky in 1794.
As a boy of 16 he left home to l*e-
com r a hunter and trapper.He worked
for years for the Hudson's Hay com
pany after coming out to the Oregon
country more than 100 years ago. I
was third in a family of nine children.
There were four brothers and four
sisters. M y father married twice. In
the first family there were seven
children. Of the 16 children I am
the only one now living, and I almost
the last of the M cCrary’s
I was liorn on the military reser
vation at Fort Vancouver. As a boy
I grew up among soldiers and fur
traders. The Hudson's Hay company
was winding up its affairs on the
Columbia in the early (>0 s and father
decided to find work up around the
Cascades. He employed Joe Latourrll,
a French Canadian, for whom Lat
ourrll falls is named, to bring our
g a n iz a tio n f o r F o u r -D a y
household giHKls and thr family up
In those days the l»oats could only
get as far as the Lower Cascades.
The Lower Cascades were at Bonne
ville. There was a wiHxlen railroad
running from Ruckle creek to the
I'jtper Cascades. I he (mats would
transfer their cargoes to the railroad
and other Ixiats would pick up the
cargoes at this end. There was a small
-team engine on thr run between
Ruckle creek and Bonneville, put the
cars were hauled the balance o f the
distance by mules.
Bradford A Ruckle had a sawmill
on the Washington side of the river,
opposite Cascade Decks. "J im " T h o
mpson had a little mill that stocMl
just luck of where the W e-A sk -l' Inn
now stands. Then there was a third
mill, cutting about 50,000 board feet
a day, at Utgle creek. All three mills
were run by water power.
I here were no stores, and few sett
lers on the Oregon side of thr river.
John Andrews ran a store on the
north side of the river, near the Brad-
lord »V Ruckle mill. I town opposite
Bonneville, at what they called l as
cade, was a garrison of soldiers, who
had lK-en stationed there after the
Indian war of 1856. A Jew by the
name of John Jagey ran a store near
Our family fixated on a place two
miles alcove Cascade Decks and my
father got a job with one of the saw
mills. There was no schexd and no
churches. All travel was by the river
and it was about as easy to go to 1 he
Dalles as to Portland.
The Civil W ar was just getting
under way and the new gold mines
over in Idaho were attracting a lot of
attention. The States Rights Demo
crat had Ix-en established at Albany.
It was the Ix-st Democratic newspaper
in Oregon, while The Oregonian was
the leading Republican newspaper.
Nearly everybody read one or the
other o f the two newspapers, but my
father subscribed to both of them.
(To be Continued)
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
HAS SPLENDID MEETING