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Looking Back on November 17:
Celilo Falls, Bonneville Dam

by Cece Fix
The Dalles Chronicle, November 17, 2012

Fishing at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River 60 Years Ago - 1953

The next 75 days will determine the amount of silver ore underlying The Dalles County Club property, as a result of fast progress now being made in the mine shaft. This was the word brought here this week by L.S. Harrison of Kellogg, Idaho, president of the mining company which has leased the club's mineral rights. A second shift of miners was put to work in the shaft yesterday. Diamond drilling tests made last year have shown that a large ore body underlies the golf club, Harrison told club directors while here. The extent of the high grade deposit, some of which assayed in excess of $1000 to the ton, will not be determined until miners reach the main ledge, but tests revealed a huge body of lower grade ore, that can be mined profitably, Harrison declared.

Army engineers are planning locks to accommodate ocean going vessels past the Bonneville dam, according to purported statements of Charles I. Grimm, chief civilian engineer in charge of the project. Grimm's statements were published yesterday in "Trade Lanes," Portland transportation journal, copies of which were received here today by members of the Inland Empire Maritime conference, sponsors of the large locks movement. In case appropriation is granted for large locks, the engineers expect to proceed in their construction without delay.

100 Years Ago - 1913

While government engineers detailed from the reclamation service and army engineer corps, in cooperation with State Engineer Lewis of Oregon, are making an investigation of the proposed gigantic water power project at Celilo Falls, on the Columbia River, Senator Lane will devote his time to working out a plan whereby this project, when outlined, can be built jointly by the states of Oregon and Washington, in conjunction with the federal government, says a recent Washington news dispatch.

The "Farmers' Week," school, at the Oregon Agricultural College, will in all probability have the largest attendance in its history, and Wasco County will be represented by its quota of agriculturalists. It will be a concentrated farmer's institute at the seat of agricultural authority. The college invites all farmers interested in good roads, rural organization, cooperative marketing, cheese factories, and creameries, more and better fruit, grain, poultry or livestock; in sanitary, scientific and profitable farm dairying; in maintaining and increasing the productive capacity of the soil; in the spiritualization of the country home through indoor and outdoor environment; in devoting six crowded and absorbing days to the problems of how to enrich, beautify and broaden the practical opportunities of country life, to attend Farmers' Week.

Cece Fix
Looking Back on November 17: Celilo Falls, Bonneville Dam
The Dalles Chronicle, November 17, 2012

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