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Subject: [OREGON] Looking Back: A Glimpse Through The Chronicle's FilesMarch 11, 2007
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 15:56:09 -0700

Looking Back: A Glimpse Through The Chronicle's Files page B4

March 11, 2007

20 Years Ago, March 11, 1987

A man who was convicted of attempting to kill a city police officer here
in the spring of 1985 has escaped from the Oregon State Penitentiary in
Salem where he was serving a 20-year-term. John Kenneth Bockerich, also
known as John Kenneth McNeal and John Trader, was found guilty of
attempted aggravated murder, second degree assault, assault on a public
safety officer and second degree theft. All of the charges were combined
before a court trail [sic] before Judge H.V. Garrabrand and the judge
ruled that Bockerich must serve a minimum of five years. Bockerich
walked away from a penitentiary farm annex Tuesday afternoon and two
other men went with him.

A 39-year-old woman was found dead in her home on East Eighth Street
about 3 p.m. Tuesday and her death is still under investigation today.
She was identified as Catherine Cree Medicine Ruby. District Attorney
Bernie Smith said newspaper carriers noticed her body on the floor of
her home where she apparently lived alone.

40 Years Ago, March 11, 1967

The new highs school for Hood River County will be built on the Orcutt
site near Windmaster Corner about three miles southwest of Hood River,
on the basis of unofficial returns in a preference ballot in Hood River
on Friday. But the victory margin for the Orcutt site over the one near
Wy'east High School was slender, only 30 votes.

One of five third place awards for school newspapers in Oregon high
schools from large to small was garnered by the Dufur High School
student newspaper. Barbara Thompson is the journalism teacher at Dufur
and adviser for the student newspaper. The awards were announced at
sessions of the annual Newspaper Magazine Convention at Columbia
University in New York City.

Jack Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Miller, was recently
selected a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society.
The Dalles youth is a junior at the University of Washington.

60 Years Ago, March 11, 1947

With the exception of Second street and a few other restricted points
motorists will be able to park for a maximum time of two hours at a cost
of 10 cents when the new parking meters are installed this spring. That
was the decision of the city council last night after discussion brought
out sentiment predominantly in favor of "maximum leniency" for the
public when the parking meter experiment is begun here.

Formal organization of the Deschutes River council of sportsmen's clubs
was completed last night at a meeting at Madras attended by four
delegates each from Bend and Dufur, three from Maupin and two from
Redmond, Prineville, Tygh Valley and The Dalles. Duncan McKay of Bend
was named council president.

John Walter Mails, a veteran of both world wars and famed as a major
league baseball star, will be in The Dalles March 13 and 14 in
connection with the current finance campaign by the American Red Cross.

80 Years Ago, March 11, 1927

The Morning Oregonian today quoted C.A. Howard, state superintendent of
public instruction, to the effect that more than 70 percent of the 268
state high school students who participated in the state Bible study
examination in January failed. Despite this fact, 90 percent of the high
school students taking the examination in The Dalles passed according to
Rev. Charles A. Edwards who has taught Bible study for the last three
years in the local school. Mr. Edwards said last year but three students
failed out of a class of 44.

Jim Addington, 60, found guilty of selling denatured alcohol to Dick
Coltas, an Indian, was fined $100 and sentenced to 30 days in the city
jail by Recorder D.L. Cates yesterday. The fine and sentence were
suspended on Addington's promise to leave town and never return.

100 Years Ago, March 11, 1907

Twenty three members of the various granges of Wasco county met in the
county court room in The Dalles Saturday afternoon and discussed
questions of great to the farmers of the county, and therefore to the
county at large. The county convention, which is held ostensibly for the
purpose of choosing delegates to the state grange, is composed of three
delegates from each grange. Wasco County has eleven granges within its

On No. 2, which passed through about 1 o'clock today, was Governor
George Chamberlain and G.W. Steel, state treasurer, who with Secretary
of State Benson, form the Portage board. The later, being ill at Newport
was unable to make the trip. They proceeded [sic] to Celilo, where they
expect to meet Lieutenant Colonel Roessler, government engineer, and
inspect the portage road and investigate the improvements made necessary
by damage to the wharf boat at Big Eddy, as well as other preparations
which must be made before the seasons traffic begins.

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