From the Dayton Chronicle archives


March 21, 2024

Ten Years Ago

March 19, 2014

Living out the dream on the field, for two Dayton High School graduates, Miles Lytle (2009) and Dain Henderson (2011), are both part of the Washington State University Athletic Program as football student equipment managers.

Two High School students, Marisa Klein and Angie Dedloff, were inducted into the National Honor Society. Membership is an honor bestowed upon eligible students that have a minimum grade point average of 3.60, demonstrate character becoming of a member, demonstrate leadership activities, and have participated in at least ten hours of school or community service.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

March 17, 1999

Renowned rider Connie Combs, of Connie Combs Kirby Barrel Racing School, was in Dayton conducting a three-day version of the Connie Combs Kirby Barrel Racing School at the fairgrounds. This year's clinic was sponsored by the Dayton riding club under the direction of Lisa Thonney.

The City Council approved the purchase of a new support vehicle for the Fire Department. Fire Chief Larry Munden asked for the replacement for Abel 4, a 1965 vehicle donated to the Department by Pacific Power and Light.

Fifty Years Ago

March 21, 1974

Dayton Drive In Theatre, owned and operated by Jack and Nancy Otterson of Waitsburg, will reopen this Friday, March 22. Show time will be 7:30 p.m., the snack bar will also be in operation for the opening weekend.

"The Guy From Venus" comes to Dayton and Saturday this Friday at the DHS Auditorium. About 45 students are involved in this year's musical and have been rehearsing for about five weeks.

Harriet Broughton Bishop of Portland and Mary Broughton Kleinstruck of Kalamazoo, Mich., have established a $13,294.23 "Ernestine Peabody Memorial Fund" to benefit the Dayton Memorial Library towards purchase of books and literary material.

For the first time in the history of Columbia County, a Multiple Sclerosis fund drive will be conducted by Lucky Clover 4-H Club. Members from the Eagles Lodge, Community service chairmen Carmen DeRuwe, Becky Hatfield, Connie Maxwell, Cathy Startin and Roseann Delp are organizing the house-to-house solicitations and the mailings to the rural areas.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

March 17, 1949

The state highway, Turner bound went out at the Walter Frary place on the Whetstone, the only remaining link between that part of the county and Dayton and the state highway department couldn't get to it. Like an old-time vigilante organization, the farmers called their neighbors and plotted their course of action. Monday morning a caravan of farmer-driven trucks and shovels were at hand and a meeting with the county road engineer, with the agreement the county would furnish the rock. The farmer went to work, after hauling 35 loads of gravel and dumping it into the bad stretch, by that evening the road was in good repair.

The City Council it was decided to enter into a contract with the Pacific Power and Light Company for a new and better installation of street lights for Main Street. The present lights will not register on a light meter, with the new lights there will be light where now there is practically none.

About seventy farmers met at the court house and unanimously endorsed the formation of a soil conservation district in Columbia County. Carl King, Whitman County farmer and chairman of the state soil conservation committee, presided, and warned the farmers there was no magic in a soil conservation district and a successful one depended entirely upon the self-help of the individual. Mr. King informed the audience the district has no power to levy taxes or issue bonds, and supervisors will be elected for each district.

.One Hundred Years Ago

March, 1924

No information available.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

March 18, 1899

Covello News: The people of Covello think they will have a railroad sure now, for the Northern Pacific head man was here looking out the location for a depot.

Mr. Porter reports having the scab in his bunch of sheep. They are looking bad and he thinks he will lose some of them, that is if the grass don't start pretty soon.


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