Friday, February 15, 2013
THE DALLES — The Original Courthouse Regional History Forum series continues Saturday with “Blanche McGaughey, Early Cowgirl,” 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the 1859 Courthouse, at 410 W. Second Place in The Dalles. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are served.
Fort Dalles Riders’ historian Linda Miller will present photos and stories about Blanche McGaughey Sammis, longtime Wasco County resident.
In her early life Blanche was a lady bronc rider, bulldogger and steer roper, touring with the 101 Wild West Show. She competed and performed from 1912-14 and opened the door for women to participate in the sport of rodeo today.
The Courthouse Series concludes Feb. 23 with “The Mint that Never Was and the Mint that Shouldn’t Have Been.”
Coin collectors and historians Sandy Bisset and Rodger Nichols will offer a “show and tell” about two mints. One is the unfinished mint in The Dalles, and the other actually minted coins during Oregon Territory days. A rare 1849 $5 gold “beaver coin” minted at Oregon City sold for $125,000 in 2006.
The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the upstairs courtroom of the 1859 courthouse, at 410 W. Second Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center. There is no fee for admission but donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are served.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge