Sherman County eNews #19

Table of Contents

  1. Sunday‘s Democratic presidential debate, Jan. 17
  2. Pizza Night at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Jan. 20
  3. Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser, February 10
  4. History Tidbits: Free Bridge
  5. Links

1. Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate, Jan. 17

http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2016/01/sundays_democratic_presidentia.html

Watch: NBC (KGW Channel 8); NBC News app

When: 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) Sunday, January 17

Where: Charleston, South Carolina

Moderator: Lester Holt


2. Pizza Night at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Jan. 20

Join us at the Senior & Community Center for a “Pizza Night”!

Pizzas donated by Papa Murphy’s and salads donated by Advisory Board members with proceeds going to support the Senior & Community Center meal program.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Fee: $6.00 per person

Location: Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR


3. Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser

Valentine.pinkDate: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time: 12:00 Noon

Lunch & Auction

Location: Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR

Please join us to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day! We will have a Silent Auction and lunch with proceeds to the Senior & Community Center meal program.  Auction items will include donated items and homemade delicacies.  Please contact us to donate or for further information. 541-565-3191.


4. History Tidbits: Free Bridge

In 1885, Wasco County received bids for a toll-free bridge which came to be known as Free Bridge (or Freebridge) to satisfy settlers on the E side of the Deschutes and to keep that portion of Wasco County intact. W.L. Ward, E. Schanno and William O’Dell were appointed as road viewers; John Fulton, surveyor; John Osburn and Richard Fulton, chain bearers. Hoffman & Bates of San Francisco obtained the $9,500 contract for a Pratt truss bridge: Span 150’, 114’, 345’, 16’ wide truss, 20’ high open top center piers 22’ high of tubular wrought iron (filled with concrete). All lumber to be best quality fir. Road down W hill 10’ wide, turns to be wide enough for two horse teams to pass. County to pay $1,200 when complete.

Located about ten miles S of the mouth, it was built across the Deschutes in 1886. Wm. Brookhouse was a powderman on the W bank approach road. Road viewers on the Sherman County side included Charles Tom and Frank Fulton. George W. Larison of Erskineville got the contract for the E side road which went up the river from the bridge to the Harris place and up a canyon to the Huff and Powell places and into Moro. The original grade was Rattlesnake Grade, later redesigned by Ed Sharp. No toll was charged to travelers from the E side of the Deschutes River in what became Sherman County. However, the E and W approach roads were often impassable, subject to rock slides and washouts.

 Citizens N of Moro and Gordon Ridge found it inconvenient to go to Moro to access the grade to Free Bridge. Merchants from Moro and south were not happy to have their customers going to The Dalles. Independent folk on the E side of the Deschutes determined to form their own county.

During construction of the Deschutes Railroad in 1909 and 1910, crews there called their camp Freebridge. The bridge was destroyed under questionable circumstances about 1912, whether by flood or by competitors’ dynamite; it was never made clear. Toppled piers remain. The remnants of a roadbed can be seen on the E bank of the Deschutes about 2.5 miles S of Free Bridge, continuing downstream within a few feet of the river’s edge, the original road between The Dalles and Moro. ~Giles L. French, The Golden Land; Belshe, They Paved the Way, 1976; Sherman County: For The Record vol. 1-2; McArthur, Oregon Geographic Names; Bureau of Land Management; Northwest Magazine, The Oregonian, 22 June 1969; TDC, 2006; Sherman County Journal, 10 June 1932, Old Time News of 27 April 1893; Wasco County Public Records.


 5. Links

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 Robotics

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robotics

Robotics

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/robotics

Oregon OrMap

http://www.ormap.net/flexviewer/index.html

 Space Weather News for Jan 17, 2016 http://spaceweather.com

 Oregon Watchdog – free subscription

http://www.oregonwatchdog.com/

Harney County Sheriff | Federal Land Conflict

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/289286-166361-sheriff-harney-county-held-hostage-innocence-lost-

 


 

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