Sherman County eNews #56


  1. An Invitation to Sherman County Birthday Party, Feb. 25

  2. NOTICE. Sherman County School Board Meeting, Feb. 25

  3. Position Open | Job Title: Bio Science Research Tech 2

  4. Women’s Expo, March 19

  5. History Tidbit: Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

  6. Links

The Oregon legislature created Sherman and Harney counties on the same day, February 25, 1889, and for similar reasons …. An annoyance for the grain farmers and sheep and cattle growers on the high plateau between the Deschutes and John Day rivers in north-central Oregon was having to pay a toll on a bridge across the Deschutes to reach their Wasco County government at The Dalles.  — The Oregonian, May 16, 1989

1. An Invitation to Sherman County Birthday Party, Feb. 25

Members of the community are invited to help us celebrate with cake and punch!

Where: Sherman County Courthouse – Circuit Courtroom

Date: Thursday, February 25th

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.


2. NOTICE. Sherman County School Board Meeting, Feb. 25

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library in Moro Oregon.


February 25, 2016 

6:00 p.m. Special Board Meeting



    1. Pledge of Allegiance
    2. Approve Board Meeting Agenda, February 25, 2016



(The Sherman County School District Board of Directors welcomes and encourages public comment and communication regarding District programs and policies. If you wish to speak, please place your name and the specific topic you wish to comment on prior to the meeting on the signup sheet on the counter near the entrance.  Because time available is limited, there may be a time limit placed on each person who wishes to speak. The Chair has authority to keep order and to impose any reasonable restrictions necessary to conduct an efficient meeting. The Board reserves the right to delay discussion on any item presented until later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting. Objective criticism of operations and programs will be heard but not complaints concerning specific personnel. Thank you.)

    1. Audience Communications (Testimony related to agenda items.)


    1. Action on whether to withdraw from the North Central Education Service District in accordance with ORS 334.015.


    1. Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.)


    1. Next regular board meeting, March 14, 2016



 3. Position Open | Job Title: Bio Science Research Tech 2

wheat.pngPosting Number: P00067CT

Job Description: This recruitment will be used to one full-time Biological Sciences Research Technician 2 position for the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) at Oregon State University (OSU).

This position is located in Moro, Oregon. The Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC, or Center) serves the research and development needs for dryland crop production in eight counties of northeastern and north central Oregon. CBARC is composed of the Pendleton Station, and the Sherman Station, at Moro. Center scientists conduct research at each station and many off-station locations. The CBARC staff typically includes 15 permanent and up to 15 temporary employees. Research at the Sherman Station is conducted by up to 10 scientists of different disciplines from CBARC, Corvallis campus, and the USDA-ARS at Pendleton and Pullman, WA.

This position supports the research and extension missions of CBARC by conducting farm and research plot operations, as well as research and outreach activities. The incumbent provides the necessary expertise and labor to help with the initiation of field studies, to prepare and maintain fields for use in an array of specialized research projects and to gather as requested throughout the growing season. The incumbent may serve on Center committees (Safety, Field Day, Special Events, etc.), and assists with the purchase of equipment, vehicles, and supplies. The person in this position functions relatively independently, and carries a high level of decision-making responsibility for the Sherman Station. This position also provides technical assistance to the CBARC Director, who is the direct supervisor.

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4.  Women’s Expo, March 19


The Dalles Civic Auditorium will host the Women’s Expo on March 19 from 11am to 4pm.  The one-day event is a networking event for women-owned or women focuses businesses and organizations which provide services or products with women in mind. The Expo will also include a wealth of health information and resources – all accessible to women in one place.


According to Program Manager, Trish Neal, the purpose of the expo is to help women find their passion, get inspired, shop for great finds, and connect with dynamic women.  “It’s a way to celebrate women and all that interests and inspires them,” she stated. “This is the day for women to bring your gal pals and have fun and learn new things!”


There will be business-related workshops in the Fireside Room that will be focused on women-owned business whether it is an individual business or one of many successful MLM businesses.  Other topics to be covered will be stress management, setting goals, etc.  The workshops will be free to those who attend the expo.


“Women’s Expo is the equivalent of spring break for women – it’s an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day with friends and family and to focus on feeling good and living well,” says Neal.


Neal stated that she has already started receiving inquiries about space at the expo; both locally and out of town. She is looking for businesses who may be looking for employees or MLM team members, women’s self defense, women’s health, make up, beautify products, marketing material, office services, lenders or banks, etc.


It is also a chance to check out some of the multi-level marketing companies as a  home-based business. According to Neal, women are leading the network marketing industry.


While this is a Women’s Expo, business owners do not need to be exclusively women. The criteria is that the business offer a product or service of interest to women.


Neal stated that she is looking for event sponsors for the event.  The expo is to benefit the Civic so the sponsorships help defray costs.  Those interested in speaking on business-related or health-related topics should contact Neal to arrange to be part of the workshop.


Vendor and Sponsor packets are available on the Civic’s website at on the events page.  For more information contact Trish Neal, Program Manager at The Dalles Civic, by phone at 541-298-8533 or via email at  The Dalles Civic is located at 323 E. 4th Street, the Dalles. 


5. History Tidbit: Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

February 25th!

balloons.pngHappy Birthday, Sherman County!

IMAGINE! Imagine the history and the stories of our handsome historic county courthouse! Imagine the pride, anguish, trials, joy, excitement and frustration of the years…of public service, justice, weddings, mortgages, deeds, county business transactions.

A BIT CURIOUS! It is a bit curious that, while Sherman County was carved from Wasco County in 1889, the courthouse was not built until ten years later. E. O. McCoy petitioned the legislature for formation of the new county in 1889, proposing to name it Fulton County for Col. James Fulton, a prominent pioneer legislator. In a political move because Col. Fulton opposed a visit to the state house by General William Tecumseh Sherman, the new county was named Sherman. Governor Sylvester Pennoyer signed the modified bill on February 25, 1889 and the new county was named for General Sherman.


OFFICIALS. The governor appointed officers to serve the county until the next general election: Col. James Fulton, county judge, [who declined, and Owen M. Scott was appointed]; John Medler and Dayton Elliott, commissioners; V.C. Brock, clerk; E.M. Leslie, sheriff; Levi Armsworthy, treasurer; C.C. Meyers, assessor; and C.J. Bright, school superintendent. On March 12, 1889, the newly-appointed officers and constituents met at the Oskaloosa Hotel in Wasco for the official swearing-in. Wasco was declared the temporary county seat. The new officials rented a rock and concrete building in Block 6 on Lot 7 in Wasco to be used by the sheriff and clerk. County and circuit court business was conducted in the school building.


EXPANSION. During the 1891 Oregon legislative session, a bill was introduced to expand the county 18 miles south, taking in Townships 3, 4 and 5 South. This new boundary followed Buck Hollow and an 11-mile east-west boundary across the south.

COUNTY SEAT. Selection of a county seat resumed in earnest. Three towns were selected for the ballot: Wasco, Moro and Kenneth [a proposed] hamlet once located near DeMoss Springs]. Strong emotions led up to the vote for Moro, influenced by the county’s southward expansion and new residents. In 1892 the county contracted for construction of a temporary building to house the clerk, sheriff and a vault. Records were moved to Moro. In 1893 a jail was added and the vault was rebuilt. A flag pole and flag were ordered in 1895. In 1896, a deputy clerk and deputy sheriff were hired.

  1. When the county began construction of the new courthouse on Block 23 in 1899, the temporary house on Block 23 in Moro was moved across the street to the south where it remains today. Charles Burggraf of Salem designed the handsome brick structure with Queen Anne architectural features, varied wall surfaces and a corner tower. It was built by contractor, A.F. Peterson of Corvallis, of thrifty material – brick manufactured in the brick yard behind it. The bell-shaped cupola was originally painted alternating bands of dark and light paint.


FOR THE RECORD. In a story written by Patricia [French] Moore and published in Sherman County: For The Record in 1983, it is noted that the Grass Valley Journal reported completion of the new courthouse on November 3rd. On the 10th the Journal editor observed that, “Everyone who has seen the new courthouse wonders how such a house could have been built with so little money [$6,665]. On November 22nd, 1899, Sherman County’s handsome, new courthouse was turned over to county officials.”

PROGRESS. In 1905, the Observer reported that there was a pot-bellied stove in each office and a complex of chimneys in the attic. Will Raymond was commissioned to produce ten large photographs of Sherman County scenes for the county’s exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland and later for the courthouse walls, where they may be seen today. A jail and related supplies were purchased for $3,847 in 1905 and was located in the room the assessor now occupies. The assessor worked in the front room next to the clerk’s office.

CHANGE. Moore’s story continues. “Major changes took place in 1934…the decision to dig a basement, construct walls, install a furnace and chimney for central heat and to put in a vault…work done as a relief project…under the leadership of county engineer, Hal White.” In 1941, the clerk’s vault was extended and the jail was moved to the rear of the courthouse. The brick on the south wall shows evidence of this move and brick replacement with matching windows. Upstairs remodeling accompanied construction over the jail, with chambers for the judge and jury. The handsome cupola was removed because of wind and storm damage by 1963 when Lee Gunnels painted the courthouse trim.

MORE CHANGE. Modern carpeting, tile ceilings, computers and glass doors joined delicate wooden ornamentation, filigree knobs and round-topped windows. The white picket fence is long gone; the jail is a museum artifact. New sidewalks and landscaping in 1999 marked the 100th anniversary of the county’s seat of government.

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