Sherman County eNews #186

July 22, 2016


  1. Sherman County’s Center for Living Upcoming Programs

  2.  “Finding Yourself in the Gorge” Summer Camp for ages 9-12

  3. Wildfire Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility

  4. NCPHD Funding to Address Cancer Burden in Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties

  5. Being Fully Human

  6. History Tidbits: Stories about Wasco

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

1. Sherman County’s Center for Living Upcoming Programs

Moro’s Monthly Open Forum Gathering will meet 7/26 Tuesday from 5-6 pm. Because of the school’s parking lot construction, we will meet in July and August at Center For Living Moro office at the old school, 302 Scott Street.

SNACKS & A FREE RAFFLE ticket for a $30.00 Fred Myers Card

TOPIC: What Is Trauma?

Wasco’s Monthly Open Forum Gathering will meet Tuesday August 2nd from 5-6pm at the Wasco Annex in The Meeting Room

SNACKS & A FREE RAFFLE ticket for a $30.00 Fred Myers Card

TOPIC: What Is Trauma?

Women & Boundaries Group Meeting

This group will begin Wednesday 17 ‘ August, ending on 10’ October, and will be held from 2pm-4pm.  The group is a 3 month curriculum. 


Open to suggestions for Topics

2. “Finding Yourself in the Gorge” Summer Camp for ages 9-12

What survival skills would you need if you were exploring the untamed wilderness? Kids ages 9 to 12 years old can learn through, Finding Yourself in the Gorge, August 22 through August 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

What would it be like to be a member of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition? Children ages 9 to 12 will learn about the natural environment of the gorge through the lens of cartography, biology, art, and ecology. They will study hands-on wilderness survival skills like navigating with a compass, making maps, drawing sketches in field journals, building survival shelters, finding food and more.  They will explore nature through creating works of earth art from natural materials such as rocks, leaves and water. Students will come away with a stronger sense of place, identity, and the role of being a steward of the environment.  Snacks will be provided.

Cost for this four-day outdoor adventure camp is $85 per child for non-members, $70 for members. Space is limited, and registration is required by July 29. For information or to register, contact Robbie Smith, Director of Education, 541-296-8600 ext. 209, email or visit

3. Wildfire Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility

sun.circleSummer is finally heating up. And while this is great news for outdoor enthusiasts, fire officials want to remind everyone that the summer heat could lead to careless wildfires.

“Preventing wildfires and wildfire safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “I encourage citizens to join their neighbors in reducing the wildfire risk to their communities.”

The Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group (PNWCG), made up of federal and state fire protection and prevention agencies in Oregon and Washington, is spreading the word that fire danger is on the rise. In many areas around the two states, activities like outdoor debris burning and campfires are either prohibited or limited in their use. Other fire prevention requirements now in place in some forests and other wildlands in the Northwest include carrying a fire extinguisher with vehicles traveling off highways and other primary roads, and not using tracer ammunition or exploding targets when using firearms.

“While fire season has been slow to start this summer, we have seen a significant jump in the percentage of human-caused fires,” said Kevin Martin, U.S. Forest Service director of Fire and Aviation for the Pacific Northwest. “This year we’ve had 19 large fires, of which 15–roughly 80 percent–were human-caused. We all need to do our part to prevent unwanted human-caused fires.”

Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, is potentially responsible for fire suppression costs, plus the civil liability for damages to neighboring property owners. Combined, these costs could run into the millions.

“As temperatures climb around the state, be aware of your surroundings and use extreme caution,” says Keep Oregon Green Association President Kristin Babbs. “Mowing dry grass, smoking, idling your car over dry vegetation on the side of the road, fireworks and target shooting are just a few examples of activities that can lead to destructive and costly wildfires.”

Be sure and check fire season regulations for where you live or where you may be going. Several resources are on the internet to gain more information and to learn more about fire prevention practices. Keep Oregon Green, Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the offices of the state fire marshal for both Oregon and Washington are great places to start.

For more information about preventing wildfires, these online resources are recommended:

Keep Oregon Green Association:
Pacific Northwest Fire-Adapted Communities:

4. NCPHD Funding to Address Cancer Burden in Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties

The Dalles, Ore. – North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) received $50,000 from the Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program at Oregon Health & Science University to implement a CDC evidence-based program aimed at increasing the physical activity of residents of The Dalles. Step It Up! The Dalles will organize and facilitate walking groups to provide social support for physical activity.

Step It Up! The Dalles will work with children and adults of all ages and fitness levels in The Dalles.

This project, Step it Up! The Dalles, is a cancer prevention project that is designed to specifically address the increased risk of cancer due to excess weight and obesity. Obesity is associated with increased risks of several types of cancer, including: esophagus, pancreas, colon and rectum, breast–postmenopausal, kidney, thyroid and gallbladder.

One out of every two U.S. adults is living with a chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.

Being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health. The companionship, support, and encouragement offered to participants through

Step It Up! The Dalles will lead to increased knowledge about physical activity and confidence in the ability to exercise. Over time, the length and frequency of physical activity will increase, and overall physical fitness will improve for men and women, people of all ages, and both sedentary and previously active individuals.

The project is funded through the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program. This program is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians.

 5. Being Fully Human

The ability to reason and understand is important to our well-being. But so is our ability to feel emotions. Let’s look at how the two fit together.

Intelligence is a wonderful thing. Our ability to reason, to make rational choices, and to look at things analytically has given humanity many great things. But when the mind is operating without the heart, when intellect rules without benefit of humility, we often end up in very deep trouble. In the 20th century alone, we saw the most cultured nation in Europe launch the “final solution,” and the most creative scientists among us have managed to spoil the land, the air and the waters.

Have you ever wondered why so many people seem to be afraid of their feelings? They are determined to avoid appearing openly emotional and often behave scornfully to others who are in the grip of strong feelings. They want to feel in control at all times, but one of the things about being fully human is acknowledging that there is only so far reason can go. There are some things in life that are deeply mysterious. They defy logical explanation, and require that we accept rather than understand.

Discovery of the evidence of a Higgs boson, that particle that physicists have proposed gives mass to everything in the universe, was a huge labor by a lot of scientists, several of whom work at the University of Washington. In an article at the time, one of the scientists admitted to tears at the announcement, because it was such a momentous scientific discovery. But it was a scientific discovery that was just as much felt, and felt deeply.

So don’t let your quest to understand life prevent you from truly experiencing it, and don’t let your desire for knowledge keep you from achieving real wisdom. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. History Tidbits: Stories about Wasco

Sherman County: For The Record is the twice-yearly historical anthology published by the Sherman County Historical Society 1983-2015. The many authors who contributed to For The Record provide a window into the past with memoirs, official records and wonderful photographs. Sherman County: For The Record may be purchased at the Sherman County Historical Museum, 200 Dewey Street, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or ordered by contacting Patti Fields at

Catholic church in Wasco:





Volume & Number

#1-2, 1983

Our County is Formed by Patty Moore

#2-1, 1984

Dr. Sarah Leah Richelderfer by D’Lynn M. Richelderfer

Tom and Bessie Striker Family by Shirley Richelderfer

Sherman County Marriage Book A 1889-1895 compiled by Sherry Kaseberg (series)

Sherman County Officers

#2-2, 1984

Autobiography by Florence Tate Murdock

The Watkins Family of Sherman County by Margilee Morse Kaseberg

#3-1, 1985

The Fulton Family by James Gibson Fulton

#3-2, 1985

The Wasco Opera House by Gladys Morrow Laidlaw

Lucinda Fulton Isaacs by James Gibson Fulton

#4-1, 1986

Story of the Early Day Grist Mill by Earl Williams

The Fulton Family by James Gibson Fulton

#4-2, 1986

The Fulton Family by James Gibson Fulton

#5-1, 1987

Pioneer Life as told by Bee Van Macnab

#5-2, 1987

I Craved to be Like the Birds by H. Edwin Morrow

Teaching in Wasco, the Early Years by Frances Gorsline McClure Adams

The Van Patten Homesteaders by Bee Van Patten Macnab

I Remember Early by Bessie Porter Huck

#6-1, 1988

Bergen to Wasco by Tom Jacobsen

John Henry Johnson by Kenneth Deibert Johnson

#6-2, 1988

Goodbye, China Hollow School by Sherry Kaseberg

#7-1, 1989

Sherman County Centennial, 1889-1989:

Program, Chronological History, An Act Creating Sherman County

#7-2, 1989

Historic John Day River Crossing, The Old Oregon Trail Part One by Alma Jean Tipley

Growing Up in Wasco by Gladys Morrow Laidlaw

A Record of the Sherman County Fair by Patty Moore

#8-1, 1990

Historic John Day River Crossing, The Old Oregon Trail, Part Two by Alma Jean Tipley

My Peugh Family in Wasco by Ivalou Peugh

Friends & Neighbors 1989, Our Centennial Song by Mark Mobley & David Pshigoda 

#9-2, 1991

Sherman County Marriages 1906-1912 by Dorothy Brown Benson (series)

#10-1, 1992

O.H. .HRich as Told by Opal Rich McCoy Smith by William K. McCoy

#10-2, 1992

A Talk with Carl Anderson by Forest Peters

#11-1, Spring 1993

The Coats Family by Chet Coats

An Oregon Trail Diary, 1850 [Brock]

The John Fields Family by Nellie Dingle Fields as told to Mark Fields

#12-1, 1994

An Oregon Boyhood by Bliss Clark with Patty Moore

934504 Sir: The Military Experiences of PFC Malcolm McDermid, USMCR

#12-2, 1994

School, Sheep & Extension by Helen White Bruckert

The John Medler Family by Elda Macnab & Dora Dumler 

#13-1, 1995

The Gordon-Walker Shoot-Out near Gordon Butte by Anita Kenny Drake

WWII in the Seabees by Stuart Macnab

The Siscel Story by James T. Siscel

#13-2, 1995

Tom Macnab in the Pacific by Tom Macnab with Helen Kelly Macnab

Home Front Memories by Nell Coats Melzer

Once Again Over Lightly (NC) USN by Owietus Neal McDermid

#14-1, 1996

All Hands Abandon Ship and Other Naval Adventures by Dan Kaseberg

To Leyte and Back by Way of Chicago by Chet Coats

Sherman County Connections in the

Wasco County Marriage Records 1859-1889 by Anita Kenny Drake (series)

Sherman County Connections in the

Klickitat County Marriage Records 1871-1889 by Dorothy Brown Benson (series)

#14-2, 1996

River Freezing Winters of Yesteryear by Anita Kenny Drake

The Hard Winter of 1861-62 by Anita Kenny Drake

Charley Kandle by Anita Kenny Drake

#15-1, 1997

A Personal Memoir: The Third Infantry Division, WW II by Phil O’Meara

#15-2, 1997

Bizarre B-17 Collision Over the North Sea by Teresa K. Flatley

Sherman Garage & Wasco by George Moon

Wasco School Memories by Gladys Morrow Laidlaw

Con Davis by Gary Fields

#16-1, 1998

Sack Sewing by Virgil Herin

A Singing Career: Wasco, Portland and San Diego by Gladys Morrow Laidlaw

The John R. Love Family [Love-Wright Shooting] by Anita Kenny Drake

#16-2, 1998

Jesse & Mary Eaton, Oregon Territory Pioneers by Cari Blount

The Old Eaton Place by Robert W. Huck

#17-2, 1999

Edward R. Armstrong’s Diary: Camp Raven, Deschutes River Railroad 1909-10 by Edward R. Armstrong (surveyor)

#18-1, 2000

Wilson’s French National Order of the Legion of Honor by Mark Fields

It’s a Small World After All: Tanky Bozarth by Gordon Hilderbrand & Mark Fields

#18-2, 2000

The Leonard’s Bridge Crash of 1896

as told by W.S. Grant to Margaret Walker of The Dalles Chronicle

Excerpts from Wasco and Sherman County Directory, 1898

Wasco Centennial, May 1998 by Elaine Kelley Kalista

#19-1, 2001

Married Women’s Separate Property Register

Civil War Veterans – Sherman County, Oregon compiled by Sherry Kaseberg

Sherman County World War I Registration List of 1917

#19-2, 2001

Sherman County, A 1962-1963 Student’s View of Sherman County produced by Linda Macnab Krafsic under her teacher, Grace [May] Zevely at Wasco Grade School

My Birthday Book 1962-1963 by Linda Macnab Krafsic

Memoirs of Albert Jay Price – Good Stock Country, Splendid Farming Country

Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man by Fred Lockley, Oregon Journal

#20-1, 2002

Our Lamborns in Sherman County by Betty Lamborn Barber

Sherman County Newspapers compiled by Sherry Kaseberg and Chris Sanders 

#20-2, 2002

Sherman County Schools from the collections of Grace [May] Zevely

#21-1, 2003

The Porters and the Andersons by Dorothy Porter Smith with Mark Fields,

Toni Conley and Forest Peters

Wasco, Hood River and Sherman County Directory, 1910

Wasco Fire Equipment Through the Years by George B. Moon

#22-1, 2004

Sherman County Red Cross Auxiliaries, Part One compiled by Chris Sanders

#22-2, 2004

Van Gilder by George W. Howard

Sherman County Red Cross Auxiliaries, Part Two by Chris Sanders


Levi and Grant Armsworthy by Nell Coats Melzer

Armsworthy by Peggy Clark

Locust Grove United Brethren Church [Woodworth] by Mark Fields

#25-1 2007

Homesteading on the John Day River by Bill Slack

The Homesteaders by Bee Van Patten Macnab

Courtship in the 1920s by Myrna Melzer

#25-2 2007

Charles Dunn McAllister, Glider Pilot Extraordinaire by Kathy McCullough

A Personal Memoir: The Third Infantry Division, World War II by Phil O’Meara

I Craved to be Like the Birds by H. Edwin Morrow

Tad Owen McCoy by Lucie McCoy and Tom McCoy

All Hands Abandon Ship and Other Naval Adventures by Dan Kaseberg

I Remember by John McClure

Lt. William Goldie Macnab, 1923-1944 compiled by Kathy McCullough

Bizarre B-17 Collision over the North Sea by Teresa K. Flatley

Sherman County Crop Dusting by Kathy McCullough

Sherman County Pilots by Tom Eakin

Francis “Fritz” and Helen [Strong] Watkins by Zachary Blaylock, Essay Contest

Helen Lucille Strong Watkins [Trap Shooting] 

#26-1 2008 Sherman County Pilots  

#26-2 2008 Sherman County & Rajneeshpuram

#27-1 2009 Floods & Freezes

#27-2 2009 December 1964 Flood

#28-1 2010 Fires

#28-2 2010 Horses

#29-1 2011

My WWII Military Reflections, Part One by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas

WWII Naval Life of Charles Forrest Decker by Charles F. Decker

Yates & O’Meara by Margaret O’Meara Stoltenberg & Sherry Kaseberg

#29-2 2011

My WWII Military Reflections, Part Two by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas

Ray Sink: A Promising Life Comes to a Tragic End by Chris Sanders

The Sink Family Connection by Chris Sanders

An Inscribed Basalt Column by Sherry Kaseberg

#30-1 2012

Sherman County Journal & Rural Newspapers by McLaren Stinchfield

Memories of Easter 1966 by Doug Rhinehart

The Little Depot That Could by Susan Van Gilder Smith

The Caboose at the Wasco Depot

Rhinehart Family – Coming to Oregon by Doug Rhinehart

The Tale of a Tail End, Namely a Caboose by Les Bowser

Recipes for Margaret O’Meara’s Bridal Shower

#30-2 2012

I Found Regina by Nina Rhinehart Fleckenstein

Red Doors by Nina Rhinehart Fleckenstein

Old Barns in Sherman County by Carol MacKenzie

#31-1 2013

Doc Sanders, Veterinarian by Chris Sanders

Wasco Incorporated, 1898 from the Sherman County Journal

Wasco, 1898 from The Dalles Times-Mountaineer

#31-2 2013

Early Pioneer Life Told by Frank Fulton to Aldruda Beletski

World War II Veterans Historic Highway by Dick Tobiason

Sherman County Journal – 100 Years by Frederick K. Cramer

Catholic Churches in Sherman County by Bob Odell

#32-1 2014

A History of the Wasco School by C.A. Hockett, Principal

County Seat: Kenneth, Moro or Wasco? by Sherry Kaseberg

#32-2 2014 50 Years Ago: The 1964 Christmas Flood

#33-1 2015

Waterproofing the Kids by Forest Peters

Red Cross Water Safety Program: Part One

#33-2 2015

Red Cross Water Safety Program: Part Two

Sherman Hotel by Mark Fields & Chris Sanders.

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Stolen Art & Antiques


Columbia River Sockeye Return is 5th Largest Since 1938

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

Commentary. Charles Krauthammer: Notes from Cleveland: The two-part rebellion