Sherman County eNews #3


  1. Sherman County School District Athletic Schedule Updates

  2. Sherman County Court Minutes Online

  3. The Dalles Dam Eagle Watch, Jan. 28

  4. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Applications

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County: For The Record for 34 Years

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

1. Sherman County School District Athletic Schedule Updates 

High School

January 6, 2017

No JV games, Varsity Girls at 6:00 and Varsity Boys at 7:30

January 7th (Ione at Ione) – No Girls JV game, new departure time is 12:00

January 14th (South Wasco at Sherman) – No Girls JV game, Boys JV at 12:30, Girls Varsity at 2:00, Boys Varsity at 3:30

Middle School

January 12th (Condon at Condon) – 5/6 Girls and Boys at 3:00, 7/8 Girls and Boys at 4:00, no departure time change

High School

January 20, 2017  No JV Girls game, JV Boys at 4:30, Varsity Girls at 6:00 and Varsity Boys at 7:30

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319 

2. Sherman County Court Minutes Online 

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the December 21 Sherman County Court session are now available on the county website at The most current agenda is posted on the website, and updates will continue to be posted.

3. The Dalles Dam Eagle Watch

bird.eaglePORTLAND, Ore. – The eagles have landed! Every year bald eagles congregate along the Columbia River in search of food during their winter migration. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is a popular site for visitors to see bald eagles in their natural habitat. Join park rangers for the seventh annual Eagle Watch, Jan. 28, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Corps and partners from the U.S. Forest Service and the Rowena Wildlife Clinic will host a variety of fun activities, including live raptor viewing inside the visitor center and eagle watching outside.

This event is free and the site is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own scopes, binoculars and cameras. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located just north of Interstate 84 at exit 87, then east on Bret Clodfelter Way. In case of inclement weather the event will be rescheduled. For more information please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 and visit or

To learn more about raptor viewing and educational opportunities in the Columbia Gorge area, check out the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum at or the Rowena Wildlife Clinic at

4. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Applications

farm.windmillApplications are now being accepted for the 2017 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process. Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities. Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch application and program guidelines are available at, or by contacting Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 26, 2017.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share these stories of century-long connections with a broader audience. By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture. To date, 1,175 families have formally received the Century designation and 33 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education. It is supported by a partnership between the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and by generous donations of Oregonians.

For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact 503-400-7884 or

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County: For The Record for 34 Years

pencil.spiralSherman County: For The Record is a publication of the Sherman County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing local history.

This twice-yearly publication was proposed as one of the benefits of Society membership by Patty French Moore in 1982. Members of the board were Bertha Belshe, Wendell Clodfelter, Gordon Hilderbrand, Sherry Kaseberg, Patricia Moore, Barbara Sharp, Raymond Van Gilder and Carsten von Borstel, and three stepped up as the first editors: Bertha Belshe, Sherry Kaseberg and Patricia Moore. The first two issues were published in 1983. Collectively, of course, For The Record is an amazing 34 year achievement! 

The December 2016 issue brings stories about Charlotte Ruggles Barnett, the Conroy and Joyce families, a railroad boiler event, the 1920 Moro High School Optimist, Henry Barnum’s pigs, construction of the Grass Valley grain elevator and the gym at Kent.  

Fast forward! Volunteers! Three things for now!

ONE. The Society always welcomes stories for publication and they do not have to be about pioneer days and families. The forties, fifties and sixties are history, too! You can participate!

TWO. The Society is looking for an editor or co-editors. Editors are not required to write stories. The Society provides a how-to manual that describes the process. Much of the work is done using computers and editors are not required to live here. The Sherman County Historical Society’s Museum Team assists with photographs and several Society members volunteer for proof reading. The benefits to volunteering as an editor are many! Just as important as learning about and preserving local history, editors enjoy the collaboration, meeting the authors and finding satisfaction in sharing the stories.  

THREE. According to interim editor Gladys Wesley, in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the completion of the John Day Dam, the editorial team will devote one or two issues of For The Record to the John Day Dam construction period when buildings, highways and railroads were relocated and the population increased. Did you and/or your family move to Sherman County then? Did you or someone in your family work on these projects? Were you in school here? You are part of Sherman County history and your stories and photographs are important!    

See for a list of the stories published in For The Record.

The Society invites those who wish to share Sherman County family or event information, records, stories or photographs to contact the Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or or 541-565-3232 or via email at (with subject line Story for FTR).

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

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