Sherman County eNews #118


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, April 29, May 2, 12

  2. Sage Mountain Primitives to Reopen, May 6

  3. Sherman County Lions Club Meeting, May 1

  4. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 9

  5. Conversations About Death & Dying, May 11

  6. History Tidbits: Moro, Oregon 1898

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, April 29, May 2, 12

SHS Tennis 

April 29, 2017 – Helix Tournament in Hermiston starting at 9:00, bus departs at 6:00.

Sherman/Arlington/Condon High School Baseball

May 2, 2017 – Baseball at Pilot Rock starting at 4:00 (one game), bus departs SHS at 12:45

May 12, 2017 – Baseball at Elgin starting at 1:00 (double header), bus departs at 9:00

May 13, 2017 – Games CANCELLED (games on May 12th, above replace these games)

2. Sage Mountain Primitives to Reopen, May 6

According to Deena Johnson, Sage Mountain Primitives will not be reopening the cafe on May 1st as planned. The yarn, fiber and gift shop is moving across the street to 408 1/2 Main Street in Moro, and will be reopening May 6th. We apologize for this inconvenience, and hope to see you at the new shop.

3. Sherman County Lions Club Meeting, May 1

Sherman County Lions Club Meeting

Monday, May 1st following lunch at noon

Sherman County Senior & Community Center in Moro.

~ Lion Geremy Shull

4. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 9

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be meeting Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Loft Meeting Room (Annex C), in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

5. Conversations About Death & Dying, May 11       

Thursday, May 11th, 5 p.m.

Conversations About Death & Dying

Goldendale Library

What does dying in America look like? Has it changed in the past 100 years? What can we do to prepare for our own end of life care? Join us for a facilitated discussion on one of the hardest things to talk about: Death and dying.

Facilitated by Colleen Ballinger, RN for Providence Hospice of the Gorge for 23 years, who says “My dying patients teach me about living,”  and Julie Reynolds, a gerontologist with a special interest in how people think about dying.

Questions? Amy King Schoppert, MLS, Goldendale Branch Manager, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District 509-773-4487. 

6. History Tidbits: Moro, Oregon 1898

cowboyMORO, OREGON 1898

From the Moro Leader, June 8, 1898.

Situated nearly in the center of one of the best wheat-raising sections of Eastern Oregon, and the county seat of Sherman county, is the thriving little city of Moro. While there are not more than about 350 inhabitants at present, there is certain to be twice as many in a very short time. The Columbia Southern railroad is now being constructed from Wasco to Moro, and is expected to be in operation to Moro before the wheat crop, now waving green over our fair county, is ready for market.

Moro is not as yet incorporated, but has many incorporations within her limits — private corporations, for gain and for the public convenience and safety. First to incorporate was the Moro Mercantile Co., capital stock $35,000 — all Sherman county capital — all owned and operated by live business men. They do a general merchandise and machinery business, and have two branch stores, one at Monkland, about 7 miles east of Moro, and the other at Klondike, about 12 miles northeast.

The next to incorporate was the Moro Manufacturing Co., with a capital stock of $4,000, object, to construct and repair all kinds of farm machinery, etc. and operate a foundry. They have a large shop 60 x 60, with annex, and are already in need of more room. They keep several hands busy now, and as soon as all machinery ordered arrives, and is in position, no busier place can be found in Eastern Oregon.

The Moro Publishing Co., incorporated, publishes the Moro Leader, and does all kinds of job printing. The paper is Republican in politics, and keeps abreast of the times on all leading topics.

The Moro Hall Co. is composed principally of members of Moro Lodge No. 64, A.O.U.W., and has nearly completed a fine opera house with an auditorium 32 x 64, and raised stage 18 x 40, with fine lodge room on second floor, with all needful ante rooms, etc.

The Commercial Club had a fine building: front, 26 by 20, two stories, with extensions 22 by 60, completed, and would have opened on May 26th, but the fire-fiend destroyed it in the early morning of that day. Soon as they can it is proposed to rebuild.

The Moro Water Company, just incorporated for $7,000, is going ahead to enlarge the water supply system, putting in larger mains and fire plugs, etc., thus insuring an abundance of fresh water for use, and a magnificent protection against fire.

Moro has a well-equipped fire company, consisting of two divisions, the Hose Company and the Hook and Ladder Company. They are well supplied with hose, cart and hose, ladders, buckets, pull-down hook, etc., and are as proficient as any volunteer fire company anywhere to be found, having but recently proved themselves to be so, saving the town by most energetic and skillful work during the conflagration that destroyed the Commercial Club building and J.B. Hosford’s residence and office.

Moro has two church buildings, one of them erected by the Presbyterians and occupied also by the Methodists, the other Baptist, used at times by the United Brethren. Another fine church will be erected at once by an incorporation of Methodists.

Our public schools are a source of pride and profit, and are well cared for by a board of intelligent and progressive directors. Many pupils attend from outside the town and much interest is taken by all in the success of the schools.

Moore Bros’ Bank is one of our solid institutions, well equipped and well patronized. Moore Bros. are also agents for quite a number of fire insurance companies, and proprietors of the original town site of Moro.

Among the business enterprises not enumerated above, are F. H. Meader & Co., doing a general merchandise and farm implement business; E. Peoples, dealer in furniture, also undertaking; W. O. Hadley, jeweler and watchmaker; A. D. Bolton & Co., druggists and stationery; Dora Williams, stationery, patent medicines, etc. — also post mistress and proprietor of the Moro Hotel, a fine large new house just completed, with annex, consisting of the old hotel heretofore occupied and run as the Moro Hotel; A. E. Cousens, barber and book stand; Mrs. J. H. Landry, fine millinery; Mrs. E. M. West, restaurant and lodging house; Geo. W. Brock, restaurant; L. D. Holder, proprietor of the City Hotel, a large, comfortable and well conducted house; Wheat & Clark, bowling alley, fruit and confectionery stand; Page and Parry, city meat market; Union Lumber Co., lumber, wood, coal, etc.; D. M. Radley, brick-maker, contractor and dealer in lime, cement, etc.; Heydt & Co., makers and dealers in harness, saddles, etc.; Hayes & Dunahoo, proprietors of Altamont Jr. feed and livery stables; S. Monahan, proprietor of Red Barn livery and feed stable; J. H. Landry, blacksmith; Brash & Slater, painters and paper hangers; Windom & Stilwell, house, sign, carriage painting, paper hanging, etc.

Among the professions we find J. B. Hosford, attorney-at-law, who is the leading lawyer of the county; R. E. Hoskinson, another attorney, who is also engaged in the real estate business and insurance; Dr. I. M. Smith, who has been located here for several years, and enjoys a large practice and the confidence of the people. Dr. Lloyd D. Idleman, dentist, a young man from Portland, has established himself here; W. E. Lee, an Iowan, associated at present with R. E. Hoskinson, and L. W. Hunting, justice of the peace, and collector.

Of carpenters, we have C. W. Stokes, Lewis Crandall, Wonderly & Hopkins, Dan Dillinger, Geo. Meader and others.

Moro has a bright future before her, and is to-day a more live, energetic town than many with ten times her population. She has a strong banking house, and her citizens are constantly on the alert for an opportunity to increase business and build up the town and surrounding country.

Many thousands of dollars can be used in developing our native resources. Nowhere in the world is as fine wheat raised for cracker manufacturing, and many thousands of bushels are even now shipped and used exclusively for that purpose.

Several new enterprises are being started, among them a lumber, wood, coal and shingle yard, by J. O. Elrod, a large three-story block being erected by J. R. Martin for business purposes; a flouring mill, and an electric light and power plant, are being seriously contemplated, and just so soon as means are available will be added to our industries.

A fine opportunity for investment in the two last named enterprises. Another Klondike awaiting development is the erection of a number of cottages for rent. There has been a scarcity of residences in Moro for rent constantly for about two years, and the need is certain to be greater as people flock to Moro this summer, as they are sure to do. The completion of the C. S. R. R. to Moro will mark an era in the town’s history, and those who come now, and get in on the ground floor, will reap a rich reward.

This is not a “boom article,” but the plain unvarnished truth, told not with intent to deceive, but to encourage good, honest, reliable people to come and share in our prosperity and make their homes with us.

Moro and her natural advantages will bear close investigation, and any one may learn more of us by coming in person, or addressing Moore Bros., J. B. Hosford, Moro Mercantile Company, R. E. Hoskinson, F. H. Meader & Co., E. Peoples, or any of our citizens.