Sherman County eNews #149


  1. Frederick LaGrande Hill

  2. Joyce Decker

  3. Marketing & Communications Guide for Nonprofits

  4. Sherman County DA: Noxious Weed Statute Correction

  5. History Tidbits: An Obituary Rich in Local History

1. Frederick LaGrande Hill

flower.rose.starFrederick LaGrande Hill passed away May 13th, 2017 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth (Beth) Hill.

After Fred and Beth married in 1956, they moved to Wasco, OR where they lived for several years and Fred became owner of Sherman County Farm Chemicals. They adopted two children, Theresa Hahn (Hill) and Michael Hill and fostered the oldest of the three, Allen Current.

Services will be held Friday, May 26 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles, OR. Rosary at 10:30 a.m., Mass at 11:00 a.m. and burial to follow.

2. Joyce Decker

flower.rose.starJoyce Decker, age 86, a resident of Wasco, Ore., passed away at home May 17, 2017. Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.


3. Marketing & Communications Guide for Nonprofits

For many nonprofits, marketing and communications take a backseat to program activities. We get it. You’re driven by your mission, not by marketing. But effectively communicating about your organization will advance your mission. It’s how you get people behind your cause, raise political awareness, engage volunteers, stimulate giving, access institutional donors and, most importantly, connect with your beneficiaries. 

How can you raise money for your cause if no one knows about the good work you’re doing?    Successful fundraising is founded on making a strong case for your cause. In fact, recent data shows that when an organization’s communications strategies are clear and focused, its fundraising dollars increase substantially.

How marketing communications supports your fundraising activities:

  1. Strong communications help you build awareness for your organization and cause. This foundation builds a pipeline for fundraising activities and facilitates the “ask.”
  2. Clear, consistent and targeted messaging gives your staff and board the tools they need to create fundraising programs that get results.
  3. A strong brand identity helps your organization speak with a single voice, delivering a clear message that resonates with current and future donors.
  4. A clear call to action ensures that your target audiences know what to do after being motivated by your message.

When communications and fundraising are in sync, one supports the other through simple, consistent, compelling messages, delivered in a way that builds trust. Trust makes people want to get involved, support your cause and donate dollars.

Effective communications for fundraising is transparent, delivers on your brand promise and always reflects your organizational identity. This ensures messaging is believable and memorable, helping you to build trust among new donors and loyalty among donors you already have.

Release good news as soon as it happens. Keep your audience informed and excited about your cause. All staff should be looking for good news stories. Try using press releases and case studies on your website and in email communications to get the word out about the work you’re doing before the information gets old. Need help? The Center for Civic Partnerships has compiled a variety of free resources to help nonprofits develop their media and public relations efforts (, click on “tools and resources”).


4. Sherman County DA: Noxious Weed Statute Correction

Submitted by Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod:

With all the discussion about noxious weed statutes, it’s time to correct an old error.  ORS 569.400 is a noxious weed statute that has been on the books for years, along with ORS 569.360 to 569.495.  This relatively unknown to prosecutors statute has a problem in the form of, arguably, a scrivener’s error.  The statute as written directs the weed inspector to notify the district attorney of noxious weed violations and instructs the district attorney to take immediate enforcement action.  Insofar as it relates to district attorneys, the statute provides no direction on what enforcement actions are appropriate or identify a vehicle to accomplish the goals of the statue.  However, the statute immediately follows to clearly set forth the enforcement actions available to a county court [upon notification by the weed inspector] and the correct processes to achieve the goal of noxious weed control.  When the statute is read as a whole, or even if all the statutes relating to control of noxious weeds are read as a whole, it becomes glaringly obvious there is a scrivener’s error and “county court” was the intended recipient of the weed inspector’s notice and not the district attorney.  To even further support this, you might note that further down in the statute the weed inspector is obligated to notify the county court (no further mention of district attorney).

As a result, the Oregon District Attorney’s Association, along with Rep Huffman, Association of Oregon Counties and the Department of Agriculture all met to discuss this obvious error.  All parties agreed that a fix was appropriate and as such, have agreed to the proposed language below striking the single instance of “the district attorney” and replacing that language with county court, as was clearly intended.  The amendment as proposed from Salem:

Goal:  Remove the district attorney as the recipient of the notification on noxious weeds and replace them with the county court.

Proposed approach:

ORS 569.400

(1) If the owner or occupant of the land fails or refuses to immediately destroy or cut the noxious weeds in accordance with ORS 569.360 to 569.495, the weed inspector shall at once notify the district attorney of the county court who shall at once take necessary steps for enforcement of ORS 569.360 to 569.495. The county court shall authorize the weed inspector or such assistants as the weed inspector may employ to go upon the land or premises and destroy the noxious weeds or control them in such manner as will destroy all seeds of such noxious weeds; provided, however, that if destruction or control of the weeds on any farm is in the judgment of the county weed inspector impracticable because the weeds may be too far advanced, or if for any other reason the means of control available are unsatisfactory, the weed inspector shall so notify the county court, which shall request the State Department of Agriculture to immediately quarantine any such uncontrolled noxious weed infested farm within the county to prevent the movement of infested crops or of livestock from such farm except under conditions prescribed in the quarantine that will prevent spread of the weeds by such crops or livestock. In all cases where the inspector undertakes to destroy or control noxious weeds, the most effective and practical method, in the judgment of the inspector, and with least injury to the land or crops, shall be used.

(2) Upon the completion of such work the person so appointed and authorized by the county court shall file with the county clerk an itemized statement of the expenses necessarily incurred in the destruction of such weeds, including the wages of the person as provided in ORS 569.370, verified by the oath of the person. [Formerly 570.545]

This amendment in no way changes the county court’s authority to control noxious weeds, it does not enhance the Court’s powers, it does not create an additional burden on the county court nor does it change the current noxious weed debate.  The purpose of the amendment is to simply correct an obvious error.

 5. History Tidbits:  An Obituary Rich in Local History

wheel.wagon1Sherman County Journal, May 24, 1973

Rufus.  Several of this area attended the graveside services of Charles Porter, Friday, May 18.  He was the brother of Mrs. Bessie Huck of Parkdale.  Mrs. Huck is a former long time resident of Rufus.

Dies In Nursing Home.   George L. Fox of Rufus writes about a neighbor, Charles O. Porter, who passed away at a Hermiston Nursing home last week and was buried in The Dalles May 18.

Charlie, as the old timers of north Sherman County knew him, was born in Missouri about 1880 and in his early boyhood traveled to Genesee, Idaho with his parents living there until coming to Early, Oregon, about 1896.  His father H.K. Porter purchased the Cooper Flour Mill and operated it until about 1901 when Mr. Porter sold the Mill to George Wall, father of Homer Wall who was a former Sherman County Engineer. Charlie was the first Mail carrier between Early, Ore., and Klondike, Ore.

It was recalled one day when Charlie and his sister Birdie were on their way to Klondike with the mail, a neighbor boy was hunting rabbits beside the road and in reloading his shot gun it discharged striking Charlie in the side and arm.   This wound hospitalized Charlie for a month or so.  Most of the bullets were removed, but some left he took to the grave.  This neighbor wounding Charlie took the mail route delivery until Charlie was well enough to do the work.

Early, Ore., was located at the foot of Biglow Canyon beside the John Day River and which is now under water. Charlie homesteaded about 1905 near the Biglow Canyon road and after he proved up on this land, he bought the John Matney place.  This is the birth place of Virgil Matney who a lot of people living in Rufus knew.  Charlie sold the place to the Bank of Wasco and they in turn sold it to Louis Langford of Rufus.  Langford in turn sold it to Roy Phillippi and later Phillippi sold it to Leland Medler who now owns the part not acquired by the government when the John Day Dam went in.

Charlie married Miss Lilly Agee of Gilliam County in 1914 and they had no children.  When they first married they lived about a year farming at Early beside the John Day River, then they moved to Ione, in Morrow County, and farmed the Scott place for a number of years.   After his wife Lilly passed away Charlie worked on the Western Grain Ranch in Gilliam county for a few years.  Then he moved to Hermiston working for the Pendleton Grain Growers for many years until his retirement. After a number of years at the Nursing Home he passed away at the age of 93 years.  The present Manager of the Pendleton Grain Growers and who Charlie had worked under was present when Charlie was buried at The Dalles on May 18.

George Fox says he always remembers Charlie for his ability as a runner, as he never saw him beat in a 100 yd dash when he was about 20 years old or older. Charlie O. Porter has a sister Bessie Huck of Parkdale and a brother Delbert Porter of Goldendale living and a brother and sister who proceeded him in death. George Fox’s father William Fox and family came to Early in 1902 and were neighbors to the H.K. Porter family all living beside the John Day river where they raised fruit and livestock. Now all living relatives of Charlie O. Porter have moved away from Sherman County.  George Fox did not want to let his passing go unnoticed as some of the older people of the country must still remember him.