Sherman County eNews #151


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, May 24

  2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

  3. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

  4. Recognition: Class of 1957 1st to Graduate from Sherman High, June 3

  5. Pushing Beyond Limits

  6. History Tidbits: First Sherman Man Killed in Viet Nam

  7. Oregon Historical Society Launches New Website Access to Digital Collections

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

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”  – Nelson Mandela 

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, May 24 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolCongratulations to our Huskies for placing 2nd for the 2017 Special District 6 2A/1A Baseball Tournament!  They will be competing in the OSAA play-off game this Wednesday, May 24th here at Sherman High School starting at 4:30.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and children 4 years and younger are free.

Please come and cheer on our Huskies as they strive for the opportunity to move on to the Quarterfinals. Thank you for all of your support!

2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

boy.telephonetalkSave the Date:

Sherman County Family Fair

June 9th, 2017 4:00-6:30 pm

Moro Park

Come enjoy many family friendly activities, food and music.

~ Taylor Olsen, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator

Office: 541-565-5036


3. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

Sealed bidding will close at 3:00 p.m.  on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with immediate announcement of bid results.

At the May 8, 2017 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

(15)                      New metal fire rated door frames, various sizes

(6)                       Sections of lockers, various sizes

(Approximately 70) 4′ fluorescent light fixtures

(1)                       Large wooden teacher’s desk

(1)                       1980 Dodge Pickup Truck with Dee Zee Tool box

(1)                       1981 Toyota Pickup Truck

The process of selling these surplus items will be done through a sealed bidding process.  This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items by calling (541) 565-3500 or by contacting Wes Owens at and making an appointment with Sherman County School District. Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that is available on the Sherman County School District website. Sealed bids must be received by Sherman County School District located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR prior to 3:00 p.m. on June 13, 2017. At 3:01 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.

By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions;

  • All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  • Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  • Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to Sherman County School District;
  • There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

Sherman County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the District and the Public. All dimensions are approximate.


4. Recognition: Class of 1957 1st to Graduate from Sherman High, June 3

Logo.Sherman High SchoolCommencement for the Sherman High School Class of 2017 will include recognition of the class of 1957, the first class to graduate from Sherman High.  The recognition is part of the 60-year reunion of that class, which gathered seniors who had been attending Rufus, Wasco, and Moro High Schools.

The graduation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the Sherman gymnasium.  A reception will follow the ceremony, providing an opportunity to visit with the graduating seniors and the senior graduates.

The class of ’57 had 31 graduates, and has lost eleven of its members.  Seventeen of those remaining are planning to attend at least part of the June 3 celebration.  Joan (Gilman) Schuck will be coming from Lillian, Alabama; Sterling Gochnauer from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania; Jim Brady from Longview, Washington, and Bill Kramer and Ed Shoemaker from Lewiston, Idaho.

Also expected are Jim and Jerrine (Blaylock) Belshe, Harry Eakin, Larry Easter, Jim Godier, Lee Kaseberg, Keith Mobley, Bob Olsen, Jim Rodda, Kay (McKay) Kayser-Thompson, Larry Thompson, and Phyllis (Watkins) Ullman.

Friends of the classes of 2017 and 1957 will be welcomed at the Commencement Program on Saturday, June 3, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039.

Dinner and visiting at the home of Kay (McKay) Kayser-Thompson in Goldendale will follow the Moro commencement for the Class of ’57 and guests.

5. Pushing Beyond Limits

Have you ever been faced with a challenge in life, one that really pushed you to your limits?

Most of us have. But let’s ponder a moment and ask, how did we feel when we came out on the other side? Most likely, the first thing we felt was relief. But then we probably felt stronger, tougher and more capable, as well.

If you want to develop yourself and expand your abilities, you must face and master challenges, move out of your comfort zone, and every now and then take on a little more than you are absolutely certain you can handle.

We can work up to this, by taking on little challenges every day. Set a goal to learn something, anything, new every day. Part of the goal is making that something new also something completely outside of your “normal” knowledge base. Maybe the challenge is not just the knowledge itself, but the language used in the understanding of it. Nudge your mind to grow and you will find your comfort zones growing too.

It is not necessary to compete with other people in order to do this, although healthy competition can certainly help us sharpen certain skills. The really important competition goes on inside us, as we challenge our beliefs about where our limitations lie and how much we can be and do.

So, the next time life pushes you to your limits, why not look at it as an opportunity to grow? With this attitude, you’ll find it much easier to rise to the challenge and come out on top. ~The Pacific Institute 

6. History Tidbits: Memorial Day – First Sherman Man Killed in Viet Nam

American flag2Sherman County Journal, December 2, 1965

First Man From County Killed In Viet Nam War.  The body of a former Wasco man killed in Viet Nam is scheduled to arrive here Friday under military escort. Army Specialist 4 Rollie L. Bolden III, 23, was killed in action Nov. 17 in the fierce battle of the Ia Drang Valley where he fought as a member of the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry, which distinguished itself so valiantly in this battle. He was born in Vancouver, Wn. June 24, 1942, moved to Wasco in 1957 and attended four years at Sherman High School, graduating in 1961. In that year, he moved to Muncie, Ind., and attended college for some time.  He moved back to Wasco in the summer of 1963 and worked here through the summer and fall and then moved to Albany.  It was from there that he entered the Army in Jan. 1964.  He received his early training at Fort Lewis, Wash., and was then transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., where the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division was being formed.  They shipped out for Viet Nam in Aug.  He had been scheduled to return to this country in January. Surviving are his father, Rollie L. Bolden, Jr. of Marion, Ind., his mother, Mrs. Pearl Bolden of Salem, a sister, Mrs. Jerry Rund of Salem, and grandparents in Muncie, Ind. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Wasco, the Rev. John McMurtrey officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunrise cemetery. 

7. Oregon Historical Society Launches New Website Access to Digital Collections

Portland, OR — In 2015, the Oregon Historical Society embarked on an ambitious two-year project to build an infrastructure to create, collect, preserve, and provide access to digital materials in its vast historic collections. Today, OHS announces a major milestone in this project with the official launch of OHS Digital Collections (

This new website allows online public access to a rich variety of materials from the OHS Research Library, including items from our manuscript, photograph, film, and oral history collections. Behind the scenes, these files are safeguarded using a series of digital preservation workflows, systems, and storage processes called the OHS Digital Vault.

While collections will continue to be added to the site on an ongoing basis, featured collections at launch include:

* Photographs from Oregon conservation pioneers William L. Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman, part of the Reuniting Finley and Bohlman project, a current year-long collaboration with Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center. This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

* Newspaper photographs from the Oregon Journal nitrate negative collection, consisting of images from the Portland paper taken during the 1920s and 1930s. This digitization project-in-progress is funded by a grant from the Jackson Foundation.

* Papers of Joel Palmer, 1848-1880, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory and an Oregon State Legislator. Digitization was done in collaboration with the University of Oregon Special Collections.

* Landscape photographs by the renowned San Francisco photographer Carleton E. Watkins taken during his visits to Oregon and the Columbia River in the 1860s and 1880s.

* Early twentieth century photographs from Portland’s Kiser Photo Co., one of the most successful and widely known commercial studios in the American West.

* Selected oral histories, including interviews from the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).

* Over 1100 portraits from the OHS Cartes de Visite Collection, 1861-1893.

“We’re proud to announce the availability of this platform, which we view as a cornerstone of our organizational mission to make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all,” said OHS Digital Archivist Mathieu Deschaine. “We look forward to continued additions that will illustrate the breadth and diversity of our holdings and encourage their use for teaching, learning, and research.”

OHS Digital Collections and the OHS Digital Vault are funded by a generous grant from The Collins Foundation, with additional support from a bequest from the estate of William Bilyeu. Ongoing digitization is supported by private and public funders. Support for the expansion of the OHS Digital Vault to build further capacity to digitize rare and unique items can be made through donations to the Oregon Historical Society’s FORWARD! capital campaign.

Begin exploring OHS Digital Collections at

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Sherman County eNews #150


  1. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club Meeting Notes

  2. Sherman County 4-H Chicken Tenders Club Meeting Notes

  3. Sherman County 4-H Rookie Cooks Club Meeting Notes

  4. Sherman County 4-H Pans on Fire Club Meeting Notes

  5. John Ray Kelly 1943-2017

  6. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present Choral Song Fest, June 10 & 11

  7. Sherman County Weed Ordinance & Statement

  8. Weed Links: Issues, Statute, Truths, Untruths, Points of View

  9. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in Local History

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

1. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Sewing 4-H Club met on April 18 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Becca and Maddie.  Becca led Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge.  What we did during the meeting:  talked about sewing machine parts, body measurements, project ideas and made portables holders with pockets.  Next meeting will be May 8.  Meeting adjourned 5:05pm.  Signed Becca Earl, News Reporter

2. Sherman County 4-H Chicken Tenders Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H club met on May 10 at 5:15pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Joseph, Clay, Quinton, Ben, Calvin, Antone, Savanna.  Excused were Grace and Emily.  Pledge of Allegiance by Joseph, 4-H Pledge by Clay.  We went over fair agenda at the beginning of the meeting.  We each gave an update on our turkeys.  We are going over advancements.  We went over chicken showmanship.  Next meeting will be June 22 6:00pm at the poultry barn.  Meeting adjourned 5:57pm, signed Savanna Orendorff.

3. Sherman County 4-H Rookie Cooks Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Rookie Cooks 4-H club met at May 16 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Zach, Becca, Jordan and Logan.  The group led both pledges.  What we did during the meeting:  explore My Plate and cooking with microwaves, tested plates and containers.  Our recipes were Bread Pudding in the Microwave, Microwave Applesauce, Mashed Carrots, and taste tested the recipes.  Signed Becca Earl.

4. Sherman County 4-H Pans on Fire Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Pans on Fire 4-H Club met on Friday May 19 at 3:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Emma, Calvin, Benjamin, Antone, Hunter, Josh.  Excused absences were Bennett and Gabe L.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Josh, 4-H Pledge by Ben.  We learned about fire safety.  Then we learned how to build stick teepees to start our fires.  Then we went outside and cooked potatoes, onions and eggs on our primitive stoves.  Next meeting will be in June.  Meeting adjourned 5:52pm.  Signed Emma Robbins.     

5. John Ray Kelly 1943-2017

flower.rose.starJohn Ray Kelly, a long-time resident of Oregon City, died April 29, 2017, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on March 29, 2017.  Johnnie was born in The Dalles, Oregon, on December 21, 1943, to Ted and Ruby Kelly of Grass Valley. He spent his childhood in Sherman County and graduated from Sherman High School.

John met Barbara Thorp in Portland, Oregon, and were married in Kent, Oregon, on June 21, 1969. He is survived by his wife Barbara, three children, Rhonda, Charlotte and Brad, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his sister Karen and her family. He also leaves numerous friends and extended family.

6. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present Choral Song Fest, June 10 & 11

music.notes (2)“June is Bustin’ Out All Over” on June 10 and 11 when Cascade Singers and Cascade Youth Choir present “The All-American Choral Song Fest.”  The concert includes folk tunes, show tunes, spirituals, and jazz standards in a sampler of songs made in the U.S.A.  The venue is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota St., The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

7. Sherman County Weed Ordinance & Statement

ShermanCoLogoOregon Department of Agriculture Weed Control Programs

Sherman County Weed Ordinance

Sherman County Social Media Response Statement 

Social Media Response Statement

Rod Asher, Sherman County Weed District Director

May 16th, 2017 

The Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance has not been changed or reinterpreted. It was passed by the Sherman County Court on March 14th, 2001, after two public hearings on two separate occasions. It replaced existing Weed District Policy that had been in place for many years to give more authority, as in a law compared to a rule. Both were modeled after the Oregon Revised Statute 569.

The Ordinance does not require ‘eradication.’ The text states:

8.1       Upon the service or posting of the notice provided in Section 7.0 of this Ordinance, any owner or occupant of land shall destroy or prevent from seeding or spreading the weed or weeds specified in the notice. Such obligation shall be a continuing obligation throughout the remainder of the then current growing, seeding or spreading season, unless terminated by discontinuation of ownership or occupancy, or upon dissolution of the Weed District.

Mowing Canada thistle in July or August does not prevent it from seeding or spreading. In fact, it worsens the problem, and certainly mowing or plowing through rush skeletonweed is the worst possible idea! Its seed can travel for miles in the wind, and a root fragment as small as one inch will reproduce a new plant.

The Ordinance does not require spraying with herbicides. Refer to Section 8.0.

Roundup was never mentioned in either weed violation letter sent by the Weed District, but it was mentioned multiple times on the social media posts. Roundup, or glyphosate, would not be a good choice at this time of year. It is a non-selective product with a short half-life. An application of glyphosate would eliminate all competition, including the grasses, encouraging new weeds to grow back. The first weeds to come back are usually the noxious ones because they are more aggressive.

Milestone and Escort were mentioned in the first letter. Milestone, or aminopyralid, is a selective product and can give up to 18 months of control. My personal experience has seen an estimated nearly 95% control the second year after treatment on both rush skeletonweed and Canada thistle. Escort, or metsulfuron, is one of the few products I’ve used with any success on whitetop. Both of these products have very low use rates: 7.0 ounces and 1.0 ounce per acre respectively.

Trespass: ORS 569.380 Weed inspector right of entry; negates the charge of trespassing. I make every effort to contact a landowner or operator before I go on their property and have not been off the County right-of-way near any Ecclesia lands this year.

Quarantine: The county does not have the authority to quarantine land under the Weed Control Ordinance. The State Department of Agriculture does have the authority under ORS 569.400. The county has the ability to request a quarantine be imposed.

UPDATE: Today, May 16, 2016, Nathan Stelzer submitted a Weed Control Plan to the Sherman County Weed District. A plan was originally requested on March 2, 2017. The plan is under review, and the court is working on keeping lines of communication open with Azure Farms/Ecclesia of Sinai at Dufur to continue working towards a resolution to this issue.


8. Weed Links: Issues, Statute, Truths, Untruths, Points of View

weed.thistleOregon Department of Agriculture Weed Control Programs

Organic Farm Under Attack? The Rest of the Story on Azure Farms

Azure weed plan takes root

[Sherman] County may press for quarantine of an organic farm

Sherman County, Azure Farms agree to try a new weed control plan

David Stelzer’s hour-long interview on Phoenix radio

David Stelzer of Azure Standard on Alex Jones Radio Talk Show

Local Farmers Angry Over Weeds from Organic Field

Azure Organic Farm In Oregon Under Attack: The Real Story May 21, 2017 Lost Arts Radio

Food and Farm Discussion Lab 

3 Takeaways from the Azure Farm’s Weed Debacle

9. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in Local History

Sherman County Journal, July 1, 1976

Rites Here Thursday For Giles French.  [photo]  Prominent eastern Oregon journalist Giles French of Moro died Sunday in a Portland hospital.  He was 81. He was in the newspaper business most of his life, acquiring his first paper in 1929 after serving in World War I and then operating a wheat and cattle ranch in Sherman County.  His first newspaper was in Grass Valley, and shortly after he acquired the papers in Moro and then in Wasco and merged the three into what is now known at the Sherman County Journal. French was best remembered for his “These Things We Note” column in that paper.  The columns continued to appear after his retirement in 1963. He served in the Oregon State House of Representatives from 1935 to 1961 and was also mayor of Moro for 20 years at one time. After his retirement from the newspaper, he taught school for one year in Sherman County High School teaching history and civics.

French is the author of four books, The Golden Land; Cattle Country of Peter French; These Things We Note (a collection of his columns) and Homesteads and Heritages. He was a member of the Sherman County Club and one of that organization’s founders; and was a member and was instrumental in the formation of the Sherman County Historical Society.  For many years and at the time of his death, he was a director on the board of the Oregon Historical Society.

Early in his career, he began what was to become his trademark; working for the improvement of the quality of life in the Oregon wheat country. He was one of the organizers of efforts which led to the formation of the Oregon Wheat League and Oregon Wheat Commission.  First meetings were held in Moro where the infant organizations were born February 11-13, 1926. The golden anniversary of that event was staged in Moro on Feb. 11, and at that time French, was actively visiting with hundreds of people who flocked to the Sherman County Union High School for the event.  He delivered one of the principal addresses.

His incisive and biting commentary on the way things are and how they ought to be attracted wide-spread followings. In an article he wrote just before the celebration, French sized up things today in this manner:

“Any business that has existed for fifty years has changed; the ones that didn’t are forgotten or mourned quietly by loyal followers.  They don’t print papers as they did in 1926, nor run railroads, not travel the same kinds of roads.  We exult in our changes and enjoy being reminded how much we have improved and wheat growers now get fifty bushels from an acre of wheat when grandpa thought 20 was a good crop; diesel smelling moderns wonder how their elders picked up a wagon load of wheat sacks.  And to be truthful about it, the elders wonder how they did it themselves.”

He was born Dec. 24, 1894 at his father’s homestead in *Cottonwood Canyon in Sherman County.  He married Lela Barnum in the summer of 1919. Other than his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Jane) Frees, Cupertino, Calif.; and Mrs. Roscoe (Patricia) Moore, Moro; seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Two sons preceded him in death.  Also a sister, Beatrice Black, of Seattle. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Moro Community Presbyterian Chuch and military rites will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro. Pastor Asa Jensen will officiate.

French was a member of the American Legion post in both Moro and Grass Valley, and The Dalles Elks No. 303. He became ill at home on March 25 and was taken to The Dalles General Hospital suffering from internal bleeding.  He was transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland that day.

Active pallbearers include Ted Thompson, Al Lovell, Orville Ruggles, Chet Coats, Larry Kaseberg and Steven Burnet.  Honorary bearers include Bill Hedlund, Ernie Fatland, John Hounsell, Riddell Lage, Tom Vaughan, Jack Steiwer and John Sell. The family has suggested friends who wish may make contributions to the organization of their choice.

[* Cottonwood Canyon, one of two canyons of this name, runs S through sections 21, 28 and 33, T3S, R16E, then into T4S, R16E into Holmes Canyon and the Finnegan Canyon drainage. Somewhat E of this canyon, The Dalles Military Road route went along the ridge before turning E to go down Sand Hollow to Hay Stack and Finnegan Canyon. ~Nielsen, Newman & McCart, Pioneer Roads in Central Oregon; USGS Grass Valley Quadrangle.]

We Miss You, Giles.  Giles French was respected and admired by many people — far and wide — for his writing of pungent paragraphs under “These Things We Note” and for his historical writing of early days in Oregon.

He had many friends in the sports and fishing world, many of whom never met him personally, to feel first-hand his warm, sincere love of living in the great Pacific Northwest.  His ability to report vividly early happenings as well as incidents in Sherman county made him one of the most sought and deeply appreciated speakers throughout the state.

His wit was a rare quality only few people are fortunate enough to possess — a characteristic that a human being does not acquire, put possesses at birth.  When Giles was honored at a meeting of the Sherman County Club — which he boosted with his best efforts — his first grade teacher, Mrs. Minnie McFarland, testified he showed many rare and promising qualities at that early age.  His concise barbs were reprinted in many publications of big and small circulation.  He aroused the inner feelings of people in all walks of life, and was a personal friend of everyone he met.

Life in many respects will be dull with the passing of writer, historian, philosopher, dedicated newspaperman Giles French.  His every spoken and written word had a sincere meaning for everyone.

But we all know; Giles, wherever you are, wherever you go that you will keep right on telling it to them “exactly as it is” — like it or not. [unattributed]

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