Sherman County eNews #158


  1. Living with Integrity

  2. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, June 7

  3. Public Hearing Notice: SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application, June 7

  4. Congressman Walden Supports Agricultural Research

  5. Thoughts on American Greatness

  6. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in History

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

1. Living with Integrity

When you think about the people you know who have integrity, do you count yourself among them? What does it mean to be a person of integrity? Well, first and foremost, integrity is about truth. And truth is the greatest force we have for personal and planetary well-being.

No bomb, no hatred, and no prejudice can match the strength of truth. In troubled and uncertain times, truth is our most powerful friend. When we stand for truth, we are confident, whole, and energized.

Throughout history, every great philosopher and religious leader has tried to teach us the same lesson – the principle that integrity, or wholeness, is the natural order of things. In spite of the fact that we live in separate bodies, houses, and nations, our essential nature is one of unity.

Any separation we think we see is an illusion that we have mistakenly learned to believe in. As long as we feel separate and isolated, we will behave in ways that result in damage to others and ourselves. Most religious and scientific scholars agree that our entire universe is one huge system – integrated and whole.

To behave accordingly, then, is to have integrity – to stand up for the truth of our inter-connectedness and our need to care for each other if we are to survive. You see, when we have integrity, we align ourselves with the entire universe – “the force” if you will. And when we live with integrity, we become very powerful indeed. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, June 7

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

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3. Public Hearing Notice: SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application, June 7

During the June 7 court session, the Sherman County Court will hold a public hearing regarding the SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application at 10:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

4. Congressman Walden Supports Agricultural Research

American flag2Research plays an important role in the continued success of Oregon agriculture. It is particularly effective when research institutions, whether through Oregon State University (OSU) or the federal government’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS), work collaboratively with growers to meet local needs. That’s why I’ve worked closely with the grower liaison committee at the Pendleton agriculture research station to push back against ARS suggested reductions in research at the facility. I worked with my colleagues to include language in the government funding bill which recently passed Congress that acknowledges the important of locally driven research, and rejects the suggested changes in research, staffing and closures by ARS for facilities like the Pendleton station. I was pleased to support this bill, and will continue working with local growers to ensure we continue to have the effect agriculture research Oregon’s farmers and ranchers need to succeed.

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

5. Thoughts on American Greatness

American flag2It’s not fashionable to talk about America’s greatness these days.

Most of us prefer to grouse about the weak economy, the federal debt, political gridlock, stagnant wages, terrorist attacks, racial tension, the state of popular music or A-Rod’s batting average this season.

There is a sense among many that we are no longer an exceptional nation, that the country is in decline, that the American Dream is over, and that our children and grandchildren face a diminished future.

I disagree. And you should, too.

Let’s take an objective look at where we’re headed. But let’s begin with a few indisputable facts about the present:

  • American lives have never been longer. (In 1900, life expectancy was just 40 years.) This near doubling of the human lifespan may be the single greatest achievement in the history of civilization.
  • Our standard of living has never been higher. (Look around you at all the labor-saving devices, the huge variety of goods and services available, the luxuries – from flat-panel TVs to Starbucks’ lattes to Egyptian cotton sheets – that permeate your existence.)
  • Our homes have never been larger. According to the Census Bureau, the median square footage of newly built single-family homes is 2,400 square feet. That’s nearly 1,000 square feet larger than the median home built in 1992.
  • The American workweek – at 34.4 hours – has never been shorter.
  • Computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones – which are revolutionizing our lives – have never been cheaper or more powerful.
  • We are the world leader in technological innovation. The internet was created here. If we are no different from the other Western democracies, why were transformative companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Tesla and Uber – to name just a few – all founded here?
  • American cities have never been safer. (Violent crime is in a long-term cycle of decline.)
  • Educational attainment has never been greater. (Eighty-eight percent of Americans have a high school diploma. Fifty-nine percent have some college experience. Forty-two percent have an associate or bachelor’s degree.)
  • The essentials of life – food, clothing, energy and shelter – (in inflation-adjusted terms) have never been more affordable.
  • All forms of pollution – with the exception of greenhouse gases – are in decline.
  • The American military – the primary defender of the free world – has never been stronger. (The U.S. spends close to what the rest of the world does on defense: more than $600 billion. Per year.)
  • American agriculture is the envy of the world. Our farmers now grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930s – on 20% less land. The yield per acre has grown sixfold in the past 70 years.
  • For decades, experts warned us that we had to end “our addiction to foreign oil.” Yet thanks to new technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, we surpassed Russia two years ago to become the biggest energy producer in the world.
  • The U.S. leads the world in science, engineering, medicine, entertainment and the arts.
  • No nation attracts more immigrants, more students or more foreign investment capital.
  • Americans are the most charitable people on earth, both in the aggregate and per capita. The Giving USA Foundation reported last year that U.S. charitable donations rose 4% in 2015 last year to $373.25 billion, a new record.
  • The dollar is the world’s reserve currency.
  • Americans are just 4.4% of the world’s population, yet we create nearly a quarter of its annual wealth.
  • Our economy is No. 1 by a huge margin. It is larger than those of Nos. 2 and 3 – China and Japan – combined.
  • And the Federal Reserve reported that in the fourth quarter of 2015, U.S. household net worth hit an all-time record $86.8 trillion. This is nearly double the 2000 level.

Despite this good fortune, polls show that Americans are less optimistic about the future today than in 1942, when we were in the fight of our lives against Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito.

But enough about the present. Let’s also take a look at America’s past.

Our Declaration of Independence is a timeless statement of inherent rights, the true purposes of government and the limits of political authority. Our core beliefs are enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the longest-serving foundation of liberty in history.

Our nation’s growth and prosperity have been extraordinary. How did our small republican experiment transform and dominate global culture and society?

Geography played a big role. Buffered by two oceans and a rugged frontier, we had plenty of cheap land and vast natural resources. (But then again, so did countries like Russia and Brazil.)

Entrepreneurs were given free license to innovate and create. Profit was never something to apologize for. Rather it was viewed as proof that the businessman offered customers something more valuable than the money they traded.

Historically, we have opened our arms to tens of millions of immigrants who dreamed of a better life and helped to build this country.

In the process, we developed an astounding capacity for tolerance. Today, we live peaceably alongside each other, unperturbed by differences of religion or ethnicity.

I’m not suggesting that other nations don’t have proud histories, unique traditions or beautiful cultures. I’m delighted when I get a chance to visit Hong Kong or Buenos Aires, not to mention Paris or Rome. There’s a lot to love about day-to-day life in other countries.

But people around the world don’t talk about the French dream or the Chinese dream. Only one nation is universally recognized as the land of opportunity.

That’s because America cultivates, celebrates and rewards the habits that make men and women successful. Anyone with ambition and grit can move up the economic ladder. Everyone has a chance to improve his or her lot, regardless of circumstances.

It’s a good reason to maintain a positive outlook. And I’m in pretty good company here.

In an annual report to shareholders, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett wrote: American GDP per capita is now about $56,000. That – in real terms – is a staggering six times the amount in 1930, the year I was born – a leap far beyond the wildest dreams of my parents or their contemporaries. U.S. citizens are not intrinsically more intelligent today, nor do they work harder than did Americans in 1930.

Rather, they work far more efficiently and thereby produce far more. This all-powerful trend is certain to continue: America’s economic magic remains alive and well… The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.

American ingenuity, technology and capital markets are creating dramatic improvements in communications, transportation, manufacturing, computing, retailing, food production, construction, healthcare, finance, pharmaceuticals, robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence, genetics and dozens of other industries. We can’t even imagine all the fantastic innovations that lie ahead of us.

The notion that America is exceptional is not, as some would argue, just a crude strain of patriotism.

Our country embodies timeless ideals, an optimistic attitude and an enthusiastic endorsement of the pursuit of happiness.

What should you celebrate about America this weekend? Try this: We are living longer, healthier, safer, richer, freer lives than any people in the history of the planet.

Yes, we face plenty of problems and challenges. And there are bound to be setbacks ahead. But for this [Memorial Day 2017] weekend at least, let’s celebrate how far we’ve come.

Carpe Diem,

Alexander Green

Chief Investment Strategist of The Oxford Club and Investment U and Editor of The Momentum Alert, The Insider Alert and The True Value Alert.

6. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in History

Sherman County Observer, July 7, 1916

 raindrop    Fatal Cloud Burst.  Loss of Life and Property Caused by Unusual Storm.  For the first time in the history of Sherman county a cloud burst exacted a toll in human lives last Friday night about six o’clock in the Hay canyon section.  There had been threating weather for more than a week, but no one gave it serious consideration as to possible damage, althou it had rained nearly every day for the previous week, a very unusual condition at this time of year.

     The storm center was over the farm of John Hastings, where the heaviest property loss occurred.  Mr. Hastings, his daughter Alta and Res Boyce were in the barn at the time the flood lifted the building off its foundations and swept the two last named into a side current and down stream several hundred feet.  Mr. Hastings got upon a hog house and from there to the combe of the barn and was carried to where the other two had gotten from the water.  His loss was close to $2500 consisting of the barn, machinery, horses, and wheat.  The house had about three feet of water on the floor, but not damaged.

     In the same canyon with Hastings was Dayton Henrichs who lost small farm buildings, machinery, and chickens.

     The main damage was confined to Hay canyon, from the P. C. Axtell farm to its junction with Grass Valley canyon.  In this section the first to suffer damage was Mr. Axtell who lost about 40 hogs all his chickens, small buildings, and some growing grain.

     The next was C. C. Callaway farming the W. J. Furnish place, where the barn was carried away, the spring and water system damaged, and machinery, buggy and about 1000 new fence posts were lost.  He had 13 head of horses, mares, colts, and a stallion, engulfed in the flood, without loss.

The next was the W. W. M. Co., owning the place farmed by A. F. Fortner, where the house, some stock and machinery was swept away, Mrs. Elizabeth Fortner, mother of A.R., and daughter, Mrs. L. H. Lawrence of New Meadows, Idaho, were in the house at the time of the accident and were carried away with the building.  The daughter was found 4 1/2 miles down stream and the mother 9 miles.  They had packed their trunks and had intended to leave for the coast the day after the storm happened.

     From the Fortner place to the end of the canyon no other damage has been reported, but the canyon carried water for quite a while after the main flood had passed, which was estimated to be thirty feet deep at its crest and bank to bank.

W. Kunsman, O. T. Burnett and Ray Havener were working on a new road location below Monkland and were camped in the main canyon with the road between their tent and the hillside. They did not realize the seriousness of their situation when the waters first appeared.  Ray Havener was the first to grasp the situation and he made for the hillside through water that soon took him off his feet and carried him 200 feet down stream before he reached safety.  Mr. Burnett started to follow Havener, first going into the tent after his personal effects, when he started to cross the hillside the slight delay and the goods he was carrying was too much of a handicap and he was carried down stream three miles and found by the searching party next morning.  Mr. Kunsman apparently thought the others were needlessly alarmed and that the waters were from the heavy rain then falling and that a knoll close to the tent would be sufficient protection until the flood passed, but he also was carried away and found the next morning close to where Mr. Burnett lay.

     At the J. M. Allen place, 12 miles below the Fortner farm, the water is reported to have raised 15 feet in 15 minutes and at the Herman Christiansen farm, on the south edge of the storm, there were four inches of rain in a straight sided vitrol trough in a very short time.

     A very narrow escape from the flood was that of Wm. Burres and family who were following Hugh Shull out of Wasco, both driving autos and going up Hay Canyon to their homes.  Mr. Shull was the faster driver and turned out of the canyon just as the water approached and three miles behind Shull was Burres, stopped by the flood as he was driving onto the canyon floor.

     Roads in places are washed and a number of bridges wrecked in a section that includes a scope of country extending from the west top of Lone Rock grade eastward to the Neil McDonald farm and north to an apex at Hay canyon warehouses.  In this district the new road completed last year by the county down Hay canyon was ruined and a new road bed will have to be graded in a number of places.

     A double funeral service was held at Moro M.E. church Sunday afternoon for Mr. Kunsman and Mr. Burnett and at the same hour at Wasco for Mrs. Fortner and her daughter.


     O.T. Burnett was born at Gower, Missouri, November 11, 1877, died June 30, 1916.  He joined the Christian church at the age of 21, moving to Moro in October, 1913.  He leaves a wife and two children a boy, Ralph W., age 16 years, and a little girl, Marieta Louise, age 3 years, a father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. 

     J.W. Kunsman was born in Williams county, Ohio, July 7, 1854, died June 30, 1916.  He leaves a mother, a sister, two brothers, three daughters; Miss Mary, Mrs. A. L. Landingham, Mrs. L. Barnum; four sons, James, Harry, Irvin, and Roy.  [John W.]

     Mrs. Isabelle Fortner died June 30th, 1916.  Her home was at New Meadows, Idaho.  She leaves a husband, one daughter, and three sons; Frank E., Fred R., Archie R.

     Mrs. L. H. Lawrence died June 30th, 1916.  Her home was at New Meadows, Idaho.  She leaves a husband, father, sister, and three brothers, Frank E., Fred R., Archie R. Fortner.  [Pearl] 

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