Sherman County eNews #186


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  2. Sherman County’s “First Saturday—Artist of the Month,” July 1

  3. Vacation Bible School, Moro Presbyterian Church, June 26-30

  4. Book: “Pigs to Politics,” by Bev Clarno, July 9

  5. Fireworks – Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe

  6. Rep. Walden calls for action to improve broadband connectivity in rural Oregon

  7. History Tidbits: Obituaries in the Sherman County Observer

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Tuesday June 27 at 10:00am – Summer Reading Program
Come kick off our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program.
Ages 0-4 All Around Town
Ages 5+ How Do We Communicate?

Thursday June 29 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

Thursday June 29 at 6:00pm – Movie Night (all ages welcome)
The Sandlot
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Rated PG
Run Time 1hr 41min

2. Sherman County’s First Saturday—Artist of the month,” July 1

Thread-and-needleCome and visit with quilt artist, Carol MacKenzie, at Second Hand Made gift shop in Wasco from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carol has been quilting for over 30 years,.as a student and as a quilt teacher. She will have some of her traditional.quilts along with modern “wall art,” including her popular wild steelhead wall hanging “wild and free.” She uses any material or technique to get the look and feel she desires.

3. Vacation Bible School, Moro Presbyterian Church, June 26-30

church.family1PARENTS, REMEMBER... Vacation Bible School….Moro Presbyterian Church  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon  Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30..   Bus will pick up in Wasco at the RR Depot at 8:30 and return to Wasco  12:30 time for all the kids and they will be  with their friends from school!!!…. Do not need to preregister, just show up  and it is FREE!!! Bible stories, games and snacks.. questions, Contact Pastor Bob     971-338-8247


4. Book: “Pigs to Politics,” by Bev Clarno, July 9

pig1Bev Clarno, a former Sherman County resident, will be at the Wasco School Annex on Sunday July 9th from 2 to 4 p.m. Bev will speak about her book, “Pigs to Politics.” The books are $29.95. She will be available to sign books and looks forward to seeing friends in Sherman County.

“Pigs to Politics” is also available at the Sherman County Museum Store for $29.95. Museum members receive a 10% discount.

5. Fireworks – Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe

fireworks1The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2017 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Friday, June 23 and runs through Thursday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used.

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. “Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests,” states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation.”

Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

There were 192 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2016, resulting in more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2012 through 2016, there were 944 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death and more than $2.1 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.”

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks use:
* Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
* Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
* Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
* Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B’s of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
Tips in Spanish are available at:

6. Rep. Walden calls for action to improve broadband connectivity in rural Oregon

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today called for action to expand broadband internet access in rural Oregon. During a hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden stressed the importance of prioritizing unserved areas in Oregon and throughout the country when expanding broadband internet infrastructure.

Walden’s committee today examined the definition of broadband service in America and improving the “mapping” of broadband coverage across the country. During the hearing, Walden emphasized the importance of ensuring the definition of broadband service meets the needs of consumers and provides a productive level of internet service. Walden also stressed the need to increase the accuracy of mapping broadband coverage to identify unserved areas of the country that do not have internet access. A full transcript of Walden’s remarks is included below:

“If you ask someone in rural America — like my giant district in eastern Oregon — whether they have broadband access that meets the speeds ‘as defined by the Federal Communications Commission,’ they likely don’t know.

“If you ask them whether they get internet access to match their needs, they can probably give you a quick yes or no answer.  That should be our primary objective as policy makers looking to allocate federal resources — accounting for consumer demand, putting the consumer first, and getting the most people the best access to a productive level of internet service. People in the most remote parts of our country, including in Oregon and other unserved parts of our country, would tell you they’d be happy to just have a connection. Some of them do not have that today. That is the importance of the work we are doing moving forward — to figure out how we connect the unconnected. They should not be left behind in America. Whether if you’re in Montana, Wyoming, or Oregon, or North Dakota, or in urban settings where there are issues as well. This is really important that we have this discussion about mapping.

“We learned this lesson the hard way from our experience with the Rural Utilities Service and the 2009 Recovery Act.  As outlined by an investigator with the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, “we are left with a program that spent $3 billion and we really don’t know what became of it.”  That was because, at the time that went through, the money went out before the maps were drawn.

“I hope this time when we look at infrastructure expansion in America to connect places that we get the mapping first. That we focus on the areas that are unserved first. That we connect this country to one of the most important economic and social tools in our history.”

7. History Tidbits: Obituaries in the Sherman County Observer

Obituaries from Sherman County newspapers on microfilm will be found at


December 26, 1902

  • DeMoss Bros. have donated an acre for cemetery purposes. The grounds will be fenced and beautified, park style.  C.B. Davis, who died Nov. 28th, 1902, was the first interment, Dec. 1st.

February 20, 1903

  • Moro ME Church was well filled with sorrowing relatives and friends Friday afternoon, to pay their last sad tribute to the memory of M. Powell. A very impressive sermon was delivered on the occasion by Rev. Hicks, of Grass Valley. 

August 21, 1903

  • A man named H. Reed from Wasco county, was given christian burial in Moro, Tuesday, at public expense. Death was loathsome.  He once lived near here and had as good chances as anybody for a fortune, but threw his opportunity to the dogs.

February 12, 1904

·       DEATH OF C.N. McCALEB.  Drowned In The Icy Waters of The John Day River, While Hunting. Chas. N. McCaleb was drowned in the John Day river Wednesday afternoon Feb. 3d, presumably while swimming out from the shore after a wild goose which he had shot.  With Henry Wright, Mr. McCaleb was working on his homestead until about 4 p.m. of the above date, at which time he left camp, saying he wanted to shoot some geese.  Not returning, a search was made for him with the result of finding his horse and gun, a dead goose, and his clothing, which looked as if he had stripped himself while running towards the river, as the garments were scattered from his gun and the goose to near the river’s edge.  Search was kept up for the body, Thursday and Friday, a rope having been stretched across the river to which a boat was secured, with occupants using hooks to drag the bottom of the river,.  By this means the body was found about noon Friday, by Ira Axtell and Roy Hulse.  The remains were brought to Moro and a coroner’s jury, composed of R.J. Ginn, W.B. McCoy, G.W. Brock, A.N. Montgomery, J.M. Dunahoo, and J.B. Mowry, rendered a verdict of accidental drowning.  Opinions differ as to whether deceased took with a cramp or, being over heated, the cold water was too much for his heart action.  Where Mr. McCaleb entered the water to 70 yards below, where his body was found, the depth averages from 5 to 7 feet across the river with a rather heavy current, the water being icy cold.  The remains were taken to Monmouth for interment at which place the parents of Mr. and Mrs. McCaleb reside.  Deceased leaves a wife and child in Moro, and parents in Monmouth to whom, in this hour of trouble, The Observer extends the sympathy of the community.

April 29, 1904

  • Marie M. Goffin took old man St. Clair from Wasco, to The Old Man’s Refuge in Portland, last week where he died on the 23d, of heart disease.

June 3, 1904

  • Sad Death of Mrs. Nellie Wheat. W. McCoy and wife arrived home Saturday night from the bedside of Mrs. Nellie Wheat, their daughter, in a Portland hospital, but were immediately called back, and left at once by team via Grant.  A relapse had occurred and death followed at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The remains were brought home yesterday, and the funeral will take place this (Friday) morning in Moro M.E. Church.  Rev. Stull, of Grass Valley, who was with them in Portland, will preach the funeral sermon.  Nellie was possessed of a kindly and lovable disposition and was loved and sympathized in her affliction by all who knew her.  She leaves a little daughter with her parents in Moro. 

October 28, 1904

  • W.H. Goetjen, who was taken to the Dalles hospital for treatment, died there, and was buried in Grass Valley cemetery. Her death is particularly sad, since but three months have elapsed since she was married to the companion who now mourns her loss.  [Annie A.]

February 17, 1905

  • Grass Valley Journal — The little 4-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Eakin, of Rutledge, died on the 3d. The parents have the sympathy of all. [Otis Robert]
  • An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Martin, died in Douglas on the 13th, two days old. Interment in Moro on the 16th.  The attendance of sympathizing friends at the grave was quite  [Leroy]
  • An infant child of Rev. Allen, of Wasco was buried on the 10th.

August 10, 1906

  • Capt T.J. Miller, the pioneer of DesChutes city, was laid away to his final rest last week. In the stirring times of the sixties Capt. Jeff was one of the noted masters at the helm in river navigation of the Columbia from Celilo to way up into British Columbia, and finally settled near the mouth of DesChutes river, nearly half a century ago, where he died.

January 18, 1907

  • A casket for a child was shipped to Klondike Wednesday, but whose darling it is that rests under the snow there today we were unable to ascertain.

July 5, 1907

  • A murderous affair occurred at McDonald, in this county, Tuesday afternoon, by which one man was killed, Billy McDonald badly cut about the head with a shovel in the hands of one Ward, a Gilliam county rancher. Ward had been to Wasco drinking, and took the man that was killed (Freeman), out of jail, to work on his ranch.  When they reached McDonald they were fighting, and Billy McDonald went to separate them when Ward turned upon Billy and hit him over the head several times with a shovel, cutting him badly.  This crazed Mr. McDonald who defended himself with a pistol, and in the melee the man was shot, but by whom killed the coroner’s jury did not decide.  Ward is in jail to answer for the results of his drunken debauch.   [Jack Freeman]

April 3, 1908

  • Luther B. Hill, the Moro recluse, died Wednesday night. The funeral took place from the M.E. Church, Thursday afternoon, Rev. Tonkins officiating.  Interment by his brother’s side in Moro cemetery.  Peace be thine, unfortunate old man. 

June 19, 1908

  • Grandpa Barnett died in Wasco on the 13th. Deceased was a pioneer in Sherman county, loved by everybody.  His sons, W.M. and Lafayette and daughter Mrs. Siscel all lived near him, and to them The Observer extends sympathy.

August 6, 1909

  • A Spokane dispatch of Sunday announces the death of Mrs. Frank H. Spaulding, wife of Rev. Spaulding, and their two sons, aged 9 and 14 years, in Lake Kelso, while frolicking on the beach, the boys ventured into the water and got beyond their depth. The older boy was taken with cramps and cried to his mother for aid.  The mother plunged into the cold water to rescue him, when the cries of the drowning boy reached the little fellow a fit took hold of him and he sank beneath the surface.  All were lost.  The bodies were recovered and the funerals were held at Athol, Idaho, Monday.  [Cassie J., Angus, Robert W.]

January 13, 1911

  • Holder dead. Wm. Holder, three times sheriff of Sherman county, died at his home near Paisley Dec. 31st. Death came in the night as he slept, and was unknown to the family until Mrs. H. entered the room New Year’s morning to announce that he was wanted at the phone.  Alas, he had gone where a previous summons called him.  He was a native of Benton county, Oregon, aged 56 years.  Peace be with him. 

January 26, 1912

  • Sherman County Pioneer at Rest. The funeral services for Prof. James M. DeMoss were held at DeMoss Saturday afternoon, January 20th, Rev. A.J. Adams preaching the sermon. Mr. DeMoss was born in Indiana May 15th, 1837, dying at the town which bears his name January 17, 1912, the place which he called home for twenty eight years.  His parents removed to Iowa when he was five years old; from there he came to Oregon in 1862.  He united with the United Brethren church when ten years old and entered the ministry and was ordained at twenty.  During his lifetime he acquired considerable fame as a musician and was a recognized author of music compositions of merit.
  • A Portland paper says: “Older Oregonians, in noting the death of James M. DeMoss, will recall the pleasure given by the famous family of musicians to many a crossroads audience a quarter century or more ago.” Portland then was nearly at crossroads, and the DeMoss family many times played in the Beaver town.

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