Sherman County eNews #235


  1. Wasco Mayor Recognizes Emergency Services Personnel & Structure Loss by Fire

  2. Boating Safety Tips for the Eclipse

  3. Living Expectancy

  4. History Tidbits: Sketch of Wasco’s Main Street c. 1895-1915

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

1. Wasco Mayor Recognizes Emergency Services Personnel & Structure Loss by Fire

Wasco mayor Carol MacKenzie offered an update and appreciation by saying, “The City of Wasco extends a big thank you to all of Sherman County’s fire and EMS personnel and The Dalles Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue for all their hard work in the 100 degree weather to battle the fire in downtown Wasco on Aug 3. Because of their efforts the fire was contained to just the one building that held Megan Jensen’s cute little gift shop, Second Hand Made. The four buildings connected together in that block were, fortunately, constructed of brick back in the early 1900s so each of the adjoining business protected others by a brick wall.”

MacKenzie reports that, “The Wasco Market had some water damage and the beauty shop, smoke damage. The  old Wasco Inn plus the post office had no damage. All in Wasco are sincerely thankful for everyone’s help including the man who brought the large water tanker down from DeGrange Construction at the start of the fire incident, Clint and Ethan Moore for dashing into Second Hand Made to retrieve some of their cousin’s electronics, and the men who helped Kim Hulke remove all of her equipment from her Locust Tree Salon.    

“Lots of bottled water and ice appeared from one or two of the local businesses which was really essential to the fire crews in the extreme heat.  A run was made to Subway to bring food to the hard working men and women, which was really appreciated.

“Sherman County Sheriff’s office used their drone to inspect the fire from above during the active start of the fire and to facilitate the state fire marshal after the fire was out by surveying the roof damage, so no one needed to get on the roof in such a hazardous condition. The State of Oregon Fire Marshal is interviewing witnesses and gathering all the facts to determine the cause of this devastating fire. Our sympathies go to Michelle and Travis Lawrence, owners of the historic former McKee Drug Store, and to Megan Jensen, proprietor of Second Hand Made gift shop. Thank you, everyone.”

2. Boating Safety Tips for the Eclipse

eclipse2Are you planning to be on the water for the eclipse? The Oregon State Marine Board, marine law enforcement and boating facility providers offer boating safety tips so everyone can have an unforgettable time on the water.

* Arrive early. Expect gridlock on highways and access points before, during and after the event. Once out on the water, plan to stay a while. If a boating facility is at capacity, have a backup plan for where to go. Single cars that park in boat trailer parking may be ticketed or towed. Parking on road shoulders or in the grass is discouraged due to potential fire hazards and could impede emergency responders.
* Have plenty of food, water, and anchor line. It’s also highly recommended to have a port-a-potty and to take advantage of floating restrooms. Leave no trace; dispose of garbage properly.
* Prep your boat ahead of time. Avoid prepping the boat at the ramp to keep the ramp clear for efficient launching and retrieving for others. Paddlers are urged to use the bank to launch and retrieve.
* Anchor or beach the boat during the different phases and totality. With congested waterways comes the increased risk of collisions. It’s best to find a good spot and stay put. If you need to be underway, go slow and be aware of what’s directly in front and to the sides of you. Expect people in float toys and wading in the water near the shoreline.
* Have special viewing glasses for the eclipse and avoid looking in the sky for long periods of time. Alternate between the viewing glasses and regular sun glasses to protect your eyes from not only the sun, but the glare off the water.
* Observe all regulations, including slow-no wake rules at boat ramps, marinas or moorages, floating home moorages and people working at water level. As an added courtesy, operate at slow-no wake speeds within 100 feet of other boaters.

All boating and night time navigation rules apply. Running lights are required during the eclipse and anchor lights are required for power-driven boats and sailboats at anchor. Nonmotorized boats can use a flashlight or lighted lantern. It’s important to be seen during the two minutes of darkness.

Law enforcement will be on the water, paying close attention to boats operating unsafely during the eclipse. The fine for unsafe boating is $465, so be patient, courteous, and stay on the water a while to fully enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event.

To find a boating facility in the path of totality and other eclipse resources, visit Facility closures are displayed with an orange boat icon on the map layer.

3. Living Expectancy

Do you think of old age as a time of adventure, self-expression and possibility? Perhaps not. It is hard to think of the later portion of life this way, when the society we live in doesn’t seem to agree.

We sure don’t see many role models of lively, intelligent old people in the media (well, except for Betty White), and our culture continues to be dominated by images of youth. Ask anyone in advertising or marketing, and they will tell you the demographics they covet are 18-25 year olds.

The fact is that life expectancy is up from 45 years in 1900, to an average of 78.74 years (estimated in the U.S.A.) in 2015. It’s even higher in the UK (81.6 years) and Japan (83.84 years)! In a report released on August 1, 2013, the World Health Organization reported that the “dramatic” gains in life expectancy show no signs of slowing down (as reported by Reuters). Things are definitely changing.

Of course, there is still the likelihood of some physical decline as we age, but many older people are discovering that their mental health is more important to them. They tend to shrug off their aches and pains and concentrate instead on growth and development in other areas. And since neuroscientists have discovered that while the brain may slow down, it does not stop growing as long as it’s being used (Alzheimer’s notwithstanding).

Older folks become much more spiritually aware and keenly interested in things outside of themselves. Some go back to school, others become involved in a community or family project. They do not see the changes happening all around them as threatening. Rather, they respond to change with flexibility, a sense of purpose, and lots of patience with themselves. They want to control their own lives, make their own choices, and stay involved with meaningful activities long after they “retire.”

This sounds like a good way to live at any age, and is not a bad role model, either. Think of it as not life expectancy, but living expectancy. ~The Pacific Institute

4. History Tidbits: Sketch of Wasco’s Main Street c. 1895-1915

Wasco Main Street c. 1895-1915

As remembered in a sketch by Gladys (Morrow) Laidlaw (1901-2000)

Christian Church   Open Fields


Mr. Bowman – large lot – flower nursery


Open Fields
Walt & Ethel May residence   Hicks residence (the plumber)
Mrs. Williams and sons Ralph and Burt – a residence   Chas. Everett – Dell Hull – John Fields residence
Other residences   Open lots
Garage   Later Mrs. Amos’ residence


Western Hotel – Van’s (VanLandingham)    
Marsh Drug Store (burned)    
Dr. Beers’ (probably first, then Dr. Morse)   Open lots
Crosfield Store   Barnett’s Brick Bank

       <   FIRST STREET   >

Large, nice, typical fancy false-front IOOF building; lodge meetings upstairs; Henry Yancey’s neat well-run confectionery store downstairs on the north side; Guy Pound jeweler – Dell Hull barber shop – neat well-run & equipped barber shop downstairs on south side.



Ellsworth Hotel (2 stories)
Clodfelter confectionery with rooms for rent upstairs   Old building – cleaning establishment
Early Ellis furniture store   Ellis’ new furniture store
McKee’s Drug Store (burned 2017)    
McClelland’s butcher shop    
Henry Akers? and Yancey confectionery   Post Office


Railway station and tracks   Vacant until Medler built store on corner c. 1913, later burned
O’Meara’s first implement company


  Reinhardt Saloon


McCoy-Atwood Store   Bank (brick)
Vacant (later Sherman Hotel)    


Mrs. Amos’ Rooming & Boarding House   Dentists – Dr. Gormley, then Dr. Butler, Matthews, Dr. Morgan;
Residences from there to half way up the hill   Hailey Saloon – Legion Hall


Morrow Blacksmith Shop

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

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American Thinker

 US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

Repairing Christ The Redeemer Statue

Townhall: We’re Witnessing A Slow-Rolling Coup


Newsmax Finance: Public Pension Returns Barely Broke Even in Fiscal Year 2016

State, union agree to pay raises for most government workers

Service Employees International Union Local 503

Cassandra’s Legacy: The Empire of Lies