Sherman County eNews #42


  1. Sherman County School News: The Husky Times

  2. Three Candidates for Sherman County Judge Filed with Secretary of State’s Office

  3. History Tidbits: Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

  4. An Exhibition: Catching Birds With A Camera, Feb. 23-June 10

  5. Regional History Forum Program: Obsolete U.S. Currency, Feb. 24

  6. Belief and Control

  7. Retirement Open House for Roseanna Breeding, Feb. 28

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

“It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it.” Will Durant

1. Sherman County School News: The Husky Times

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe February edition of the Sherman County School newsletter can be found here:


2. Three Candidates for Sherman County Judge Filed with Secretary of State’s Office

Candidates who filed for the office of Sherman County Judge as of February 16 are Larry Hoctor, Mike Smith and Joe Dabulskis. Search by year, primary election, office of County Judge, Sherman County at

3. History Tidbits: Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

February 25th!


Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

~IMAGINE! Imagine the history and the stories of our handsome historic county courthouse! Imagine the pride, anguish, trials, joy, excitement and frustration of the years…of public service, justice, weddings, mortgages, deeds and county business transactions. 

~A BIT CURIOUS! It is a bit curious that, while Sherman County was carved from Wasco County in 1889, the courthouse was not built until ten years later. E. O. McCoy petitioned the legislature for formation of the new county in 1889, proposing to name it Fulton County for Col. James Fulton, a prominent pioneer legislator. In a political move because Col. Fulton opposed a visit to the state house by General William Tecumseh Sherman, the new county was named Sherman. Governor Sylvester Pennoyer signed the modified bill on February 25, 1889 and the new county was named for General Sherman. 

~OFFICIALS. The governor appointed officers to serve the county until the next general election: Col. James Fulton, county judge, [who declined, and Owen M. Scott was appointed]; John Medler and Dayton Elliott, commissioners; V.C. Brock, clerk; E.M. Leslie, sheriff; Levi Armsworthy, treasurer; C.C. Meyers, assessor; and C.J. Bright, school superintendent. On March 12, 1889, the newly-appointed officers and constituents met at the Oskaloosa Hotel in Wasco for the official swearing-in. Wasco was declared the temporary county seat. The new officials rented a rock and concrete building in Block 6 on Lot 7 in Wasco to be used by the sheriff and clerk. County and circuit court business was conducted in the school building. 

~EXPANSION. During the 1891 Oregon legislative session, a bill was introduced to expand the county 18 miles south, taking in Townships 3, 4 and 5 South. This new boundary followed Buck Hollow and an 11-mile east-west boundary across the south. 

~COUNTY SEAT. Selection of a county seat resumed in earnest. Three towns were selected for the ballot: Wasco, Moro and Kenneth [a hamlet once located near DeMoss Springs]. Strong emotions led up to the vote for Moro, influenced by the county’s southward expansion and new residents. In 1892 the county contracted for construction of a temporary building to house the clerk, sheriff and a vault. Records were moved to Moro. In 1893 a jail was added and the vault was rebuilt. A flag pole and flag were ordered in 1895. In 1896, a deputy clerk and deputy sheriff were hired.

~1899. When the county began construction of the new courthouse on Block 23 in 1899, the temporary house on Block 23 in Moro was moved across the street to the south where it remains today. Charles Burggraf of Salem designed the handsome brick structure with Queen Anne architectural features, varied wall surfaces and a corner tower. It was built by contractor, A.F. Peterson of Corvallis, of thrifty material – brick manufactured in the brick yard behind it. The bell-shaped cupola was originally painted alternating bands of dark and light paint.

~FOR THE RECORD. In a story written by Patricia [French] Moore and published in Sherman County: For The Record in 1983, it is noted that the Grass Valley Journal reported completion of the new courthouse on November 3rd. On the 10th the Journal editor observed that, “Everyone who has seen the new courthouse wonders how such a house could have been built with so little money [$6,665]. On November 22nd, 1899, Sherman County’s handsome, new courthouse was turned over to county officials.”

~PROGRESS. In 1905, the Observer reported that there was a pot-bellied stove in each office and a complex of chimneys in the attic. Will Raymond was commissioned to produce ten large photographs of Sherman County scenes for the county’s exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland and later for the courthouse walls, where they may be seen today. A jail and related supplies were purchased for $3,847 in 1905 and was located in the room the assessor now occupies. The assessor worked in the front room next to the clerk’s office.

~CHANGE. Moore’s story continues. “Major changes took place in 1934…the decision to dig a basement, construct walls, install a furnace and chimney for central heat and to put in a vault…work done as a relief project…under the leadership of county engineer, Hal White.” In 1941, the clerk’s vault was extended and the jail was moved to the rear of the courthouse. The brick on the south wall shows evidence of this move and brick replacement with matching windows. Upstairs remodeling accompanied construction over the jail, with chambers for the judge and jury. The handsome cupola was removed because of wind and storm damage by 1963 when Lee Gunnels painted the courthouse trim.

~MORE CHANGE. Modern carpeting, tile ceilings, computers and glass doors joined delicate wooden ornamentation, filigree knobs and round-topped windows. The white picket fence is long gone; the jail is a museum artifact. New sidewalks and landscaping in 1999 marked the 100th anniversary of the county’s seat of government.

~Sherman County Centennial Committee, 1989.

 4. An Exhibition: Catching Birds With A Camera, Feb. 23-June 10

Catching Birds With A Camera

on Exhibit February 23-June 10, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society

1200 S.W. Park Avenue

Portland, OR 97205


5. Regional History Forum Program: Obsolete U.S. Currency, Feb. 24

dollars.coinsGorge Country news director Rodger Nichols will offer stories and photos about old currency at the Feb. 24 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  He will present “Obsolete U.S. Currency:  From the Half Cent to the $100,000 Bill” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Nichols will reveal what the pioneers carried as pocket change.  In addition to the familiar dimes and quarters, they also dealt with half cents, two- and three-cent pieces, twenty-cent pieces, something called a half dime, and other intriguing now-obsolete denominations.  He will explain why a particular Spanish coin was legal tender in the U.S. up until 1857.

In addition to half a century’s work for local media outlets, Nichols does appraisals of coin collections in estates for a number of law firms.  He will bring coin catalogues to Saturday’s event and do free evaluations of three coins or bills per person after his presentation.

This is the fourth and final program in the 2018 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.  

6. Belief and Control

Do you believe you can exert control over your future, or do you feel that you are at the mercy of fate? There are a lot of folks who feel that their lives, and the world around them, are spinning out of control – and there is nothing they can do about it. Today we are going to talk about how beliefs affect what happens to us.

The amount of control you believe you have over your life has a great deal to do with what you are willing to try, and therefore it also has a great deal to do with what you accomplish. Low belief level equals an unwillingness to try, and the accomplishments never happen.

There is the classic story, from Jungian analyst John Sanford, about a depressed musician for whom neither therapy nor prayer was helping. One day, the man’s car had a flat on the highway, miles from a phone. (Yes, this was in the days before mobile phones.) At first, he stood staring at the car, paralyzed, realizing it had been years since he had changed a tire. Although he wasn’t sure how to use the jack and other tools, he began to work on the task. After an hour of sweat and struggle, he finally got the spare tire on. Back in the car, he realized that he was no longer depressed!

This small success showed him the way to approach his larger problems. He clearly had more control over his destiny than he had thought. He could do more than he thought, if only he would try, if only he would believe in himself enough to plunge in and start. He did not need to be perfect and he did not need to have all the answers before he started. He could take control, and when he did, it felt good. He had given his brain something other than his depression to focus on, and it stepped up to the task at hand.

So, if you are feeling helpless and seemingly at the mercy of a chaotic, ever-changing world around you, take heart and take action – any action you can manage that will get you moving in the direction you want to go. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Retirement Open House for Roseanna Breeding, Feb. 28

Please join us to celebrate the retirement of Roseanna Breeding, our local Farm Service Agency County Director. We will be having an open house here at the service center from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Treats and refreshments will be provided, so swing on in and visit a while.

When: Wednesday February 28th – 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: The Farm Service Agency Office – 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon

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

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