Sherman County eNews #277


  1. Jane (French) Frees 1921 – 2018

  2. Letter to the Editor: Vote for Joe Dabulskis – Honesty, Integrity, Sincerity

  3. Reminder for Trunk or Treaters for Oct. 26

  4. Opportunity or Waste of Time?

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 Scholarships to 4-H Summer School

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

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

1. Jane (French) Frees 1921 – 2018

flower.rose.starFuneral services for Jane French Frees will be held this Saturday, October 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Moro Community Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Moro Cemetery.  A reception will follow at the Senior Center in Moro.

Jane was born September 25, 1921, in Grass Valley, Oregon, to Giles and Lela French.    She passed away October 7, 2018, in Portland.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Wyman and Clint; her husband of 66 years, Bill; and her sister, Patty Moore.

Memorial donations may be made in Jane’s honor to Sherman County Historical Society, or a charity of your choice.

2. Letter to the Editor: Vote for Joe Dabulskis – Honesty, Integrity, Sincerity

pencil.sharpHonesty, integrity and sincerity are important words.  They are especially important when describing those who lead our county.  Joe Dabulskis embodies those qualities; add his experience and we have a judge who will make us proud.  Please vote Joe Dabulskis for Sherman County Judge.

Forest Peters


3. Reminder for Trunk or Treaters for Oct. 26

Halloween.scare.sunDon’t forget to get your Trunk or Treat release form in if you are planning on decorating your trunk on Friday, October 26th. Vehicle Line-up is at 5:40. Trick or Treating starts at 6pm. Forms can be found at any city hall, at the school or online by either emailing or visiting our PTO Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

4. Opportunity or Waste of Time?

How well do you wait for things? Today, let’s talk about what happens when we are forced to wait for something.

These days, everywhere you look people are in a hurry. Timesaving devices are cropping up as fast as weeds in an empty lot, because, as we all know by now, “time is money,” and we all seem to be in a mad rush to either save it or spend it.

But what happens when you are forced to wait for something? For example, you have a 4:00 dental appointment, but you don’t get in to see the dentist until 4:45. Perhaps, you are on the end of a line that is ten people long at the supermarket, or a couple of hundred people long at the movie, waiting for your turn. Or, and here is a growing problem in major cities around the world, you are stuck in traffic – morning and evening, and all day long.

Now, there are two ways to look at waiting. You can spend the time fuming, working yourself into a tizzy about all the valuable time you’re being forced to waste, raising your blood pressure and your stress level as you sit or stand there. Or, you can regard waiting as a gift of time. What can you do with this gift? Here are just a few suggestions.

Use it to develop possible solutions to personal problems. Do mental gymnastics – commit something to memory or see how long a list of things you can remember. Get creative. Make up life histories for the people around you. Carry a book with you, one that you find difficult to read for more than a short period at a time. Crossword or other word or number puzzles are great for filling time and exercising the brain. Set goals for the rest of the day or week. Or better yet, think of something unexpected you could do to please the people you love.

We each receive 86,400 seconds for each day. We don’t get to bank them. What we don’t spend effectively disappears at midnight. How can you creatively use the time you spend waiting? Here’s another suggestion: Use it to create a better life. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 Scholarships to 4-H Summer School

4-H clover1Sherman County Journal, 1947:

“4-H Clubbers Selected for Summer School.

“The following 4-H club members have won schlarships to the 1947 Summer School, June 17 to 27th inclusive, based on exhibits at Sherman County Fair last September:

Larry Kaseberg, Wasco, Sun Life Insurance Co. of Canada;

Doran Fritts, Grass Valley, Sherman County Club;

Dick Oveson, Moro, Diamond Circle Ranch, M.R. Eakin, owner;

Alfred Kock, Jr., Grass Valley, Golden Hills Hereford Ranch, H.D. Eakin, owner;

Bob Hoskinson, Moro, Harlandview Grange;

Scottt Fritts, Grass Valley, U.S.National Bank, The Dalles;

Clarence May, Grass Valley, First National Bank, Moro;

Wily Knighten, Moro, Sherman County Club;

LeRoy Martin, Kent, Sherman County Club;

Duane Eakin, Grass Valley, Safeway Stores, Inc.;

Dick Wilson, Kent, Moro Breakfast Club;

Douglas Alley, Wasco, Sherman County Club;

Jean Zevely, Grass Valley, Johnson Bros. Bank, Dufur;

Marie von Borstel, Grass Valley, Sherman County Club;

Donna Kay Sparling, Moro, Rufus Grange;

Geraldine Lundy, Wasco, Sherman County Club;

Priscilla Melzer, Moro, Alex Marshall Food Store, The Dalles;

Joan Oveson, Moro, Sherman County Club;

Dorothy Wilson, Kent, Sherman County Club;

Diane Christianson, Moro, Sherman County Club;

Ed Fritts, Grass Valley, Cattle & Horse Raisers’ Association of Oregon for exhibit at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition.”

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

cat.grayK-12: Why So Little for the Mind?

Illegal Caravans Encouraged by Honduras and Soros

Property Tax Rates in Oregon Counties

Veterans, your dreams of entrepreneurship can become your reality


Sherman County eNews #276






church.family1Seeing with Unclouded Eyes

Jesus has the ability to open eyes. When His disciples were concerned about only having one loaf of bread, they began to discuss how they had no bread. Just before this event in Mark chapter 8 Jesus had just fed 4,000 men plus women and children with seven loaves. Earlier He did the same feeding about 5,000 men plus women and children with five loaves. The disciples could even tell Him how much was left over each time. Yet they had no concept that with Jesus their one loaf could be more than enough. While they were discussing bread, Jesus was talking about something much more serious to which they were totally tuned out. Seeing this He rebuked them for their hardness of heart leading to them not having eyes to see.

Immediately upon reaching shore, a man born blind was brought to Him. In response Jesus was moved to heal him, but only part-way. The man was enabled to see only part way with men appearing as trees. There was no clarity as if he were seeing in a fog or with cataracts. It was after the man saw this way that Jesus then took the additional step to restore him to full sight. This was most likely not done for the man’s benefit, but His disciples’ who were not putting the pieces together. They had been seeing Jesus as in a fog with hearts that were closed to who He really was. Later, after His resurrection, Jesus would speak to His disciples again in Luke 24:41 opening their minds to clearly see and understand.

As it was then, so it is now. God always sees clearly, and we can trust Him to give us the sight we need. This is true whether it is in coming to salvation or even to trust Him when we are walking through tough times where our sight is dim.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Kent Baptist Church

church.family1A Prayer for Unity

Glory be to Thee, O God, for Thy manifestation of love to mankind! O Thou Who art our Life and Light, guide Thy servants in Thy way, and make us rich in Thee and free from all save Thee. O God, teach us Thy Oneness and give us a realization of Thy Unity, that we may see no one save Thee. Thou art the Merciful and the Giver of bounty! O God, create in the hearts of Thy beloved the fire of Thy love, that it may consume the thought of everything save Thee. Reveal to us, O God, Thine exalted eternity – that Thou hast ever been and wilt ever be, and that there is no God save Thee. Verily, in Thee will we find comfort and strength.


Baha’i Faith

Erling and Pat Jacobsen, Rufus, OR 

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU! The smoke has finally cleared and we have almost an inch of rain on the ground, I feel it is a good time to put this out. Last week’s fire in Biggs was a headache for us all. The terrain, changing winds, and extremely dry fuels made what is normally a quiet fire month feel like mid-July. On behalf of North Sherman Fire & Rescue, I want to thank first all of the farmers who showed up with their fire rigs and discs. The discs made all the difference in getting this thing stopped. Also, Charlie Miller and his dozer for the line that ultimately stopped westward progress of the fire. I think I can speak for all of our departments when I say, we could not have got a handle on it without all of you. Next, our mutual aid responses from Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, North Gilliam Rural Fire Protection District, Klickitat County Rural 7 Fire & Rescue, Goldendale Fire Department, Wishram Fire Dept.., South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District, Skamania County Emergency Management Task Force, and Stevenson Fire Department. Whether you were here the first day, second day, or all three days you were amazing. The help all of you provided is much appreciated and we will always be willing to return the favor. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank Moro Fire Department, South Sherman Fire & Rescue, and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office for being here and helping keep chaos as controlled as possible. I am thankful for the swift help all of you always bring when calls come out. I know you can be depended upon when there is a need.  With that being said, let us hope the rain continues and we have a nice quiet fall and winter. If I missed anyone, I apologize, but know that we would not have been as successful without any of you. Thank you all again.
John Jensen,  Asst. Chief, North Sherman County Fire & Rescue

 THANK YOU! We want to thank all the firefighters and friends who dropped everything they were doing to race to our rescue to save our home above Biggs. The wind was blowing so hard and we surely would have lost everything if it weren’t for you. Thank you also for all the visits, calls, prayers and messages. It is much appreciated. We are still truly amazed and forever grateful! We love you all! ~Terry and Teri Sanderson 

THANK YOU TO OUR FIRE FIGHTERS! For the second time this summer I must thank our Firefighters, both local and from other areas.  I know that our farmers-turned-firefighters are getting very weary and it has taken a toll on the equipment that was made for farming, not for fighting fires! The fire that started at Biggs was a tragedy with the loss of a home and animals. With the recent rain we hope the fire season is over but we should still remain vigilant! Thank you again to all Firefighters! ~McKinney Ranch Families

THANK YOU to all the firefighters who came from all over to help fight the fire that started at Biggs on Tuesday October 2nd. I am especially grateful to all the hard-working, dedicated farmers who know how to fight all these fires better than anyone. You have my respect and appreciation. Sincerely, Cris Welk

CONGRATULATIONS to Sherman County School District Hall of Honor inductees, Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Mike Beers, Karla von Borstel Chambers and, posthumously, Gordon D. Helyer and Wily Knighten, Sr., who were honored on Friday, September 28th at Sherman County School. ~The Editor


babyfootprintCharley and Cindy Brown of Moro are happy to announce the birth of their first grandchild, Eva Richey Brown, on October 5. Parents are Justin Brown and Amanda Richey of Sunnyvale, CA. Local great-grandparents are Lee and Karen Kaseberg of Wasco and Charles and Norma Brown of Rufus.


PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION. Sherman County PTO is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you!   10/19

CONTRIBUTE TO SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER. Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.



“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown


AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30


COUNTY CAR AUCTION. Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 10 a.m. Viewing of these vehicles will be available the morning of the auction beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2004 Mazda 3
2001 Chevrolet S10
1995 Ford Escort Lx
2001 Ford Windstar
1993 Mazda Protégé
1997 Toyota Corolla
The auction will be held at 1007 1st St. in Moro. If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3001.

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 10/26

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30


ROOMS FOR RENT | JUST-US-INN in Wasco. Just-Us-Inn | Call Ron 503-957-6114.  3 Rooms for rent, share the bathroom and shower $550.00 a month. These are Monthly rates, not weekly rates! Weekly rate is $150.00. Share large kitchen, with Direct TV in every room. $50.00 non-refundable maid fee for when you leave; wireless internet, beautiful yard with garden space. No Pets. No smoking inside. 11/9




PHOTO SAFARIS. Two on the slate:

  1. Junk Yard/Wrecking Yard on 26 October, 2018. This event starts at 9 AM in The Dalles and ends in Bingen, Washington at about 5 PM. The fee is $75.00 per person, includes entry fees. Itinerary sent with paid enrollment. This safari is on private land and must be on a Friday – no exceptions
  2. Mushrooms and Autumn Colors on 10 November, 2018. This safari starts at 8:30 AM in Hood River. The fee is $25.00 due the morning of the safari. Itinerary will be sent when you enroll. The morning will be spent in the woods seeking out several varieties of mushrooms, while the afternoon with Mount Hood in the background, weather permitting, will be Autumn Colors.

You can follow on Facebook at either “Robert Davis” or at “ghost town safari.” Contact Robert “Bob” Davis here:

FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 | 10/26


GETTING READY FOR COOLER WEATHER?  LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23 




1957 SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK. I am Rose Archer, Dale Archer’s widow. I am looking to purchase a copy of the 1957 yearbook. Dale was Valedictorian that year. Our son Derek is planning to make a large shadowbox with Dale’s football jersey, class ring, and yearbook for a memory wall for Dale who passed away in 1999.  If you know of anyone who wants to part with the 1957 yearbook, please let me know the price. Thanks so much! Rose Archer 11/9

HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you! 10/26

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


19 Recitation of the Holy Rosary for John Kalista 6 St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wasco

19 Sherman Football vs. Dufur 7 at Sherman – Sherman Homecoming Cancelled

20 County Car Auction Viewing 9, Auction 10 – Moro

20 Funeral for Jane (French) Frees 10:30 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

20 Funeral Mass for John Kalista, graveside services, potluck fellowship, Wasco

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

20 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit, The Woolery, Arlington

20 Bingo for Breannah 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

22 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Building, Moro

22 Community Dinner 5:30 & Bingo Wasco School Events Center

23-31 Red Ribbon Week: Promote Drug-Free Lifestyles

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Condon

25-26 Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting, Boardman

26 Trunk or Treat Set-Up 5:40, Trunk or Treat 6-7:30 Sherman County School

27 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

27 Mid Columbia Producers Annual Meeting

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

29 4-H Enrollment/Light Dinner/Open House 6 Sherman County Fairgrounds

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment.

31 Halloween


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting, Condon

1-31 Military Family Appreciation Month

1-May 1 Sherman Museum Open by Appointment

2 Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium 8:30-1 The Dalles

3 Northwest Author Festival 3-5 at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

4 Day Light Saving Time Ends (set clock back one hour)

5 Sherman County Lions Club


7 Sherman Historical Museum Volunteer & Hosts Appreciation Party

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

10 Year-End Family Day at Maryhill Museum 1:30-5

11 Veterans Day Bells at Maryhill Museum 11

11 Veterans Day

12 Veterans Day (observed)

12 Oregon Women for Ag Meeting 5-7 Clock Tower Ales, The Dalles

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

14-17 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, Portland, Oregon

17 Fall Festival & Artisans’ Market 10-2 Condon

17 7th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance, Grass Valley Pavilion Benefit

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Thanksgiving Day 


1 Country Christmas Bazaar 9:30 – 4 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Sherman County Fair Board’s Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School

1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946