Sherman County eNews #315


  1. Program: History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons, Dec. 9

  2. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

  3. Midterm Election Sees Second Highest Ballots Cast in Oregon History

  4. The Possibilities of Optimism

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1955 Moro Yearbook Advertisers

  6. It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company

1. Program: History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons, Dec. 9

Airplane.vintageairplane2Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon, for a presentation on the History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons. Susan Buce of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will be telling a great story and history of our local beacons. Beacons stretch across the United States and in some areas large concrete arrows positioned to give visual indictors for airplane pilots flying overhead along specified airway corridors to find their way. Being able to deliver mail from coast to coast in a reliable manner is an interesting story and the building of the beacon towers around the gorge is what brought Susan’s family to this area. Do you remember Sherman County beacons? How many did we have here in our community? Today most of the beacons are gone but thank you, Susan, for sharing our local history! This event is free and there will be light refreshments.

2. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

mittens1Bring your donation of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at the Library. We invite everyone to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies serving Sherman County.

3. Midterm Election Sees Second Highest Ballots Cast in Oregon History

Oregon.Flat.poleIt’s official! Today we certified the November 6th General Election, and I’m pleased to report that the Oregon midterm November General Election had the second highest number of ballots cast in Oregon history. Our office also pioneered a number of voter engagement efforts, including a first-of-its-kind outreach to Oregon inactive voters through Facebook of Oregon’s 36 counties has provided their official certified election results to us here at the Secretary of State’s office. This included a manual, by-hand audit of a percentage of ballots cast to confirm they were counted accurately. In all, 1,914,923 ballots were cast. Wheeler County had the highest turnout in the state at 90.3%.

Turnout among voters by age demographic was:

  • 18-34: 50.7%
  • 35-49: 67.5%
  • 50-64: 77.1%
  • 65+: 85.8%

Turnout by political party shows:

  • Democrats with 81.8%
  • Republicans with 81.1%
  • Independents with 70.5%
  • Non-Affiliated with 47.5%
  • Constitution with 61.2%
  • Libertarian with 64.3%
  • Pacific Green with 73.4%
  • Progressive with 69.2%
  • Working Families with 44.9%

You may recall that last year my office took action to protect the voting rights of over 60,000 eligible Oregon voters. I’m pleased that these voters were sent ballots for this election and thousands were able to vote due to this historic expansion of voter access.

Because of the large turnout during this election, the number of valid signatures that will be required to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot for the next four years has increased by 21.3%. Our constitution says that the number of signatures required to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot is a percentage of all votes cast for governor in the previous election. There were 1,866,997 total votes cast for governor. To add a constitutional amendment will require 149,360 signatures, which is 8% of the total number of votes cast for governor. An initiative statute requires 6%, which equates to 112,020 signatures, and a referendum requires 4%, which is 74,680 signatures.

If you would like to see the detailed statistics from the General Election, go to

I am thankful to the Elections Division team and county election officials, who successfully administered another smooth, safe, and secure election. We will continue to work to make Oregon elections as safe and accessible as possible to all eligible voters.

~ Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State

4. The Possibilities of Optimism

Why is it that optimists seem to be so much happier than pessimists?

There is something really wonderful about optimists. They’re fun to be around, aren’t they? No matter how bad their situation, optimists can always find something to enjoy – usually simple things like the taste of a good cup of coffee, the smell of the air on a fine spring day, the sound of a wind chime tinkling in the breeze.

Now it’s important to understand that optimism is not saying “everything is getting better every day in every way.” Nor is it saying that the worst is behind us, or seeing sweetness and light, when what’s happening is evil and ugly. Optimists don’t ignore reality. They just choose to look at it from a different perspective.

Optimists know that for all its faults, the world is also filled with good things to be savored and enjoyed. These positive people know that our experience in life is largely determined by where we choose to focus our attention and how we choose to respond to what happens to us.

Optimists understand that happiness is not so much a matter of what we have and what’s going on around us, as it is a choice we make. The wonders and beauty of life are all around us, right now, right where we are. All that is required is for us to be attentive and open to them and that we make a conscious choice to see and hear and experience them.

Some days, it’s simply the difference between looking down, and looking up. And yes, for some of us, making that shift is a difficult thing to do sometimes. But it is possible! And if we accept the possibility of optimism in nearly every situation, then we open the door to seeing new solutions to the challenges that face us and the path to making positive change.

Do you choose to be happy today? It is, after all, up to you. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1955 Moro Yearbook Advertisers

Advertisers in the 1955 Moro High School yearbook, in addition to The Dalles businesses, were Keith McDonald, Standard Oil Distributor; J.K. McKean Texaco Products and International Farm Implements; Catherine Anderson, Standard Oil Products, Grass Valley; Dunlap Insurance Agency; Harold Owens, Union Oil Dealer; C & C Food Store, Grass Valley; Alley’s Confectionary, Grass Valley; Baumgartner Insurance Agency, Grass Valley; Kent Shell Oil Company; The Wagon Wheel in Grass Valley; Grass Valley Equipment & Repair & Massey Harris Dealer Bud Eslinger;  Douma’s Grocery and Market, Moro; Moon Equipment Company in Wasco; Sherman County Journal; May Electric, Moro; Al & Ella Rasmussen’s Husky Hut in Moro; Moro Motors; Moro Lumber & Fuel Company; The Tavern, Moro; Mt. View Stock Farms, Cox & Son, Grass Valley; Grass Valley Grain Growers with warehouses at Kent, Bourbon and Grass Valley; Paul Syron’s Chevron Station, Gas, Oil and Steam Cleaning; Moro Grain Growers Association with stations at Erskine, Moro, DeMoss and Hay Canyon; O’Meara Supply & Implement Company in Wasco; Valley Inn, Grass Valley; Wasco Market; May & Son Groceries in Moro; Quality Shop for Women’s and Children’s Apparel in Moro; Flatt Trucking Service, Moro; Dale’s Clothing in Wasco; Beefo’s Steaks & Sandwiches, Moro; Hartley Service, Grass Valley; and Dr. Frank Reid, dentist in Moro.

6. It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company


Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

  • A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
  • The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad.
  • The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
  • Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
  • An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
  • As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb, will want you to crawl.
  • Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you, will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:

  • Never receive counsel from unproductive people.
  • Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.
  • Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.
  • You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
  • Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.
  • Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.
  • Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.