Sherman County eNews #6


  1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

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

  3. Sherman County: For The Record, Vol. 36, Number 1, 2018

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Events

  5. If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

 1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open SCHOOL Hours
8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Movie Night at the Library – The Meg – Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00pm
After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 53min

YA Art Club
THURSDAY after school in the library.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

January’s Book Club– Thursday, January 24th, at 6:00pm.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

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

bird.owl.limbBefore you go… Oregon TripCheck

Rural museums keep history alive

Oregon Encyclopedia: Camp Rufus

Umatilla’s Owl Man Is Bringing Burrowing Owls Back From The Brink

Opinion: ‘Fixing PERS is Job. 1 — and it’s doable’ 

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer Introduce Nationwide Vote-by-Mail Bill

Book. The Bonanza King by Gregory Crouch

Book. Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved by Elgen Long (a grandson of Sherman County’s Starvation Point settlers)

How The American Republic Was Based On The Ancient Hebrew Republic

3. Sherman County: For The Record, Vol. 36, Number 1, 2018

Volume 36 of Sherman County: For The Record landed in members’ mailboxes in December. It’s a Sherman County Historical Society publication dedicated to preserving local history in stories, records and photographs. Imagine… 36 years!

This volume features the John Day Dam and Sherman County on the 60th anniversary of the start of construction, relocation of highways, towns and railroads and the creation of Lake Umatilla.

Gladys Wesley, editor, compiled excerpts from the Sherman County Journal during the John Day Dam construction, 1958-1968, that are illustrated with 30 photographs contributed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others.

Peggy Bird Allen, Cindy Kaseberg Brown, Linda Macnab Krafsic, Shirley Watkins Blaylock and Nancy Grogan Bailey answered the call for stories about families and change during that period. George Fox, Sr.’s story about the inundation by the John Day Dam pool of the hamlet of Early on the John Day River is reprinted from the February 13, 1968, Sherman County Journal. Jennifer Macnab contributed “City Mouse, Country Mouse.” These are illustrated by photographs contributed by the authors or from the Sherman County Historical Museum collection.

The traditional list of donors of memorial gifts and honorariums is published, as well, gifts received from November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018, that demonstrate significant support of Society and Museum operations and programs. When the Society or Museum is suggested as a charitable organization in an obituary, a plaque with the name of the deceased is placed on the IN MEMORY OF wall in the Museum. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 with the names and addresses to which acknowledgement is to be sent.

A call for stories is included in the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society news below.

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Events

Just a reminder of the January meeting and program on Saturday, January 12. Carolyn Purcell will be giving a lecture on preserving photos and documents. This free lecture will cover subjects of identifying different types of photo processes used throughout history and best practices for handling and storing them, as well as historical documents. The lecture begins at 10:30 in the downstairs classroom at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Please email Georga Foster <> if you plan to attend this lecture as space is limited and Carolyn would like to know how many are attending.


newspaper-arrowThe Sherman County Historical Society is looking for historical stories to publish in their “For The Record” series. They have asked anyone that has family or historical event stories to please pass them on to them.  Please mail your stories to SCHS, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or contact Gladys Wesley, editor, at 541-565-3232.


Don’t forget the beginners class for Genealogy February 9, 2019. The class will cover subjects as organization, family interview tips, forms to help you get started and other informative information. Class will begin at 10:30 in the downstairs classroom at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

5. If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Disney’s animated features have long been known to teach important life lessons to children, from the consequences of jealousy and hatred by the Evil Queen in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” to learning the value of humility over arrogance like Lightning McQueen did in “Cars,” and the true value of friendship as shown in the “Toy Story” series. And like all good children’s tales, most adults would benefit from revisiting these life lessons, from time to time.

One lesson in particular has never lost its timeliness, and perhaps applies more today than when it was first uttered on-screen in 1942. After being reprimanded by his mother, for laughing at the ungainly newborn Bambi, an embarrassed Thumper repeats what he had heard from his father just that morning: “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

Wise words used to teach our children how to play nicely in the sandbox with each other, with widespread application to the entire world today. Keep in mind that we humans are picture-oriented, and with newspapers and online sites publishing negative headlines in the largest font they can find, abusive “trolls” on social media sites, not to mention “false news” sites, it is no wonder that our minds see only the negative pictures. It is also no wonder that depression has been steadily on the rise, nearly everywhere.

Perhaps it is time to stop and choose our words more carefully. Perhaps it is time to hit our mental “Pause” button, before sending that negative email, text or post. Maybe, we need to give ourselves time to let the emotion of the moment subside, put the negative texts in our mental Draft Box and come back to them at a later time, when we have analyzed why we felt the need to write them.

And maybe, just maybe, we need to rinse our comments through “Thumper’s Law” (see above). Are our words helping or hurting? Are they constructive or destructive? Do they support a positive change or get fractured in the heat of the moment? Only you can answer these questions. ~The Pacific Institute