Sherman County eNews #114


  1. Wanted: Outdoor Survival Class Instructor for 4-H Camp, June 20

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, May 2

  3. Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting, May 4

  4. Notice. Sherman County Request for Proposals

  5. Caregiver Job Fair, June 18

  6. Sherman County 4-H News Meeting Notes: Swine Club & The Goatees

  7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Observer Notes 1911-1912

You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight.

You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream.

You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life.

Nevertheless, in every flight, in every life, in every dream,

the print of the way you taught will always remain.

~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

1. Wanted: Outdoor Survival Class Instructor for 4-H Camp, June 20

Outdoor survival class instructor wanted for our teen staff at Sherman County 4-H camp Thursday June 20. Do you have a special skill or interest you’d like to share with our counselors? We need YOU for a 90 minute class in the morning then a 90 minute class in the afternoon. Share your life skills with our young adults. Contact Cindy at the Sherman Extension Office 541-565-3230 or email

2. All County Prayer Meeting, May 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Thursday, May 2nd @ the Kent Baptist Church.  Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting; come and join in when you can get there. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

3. Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting, May 4

The Annual Meeting of the Wasco County Pioneer Association
Saturday May 4, 2019
The Fort Dalles Readiness Center
402 East Scenic The Dalles, Oregon 97058
On the Columbia Gorge Community College Campus (East of Sorosis Park)

Doors open and Registration begins at 9:30
Come early to view the Historic Picture Boards
Lunch is at 11:30am
Annual Meeting and Program to follow lunch at 1:00pm

Annual Dues: $12.50
Lunch is $15.00
The Public is welcome at this meeting.

The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Old Wasco County on January 11, 1854. The Dalles was designated the county seat with the creation of the county, and has been its only location.  At the time of its creation old Wasco County was the largest county in the United States, consisting of 130,000 square miles that stretched from the Cascades to the Rocky Mountains.

When Dakota Territory (including present-day Wyoming) was created in 1861, Idaho Territory in 1863, and Montana Territory in 1864, the parts of Old Wasco County east of the present Oregon boundaries were ceded to those territories.  Other counties were formed – Baker in 1862, Umatilla in 1862, Grant in 1864, Lake in 1874, Crook in 1882, Morrow in 1884, Gilliam in 1885, Sherman in 1889, Hood River in 1908 and Jefferson in 1914.

The Wasco County Pioneer Association Celebrates Old Wasco County every year on the first Saturday of May!

4. Notice. Sherman County Request for Proposals



Outside Plant Fiber Construction


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Sherman County, through its County Court, will open sealed bids for the Sherman County Outside Plant Fiber Construction project. Sealed bids will be received until June 3rd, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. according to the official clock located in the Sherman County Administrative Office. Each bid must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and delivered on or before the deadline to the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  Final award will be announced during County Court at 9:00 a.m. on June 5th, 2019.

A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on May 13th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rufus City Hall, located at 304 W. 2nd Street, Rufus, Oregon 97050. A map and directions to the site are included in the Bidder’s Proposed packet.

Complete bidding documents may be obtained from the Sherman County Administrative Office, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon 97039. Phone: 541-565-3416, or email requests to:

Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Administrative Assistant, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, 541-565-3416, is designated as the person to whom all inquiries regarding the project, this Invitation, and/or the Bidder’s Proposal must be directed.

Sherman County reserves the right to accept the bid and award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder which is in the best interests of the County, to postpone the acceptance of bids received and the award of the contract for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, or to reject any and all bids received and further advertise for bids.

No bids shall be received or considered by the County unless the bidder is registered with the Construction Contractor’s Board and/or licensed by the State Landscape Contractor’s Board as required by ORS 671.530. The bidder must identify whether it is a resident bidder under ORS 279C.365(h).

This is a public work contract subject to ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870 or if applicable, the federal prevailing rate of wage required under the Davis-Bacon Act (40 USC 276(a)).

5. Caregiver Job Fair, June 18

bench.guysCaregiver Job Fair

Tuesday June 18th 10:00AM to 6:00PM

“Be A Rising Star”
Start your own business as an Adult Foster Home Licensee,
An AFH Caregiver or a Homecare Worker.
Applications Available, Venders, Information,
Guidance and Support. Refreshments Provided.

3641 Klindt Drive, The Dalles
DHS/Aging and People with Disabilities
Call Yulanda 541-506-3536.

6. Sherman County 4-H News Meeting Notes: Swine Club & The Goatees

4-H clover1The Sherman County Swine Club met on April 1, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 6:00pm.  At this meeting Austin, Coral, Dillan, T’Sharra, Addie, Bailey, Cadence, Savannah, Michael, Allison, Ellery and Quinton were all attending. We started the meeting with Allison leading the 4-H Pledge and Savannah leading the Pledge of Allegiance. At this time we have $1042.20.  We talked about presentations, county medals, advancements and 4-H camp on June 19th– 21st. We also talked about when weigh in is and what the rules. At this meeting Brennah said, “If any of you guys can get your pig to sit down in the sale ring with a command you will get a prize!” The meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.  Reporter Bailey Coelsch.

The Goatees 4-H Club met on April 28, 2019 at 4pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Elijah, Antone, Michael, Calvin, Clay, Emersyn, Austin, Logan, Alexis, Coral, Taylor, Kiara, Kaelex, T’Sharra, Bailee, Wyatt, Mercedez.  Correction to last meeting:  Kiara Peters was present.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Michael, 4-H Pledge by Coral.  We talked about what type of goat to look for and what it needs to have on it.  Basically, it’s how it’s shaped, how they walk, etc.  Two people are doing a report on what their goat needs to have.  Next meeting will be May 14 at 4:30pm  Meeting adjourned at 4:35pm.  Signed T’Sharra Lanthorn, News Reporter

7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of last week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

1008: Senate Bill that would no longer automatically refer juveniles accused of committing Measure 11 crimes to adult court, according to The Oregonian. The House Judiciary Committee took testimony on the bill this week.

8: Oregon conservation groups that sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown this week criticizing her appointments to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, including a big-game hunter with a prolific Instagram feed, according to Willamette Week.

40: Percent of Oregon that was experiencing “moderate drought” conditions on April 2, according to KOIN.

0: Percent of Oregon experiencing “moderate drought” one week later, after heavy rain. About 17 percent of the state is considered abnormally dry as of Thursday, though.

718: Patients admitted to the Oregon State Hospital last year under court orders to get treatment so they could assist in their own criminal defense, according to The Oregonian.

$1,324: Amount such “aid and assist” treatment costs taxpayers per patient per day, The Oregonian reports.

42-18: Vote count, for and against, a statewide ban on plastic bags in the House of Representatives this week, according to the AP.

$250,000: Amount a Portland comedian, Mohanad Elshieky, is seeking through an administrative complaint filed against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to the AP. During a January incident in Spokane, Elshieky alleges that although he presented Border Patrol officers with documentation that he was in the country legally, he was racially profiled and detained by border patrol.

59-0: Unanimous vote in the House to repeal a 2015 state tax break for internet service providers, according to The Oregonian.

300: State troopers the Oregon State Police want to hire by 2030, according to the Statesman-Journal.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Observer Notes 1911-1912

newsletter2The Observer, Moro, Oregon: Notes, not quotes.


  • November: Monkland – H.M. Shull to move to his farm in this neighborhood. Bands of sheep, 2,000 & 3,000, crossing the John Day River at McDonald. Born to Deputy Sheriff & Mrs. McKean a son, November 21, has sister Georgia.
  • December: John F. Foss has a contract to make galvanized pipe culverts for the County, an experimental order.


  • January: The Celilo bridge opened. Sherman County had 30 schools including Bigelow (sic) & Fredberg.
  • February: The Farmers’ Banquet at the Rudolph Opera House in Moro served only Sherman County grown farm products, tables set for 350. City of Moro bought 250 shade trees for the tract in the flat to be set aside for a city park – black locust, Carolina poplar & American elm.
  • March: New fence around Moro city park. E.W. Knapp was in Moro from Monkland with coyote & badger skins; he plans to experiment with growing peanuts this season. The Moro Concert Band to play in the Opera House on March 30.
  • April: The Junior Baseball Nine at Moro: Carroll Sayrs, Ben Tomlin, Neil Freeman, George Tomlin, Jacob Douma, Collis Moore, G. Douma, Chester Anderson with John Mowry as umpire.
  • May: Monkland Presbyterian church.
  • June: Notice to accept bids for building new school houses in District 21 – Biggs, and #37 – Deschutes.
  • July: Shad fishing on the Columbia especially profitable this season. The Miller Sands Co. smoked quite a quantity of shad & blueback. E.E. Kaseberg & brother-in-law Herbert Root got a Case steam engine from Chas. Golliher & operate one of the largest threshing outfits, 35 men. Fatal harvest accident, Mr. Bullard here to help with harvest, was run over & crushed by a team of 7 horses he was leading.
  • August: W.H. Moore & R.J. Ginn were overhauling the Moro flouring mill to use as a warehouse. O.M. Scott of former Scott, McCoy & Co. visited in Moro.
  • September: J.A. Smith overturned his Reo auto in Gordon Ridge territory. Off to Oregon Agriculture College: Perry & Theodore Johnston, Leo Strong, Ernest McClure. To school in Albany: Bessie Watkins, Helen & Ina Hansen, Clara Thompson.
  • October: Ewan McLennan of Shaniko grazed his flocks in the Cascade forests during the summer; shipped 10,000 fat sheep from Bend in 32 double-deck cars on Oregon Trunk Railway to Chicago on a 72 hour schedule. Orville Davis, agent at Wasco for Oregon Washington Rail & Navigation Co., was a boyhood friend of Phil Yates in Iowa. The BCP Company’s sheep now located in Canyon #16 on the Deschutes River. Children’s Industrial Fair.
  • November: Golden wedding of Rev. & Mrs. James M. Morrison in Portland, formerly of Sherman County, he a former pastor of the Moro Presbyterian church.
  • December: R.W. Pinkerton visited his parents’ home in Iowa for the holidays. Grandma Powell was wintering with her son Roy and family in Crook County. Louis J. Gates, long time manager of Kent Commercial Co., purchased the business from Balfour, Guthrie & Co.