Sherman County eNews #136


  1. 2019 National EMS Week, May 19-25

  2. Notice. Sherman County Fair Board Seeks Fair Board Secretary

  3. Notice: Sherman County Surplus Sale

  4. Notice. Biggs Service District Budget Committee Meeting, June 5

  5. Sherman County 4-H Club News: Chicken Tenders & Tiny Teaspoons

  6. Wasco County Historical Program Features French House, June 1

  7. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Sherman County Civil War Veterans

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. 2019 National EMS Week, May 19-25

May 19-25, 2019 is the 45th annual National EMS Week.   In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.  Sherman County EMS is celebrating EMS Week at our May 21st meeting.

Sherman County EMS is proud to acknowledge and thank all of those who serve in our community.  We also would like to acknowledge the family members who support our EMS personnel.  Personnel miss dinners, family functions and other activities in order to answer the call of duty.   Personnel respond all time of the day and night and in all types of extreme weather conditions.

Please take the time to thank your Sherman County EMS personnel and let them know how much they are truly appreciated.

2. Notice. Sherman County Fair Board Seeks Fair Board Secretary

ShermanCoLogoJob Description – May 15, 2019

Year-round paid position, pay DOE, hours vary based on season, some evenings and weekends required.   Reports to: President, Sherman County Fair Board


  • Prepare and advertise agenda, following public meeting laws.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports to present to the Board at meetings.
  • Keep all minutes of the Fair Board and/or committees and disperse copies to necessary individuals and groups
  • Keep complete and accurate records of all proceedings and transactions in which the Board or Fair is concerned or involved in any way.
  • Issue notices, announcements or publications of or for the Fair and board.
  • Conduct correspondence, order supplies and maintain adequate records on file for all Fair dealings
  • Receive and keep complete records of all entries and awards made for premiums in all departments of the fair, except 4-H and FFA.
  • Off season events: arrange contracts, collect rent, etc. and note in monthly reports.
  • Prepare reports as may be required by Oregon Fair Association.
  • Prepare calendar of events for the year, indicating uses, revenue, dates, etc. of use of fairgrounds.
  • Year-round promotion of the fair
  • Manage fair office and hire office staff for Fair season
  • Administrative duties include answering phones, regular mailings and emails, updating and maintaining filing, provide bills to the County in a timely matter, record and report revenues and expenditures
  • Aid Fair Board in the development of the yearly budget for operations of the Fairgrounds and work with the finance director of the County.
  • Help solicit funds for the Fair.
  • Aid Board in grounds maintenance and trash removal
  • Prepare the premium book for publication

Experience & Skills:

Experience with accounting, Microsoft Word, and Excel is essential. The position requires effectiveness in financial management, excellent verbal and written communications, and working well with the public.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter by May 31st, 2019 to:

Sherman County Fair Board

PO Box 45

Wasco, OR 97065

OR submit electronically to:

3. Notice. Sherman County Surplus Sale


Surplus for sale by Sherman County:

2000 Ford E450 Bus

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 125,490 miles

As Is Condition

VIN #: 1FDXE4553YHB96056


2008 Jeep Patriot

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 87,058 miles

As Is Condition: Possible Drive Train Issue

VIN #: 108FF28W18D605526


2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 33,980

As Is Condition

VIN #: 3A8FY68878T155104


2014 Dodge Charger

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 99,856

As Is Condition

VIN #: 2C3CDXAT4EH158884

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Tuesday June 4, 2019. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. ALL ENVELOPES AND BIDS MUST BE LABLED WITH THE ITEM YOU ARE BIDDING ON. Minimum bid for Ford Van: $2,000; Minimum bid for Jeep Patriot: $2,000; Minimum bid for PT Cruiser: $3,500; Minimum bid for Dodge Charger: $10,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416.

4. Notice. Biggs Service District Budget Committee Meeting, June 5

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Biggs Service District, Sherman County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, will be held at Sherman County Court House, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the 5th day of June 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive Comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be Inspected or obtained on or after June 3, 2019, at Sherman Courthouse between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Any questions contact, Merrie von Borstel at 541-565-5052.

5. Sherman County 4-H Club News: Chicken Tenders & Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H poultry club met on May 14 at 5:17pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Renan, Claire, Damian and Cohen.  Excused were Dillian and Emersyn.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Cohen, 4-H Pledge by Renan.  What we did during the meeting:  discussed Condon field trip, refurbishing cages, painting, presentations by Claire and Damian, eggs and egg life.  Next meeting will be June 6.  Meeting adjourned at 6:10pm. Signed Cali Johnson, News Reporter

The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Club met on May 17, 2019 at 3:30 at the Cranston’s. Attending were Claire, Maddie, Addie and Savanah. Excused absence was Savanna D. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Addie and the 4-H Pledge was led by Savanah. Today was Pie Day! We made Ruffled Milk Pie, which was made out of phyllo dough. We learned how to quickly fold and wrap the phyllo dough before it dried out because it was so thin. We also learned how to mix a custard for that pie. Then we each made two Perfect Pie crusts and one pie crust we blind baked using beans. The pie crust we blind baked was for Strawberry Pie. The other pie shell we baked into was Quiche Lorraine. Our next meeting will be the end of June. Meeting was adjourned at 5:30. Signed Claire Cranston news reporter.

 6. Wasco County Historical Program Features French House, June 1

The Wasco County Historical Society presents the first of six programs in their summer series. The program will be at the historic French House at 515 Liberty Street in The Dalles on June 1, 2019 at 11a.m. The building now houses the Sweetheart Bake Shop.

The building has a long history beginning circa1865 and is named for the French Family who had the French & Company Bank for many years. History of the building will be presented by Cal McDermid and the present owner Jason Blevins.

Please RSVP to 541-478-3429 by May 28th as seating is limited. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

7. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Sherman County Civil War Veterans

flag.verticalInformation for Civil War veterans who lived in Sherman County is derived from cemetery records in Sherman County, Kent, Grass Valley, Moro, Rose, Sunrise, Wasco Methodist and Emigrant Springs, and Chris Sanders’ transcribed obituaries from the microfilmed copies of the Wasco News, Wasco News Enterprise, People’s Republic, Grass Valley Journal, Moro Bulletin, Moro Leader, Moro Observer, Sherman County Observer, and Sherman County Journal.

Other sources include the 1900 Sherman County Voters’ Register transcribed by Chris Sanders, the 1890 11th Census of Surviving Soldiers, Marines and Widows in Sherman County, and the Oregon Death Index. Monkland, Rutledge, Erskine, Klondike, Nish, McDonald, Michigan and Rosebush were small hamlets or districts in Sherman County.

The list of Civil War veterans is posted here:


Sherman County eNews #135


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

  2. Ready, Set, Wear It! National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24

  3. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Sherman County Military Stories & Records

  4. Stop the Negativity

  5. Original Wasco County Courthouse Program, June 1

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

Like the song says: Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.

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.

YA Art Club – Every Wednesday after school.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

Family Workshop – WIND
May 31 at 6pm
Come investigate the properties of wind and air as you explore its effects on other objects.

June Book Club: A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute – Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.

2. Ready, Set, Wear It! National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24

life-jacketLife jackets save lives! If a boater is wearing one, their chance of survival from capsizing or falling over-board will dramatically increase.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2017, and that 84.5 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Boaters or those swimming near boats should be aware that carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible, and silent killer that clarifies another reason why wearing a life jacket is so important. Carbon monoxide can accumulate anywhere in or around your boat regardless of what type of boat you have. It is heavier than air and lighter than water, so it floats on the water’s surface. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include eye irritation, headache, nausea, weakness, and dizziness. One breath of carbon monoxide at the water’s surface can cause you to pass out and drown. Avoid areas where exhaust fumes may be present. Do not let anyone swim under or around the boarding platform because this silent killer could be waiting for them.

3. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Sherman County Military Stories & Records

USAbannerMemorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. In 1967 it was legally named Memorial Day.

Sherman County honors its military service members in an exhibit, Pride, Patriotism and Anguish, in the Sherman County Historical Museum, and in stories and records published in the twice-yearly Sherman County: For The Record. The Museum is open 10-5 daily May through October and these publications are offered for sale in The Museum Store.

Sherman County: For The Record, Volume & Number

#1-2, 1983

WW I Cochran Diary

Autobiography of Giles French by Giles L. French [several parts]

#7-1, 1989

Camp Rufus, WWII by Sherry Kaseberg

#9-2, 1991

Camp Rufus, Army Legend

#10-1, 1992

Letter: Loy Cochran on the Rhine, WWI

#11-1, Spring 1993

WW II Military Experiences by Paul A. Fraser

#11-2 Fall 1993

Tsubota Family, Japan & Oregon by Isami Tsubota

World War II Memories by Lloyd Henrichs

#12-1, 1994

WWII Military Experiences by Malcolm McDermid

#12-2, 1994

WWII Air Force Experiences by Bob Boynton

#13-1, 1995

WWII Army Experiences by Glenn Virtue

WWII Seabees Experiences by Stuart Macnab

WWII Navy Experiences by Byron O. “Swede” Stark

WWII Navy Experiences by Clarence A. Young

#13-2, 1995

WWII Pacific Experiences by Tom Macnab & Helen Kelly Macnab

WW II Home Front Memories by Nell Coats Melzer

WWII Home Front Memories by Dorothy Brown Benson

WWII Letters: Don & Jacque von Borstel

WWII Navy Nurse Corps by Owietus Neal McDermid

#14-1, 1996

WWII Navy Adventures by Dan Kaseberg

WWII Navy Life of Marcus & Eilene Eslinger

WWII Leyte and Back by Chet Coats

WWII Letters Frank Sayrs by Mary von Borstel Sayrs

#14-2, 1996

Thomas Fraser, USAF by Thomas H. Fraser

WWII Air Force by Howard Conlee

#15-1, 1997

WW II, Africa & Europe by Phil O’Meara

#15-2, 1997

WWII William G. Macnab’s B-17 Collision Over the North Sea by Teresa K. Flatley

#18-1, 2000

Charlie Wilson, French Legion of Honor by Mark Fields

WWII Gordon O. Fraser by Richard Fraser

#19-1, 2001

Civil War Veterans in Sherman County by Sherry Kaseberg

History of Frank E. Brown Post No. 91, American Legion

WWI Draft Registration List, 1917

#22-1, 2004

Red Cross Auxiliaries, Part One by Chris Sanders

#22-2, 2004

Red Cross Auxiliaries, Part Two by Chris Sanders

#25-2 2007

WW II Stories: Conlee, Boynton, O’Meara, Fraser, Morrow, McCoy, von Borstel, Kaseberg, McClure, Macnab

WW II B-17 Collision by Teresa Flatley

#29-1 2011

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections – Part One by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas

WWII Navy Experiences by Charles F. Decker

#29-2 2011

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections – Part Two by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas

#30-1 2012

Navy Experiences, Memories of Easter 1966 by Doug Rhinehart

Rev. Roy Harvey and Captain Joe Harvey by Joe Harvey

#30-2 2012

WWII Merchant Marine Experiences of Ted Carlson by Susan R. Smith

#31-1 2013

Lt. Commander Gordon D. Helyer, U. S. Navy by Pat (Goodwin) Helyer

#31-2 2013

World War II Veterans Historic Highway by Dick Tobiason

#33-2 2015

Fort Lewis, New Guinea, Philippines & Japan by Robert Ziegler.

4. Stop the Negativity!

What would the world be like if there were no negativity? Do you have difficulty imagining such a place? These days, that wouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Can you imagine a world in which there was no negativity? Now, we are not talking about a world without legitimate sadness or anger. But we are talking about a world in which there were no put-downs, no belittling of ourselves or others, no withering remarks, no name calling, no free-floating hostility, no power-tripping, no insults, no bigotry or intolerance.

That’s a pretty tall order, isn’t it – even to imagine such a place? So, let’s back it up a little and try another question. Can you imagine your own life without any negativity? Maybe that’s a pretty tall order, too. So how about this: What would it be like to go through one entire day and night without any negativity?

Yes, we are talking about a 24-hour period during which you stop yourself from doing any negative thinking or behaving whatsoever. No put-downs, no sarcasm, no teasing or belittling of others or yourself. Some of you have probably done this – or tried this – before. But, it bears repeating every so often! With the onslaught of negative news on TV, radio, newspapers, blogs, social media sites, it can be pretty easy to slip into a “negativity sinkhole.”

We all can fall into the trap of negative thinking, especially if we are not watching for it. When we do look, the results are usually pretty powerful. First of all, we become aware of the amount of negative thinking we routinely do. Then, we realize that negative thinking really is something that can be brought under control, with a little practice. And finally, we experience again how good it feels when the negativity stops.

Why not try it yourself? No negative thinking for 24 hours. Why not start right now? There is no time like the present . . . and we all could probably use the break. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Original Wasco County Courthouse Program, June 1

“The Elusive Dr. Brooks, Early Physician in The Dalles” is the program taking place at the Original Wasco County Courthouse Saturday, June 1.  Sandy Bisset will present her research as part of the annual membership meeting of the Courthouse beginning at 1:30 p.m.  There is no admission charge and attendees do not have to be members.  The 1859 Courthouse is located at 410 West 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce.

The business meeting will be brief, and the program traces the life of an early local resident who was virtually forgotten until recent research recovered his story.  Dr. Charles B. Brooks arrived in The Dalles around 1860.  He practiced medicine on First Street in conjunction with druggists Polhemus Craig and the Waldron brothers.  He made calls throughout western Wasco County and at times was the contract physician for the county owned hospital.

Dr. Brooks came across the plains from Kentucky in 1853 and first settled in Jacksonville during the gold strikes and the Rogue Indian uprisings.  He left behind a collection of medical books when he came to The Dalles.  This led to a query from the Southern Oregon Historical Society for any information about the doctor and why he left his books behind.

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society took up the request, and their research is the basis for Bisset’s program.  She comments, “It turns out this very private man we had never heard of had quite an interesting life.”  Refreshments will be served, Original Courthouse membership applications will be available, and donations are appreciated.

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

bird.owl3Fact Retriever: 100 Facts About World War II 

Memorial Day: Sherman County Military Records 

Sherman County, Oregon Civil War Veterans

Historical Atlases and Maps of U.S. and States

Prager U. Discipline = Freedom