Sherman County eNews #143


  1. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Tech Tips for Genealogists, June 8

  2. Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June 8

  3. For the Fallen, 1914

  4. Dewey Thomas’ Military Service Recognized in The Dalles Chronicle

  5. Maryhill Museum of Art offers free admission, July 20-21

  6. Resiliency – Part 1

  7. Oregon Attorney General Warns of One-Ring Phone Call Scams

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

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” ~Thomas Jefferson

1. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Tech Tips for Genealogists, June 8

The CGGS June meeting and program on June 8, 2019, will feature “Tips from the Tech” with Linda Colton as presenter. Linda is a family history librarian in the Family History Library in Hood River and will be updating us on the latest genealogy news from RootsTech and from FamilySearch.

The meeting and program will begin at 10:30 in the downstairs classroom in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Public Welcome ! Bring a friend! A $1.00 donation is suggested to offset room rental.

ATTENTION BEGINNERS! This is is a extension program for the beginning class that was held in April. Anyone that attended that class will benefit  greatly by Linda’s presentation.

2. Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June 8

horse.saddle1Saddle up to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10 AM – 4 PM near 70210 China Hollow Road, Wasco, Oregon.

We are fortunate that we have access to this wonderful area to ride in once a year.  Please contact me if you are interested in riding.  This is great ride for a young horse, not too easy but not too hard.  There are some spots of gravel but we ride our horses barefoot most of the time. There are a couple of creek crossings and lots of great views.  Questions?  Call!! 541-993-3565.

3. For the Fallen, 1914

By Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

About the poet:

About The Great War 1914-1918:

4. Dewey Thomas’ Military Service Recognized in The Dalles Chronicle

American-Flag-StarAn exceptional account of Dewey Thomas’ WWII experiences is the cover story in The Dalles Chronicle of May 25-26, 2019. See it here:

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas were published in two parts in Sherman County: For The Record in 2011, volume 29, numbers 1 and 2. Charles Decker’s WWII Navy Experiences were also published in volume 29, number 1. This publication is offered for sale at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.

5. Maryhill Museum of Art offers free admission, July 20-21

For nearly two decades, Maryhill Museum of Art has extended free admission on designated weekends to its neighbors in Oregon and Washington. Put it on your calendar!

On July 20 & 21, 2019 residents from the following counties are granted free admission upon presentation of an I.D. with address:

  • Oregon — Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Jefferson, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam.
  • Washington — Benton, Clallam, Columbia, Franklin, Island, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Walla Walla, and Whatcom.

6. Resiliency – Part 1

Have you ever thought about what it takes to bounce back from life’s downturns? Today, let’s talk about how to handle those inevitable setbacks that occur from time to time.

No matter how hard we may try, life isn’t perfect. Every day cannot be sunny, our relationships with others cannot always be smooth – and let’s face it, sometimes work is more of a pain than a pleasure. However, it is how we react to those less-than-perfect situations that show us how far we have grown as human beings.

Since most of us spend a significant portion of our lives at some form of workplace, let’s use work as an example. Suppose something has gone drastically wrong, and the whole place looks like everyone is awaiting execution. No one looks up for fear of being called to account for the disaster. The talk around the water cooler is negative, and unless something is done, the entire organization begins to travel the slippery slope of the Downward Spiral.

What to do? First, a conscious effort must be made to ensure the organizational self-talk is positive and reaffirming. Your talents and expertise are valued by the organization, and the work you do is important. Second, the organization must get beyond the current “disaster” and begin focusing on the future, when the problem no longer exists. And third, forget trying to point fingers and assign blame. As the Blue Angels say, “Fess up, fix it, and move on.”

Next we will talk about affirmations – the most important tool in your Personal Disaster Relief Kit. In the meantime, give some thought to how you have survived the setbacks in your past. Yes, survived – because you are still here today to talk about them. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Attorney General Warns of One-Ring Phone Call Scams

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers to avoid returning unknown phone calls.

Consumers have reported waves of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night. These calls are likely trying to prompt you to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

Of course, robocallers can spoof their phone numbers to make them appear as if they’re coming from anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. “If you receive a call from a phone number you don’t recognize, do not call this number back,” says Attorney General Rosenblum.

Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily. In addition, spoofing tools make it easy for scammers to mask their identity. The Oregon Department of Justice is working to combat scam calls with consumer education like this Just Hang Up poster available for free online at

If you think you have fallen victim to a One Ring scam, contact the Oregon Department of Justice online at or call 1-877-877-9392.

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

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