Sherman County eNews #149


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, June 5

  2. PTO Take A Husky To Work

  3. Acknowledging Feelings

  4. History Tidbits: School Notes from They Paved the Way by Bertha Belshe

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.  ~Thomas Jefferson 1789.

1. All County Prayer Meeting, June 

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting will be Wednesday June 5th @ the Wasco Methodist 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 and stay as long as you can. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

2. PTO Take A Husky To Work

Thank you to all of our parents and grandparents who took Gus the Husky to work this year! Gus had a very busy itinerary for the 2018-2019 year starting off with a nice vacation with our neighbors to the north in Canada. He worked on wheat trucks, nailed boards and worked on the electrical for building new houses. He learned more about the amazing job nurses do every day as well as watching and playing at a local daycare. He enjoyed learning how to buy and sell wheat at MCP and spent some time at RDO. He even was able to celebrate Easter with one of our local pastors. Finally, he had a great time at a local Farmers Market selling lovely handmade soaps. We appreciate everyone who takes time out of their busy day to show us what they do every day. If you would like to take Gus to work next school year, please find us at the next Back to School Night and sign up! Thanks again! ~Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization

3. Acknowledging Feelings

If you believe in the value of positive thinking, what do you do with your feelings that are not so positive?

It’s a great thing to be a positive thinker, but sometimes we confuse the desire to think positively with the need to deny our feelings. Have you ever felt sad or angry about something and then rejected that feeling because you believe that it is best to look on the bright side of life?

This can happen very easily, but when we are thinking positively, we are never denying our feelings. Now, this isn’t saying that you should hold on to feelings that are causing you discomfort or pain; on the contrary, it’s important to let go of them. But we can’t let go of a feeling until we know what it is.

A feeling needs to be acknowledged and looked at before we can release it. To deny feelings is to see a legitimate part of our self as unworthy or without value, and the very act of denial serves only to chip away at our sense of self-esteem. Besides, feelings that are denied don’t go away. Instead, they go underground and show up as illness or unconscious behavior that inevitably causes trouble.

You know, you can accept all of your feelings no matter what they are, but you don’t have to act on them or continue to hold on to those that may be in your way. Accepting and acknowledging your feelings in a patient and thoughtful way is the first step to gaining control over them, while denying and repressing them is a sure way to give them control over you. ~The Pacific Institute

4. History Tidbits: School Notes from They Paved the Way by Bertha Belshe

alphabet blackboardNotes… not quotes…

  • The Illustrated History of Central Oregon, 1905, states, “Wasco school is composed of four departments, primary, intermediate and grammar and high school. In 1904 and 1905 there were a total of 164 students enrolled, of which 26 were high school. In 1905 it carried full ninth and part of tenth grade.”
  • J. O Russell was superintendent of Wasco, which had offered a two-year course. Mr. Russell was instrumental in organizing the Sherman County Athletic Association. It was the year of 1908 and this year the 11th grade was added and in 1909 the 12th grade, which made it accredited as a high school for state university purposes. Mr. Russell was superintendent until 1924 when he resigned and Mr. Dodson took office.
  • Emma Dutton remembered that Miss Etta Rowe taught at Locust Grove School (across from the present church building), Miss Edgington and Mollie Dunlap taught at Wasco. Professor H. H. White was the high school professor. (more on him in Sherman County: For the Record).
  • In May 1910 the first 3-year high school course was completed by Veva Dunlap and Lester Eaton.
  • The Wasco News-Enterprise, May 31, 1911, reported that Florence Tate and Arthur Smith received four-year diplomas from Wasco High School, the only high school graduates in the county that year. Instructors were Prof. J.M. Woods, Miss Ethel Laidlaw (married Harry Van Gilder), Miss Edna Peterson, Miss Lucy Coffey, Miss Hughes, Miss Gleason.
  • 1912 Wasco high graduates: Floye Clodfelter and Bessie Tate.
  • 1913 a commercial department was started – instructors J.O. Russell, principal, Miss Margaret Gesner, Miss Myrtle Huber and 33 students.
  • January 1914 the first four-year class at Wasco graduated: Ross Morrow, Iva McMillin, Oscar McMillin, Howard Bowles, Irma Sutherland, Evelyn Medler, Frances Tate. (spelling not confirmed)
  • 1916 two-story brick-tile building was built while the old building was moved north and used until the new one was completed. Classes started January 2, 1917. First class to graduate from this new school in May 1917: Ethel Driscoll, Olive Golliher, Lynde Smith, Lena Andrews, Donald Clodfelter, Sarah May, Malinda May. The largest graduating class was 21 in 1927.
  • 1956 the last class at Wasco High School consolidated with Sherman High School.
  • Wasco School District formed from the collective schools of Biglow, China Hollow, Emigrant Springs, Gordon Ridge, Jack, Klondike, Locust Grove, Neece, Webfoot and Wasco.
  • They Paved the Way contains a fine collection of photographs of these early schools.