Sherman County eNews #247


  1. Restore Oregon Announces the 2019 DeMuro Award winners

  2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  3. A Library

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oregon Encyclopedia Project

  5. Higher Education – Still Valuable?

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

1. Restore Oregon Announces the 2019 DeMuro Award winners

Each year Restore Oregon selects projects for the DeMuro Awards. Winning projects demonstrate how historic preservation can create affordable housing, incubate new businesses, and combat climate change through re-use.

Twelve historic projects from across Oregon were selected as 2019 award winners:

  • Almr Apartments and Retail Spaces, Portland
  • Altsource Headquarters (1923), Portland
  • Fairmount Apartments (1905), Portland
  • Firehouse 17 Restoration & Addition (1912), Portland
  • Historic Central Hotel (1929), Burns
  • M & N Building (1924), Astoria
  • Lincoln Hall Renovation & Addition (1912), Portland
  • Sherman County Courthouse Rehabilitation & Expansion (1899), Moro
  • Silas Beeks House Restoration (1848), Forest Grove
  • The Redd on Salmon Street (1918), Portland
  • U.S. Customs House | WeWork (1898), Portland
  • Woodlark Hotel (1907/1912), Portland

To see more about the award winning projects and learn more about the award, visit

2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. 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.

~ Red Gibbs

3. A Library

A library system is more than a convenience for school children preparing for an examination.

  • It is an index to the national health.
  • It represents one of our vital resources.
  • It is a powerful impetus for growth.
  • It provides access to the future even more than it does to the past.
  • It is a natural habitat for a functioning mind.
  • It represents the headquarters for the endless process of education and learning that formal schooling can, in fact, only initiate.
  • It is a diffusion center for the intellectual energy in the vital life of the mind.
  • It is a seminal center for change.
  • It is the delivery room of the intellect for people who like to bring ideas to life.
  • It is also, or should be, a busy thoroughfare where a reasonably curious person can rub shoulders with the interesting and provocative people of history, and, indeed, where he or she can get on reading terms with some original ideas.
  • It is an exchange center for basic facts, to be sure, but there is no reason why it should not fulfill Disraeli’s description as a place which affords the consoling pleasures of the imagination.

~ Norman Cousins.

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oregon Encyclopedia Project

The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE has also been supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library. The purpose of the online Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture is to provide definitive, authoritative information about all aspects of the State of Oregon, including significant individuals, places, cultures, institutions, events, and peoples.

Oregon’s history and culture are dynamic, and the Encyclopedia is designed to expand and grow as new material is developed and new web-based features are created. Through its website and in communities and classrooms across the state, The Oregon Encyclopedia will be the authoritative and creative resource on all things Oregon—a substantive and lasting recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial.

The Oregon Encyclopedia includes entries and essays on significant people, events, places, institutions and biota from 10,000 years ago to the present; ethnic groups and communities; entries on art, architecture, literature, performing arts, music and popular culture; images, documents and maps; essays that add new perspectives to issues and events; and special sections for teachers and students.

Sherman County subjects include the Sherman County Courthouse, John & Helen Moore House, DeMoss Springs Park, Camp Rufus and Sherman Big Bluegrass at

5. Higher Education – Still Valuable?

Why do we go to college? Is it just to get a better job and earn more money, or is there some other, deeper and longer-lasting purpose?

The U. S. Department of Labor published a report that stated what some of us already knew: a lot of college graduates are having trouble finding suitable jobs. Not only that, they are increasingly unable to repay their student loans, and wind up back home, living with their parents in order to make ends meet. Depending upon where we live, some economically-challenged technology companies are letting employees go – not hiring.

A local career consultant says that for every job that pays in the 30 to 35 thousand dollar range, it is not uncommon to get 200 resumes and a lot of them are overqualified for the position being offered. In some areas of the country, an entry level clerical position will generate scores of resumes from people with college degrees, even advanced degrees, who are willing and eager to work at jobs for which they are extremely overqualified. Those student loans demand payments.

But if a college degree no longer guarantees a good job after graduation, there are still compelling reasons for continuing our education. As columnist Charles Osgood once pointed out, “The reason for studying history, philosophy, the humanities and the arts and sciences is to better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

“Going to college doesn’t give you all the answers. It doesn’t guarantee that someday you will live in a big house or drive a fancy car. But it does give you some exposure to the wisdom and the folly of the ages. The world has never been more complex than it is right now. Education helps to sort the wheat from the chaff . . . and real values from phony ones.”

Critical thinking skills have never been more valued or more needed. Higher education provides the knowledge and hones the intuition that allows us to see the world with a discerning eye and mind. College degrees may have lost some of their allure, but higher education should not. ~The Pacific Institute