Sherman County eNews #274

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 6

  2. Oregon Unclaimed Property Program

  3. Making the Best of Bad Times

  4. New Oregon Rest Area Facilities Open on I-5

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits from The Observer: 1919


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia


1. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 6

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 6 @ 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 and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs


2. Oregon Unclaimed Property Program

dollarbillOregon is holding millions of dollars in unclaimed assets – like uncashed checks, forgotten bank accounts, security deposits, tax refunds, credit balances, investment accounts and other funds. The Unclaimed Property Program keeps those funds safe for their rightful owners to claim. Search to see if the state is holding money that belongs to you! Go to https://oregon.findyourunclaimedproperty.com/.


3. Making the Best of Bad Times

It is a great gift to be able to find the good in bad situations, and it is a gift you can give yourself, if you choose to.

Many people, when they come upon a stumbling block or an obstacle in their path, become discouraged and quit. But highly successful people know how to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones, keeping them moving toward what they want to achieve.

In December 1914, Thomas Edison’s laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey were almost entirely destroyed by fire. In one night, Edison lost two million dollars’ worth of equipment and the records of most of his life’s work. The next morning, as he walked around the charred embers of so many of his hopes and dreams, the sixty-seven year old Edison said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God, we can start anew.”

The ability to see the benefits in bad situations will stand you in good stead in every type of endeavor, whether it is sales or manufacturing, art or aerospace, your personal or professional life. Sometimes, this is a difficult thing to do. And sometimes, it can take quite a while to manage – but it is manageable. And think of the possibilities! We get to start again, with a clean slate, or whiteboard, or piece of paper – however you want to think about it.

Now this does not mean you should pretend things are wonderful when, in fact, they are bad. But, if you can accept pain and disappointment as a part of life, if you can see it for what it is and then move past it, if you can look disaster in the face and call it what it is – and then find a blessing in it – you will be making the best of bad times. ~The Pacific Institute


4.New Oregon Rest Area Facilities Open on I-5

Oregon.Flat.poleEugene- The Travel Information Council (TIC) is excited to announce the Oak Grove Safety Rest Area, on I-5 north of Eugene, has reopened to visitors with a brand-new restroom facilities. The new construction, on both the north and southbound sides of the rest area triple the capacity of the buildings they replaced. Daphnee Legarza, Rest Area Program Administrator for TIC explained, “The original restroom facilities at Oak Grove were inadequate for the amount of traffic the rest area receives.  During peak summer travel, as well as during college football season, long lines of travelers waiting to use the restrooms were common.” In 2018, over half-a-million people used the restrooms on each side of the Oak Grove Safety Rest Area. “We are focusing on making strategic improvements to our rest area facilities that will better meet the needs of Oregon’s motorists and visitors to our state well into the future,” says TIC Executive Director, Jim Denno.

Funding for this building project was approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 as part of statewide transportation system upgrades included in ”Keep Oregon Moving” HB 2017. Oregon Legislators set aside funding for rest area improvement with the goal of improving and repairing inadequate infrastructure. Safety rest areas are a vital component to improving driver safety and reducing accidents by giving drivers a convenient place to stop, rest and refresh.

The Travel Information Council is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem. TIC manages most of the highway rest areas in Oregon. TIC also helps motorists find essential services through blue highway logo signs and administers two state heritage programs: Oregon Historical Markers and Oregon Heritage Trees.


5. Sherman County History Tidbits from The Observer: 1919

February 7, 1919

_. H. Elliott, when in town Tuesday, informed us that he had received word from his son, Milo Elliott, saying that by the time word reached here he would be on the ocean bound for Fort Vancouver, B. C., for discharge from the Canadian army.  Milo enlisted early in the Canadian army and has seen considerable service in France.

February 14, 1919

The city authorities have had a retaining wall built in the waterway back of the Moro Hotel and Maxwell properties to better take care of the flood waters going into the concrete sewer built last year under the Karlan property and across First street.

March 7, 1919

   Ellsworth Woods and wife were visitors during the week at the home of his parents in Moro.

March 7, 1919

The concrete foundation under the east end of the bridge over Grass Valley canyon at Nish is not safe.  Flood waters have washed and undermined the pier until any car hitting the structure at more than 20 miles an hour will probably push it into the creek.

March 14, 1919

State Highway Engineers Nunn, Bennett and Newell were in the county Wednesday to inspect the route of the Columbia river to the south line of Sherman county.  The engineers are understood to have expressed the unofficial opinion that the estimate of Road Master Wall is well within the possible coast of construction of the road, based on an 18-foot roadway with eight inches of gravel, well packed.

March 28, 1919

Saturday afternoon fire destroyed the smoke house and blacksmith shop on the Wright place east of Monkland, farmed by Roy Kessinger.  In addition to the buildings Mrs. Kessinger lost a buggy, hack, blacksmith tools and two hogs that were being cured in the smoke house.

March 28, 1919

The good roads in the Fairview district, east of Monkland, are mainly due to the efforts of P. J. Dillinger, and his neighbors are not at all backward about saying so.  When asked about it Mr. Dillinger said that his residence in Iowa demonstrated the need of good roads and when he returned to Sherman county he began immediately to have as good as any in his neighborhood at least.  Each year Dr. Dillinger has been doing donation work on the roads in that section, both with drags and a road grader until now it is a pleasure to drive over the roads in the Fairview section.

April 4, 1919

_. E. Hulery drove up the Columbia river highway from Portland last Sunday.  He reports the entire stretch of road as being in good condition, the worst piece being between The Dalles and Hood River.  Coming across the Sandy river at Troutdale the party stopped for several hours to watch the crowd fish for smelt.  Tom says he never saw fish landed that way before, the fishermen using boxes, barrels and bird cages nailed to long poles and dipping the fish out of the water as fast as they could be lifted.  Smelt are now running in the Sandy and look to be a thick mass of fish about two feet under the surface and as thick as flies around a syrup can in the summer time.

April 4, 1919

Friends will be sorry to learn that Lloyd Smith, farming near Kingsley, lost his farm residence and its contents about two weeks ago by fire.  We did not learn the cause of the fire.

April 18, 1919

Editor C. L. Ireland, in his 6-cylinder roadster, accompanied by State Representative A. M. Wright, last Monday drove the 125 miles to Portland in 5 1/2 hours road time, not counting stops made at The Dalles, Hood River, Mosier and points on the highway.  Some of the distance was made about 25 miles an hour, but the larger part was within speed limit.  The trip back was not so speedy because rain was with us all the distance from Portland to Sherman county.

May 9, 1919

_.H. Elliott and wife returned Wednesday from a two weeks’ visit with their younger son, Milo, at Vancouver, B.C.   It will be remembered that Milo, early in the war, volunteered in the Canadian army and has now just been discharged from service.

May 23, 1919

Miss Faith Ginn is visiting at Lexington, having accompanied John McMillen and family upon their return last week.

June 13, 1919

New North Bank Highway Open.  The North Bank highway, from Vancouver to White Salmon and the east, was thrown open to travel June 7 by the engineers in charge.  Between Cooks and Collins several stretches are not yet graveled.  It these are negotiated slowly but little tire trouble should be experienced.

A car from White Salmon was the first over the new route and marked the highway into Vancouver, a distance of 94.5 miles between this section and Portland, crossing the Columbia at Lyle, Hood River or Cascade Locks.

June 20, 1919

Elevator Company Improvements.  Manager J. C. McKean is making a number of improvements to the Farmer’s Elevator & Supply Co. property in this city.  A new flour and feed warehouse 76×50 feet is being built on the north side of the building, part of which will be used as an office, 16×30 feet.  A new building 30×60 feet will be built on the south side of the building to house an up-to-date roller feed mill, power being supplied from the main engine used in running the elevator machinery.  The operating machinery has just about been placed in position by D. H. Wright and, best news of all, the pit is now entirely free of water.

June 27, 1919

Paving Begun on Highway.  Crews have begun the work of paving the Columbia highway between Hood River and Cascades, a task that will cost approximately $500,000.  Two plants have been established, one each at Cascades and Wyeth.  A retaining wall is also being built between the highway and railroad at Shell mountain and at this place some changes in grades will be made.  As soon as work on a concrete bridge between Hood River and Ruthton hill is finished, this stretch of road will be brought to standard grade.

June 27, 1919

Thursday afternoon, June 19th, fire set by a passing train destroyed about half of the town of Columbus, across the Columbia from Biggs.

June 27, 1919

The rock crusher crew expect to finish the Fulton canyon road work within the next two weeks.  The long haul from the crusher both ways is not finished and the crew is working toward the center quite rapidly.  If men and teams can be secured a top dressing will follow all the work as soon as finished.

July 4, 1919

The contractors will finish paving between The Dalles and Senfert about July 10.  Work will then begin on the three-mile stretch from The Dalles city limits to Chenowith creek.

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The grading and graveling of 11 miles of the Columbia highway from Seufert to the Deschutes river will be contracted for soon and it is believed the work may be completed this year.

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An improvement which will be of great benefit to both Sherman and Wasco counties is the construction of the DesChutes bridge.  Material is now being unloaded at the site and work of actual construction will be under full swing in a short time.

July 4, 1919

If you have trouble on the Columbia highway, camp with your car until you move it.  An owner of an Oakland car broke a wheel Monday and upon his return with assistance, found all four wheels gone as well as some accessories.  This happened west of Hood River.

July 11, 1919

Hotel Moro Lost by Fire.

On the afternoon of Friday, July 4th, the Hotel Moro was completely destroyed by fire that started in the ceiling of the kitchen over the range shortly after 2 o’clock, while the Chinese cook was away visiting a countryman in a building close by.

The fire had gained considerable headway before its discovery, but if water could have been had when the first fire-fighters arrived the building most likely could have been saved along with its contents.  As it was very little of the furnishings on the upper floor were saved because the fire burning through the stairway partition wall.  Nearly all the furnishings on the lower floor, except the kitchen were saved by efforts of men and women who quickly fell in line to move everything possible from the building.

This fire was one of the most fortunate affairs of the kind that ever visited Moro.  At the beginning the wind was only a gentle persistent breeze from the west and the blaze was forced to work against it.  Later when the Maxwell building was burning on the side nearest the hotel and had its roof ablaze in many places the breeze stiffened to a strong wind and held the heat away until the fire fighters secured and held the upper hand.

Numerous cinders fell in the Belshee barn corral and probably a dozen small fires were burning there at one time, but volunteers kept them from spreading or doing any damage.  Cinders also set fire to the dry grass surrounding the Experiment Station and the barn yard, but these were kept under control by Superintendent Stephens.

Loss was confined to the Hotel Moro valued at $7500, with insurance of $3500; the Maxwell building, part of one side and the roof burned, insurance $1000; the Webb brick, the upstairs used as an annex to the hotel and the ground floor containing the Farmers’ State Bank and the private office of W. H. Ragsdale.  The brick was entirely destroyed, but the bank was able to save all its papers and furniture, as well as the furniture in Ragsdale’s office.  The contents of the upper story was a total loss, with one or two exceptions.

Volunteer firemen found the usual conditions when they attempted to fight the fire.  Both fire hydrants on the hotel street intersection were buried by a street fill made several years ago.  It was all of 30 minutes before any water could be had from any hydrant and one hydrant valve, buried four feet deep, was not opened until three days after the fire.

July 11, 1919

The contract for the new two story 80×80 school building at Grass Valley has been awarded to Hedges & Huls, who will start work immediately in an effort to complete the building in time for school next fall.  When completed the building will have a modern gymnasium, be heated by a low pressure steam heating plant and by using accordion doors between class rooms have an auditorium 41×81.

July 18, 1919

Proposed New Hotel.  Two conference meetings of the member of the Moro Chamber of Commerce have been held this week to decide on a line of action regarding the building of a hotel in Moro to replace the old Hotel Moro, burned July 4th.

At this time the only proposition being considered is a combination building where the old Blue Barn formerly stood.  This location is now owned by several people identified with the Farmers State Bank and as that bank lost it business home in the fire, anything to be done with a new building at this location must necessarily also consider the bank.

The plans of the building under consideration call for a garage in the back lower portion facing First street; on the front facing Main street the bank will occupy the corner; next to the bank will come the office of the hotel, with the dining room and kitchen in the rear of the office and bank; next to the hotel office will be a store 50×100 feet, and upstairs will be the hotel rooms, 26 in all, with possibly 30 as the maximum.

After taking out the rooms necessary for those operating and managing the hotel, providing rooms for the average number of regular boarders, there will in all probability be very few rooms for transient travel and such an hotel would always be patronized to capacity, but so far as a real utility for transients it would fall far short of what is needed now, without discounting the future.  Another story would probably make the difference between profit and loss in the operation of the hotel part of the building.

A committee was appointed by the Chamber to consult with the Webb estate and with W. C Rutledge for the purpose of buying that property and building a hotel on the old location, but Mr. Ruthledge did not want to sell now.  The owner of the Maxwell property is willing to sell 15 feet of his property if a hotel is built on the old location.  The three pieces of property would make a holding 65×100 feet, nearly as large as the location where the Farmers State Bank will build, and would be an all hotel building.

July 25, 1919

Mrs. C. H. Ellsworth has bought the Martin building on south Main street and is having it remodeled for a rooming house to be used in connection with the Ellsworth Hotel.  When finished the building will contain 16 rooms and a suite of housekeeping rooms on the lower floor, the latter to be occupied by Ralph Brisbine and family, who will have charge of the building.

July 25, 1919

Columbia Highway in Sherman County.  Every section of highway between The Dalles and Pendleton will be under contract next month.  At the August meeting of the state highway commission proposals will be received for grading the stretch between Seufert and Blalock.  This stretch of improvement has been held back by negotiations for right of way with the O. W. R. & N. Co. and the United States government.

A settlement has been reached with the railroad company regarding encroachments on its right of way in Sherman county and negotiations with the federal authorities for right of way in the vicinity of Celilo are practically finished.  Two overhead crossings are to be put in in Sherman county, one at Biggs and one at Sherman.  At Celilo a portion of the old portage road will be used.

With this work under contract the entire road from Astoria to Pendleton will be under contract, construction or completed except the section between Mosier and Chenowith creek, a few miles west of The Dalles.  The location survey of this section is now being made and bids for consideration will soon be asked for.

July 25, 1919

The new highway grade between Hood River and Mosier has but a mile now to go before the west and east crews meet.  The shorter of the twin tunnels, two miles east of Hood river, is finished and the workmen are well started on the longer, which will be 240 feet long and have two rock windows.  The short tunnel is 65 feet long and only 60 feet west of the longest.

August 1, 1919

Probably within the next week the Columbia highway between Hood River and Cascade Locks will be closed for paving.  Parties may then miss all the hill roads between The Dalles and the Cascades by crossing the river at Rowena and back to the Oregon side at Stevenson.  The road on the Washington side is good, but don’t drive fast because of the many sharp turns.

August 1, 1919

Purely as a matter of civic pride the trees on first and Main streets destroyed by the fire that burned the Hotel Moro should be replaced as soon as possible.  During their life they were a comfort to hundreds of people, residents as well as transients, and a barrier to the sweep of the fire king, worth all they cost in attention and care.  The trees in front of the Webb building were planted by Postmaster J. M. Parry in 1901 when he was in charge of the post office then located in that building.

August 8, 1919

Moro’s Hotel Problem.  At a meeting of members of Moro Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening a committee of six — J. C. Freeman, W. F. Jackson, Roy Powell, T. C. Lee, A. M. Wright, T. W. Alley — appointed by R. J. Ginn, president of the chamber, to interview property holders and secure options, if possible, on different locations suitable for a hotel, have a sketch made and take other preliminary steps that they may consider necessary to get the project under way.

_. C. Rutledge was present and stated that at the present time he had no plans as to disposal of the corner where the Hotel Moro formerly was located.  He also said that any hotel building that may now be built in Moro should contain not less than 45 rooms; that the old building had contained 25 rooms, five of these having two double beds in each.

A second meeting was held on Wednesday evening at which time the committee reported that a price had been given on four locations for the proposed building; the Ramsey and Foss properties, each 100×100 feet, the Rutledge corner and the property opposite the Rutledge property.

It was decided that the property first talked of be used and that the architect be requested to meet with the members of the Chamber Thursday evening.  Tentative plans at the present time are for a three story building facing Main street.  The ground floor to contain a storeroom 45×100 feet, an office for the Farmers’ State bank, 25×50 feet, and a hotel lobby 30×30 feet.  The hotel kitchen and dining room will be back of the lobby and bank office, while the two upper floors will contain 45 rooms to be used by the hotel.  The basement, after taking space for store and bank uses, will be used by an ice manufacturing plant, a steam laundry and a barber shop.

August 8, 1919

Materials are now being assembled by Hedges & Huls for work on the Grass Valley school addition, estimated cost of which is $16,000.  Actual construction work will begin this week.  H. J. Huls, recently returned from army service overseas and formerly associated with the firm for some years will be in charge of the work.

August 22, 1919

Saturday afternoon fire destroyed one of the residence buildings on the Archie Russell place two miles north of Grass Valley, along with a chicken house, fencing and wood.  The building was occupied by Mr. Russell’s brother, the fire starting in a wood shed located between the two buildings.  Although close to the fire the building occupied aby Mr. Russell escaped the flames.

August 22, 1919

About twenty acres of stubble and pasture land on the James Taylor place was burned last week for a fire set, presumably, by a passing train.

August 22, 1919

    Mrs. Elmo S. White and son “Little Bob” White, and Miss Genevieve Potter, sister and cousin to Mrs. T. S. Reese, who have been visiting at the Reese home east of Moro, returned Tuesday to their home at Salem.

August 29, 1919

But for the timely discovery of a small blaze in a pile of rubbish between the city’s distillate tank and several hundred cords of firewood yesterday by J. C. McKean, what might have developed into a costly conflagration was averted by some quick hard work of a few persons, without loss.  The origin of the fire is unknown, but the smallest spark is liable to start a large fire during the present dry season.

September 5, 1919

An unusual electric rain storm broke the drouth in Sherman county last Saturday that has revailed since April 5th except for a few local showers that did not lay the dust. Near Kent a son of Mike O’Sullivan was killed by lightning as he sat in the open door of a building watching the storm. Telephone wires and poles were down in all directions from Kent, and one report said that the straw carrier of a threshing rig was blown at right angles to its correct position. Along with the report of rain and storm came word that the center of the storm left a streak about three miles south of Kent where very little rain fell on the dry soil.

September 12, 1919

  Leslie Webb was in Moro this week looking over the fire ruins of the Webb property on First street.  Report has it that the property will be made into a one story business building and rented to the Farmers State Bank until the new hotel is ready for use.

September 19, 1919

Near Fatal Accident. Miss Cecil Wright, 18-year-old daughter of D. H. Wright, had a near escape from burning to death about 5 p.m. Saturday when a gasoline iron she was using came in too close contact with the fumes of gasoline contained in an open pitcher near where she was working, causing the liquid to explode and shower flames over her and her work in the kitchen of the family home north of Hay Canyon.

On the back porch at the time of the accident was a galvanized tub holding about two inches of water and screwed to the tub was a clothes wringer. Miss Wright ran from the room, seized the tub and upended it over her head and back, extinguishing the flames but not before practically all her clothing had been burned off her.

At the time Mrs. Wright was at the barn and saw her daughter run from the house with the burning pitcher of gasoline and herself apparently a ball of fire, saw her turn the water over her and quench the flames, all in less than a half minute. Undoubtedly the tub of water saved her life, otherwise she would have gone to the creek for water and probably would never reached it.

The victim was burned from above the waist line to her heels, on the front of her right arm and slightly on the neck and face. Most of the burns are third degree or muscle burns, very little being less than second degree burns. Dr. Poley is treating the patient in an unique manner, but with every expectation of success, it having been used successfully in similar occasions, although the need is rare. A heavy canvas covered with a draw sheet lined with oil silk is suspended in a large bath tub, the patient seated on the oil silk and the tub filled with a salt solution heated to body temperature. Over the tub is heavy blankets to hold the heat. The patient eats and sleeps in the tub, being removed once a day for changing the water. Reports are that she suffers very little except when out of the bath tub, and that the wounds are beginning to heal nicely.

September 26, 1919

Accident Terminates Fatally. Miss Cecil Wright, who was burned by the explosion of gasoline at the family home in Hay Canyon the morning of the 13th, died early Sunday morning during a fainting spells and the accident tended to make them more severe.

Miss Wright was the eldest daughter of Mr, and Mrs. D.H. Wright and at the time of her death was 19 years, 8 months and 25 days. She was a student of the Wasco high school, this term would of been her senior year. She leaves a father, mother, three brothers and one sister to mourn her departure and a large circle of friends among the young people of Moro and Wasco who sympathize with the family in their misfortune.

Funeral services were conducted from Moro Presbyterian church Monday afternoon by Rev. E.E. McVicker, interment being Moro cemetery.

September 26, 1919

Mr. and Mrs. Dan McLachlan returned to Portland the first of the week to get ready for a trip overseas to their old home in New Zealand, expecting to sail from San Francisco October 31st.

October 24, 1919

    Mr. and Mrs. Dan McLachlan have been visiting in the county while waiting for the British government to put its O.K. on their passports and let them continue their journey to their old home in New Zealand.  They were intending to leave San Francisco a month ago, but now they will leave on the first steamer after they get their passports.

October 31, 1919

Pavement Sherman County to Astoria

Before next summer every foot of the highway between Astoria and Hood River will be hard surface.  This winter the contractors will lay about half of the distance between Cascade Locks and Hood River and finish that stretch of road early in the spring.

Beyond Hood River the highway is under contract as far as The Dalles, and it will be graded and rocked next year.  The concrete bridge across the Deschutes river and the section of the highway between the bridge and The Dalles will be finished next year.

There are a few miles east of the bridge and this side of Blalock which have not been located and that stretch is the only part needed to open the road from the Pacific Ocean to beyond Pendleton.

October 31, 1919

Figures showing a total of 1745 aliens chiefly Scandinavians, who withdrew their declarations of intention to become citizens in order to avoid the draft, have been furnished the officials and these men, under a bill now pending in congress will soon be deported to their homes.

November 21, 1919

Last Wednesday, the 12th, the Roy Barnett farm home near Kent burned.  A small part of the furniture was saved, but the house was a complete loss.

November 21, 1919

Captain and Mrs. G. H. Bates were weekend visitors in Moro from Portland, where Captain Bates is now stationed on detail duty connected with the Oregon National Guard.  Mrs. Bates is a daughter of R. J. Ginn.

November 28, 1919

C.L. Montgomery started a coal oil stove Wednesday night, in his room, to warm the place and then went down town to wait until the heat conquered the cold.  When he returned in about an hour he found the room full of flames and the stove ready to fall to pieces from the heat, with two large pools of melted solder on the floor.  He caught up the stove in this gloved hands and soon had it outside and the fire out.  Mrs. James Stewart and family were asleep on the lower floor and had no knowledge how near they were compelled to make a hasty exit into the cold cold night.

December 19, 1919

Unusual Weather Conditions. Sherman county last week passed through an unusual experience with winter weather, something entirely new to a large majority of its residents and which brought to mind of one time eastern folks stories of extreme cold in eastern states.  Grass Valley and Wasco were both lower in the degree of cold than Moro, Wasco going to 28 degrees below and Grass Valley to 30 below while the coldest at Moro was the nights of December 12th and 13th when the government thermometer at the Experiment Farm registered 20 degrees below zero.  Since then its has been warming up until this week 38 degrees above has been registered with an average of above freezing for every day.  Thursday night a slight rain fell in the early evening, bordering upon a silver thaw, but not enough to start the snow to melting although probably the snow now is packed to half its former depth with a good crust that will prevent drifting and help materially in thawing the frost in the ground.

December 19, 1919

Highway construction camps are now located at different place in Sherman county, along the route of the Columbia highway, from opposite Maryhill to the John Day river.  The storm has temporarily stopped work, but the steam shovel will soon be in operation on the hill above Rufus and when it ___will make up for the lost time.

December 19, 1919

The Columbia river at Rufus was frozen over last week and people were using the ice bridge in place of the usual ferry.  The weather man portioned out a sample of winter that reached 22 degrees below for that section of the county last week.

December 19, 1919

The storm caused stoppage of work on the John Day river bridge east of Rufus.  With a little more than a month of good weather this feature of the Columbia highway will be finished.

December 26, 1919

Columbia Highway in Miniature.  Mrs. L. Grimes says that she now knows what a real house flood means and the joke of it is that it was the fault of the city being out of water and a sink pipe being frozen up.  December 11th Mrs. Grimes had stepped to a neighbors, leaving the faucet open, and Mr. Grimes and son Lloyd coming in about an hour later, found the house flooded, there being six inches of good city water on the living room floor and some extra supply pouring through into the basement in an open stream.  Mrs. Grimes says that the stairway resembled Horse Tail fall on the Columbia highway, but is thankful it was a flood instead of a fire.


 

Sherman County eNews #273

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 6

  2. Letter to the Editor: Hall of Honor Induction

  3. Senator Bill Hansell Will Seek Re-Election to Oregon Senate District 29

  4. The Compulsive Drive to Do – Part 2

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest, 1989


Nothing is more beautiful or powerful than an individual acting out of his or her conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life. ~Norman Cousins


1. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 6

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 6 @ 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 and stay as long as you can.  ~Red Gibbs


2. Letter to the Editor: Hall of Honor Induction

pencil.sharpI, along with many others, attended the Hall of Honor induction ceremony at the Sherman school recently.

Thank you to all who made this evening possible. Thank you to those that educated and enriched our knowledge of 150 years of Sherman County Schools.

I could not be more proud of the young men and women who were serving and helping at dinner and throughout the program. Happy, selfless, professional, and extremely helpful come to mind when describing these students. A heart felt thank you to all of you and to your parents. This experience was yet another reminder of why Sherman County is such a special place.

With gratitude,

Sol Jacobsen

Rufus


3. Senator Bill Hansell Will Seek Re-Election to Oregon Senate District 29

Oregon.GrapeATHENA, ORE.- Oregon State Senator Bill Hansell announced today that he will seek re-election to the Oregon Senate for another 4-year term. Hansell has built strong relationships and has a unique ability to work across the aisle to deliver for District 29.

Hansell (R-Athena) released the following statement:

“Greg Walden has been a tireless advocate for Eastern Oregon and our natural resource-based economy. He has represented the 2nd Congressional District very well and I wish Greg the best as he embarks on his next chapter. Greg leaves big shoes to fill and I am confident that the voters of the 2nd District will elect a representative who will continue where Greg has left off.

“After talking with family and friends, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination as the next Congressional Representative for our area. It is humbling to have received calls and e-mails from people encouraging me to run. Together, we have accomplished much at the state level. Over the last seven years, we have secured funding for vital irrigation projects in the Umatilla Basin, funded two health centers in Elgin and Enterprise, helped secure funding to restore the Wallowa Lake Dam, secured funding for the FARM II Project at Blue Mountain Community College and to build a mental health crisis wing to the Umatilla County Jail that will serve all of northeastern Oregon.

“The 2019 Session had tense moments. Despite that, we were able to pass legislation to give farmers and ranchers civil immunity when fighting wildfires, we passed legislation to give cancer patients insurance coverage for less invasive proton beam therapy and we passed a bill to give Oregon Native American high school graduates in-state tuition at our public universities. All of these bills passed unanimously.

“There is still work that needs to be done and I am ready to return to Salem to continue where we’ve left off. Representing Senate District 29 in the Oregon Senate has been an honor and I am ready to serve for another term.”

Hermiston area rancher Bryan Wolfe said that “Senator Hansell has been a strong advocate for Oregon’s agricultural community in the Legislature. His leadership in Salem has been outstanding and I am pleased he is running for another term.”

Prior to being elected to the Oregon Senate, Hansell served for 30 years as a Umatilla County Commissioner. His family has farmed and ranched in Oregon for over 100 years. Hansell and his wife Margaret reside in Athena and are the proud parents of six grown children and 11 grandchildren.


4. The Compulsive Drive to Do – Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at some problems associated with the compulsion to do too much. Today, let’s look at some solutions.

Feeling driven to achieve can lead us to become high performance people. But when that drive is taken to extremes, it can result in compulsive behavior that can have disastrous effects on our families, stress levels and health.

If you sometimes feel that you are a candidate for the “Most Overworked Person Award,” what can you do about it?

Psychologist Christian Komer, of Grand Rapids, suggested that you try doing nothing for short periods every day. Designate a time to simply sit, without talking, reading or even watching the television. It can help short-circuit compulsive behavior and provide time for reflection that could reveal the feelings behind the behavior.

Try to just wander around for a while, too. Follow your impulses, something compulsive people rarely do but which can get you back in touch with your own life. Instead of trying to fit more into your day, try doing less, but concentrate on doing it better. And avoid trying to do two things at once. [Recent research indicates that conscious “multitasking” is a fallacy, and that our conscious minds can only focus on one thing at a time, even if the attention given is extremely short. Our Subconscious is already doing plenty of multitasking, as it handles habits, attitudes, heartbeat, breathing – anything automatic.]

Pace yourself as well. Take some time in the morning to relax and set the tone for the day instead of racing around trying to get a head start on your list of things to do. Create an affirmation such as, “I calmly and easily accomplish what I need to do and take time to enjoy the process as well.” Then, say it often every day, while you visualize yourself doing just that. Absorb how good it feels to be in control of your life and your time. ~The Pacific Institute


5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest, 1989

birthdaycake.candlesAs reported by Elroy King in The Dalles Chronicle, February 26, 1989, the Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest was held in several categories. “Pat Jacobsen of Wasco was the overall winner in the cake baking contest and also was first in the best decorated competition. She also took runner-up honors in the latter category.”

King continued, “Jacque von Borstel, Grass Valley, was second over-all and first in the angel food cake contest. Other cake winners were: Mix – 1st Gena Hilderbrand, Wasco; Spice – Jennie McDermid (sic), Wasco, second, Catherine Thomas, Wasco; Chocolate – first Sandy Macnab, Moro, second Lori McGuire, Grass Valley. All of the prize winning cake bakers won dinners at area restaurants.” These cakes, along with the official centennial birthday cake, were served to the crowd. The official birthday cake was cut by the county’s only 100-year-old plus resident, Ethel Van Gilder.