Sherman County eNews #278


  1. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Sherman County Cultural Coalition

  2. Reminder: Sherman Development League Grant Applications Due November 15th

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, Nov. 19

  4. Anita Augusta (Dunlap) Barnett Hooper 1921-2019

  5. Sherman County: For The Record Stories & Records by Local Authors 1983-2015

  6. Banning Self Judgment

  7. A Positive Mind

If I can count on you, and you can count on me, just think what a wonderful world this will be. ~Childhood rhyme.

1. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Sherman County Cultural Coalition

Fall grant awards for 2019 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $7,140.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Eight project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: City of Grass Valley – Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Grass Valley First Baptist Church – Spring Fling; Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Committee – Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Dance/Auction; Sherman County 4-H Basic Sewing Club – Program Supplies; Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization – Sherman Free Little Libraries; Sherman County Photography Club – Library Photography Display; Sherman SKORE Cheerleading Program – Uniforms, Supplies & Camp; Wasco School Events Center – Auditorium Finishing Details.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the spring of 2020.

For additional information on the Sherman County Cultural Coalition, please visit our website at

2. Reminder: Sherman Development League Grant Applications Due November 15th

Applications are available for 2019 Sherman Development League (SDL) grants. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2019, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2020.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

• A brief description of your project.
• State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
• Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, Nov. 19

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon, Tuesday the 19th, at the Portage Grill in the Shilo Inn, The Dalles. The program will be presented by Stacey Shaw, Administrator of the High School Charter School, Wahtonka Campus.

All interested persons in education from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River Counties are invited to attend.  If not on a “telephone tree”, make your luncheon reservation by calling either 541-386-1516 or 541-478-3429.

4. Anita Augusta (Dunlap) Barnett Hooper 1921-2019

flower.rose.starAnita Augusta Hooper was the youngest of five children of Arnold Alan and Mary Dorothy (Haynes) Dunlap.  Born July 14, 1921, she died at age 98 in The Dalles on November 5, 2019.  Raised in Kent and Grass Valley in Sherman County, she was an outdoor kid who especially loved Camp Sherman and the Metolius River.

The Dunlaps moved to Grass Valley after her father’s general store in Kent burned.  He was the manager of the Grass Valley Grain Growers for many years, a position Anita later held.  During her tenure of about 10 years, the concrete elevators in Grass Valley and Kent were built and put into service.

She was married to Kenneth Barnett, until his death aboard a U.S. Navy ship in World War II. She then joined the Waves, an acronym for Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service in the U.S. Navy.  While assigned to Camp Adair near Corvallis, Oregon to help returning veterans recover, she met Harry Herschel Hooper.

Harry was another Navy man, but suffered in a Japanese prison camp for over three and a half years after his ship, the USS Pope (DD-225), was sunk in the Battle of the Java Sea. They were married in 1946, and moved to The Dalles, Harry’s hometown, where Harry worked in the Sunshine Mill.  In 1949, Harry’s name was drawn as the winner of farm property near Hazelton, Idaho.  They developed and farmed that property for several years, and then moved to Grass Valley, where they purchased the motel and Union 76 service station.

While in Grass Valley and on October 13, 1952, their son Floyd Arnold Hooper was born.  Floyd recently retired from the Oregon Department of Transportation and lives with his partner Terri Haag at Pine Hollow, Oregon.

Harry had suffered permanent injuries during his internment, making it difficult to sustain the kind of work the service station required.  They sold the motel and station and then operated a feed lot near Tygh Valley, and then leased some farm land on Juniper Flat.  While there, Anita led an effort to create a rural fire protection district, and became its first fire chief.

After several successful years farming, they bought a place on Hood Canal in Washington and divided their time between that home and a place in Yuma, Arizona.

Anita loved to water ski, slalom style, but when she turned 80, Harry decided it was time for them to quit, and sold the boat.  They eventually decided to also slow down on travel, and bought a home in The Dalles.  After one of their morning card games following breakfast, Harry dozed off in his chair and did not awaken.  Anita lost her partner of 65 years on October 10, 2011.

Anita continued her independent ways, despite macular degeneration and hearing impairment.  She was still able to play cards, and had good friends who provided transportation.  Her only medication was an occasional aspirin, and she continued to live independently at her home in The Dalles until about three months ago, when she moved to Flagstone Senior Living in The Dalles.

A memorial event with music and tributes provided by the Mobley family is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the Pavilion in Grass Valley, Oregon.  Contributions to the Grass Valley Pavilion in memory of Anita are encouraged.

5. Sherman County: For The Record 1983-2015: Stories for Veterans Day

American flag2In Remembrance and Appreciation on Veterans’ Day



Volume & Number

#1-2, 1983

WW I Cochran Diary, Excerpts by Frank von Borstel

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

6. Banning Self Judgment

There is no better way to assure an ample supply of pain in your life than the destructive habit of self-blame. It damages the self-image, all while it makes a sense of positive mental and emotional well-being near impossible.

Unreasonable expectations and self-blame can make our lives miserable. For example, how often do you hear yourself say something like, “I left the car lights on. How could I be so stupid?” Or, “I really put my foot in it that time. I guess I’ll never learn.” The brain immediately associates car lights left on with stupid, and an inability to learn to keep one’s own counsel rather than saying something untoward or awkward in social situations.

Sound familiar? Self-blaming statements like these are commonplace for far too many of us. Now, there is nothing the matter with the first part of these statements. They are just simple facts. But it is the second part, the judgmental blast, that keeps us feeling miserable and does the real damage.

What if we get rid of the judgments and substitute something more positive? For example, “I left the car lights on. What an inconvenience! The next time I’ll be more careful.” Or, “I really put my foot in it this time. That is not like me. Next time, I will handle it another way,” and then you go on to define that other, more constructive, way.

Do you see the difference? You are acknowledging that your behavior could stand changing, but you are also recognizing your competence and stating a clear intention for the future. Even better, you should be creating a new “picture” of what you will do “the next time.” It’s the negative picture we want to change, and that’s not really possible if we continue to kick ourselves every time we make a correctable mistake.

So, instead of judging, why not allow yourself to make mistakes without making a big deal over it. Then, give yourself a positive goal to shoot for. Your self-esteem will rise, your effectiveness rises right along with it, and your self-image gets the boost it needs to enhance your well-being.

Try it. You’ll like the results. ~The Pacific Institute

7. A Positive Mind

A positive mind finds a way it can be done. A negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done. Someone once said, “There are no truths; there are only perceptions of truth.” Whether or not you accept this statement, whatever you believe to be true will become your reality. Your subconscious mind will believe anything you tell it — if you repeat the words often and with conviction. When you are faced with a daunting task that you’ve never attempted before, focus on the potential for success, not on the possibilities for failure. Break the job down into smaller elements and tackle each one separately. The only difference between success and failure in any job is your attitude toward it. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation