Sherman County eNews #308


  1. Monday Coffee Hour at Wasco School Events Center

  2. Effective Public Service Announcements and News Releases

  3. Local History Preserved: Sherman County: For The Record

  4. Expression of Anger

  5. Give Your Family the Gift of Cultural Understanding – Host an Exchange Student

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

  7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

Stille Nacht / Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright,

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child; Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight,

Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia;

Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure Light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at They birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night! Holy night! Wondrous Star, lend thy light,

With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King,

Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.

~Joseph Mohr, 1818; ascribed to Franz Gruber, 1818

1. Monday Coffee Hour at Wasco School Events Center

The Wasco School Events Center hosts Monday morning coffee hour from 10 to 11. Get together with old friends and make some new ones!

2. Editorial. Effective Public Service Announcements and News Releases

computer.keysOur wise friend Steve reminded us that we need to get the news out in Sherman County seven times, seven different ways! Here’s a start…

  1. Submit a short Public Service Announcement (PSA) to radio stations & newspapers. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
  2. Submit a news release, not a flyer, to The Times-Journal, The Dalles Chronicle and The Goldendale Sentinel.
  3. Strategically post flyers to reach the specific audience that visits retail establishments and post offices. Rural mail route residents are not so likely to see these flyers.
  4. Post the details – what, where, when, who, how and why – on the Sherman County Facebook page.
  5. Post the details – what, where, when, who, how and why – on your Facebook page.
  6. Send e-mail notes to family and friends.
  7. Tell and text your family, friends and neighbors… at The Farm Store, after church, at lunch at the senior center.

Good information on writing an effective news release is here: “If you’re trying to convince the media to publicize your story, or posting this on social media hoping others will share, think of Dale Carnegie and his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People.  “First, arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walks a lonely way.” The process is simple.  Not easy, but simple. The three most important elements are:

  • Write a short, catchy headline.
  • Get to the Point –summarize your subject in the first paragraph.
  • Body – Make it relevant to your audience.”

Continue here:  You’ll be prepared to get your organization’s news out in January, 2020!

3. Local History Preserved: Sherman County: For The Record

Sherman County: For the Record is a publication of the Sherman County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing local history. –


Contents 1983-2011:

Contents 2012-2019 (by volume, number and year):

#30-1 2012

Sherman County Journal & Rural Newspapers by McLaren Stinchfield

Memories of a Sherman County Pioneer by J.A. Elder 1928

Navy Experiences, Memories of Easter 1966 by Doug Rhinehart

Harris Canyon Railroad Water Tower Restoration by Jerry Tanquist

Rev. Roy Harvey and Captain Joe Harvey by Joe Harvey

Columbia Southern RR Depot at Wasco by Susan Van Gilder Smith

The Caboose at the Wasco Depot

Pioneer Church Days by Harriet Nish 1927

Rhinehart Family – Coming to Oregon by Doug Rhinehart

The May Family Ranch at Grass Valley (Buckley, Rolfe) by Jean Anderson

Recipes for Margaret O’Meara’s Bridal Shower

The Tale of a Tail End, the Caboose by Les Bowser

#30-2 2012

The Making of an Exhibit: The Sherman County Journal by Sherry Kaseberg

Nina Rhinehart Fleckenstein & Regina Lee Gamble

Nursing School by Nina Rhinehart Fleckenstein

Halloween in Grass Valley by Jean Anderson

The Grass Valley Class of 1942 by Grace Zevely Busse, Emma Jean Eakin Smith & Dorothy Ball Morris

WWII Merchant Marine Experiences of Ted Carlson by Susan R. Smith

Biggs Arch & Oregon Geographic Names Board by Sherry Kaseberg

Stewart, Ball, Falk & Vannice Families by Richard L. Stewart

Old Barns in Sherman County by Carol MacKenzie

William Raymond by Susan R. Smith

#31-1 2013

Lt. Commander Gordon D. Helyer, U. S. Navy by Pat (Goodwin) Helyer

Doc Sanders, Veterinarian by Chris Sanders

Wasco Incorporated, 1898 from the Sherman County Journal 1951

Wasco, 1898 ~ The Dalles Times-Mountaineer

Grant – Our First Town by Sherry Kaseberg

A Mysterious Death at Grant by Mark Fields, Sherry Kaseberg & Chris Sanders

Old Time News: The People’s Republic, 1898 – 1899 compiled by Chris Sanders

Memorial Contributions by Christy Brown 

#31-2 2013

Early Pioneer Life Told by Frank Fulton by Aldruda Beletski

World War II Veterans Historic Highway by Dick Tobiason

Old Time News: Sherman County Observer, 1917 compiled by Chris Sanders

Sherman County Journal – 100 Years by Frederick K. Cramer

William & Harriet Graham compiled by Sherry Kaseberg

Catholic Churches in Sherman County by Bob Odell

Kent Baptist Church by J.R. Keeney

Miss Nora, Be Studious contributed by Joe Morrow

Holmes: Down East & Out West by Lauchie McMullin

Memorial Contributions by Christy Brown

#32-1 2014

The Adobe Point Kid, Part One by Harold Brown

History of Wasco School by C.A. Hockett

Zola, a Dream of a Town by Sherry Kaseberg

County Seat: Kenneth, Moro or Wasco? by Sherry Kaseberg

Moro 1898 from The Dalles Times-Mountaineer compiled by Chris Sanders

Dear Nora, Remember Me contributed by Joe Morrow (autograph album)

O’Sullivan by Dwight Scheer

Memorial Contributions by Christy Macnab

#32-2 2014

Fifty Years Ago: The December1964 Flood by Kathy McCullough and Julie Reynolds

Oregon’s Top 10 1900s Weather Events

An Aerial Survey by The Oregonian

The Slaughterhouse Gulch Project: Reducing Soil Erosion by Sandy Macnab

Roads, Bridges and the Railroad by Dewey Thomas with Mark Fields

Analysis and Abandonment from Rails to the Mid-Columbia Wheatlands

Sherman County Roads from Minutes of the County Court

A Favorite Christmas by Nell Coats Melzer

Girls are More Precious Than Trucks by Nancy Henrichs Simpson

A Watershed Event by Dean Ruggles

Terrible Erosion & Washed Out Bridges by John Hilderbrand with Mark Fields

A Sad Christmas by Roy Fanning

Hell, High Water and a Memorable Christmas by Christie Welk

Digging Out and Mopping Up by Larry Kaseberg

New Bridges Don’t Collapse by Sherry Woods Kaseberg

In the Care of Friends by Grace Zevely Busse

An Emergency Landing by Vada DeMoss

Muddy Boots & a Baby Shower by Rex Brown

The Adobe Point Kid: Part Two by Harold E. Brown

Memorial Contributions compiled by Christy Macnab. 

#33-1   2015

Power & Light on the Farm by Mark Fields & Chris Sanders

Model Sherman County Home from Sherman County Observer

Onion Syrup, Whiskey & Vaseline with Sugar by Frances Rolfe Mathews

Waterproofing the Kids by Forest Peters

Red Cross Water Safety Program: Part One by Sherry Kaseberg & Chris Sanders

The Adobe Point Kid, Part Three by Harold Brown

Memorial Contributions compiled by Christy Macnab

#33-2   2015

Young Athletes Branded With Range Marks of Ancestors, Other Stockmen

Growing Up in Grass Valley by Robert Ziegler

New Guinea, Philippines & Japan by Robert Ziegler

Hotel Sherman by Chris Sanders & Mark Fields

Kent Light Plant

James Hartley by Jean Zevely Anderson

The Adobe Point Kid: Part Four by Harold Eugene Brown

Red Cross Water Safety Program, Part Two by Sherry Kaseberg with Sheri Carlson, Cathie Martin & Fern Wilcox

Memorial Gifts compiled by Christy Macnab

#34-1 2016

Charlotte Ruggles Barnett by Terri Bibby

John Conroy by Anna Joyce

John & Julia Joyce and Family by Anna Joyce

Roy Powell Hauls Boiler to Railroad Builders by Jean Reckmann

Moro High School Optimist 1920

Henry Barnum on Raising Pigs, Sherman County Observer

Building a Grain Elevator at Grass Valley by Robert Ziegler

Stark Realities: The Gym at Kent by Mark Watson

Memorial Gifts

Photo of Baseball Team 1904

#34-2 2016 – No Publication

#35-1 2017

Three Ladies from Kent Celebrate 95th Birthdays:

Mary Fields by Terri Bibby

Anita Hooper by Keith Mobley

Eilene Eslinger by Eilene Eslinger & Leta Ann Reckmann

Patricia French Moore: Ink on Her Hands by Amber Tilton and Sherry Kaseberg

Memories of Ruby Petteys by Jean Zevely Anderson

Teaching School in Grass Valley by Dorothy Coyle Blagg

The Root Family by Robert F. Root

Miller Island: An Unexpected Chapter Part One by Sherry Woods Kaseberg

Wasco Auto Show Photos

#35-2 2017

Barnstormers: Let’s Put on a Play by Forest Peters

Mattie’s Hump & Dinty’s Café: “Eat, Sleep and Get Gas With Us” by Sherry Kaseberg with Teri Sanderson

History of the Sherman Seniors (1967) by Jane Macnab and Lois Kaseberg

Miller Island: An Unexpected Chapter Part Two by Sherry Woods Kaseberg

Memorial Gifts & Honorariums


Photo: Grass Valley Kindergarten 1954-55.

Photo: Moro Grade School 1st & 2nd Grades, 1956-57

#36-1 2018 Spring/Fall (no #36-2)

John Day Dam & Sherman County During the Construction Years by Gladys Wesley

Tracy and Jeanne Bird by Peggy Bird Allen

Interview of Charles and Norma Brown by Cindy Kaseberg Brown

The Dam Days of Wasco by Linda Macnab Krafsic

John Day Dam Dedication September 28, 1968 by Shirley Watkins Blaylock

Living in Sherman County During the 1960s by Nancy Grogan Bailey

Early, Oregon Inundated by John Day Dam Pool by George Fox, Sr. 1969

City Mouse, Country Mouse by Jennifer Macnab

Memorial gifts and Honorariums

#37-1 Spring/Summer 2019

Fire Destroys Elevator: Farmers Elevator Company Has Large Fire Loss at Moro

Kaseberg Cousins: The Journey from Germany to Oregon, an Oregon Trail Story by Augusta Kaseberg Copeland, Alice Kaseberg and Sherry Kaseberg

Township & Range System

The Morse Family, Mt. Hood Climb, the Columbia Southern Railroad Survey, and a Photograph by Alice Kaseberg

Helen White Bruckert by Sherry Woods Kaseberg

Grass Valley High School Class of 1942 by Grace M. Zevely Busse

Early Days Recalled by Former County Resident by W.E. Parry

James O. Elrod and Lawrence K. Moore by Gladys Wesley

A Crop Year’s Cycle Described by Sherman County Poet Farmer by H.B. Belshee

Memorial Gifts and Honorariums

Photo of Moro Main Street.

#37-2 2019

Sherman High School Foreign Exchange Students:

Simo Juhani Raula 1964-1965 by Simo Raula

Penthip “Penny” Saeheng Chitchumnong 1965-1966 by Penny Chitchumnong

Paul Patrick Murphy, 1979-1980 by Paul Murphy

Alba Patricia “Patty” Sanchez by 1986-1987 by Deanna Padget

Else Bach Rasmusssen 1994-1995 by Else Rasmussen

Sherman County Courthouse Facility Project History by Ron McDermid

Public Art: Itinerant Sign Painters and Artists by Sherry Kaseberg

Memorial Gifts

4. Expression of Anger

Driving in to work today, it was probably easy to notice that there are a lot of angry people out there. Angry adults, unfortunately, provide angry role models for the children in their lives. All of us, not just parents and grandparents, should be concerned about teaching our children to deal with anger in nonviolent ways.

Violence, which can be defined as intense anger, expressed in a way that hurts others, is something no parent wants their children to experience. Yet, it can be difficult to know what to do about it, when examples of it are so easily accessible on television, in the movies, and all over social media.

Parents may say, “Don’t feel this way,” or “Don’t behave this way,” to their kids, but it has little or no effect. What does work? First, teach your kids to differentiate between violent feelings, which everyone has from time to time, and violent behavior, which should not be condoned or tolerated.

Then, set a good example. Children imitate and learn from what they see. This doesn’t mean that you don’t fly off the handle once in a while, but it does mean that most of the time you keep your temper under control. Parents also want to set firm limits on physical expressions of hostility and violence. Over time, this helps kids develop their own internal system of self-control.

At the same time, you want to give your kids safe outlets for expressing hostile or angry feelings. Help them tell you what they are feeling in words, or say something like, “I know you are really mad at your brother right now and feel like you might want to hit him. I can’t let you do that. That is not right. How can we channel that negative energy into something more productive?”

Then, bring the child into the decision-making process (in an age-appropriate manner), to find positive ways to channel those feelings. You are helping them develop their own replacement picture for a positive end result – a skill that will prove invaluable throughout their lives. And, by turning a “have to” into a “want to,” you both will have greater success in changing destructive behavior patterns that can follow the child into adulthood. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Give Your Family the Gift of Cultural Understanding – Host an Exchange Student
Give the ultimate gift of cultural understanding by hosting a foreign exchange student this upcoming year!  ASSE International Student Exchange, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!

Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host!  You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people and possibly even future political leaders!  Share your corner of America by helping a foreign exchange student experience life in your area!

Local area representatives are also needed to recruit and screen both potential host families and potential U.S. students interested in studying abroad. Representatives supervise the exchange students living in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to host families, students and schools. Area representatives receive a stipend for each student placed and supervised.

For more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

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

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers

RSVP Etiquette for Guests and Hosts: The Newest Manners for This Fading Art

Sherry’s Sherman County History Collection

What the Two Best Holiday Ads of 2019 Have in Common

Merkley, Wyden tout spending bill items to benefit Oregon

State foster care consultants wrap up $3.5 million contract

In a Politically Polarized Era, Sharp Divides in Both Partisan Coalitions

Christianity Today: Trump Should Be Removed from Office

Will there be enough electricity after coal plants shut down?

Pacific Northwest Volcano Forecast To Erupt Within 4 Years

Unaffiliated Voters

BLM argues against revoking Hammonds’ grazing permits 

7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

ORStateFlagCreated: 19 December 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

20: The number of feet cars must park away from an intersection under Oregon law. But state law gives cities leeway. Pedestrian advocates are lobbying the Portland City Council to line up with state law, according to Willamette Week.

2: Proposed ballot measures Secretary of State Bev Clarno rejected Thursday, according to environmental coalition Renew Oregon. Each would have required Oregon to ditch electricity sources that emit carbon in 25 years. 

108: Pages of an investigative report released Thursday finding that a Washington state representative, Matt Shea, helped plan and promote the 2016 armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Eastern Oregon, according to OPB. 

4: Oregon representatives — all Democrats — who voted in favor of both articles of impeachment Wednesday, according to The Oregonian. The lone “no” in Oregon’s U.S. House delegation was Republican Greg Walden.

0: CBD-infused alcohol that Oregonians will be able to buy starting Jan. 1. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission adopted a ban on beer and liquor infused with the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, per OPB.

$35,000,000: Federal money allocated by Congress for new irrigation pipes in Central Oregon, according to OPB.

1975: Year Lori Gregory (then Lori Hitt) graduated from Forest Grove High School. Forty-four years later, a stranger found her class ring in her garden and returned it to Gregory, according to The Oregonian. 

4-8: Inches of rain coastal areas of the Northwest can expect to receive through Saturday, according to CNN. 

$11,500: Amount state regulators are fining the Oregon School for the Deaf for hazardous waste violations, according to The Statesman-Journal.

22: Containers of unused pesticides and chemicals regulators found at the school in a storage shed, the Statesman-Journal reports.