Sherman County eNews #124


  1. Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Awards

  2. Letter to the Editor: Write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5

  3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 26 & 27

  4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Mike and Kristy Westby, May 18

  5. Blue Avocado – Practical, Provocative, Fun, Food for Thought for Nonprofits

  6. Changing Perspective

  7. “One Ring” Robocalling Scam Wants You to Call Back!

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1918, 1919, 1920

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. ~Will and Ariel Durant

1. Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Awards

Spring grant awards for 2019 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $5,670.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Six project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: Darian Davis – Community Basketball Court; Moro Community Presbyterian Church – Sherman County Vacation Bible School; Sherman County Fair – ADA Picnic Table Replacement; Sherman County Historical Museum – A Night at the Museum; Sherman County Public/School Library – 3D Printer and Scanner; OSU Sherman County Extension – Kids Summer Drama Camp.

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 fall of 2019.

The Oregon Cultural Trust, with donations from Oregonians, funds 1400+ nonprofits in Oregon in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities. When you donate to any of the 1400+ on the list, you can qualify for a state tax credit. Visit to learn how you can get involved and qualify for the tax credit.

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

2. Letter to the Editor: Write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5

pencil.sharpMy name is Paul Bish and I am asking for your write-in vote this May for Position 5 on the Sherman County School Board.  Many of you may know who I am—I was born and raised here in Wasco and attended Sherman County High School graduating in 1992.  I am very active in the community.  I serve on several boards and coach youth football, basketball, and baseball.  I have two kids who attend Sherman County School, a 5th grade girl and 3rd grade boy.  We have a great school in our county, with excellent staff and administrators.  It would be an honor to have your support to help guide the Sherman County School District into the future.

Thank you for your support. Please write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5 on May 21.

I encourage everyone to write in Jeremy Lanthorn for School Board position 1.

Paul Bish


3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 26 & 27

Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast: ABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 26th and 27th, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $8.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site.

ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services and a preschool program. For additional information, please visit

4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Mike and Kristy Westby, May 18

On Saturday, May 18th Klindt’s Booksellers will host Mike and Kristy Westby for a book signing featuring their newest regional title, Columbia River Gorge An Explorer’s Guide.

What: Book Signing with Mike and Kristy Westby

When: Saturday, May 18th at 4PM

Where: Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers

Free and open to the public. We recommend you call ahead to reserve your books.

The Oregon Road Trips series has grown a steady following among Oregonians and tourists alike. Now collaborators Mike and Kristy Westby have created a new guide to the Columbia River Gorge. Columbia River Gorge-Explorer’s Guide has over 50 ways to keep busy in the Gorge.

5. Blue Avocado – Practical, Provocative, Fun, Food for Thought for Nonprofits

The current issue of this magazine for non-profits offers information and ideas on fundraising, managing change, lapsed donors, marketing, communication and millennials. See:

Sherman County’s nonprofit organizations include Sherman County Athletic Association, Sherman County Historical Museum, Sherman County Childcare Foundation, Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, Wasco Cemetery Association and Sherman County Scholarship Association.

6. Changing Perspective

Typically, it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. The same thing seems to go for what you see.

It used to be fair to say that objective reality was measurable and quantifiable. This meant that the true nature of material things could be absolutely and clearly determined. These days however, quantum physics has pretty well proved that there is really no such thing as objective reality.

Matter, when reduced to its smallest particles, can behave as either particles or waves and can’t be classified as clearly one or the other. Things that appear solid are composed mostly of air, and things that seem motionless, like a chair, are actually made of subatomic elements that are constantly moving. Even the space between celestial bodies seems to be full – we’re just not sure yet what it’s full of.

So, in a very real sense, we are always creating our own reality. The way we see things depends not only on our physical makeup but also on the psychological filters we look through. One of the most powerful filters, that directly affects how we see the world, is our self-esteem. Yes, it seems like the term has been overworked, but warranted self-esteem is still an important part of our psychological make-up. It helps define who we believe we are.

Low self-esteem creates a world in which the glass is always half empty, life is dangerous, and people are not to be trusted. High self-esteem lets us see the glass as half full and people as allies and friends. In fact, no other single quality can affect your experience of life quite like self-esteem can.

Fortunately, low self-esteem was learned, and can be unlearned, rebuilt and replaced with high self-esteem. Yes, sometimes we need to start from the ground and work up, so to speak. But there are many resources out there to help us; we just need to make up our minds that the time has come to make the switch in perspective. ~The Pacific Institute

7. “One Ring” Robocalling Scam Wants You to Call Back!

telephone1Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers to avoid returning unknown phone calls.

Consumers have reported waves of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night.  These calls are likely trying to prompt you to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

Of course, robocallers can spoof their phone numbers to make them appear as if they’re coming from anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. “If you receive a call from a phone number you don’t recognize, do not call this number back,” says Attorney General Rosenblum.

Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily.  In addition, spoofing tools make it easy for scammers to mask their identity.  The Oregon Department of Justice is working to combat scam calls with consumer education like this Just Hang Up poster available for free online at

If you think you have fallen victim to a One Ring scam, contact the Oregon Department of Justice online at  or call 1-877-877-9392.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1918, 1919, 1920

newspaper-arrowThe Observer, Moro, Oregon

1918 Notes, Not Quotes:

  • January: German-born Julius Rhuberg arrested at Kent, charged with seditious actions.
  • March: 5% of Sherman County’s quota left for training at American Lake.
  • April: Chris Kopke committed suicide discouraged over war prospects.
  • June: WWI Draft lists.
  • July: Volunteers on Gordon Butte W of Moro – 2 men from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly, telephone line installed to the operator at Moro.
  • August: C.L. Powell family moved to Portland, rented farm holdings to Sayrs & Fuller.
  • December: E.E. Kaseberg bought a new electric shift classy passenger car & sold his Hudson to Buck Torrey.

1919 Notes:

  • January: Died: E.M. McKinney, farming the O.L. Belshe place near DeMoss, age 34, leaves wife, sister Mrs. T.W. Alley, 2 children, mother, brother in the Navy, 2 sisters in Illinois.
  • February: Capt. S.V. Winslow applied for ferry franchise at Grant, formerly captain of the government steamer, Umatilla, on the Celilo to Umatilla run. 8th grade examinations, mid-year diplomas.
  • March: Moro has new deep well, cased & tested, 50 gpm, within 16’ of the old well, neither seems affected by the other, old well 241’ deep, new well 221’.
  • July: Building of bridge at mouth of Deschutes River. Grading and graveling road from Seufert’s (Oregon side, The Dalles Dam) to Deschutes River. Week-long DeMoss Springs Chautauqua a huge success. Hotel Moro burned. Contract let to Hedges & Huls for 80’ x 80’ school at Grass Valley. Giles French married Lela Barnum July 13.
  • September: Miss Grace May appointed Sherman County school superintendent.
  • October: Ad for Deschutes Motor Co. in Moro. Reports of soldiers returning home.
  • November: Carroll Sayrs married Helen Whalley at her Portland home on November 13.

1920 Notes:

  • February: Phone lines up, lineman Badger stringing new line & people applying for phones. Died: Archie McDermid in Portland February 11, and his brother John McDermid February 21. Girders for the Deschutes River bridge are being installed.
  • March: License to marry: Miss Minnie McKinney & Earl J. Brown, both of DeMoss Springs.
  • August: Theodore Justesen of Kent married Nell Conley of Tygh Valley August 15 at R.P. Brisbine home.
  • September: Sherman County fair horse racing schedule. J.R. Kaseberg of Wasco is Hudson & Essex dealer for Sherman County.


Sherman County eNews #123


  1. Estate Planning Seminar, June 12

  2. Cascade Singers: Compositori Femminili, June 15

  3. Letter to the Editor: Labenske  for School Board Position 5

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop, May 18

  5. Sherman County Court News, April 3

  6. Constructive Feedback

  7. Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! Premiers at Oregon Historical Society, May 10

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1917

What I know for sure is that when you declutter – whether it is on your home, your head or your heart – it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life and your family. ~Peter Walsh

1. Estate Planning Seminar, June 12

On Wednesday June 12th at 6:00 PM will be an estate planning seminar at the Senior Center in Moro.  The seminar will cover the basics of estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate, etc.) and also more advanced topics (Oregon death tax, natural resource credit, gifting strategies, etc.).  Title of the seminar is “When Your Legacy Is Tied To The Land.”

Hosts will be financial advisor Aaron “A.J.” Thompson, estate planning attorney Jeff Patterson (Bend), and subject matter expert Melanie Sansa (Portland).  Estate planning is important and not having a plan or an updated plan can have severe consequences.  Seminar is open to the public at no cost.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Hosts will stay after to answer specific questions.  For more information, call 541-388-5613.  Senior Center address is 300 Dewey Street Moro, OR 97039.

2. Cascade Singers: Compositori Femminili, June 15

“Compositori Femminili:  A Global Celebration of Female Composers” will be presented by the Cascade Singers on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 101 West 10th St., The Dalles.  The concert features women’s contributions to the musical scene, from Hildegard of Bingen in the Middle Ages to contemporary composers and arrangers.  Contact Director Miles Thoming-Gale at for more information.

3. Letter to the Editor: Labenske for School Board Position 5

My name is Kristen Labenske and I am asking for your vote for Sherman County School Board Position 5.

Many of you may recognize me from basketball season as the SKORE cheerleading coach. Aside from coaching youth programs I have also worked as an assistant preschool teacher and as a fundraising event coordinator.

I have three children in Sherman County School, two in elementary and one in Jr. High.

I am passionate about their education and their wellbeing, sometimes to a fault.  I have been known to be outspoken if it is in the best interest of not only my children, but their friends and other kids in our county.  While I will stand up when I need to, I am also open minded and will listen to all sides before coming to a conclusion. (The school safety policy that was recently implemented is a great example of this).

My family has a long way to go in this school system. I want them to feel safe when they walk through the doors to the school. I want them to be happy at the end of the school day. I want them to excel academically, athletically and socially. I want all of these things for all of our children.

I want our teachers and support staff to enjoy their work environment.  During the school year they spend more time with the kids than many parents are able to because of work, sports, etc. These teachers (heroes) deserve the best.  I want to KEEP great educators in Sherman County!

I want to be a representative and advocate for you and your children or grandchildren. I want to be someone you can feel comfortable expressing concerns with and someone you can celebrate milestones alongside. I want to ensure that your children and mine look back on their years as Huskies and remember how happy, safe and successful they felt!

When filling out your ballot, please remember these words and know that I will do everything in my power to live up to them.

Go Huskies!

Kristen Labenske

Candidate for SCSB Position 5

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop, May 18

Genealogy Workshop May 18th

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Sign-in is at 10:00 am and the workshop lectures begin at 11:00 am

There’s only a week left to sign up!

The workshop is $40.00 without lunch and $52.50 with lunch.

Lunch in the Basalt Café: Soup, salad, roll, cookie and beverage

Door Prizes.

For more information, call Georga at 541.296.2882 or email

Please check back for registration and more workshop information

Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. The lecture topics are:

*Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find

*Why They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales

*Beyond Names And Dates, Female Ancestors

Heritage Quest Research Library is a nonprofit genealogy library in Sumner, Washington, managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. The collection includes foreign and state books, family histories, special subject titles, microfiche, and historic maps. HQRL houses a bookstore where you can purchase genealogy books, Flip-Pal® with accessories, family tree forms, software and supplies. Volunteers will be here with a variety of books and supplies for purchase.

5. Sherman County Court News, April 3

ShermanCoLogoQuarterly Reports, Valid Emergency Operations Plan Letter, Rufus to Wasco Fiber Build, Biggs Service District Water/Sewer System, Frontier TeleNet Dark Fiber and Tour of Weed District were the main items on the agenda during the April 3rd session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, was unable to attend Court as she was on an ambulance call. County Court accepted her written report/notes in place of her in person report due to the emergency. The Emergency Operations Plan was updated by Judge Dabulskis and Payne the week prior, and a Promulgation Letter could now be signed. This letter stated the Court confirmed the Plan was up to date, and has been distributed to the Fire Districts. County Court motioned to recognize the Emergency Operations Plan updated as of April 3, 2019 as a valid plan, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign a Promulgation Letter to Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), reported that Gorge Net was supposed to have Grass Valley connected to fiber service in the next few weeks. Judge Dabulskis also noted at the next County Court session, the Court would be discussing the passing of a resolution for the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) Agreement for the $200,000 to put forth on the Sherman Cities Broadband Project. Pipinich met with the John Day River Territory (JDRT) on collaboration and future goals. Pipinich participates in the JDRT on behalf of Sherman, and hopes to get a representative from Sherman to attend instead. Regarding housing programs, Marla Harvey, MCEDD, has been working on a marketing plan for the program, and has had some interest in both the rental and rehabilitation program. Another Economic Opportunities Analysis meeting was held recently in which it was reported Rufus and Wasco land base was covered well; the consultant for Grass Valley excluded pieces that were in the flood plain for inventory purposes, which puts the City in a deficit for Commercial and Commercial Industrial Zoning. The Moro inventory had an appropriate amount of land, however, the Industrial Park by the High School may need to be rezoned. Commissioner Bird passed out copies of the Grass Valley Housing Analysis that was completed. It states there was enough residential land in Grass Valley to meet their needs. Some recommendations were to rezone some Residential Agriculture, to have a variety of eligible lot sizes – minimum size of one acre with no maximum listed, and to rezone the RV Park as Commercial as it is currently zoned Residential. Discussion on completing an analysis on each of the Cities.

Jeff Wallace, County Counsel, gave an update on drafting the fiber agreement; if Frontier TeleNet (FTN) did not want to pay for the 10 gbps wave, and the County could then provide a document to FTN stating the County would pay Windwave and change ownership of the line capacity would belong to the County. County Counsel informed Commissioner Bird there was prior consensus for him to draft an agreement between all Counties and entities, to establish ownership in Sherman County. Blake Lawrence, Windwave, volunteered to provide the County with that document instead. County Counsel stated that once FTN relinquished the fiber lines, Windwave would come in and prepare the above document mentioned, and the County would accept it; Windwave agreed Sherman County owned the line. County Counsel stated it may take a couple months to get everything in place; Judge Dabulskis reported he was working on setting up a work session with Windwave to get the process started, and a work session with Day Wireless was scheduled for tomorrow. FTN defaulted as the Request for Proposal (RFP) was never completed for the new fiber line from Wasco to Rufus.

County Counsel addressed the Biggs Service District Sewer and Water System Operating Agreements with CH2M Hill. Judge/Chairman Dabulskis reported an individual was interested in the operator position, however more clarification was needed; Counsel responded the next step would be to make contact with CH2M Hill to see about negotiation on the contract. County Counsel had not completed the Wasco to Rufus RFP at this time. Judge Dabulskis reported an extension on the contract for grant money through the State/Business Oregon was in progress. This job would need to be completed by the end of October or November.

The possibility of the Intergovernmental Agreement for Installation of Broadband Network & Grass Valley Broadband Operating Agreement of arriving during the Court Session to be approved was mentioned, however, it was not addressed as an addition to the agenda at the beginning of County Court. Counsel advised the Court they may announce the addition of the item by name and time of the addition in order to take action later on; County Court should also announce the same addition to the agenda statement at the beginning of the following Court meeting on April 17, 2019 that was announced during the current session, April 3, 2019. Judge Dabulskis stated a possible addition to the agenda, 2.3, for the Intergovernmental Agreement for Installation of Broadband Network & Grass Valley Broadband Operating Agreement took place at 9:58 a.m. on April 3, 2019 as the County Court was not aware of the document submission until after the Court Session had started; County Court was in the process of still receiving all documentation.

Recessed County Court: 10:26 a.m. Reconvened at Sherman County Weed Department: 10:32 a.m.

County Court met at the Sherman County Weed District to tour the facility, and to hear a quarterly report from Rod Asher, Weed District. Asher reported weed control starts about mid to late spring every year, and the requests for work done has increased over the years to keeping them busy well into the fall. This year the late snow fall has put them behind schedule. Asher currently has eight employees who work at the District including seasonal employees. A map was shown with data by weed type, including skeleton weed, over the last two years. Blackberry bushes are very invasive and the crew has been working to clear out large patches to increase water flow in those areas. Asher has been working on better documentation of work done in the Lower Deschutes area that they have been treating for many years to prove that work done is still effective as the Court has requested a report/documentation.

Recessed at Weed Department: 11:00 a.m.  Reconvened County Court: 11:22 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved Torres Window Cleaning to perform window cleaning services to the Sherman County Courthouse, Sherman County Senior Center, and Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building in the amount up to $3,150, contingent upon window replacement at the Burnet Building.
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and Oregon State University (OSU), for its Extension Service Technically Use Agreement, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement for Installation of Broadband Network, and Grass Valley Broadband Operating Agreement, contingent upon further review with the right to revoke the approval no later than Monday April 8, 2019.
  • approved minutes of March 20, 2019, as presented.
  • approved the Claims for the month of March 2019, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of February 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Frontier TeleNet, a thank you to Sherman County Court, Ambulance Located on County Property, and Commissioner Reports.

6. Constructive Feedback

How do you like being criticized? Does it make you feel like changing to accommodate your critic?

Negative criticism is almost always a mistake. Do you know anyone who likes it? It brings you down, makes you feel angry and resentful, and it hardly ever makes you want to change, does it?

Constructive feedback is a horse of a different color. There’s no sting in it, because it is not about your deficient character and it doesn’t come at you like an attack. It is designed to give you valuable information and it assumes you care about making a change to be better tomorrow, than you are today.

So, what is the difference between constructive feedback and criticism? Well, it’s the difference between saying, “You never help around the house because you’re a slob and you just don’t care,” and saying, “When you neglect to do your part of the weekly clean-up around the house, I feel overworked and taken for granted.”

Can you see the difference? The first statement attacks character and sounds like it’s coming from a victim. The second states the facts and shares information about feelings without making the other person a villain. All that it takes to become an expert in constructive feedback is practice and a willingness to give up judgment and blame.

It also helps to remember what your goal is. If you want more conflict, go ahead and blame. It is a perfect way to sustain chaos and cloud the real reason for the displeasure. However, if you want positive action, learn to give constructive feedback instead. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! Premiers at Oregon Historical Society, May 10

Portland, OR – In 1964, The Beatles came to America for the first of the group’s three North American visits. Their journey in America began on Friday, February 7 of that year, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the UK at the newly named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts, and tears of New York-area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers — at the time a television record. And, just like that, Beatlemania was upon us.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock and roll was re-energized — some say saved — by four lads from Liverpool. Opening at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland on Friday, May 10, this exhibit covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966 — the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time, the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music.

“It doesn’t take a hard day’s night of thinking to understand the impact that The Beatles had on the history of music and popular culture,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “The Oregon Historical Society is excited to bring to Portland this fun, interactive exhibition celebrating the band that forever changed rock and roll.”

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! provides fresh new insight into how and why The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s and beyond. Over 100 objects, ephemera, and interactive elements fill the gallery, some on exhibit for the first time. One of the most prominent cases features Paul McCartney’s jacket from The Beatles’ historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert, and, for the first time on exhibit, one of McCartney’s bass guitars. McCartney also wore this iconic jacket when The Beatles performed in Portland, Oregon, at the Memorial Coliseum on August 22, 1965.

The Oregon Historical Society’s version of the exhibit also features a case of ephemera from The Beatles’ Portland performances, and includes the original performance contract and rider between NEMS and Northwest Releasing to bring The Beatles to Portland, as well as an original press pass.

Other exhibition highlights include:

  • Ringo Starr’s black-on-black striped suit worn in The Beatles’ debut film A Hard Day’s Night and Ringo’s Abbey Road crosswalk jacket
  • Paul McCartney’s original handwritten lyric sheet for the song, “What You’re Doing” (August 1964)
  • Handwritten set lists from The Beatles’ concerts, including the earliest known set list (Grosvenor Ballroom, June 1960) and the one used onstage at the group’s first-ever American concert (Washington D.C., February 11, 1964)
  • Gold records of I Want To Hold Your Hand and Rubber Soul
  • Venue contracts from the band’s American tours
  • An eye-popping display of mass-produced merchandising items
  • Kid-friendly interactive elements including a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo and a playable home-made skiffle bass

“Fab Four Exhibits is looking forward to sharing these rare and valuable artifacts – many of which are one-of-a-kind – to the Portland area as we celebrate the genius and creativity of the Fab Four,” said Chuck Gunderson, managing partner of the exhibit group.

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! will be on exhibit May 10 through November 12, 2019. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1917

classifieds.boyThe Observer, Moro, Oregon

1917 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Jack Gibson bought the John Dunn place on the John Day River & Mr. Dunn moved into Moro. Sherman & Gilliam counties making plans to replace steel bridge at the foot of Cottonwood and build a new steel bridge at McDonald. Members fenced the Monkland Presbyterian church property.
  • February: Percheron horse association in the Monkland area. F.L. & L.M. Morrow – Morrow Bros. – contracted with Hedges & Huls for their new 80’ x 100’ concrete building in Wasco, somewhat like the Foss & Co., garage in Moro. Grass Valley Rod & Gun Club organized. Farmers talking elevators and bulking grain. An auto tire & tube vulcanizing plant opened in Wasco. Old Wasco school house dismantled by T.E. Sink for the lumber. Plans for Cottonwood & McDonald bridges over the John Day River described.
  • March: Uncle Sam recruiting for the Army.
  • April: Harmony School also known as the Upper Hay Canyon School.  Ferry at McDonald is out of commission because of the swift current. R.C. Atwood, F.R. Fortner & W.H. Lee incorporated to build a concrete hotel in Wasco. Moro will have a new school building. Red Cross auxiliary formed.
  • May: Willard Andrew Fred Melzer, son of M/M Martin Melzer, died, burial at Rose Cemetery. R.J. Ginn purchased the C.A. Buckley residence just north of Grass Valley & adjacent tracts. Three-day auto show in Wasco, May 30-June 1. C.R. Nottingham sold 2,640 acre Finnegan ranch to C.R. Belshee & O.N. Ruggles $75,000. Clarence Richard Morrison married Gladys May Moore on May 12 at Methodist Episcopal parsonage in Moro. Reports of new cars and Maytag washers.
  • June: 50 high school students at Moro. Elmer Ralston Barzee married Lois Eliza Schaefer at her parents’ home near Erskine on May 24. Several families left for their summer homes on the Metolius River (Camp Sherman). Liberty Bonds. New cars & tractors, auto accidents, fishing trips & vacations. Contract let to Hedges & Huls to build a concrete waterway under the Ginn, Coleman & Co. store, the Moro Garage & Tum-a-Lum Lumber. A.D. Richelderfer married Dr. S.L. Riker at Scholls, Oregon. Sherman County ranks highest in USA in support per capita for National Red Cross, in excess of $8.50. Proposed Port of Rufus: S boundary to be McDonald Ferry west to Wasco, NW down Spanish Hollow to the Columbia River. Crew working on the new Cottonwood bridge. Horse auction at the Crosfield corral in Wasco.
  • July: Sherman County population 4,000. Several more families left for the Metolius River headwaters. Fire started by train on the Deschutes. New cars. Eighty names were drawn for Sherman County military service, 30 will be taken.
  • August: Best yields NW of Moro: Kaseberg brothers 15 sacks per acre, Howell brothers 13 sacks per acre. Entire registration list for Sherman County with list of those exempted with reasons & enlistments. First draft list. Water concerns in Moro.
  • September: 43 women registered at Moro to work for the government. Sherman County had one car for each 6 persons & 1 out of 4 is a Ford. 240 new cars since January 1st.  G.N. Crosfield sold 9 cars in one week.
  • October: Discussions about new toll free bridge over the Deschutes River. Died: C.R. Rollins, physician who came to Grass Valley in 1878 and operated a store there.
  • November: Enlistments, list of boys going to American Lake for training; letters home. W.A. Woods family left for new home near LaGrande. Married: Dewey Thompson & Inez May Peake in their newly furnished home, November 20 by Rev. B. Trueblood Smith.
  • December: Moro Camp Fire Girls. Farmers plan to build elevators. Robert Urquhart appointed deputy sheriff. College students home for the holidays.


Sherman County eNews #122


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session & Mass Gathering Hearing, May 15

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Comment Work Session, May 15

  3. Annual Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale, May 24-25

  4. eNews Policy Reminder for May Election Campaigns

  5. Nurturing Childhood Creativity

  6. Hanging up on robocalls

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1914

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

I will refrain from generalizing and using the word – ALL – as with ALL Progressives, ALL Democrats, ALL Republicans, ALL Socialists, ALL anything political… or the PLURAL of any of these… for ALL is rarely the political truth. ~Sherry Kaseberg

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session & Mass Gathering Hearing, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

A Public Hearing for a Mass Gathering Appeal will be held during the Court Session at 10:00 a.m.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Comment Work Session, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Local Public Comment Work Session in regards to the Starvation Lane FLAP (Federal Lands Access Program) Grant, to be held on Wednesday May 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039, to discuss the road restructure of Starvation Lane.

3. Annual Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale, May 24-25

The annual Pavilion and Park Sale will be May 24th & 25th in Grass Valley, Oregon, from 9:30 – 4:00.  Participation fee: $10.00. Venders welcome: Crafters, yard sales, gardeners, photographers, food items. PLEASE LEAVE MESSAGE to register with Terri Bibby,541-333-2374.

4. eNews Policy Reminder for May Election Campaigns


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5. Nurturing Childhood Creativity

Creativity is a highly-valued character trait and today, let’s talk about how to help children grow into creative adults.

Creative adults don’t just happen. Creative people are usually raised in ways that encourage them to use their imagination while they are still children. But what can parents or grandparents – or any adult vital to a child’s life – do if they want to encourage their children’s creativity? Well, one way is to help them develop a rich fantasy life.

Of course, kids need to be able to tell the difference between fact and fantasy. But a child who grows up without reading books such as, “Winnie the Pooh,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Alice in Wonderland,” or any number of new children’s books is missing a very rich part of childhood. You can also feed a child’s imagination through activities such as music, dance and art.

Another wonderful way to help develop a child’s imagination is to tell them stories and encourage them to tell stories too. By the way, telling stories is not the same as reading stories, and children really love the stories you tell about your own experiences as a child – particularly when you were their age. Relax and use sound effects, elaborate gestures, and lots of variations in pace and loudness – the more the better. And while you’re at it, go ahead and invent details that make your narrative more interesting too.

Try using a picture from a magazine and make up a story. Then, pick a different picture and let your child try. Or start a story and let the child supply the ending. By the way, don’t worry about how smooth you are – your child will think you are terrific!

And it doesn’t hurt that you are nurturing your own creativity, at the same time. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Hanging up on robocalls

By Representative Greg Walden

In the 20 town halls I have held across our district so far this year — including here in Eastern Oregon — I can’t think of a time that someone didn’t ask the question, “How can we put a stop to unwanted robocalls?”

It is not surprising that this issue is a top concern for Oregonians and people across our country. In just one year, American consumers received 3.3 million robocalls per hour and these calls increased more than 64% between 2016 and 2018.

We all know how it feels. Multiple times each day, your phone will ring, showing an unfamiliar number with a familiar area code — say “541” for people in our district.

If you’re like me, you let the call go to voicemail, and if there is no message, it is safe to assume that it was a robocall. But it’s a disruptive nuisance, to say the least, and too often callers try to trick people into paying what they are told is an outstanding debt, only to send money or other form of compensation to a fraudster.

During an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., witnesses described how robocalls have grown to a scourge on American consumers that perpetuate fraud, threaten personal privacy, and undermine our telecommunications system.

Click here to read Rep. Walden’s full op-ed online.

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1914

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1914 Notes

  • January: IOOF, Women of Woodcraft & The Dorcas Society elected officers. Made in Oregon banquet in Moro. A well caved in on James Kenny.
  • February: Mrs. S.J. Ritchey of Monkland raised turkeys. Mr. & Mrs. Buckley visited Grass Valley from Portland. Adella Mortensen and Harry Pinkerton graduated from Moro High School. Mrs. Richard Dingle to meet Dick in San Francisco on his return from England.
  • March: New school district at head of Rattlesnake Grade, building just finished by contractor Ramsey.
  • April: Local grange in the Locust Grove neighborhood purchased the United Brethren church here and are remodeling it for use as a meeting center.
  • May: Permits issued to irrigate in Sherman County. E.E. Kaseberg purchased 30 hp. Holt motor gas engine for combined harvester. Mrs. Miller purchased Geo. N. Crosfield’s residence and will remodel and repair to provide a modern hospital in Wasco. Moro High School pupils picnicked at Rhor Villa on the Deschutes (mouth of Harris Canyon).
  • June: George Volliard, shoe maker in Moro. Grover Duffey opened law practice at Moro with W.H. Ragsdale. Booster Club formed for Monkland & Hay Canyon. Mrs. Damewood renovated business property she purchased at DeMoss and will sell groceries and dry goods. George Urquhart now rides a motorcycle. Farm Day at the Experiment Station. Harvesting barley. Foss & Benson sold water wagons to Robert W. Pinkerton and William Morrison.
  • July: 4th of July celebration at DeMoss. Disastrous hail storm W of Kent & 2 miles E of Buck Hollow, northeasterly to Rutledge, grain ruined. Dot Tiller clerking at C.A. Nish store at Monkland. Born: a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Cicero Miller July 16. Fire on Lamborn place near Wasco. 31 school districts, each a school house, about 900 children of school age, 694 registered, 95% regularly attended, 55 teachers. School to start September 14. Fire on Deschutes burned over 2,000 acres, probably caused by train.
  • August: Fire on E.H. Moore farm. John DeMoss has motorcycle built for two. Born: a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Roy Powell in Moro. C.H. Howell first Sherman County farmer to harvest with a Holt Caterpillar & a Holt harvester, 38 days, 2,100 acres, 21,000 sacks.
  • September: Mr. & Mrs. T.M. Miller of Miller Station.
  • October: Collins Springs Hotel being torn down, furnishings stored in The Dalles for private sale, hotel financed, created and made successful by Moro people, ended by lawsuit by last owner.
  • November: Historic Free Bridge over the Deschutes “went down, high wind storm.” (cause questionable). H. MacBeth opened tailor shop in Moro. Mr. Lucas and Mr. Fortner leased Moro Opera House for 3 years. A list of subscribers for sending flour to aid the Belgians.
  • December: Warren McKinney was selling pianos. Rabbit drive and hunt set for Friday, 73 hunters lined up with points for each kind of animal killed – bird, coyote, rabbit, skunk, weasel, etc.

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

bird.owl.limbWATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Small but mighty is a comma

[The comma in the second amendment clearly indicates a list separating militia and the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This comma is often overlooked by those who wish to overturn the amendment. — A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.]

Tax just lets Oregon legislators off hook for PERS

Opinion: New $2 billion tax is for PERS, not ‘for the kids’

May 8 teacher walkout: Which districts are closing, what to expect and why educators are protesting

Opinion: Let’s bring condors back to the Pacific Northwest

Forbes: The Giant Cannabis Problem No One Saw Coming


Sherman County eNews #121


  1. Notice. Sherman County Community Transit Begins Weekly Just Shopping Trip, May 7

  2. Celebrate Sherman County Moms and Grandmothers, May 10

  3. Mother’s Day at Maryhill, May 12

  4. Personal Accountability

  5. Wildfire Awareness Month Spotlights Making Homes Safe from Wildfire

  6. Heritage Commission Seeks to Fill Current & Future Vacancies

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Biffle, Jackson, Finnegan, Sherar

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

“One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proven disastrous, time and again.” ~Thomas Sowell

1. Notice. Sherman County Community Transit Begins Weekly Just Shopping Trip, May 7

ShermanCoLogoCORRECT DATE, May 7th. Sherman County’s Community Transit begins new weekly Just Shopping trip with a stop for lunch starting Tuesday, May 7th.

Every Tuesday the bus will leave the Senior Center in Moro at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m.  This will be a casual and comfortable ride. To reserve your seat call 541-565-3553. Space is limited.

2. Celebrate Sherman County Moms and Grandmothers, May 10

Mother’s Day Dinner/Dance


Friday, May 10th

5:30-8:30 PM

Wasco School Events Center

All Sherman County Families of all ages are welcome.

Maximum capacity for this event is 150.

Get your FREE tickets at Huskey’s 97 Market or reserve your places at or 541-565-5036

~Sherman County Drug and Alcohol Prevention

3. Mother’s Day at Maryhill, May 12

Sunday, May 12 | all day

Explore Maryhill’s treasures with mom. From the couture attire of the Théâtre de la Mode exhibition, to dreamy Art Nouveau glass and artifacts from Queen Marie’s personal collection, she’s sure to be delighted. This season’s special exhibitions include works on paper and still life paintings from the museum’s collection. All mothers receive FREE admission on Mother’s Day and a free mimosa (or other choice of drink) with lunch orders at Loïe’s Café.

4. Personal Accountability

If you see something violent in a movie, video game or on TV and you imitate it – who is responsible? This is an interesting question, and one that bears some serious thought.

If a kidnapper imitates something she saw in a movie, are the moviemakers responsible for her actions? For a lot of people, that answer is “no.” If a murderer says he was inspired by something he saw on a TV show, is the TV show responsible? It’s a question that is being presented to juries these days. (If you are interested, check out “Twinkie Defense” on the internet.)

Should our entertainment media aim for high-quality productions that improve character and inspire us to live better lives? A lot of people would say “yes.” But the best way to ensure that this happens is to “vote with your feet” so to speak. In other words, refrain from buying products sponsoring shows that conflict with your moral values, and write to the sponsors telling them how you feel. Recent events have proven that this is an effective way to be heard.

The same goes for movies. Don’t plunk your money down at the box office if you’re concerned about the movie’s message, no matter how long the lines are to get in the door. And let’s not be confused about personal accountability, either. Except possibly in the case of a genuine and serious mental illness, each of us is responsible for our own actions, no matter what the circumstances.

It does no one any good to blame a TV show, a movie, the media, the so-called “system,” or society in general for individual acts of violence or immorality. Personal accountability is the cornerstone of a healthy society just as it is an essential part of a healthy individual. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Wildfire Awareness Month Spotlights Making Homes Safe from Wildfire

fire2May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon, and federal, state and firefighting agencies are encouraging homeowners to make sure their homes are protected from wildfire.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Keep Oregon Green, in collaboration with Oregon forest protective associations, the Office of Emergency Management and federal wildland agencies, are taking this opportunity to promote defensible space around homes before fire strikes this summer.

“The roof is the most critical part of the house when it comes to wildfire protection,” says Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Embers can collect and ignite on the roof, in gutters and enter unscreened openings around the house. Although non-combustible roofing material is preferred, regardless of the construction, keep roofs, gutters and eaves clear of all leaves, pine needles and other flammable debris.”

To reduce the risk, fire officials suggest removing dead vegetation a minimum of 30 feet around your house and other structures. In most cases, trees and healthy plants do not need to be removed. However, trees should be pruned and grass kept short and green to keep fire on the ground and more manageable by fire crews. Maintain a five-foot fire-free area closest to the home using nonflammable landscaping material and fire resistant plants.

“Defensible space is a property’s first line of defense against wildfire,” says Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. “Creating and maintaining defensible space around homes can improve your property’s likelihood of surviving a wildfire. Having defensible space also makes it safer for firefighters who may have to defend someone’s home.”

Homeowners should also consider access issues for large fire trucks. Long driveways should be at least 12 feet wide, have 10 feet of vegetation clearance from the centerline out, and about 14 feet overhead. Large vehicle turnaround areas are critical for your safety as well as firefighter safety.

Should a fire occur near a community, Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps encourages residents to be prepared if an evacuation is necessary. “Wildfires can come without warning and move quickly, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home,” Phelps said. “Make sure to put together a ‘Go Kit,’ register for emergency notification systems in your community, and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact if evacuated.”

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to protect their homes by building defensible space. For more information, visit the websites for the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Office of Emergency Management, Keep Oregon Green and the Oregon Department of Forestry, or call your nearest ODF or forest protective association office.

Additional information on preparing for wildfires can be found on the website.

6. Heritage Commission Seeks to Fill Current & Future Vacancies

Oregon.Flat.poleThere are currently two appointed positions on the Oregon Heritage Commission that have expired, or will be expiring June 30. Requests for appointment are now being accepted.

The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

All Oregon residents are encouraged to apply for appointment. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, heritage tourism, and education/higher education. It also particularly seeks members who have experience working with diverse cultural groups and/or who live in the eastern Oregon.

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state, including by phone. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at and from Commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or

To request appointment, go to Gov. Kate Brown’s Boards and Commissions webpage at . For full consideration for the one current vacancy, please submit your request by June 10.

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Biffle, Jackson, Finnegan, Sherar

cowboy2In 1911, Carson Masiker reminisced about early years in Wasco County … “About Tenmile and Deschutesville in 1860 and for several years after was a man whose name was A. Biffle. He had some stock but did not locate any land claim that I know of on Tenmile; later he went over into what is now Sherman county and located at what was called the Haystack, a place afterward owned by George Jackson, then by the Finnegan boys — ­Mike and Pat — then by Joseph Sherar; it was a branch of Buck [Hollow] creek. Biffle drifted up onto Currant creek and tended the toll gate there for a time and then finally located on Biffle Bottom, which afterward came to be known as Big Bottom on the John Day river above the mouth of Bridge creek…”

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

bird.owl3The Administrative State’s Threat to the American Constitution

Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration

Commentary: The Solar Energy Racket

American Thinker 

NPR: New Trump Rule Protects Health Care Workers Who Refuse Care For Religious Reasons


Sherman County eNews #120


  1. Sherman Education Foundation Meeting Location Update, May 15

  2. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 14

  3. Kindergarten Round-Up, May 21

  4. Defining Success for You

  5. Sherman County Emergency Services April Activity Reports

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oskaloosa/Western/Oskaloosa Hotel

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

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.  –Paul Johnson

1. Sherman Education Foundation Meeting Location Update, May 15

The Sherman Education Foundation meeting on the 15th will be held in the Student Lounge starting at 6pm.

2. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 14

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.

3. Kindergarten Round-Up, May 21

Kindergarten Round-Up for incoming Kindergarten students will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00PM in the Kindergarten classroom at Sherman County School. Meet the teacher, learn about registration for next year, and learn about expectations for Kindergarten students. Dinner and childcare provided.

4. Defining Success for You

Most people want to be successful, but not everyone can tell you what success looks like. Today, let’s look at the meaning of success.

What does it mean to you to be successful? Do you consider yourself a success? If you do, why? If not, what will success look like when you have finally achieved it?

These are important questions because your happiness in life will probably depend on knowing the answers. Now, some people think that success means a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a fancy car with wi-fi hotspot, and a huge yacht. Others think that success is never having to work again after they win a few million in the lottery. Still others believe that success, for them, would be helping to find a cure for cancer or devoting their lives to serving others.

All of these folks are correct, if you define success as getting to do what you really want to do, doing it well, and feeling good about the fact that you are doing it. It is perfectly OK to choose a purpose for yourself that doesn’t mean a thing to the rest of the world. The important thing is that you have a purpose.

Now, would others want for you to have a higher purpose, a higher commitment to solving community challenges? Of course. In fact, most of us would find greater fulfillment in service to a cause greater than ourselves. But ultimately, the choice of what fulfills you is yours to make.

The only failure is performing poorly or haphazardly at those things you have chosen as being important to you. In the final analysis, you are a success when you are actively engaged in becoming the person you most want to be and doing the things you most want to do – and if those things can help improve the life of another, contributing to the benefit of society, so much the better. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County Emergency Services April Activity Reports

Submitted by Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

April 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
4/03 6:53 AM Weakness Moro
4/04 3:16 AM Diabetic Problem Rufus
4/04 7:01 PM Lift Assist Moro
4/09 7:29 AM Sick Person Moro
4/11 2:38 PM Chest Pain Rufus
4/12 9:10 AM Sick Person Wasco
4/15 4:04 PM Breathing Problem Rufus
4/19 7:05 PM Choking Person Rufus
4/21 7:10 AM Nausea and Vomiting Rock Pile in Rufus
4/22 8:01 AM Possible Stroke Wasco
4/24 7:23 PM Sick Person Grass Valley
4/25 8:20 PM Kidney Stones Wasco
4/26 11:48 AM Laceration to leg Grass Valley
4/29 5:58 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 25
4/29 2:00 PM Leg Infection Grass Valley

North Sherman County RFPD

April 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
4-02 7:47 PM Vehicle Fire I-84  MP# 108
4-19 7:07 PM Medical Assist Bob’s Texas T-Bone in Rufus
4-22 8:03 AM Medical Assist Wasco
4-25 8:27 PM Medical Assist Wasco

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oskaloosa/Western/Oskaloosa Hotel

The People’s Republic, Moro, Sherman Co., OR

  • December 23, 1898: W.M. Reynolds sold out his hotel property last Wednesday to Chas. Golliher and Frank Morrow of Monkland, the new proprietors taking possession Monday. [W.M. Reynolds owned the Wasco Hotel]
  • January 6, 1899: Frank Morrow and Chas. Golliher, who have been running the Wasco hotel for the past few weeks, failed to secure permanent possession of that place and have purchased the Oskaloosa house from “Dad” Armsworthy and will endeavor to entertain the traveling public in a satisfactory manner.
  • January 13, 1899: Morrow and Golliher have made some very decided changes and improvements in the old Oskaloosa House, one of the principal changes being the name, which now reads “The Western Hotel.” — Frank Morrow, one of the genial proprietors of the Western hotel at Wasco was attending to business in the county seat the first of the week.
  • February 10, 1899: Wasco News. Morrow & Golliher are continuing the improvements at the Western Hotel by deepening their well.

Moro Leader, Moro, Sherman Co., OR

  • February 1, 1899: The Western Hotel, (Wasco), under the new management, is giving universal satisfaction. The house has been renovated throughout. The Western Hotel (Wasco) is now lighted with aceteylene gas.
  • May 3, 1899: Chas. Golliher, the courteous and popular host of the Western Hotel at Wasco, was a visitor to this city last of the week.

Wasco News, Wasco, Sherman Co., OR

  • January 5, 1899: Messrs. Chas. Golliher and Frank Morrow have purchased the Oskaloosa Hotel, and are now doing business. May they be successful.
  • July 13, 1899: Dissolution Notice. Notice is hereby given that the co-partnership heretofore existing between Frank Morrow and Chas. E. Golliher, under the firm name of Morrow & Golliher, is this day by mutual consent dissolved, said Frank Morrow retiring from the business, and said Chas. E. Golliher continuing the same, said Chas. E. Golliher will collect all bills due said firm, and pay all bills contracted.    Dated at Wasco, Or, this 16th day of June, 1899. —Frank Morrow, Chas. E. Golliher.

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

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 4: Hours the House debated the Student Success Act on Wednesday, after it took more than two hours for a clerk to read the entire bill aloud.
  • 37-21:Vote passing the bill.
  • 10:Percent amount by which lawmakers may increase school funding if the same bill makes it through the Senate, according to The Oregonian.
  • 6: U.S. states, including Oregon, that allow undocumented immigrants to apply for and get financial aid from the state, according to KTVL.
  • 5: Approximate percent of residents in Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale’s, district that are inmates, according to OPB. The state is considering a bill that would count those inmates as residents of the district where they lived before they went to prison, instead of the place where they’re incarcerated.
  • 64,000:Number of people each Oregon House District contains.
  • $80 million: Amount SEIU Local 503 is asking for more caseworkers in at the state Department of Human Services.
  • 10,500: People who live in Damascus, Ore. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled this week that the city didn’t legally disincorporate during its 2016 attempt via ballot measure, which a simple majority of voters approved, according to The Oregonian.
  • 29 million:Overnight visitors who came to Oregon last year, according to OPB.
  • $12.8 billion:Amount travelers spent in Oregon in 2018, OPB reports.

Sherman County eNews #119






church.family1A Picture of Peace

There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. Do you know why?

‘Because’ explained the King, ‘peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.’  ~Author Unknown

Now it is a fact, there are all types of peace to be had in your life, temporarily. A peace that most generally depends upon the circumstances of your life at a particular moment.

But there is a peace to be had that only Christ can give. A peace that you can have that does NOT depend on the circumstances and situations going on in and around your life. Jesus said in John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

If you are living a life that is absent of a peaceful SPIRIT in spite of the chaos and turbulence of this world—take it from Jesus, He is the way to a peace that will not disappoint.

Jerry (pastor, Wasco church of Christ)

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


CONGRATULATIONS, Oregon State University Sherman County Extension and Sherman School’s Sherman Kids On the Road to Excellence (SKORE), recipients of the “Excellence in Afterschool Programming Award.” ~The Editor



“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

YOUR TIME. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time. “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” – Thomas Jefferson In small communities like ours, we rely on the kind hearts of volunteers in many capacities. We all work together to make our community the best it can be. One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is your time. Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.  So before you complain, have you volunteered yet? By volunteering you are voting about the kind of community you wish to live in. We would like to take a moment to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers in Sherman County who continue to generously donate their time to make our county the special place that it is.   Volunesia – that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to change lives because it’s changing yours. -Sherman County Community & Senior Center

JUST ASK! Sherman County’s current activities require the equivalent of 290 volunteers –  part-time, one-time, once-yearly, once-monthly, as needed. Just ask! How can I help? The need is great. These come to mind… Your child’s activities. Your church. Sherman County Fair. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Sherman County Historical Museum. Sherman High School Booster Club. Wasco School Events Center. Grass Valley Pavilion. Cemetery clean-up days. Maryhill Museum. Food Banks. Respond to public notices of vacant local government positions, including EMT training. Lion’s Club. Or… if you can’t give of your time, give your support with your tax deductible dollars. ~The Editor. 


LITTER PATROL CREW. Oregon Youth Litter Patrol Crew Members. Deadline May 6.—Crew-Member_REQ-7296-1

Do you have a passion to care for
older adults and People with Disabilities?
Care for adults in your home or as a separate business.
Learn more – Call Yulanda Owen,
Adult Foster Home Licensor


Job Title:               Community Corrections Specialist / CSW Coordinator

Reports To:           Community Corrections Program Director

Starting Salary:      $19.52 per hour

Work Hours:          16-20 hours per week, can be flexible


The successful applicant will perform clerical duties of mixed complexity according to standard procedures for which typing; filing and telephone skills are required. Applicant must understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality regarding offender files and other criminal justice information.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen
  • Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License or immediate ability to obtain one
  • Must have a driving record free of any convictions that may indicate an inability to operate a public vehicle safely
  • Must have no criminal record and be able to pass a background investigation
  • A minimal requirement of a high school diploma, preferably supplemented by college or business school training and two years responsible office experience, or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Must be skilled in use of current computer and software technology, telephone, copy and fax machine, computers and other general office machines. Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Must be willing to travel as required to attend state trainings and meetings
  • Must acquire and maintain LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) certification
  • Must acquire and maintain an Oregon Notary Public certification

TO APPLY:  An application and a list of duties and responsibilities may be acquired by contacting Tina Potter at 541-565-0520 x1, by email at or at the Tri-County Community Corrections office located at 302 Scott Street in Moro OR. 5/3

COOK, GRASS VALLEY COUNTRY MARKET. We are willing to train kitchen staff, but you must be organized, reliable, and able to move quickly in a fast paced kitchen setting. Experience interacting with customers is a plus.  Please feel free to stop by or call with your contact information to setup an interview appointment (541) 993-8135.   5/3


GRASS VALLEY COUNTRY MARKET. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 5/10

Tuesday June 18th 10:00AM to 6:00PM
“Be A Rising Star”
Start your own business as an Adult Foster Home Licensee,
An AFH Caregiver or a Homecare Worker.
Applications Available, Venders, Information,
Guidance and Support. Refreshments Provided.
3641 Klindt Dr. The Dalles
DHS/Aging and People with Disabilities
Call Yulanda 541-506-3536 5/17

Do you have a passion to care for
older adults and People with Disabilities?
Care for adults in your home or as a separate business.
Learn more – Call Yulanda Owen,
Adult Foster Home Licensor
541-506-3536.  5/17

LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 5/17






HANDCRAFTED INDOOR & OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 5/17





OREGON HERITAGE PUBLICATION. The “Guide to Oregon Historical Markers & Heritage Trees,” a full color, glovebox-sized 20 page brochure lists all Heritage Tree and Historical Marker sites across Oregon, maps by region-a perfect companion for a day trip or weekend with the family, and for planning educational activities with students of all ages. If you would like copies of this free publication, please contact Jessica Carbone at 800-574-9397, or email



SEEKING INTERIOR COURTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1930. In search of pictures taken inside of the original Sherman County Courthouse, during and shortly after construction, dating between 1899-1930. Any help locating pictures would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Ross Turney at 541-565-3505 or at with any information. 5/3

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



3 FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers 10-2 Sherman County Road Department, Moro

3 The Woolery Spring Fest 4-7 Arlington

3 Poet Clemens Starck 5 Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles May 3 @ 5PM. 

3-5 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

4 County-wide Clean-up Day

4 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

4 Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting – Fort Dalles Readiness Center

4 Prineville Reservoir Star Party Activities, Stargazing 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.

4-5 72nd Annual Arlington Jackpot Rodeo 12:30 Arlington, Oregon

5 Young Life Interest & Committee  Meeting 1 Moro Church Welcome Center

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

6-10 Sixth Grade Outdoor School

7-8-9 Spring Museum Week at Maryhill Museum of Art

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Board 12:30

9 North Central Public Health District Budget Committee 1:30-4:30 Burnet Building

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10-12 Equine Mania LLC Cows & More Clinic w/Mary Jane Brown (541) 980-7394

11 The Woolery Open 9 China Creek Golf Course, Arlington

11 Spring Plant Fair 9 The Dalles City Park


12 Mother’s Day at Maryhill Museum

13 Sherman County Planning Commission Public Hearing 5:30 Burnet Bldg.

13 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 8 TBA

14 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 TBA

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

14 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6 Library

15 Sherman County Court Public Hearing 10 Courthouse

15 Sherman County Education Foundation 6 Library Program Room

15-17 National Association of Counties, Western Interstate Region, Spokane

16 Sherman County Health District Budget Committee 5:30 Moro

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA


18 Maryhill Museum Members’ Appreciation Day

18 Drive the Historic Maryhill Loops Road 10-12


21 Wasco City Council 7

23 Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting 10 Condon

23 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 1 Condon

24 Sherman County Budget Hearing – Courthouse


30 Sherman County School Senior Scholarship Program 7

31-June 2 Junior Livestock Show, Tygh Valley 


1 Sherman County School Graduation 11

1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

1-2 Equine Mania LLC Wheatacres Ranch Trail & Cattle Challenge (541) 980-7394

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Sherman County School Junior High Academic Awards 2:30

4 Wasco City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7


8 Veterans’ Benefit Fair & Support Services, Earl Snell Park, Arlington

8-9 ’62 (gold) Days in Canyon City, Oregon

11 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

12 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7


14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1


16 Father’s Day at Maryhill Museum

16-21 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students

17 Sherman County School District Board 7

18 Caregiver Job Fair 10-6 DHS, The Dalles

19-21 Sherman County 4-H Camp for 4th-6th graders, Wamic

24-28 Vacation Bible School – Moro Community Presbyterian Church

26-29 OSU 4-H Summer Conference for 7th-12th graders, Corvallis

Sherman County eNews #118


  1. Notice. Sherman County Community Transit Begins Weekly Just Shopping Trip, May 8

  2. Notice. Sherman County Education Foundation Board Meeting, May 15

  3. Sherman County Middle School Track & Field Schedule Update, May 10

  4. The Responsibility Coin

  5. All County Prayer Meeting, May 2

  6. Salmon & Steelhead Passage Through Mainstem Hydrosystem of Columbia River Basin

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

“Conservation, as I use the term, does not mean non-use or non-development. It does not mean tying up the natural resources of the states. It means the utilization of these resources under such regulation and control as will prevent waste, extravagance, and monopoly; but at the same time, not merely promoting, but encouraging such use and development as will serve the interests of the people generally.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

1. Notice. Sherman County Community Transit Begins Weekly Just Shopping Trip, May 8

ShermanCoLogoSherman County’s Community Transit begins new weekly Just Shopping trip with a stop for lunch starting Tuesday, May 8th.

Every Tuesday the bus will leave the Senior Center in Moro at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m.  This will be a casual and comfortable ride. To reserve your seat call 541-565-3553. Space is limited.

2. Notice. Sherman County Education Foundation Board Meeting, May 15

The Sherman County Education Foundation will be holding their monthly board meeting on May 15th in the Sherman County Library Program Room at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

3. Sherman County Middle School Track & Field Schedule Update, May 10

The MS track meet on Friday May 10 has been pushed back to 12:30 due to outdoor school. The field events will begin at 12:30 and the track events at 2:30.

4. The Responsibility Coin

Just about everyone agrees that it’s a good thing to be responsible, but not everyone agrees about what “responsibility” means. Are you a responsible person? What does it mean to you to be responsible? Does it mean doing what is expected of you? Keeping your promises? Being a good provider?

All of these things are important, but being responsible means more than that. In fact, when it comes right down to it, we are responsible for absolutely everything in our lives – all of the successes, and all of the failures, too.

If you don’t accept responsibility for your life, you are likely to just shrug off your failures thinking you have nothing to learn from them. If you don’t take full responsibility for your life, you will never be happy, because no one can make you happy but you.

You might wonder, then, if you’re responsible for illness and adversity, too. Well, you are certainly not responsible for earthquakes or the drunk driver who sideswipes your car. But you are, without a doubt, responsible for how you respond to these things – and whether or not you choose to use them to learn from and to grow.

Taking responsibility for your life gives you the freedom to take risks and make mistakes, and that’s a great feeling. Of course, it also means you need to be prepared to take the consequences of your risks and mistakes. There are two sides to the responsibility coin, and the other side is accountability.

It is difficult to grow very much at all if you are not willing to do these things. But if you are willing, there really is no limit to how far you can go. ~The Pacific Institute

5. All County Prayer Meeting, May 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Thursday, May 2nd @ 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. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

6. Salmon & Steelhead Passage Through Mainstem Hydrosystem of Columbia River Basin

The Fish Passage Center provides technical assistance and information to fish and wildlife agencies and tribes, in particular, and the public in general, on matters related to juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead passage through the mainstem hydrosystem in the Columbia River Basin.

The Fish Passage Center (FPC) coordinates the Smolt Monitoring Program (SMP), and data from this program is intended to provide the information basis for federal, state and tribal recommendations for anadromous fish passage in the Federal Columbia River Hydro-electric System (FCRPS). The FPC web site provides data on salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and lamprey throughout the FCRPS. In addition to SMP data, The FPC web site provides data and analysis for the Gas Bubble Trauma (GBT) program, the Comparative Survival Study (CSS), adult migration, environmental conditions, hydrosystem operations, hatchery releases, and spawning and emergence for certain groups of anadromous fish.

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

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Space Weather, Asteroids, Fireballs & Radiation

Fact Check. What the Mueller Report Says About Obstruction

Do Americans Know How Much Trouble They’re In?

U.S. Exports for Most Major Meat Commodities Grew in 2018

USDA Economic Research Service

The Beauty of Pollination

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission