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Fashion trends turn against high heels in 1911

1911 - The Outlook reported on new fashion trends 100 years ago.

Hats for the forthcoming season were to be small and could not be worn with elaborate hair-dos - described as 'puffs, rats or ribbons.' Instead, the hair was to be parted in the middle and smoothed to accommodate the new stylish bonnet. Hats were to be accompanied by either a muff or matching satchel, or both.

'Fashion this year also dictates no corsets shall be worn,' the reporter continued. 'Stout women will be permitted to wear a girdle over the hips…'

And, the writer added, 'There also is a stern dictum against high-heeled shoes. Fashion dictators have taken heed of numerous warnings from the physicians that high-heeled shoes are not only responsible for a majority of the spinal, kidney and stomach troubles of women, but destroy their grace and attractive lines.'

Take that, Jimmy Choo.

1921 - A scheme to carry passengers to the summit of Mount Hood by airplane was underway 90 years ago when M.W. Wilkins of Portland formed the Mt. Hood Airship Company. He had opened a tractor road to the snowline, and then planned to lay cable to Crater Rock to pull tourists up the slope. Then, he said, airplanes would be used to carry people to the summit.

1931 - What the editor called 'agitation' for a dock and ferry landing at Fairview was continuing 80 years ago. Frustrated with only a single bridge across the Willamette River at Vancouver, local farmers in Fairview and their counterparts in Camas and Washougal wanted some connection for produce and commerce that extended across the river.

1941 - Mrs. E. Bartsch of Boring won awards in seven classes of the domestic science department at the fair 70 years ago. She had winning entries in canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, cake, cookies, pies and candy competitions.

1951 - It was really hot in the summer 60 years ago, but one family in the Gilbert area on Southeast 128th had their own swimming pool and was the envy of the entire community. One of the few families in the area to have a private pool, theirs was blue cement, 50 feet long and peanut shaped with a shallow end and filled with filtered well water. The name of the family? Sweatt. Mr. and Mrs. James Sweatt.

1961 - Large mouth black bass, 5,500 of them, were planted in Blue Lake 50 years ago. Blue Lake had been poisoned that year to kill 'scrap fish.' The bass would grow large enough to be 'catchable' the following summer.

1971 - Mamie Sexton of Gresham called The Outlook 40 years ago to report that a cactus she had had since the mid-1930s had produced a bloom. Given to her by her sister, who had made a trip through the Southwest, it arrived at Sexton's home as a tiny stalk. Mamie still didn't know what it was, but was happy to report a blossom.

1981 - Gov. Vic Atiyeh formed a task force to study preserving and managing the Columbia River Gorge 30 years ago. In Gresham, the clothing store, Glass Butterfly, founded by Don and Geri Van Zyl was 10 years old.

1991 - Fujii Farms in Troutdale was one of the top berry farms in the nation, in a listing developed by Western Fruit Grower Magazine 20 years ago. The farm is still in operation as is that of J. Frank Schmidt Jr., nurseryman from Boring, who was inducted into the Oregon Association of Nurserymen's Hall of Fame.

2001 - Country Video in Boring closed 10 years ago after 17 years of providing flicks for rural residents. Competition from the big video stores pushed them out of business.

2010 - At this time last year, former Sam Barlow High School choir members were tuning up for a return of their beloved choir teacher, J. Robert Barber. They had a gathering, they sang, he conducted. Barber died this year at the age of 88.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.