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Fair carries on despite 1921 outage

Just the Other Day…
by: File photo Sharon Nesbit

1911 - Miss Mabel Brink of Troutdale married Lee Evans of Hurlburt near Corbett 100 years ago in a quiet Friday afternoon ceremony in Portland.

'Both young people are well and favorably known here and have the best wishes of a large circle of friends,' reported The Outlook correspondent.

They would be the last residents of the Harlow House, now a city museum, moving into the home about 1940. Mabel installed a grand piano and gave piano lessons in the house, which was acquired by the Troutdale Historical Society in 1979.

1921 - No worse time for the power to go out than in the middle of the Multnomah County Fair. All of East Multnomah County lost power 90 years ago just as it was getting dark and the midway lights were coming on at the fairgrounds. The merry-go-round continued to run, and people sat in the dark to hear a talk about Parent-Teacher associations. In Gresham, all was dark at the pool hall and the picture show. The bakery lost a whole baking of bread, about 300 loaves, and The Outlook did not go to press until the following morning. The reason was the malfunction of a transformer at Ruby Junction.

1931 - Frank E. Studnicka of Stayton won the World's Champion bucking horse competition at Pendleton 80 years ago. The Pendleton Roundup was already more than 20 years old at the time.

1941 - Ford's 1942 line of cars included a new six-cylinder unit, 'a new conception of motoring heretofore unknown in the low-priced field,' according to C.A. McRobert who went to the Seattle presentation of the 1942 line 70 years ago.

1951 - Judge O. A. Eastman, 84, died 60 years ago. Eastman, who served as justice of the peace in East Multnomah County for 25 years, had lived in Gresham since 1912. Eastman Parkway is named for him.

1961 - A series of earthquakes centered in southwestern Skamania County in Washington rocked Gresham 50 years ago. Scientists were looking with suspicion at neighboring volcanoes and Mount Rainer sent steam and hot gases shooting out of a fissure at the 12,000-foot level.

1971 - Gresham census-takers came up with 12,388 residents 40 years ago. A resident of Gresham could buy a three-bedroom ranch with two fireplaces and two baths for $21,950.

1981 - For three years in a row Gresham attempted a community festival called Get Together Days with booths, carnivals and all sorts of attractions. The problem was that even in early September, rain nailed all three annual events and promoters began to think the party was jinxed.

In Reynolds, the defeat of a bond issue in March and a tax levy in May forced the Reynolds school board to again consider consolidating its two high schools as one to solve enrollment and cost problems.

1991 - Corbett residents, all riled up over the national scenic area, bike paths and any other thing they regarded as governmental intrusion, were talking about secession and joining Hood River County 20 years ago. One thousand people came to Troutdale's Harvest Faire to help make cider and enjoy fall festivities.

2001 - Centennial High grad Katie Harman, daughter of Glen and Darla Harman of Gresham, won the Miss America contest 10 years ago. The tiny blonde with the big voice brought joy to a community in sadness over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2010 - Gresham was mourning the loss of Mount Hood Repertory Theatre at this time last year. A steep drop in funding, and increased prices for use of Mt. Hood Community College theater facilities doomed the 13-year-old company. In Springdale, local community groups were warned that they would have to move out of their offices in the old Springdale primary school. The effort to preserve the building is ongoing.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.