Girls basketball team helps fundraise for gym in 1911
1911 - The Portland Automobile Club chose a site on the Sandy River near the Stark Street Bridge as a location for their clubhouse 100 years ago. The 28-acre spot would provide an end-of-the-road retreat for the auto club's 500 members to smoke cigars, drink fine whiskey and get away from it all. It is now the home of Junki and Linda Yoshida.
At Gresham High, students were leading a campaign for construction of a gymnasium. The Gresham High girls had only the skating rink to play in and were not happy about that. The team posed that year for a winsome photo that likely helped them get a court to play on. (See photo.)
1921 - In another 'first' at Gresham Union High, which the week before had opened a cafeteria, the first edition of the Argus came off the mimeograph machine 90 years ago. It was an eight-page paper and 188 copies were sold at 15 cents each. And, at the end of October, three popular Gresham young people, Grace Fieldhouse, L.A. Burlingame and Bertha Spencer, were killed in a collision with a train while crossing the tracks at Powell Valley Road. It was the fourth horrible auto-train collision in the Gresham area since 1917, making a total of eight killed and one injured.
1931 - Halloween treats at Safeway 80 years ago: 6 pounds of Delicious apples, 23 cents; a pound of assorted jelly beans, 15 cents; a gallon of cider, 39 cents; 2 pounds of cocoa for 19 cents - all for treats. As for tricks, 10 bars of soap for soaping windows, 25 cents.
1941 - In light of the forthcoming aluminum plant at Troutdale, Gresham, Troutdale and Fairview were placed 70 years ago in a special defense area housing act intended to promote home building and sales for the aluminum plant workers expected to flood into the area. And Gresham was ready for its first defense-era black-out exercise. Lights out signals would be sounded at 10 p.m.
1951 - Post-war Gresham was flourishing 60 years ago and the driver's test examiner would be in two days a week, instead of just one. Multnomah County police were learning jujitsu. And Gresham High School had a full-time nurse on duty.
1961 - The Outlook ordered a new high speed press 50 years ago, the first weekly paper in Oregon to have a Goss web-offset Suburban. That press lasted about 10 years and was replaced when The Outlook moved to its present building from downtown Gresham in 1972.
1971 - Publisher Lee Irwin, a member of Portland's City Club, voted to admit women to the all-male membership 40 years ago, after a fuss kicked off by feminists.
'Actually, we suspect that not very many women will want to join,' Irwin predicted. 'But there can be no argument about their right to join.' Irwin was wrong. A recent quick count of membership at the City Club revealed 45 percent women members, 55 percent male.
1981 - Vocational classes were down and computer classes were 'in' 30 years ago at Mt. Hood Community College.
1991 - George Benson, superintendent of the Centennial School District, was named the top superintendent of the year in Oregon 20 years ago. Former Troutdale Police Sgt. Bill Farr received a new heart. And the Gresham Downtown Development Association named Catherine Comer as its director.
2001 - Marilyn Holstrom retired as Fairview's city administrator 10 years ago. Gresham Station shopping area was almost full after one year of operation. Investigators were unable to pinpoint a source for the fire that destroyed the old Corbett school.
2010 - The FedEx Ground distribution opened in Troutdale at this time last year. It was built on the site of the Troutdale aluminum reduction plant so happily announced in 1941.
Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.