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Temperance Union meets in 1911

by: Tiffaney O'Dell The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Gresham, on West Powell Boulevard and Towle Avenue, was dedicated 70 years ago.

1911 - The Women's Christian Temperance Union met at the Free Methodist Church in Gresham 100 years ago to target businesses that they wanted closed on Sundays.

Though the goal of the temperance union was to end the use of alcohol, they also insisted on observance of Sunday closing laws and decided that both Gresham's pool hall and movie theater should be closed on Sunday afternoons. (The establishments were not open Sunday mornings in any event. Even the pool hall owner usually went to church.)

1921 - Ex-soldiers were going to get a chance at discounted land in Oregon 90 years ago under a 'bonus law' that made large acreages in Eastern and Central Oregon available for sale to vets. Some were in new irrigation districts and were priced from $20 to $60 an acre.

1931 - 'Millions are daily consuming more food than their bodies actually require, and a large number of this class are shortening their lives by overeating,' reported the state board of health 80 years ago.

Also on the editorial page was word that Gov. Julius Meier, whose summer home was at Menucha in Corbett, had found his executive duties 'taxing his strength' and went to the beach for a rest.

1941 - Gresham's Christian Scientists dedicated their new church on West Powell Boulevard and Towle Avenue 70 years ago. (See photo.)

And the Oregon Journal newspaper sponsored a Juniors organization back in the day. Kenton Lett, of the Gilbert neighborhood, was a member of the Whistlers Club, which whistled during many radio broadcasts. Lett even whistled a solo or two.

1951 - Troh's Airport could get you in the air and flying solo 60 years ago for $7 an hour. Plastic seat covers in plaid cost $42.50 at Stambaugh's Hancock Station across from the Hood Theater. And Monty's Tavern in Troutdale had a new owner, Emil Carow, who would later become Troutdale's marshal, all-around handy man and operator of the first sewer plant.

1961 - The puzzle of Melvin Brewer's plane crash near Bonneville Dam was solved the week after Brewer's body was found near McCord Creek, when searchers found the wreckage of the plane and his two other passengers, both dead. One of the victims was Brewer's father.

1971 - The Outlook began recycling its aluminum plates 40 years ago, sending them to Reynolds Metals. Today, with Reynolds closed, the plates go to a metal recycler.

1981 - Thirty years ago, The Outlook printed a story about how, though the law said they should, Oregon was no longer honoring Frances B. Willard Day. Willard, a temperance worker and suffragette of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, had been honored with a legal holiday that nearly everyone chose to ignore. The story got to the Associated Press and then to The Oregonian, on to national wires and to radio in New York City.

Oregon eventually dropped Willard like a hot potato.

1991 - Judy Alley was named director of SnowCap 20 years ago. She is still there. In Troutdale, Kathy Dashnea took over the all-male bastion of the Troutdale Barbershop. She's still there, too.

2001 - It was 10 years ago that consumers were weighing the virtues of VHS tapes against DVDs. Outlook editor Dean Rhodes voted to stay with his VHS system.

2010 - Local residents were looking for their mittens at this time last year because the season's first serious cold spell was due.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.