Just the Other Day…
by: JIM Clark Frank Galberth shared stories of his youthful wildness for paper’s 100th birthday edition.

1911 - 'Boys who smoke cigarettes can no longer hold a messenger job with the Western Union, Portland,' reported The Outlook a century ago. 'Those who indulge after a warning will be dismissed. Business men are coming more to realize that cigarette smoking is both obnoxious and expensive, not only to the user but to those who employ him.'

1921 - A pre-Christmas cold wave was so severe in East County 90 years ago that the high school let students out of school early for the Christmas holiday. 'Half of the rooms in the building cannot be made comfortable on account of the wind,' said the principal.

1931 - Thomas Hurlburt, sheriff of Multnomah County for 16 years, and a public servant for 50 years, died 80 years ago. The family lived near Corbett where a school district was named for them and eventually a road. The old Hurlburt School is still standing and is a private home.

1941 - 'Traffic on the Corbett hill is extremely heavy at present, as hundreds of loads of rock are being hauled from the quarry at Corbett to the site of the aluminum plant at Troutdale,' reported Corbett's correspondent 70 years ago.

1951 - Work was to begin any time 60 years ago on the St. Luke's Episcopal parish house on Cathey Road, just south off Powell Boulevard.

1961 - It was a very big deal 50 years ago when John Deere Co. announced it was moving to Rockwood, one of the first businesses to sign on in the Rockwood Industrial Area at the interchange of Interstate 84 and Northeast 181st Ave.

1971 - The Multnomah County commission 40 years ago opposed moving the sheriff's office from 12-Mile Corner. There was the possibility of putting a traffic signal in at 202nd Avenue and Burnside.

'Easy Career Girl' recipes were offered in the women's section of The Outlook. It depended on how you read it.

1981 - Instead of going to a landfill, metro began setting up a series of transfer stations in the area 30 years ago. The first one in Oregon City would open in 1982.

But other things don't change much. Legislators saw doom on budget horizon, read one headline. And of course. Johnson Creek was over its banks.

1991 - Holiday presents 20 years ago from G.I. Joes in Gresham: a Whistler radar detector, $89.99; Jane Fonda's Lower Body Step Aerobic System, $49.99; a Panasonic AM-FM cassette player, $79.99; or a cappuccino/espresso machine, $42.99.

2001 - Fairview's population rose to 8,000 10 years ago. And for Christmas, Gresham's Miss America Katie Harman said all she wanted was a lighter laptop. No doubt, she got that wish.

2010 - Rod Park wrapped up 12 years in Metro regional government as this time last year. He said then he'd bide his time and look for something else to do. And police got a kind of pre-holiday present when they scored a $1.5 million pot bust in three homes, including one on Northeast 177th in Gresham.

And last week Frank Galberth died at the age of 80. Frank was a devoted reader of The Outlook and this column and last year came across a 1960 item about the retirement of Judge C.E. Bunn. Bunn, at that time, told a story about a boy (whom he declined to name) who he sent to jail, saying that the boy came back later to thank him.

'That was me,' Galberth said in a phone call and went on to tell of his wild youth and exploits with an Indian Chief motorcycle. He piled up so many violations that the judge kept an account and required Galberth to make monthly payments. Finally, to teach him a lesson, Bunn sent Galberth off to jail for 10 days. Galberth returned in nine days (one off for good behavior) and later thanked Bunn. They became lifelong friends.

Galberth was featured in The Outlook's100th birthday edition.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.

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