First World War II casualty announced in 1941 newspaper

Just the Other Day ...
by: File photo A bathroom would make a good Christmas present, according to this ad in the 1911 Outlook.

1911 - 'Why do you want a bathroom as a Christmas present?' this Outlook ad asked 100 years ago. (See photo.)

1921 - 'There is on display at the Outlook office a leaf from a banana palm which was sent to The Outlook by Mrs. H.C. Larson who is spending the winter in St. Cloud, Florida. This specimen is four feet long and about 15 inches wide and Mrs. Larson writes, 'This is a half grown banana leaf. I could not send a full-grown one; they are too large.'

1931 - A patriotic ad at the end of the year 80 years ago took up a quarter of a page and promoted hiring to put people back to work. It could be used again today.

1941 - The first World War II casualty from Gresham was announced in The Outlook 70 years ago. Robert Jennings, Gresham, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Jennings, was killed in action on Dec. 8 in an attack on the Philippines.

1951 - The Mount Hood Skiway, a tram that carried people from Government Camp to Timberline, was proving to be a great national tourist attraction and in its first year of the operation carried thousands and was in the black. It did not last, but the building where it was once housed is still there.

1961 - A Gresham institution closed 50 years ago. The Lundquist-Gilbertson store, at First and Main Avenue, which had been in operation in downtown Gresham for 27 years, was closing. Mrs. Einar Gilbertson decided to give up the business after the death of her husband.

1971 - Gresham police 40 years ago had a new emergency phone number, 665-1111. This was long before 9-1-1. You could buy a self-basting turkey for 49 cents a pound, not to mention maple bars, 14 for a dollar, or S and W coffee, 3 pounds for $1.99.

1981 - In Gresham at holiday time 30 years ago, Eric and Kathy Anderson were struggling with his cancer, which they believed was caused by Agent Orange while he served in Vietnam. Eventually, the illness took his life and the Andersons would be proved right about the danger of the chemical. Eric Anderson's name is one of the Gresham area vets listed on a new plaque placed at Gresham's Heroes Memorial this fall.

1991 - Portland schools were taking on the issue of providing condoms to high school students, but East County schools were oblivious, The Outlook reported 20 years ago.

Hudson Lasher at Reynolds High said no one had ever discussed the issue at administrative levels. Outlook readers responded the next week, saying that abstinence was the best choice.

2001 - Troutdale Road farmer Ernie Cereghino died 10 years ago. One of the last of the farmers on his road, Ernie cultivated the lawns and gardens of his suburban neighbors and sold fresh corn in front of his home on Troutdale Road.

2010 - TriMet began to get in hot water in late winter last year over service to Boring. A year has passed and the board recently decided to release Boring from its service.

Researched and compiled from the Outlook files. Reporter Sharon Nesbit can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..