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Double epidemic hits region in 31

by:  A drawing of the new, in 1931, Zion Evangelical Church, which was built on Fifth Street and Main Avenue 80 years ago.

1911 - 'Monday night about 9 o'clock a fight occurred on the street between some drunken individuals who, when put under arrest, gave strong resistance to Officer Gullickson. He was knocked down by one of the parties and called for assistance. Strong arms soon had the would-be pugilists behind bars where they remained for the night,' The Outlook reported 100 years ago. The two pugilists, less pugnacious after a night in the pokey, pled guilty. They got a $50 fine or 25 days in the rock pits.

1921 - A double epidemic - diphtheria and smallpox - was loose in the community 90 years ago. Schools had been closed for a week, and were closed for the week ahead. Churches shut their doors and nearly all public gatherings were canceled. George and Richard Lane had small pox. Newell Fancher and two others were believed to have diphtheria.

1931 - This is an architect's drawing of the new Zion Evangelical Church rising at the corner of Fifth Street and Main Avenue published 80 years ago. The building still stands. (See photo.)

1941 - A big smelt run entered the Sandy River in mid-March 70 years ago, leaving local fishing experts congratulating themselves. The Troutdale Rod and Gun Club had campaigned heavily for a dam to block the easternmost branch of the Sandy River, believing that the smelt would be more included to return to the river if they were presented with only one opening on the Columbia. The returning smelt seemed to prove their point, but since then smelt runs have declined and last year smelt were declared a threatened species.

The dam, which is still in place in the Sandy River delta, will eventually be taken out, restoring the river to the two mouths noted by explorers Lewis and Clark.

1951 - The Rockwood school district was in an uproar 60 years ago over the issue of rehiring the principal. It was said to be the most contentious meeting the district had ever had. In Boring, residents were mourning Ray Naas, who helped found the fire district. Naas died of a heart attack while responding to a fire call.

1961 - Marie Murphy came into The Outlook office 50 years ago to renew her subscription, something she had been doing every year on March 13 since 1912. The Outlook began publication the year before in 1911. Marie and her husband, who owned a pool hall, moved to the Gresham area from South Bend, Wash., in 1911, but she waited until the following year to subscribe. She was believed to be the paper's oldest subscriber.

1971 - The majestic maple tree in front of West Gresham grade school would be spared in the widening of Powell Boulevard 40 years ago, thanks to the efforts of students who deluged The Outlook and the state highway commission with letters of protest.

1981 - Gresham grade school teachers were on strike 30 years ago, and parents reported receiving anonymous telephone calls from someone threatening to blow up the schools if parents and students did not participate in a proposed boycott in the coming week.

1991 - A May opening was set 20 years ago for the majority of the stores in what is now called the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets in Troutdale. Among the first retailers were Gitano, Van Heusen, Cape Isle Knitters and American Tourister.

2001 - After a 12-year gap, smelt returned to the Sandy River 10 years ago. The people who remembered how to catch them and how to cook them were thrilled, but it was to be one of the last gasps of the fabled runs.

2010 - Thanks to fundraising efforts by parents, the Reynolds School District restored a somewhat shortened Outdoor School for sixth graders at this time last year. Troutdale was getting ready to put up its centennial arch, and builders and dreamers were hoping that the whole thing would fit together.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.