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Government calls for laborers to help farmers

1918 - A call went out to all able-bodied laborers 90 years ago, to aid farmers in planting, caring for and harvesting the 'war crops' demanded by the government. Businessmen were asked to 'throw off their coats and help the farmer out,' while women, 'older men and men about town' were expected to care for any business whose owner was working in the fields.

1928 - Motorists needing roadside assistance were receiving services from the latest and greatest in towing equipment 80 years ago. Gresham Garage and Machine Shop purchased the only Weaver crane 'wrecking apparatus' on the West Coast. The three and a-half-ton crane was equipped with a two-horse power engine and two drums carrying 200 feet of three to eight-inch wire cable. The crane, which was mounted on a Cadillac chassis, could be operated by gas or elbow grease.

1938 - Gresham City Recorder George Page addressed the Business and Professional Women's Club 70 years ago, where he profiled the area's largest businesses. The Gresham Berry Growers cannery and refrigeration plants were the largest local employers, followed by Columbia Brick Works and A.W. Metzger and Co., mercantile. The Outlook made Page's list, with an employee count of 10 and an annual payroll of $10,000. The newspaper's 'modern lumber yard' employed 'three to five steady workers' and listed their payroll at $7,500 a year.

1948 - Mrs. Vivian Hawkins found a sharp way to help children overseas 60 years ago. The Gresham woman collected hundreds of pencils to ship to her son, who was stationed in Garnish, Germany. Pvt. Charles Hawkins wrote his mother that German school children were given only one pencil a month, but could accept replacements if they were 'available through outside supplies.'

1958 - Weathering the 'sneezin' season' 50 years ago, with help from Gresham Rexall Drug: Vaporizer with 'triple-action chest rub,' $5.98; an Electrex heating pad, $3.98; Rexall Alco-Mist, aerosol body spray used to reduce skin temperature, 98 cents; and an Indian war bonnet was free with the purchase of Little Warrior Quik-Bands for 39 cents.

1968 - What's for lunch? On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 40 years ago: Vienna Sausage, hash brown potatoes, carrot/pineapple salad, chocolate pudding and hot French bread at Reynolds Grade School. Meat Loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, cabbage-pineapple salad, bread and butter and a pear half were served at Lynch Grade School.

1978 - Gresham City councilors and members of the Oregon Department of Transportation were at logger-heads 30 years ago, over how to improve the city's most dangerous intersection at Southeast 190th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Council members wanted ODOT to include installation of traffic signals, road straightening and other improvements in their six-year road work plan. Funding for the construction work was contingent on passage of transportation ballot measures that would increase the state's gas tax by two cents a gallon and double vehicle registration fees to $20 annually. The area is now known as West Powell Loop. (See photo above.)

1988 - Here's something you wouldn't see today. Twenty years ago the American Mental Health Fund ran an advertisement on mental health awareness showing a pensive teenage boy. The headline read, 'There's nothing wrong with him that a good swift kick in the pants wouldn't fix.'

1998 - While residents experienced everything from frustration to fun during a blanket of snow and ice, 10 years ago, The Outlook apologized to its readers if their paper arrived late. At the time, The Outlook was still delivered by a youth force of more than 100 carriers.

2007 - Reynolds School District Superintendent Terry Kneisler came under serious fire at this time last year, for not canceling school when snow suddenly fell as students were being picked up at bus stops. A flaky weather system moved into the area unexpectedly, causing slick roads as the snow began to accumulate. Reynolds' students were the only ones in school that day, as all the other districts closed schools when the weather worsened.