1918 - Local happenings from 90 years ago: the city of Fairview improved the intersection of First and Dora streets with a new coat of crushed rock and gravel; members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union observed a day of prayer for national constitutional prohibition; and the Gresham Meat Market added fresh fish to their offerings two days a week.

1928 - Upcoming community events from 80 years ago: dedication of the new school auditorium in Cottrell, which featured entertainment and refreshments; dancing at the Rockwood Grange Hall, on the new maple floor, to the sounds of Arts Jazz Bandits; a masquerade dance and card party, sponsored by the Lynch Teachers Association; and more dancing at a benefit for Gresham's volunteer fire department.

1938 - If you think the television writer's strike is a pain, imagine how readers felt when the Portland daily newspapers suspended publication 70 years ago. Members of the Multnomah Typographical Union went on strike, after publishers at The Oregonian, The Journal and The News-Telegram refused to accept the union's demand for shorter hours and more pay. Publishers were offering $9 a day in wages and a seven and a half-hour workday.

1948 - The Gresham City Council approved salary increases 60 years ago, for all regular and full-time city workers. 'About 11 city employees benefited by the wage increase,' The Outlook reported. Gresham's police chief received a $25 bump, earning him a monthly salary of $250, while the city recorder was given a $10 raise, making him tied for the highest paid city employee with a monthly paycheck of $275.

1958 - A Portland company was awarded the contract for construction of a new concrete and steel bridge over the Sandy River along the Columbia River Expressway 50 years ago. The new structure would replace the existing bridge below Troutdale and boasted a 30-foot roadway width. Cost for the new span was $293,337.30. The Columbia River Expressway is now known as Interstate-84.

1968 - Mt. Hood Meadows officially opened 40 years ago, as the mountain's newest year-round ski resort. Among first day festivities, was the appearance of Gretchen Fraser, the first U.S. skier to win an Olympic gold medal. Fraser, a Vancouver, Wash., native, competed in the 1948 St. Mortiz games and led the pack of anxious skiers down the new runs at Mt. Hood Meadows.

1978 - Reynolds Metals employees were back on the line 30 years ago, getting ready for an additional 80 new hires. Potline four had been shut down for nearly a year but was being cleaned and made ready to operate once more. The smelter went through several years of temporary shutdowns before permanently locking their gates in September 2000.

1988 - There was a construction boon going on in Gresham 20 years ago. Developers announced plans for a 440-unit 'luxury' apartment complex to be built on the site of the former Chiodo Farm on East Powell Boulevard. The $15-million complex was said to be the largest construction project east of Portland in 15 years and was named Holly Ridge. Also, a new medical clinic was already out of the ground and slated for its grand opening within months at the intersection of Northeast Division Street and Eastman Parkway.

1998 - For rent 10 years ago: two-bedroom apartment, with one-and-a-half baths, wall-to-wall carpet, washer/dryer hookups, appliances and 'patio,' for $525 per month; or, own a three-year-old, 3,200-square-foot home on .38 acres, featuring three bedrooms, two baths and mother-in-law's quarters for $299,950.

2007 - Business proprietors Gary Troutner and Dee Wilson were shocked over response to an impromptu fundraiser at this time last year. The couple, who own the Backroads Pub and Grill in Boring, were approached by a patron with the idea of helping kids at Shriner's Children's Hospital. A handmade cardboard thermometer tracked a goal of $1,500. Several goofy events and numerous donations later, and the pub raised more than $3,800 in less than three weeks.

Compiled from The Outlook files.

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