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Temperance union discusses 1928 presidential candidates

by: File photo, Anne Endicott

1918 - More than 150 students at Gresham Union High School responded to a questionnaire about their future career aspirations 90 years ago. Nearly 60 boys said they planned to finish high school, while more than 90 of the girls said the same thing. Top career choices? Teaching for the girls and engineering for the boys.

1928 - Neighborhood happenings from 80 years ago: in Lusted, proceeds from a candy sale at the elementary school were used to purchase a basketball; three men were arrested in Boring, after federal prohibition officers raided their backyard still; and among the questions scheduled for discussion at the regular Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) meeting - 'Why do the wets want to elect the next president?'

1938 - Gresham was going to the dogs 70 years ago, at least to the ones roaming freely. Tired of the stray animals having their run of the streets, city leaders began enforcing license laws and adopted an ordinance requiring all canines be tied up effective April 1. 'Just because a dog has a county license around his collar, he can't legally dig up the neighbor's garden,' Gresham's mayor told The Outlook.

1948 - The Gresham Garden Club announced a community-wide 'beautification' project and contest 60 years ago. The purpose of the program was to leave an impression on the numerous folks who passed through Gresham during the summer months, on their way to Mount Hood or other scenic points. The contest ran through August, with prizes awarded to those whose yards showed the 'greatest improvement,' best general appearance, best showing of petunias and best youth-grown garden.

1958 - Help wanted from 50 years ago: 'Carpenter work, $1.75 (an) hour or yard and nursery work, $1 (an) hour;' 'Free rent in exchange for farm chores. Must be able to milk one cow.' And this gem: 'For dependable child care, call Kiddy Korps. All hours, all ages. Clip this, hang it on the wall. When care is needed, give us a call.'

1968 - There was little 'luck of the Irish,' for one local youngster 40 years ago. Ten-year-old Molly Jo Patrick broke both legs while taking skiing lessons at Timberline earlier in the month. Molly was looking forward to taking skiing lessons again, but wasn't as excited to spend both St. Patrick's Day and spring vacation laid up in bed.

1978 - W.R. Hicks department store was named as Nike's East County 'headquarters' for the hottest wave in footwear 30 years ago. Remember these early trademark shoes? The 'Bruin,' 'Wally Waffle,' 'Wimbledon,' 'Roadrunner' and 'Oceania.'

1988 - Burns Bros. Truck Plaza in Troutdale offered a special St. Patrick's Day menu 20 years ago. Diners could feast on traditional corned beef and cabbage, as well as an all-you-can-eat Irish stew Buffet. Anyone wearing green received a 10-percent discount on their bill. Cost? $5.29 per person, $4.29 for senior citizens and 35 cents per year for children.

1998 - For sale, 10 years ago: 2-year-old ranch style home, three bedroom, two bath, 1,833 square feet, triple garage and fully landscaped, $194,900. Five-year old four-bedroom home, 2,500 square feet, $239,999. Both were on the market in the Kelly Creek neighborhood.

2007 - Longtime city activist and watch dog Mary Martin died in her sleep at this time last year, at age 56. Along with serving on numerous city committees, Martin was credited with establishing the first neighborhood association, which soon sparked 16 such groups across the city. She was also a real estate broker, who believed in the power of neighborhood mobilization for the betterment of the community.

Compiled from The Outlook files.