Just the Other Day for April 23
- Sharon Nesbit
- Gresham Outlook - Opinion
Zion's German language services banned in 1918
1918 - Members of Zion Evangelical Church (now Zion United Church of Christ) were under fire 90 years ago for speaking German in their church. The members, largely immigrants and descendants of German immigrants, fought back in the face of the anti-German furor during World War I. They explained that they used both English and German to teach the Gospel and were '100 percent loyal Americans,' participating in all the war causes.
They also argued for their rights under national and state constitutions, but it did not do them much good. Ultimately, the congregation was forced to end German language services.
A week later the editor of The Outlook quipped: 'The number of Germans who have recently discovered that they were born in Switzerland or Holland is extraordinary, but you can't blame them.'
1928 - Oaks Park was open for the season 80 years ago. They advertised weekly in The Outlook:
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1938 - Easter was late in the spring 70 years ago. Safeway offered hams for 25 cents a pound, two dozen eggs for 35 cents, a 10-pound bag of sugar for 49 cents, three packages of Jell-O for that tasty green salad for 14 cents, and yams to go with the ham, 4 pounds for 19 cents.
1948 - Two new buildings stood at 12-Mile corner 60 years ago. One was a Multnomah County Sheriff's precinct office and the other was a county health unit where immunizations were given and sick room equipment was kept to loan out. A big grand opening party was scheduled with a film provided by the U.S. Secret Service, 'Know Your Money,' and another highly-rated flick, 'Defending the Health,' from the U.S. Public health Service.
1958 - You could rent a new one-bedroom apartment in Oregon 50 years ago for $55 a month. A three-bedroom house in Rockwood on 2 acres sold for $8,750. Or you could have 40 acres at Springdale with a new three-bedroom home for $12,750. Gresham's newest addition, Meridian Park, offered three-bedroom, two-bath homes for $15,200,
1968 - The Troutdale Historical Society was founded 40 years ago. President Marilyn Oakes and board member Helen Otto went to the home of Vic Kyle to accept the organization's first artifacts, several iron kettles and an ox yoke, all said to have come over the Oregon Trail.
1978 - Dr. Hauton B. Lee, superintendent of the Reynolds school district for 16 years, announced 30 years ago that he would retire. Hauton B. Lee Middle School is named for him. And in another milestone, Meier Dairy said it would no longer deliver milk to the doors of its customers.
1988 - Gresham made a list of 26 historic sites 20 years ago. Of those, the Zimmerman House on Sandy Boulevard, the Louise Home on Northeast 162nd Avenue and the Gresham Library have all been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Lost are Bethel Baptist Church and Linnemann Station, both of which burned, and the Satellite Restaurant, which was torn down.
1998 - The Reynolds Metals Plant was still operating in Troutdale 10 years ago, and in fact, was thriving. The plant would need 250 more workers and would soon need more to meet the demand for aluminum. In Gresham, Police Chief Bernie Giusto dropped plans for an 'urban art' or graffiti wall in the city's sports park.
2007 - At this time last year, an invasive weed named garlic mustard was rearing its ugly head high enough to be identified in the woods in Corbett. Lynn Gibbons had been watching the weed, noting that in two years it had crept all the way to the city limits of Troutdale. A voracious seeder, garlic mustard crowds out all other native plants and takes over the landscape. It's easy enough to pull up, but the seeds last five years and garlic-mustard haters have to be vigilant to keep it out of their yards and woodlands.
Compiled from The Outlook files.