1918 - Not a drop of liquor, not even light wine, was permitted in the war zone where the American Expeditionary Forces were fighting in World War I, declared the U.S. War Department 90 years ago.

In the United States the temperance movement was in high gear and the Anti-Saloon League and the Methodist church were leading the rallying cry to be dry. Some so-called 'liquor apologists' argued that the men fighting abroad had to drink wine because they couldn't get clean water.

Among teetotalers there was concern that mixed American and British encampments might permit American ' boys' the same rum ration the British were getting. While the abstainers at home satisfied themselves that their troops were sober, it is a fact that most doughboys got their first taste of French wine while serving their country.

1928 - Three local students graduated with degrees from Oregon Agricultural College in Corvallis 80 years ago. They were Stafford Dowsett, who would later be a mayor of Gresham, Agatha Harding of Corbett and Emil Anderson of Boring. And if you needed a watch as a gift for a new graduate, Mealey's Jewelry in Gresham had fine timepieces priced as low as $18.

1938 - Anna Rassmussen Anderson, 72, one of the very first correspondents to The Gresham Outlook (she wrote under the byline Mrs. P. Anderson) was struck and killed by a car in Parkrose 70 years ago. Her cheerful and insightful pieces from the Corbett area still shed a lot of light on life as it was near Crown Point.

1948 - The 1948 Kaiser was on the market in Gresham 60 years ago. Sundquist-Raynor Auto. Co., offered them for sale. (See photo).

1958 - Your electric blanket, said PGE 50 years ago, cost only one and one half cents a night to keep you warm. You could run a dishwasher for a penny a day. You could install an extension phone in your home for about 4 cents a day.

1968 - Charles Hatcher of the Centennial area died in Vietnam 40 years ago at the age of 19. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and had already received the Bronze Star. Another Centennial grad, Army Private John Lind, was wounded. And two Reynolds High grads would be entertaining at Norton Air Force Base. Don Thompson and Scott Beldin, who formed a unicycle act called The Volantes and entertained through the nation, were taking part in Operation Entertainment.

1978 - Thirty years ago Outlook sports writer Dick Baltus said Gresham's Crouser family would be a family to watch. His feature story told about Larry Crouser, Gresham track star of 1953, and his three sons, Mitch, Dean and Bryan, who were all part of the track scene.

1988 - A surprise smelt run came to the Sandy River 20 years ago. Though not a wonderful run, a patient smelt dipper could manage to get a 25-pound limit. In other news, the U.S. Senate decided to give $20,000 in reparation money to Japanese Americans sent to internment camps during World War II. And Gresham resident Scott Rohr, a martial arts instructor, was planning to carry the Olympic torch through South Korea.

1998 - Ten years ago local wildlife photographer Jim Cruce was watching a mother duck and 15 ducklings trying to cross Division Street at Hood Center during a heavy rain. Mama was able to hop the curb, but five of her ducklings couldn't make the leap, got caught in a curbside current and washed into a storm drain. Mama Duck stopped in the middle of Hogan Road. Passersby halted traffic. Others pulled the storm drain cover off and fished out the babies.

2007 - Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway launched their new organization at this time last year with a party and a program at Menucha. Another pair of icons of the gorge, Frank and Jeanie Driver of Corbett, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Compiled from Outlook files.

Correction of a statement in the April 23 column: The Satellite Restaurant, though shorn of its space-age adornments, is still standing. Thanks to sharp-eyed readers for catching the mistake.

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