Road rage leads to punches in 1911

Just The Other Day

1911 - From Sandy 100 years ago: 'A lively fistic encounter occurred on our streets in Sandy last week. The cause being that an autoist from Portland became angry because he didn't get the all the road when passing a wagon. Loud words were exchanged, punctuated with sledge hammer blows until Justice Shelley separated the combatants and fined the auto man $5. No blood was shed.'

1921 - A jury 90 years ago found against the Portland Railway Light and Power Company in the deaths, at a rail crossing in Gresham, of Georgina Tiller, who with her husband, died at the Main Avenue crossing when their vehicle collided with a trolley car. Tiller's mother, Anna Hamlin, who witnessed the accident, was awarded $2,500.

1931 - They really celebrated May Day 80 years ago. Students from 41 schools in Multnomah County met at the fairgrounds in Gresham for May Day festivities with a May pole, of course, plus Indian Club drills and marching units. The event was held a week after May Day, however, because it rained May 1.

1941 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared a record Chinook salmon run over the Bonneville dam's fish ladder 70 years ago. The corps said 50,000 Chinook traversed the ladders in April and claimed that the fish counters had to shut the gates for 15 minutes of every hour because they were seeing spots before their eyes.

1951 - A petroleum plant blaze at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street 60 years ago raised a pillar of smoke and destroyed the Griffith-Murrell warehouse. The fire started when a spark ignited fuel as it was being loaded into a truck.

1961 - Reynolds High School senior Jodi Ray was crowned Miss Gresham 50 years ago. A crowd of nearly 1,100 was present for the show in the Gresham High auditorium. Ground was broken for a new Eastmont Lanes bowling alley. A garbage dump on Cathey Road was irritating neighbors. And Gresham's mayor declared that June 1 would be sport shirt time and businessmen no longer needed to wear a white shirt every day. They didn't indicate what was appropriate for businesswomen.

1971 - Two big names in Gresham business were on the front page 40 years ago. Ben Doerksen sold Gresham General Hospital to the Emmanuel hospital group and was looking for something new to do. He and his wife, Lillian, began with a nursing home and launched a Gresham hospital in 1957. And Burton Walrad was honored at the Gresham Elks for his long service to the city.

1981 - One of the newest TV dreamboats 30 years ago was John Schneider, who appeared every Friday night on CBS in the 'Dukes of Hazzard.'

1991 - A report from the Oregon Department of Transportation had people in Corbett all riled up 20 years ago. The highway department recommended making the Historic Columbia River Highway one-way from Larch Mountain to Dodson because of heavy tourist traffic. It would have been a severe hardship on those who lived along that part of the highway.

2001 - Red Robin opened at Gresham Station 10 years ago. And Mark Garber, who had come to The Outlook in 1985, returned after an 11-year absence as publisher. Garber said when he left Gresham it had only three or four restaurants and when he returned it was full of trendy eateries.

2010 - Gresham's Shelly Brady was named Oregon's Mother of the Year at this time last year. Diane McKeel, Multnomah County commissioner, took up the battle against the sex trade and exploitation of minors and took her fight to Washington, D.C.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.