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Landslide kills four railroad workers in 1911

Just the Other Day
by: photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Actor Jimmy Stewart was part of a traffic safety documentary that aired regularly at the Hood Theater in Gresham in 1951.

1911 - A landslide 100 years ago near the Sandy River killed four workmen helping to build the Mount Hood Railway. Thousands of yards of earth, trees, rock and debris loosened from the cliff above and rushed down the slope, burying the crew and a great steam shovel on the track at the Sandy River. Four others were hurt seriously.

1921 - The Gresham High graduating class of 1921 numbered 55 graduates 90 years ago.

The Women's Christian Temperance Union hosted a dinner in Gresham. Of course, no alcohol was served at such an event, but that was made up by dessert - huge pieces of pie slathered with ice cream.

1931 - The film 'Cimarron,' from Edna Ferber's great historic novel, was playing in Gresham 80 years ago. It was billed 'as the best motion picture ever shown here.' Richard Dix and Irene Dunne were the stars.

1941 - The Oregon driver's license fee jumped from $1 to $1.50 70 years ago.

1951 - Actor Jimmy Stewart, he of the grave and sincere voice, was the main attraction of a documentary on traffic safety that was to air with a regular feature movie 60 years ago at the Hood Theater in Gresham.

Stewart told the story of five people who left home on routine driving errands - and only four returned. The bonus feature was offered by theater owner Tommy Moyer and was intended to help stop the 'appalling carnage that sweeps the country's streets and highways.' (See photo.)

1961 - Portland Buckaroo hockey great Jack Bionda spoke to the Gresham Rotary 50 years ago on the upcoming visit of two Canadian hockey teams. Bionda was one of Canada's all-time lacrosse greats, as well as a top-flight hockey player.

And three Corbett high track stars - they were called 'thin clads' in those days - carried the Cardinals to a second place in the state Class B tournament in Springfield. All of them wearing flattop haircuts, they were Steve Post, Dick Goodling and Terry Monroe.

1971 - In the days 40 years ago when retread tires were still acceptable, Firestone installed a huge retread division at the Rockwood Industrial Park. Bill Hessel was named the president of the Oregon Automobile Dealers. The community of Springdale between Troutdale and Corbett was considering incorporation. And horses were thrown out of the stables at the old Multnomah County fairgrounds in downtown Gresham. The ponies that used to run the track were now a non-conforming use.

1981 - Amtrak used to run a passenger train, the Pioneer, up the Columbia River Gorge. Thirty years ago, they provided a twice-a-day stop at Cascade Locks. It shut down in 1997.

1991 - For sale 20 years ago: A 20-foot Winnebago with a Dodge 440 V-8 and low miles, $7,900; a 1987 Gulf Stream Sunsport Class A, $24,000; or a 1981 Lynx two-door, made by Mercury, $1,495.

2001 - Troutdale's Cherry Park Safeway opened a new fuel station 10 years ago. Winco Foods opened near Southeast First Street and Burnside Road in Gresham. And Outlook editor Dean Rhodes was mourning the fact that the 'small' drink size at fast food places was giving way to medium, large and king-sized.

2010 - Sheriff Dan Staton won the Multnomah County sheriff's seat in May last year. He had only a brief settling-in period before young Kyron Horman was reported missing from Skyline School in Portland, launching one of the biggest searches in county history. Kyron Horman is still missing.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.