Just the Other Day

1911 - The Gresham Giants baseball team won their game in Estacada 100 years ago, but lost their shirts.

While the visitors were whipping Estacada's team, 8-3, a fire broke out in the town's business section, wiping out two stores, a restaurant and a lodging house, the latter being the place where the Gresham team had changed from their Sunday best to their uniforms.

The team came home in their baseball gear, minus some pretty nice clothes. One player salvaged a necktie and one shoe.

1921 - The American Legion planned to put on a good show in Portland on June 11 90 years ago. The veterans were staging a head-on collision of two railroad locomotives in full view of a grandstand full of gawkers.

1931 - Columbia Fireworks in Gresham was responsible for the fireworks display that marked the dedication of the St. John's Bridge 80 years ago. C.B. Allen was proprietor of the pyrotechnic emporium. The factory was on Wallula Avenue.

1941 - Lewis Shattuck, first mayor of Gresham, moved to Vancouver and became an auto dealer and a Clark County commissioner. He returned to Gresham 70 years ago to regale the local Kiwanis club with stories of early Gresham when the roads were 'axle-deep in mud.' Shattuck had been in Gresham longer than most of his listeners and told of the grove of trees, which gave the community its first name of Campground, the 1884 creation of a post office named Gresham and how Judge W.W. Cotton helped Gresham draw up the documents to incorporate as a city.

1951 - The county farm home at Troutdale held an open house 60 years ago. County commissioners were present to show off the facility at Troutdale. Tours were offered through the laundry, cold storage, greenhouse and other sites. The Elks band played a concert on the lawn. The county farm home, now McMenamins Edgefield, will do something similar July 2 when it hosts a 100th birthday party of the institution.

1961 - Secretary of the Interior Steward Udall was in town 50 years ago, and Betty Schedeen threw a reception for him. And the fight over a new bridge over the Columbia (not the current debate) was still ongoing. A bridge over Government Island, it was said, did not seem like a sound idea financially.

1971 - The parochial school at St. Henry Catholic Church graduated its last class 40 years ago. The school, which had operated for 18 years, was suffering a lack of teachers. Started in 1952, it added a grade each year until it reached the seventh and eight grades. The 1969 enrollment was 339 students.

1981 - June was rainy 30 years ago. Three inches of rain made the strawberry fields a soggy mess. A Jackson Park Road resident in Troutdale was flooded for the second time in a year. But a bright spot in the month was that beloved Reynolds teacher Jake Hergert, who loved Mickey Mouse and whose students showered him with Mouseketeer stuff, finally got to Disneyland.

1991 - Portland Rose Festival Queen, Jennifer Deas, rode the Historic Columbia River Highway in a vintage car driven by Bob Dunken of Fairview 20 years ago for the 75th anniversary of the highway.

2001 - The Troutdale General Store opened 10 years ago. Owners Terry and Jodi Smoke wanted to repeat the pleasant experience of the original Troutdale General Store where people met and visited.

2010 - At this time last year, Publisher Mark Garber noted that longtime Troutdale mayor Paul Thalhofer had moved to Gresham and 'switched teams.' Thalhofer even did a short stint on the Gresham planning commission, but has since moved back to Troutdale.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.

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