by: File photo, Anne Endicott

1917 - Pharmaceutical companies were jacks-of-all-trades 90 years ago, claiming to be able to cure everything from croup to gout. Chamberlain's Tablets advertised that one dose of their remedy for 'impaired digestion' would leave one as 'cheerful and happy' as an 'old lady.' The medication was recommended at the first sign of feeling 'dull and stupid after eating.'

1927 - The Lusted Parent-Teacher Association had a full meeting agenda 80 years ago. Entertainment included a 'whistling solo,' musical numbers and selected readings, and 'eight small boys' were signed up for a pie-eating contest. A candy sale, sponsored by the girls sewing club, would benefit their summer school program.

1937 - The Oregon Legislature was wrapping up business 70 years ago, 'devoid of the confusion that generally marks the close of a legislative session.' Several bills had been revamped and were expected to pass, including approval of $30 monthly pensions for 'needy' folks older than 70. Additionally, lawmakers endorsed the use of lethal gas over the hangman's noose for carrying out the death penalty. Cost for a gas chamber and needed equipment was estimated at $300.

1947 - On the big screen at the Sunset Theatre in Sandy 60 years ago: Roddy McDowell in 'My Friend Flicka' played for two nights and was followed by Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, Dale Evans and Trigger, in 'My Pal Trigger.' Coming attraction: Ann Sheridan and Ronald Regan in 'King's Row.'

1957 - Outlook News Editor Lloyd McMullen criticized explicit advertising on record albums 50 years ago, saying 'it does seem ridiculous to assume that something designed for the ear has to be huckstered via a sensation-seeking eye.' McMullen noted several 'prim ladies' gave him the evil eye after he purchased Paul Weston's 'Dream Time' recording, with a 'rather buxom nymph clad mostly in a swirl of fog and a hefty hank of hair' on the cover.

1967 - Two Corbett dads were reliving their youth 40 years ago, when their sons went on to play in the same Class B State Basketball Tournament they had participated in 26 years earlier. Dan Kerslake and Eugene O'Neil took some ribbing from their sons, Steve and Mike, over their fathers' second-place finish in the competition. Unfortunately, the younger Corbett Cardinals hoopsters brought home a third-place trophy after losing to Lowell 71-49.

1977 - A student demonstration at Columbia View Middle School was 'in the bag' 30 years ago, when the youngsters protested assigned lunchroom seating by brown bagging lunch instead of purchasing their meal. The move for designated seating came about after diners in the second period, who were mostly eighth graders, became 'rowdy' by throwing food. Earlier attempts at control by supervisors included taking away ice cream privileges and suspending some of the worst offenders.

1987 - Shannon Lusby celebrated the first anniversary of her heart transplant 20 years ago, with the ultimate in normalcy - taking care of two sick children. The Gresham resident was the first woman to receive a heart transplant at Oregon Health Sciences University. Despite the ups and downs of rejection and undergoing a second transplant in November 2005, Lusby continues to relish a very normal life.

1997 - One Gresham family wasn't being followed by a black cloud 10 years ago, but a bolt of lightning. Marcia and Dick Maes' home on Southeast 207th Avenue and Burnside Road was struck by lightening late in the afternoon, scorching an exterior wall and traveling inside the house where it destroyed a power strip and telephone. The Maes were related to Christian Core, a Gresham youth football player who survived a lightening strike in 1995.

2006 - The Gresham Barlow School District was named '2006 Energy Partner of the Year' by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency for its energy conservation efforts at this time last year. The district was one of only a few dozen entities out of 8,000 to receive the honor and the only school district to be recognized.

Compiled from The Outlook files.

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