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New phone book was big news in 1927

1917 - The Outlook instituted a new subscription policy 90 years ago, pushing one reader over the edge. Rufus Holman, who was also a county commissioner, didn't care for the reminder that his subscription had expired and would be discontinued if he didn't pay up. 'I do not care what your new plan may be,' Mr. Holman wrote, adding that if his paper service was shut off, '… I will arrive in Gresham some bright morning and wreck your plant.' Never mind that Mr. Holman also included a check for his yearly subscription.

1927 - The new telephone book was big news 80 years ago. Initially, customers 'did not take kindly' to the smaller sized directory, which also carried less advertising than previous books. The directory listed the names of 1,358 customers in Gresham, Sandy, Troutdale, Boring, Damascus and Corbett and encouraged folks to use the newly published instruction pages to properly route their own calls.

1937 - The Gresham Branch of First National Bank was offering customers the opportunity to buy an automobile 'the new way' 70 years ago. A 'cash buyer plan,' promised low financing costs, convenient payments and local insurance.

1947 - Reckless driving by students near Gresham High School 60 years ago, prompted city officials to increase police patrols in the area. Officers arrested one 17-year-old after discovering his erratic driving was due to 'eating a sandwich in one hand and driving his car with the other.' The student was fined $10.

1957 - Just in time for Easter clothes shopping 50 years ago, the Fireside Fashion Show was held in the cafeteria at Gresham High School. More than 500 people attended the event, which featured spring fashions from Gresham merchants and models from the Gresham Methodist Church. New seasonal styles were expected to be 'comfortable and easy to wear,' with pointed toe shoes for women.

1967 - Help wanted 40 years ago: 'Fountain gal, experienced,' $1.40 an hour; 'route sales, young, attractive,' $85 a week; experienced bank teller, $325 a month; for men: service station attendant, experienced, $2.20 an hour; 'young warehouseman, college, service satisfied,' $2.99 an hour; and The Outlook was looking for 'carrier boys' in the Portland area for home delivery.

1977 - Remember these places from 30 years ago? Gresham Girl Fashions on Main Avenue, (now offices for East Hill Community Church); Wally's Thriftway in Fairview, (now a motorcycle dealer); the Spa Figure and Fitness Center (in the strip mall formerly occupied by Kienow's on Northeast Division Street and 182nd Avenue); the GTE Phone Mart and Welcome Wagon Hostesses.

1987 - Three city parks were scheduled for face lifts 20 years ago thanks to funds from the Fanning Trust. Ross and Bertha Fanning established a $1.9 million trust in 1985, with the stipulation that more than $570,000 be designated for park improvements. Red Sunset, Kane Road and Butler Creek parks were all slated for new lighting, restrooms, play equipment and asphalt path paving.

1997 - Gresham High School's concert choir was tuning up for a once-in-a-lifetime performance 10 years ago at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The award-winning group was scheduled to sing on the famed stage March 30 after being invited to appear a year earlier. The six-day trip also afforded the opportunity to sightsee and take in some Broadway entertainment.

2006 - MAX Light Rail trains had gone to the dogs at this time last year. After the transit bombings in London and Madrid in 2005, Portland Police began using canines trained to sniff out explosives aboard the trains.

Compiled from The Outlook files.