Residents gather clothing, paper for World War I relief fund

by: File photo, Sharon Nesbit

1917 - Gearing up to do their bit for World War I, people were gathering cast-off clothing and wastepaper 90 years ago for the Patriotic Relief Fund. Portland Railway Light and Power Company announced that it would till every piece of vacant property it owned so that it could be planted with gardens for the war effort. In a patriotic outburst; flags were flying all over Oregon.

Ten days after war was declared, Gresham's honor roll of newly enlisted soldiers included: Ray Humason, Dewey Gibbs, G. Reynolds, C. Hendricks, A. Camp, Leslie St. Clair, Tom Parker, George Crane, Fred Crane, W. Tule, Joe Ross, Wilbur Stanley, Carrol Heslin, Guy Jones, C. Stillions, W. Eastman, Alton Lovelace and Ernest Brugger.

1927 - The Outlook's city-betterment census, conducted by the newspaper 80 years ago, found 1,568 people living in the city limits of the community, including 67 Japanese residents. About 20 vacant houses were found in the city.

1937 - The congregation of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gresham came up with the money to buy an overhauled and freshly-painted, four-door Chevrolet for pastor and Mrs. A.G. Anderson 70 years ago. The pastor's old car was thoroughly worn out.

1947 - A city of Portland airplane went on the attack in East Multnomah County 60 years ago, spraying DDT around Blue Lake Park and Reynolds Metals Company. The Gresham Chamber of Commerce was hosting a 'tourist school' to train local business owners in encouraging tourism. 'Rain is Oregon's greatest asset,' bragged Hal Powell, state chairman of the Oregon Advertising Club's tourist division. Classes for burgeoning tourist locations included advice on how to help tourists, on why the area should become tourist conscious and what Oregon had to offer tourists.

1957 - The Multnomah Kennel Club track and grandstand was to be completed 50 years ago in Fairview, in time for dog racing season in early July. In Fairview, Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church moved into its new chapel with seating for up to 312 persons. And for spring, plastic handbags were $2.98 at J.C. Penney's in Gresham.

1967 - Larch Mountain could become a fueling site for flying saucers, warned a visiting UFO expert 40 years ago. Larch Mountain had characteristics similar to a site in Canada that was a UFO favorite, the visiting researcher said.

1977 - At G.I. Joe's (now just Joe's) 30 years ago, rhododendrons in gallon pots sold for $1.88 and strawberry or tomato plants in 4-inch pots were three for 88 cents. At Drake's 7 Dees, petunia six-packs were two for 97 cents, geraniums in 4-inch pots were 87 cents and lilacs 2 to 3 feet tall were $5.27.

1987 - The resignation of Gresham Mayor Margaret Weil 20 years ago resulted in the selection of Larry Deyo as mayor.

1997 - Dale Krueger, 56, Boring, founder and owner of Krueger's Truck Stop in Wood Village, was killed in an Interstate 5 car crash 10 years ago. Moen Machinery Company in Gresham was 50 years old. And Gresham florist Jack Malcom, an inveterate traveler, was in Calcutta, India, and decided to take flowers to Mother Theresa. He intended to just drop off the flowers, but was invited in to see the tiny nun, who died in September of that year.

2006 - At this time last year, Mt. Hood Community College was celebrating its 40th year. The event remembered the men and women who took leading roles in building the college, which began with rows of trailer classrooms in the old Gresham fairgrounds.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.