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Largest smelt run hit the Sandy River in 1917

1917 - 'The largest smelt run ever,' was reported to have entered the Sandy River 90 years ago.

'Wagon loads were scooped out in dip nets, many of them being made of old cans, birdcages, and other improvisations suitable for the occasion,' said The Outlook. By Sunday, the people at the river numbered in the thousands and the Multnomah County Sheriff got the governor to suspend the fishing limit.

1927 - Three fearful auto accidents took the lives of local people at Easter 80 years ago. Ten-year-old Vera Kaser died when the car in which she and her family were riding in to Easter festivities was struck broadside at an intersection. Troutdale truck farmer Umberto Minello, 36, died when his machine went off the road and overturned near The Dalles while traveling at a 'terrific speed.'

And a Boring youth, Lyle Beymer, was struck by a motorists while riding his bicycle in Portland. The motorist took the boy to a Sellwood hospital, only to be turned away because the only doctor was at Good Samaritan hospital. By the time they reached that facility, the youth was dead of a skull fracture.

1937 - Mother's Day was coming up 70 years ago and Portland General Electric offered a new Hot Point electric range for $137.10. Watches at A.H. Mealey Jewelry ranged in price from $32.50 to $18. Or, as a smaller gift for mom you could buy a 16-ounce bottle of Old Cherokee Iron Tonic for 97 cents at Pay-Less Drug Store. It was said to be good for 'thousands who feel only half alive because of iron-starved blood.'

1947 - Gresham adopted a building code 60 years ago that prohibited tile or stovepipe chimneys, houses without solid foundations and houses without access to sewage and running water or with bathrooms that lacked an outside window.

1957 - Buck Monroe, known for coaching a six-man football team at Culver in Central Oregon, was named Corbett's football coach 50 years ago. In other sports news, 10-year-old Mike McKeel was pictured in The Outlook with a 24-pound spring Chinook that he hauled into his dad's boat on a 15-pound test line and a spinner. Mike's father, Lynn, cleaned the fish.

1967 - Hawks outnumbered doves in a street corner interview conducted by The Outlook 40 years ago on the subject of the Vietnam War. Most felt the United States should maintain its stand in Vietnam, or negotiate a peace settlement, but not many residents wanted an immediate pullout from the country.

1977 - Longtime Troutdale mail carrier Bill Wright, 90, of Springdale, died 30 years ago. He first worked for the post office carrying mail on horseback on Troutdale Rural Route One. And Greg Schoepper and Deborah Kupfer were married 30 years ago, making this week a wedding anniversary for the couple that still lives in Gresham.

1987 - Plans to build a $110 million waste incinerator near the Gresham sewage treatment plant were scrapped 20 years ago. In Fairview, Mayor Don Handy gave up his post because of health reasons. And local historians still had hopes for restoring the original Linnemann Junction Station near Southeast 190th and Powell Boulevard.

1997 - Gresham Mayor Gussie McRobert was named Citizen of the Year 10 years ago. Youth citizen was Ryan West, a senior at Centennial High School. And Mother Francine Cardew, founder of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School, was named a White Rose woman of achievement by the March of Dimes.

2006 - Vista House reopened at this time last year having cleared the last of its inspections and completed nearly four years of restoration. Anxious tourists had circled the building for weeks hoping to get in.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files. Reporter Sharon Nesbit can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 503-492-5120.