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Mechanized banking takes hold in Gresham in 1918

1918 - Gresham's First State Bank announced 90 years ago that its accounting system had been revolutionized by an electrically powered bookkeeping machine, 'which adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides.'

The wonder machine also kept duplicate accounts and could tell you when you were overdrawn.

'The machine performs almost unbelievable tasks,' wrote The Gresham Outlook reporter.

1928 - Over New Year's 80 years ago the area was struck by winds and snow, which pushed the temperature down to 10 below zero at Government Camp, and to 13 degrees in Gresham. Gresham had 6 inches of snow, much of it drifted to several feet, and power lines, trees and roofs were toppled all over the area.

1938 - Three days of heavy rain over the New Year's holiday 70 years ago broke a 26-year rainfall record. Johnson Creek broke out of its banks and the ensuing flood killed a 25-year-old Portland attorney who was electrocuted while trying to remove an electric pump from his basement. A cabin from Sanborn's Auto Court, two and one-half miles east of Troutdale, was washed into a 50-foot-wide ditch carved by water pouring down the north side of the highway.

1948 - Sixty years ago, Mr. And Mrs. M. Petricevic of Boring shipped a package of the new wonder drug streptomycin, valued at $255, to their nephew in Yugoslavia who was ill with tuberculosis. The costly effort was worth it, said the family, if it would save their nephew's life. The shipment took 12 days to arrive.

1958 - Another Gresham landmark was gone 50 years ago when Dietl's Sanitary Meat Market closed its doors. George Dietl Jr. closed the shop, started 41 years before by George Dietl Sr. Called the 'salami Mecca of the world,' Dietl's Main Avenue shop opened in 1918 and gave way to expansion of the Mallard Restaurant.

1968 - Highway builders were finishing up stretches of what was then I-80N through the Columbia River Gorge 40 years ago. The roadway from Bonneville Dam to the Hood River County Line made the Tooth Rock Tunnel one-way for eastbound traffic and created a new viaduct for westbound cars. Four miles west of Hood River the Mitchell Point-Cascade Locks section was opened to traffic.

1978 - Troutdale city councilors, faced with building Northeast 257th through the city, decided 30 years ago that they wanted a tree-lined boulevard instead of the standard four-lane arterial. The boulevard concept would avoid having a commercial strip along the road, they said.

1988 - Having acquiesced to Northeast 257th, Troutdale flat out rejected 20 years ago a proposed expressway corridor between I-84 and Highway 26 that would have cut through the middle of the city. That set off a shouting match between Troutdale and Gresham, but then mayors Larry Deyo and Sam Cox agreed they could sit down and talk about it some more.

1998 - The Fairview Thriftway store announced plans to close 10 years ago. The store had been at its location on Halsey near Fairview Avenue since 1973, but the opening of the new Cherry Park Safeway at Troutdale doomed the store.

2006 - At this time last year, weather topped the charts as the best news story of 2006. January was the fourth wettest on record with nearly 11 inches of rain. On Feb. 17, the Troutdale airport reported a high temperature of 30 degrees. November saw record rainfall with 2 inches striking Troutdale in a single day. And then, in mid December, winds hit the area with peak gust on the Oregon Coast of 114 mph.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files. Reporter Sharon Nesbit can be reached at snesbit@

theoutlookonline.com or by calling 503-492-5120.