1997: Frankie's Fabulous 50's opens in Estacada
The Eagle Creek 4-H Butterfingers Cooking Club took home two blue ribbons at the Clackamas County Fair for their muffins. "The girls winning the ribbons were Teressa Carlson and Jean Eberhardt," The News reported. "They plan to go to the state fair to try their skills."
Showings at the Broadway Theatre included "Is Paris Burning Up?" and "C'mon, Let's Live a Little."
Linda Rogers, an 18-year-old waitress at the Safari Club, had avoided any physical injury after being abducted at gunpoint from work the week before. The News reported that Rogers "was working the night shift at the Safari Club early Tuesday morning when Gene William Parmale, 22, entered the restaurant and ordered her to accompany him. Armed with a .38 caliber pistol, Parmele entered the restaurant about 3:40 a.m., according to witnesses." The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office eventually ran Parmele's car off the road after a chase in which speeds surpassed 90 miles per hour. He was arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.
Items on the newspaper's community calendar included a school board meeting in the high school's music room, a Citizens for Affordable Living meeting at Odd Fellows Hall and the Estacada Senior Center Flea Mart.
There was a new restaurant in town. Linda Brelin was the force behind Frankie's Fabulous 50's at 192 S.W. Fourth Ave. "The owners have modeled their restaurant around a 1950's theme and serve fresh baked subs, ice cream and espresso," The News reported.
Eagle Creek Foursquare Church was preparing for its fifth annual community picnic. The event would feature dinner, pony rides and an antique tractor show.
Sam Peterson, a 16 year old Springwater 4-H member, took his two hogs, Black Magic and Mystery, to the Oregon State Fair. Black Magic weighed 255 pounds and Mystery weighed 240 pounds. Peterson participated in the showmanship competition and the market and breeding divisions during his time at the fair.
Budget Travel Magazine reported Pancho Doll named Estacada one of the 10 "best places you've never heard of," along with Wroclaw, Poland, and Jomsom, Nepal. "There are no fewer than six spots to jump into a clear, cool Cascade runoff, plus a hot spring," Doll wrote about Estacada.
Country Current, the U.S. Navy's country and bluegrass band, would soon stop by Estacada for a performance. Their summer tour included stops in Oregon, Utah, Washington and Idaho. "I don't know if I have a favorite song that we do, I love them all," said Daniel Stewart, musician first class and music director for the band. "We do a lot of fast-paced instrumentals with the bluegrass unit, and a lot of slower ballads with the country band. We do a lot of older country songs, from the 1940s and the 1950s, and even earlier, and a lot of the more modern country songs."