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Smoke-eaters earn praise in 42

Just the Other Day ...
by: from The Outlook Archives A 1952 Studebaker from Fornasberg Motors.

1912 - Multnomah County, it was reported 100 years ago, had the most dense population in the state with 502.7 persons per square mile. Oregon's central and southeastern counties had less than two persons per square mile, and Harney County less than one.

1922 - The winter of 90 years ago was a cold one. A Portland man, who had rented a car to drive to Bull Run, ran off the road and into a ditch, breaking the front wheels. Before the car could be retrieved, the water froze around the engine, cracking the block and resulting in a hefty bill for the driver.

1932 - A Gresham couple was granted a divorce 80 years ago, and because the original story in The Outlook was not correct, the divorced husband took some pains to report back to the paper just who got what. He explained succinctly the daughter got one piece of property, the wife got a farm and 12 cows, and he took a Clackamas County farm as well as two Portland lots. That likely satisfied the weekly gossip quotient of the paper's readers.

1942 - Apparently lacking today's modern air tanks, firefighters 70 years ago were called 'smoke-eaters' in Outlook headlines. The local smoke-eaters were praised for coming to the aid of a burning home at Interlachen that year. And the private home association there coughed up $25 for a year's fire protection service.

1952 - The new Studebaker was out 60 years ago. (See photo.)

1962 - A 21-year-old male driving a car at speeds up to 100 mph was pursued by Multnomah County sheriff's deputies 50 years ago. The chase began near Northeast 235th Avenue and continued to the gorge and on to Dodson where the speeder crashed through a roadblock and sent deputies diving for the ditch. The pursuing officer, apparently losing patience, put a stop to the chase by firing a bullet through the speeder's rear window.

1972 - Florence Carroll, who did just about everything there was to do in Gresham for young people, won another award 40 years ago. The wife of the director of Carroll Funeral Home, she was everywhere in 4-H, Campfire, Scouts and Mt. Hood Community College. Few kids grew up in the community without benefiting from her care.

1982 - Gresham City Councilor Margaret Weil announced her candidacy for mayor 30 years ago. She would become Gresham's first woman mayor.

1992 - You could fill up more than your truck at the Burns Bros. truck stop in Troutdale 20 years ago. Lunch was served on an all-you-can-eat basis for $5.99. Seniors got the same deal for $3.99. Kids 3 and younger were free.

2002 - Corbett's Bill Quinn died 10 years ago at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. Quinn was a founder of the community's July 4th Fun Festival and led the first parade in a clown costume.

2011 - Former City Councilor Matt Wand was sworn in as a new state legislator at this time last year. He replaced Nick Kahl. Troutdale was in the throes of another ice storm. And descendants of the Rev. Archon Kelly family returned an 1879 pump organ to the Pleasant Home United Methodist Church.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.