Just the Other Day ...
by: from The Outlook Archives World Champion wrestler ‘Wildcat’ McCann visited Gresham in 1932.

1912 - A case of smallpox and six cases of scarlet fever closed the Fairview School 100 years ago.

'Boring Meetings Are Helpful,' read The Outlook headline, referring to a series of nightly revival meetings, which were said to have been responsible for a 'general uplift' in the community.

In another odd account, The Outlook reported that 'Albert Doane was the night watchman on the steam shovel before it was taken away,' which might lead one to mistakenly believe that Doane had not done a very good job of keeping an eye on it.

1922 - A new dam and head house were nearing completion at the Bull Run water works east of Gresham, and plans for a third Bull Run pipeline were announced to carry water to Portland. Nothing but good news for Gresham residents, who got jobs building the pipelines.

1932 - World champion wrestler 'Wildcat' McCann was coming to a bout at the Gresham Armory 80 years ago. (See photo.)

1942 - Troutdale news item 70 years ago: 'Charles H. Sears returned to work on the state highway crew this week after recovering from shoulder injuries received during the icy weather two weeks ago when a gust of wind picked him up and carried him 20 feet.'

1952 - 'Bend of the River,' filmed on Mount Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge, was showing at the Sandy Theatre 60 years ago. It starred James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson and Julia Adams.

1962 - The Outlook got a new offset press 50 years ago. Big news because new presses don't happen very often. In Troutdale, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Lampert won a $10,000 judgment from Reynolds Metals. Fluorine emissions from the aluminum plant at Troutdale destroyed the area's bulb farming.

1972 - People were skating on Blue Lake in late January 40 years ago. Gresham's Flav-R-Pak plant, the old Gresham cannery, announced its closure that year. It would mean a loss of a $1 million payroll in the city.

1982 - The diet of the month 30 years ago was a powdered formula mixed with liquid called the Cambridge formula. And the Multnomah County Correctional facility at Troutdale was running at full capacity. It is closed now, expected one day to become McMenamins lodging.

1992 - The fall of the Berlin Wall brought Gresham an exchange student from East Berlin 20 years ago. Dana Fest said she was deluged with political questions, but that she neither understood nor enjoyed talking about the volatile politics of Eastern Europe.

2002 - Boring resident Rodger Lee Bitton died in the crash of his ultra light craft 10 years ago. John Minnis announced his intention to run for Multnomah County sheriff, but he withdrew a few weeks later.

2011 - Gresham's top officials, City Manager Eric Kvarsten, City Attorney David Ris and City Auditor Julie Nieminski all turned down annual raises at this time last year, citing a difficult economy.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.

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