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1922: Bank robber hangs himself in prison

1912 - A burglar broke into the Evenhart store in Rockwood 100 years ago and got away with $7. The Rockwood correspondent scolded the unknown felon saying, 'We are sorry that anyone would resort to stealing and think if they would try there should be some honest way to make a living.'

1922 - Archie McCoy, 30, the bank robber whose latest offense was blowing up the bank at Troutdale the previous summer, hanged himself with his sheet in state prison 90 years ago.

McCoy was found in a dazed condition not far from Troutdale after the explosion. Though never a 'troublesome prisoner,' a prison official said, McCoy had been in and out of prison his early youth.

1932 - The completion of the Rogue River Bridge at Gold Beach - named for Gov. I.L. Patterson - resulted in the opening of the Oregon Coast Highway and dedication of the bridge 80 years ago.

And worldwide there was a celebration in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the germ that caused tuberculosis. It was a great step in treatment of the disease, but a definite and certain cure had not been developed. Still, understanding how the bug worked helped in halting the spread of the disease and deaths were one-fourth less than they were.

1942 - It was an expenditure worth noting on the front page when Leonard Forsythe, Sandy sawmill operator and ranch owner, spent about $3,000 in improvements on his ranch 70 years ago. Forsythe blew the big bucks remodeling his ranch house and building a new barn and a small secondary house on the same site.

1952 - Chickens in Gresham have been in the news a long, long time. Sixty years ago Mrs. Lynn McKeel hopped in her car to visit Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bjur. (This was so long ago that women didn't get their first names printed in the paper.) When Mrs. McKeel stopped at the Bjur home, she noticed one of her Bantam hens on the Bjur lawn. Turns out the little biddy had hopped a ride somewhere on the McKeel vehicle and dismounted when it stopped. The hen got a ride home inside the car.

1962 - The new Gresham Elks lodge, a remodel of the old Gresham Feed and Seed Store on Division Street just west off Powell Boulevard, was dedicated 50 years ago. The Elks ultimately sold that site and moved east on Division near Kane Road.

1972 - The Outlook was scouting a new location on Division Street 40 years ago. (We are still here.) And the publisher announced that the paper would soon begin twice a week publication. (We're still doing that, too.)

1982 - Ron Wyden was a freshman in Congress 30 years ago, having served just 14 months in Washington, D.C. You needed, he said, to be able to run on high-octane fuel.

1992 - Twenty years ago, The Outlook gathered as many people as could be found who had extra parts in the film, 'Thunderhead, Son off Flicka,' a sequel to 'My Friend Flicka,' which was filmed in Oregon and on the Gresham fairgrounds. (See the photo on this page.) Barber Bob Wright, now deceased, produced a picture of himself with child actor Roddy McDowall. Others who appeared in the film were Tom and Phyllis Baltz, Harold Weber and Betty Schedeen.

2002 - East County historian Clarence Mershon published his history book on the Columbia River Highway 10 years ago. The book is the best seller of Mershon's works and, a decade later, important to the upcoming centennial of the highway.

2011 - The nuns who founded the Franciscan Montessori Earth School had had a tough year with two sisters being treated for cancer, and others injured in a car wreck. At this time last year, students and parents came up with a 100-member team to train for a half-marathon and raise funds to fight cancer.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files. Columnist Sharon Nesbit can be reached by calling 503-492-5120 or at snesbit@the

outlookonline.com.




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