1916 - The city of Gresham was $50 richer 90 years ago because the marshal took into custody one gallon of 'chain lightning' from a pair of bootleggers who were also in custody.

The Troutdale Ladies Aid auctioned off a handmade quilt for charity at their annual chicken pie supper. The highest bidder took the quilt home for $11.

Stealing wire and metal is nothing new. In 1916, the Multnomah County Fair Association discovered that $200 worth of copper wire was swiped from the electric light system at the fairgrounds in Gresham.

1926 - Troutdale dedicated its new schoolhouse 80 years ago. The building on Harlow Street still is still in use, though it has had many additions since. When the school was new, it was state of the art and Mayor Laura Harlow spoke on the importance of having modern toilet facilities in the school.

In Gresham, the City Council voted to buy a new Ford truck for hauling purposes.

1936 - If you were one of the 468 employees of First National Bank of Portland 70 years ago, you got a 5- to 10-percent cost-of-living increase in your wages because bank president E.B. MacNaughton insisted on it. Any employee drawing up to $200 a month was due a raise.

1946 - The newest additions to Gresham's Christmas decorations 60 years ago were 20 string of new holiday lights, 16 bulbs to a string. The light strings would embellish Main Avenue. The same newspaper reported that two 'elderly' people were killed in auto accidents. Times have changed as what age is regarded as 'elderly.' The victims were 67 and 60.

1956 - A 20-year-old Troutdale housewife had rare mitral valve surgery 50 years ago. The process took five physicians and surgeons. Bob Schloredt, Gresham High quarterback, was named most inspirational player by the Gresham Kiwanis. And wrestler Lee Allen, a Sandy High graduate who lived in Wood Village, was eliminated in the Olympic games in Melbourne, losing out to a Turkish wrestler.

1966 - 'Solution Unlikely Soon in Viet-Nam War,' was the headline in The Gresham Outlook 40 years ago after Publisher Lee Irwin attended a foreign policy conference hosted by the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C.

'No one knows when the war in Viet-Nam will end. Nor how,' wrote Irwin.

1976 - Lisa Helding of Gresham was Lucia Bride in the Scandinavian holiday festival 30 years ago. Powell Valley Grade School teacher Mary Jones finished a marathon in less than four hours, a personal best for her. And at the Springdale Job Corps, student Dave Houston created an 'iron lady' metal sculpture for the driveway of the center.

1986 - Multnomah county engineers were ready to award the contract for a four-lane boulevard through Troutdale from Stark Street to the Historic Columbia River Highway 20 years ago. The new route would be 257th Avenue. Part of the money came from funds diverted from the abandoned Mount Hood Freeway project.

1996 - Oregon was experiencing a record-high rainfall 10 years ago. As of the first week in December, the state had 52.80 inches of rain for the year. But some things remained the same. Gresham residents Ken and Nellie Swanson were celebrating 50 years of marriage in the same home in Gresham that they first occupied as newlyweds.

2005 - At this time last year, U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Greg Walden released plans for increasing the Mount Hood wilderness, though conservation groups thought it was not enough. The congressmen proposed adding 75,000 acres on the mountain for wilderness protection. The bill is stuck in the Senate and Congress is about to adjourn.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files.

Reporter Sharon Nesbit can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 503-492-5120.

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