1982 — A businessperson, firefighter and staunch supporter of civic groups, Skip Blamer created a call to action at the Kiwanis Club 30 years ago, challenging the way America treated its handicapped population. “The problem is that we try to hide our handicapped,” Blamer said. “As a nation, we’re so wealthy that we can do that — just institutionalize them in places that are like a chamber of horrors. You should go up on the hill like I did and see the VA hospital. It’s something out of Dante’s Inferno.”

Blamer went on to encourage the audience to volunteer for Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, describing how priceless the opportunity was for children like his daughter, who crossed the line in a Special Olympics race and proudly donned the T-shirt she won until it wore out.

1992 — In a landslide election 20 years ago, Estacada voted in David Vail as the city’s mayor along with three new city councilors, Al Cameron, Pat Leonard and Deborah Wright. Clackamas County voters agreed with most Oregonians to elect Democrat Bill Clinton as president and turned down Measure 9 by about 21,000 votes. Overall, officials said 132,988 county voters went to the polls, or 72 percent of all voters registered in Clackamas County.

In other headlines, water safety tests were cause for concern, as Estacada property owners with homes built after 1982 were urged to have their water tested for lead contamination. “The most probable source of lead contamination is from the owner’s plumbing,” Public Works Supervisor Bill Strawn said. “There isn’t anything we can do about it, but we will let the owners know so they can correct it.”

Strawn said the city’s water wasn’t contaminated, but homes with lead solders in the joints of their pipes could contaminate water. The city had to acquire a list of 40 homes within the city limits that tested positive for lead so additional monitoring could take place.

2002 — The city of Estacada was posting a loitering ordinance to address concerns about youths gathering on the front lawn of City Hall 10 years ago. City Attorney Andrew Cole suggested a park exclusion ordinance to exclude a certain person for a specific time if the person had broken a law or laws in the area. Instead, the council voted to add a loitering ordinance to the code and an exclusion clause for violators. Cole was directed to develop an ordinance addressing this problem.

The spirit of volunteerism was strong in Estacada as the Adapt-a-Family program kicked off for the holiday season, matching families in need with community volunteers and organizations.

In other national news

1786 — The oldest musical organization in the United States was founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.

1874 — A cartoon in Harper’s Weekly was considered the first important use of an elephant as the symbol for the United States Republican Party.

1912 — Oregon men voted in favor of women’s suffrage.

2000 — Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first former first lady to win public office in the United States after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.


1728 — Captain James Cook, British naval officer, explorer and cartographer

1879 — Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary

1913 — Albert Camus, French writer and Nobel Prize laureate

1918 — Billy Graham, American evangelist


1962 — Eleanor Roosevelt, United States first lady

1980 — Steve McQueen, American actor

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