1977: Theater owner weds between movies
The following books had recently arrived at the Estacada Public Library: "Five Smooth King Stones," "The King of the Castle," "My Side of the Mountain," "Millions of Cats," and "Make Way for Ducklings."
The Estacada Grade School's kindergarten class would have "a little Halloween party" at the American Legion Hall. "This will be a get-acquainted time for the mothers and friends of the children," The News reported. "The children will present a short program."
Bill Davis, owner of Estacada's Broadway Theater, would soon get married on the stage of his establishment. Davis and his fiance, Imogene Folwick, would be wed between showings of "Fun with Dick and Jane" and "Greased Lightning." Davis was initially distraught because several local clergymen had refused to perform the marriage in the theater, but Judge Dale Jacobs of Oregon City had stepped up to the task. The ceremony was titled "The Original Movie Marriage."
First State Bank was celebrating 25 years in Estacada. More than 600 customers stopped by an anniversary party and enjoyed cake, coffee, punch, balloons and door prizes. Leona Russell and Wilma Rynning, who served cake during the bank's grand opening, returned to the anniversary party to perform the same task.
Events from the community calendar 30 years ago included a hunter's breakfast that would benefit the Senior Community Center, a Cascade Christian Chorus meeting and the monthly birthday lunch for the Estacada Senior Citizen's club of the Community School.
Estacada resident Julia Carson was among the cast members in the Sandy Community Player's production of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit." The story "is an improbable face about a writer whose first wife has died." "He invited friends and a psychic to his home for seance," The News reported. "The writer doesn't believe the psychic has any powers, and his real motive is to get information for his next book." Carlson played the writer's current wife.
Estacada High School was having difficulty finding a student to play the school's Ranger mascot. For two home football games, the Ranger would be played by parent volunteers. "It's a surprise, so I'm not telling who," said high school cheerleading coach Jessica London-Gandert. "I wish I could get the students involved with this more. Mascot antics are hilarious. We have a top grade costume, and we need a first class kid who can be silly, funny and brazen enough to raise this school's spirit."
Kathryn Hurd's second book of local history, titled "Estacada Sagas," would be published the following year. Hurd shared an update on the book with the Estacada News. "These are the personal views of people in Estacada, what they remember, and what they experienced," she said, explaining that the book would focus on oral histories. So far, she had spoken with a variety of people around town, includ-
ing the projectionist of the
old Broadway Theatre, which operated from the late 1920s through 1985. She learned that theater employees would play the organ for patrons before films started, and that the projection booths were dangerous for the operators. "(The booths) had to be all metal to protect the projectionist and projector from fire, and they used carbonart lamps, which were very hot and exuded carbon monoxide," she said.
"It's amazing they got through and were able to do their jobs."