1977: Newspaper discusses Estacada historical fact, folklore
Mr. and Mrs. John Pratt of Colton, Gene Sullivan of Springwater and Irene Vantz of Estacada all took horses to the Riding R Club's second annual horse show in Canby. The Pratts' 1966 stud colt, named Pratt's Toby, placed first in the Appaloosa Division for colts; Sullivan's mare, One Dot of J.J., received second place in Appaloosa mares; and Irene Vantz's stallion Togs Reno won third place in the registered quarter horse division. "The day was cool but there was good attendance and high interest at the show," The News reported.
Mary Cody shared a bit of the city's history in an article titled "Estacada Fact & Folklore." Estacada was a planned city and platted by the officers of the Oregon Water Power Company in 1904. The company had "deemed the Clackamas River a potential source for developing hydroelectric power (because it) was endowed with steep canyon walls that would hold the footings for a dam." Across the years, there had been conflicting ideas of where the name Estacada originated. Many people thought that the city was named after a girl named Esther Williams and a Mr. Cadie. Others believed that it was a tribute to the Spanish word Estacada, which translated to "bountiful plant," and still others thought the town was named for Esther Keady, daughter of the railroad company's land man.
Five Estacada High School Students found success at the annual Clackamas Community College skills contest. Pat Pemberton placed third in arc weiding, Matt Casdor placed third in oxygen-acetylene welding, Erikk Ojala placed second in machine technology, Robb Halle placed third in machine technology and James Lohr placed third in shop safety skills.
James Lumsden was the newspaper's student of the week. He had recently graduated from Estacada High School and was a freshman at Oregon State University studying chemical engineering. Lumsden was adjusting to college life well. "Most of his classes are located in one area, and he even runs into other EHS grads sometimes," The News reported. "The dorm hasn't been bad either. He's made a number of new friends, particularly outside during fire alarms."
A group of people talking near the dock at Timber Park heard a dog barking and saw that he was trapped. Estacada firefighters then dismantled part of the dock to reach the animal, who had been unable to get out of a tire above the water. The Clackamas County Sheriff's office was trying to locate the dog's owner.
Leaders at Portland General Electric were planning a ceremony to highlight recent improvements to the Moore Creek, Hole in the Wall and Sandstone Bridge boater access sites along the Clackamas River. Updates included new picnic tables, improved parking lots and a new boat slide and rail system. Lindsay Smith of PGE hopes the improved facilities support increased recreation on the river. "We really want to up the word that the Clackamas River is a top notch place," she said.