'Pints' to talk Heppner flood
Pints from the Past returns to Canby on Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in the Antonia Ballroom downtown for the presentation "The Heppner Flood: What really happened, what could've happened."
The year is 1903, the date June 14, and with dark clouds overtaking the sky the citizens of Heppner, Oregon, begin to take shelter to escape the oncoming downpour. Unbeknownst to them, in just a few short hours their small community would be devastated by a catastrophic flood that would destroy countless buildings and, by its end, take 247 lives.
Peg Willis, long-time educator and author of "Rise Above," a historical fiction novel taking place during the flood, will recount the tragic history of early Heppner and how the small community nearly met its demise on that stormy June day.
Pints from the Past is presented in partnership with the Clackamas County Historical Society.