1968: New officers elected to veterans group
The Estacada Barracks, a group of World War I veterans, had recently installed new officers. Billy Graham was commander, Nelson Aaboe was senior vice commander, Edgar Polley was judge advocate, Henry Lewis was quartermaster, Bill Dalziel was chaplain, Lyle Sturdevant was three year trustee, Wm. Allen was two year trustee and Jake Wallot was one year trustee. In the group's Auxiliary, Lois Aboe was president, Christine Lewis was senior vice president, Hazel Johns was junior vice president, Suzann McDonald was secretary, Grace Beberness was treasurer, Alma Sturdevant was guard, Mabel Jubb was conductress, Dora Bellek was chaplain, Vella Matthews was three year trustee, Gladys Lake was two year trustee and Hallie Bauer was one year trustee.
At the Estacada Food Warehouse, yams and sweet potatoes were 19 cents per pound, boneless fully cooked ham was $1.66 per pound and a pint of cottage cheese was 49 cents per pound.
Students in the career planning class at Estacada High School went into business wrapping gifts for the holiday season. Proceeds would benefit additional work experiences for the class, including a potential venture with a house cleaning service.
Members of Estacada First Baptist Church would provide free gift wrapping for anyone interested. "This is an expression of God's love and kindness," said Pastor Brent Dodrill. "We expect no donations, nor will we accept any. This is a gift we want to give to the community in the spirit of Christ's love for others."
During a winter music program at Estacada Grade School, special visitors included Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Items from the Around Town calendar a decade ago included a community food drive hosted by local businesses, a CD release party and concert at the Estacada library and a meeting of the Estacada toastmasters.
The Wenzel Farm Christmas Fantasy Trail offered visitors 1,00 feet of holiday lights, a singing animatronic Santa Claus, a 40-foot castle and other festive elements. Janice and Wayne Wenzel, the forces behind the spirited trail, started the Christmas Fantasy Trail 25 years ago. Wayne had built houses for the couple's children to play in, which is how the trail got its start.