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Here's a look back at what was making headlines in The Outlook through the decades.

ARCHIVE PHOTO - Seventy years ago Reynolds Metals brought the aluminum reduction plant at Troutdale, as well as three other Northwest aluminum plants, with a plan to turn the war-time plants to domestic products, such as aluminum foil. The plants is gone now, replaced by FedEx and Amazon shipping facitlies.1920 — The suffrage movement, which would give women the right to vote nationally, was pushing hard 100 years ago. A map published in The Outlook noted that 18 of the 22 states to ratify women's right to vote were Republican. Democrats were lagging in their support.

1930 — Two tough guys came out from Portland 90 years ago to get some money from Creed Evans, a known bootlegger. In an attempt to discourage his guests from taking his money, Evans passed "the cup that cheers but also kills." Unfortunately it did not mellow his guests and the marshal was summoned when a fracas ensued.

1940 — Rural residents, pretty new to having electricity 80 years ago, were expected to attend a two-day rural electrification show in Gresham to learn all the ways that electricity could be useful in their farms and homes.

1950 — The big news for the new year, 70 years ago, was that Reynolds Metals Company would buy the war surplus aluminum plant at Troutdale from the federal government. The plant, which had made aluminum for planes during World War II, would be used for more domestic products such as household aluminum foil. Reynolds bought four plants in the Northwest for $50 million.

1960 — One of the highlights of the year past, people agreed at the new year 60 years ago, was the 1959 celebration of Oregon's centennial. Thus, the name Centennial, for the new high school built in Gresham.

1970 — The big holiday movie 50 years ago was Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey."

1980 — As the new year began 40 years ago, the Outlook staff rated the top stories of the previous year as the funding of light rail; development of the former county fairgrounds, a January ice storm, an energy crunch, the Reynolds high gym fire and the cutting of the MHCC football program.

1990 — Suddenly it was ski season 30 years ago. On Dec. 28, it was claimed the skimpiest snow season in years and then, Mount Hood received 20 inches of snow in 24 hours over New Year's. Ski resorts were desperate to get their employees back to the mountain.

2000 — Everybody had prepared for a disaster at Y2K, as the decade turned 20 years ago, but nothing happened. Gresham police staffed overlapping shifts. The Outlook staff planned ahead and then showed up on New Year's Day to see what problems ensued. Nothing much happened.

2010 — They totaled up Gresham resident Jim Sutton's donation of food to Zarephath Pantry at year-end 10 years ago. It amounted to more than 15,000 pounds donated to feed the hungry.

2019 — The Multnomah County Sheriff's office was mourning the death of their K9 Varro, a German Shepherd, that had served the department for nine years before retiring in 2014. Varro had responded to 985 calls in his nine-year career and spent his retirement with his handler, Sgt. Todd Weber, as a family pet.

Researched and compiled from The Outlook files. Columnist Sharon Nesbit can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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