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HISTORY COLUMN: Columnist Sharon Nesbit looks back at what was making news in East Multnomah County.

ARCHIVE PHOTO - A monster Douglas Fir log from the Bull Run forest rolled through Gresham in 1960.

1920 — If you wanted to show off in the agricultural world 100 years ago you pungled up big money for a champion pig. A Poland-China hog in Nebraska was purchased by a breeder for $30,000. One in Iowa went for $35,000.

1930 — Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft resigned because of health issues 90 years ago. President Herbert Hoover named Charles Evans Hughes in his place.

1940 — The origin of the name of Orient was recalled 80 years ago by J.E. Seifer, who carried mail there in 1889 and 1890. Seifer knew the Scots sea captain, Andrew McKinnon, who was married to a Japanese woman, Miyo Iwakoshi. Seifer claimed that McKinnon bought the old Roork mill and named it Orient in honor of his wife. The mill kept busy shipping railroad ties to Troutdale.

1950 — Gresham's Marckx Bakery offered Hot Cross buns at the start of Lent 70 years ago. And the Troutdale Rod and Gun Club planned to place weighing machines along the Sandy River for the upcoming smelt run so that dippers could weigh their catch.

1960 — A huge Douglas Fir log 44 feet long, was rolled through Gresham 60 years ago. It was cut, with special permission, in the Bull Run forest area and was headed for a plywood plant in Vancouver. It weighed 80,000 pounds and contained 9,000 board feet of lumber. The bark on the monster log was 10 inches thick.

1970 — "Introduction to Computers," was a before- and after-school program offered at Centennial High 50 years ago. Mike Dunlap taught the class and it was so popular, that a computer class was to be added at Gresham High the following year.

1980 — It was Feb. 7, 40 years ago, when Publisher Lee Irwin reported that the last vestiges of January's snow storm had finally melted from his yard.

1990 — U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield was negotiating between TriMet officials and the federal Urban Mass Transit Administration for a $14.7 million request that would build a regional mall and light-rail station west of Gresham City Hall. It eventually worked out and is Gresham Station .

2000 — Dale and Pat Fiedler, owners of Toy Bear, an upscale toy shop in downtown Gresham, were recognized nationally 20 years ago. They launched the business in 1982 and it was an immediate hit. Pat Feidler was credited with the inspiration for Gresham's Teddy Bear Parade, a tradition that outlived the store.

2010 — Patricia Stone, known as Pat, died 10 years ago. She was the spark plug who got the Gresham Historical Society museum going, first as executive director, then as general manager.

2019 — Just in time for Valentine's Day lovers, the Bridal Veil Post Office, which had been closed since a Christmas holiday break-in, reopened for business at this time last year. Popular for mailing wedding invitations, it has two special postmarks for the purpose.

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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