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History Columnist Sharon Nesbit takes a look back at what was making headlines in The Outlook in year's gone by.

This lovely country home in Troutdale was the scene of a murder investigation 100 years ago. The historic house, across from Reynolds High School, was demolished recently to make way for a new subdivision.

1920 — A lovely home at Troutdale just above Multnomah County Farm was the site of a murder investigation 100 years ago, when Mrs. Russell Clark was found dead in a house known as Clarkhurst, later Hope Gardens. Authorities were seeking her husband, who only a few weeks before had brought his new airplane to the area. Using the Multnomah County Farm for an airfield, he took several guests for rides. Russell Clark was found dead in a Portland hotel after his wife's death and was named for the crime.

1930 — The last week in February was declared anti-cigarette week in Oregon 90 years ago. It was intended to emphasis the menace of tobacco to youth in Oregon, and to warn stores that it was illegal to sell cigarettes to minors.

1940 — The new 1940 Ford would be sound-proofed, the company said, 80 years ago. No longer would road noise reach the interior of the vehicle.

1950 — Theater owner Tom Moyer announced plans to build the first two-screen drive-in theater on Powell Boulevard two miles west of Gresham 70 years ago. Moyer was just about to open his indoor theater, The Hood, that spring in Gresham.

1960 — The Latourell Falls Post Office in the Columbia River Gorge was fading into obscurity 60 years ago. Founded in 1876 in the little community east of Crown Point, it was operated by Mrs. Wayne Kruckman, who would continue to serve the community through a rural station under the umbrella of the Troutdale post office.

1970 — The new animal shelter at Troutdale was set to open in March 50 years ago, with room for 150 dogs. Cats were included as well but officials didn't say how many. The size of the shelter would permit officials to keep a dog longer than the required seven days, giving animals a better shot at adoption.

1980 — Hessel Motors, a fixture in Gresham since 1908, closed its doors 40 years ago, going out of the new car business.

1990 — First responders were pretty irritated at Gregory Jones, 38, of Eugene, who attempted to parasail off the top of Multnomah Falls 30 years ago and instead got stuck on a cliff wall 150 feet above the base of the falls, requiring a difficult rescue. The Columbia Gorge Ranger District and Fire District 14 were looking for ways to discourage thrill-seekers and wanted to bill the daredevil $1,000 for costs.

2000 — Wood Village dedicated a newly remodeled city hall 20 years ago. Now it is gone, the property cleared for development and plans are set for a new hall.

2010 — Another bad idea was going away 10 years ago. The Oregon Senate was banning novelty cigarette lighters that looked like hand guns.

2018 — Troutdale's Arby's restaurant on Frontage Road went up in flames at this time last year. It had been undergoing remodeling.

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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