This week it's all about journeys: roadways, weddings, bureaucratic sagas and more

PHOTO COURTESY WILSONVILLE-BOONES FERRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Lillie Schlieser in front of Wilsonville home built by her father in 1899,  photo circa 1915.

Aug. 29, 2007

A committee of elected and appointed officials decided that, should a freeway ever be built connecting Highway 99W and I-5, that roadway would not be going through Wilsonville. Instead, the group was considering a series of interweaving connectors between the I-205/I-5 interchange and Elligsen Road to handle traffic movement.

And a Wilsonville High School grad, Jessica Mapel, was chosen by The Today Show as winner (along with her fiance) for a $700,000 wedding, courtesy of the network television show. A decorator by the name of Martha Stewart was planned to lead the "look" of the ceremony, with a little help from Tiffany's in New York City. However, Today Show viewers made the ultimate choices, voting on the bridal gown, the cake, the honeymoon and more.

Aug. 27, 1997

Despite legal challenges and no final decision, Oregon's Department of Corrections was moving forward in developing plans to site a women's prison on the previous Dammasch State Mental Hospital location (now Villebois). More than $5 million was allocated by the Legislature to examine the property site and develop plans.

And the City of Wilsonville was conducting a survey to gauge public opinion regarding the "Boozier property" (Muraze Plaza area now). Previous studies and surveys indicated a community pool would be most popular there but a future expansion of Memorial Park was also being discussed. The City was also contemplating using the site for a new city hall.

Aug. 26, 1987

The State of Oregon was checking out its own shuttered Callahan Center (for workers injury rehabililation) in Wilsonville, a facility only operated for slightly over a decade. Finding space for minimum security prisoners was a statewide priority at the time and the State was considering any areas of sufficient size in the tri-county area.

From Classifieds: "U-Pick Bartlett pears, 15 cents a pound."

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Heritage section in the

Wilsonville Library.

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