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Sherman County Milestones

The word Milestone has several different meanings, but all relate to where one is at a particular time or place. Sherman County’s milestones are events that occurred along the timeline of Sherman County’s existence. The first milestones were set before the county’s history began being recorded, so our timeline begins with the Native American Tribes of the Tenino and Wasco. They were Sahaptin-speaking people who called Sherman County home long before the Lewis & Clark Expedition crossed these lands in 1805. The story of Sherman County, Oregon continues to evolve and new milestones are forever being set. From Lewis & Clark, the Oregon Trail, and the first white settlers to newspapers, schools, and bridges, these are the Milestones of Sherman County, Oregon.

  • History of Oregon, Vol. 1, Bancroft
  • They Paved the Way by Belshe
  • Reminiscences by Robert Graham, manuscript 1939
  • Early Klickitat Valley Days by Ballou 1938
  • Sherman County Marriages;
  • The Golden Land by French
  • Yesterday’s Roll Call – Sherman County Cemetery Records by S. Kaseberg
  • Memoirs of Jay Price, Sherman County Journal
  • Carson C. Masiker in The Dalles Optimist
  • The Illustrated History of Central Oregon, 1905
  • Sherman County newspaper obituaries transcribed by Chris Sanders, 2000.


Events – Locations – Descriptions


Home to Sahaptin-speaking native peoples. Native American Tribes: Tenino & Wasco.
1805 Lewis & Clark Expedition between John Day (LePage’s) River and Deschutes River. Lewis & Clark Expeditionary Forces.
1811-1812 Wilson Price Hunt Expedition. Ramsey Crooks and John Day reached the mouth of the river, which subsequently bore John Day’s name. Near this stream, the men were robbed by Indians and stripped of their clothing. Day and Crooks were soon rescued by the Robert Stuart party of Astorians, and taken on to the newly established post at Astoria, arriving in May of 1812. Ramsey Crooks/Robert Stuart, John Day
1812 Overland Astorians discover South Pass in Wyoming, later the route of the Oregon Trail.
1832 Capt. B. L. E. Bonneville arrives overland to trap and trade for furs on Columbia Plateau.
1842 Oregon Trail emigrants began to pass through present-day Sherman County on the way to the Willamette Valley.
1843 In the first large migration over 900 emigrants arrived via the Oregon Trail.   Lt. John C. Fremont mounted a reconnaissance of the Oregon Trail.
1852-1853 Ferry services at the mouth of the Deschutes River. Nathan Olney.
1853 1st mail service by packhorse, The Dalles to Salt Lake City.
1854 Mouth of the Deschutes River. William Nix/Nixon.
1850s Oregon-to-Utah stage route crossed the John Day River at the Oregon Trail Crossing (McDonald)
1857 Emigrants arrived in long trains to settle in the valleys east of The Dalles. Mt. St. Helens erupted.
1858 1st bridge built across the John Day River at the Oregon Trail Crossing Tom Scott.
1858-1859 1st white settler and 1st innkeeper, east bank of Deschutes River at the mouth. William Graham and family.
1859 1st bridge built across mouth of Deschutes River. William Nix/Nixon.
ca. 1860 1st ferry across John Day River at the Oregon Trail Crossing (McDonald). Tom Scott.
ca. 1860 Settler at mouth of Deschutes River, kept a bridge, sold produce. Thomas Jefferson Miller for whom Miller RR siding, Miller School, Miller Bridge and Miller Island are named.
Early 1860s Stage line operated across present-day Sherman County, The Dalles to Canyon City.
1860s Mail from The Dalles to Canyon City by packhorse. Cayuse George.
1861 1st surveying between the Deschutes and John Day Rivers. Patterson and Cartee.
1861-1862 Terrible winter, worst on record. Several men died between the John Day and Deschutes Rivers.
1861 1st bridge built by non-Native Americans across the Deschutes, upper site, later Sherar’s. John Y. Todd.——– Jackson.
1861 Bridge at the mouth of the Deschutes River washed out. William Nix/Nixon.
1862 License to build a bridge and operate as Deschutes Bridge Co. William Nix/Nixon, Sims and Meyers.
1862 Sail ferry between Columbus (Maryhill), WA and the Oregon shore, not first ferry. Tom Jenkins.
1862 Masiker family settled at Sand Spring, 1st white family to live on the plateau between the rivers. George Masiker and family.
1862 Homestead Law.
1862 Military mail carrier, Fort Dalles to Fort Walla Walla.
1863 The Dalles-Boise Road Company incorporated.
1863 First white boy born to settlers in present-day Sherman County. Martyn Masiker.
1863 1st white settler at Haystacks (Finnegan Ranch, later Sherar’s) James Biffle.
1860s Cut-off to the Barlow Road from Tygh Valley around Mt. Hood to the Willamette Valley – beginning from John Day River Oregon Trail Crossing and passing diagonally SW through the County to Hollenbeck Point, Buck Hollow and Deschutes River. Oregon Trail emigrants.
1864 Stage road built, The Dalles to Walla Walla.
1864 Road built up Price’s Canyon (Charles Fulton Canyon) and east to John Day River bridge.
1862-1864 Bridge ownership of bridge at John Day River Crossing changed. Dan Leonard bought out Tom Scott there and built a bridge in partnership with Amos Underwood.
1864 ?2nd bridge near the mouth of Deschutes River. Smith/Fulton/Graham.
1864 First settlers at the head of Spanish Hollow. Jesse and Mary Eaton and family.
? 1st to thresh grain (rye), tramped out with horses. Jesse Eaton.
1864-1865 Bridge built about five miles from mouth of Deschutes River. William Nix/Nixon. Later sold to Tom Gordon.
ca. 1865 1st telegraph line built following the stage road, The Dalles to Walla Walla.
1867 Congressional Act granting lands to Oregon for military roads.
1867 Scott Post Office established on west bank of John Day River. Leonard’s Inn, Dan Leonard.
1867-1868 1st settler in Seedum Valley (now Moro). Henry Barnum.
1st barbed wire fence was constructed between Barnum’s barn in Moro to Gordon Butte.
1868 The Dalles Military Road Company incorporated at The Dalles.
1868 1st school was taught at the Eaton home and 2nd school taught at the Price home. Jesse Eaton. Samuel Price.
1870 1st post office on the plateau, named Spanish Hollow. Jesse Eaton’s home.
1870s 1st stockmen arrived with herds of horses and cattle, later flocks of sheep, to graze on rolling hills of abundant grass.
1870s A stockman settled in the canyon that bears his name. Charles Helm.
1870 Col. James Fulton represented Wasco County, including present-day Sherman County, in the Oregon legislature. James Fulton.
1872 1st identified burial at Wasco Methodist Cemetery. —– Eaton.
1872 Deschutes Bridge sold (present Sherar’s bridge site). Hemingway and Mays sold their bridge to Joseph Sherar.
1872-1873 Teacher hired for Price & Masiker children at Sand Spring. Samuel Price.
1st ditch fence was around 20 acres built by Sam Price, followed by ditch fences at Eaton’s, Barnum’s and Fulton’s. Sam Price, Jesse Eaton, James Fulton & Sons, Henry Barnum
1873-1878 Acts of Congress provided opportunities for timber culture land claims.
1874 1st schoolhouse built, located in Mud Hollow near the Emigrant Road. Price, Masiker and Eaton children.
1878 Last of the Indian War occurred between Deschutes & John Day Rivers as the Natives were returning to the Warm Springs Reservation.
1st grain drill was a Hoosier shoe press.
1878 ? 1st one-horse-power threshing machine. James Fulton.
1st stationary thresher brought to Sherman County, ordered from Portland. James Fulton
1st threshing machine brought east of the Deschutes River. Dave and John Fulton.
1st grain threshed at John Fulton’s, then at Price’s. Fulton and Price families.
1st header brought to Sherman County. Bruno Medler.
1878 When Dr. Rollins settled in what is now Sherman County there were 42 white people, and he was the only physician between the Columbia River and Antelope. Dr. C.R. Rollins
1878– 1st settler in Grass Valley operated a hotel, general store and drugstore. Dr. C.R. Rollins.
1878 Murder at Oregon Trail Crossing of John Day River. Dan Leonard murdered.
1878 Early white settler at Murray Springs. William Murray moved to Thomas Jenkins’ place between Grant and Rufus.
1878 Scott Post Office was moved up the John Day River into Gilliam County, later called Rockville.
1879 O.R.& N. Co. started building a railroad through the Gorge.
1879 Early pioneer north of Wasco. Wilson M. Barnett.
1879 1st store in Moro.
1879 Settler on site of Wasco. Clark Dunlap.
1880 US Census, East of Deschutes River 212 residents.
ca. 1880 Town started on Columbia River and called Grant or Grant’s. William Grant.
1st store at Grant. Fox, Scott & McCoy.
ca. 1880 One-room school built at Grant, abandoned ca. 1897.
1880 Settler in the Eaton Precinct, Wasco County, OR canyon that bears his name. William R. & Samantha Gerking family.
1881 1st recorded burial at Grass Valley Cemetery. Kansas King Roop.
?1881 Rail line built along Columbia River, Celilo to Wallula. Henry Villard.
?1880-1882 Terrible winter.
1880-1886 Wasco County Surveyor. John Fulton.
1881 1st public school district organized and school built in China Hollow.
1881 1st 4th of July celebration at Poplar Grove (Sand Spring west of Wasco) drew most residents in the region.
1881 Abel Erskine plowed with an eight-horse gang plow he brought from California in 1880 when he settled at Erskineville. Abel Erskine
1881 1st mail carrier Wasco to Erskineville was paid by 25 cent per month contributions by folks in the Grass Valley and Erskine country. George Larison, Jr.
1882 Abel Erskine appointed postmaster and mail was delivered to Erskine on a regular mail route from Wasco. Abel Erskine.
1882 1st school Christmas program – China Hollow School.
? 1st hotel in Moro Mrs. Dora Williams.
1882 Fultonville was laid out near the mouth of Deschutes River. Post office established and postmaster named. James Fulton.
1882 Hotel built at Biggs. Henry Helm(s).
1st store at Biggs. Fowler & Gage who sold to Ginn & McDonald.
1882 Badger Post Office established, later renamed DeMoss Springs in 1887. Thomas Badger, postmaster.
1883 Blacksmith shops in Wasco. Jimmie Summers; Tozier & Holland.
1883 1st business house in Wasco. Wilson M. Barnett.
1st dwelling in Wasco. W.H. Biggs.
1st flourmill in Wasco. H.P. Isaacs.
1st religious service conducted in vicinity was at the old China Hollow schoolhouse. Rev. Mr. Skipworth of Goldendale, WA.
1883 1st steam tug, the Nellie, was built for Columbia River service. Nate Morris, builder.
1883 Wasco Methodist Church was built. Under the charge of Rev. Frank Spalding.
1883 Townsite of Grant platted by Murray and Hill. Named for brothers Robert and William “Bill” Grant.
1883 Villard Post Office established at Grant. Named for Henry Villard.
1883 Fire almost totally destroyed Grant.
1883 Wasco was surveyed.
1883 Stage line operated Grant to Grass Valley, carrying mail, freight and passengers.
1884 Through rail traffic along the Columbia River.
1884 Columbia River Conference sent the first pastor to Wasco Methodist Church. Rev. Mr. Barrett who was charged with construction of the 1st Methodist church in Wasco in 1885, later moved across the street South from the present site.
1st doctor in Wasco. Dr. Savage, followed by Drs. Koontz and Edgington.
Edgington’s weeder. Edgington.
Tomlin’s   weeder. Tomlin.
1st missionary sent to Africa from Sherman County. Miss Lizzie McNiel (sic).
1884 1st post office and postmaster in Moro. John Scott.
1st store in Moro Fox & Scott.
1st church in Moro. Friendship Baptist Church.
1st druggist in Moro. George N. Bolton.
1885 1st post office in Grass Valley, located north of town on the Taylor (now Kock) farm. Charles Taylor.
1885 Representative elected to Oregon legislature from Wasco County. Elihu Owen McCoy.
1886 Elected to the Oregon State Legislature House of Representatives. Author of successful bill compelling railroads to build sidings where needed… soon after at Biggs, named for W.H. Biggs, and one at Rufus. W.H. Biggs.
1886-1887 Longest winter with deepest snow on record.
1886-1899 Long-time Presbyterian minister for Moro, Grass Valley and Monkland. James McCalmont Morrison (1832-1923)
1887 1st hotel in Wasco. Levi Armsworthy.
1st mail carrier after the Wasco Post Office was established. Charley Barzee carried mail on horseback between Grant and Wasco.
1887 Free Bridge built for $10,650 across Deschutes River to allow toll-free traffic to the Wasco County seat in The Dalles.
1887 Moore Bros. bought out Scott & McCoy in Moro and with it the town site of Moro. Moore Bros.: Walter H. Moore & Henry A. Moore.
1887 1st known burial at Michigan Cemetery. Lydia Gilbert French.
1887-1889 1st buildings built at Early on the John Day River, including mill and schoolhouse. Cooper’s Mill.
1888 1st school built in Wasco.
1888 1st known burial at the Daugherty family graveyard near Kent. Andrew Daugherty.
1888 Spalding Chapel was dedicated, Upper Hay Canyon. Rev. Frank R. Spalding.
1888 1st known burial at Wasco Sun Rise Cemetery.
1888 1st known burial at Emigrant Cemetery east of Wasco. Elizabeth Rayburn.
1889 Sherman County formed from Wasco County by an act of the Legislature. Elihu Owen McCoy.
1889 1st Sherman County officials sworn in at Wasco. James Fulton
VC Brock, Clerk
E.M Leslie, Sheriff
C.J. Bright, School Superintendent
John A. Smith, Surveyor
C.C. Myers, Assessor
J.B. Hoss, Coroner
Levi Armsworthy, Treasurer
Dayton Elliott, Commissioner
——-Medler Commissioner
1889 1st marriage in the new county. S.B. Walter & Emily Larison.
1889 Wasco chosen to be temporary county seat.
1889 The Observer was moved from Wasco where it was established to Moro. C.J. Bright and A.B. McMillin established The Observer in Wasco. J.B. Hosford acquired it and moved it to Moro.
1889 1st steam engine used to thresh a wheat crop. Fired up by Frank Morrow.
1890 U.S. Census of Sherman County. 1,792 residents.
1890 County seat election: choices were Kenneth, Moro or Wasco with no clear majority.
1890 1st hotel built in Rufus. Rufus Wallis.
1890 Bank organized at Wasco. Wilson M. Barnett.
1890 Post office established on west bank of John Day River at Leonard’s Inn until 1898.
1890 Wasco physician. Dr. Harland Edgar Beers (1864-1911)
1890s The Moro Leader.
1891 Grass Valley was platted.
1891 Fairview School District #21 formed and the Willerton Grove schoolhouse was moved to the present Fairview site.
1891 Sherman County’s south boundary was stretched 18 miles south. Oregon State Legislature.
1892 Four-room school built in Moro.
1892-1904 Sherman County Judge. John Fulton.
1892 1st known burial at Kent Cemetery. Mary Edd Wilson.
1892 Second county seat election. Wasco 301 – Moro 404.
1892 1st 4th of July celebration at Moro.
1893 1st murder trial. Al Hembree acquitted for murder of John Kennefick.
1893 1st known burial at DeMoss Springs Cemetery. Elizabeth DeMoss.
1893 Appointed receiver of The Dalles Land Office by President Cleveland & served 4 years. W.H. Biggs.
1894 Baptist Church organized in Grass Valley.
ca. 1894 Distillery and flour mill built at Grant on the Columbia River.
1894 Columbia River flood washed Grant away in June.
1894 Columbia Southern Railway was incorporated; surveying and construction started.
1894 The Observer sold. J.B. Hosford sold The Observer to D.C. Ireland.
1895 Middle Oregon Baptist Academy was built in Grass Valley; closed in 1904. Middle Oregon Baptist Association.
1895 Oregon State Census. 2,490 residents.
1895 Coal found on farm land. Perrault farm near Grass Valley.
1895 DeMoss Family Lyric Bards began two-year tour of Britain and Europe. DeMoss family.
1895 OSU football team, captain, all-coast halfback two years. George Herbert Root of Wasco District.
1896 1st petition for coyote bounty.
1896 Toll bridge at the Oregon Trail Crossing of the John Day River collapsed.
1897 1st newspaper in Grass Valley. Grass Valley Journal.
1897 1st incorporated town held elections. Wasco.
1897 2nd China Hollow school was built.
1897 Store built at Klondike, east of Wasco, later sold. Moore Bros., who sold it to A.B. Potter in 1899.
1st barbed wire telephone system constructed by: Antone B. Potter of Klondike.
1897 Early School District #44 formed.
1897 Columbia Southern Railway construction reached Wasco.
1898 1st Wasco mayor. George Crosfield.
1898 Columbia Southern Railway construction reached Moro.
1898 The Observer Farm Cemetery on Ireland’s farm near Wilcox – one of the first burials. Maggie Craig.
1897 Grass Valley Journal editor for 26 years died in 1924. William I. Westerfield
?1898 Post office and postmaster at Early. Herbert K. Porter.
1899 Columbia Southern Railway track reached Grass Valley.
1899 Sherman County Courthouse built for $6,665.
1899 Moro was incorporated.
1899 Moro elected first mayor. W.H. Moore.
? 1st bank established south of Wasco, at Moro. Moore Bros., W.H. & H.A.
1899 Methodist Episcopal Church was built by Will Raymond in Moro for $2,700. Will Raymond.
1899-1900 Sawmill operated on the Deschutes River at the Harris Place west of Moro using logs floated down from upriver. A.E. Lake.
? Operated the only post office between Grass Valley and Antelope from his farm home near Kent. Henry Schadewitz (1857-1929).
1900 US Census of Sherman County. 3,479 residents.
ca. 1900 Roller mill at Early was operated by water power from the John Day River for more than 20 years. George Wall.
1900 Grass Valley Journal sold. W.I. Westerfield bought the Grass Valley Journal.
1900 Town of Kent was relocated to beside Columbia Southern Railway tracks.
1901 Columbia Southern Railway track reached Shaniko. Columbia Southern Hotel was built to meet the traffic.
1902 Columbia Southern Railway was sold to: E.H. Harriman, owner of Oregon Railway & Navigation Company.
1902 1st county-wide celebration with displays and prizes.
1902 German Settlement (later named Liberty) School was built.
1902 2nd Wasco Methodist Church was built.
1902 The steamer Columbia went aground in the Columbia River with a big loss to: The Amos Brothers.
1903 A church was built at Kent.
1904 Law practice & Circuit Court Judge for Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman Counties. Edwin V. Littlefield (1873-1029).
1905 The Illustrated History of Central Oregon, including Sherman County, was published.
1905 Population of Kent. 250.
1904-1905 Catholic Church built in Wasco costing $3,000.
1904-1905 The Kent Recorder published news.
1905 A bridge was built across the Deschutes west of Moro and called Free Bridge.
1906 1st county-wide field meet.
1906 Election. No liquor to be sold in Sherman County.
1906 Sherman County Fair board was organized and a fair held.
1906 Deschutes Railroad incorporated.
1906 Rail surveys were made on the east bank of Deschutes River. Deschutes Railroad Company.
1907 Farmers contracted with a rainmaker who set up on Gordon Ridge. Hatfield, the Rainmaker.
ca. 1907 2nd school built at Rufus, two rooms; later used by the Grange.
1907 Murder at McDonald on the John Day River. Burial at Emigrant Springs Cemetery. Jack Freeman.
?1907 County fair board incorporated.
1908 Sherman Experiment Station established with 1st superintendent. H.J.C. Umbarger.
1908 1st known burial at the Blackburne family graveyard west of Rufus. Graves were relocated during construction of The Dalles Dam. Joseph W. Blackburne.
1909 October: 1st real county fair with exhibits of livestock, vegetables and fancy work.
1909 Contractors plan to build a Deschutes River east bank railroad. Contractors: Twohy Bros. of Spokane.
1st rye cutter was made by: Charles Kuypers.
Patented springtooth and plow. Charles Kuypers.
1st threshing with a combined harvester: James W. Engberg.
Invented implement hitch. Len Eakin.
1909-1910 Deaths of Deschutes River railroad construction workers noted in the Grass Valley Journal. A. Rowson, Tom Ryan, Oselame Umberto, Durkin, George Vukonic, four men working in a tunnel, Andrew Krupo, John Berg, Joe Roosi, Nels Nelson, W.H. Halladay, Andrew Melrich, S.W. Odell.
1910 US Census. Largest population ever in Sherman County. 4,242 residents.
1910 Permanent fair grounds site purchased from: Eastern Oregon Land Company. The City of Moro gave their grandstand, bleachers and baseball fence.
1910 Stock Fair Association of Sherman County had an October fair.
1911 1st person to make concrete bricks in Sherman County: Will Raymond.
1912-1914 Free Bridge was destroyed under questionable circumstances.
1912 2nd superintendent of Sherman Experiment Station: David E. Stephens.
1913 1st women’s vote.
1913 Standard Atlas of Sherman County
1914 1st four-year high school graduations: Wasco and Moro.
1914 Grass Valley brick school burned and was replaced.
1914 A state contract was awarded for construction of a highway from Wasco to the Columbia River.
1914 1st farmer to harvest with a Holt Caterpillar tractor and a Holt harvester: 38 days, 2,100 acres, 21,000 sacks. H. Howell.
1915 1st Sherman County people to drive home over the Columbia River Highway – 8 hours driving, 4 hours auto trouble. Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Moore, Gladra Watkins.
1916 New Kent School built.
1916 1st cabins built at Camp Sherman on the Metolius River. Sherman County farmers.
1916 1st young men went off to Camp Lewis for WWI military training.
1916 Grass Valley bandstand and pavilion built.
1916 1st recorded fatal cloudburst, June 30, Hay Canyon. Fatalities: John W. Kunsman and O.T. Burnett who were working on the road; Mrs. Elizabeth Fortner and her daughter Mrs. L.H. Lawrence who were visiting their son and brother just below the four-way bridge.
1918 By November 1918 at the end of WW I, 331 men and two nurses from Sherman County served.
1918 1st World War I death: Frank E. Brown of Rufus July 22, 1918.
1918 WWI deaths. Chris Schultz, cousin of Chris Anderson; Henry S. Baker in France.
1918 Spanish flu epidemic in Sherman County took many lives.
1919 State approval for highway through the County.
1919 1st woman school superintendent in the County. Miss Grace May.
1920 US Census.
1920 Electricity in some parts.
1922 State of Oregon built a concrete non-toll bridge across the mouth of Deschutes River.
1922 County started highway construction through the County.
1923 1st County fair held in September.
1924 Black bear, 112#, killed east of Kent – followed by a community feast. Billy Nelson.
1924 Electric lights were installed in the Kent Hotel. Max Pluemke.
1924 Highway through Sherman County was completed.
1925 1st chemicals available for weed control in gardens and lawns, and a few years later for field crops.
Shaniko named the Wool Shipping Capitol of the World.
1926 Eastern Oregon Wheat League, forerunner of Oregon Wheat League, a grower organization, was formed in Moro.
1926 Day was a rail station on the OR&N Railway near the John Day River county line.
1926-1932 The State oiled the new highway through the County.
1929 The Grass Valley Journal was sold to: Giles L. French.
1929 Rufus School was constructed.
Kent had more aircraft per capita than anywhere in the U.S.
1930 US Census. 2,978 residents.
Early 1930s The Great Depression.
1931 Newspaper merger. The Grass Valley Journal and The Observer merged to become The Sherman County Journal, Giles French, editor, publisher.
1931 The Wasco News-Enterprise merged with the Sherman County Journal.
1935 Giles French was appointed to the State Legislature and served 26 years.
1935 Civilian Conservation Corps camp was constructed at Moro and put into operation. 190 young men arrived to work in the CCC, and a few married Sherman County women: Tex Irzyk, Charles Francis, Karl Peterson, Harlow Parkins, Stan Coelsch.
ca. 1939 The Appaloosa Horse Club was started: Claude Thompson.
1940 US Census
1940 1st County Fair Queen June Wilde who married Bill Rolfe.
ca. 1940 The Trail of the Plow was written: Marie Goffin, M.D.
World War II
1942 1st in per capita in E. bond purchases of all U.S. counties; never beaten on sales per person.
1942 County war bond drive earned the right to sponsor and christen a Liberty ship, The William T. Sherman. Mrs. Patrick J. O’Meara and Mrs. Alex Macnab, each with four sons in service.
1943 Rail line was abandoned between Kent and Shaniko.
1944 US Army Corps of Engineers encamped along the Columbia River at Rufus to conduct pontoon-bridging operations in preparation for the crossing of the Rhine River.
1944 Co-Matrons christened the Fon du Lac: Mrs. B.C. Pinckney & Mrs. Bertha Dixon. The sponsor was Mrs. Giles French.
1945 The Sherman County Historical Society incorporated, organized with 114 present.
1946 Rural Electrification Act.
1947 Oregon Wheat Growers League sponsored formation of the Oregon Wheat Commission, empowering collection of ½ cent per bushel from wheat sold to be used in wheat research and marketing.
1948 REA completed electrification of most county farms.
1948 Sherman Experiment Station Superintendent: George A. Mitchell
1951 Sherman County Historical Society placed an Oregon Trail monument at the John Day Crossing.
1955 Union High School District was formed.
1956 Union High School was built near Moro.
1956 Oregon’s representative to the Republican National Committee: Dorotha Huntley Moore.
1957 1st Class to graduate from Sherman Union High School.
1958 North Sherman TV Cooperative formed.
1958 1st County history published by Oregon Historical Society, 1,000 copies of The Golden Land. Giles L. French.
1959 Construction of the John Day Dam began.
1959 Oregon’s centennial.
1959 Sherman County Historical Society erected 12 signs marking the 1869 The Dalles Military Road through the County.
? 1950s State winner in Vogue’s sewing competition. Beth Reid.
1960 1st concrete poured for the John Day Dam
1962 Sam Hill Memorial Bridge was dedicated.
1964 The Great Flood. The new I-84 bridge across the John Day River mouth collapsed; wide-spread damage to roads, railroad tracks, buildings and watersheds.
1966 New grain storage facility constructed on the Columbia River at Biggs to facilitate barge shipping.
1968 John Day Dam dedicated before a crowd of 6,000. Waters impounded behind the dam covered the town site of Early on the John Day River.
1969 Member of Oregon State Board of Agriculture appointed: Paulen W. Kaseberg.
1972 1st Future Farmers of America state president from Sherman County. Michael S. Macnab.
1974 State Conservation Award. Tex Irzyk.
1974 FFA American Farmer Award. Michael S. Macnab.
1975 Oregon Trail Bicentennial activities.
——— Deschutes State Park established.
1975 Sam Hill Memorial Bridge became toll free.
1976 2nd County history published, They Paved the Way. Bertha Helyer Belshe.
1981 Largest wheat crop recorded to date.
1982 1st Oregon Farm Family of the Year. The Larry Kaseberg Family.
1982 1st Oregon Century Farm designated in Sherman County. Kaseberg Homestead, Paulen W. Kaseberg.
1982 American Legion Post #71 gave their community building to the Sherman County Historical Society for use as a museum.
1983 Sherman County Historical Museum opened in July.
1988 1st woman president of Wasco Electric Cooperative. Jean A. McKinney.
1989 Sherman County Centennial.
1991 Homestead, non-fiction, published by: Jane Kirkpatrick of Sherman County.
1991 Department of Defense Certificate of Appreciation, National Guard: Neil Pattee.
1991 2nd place in national competition of National Association of County Agricultural Agents: Alexander “Sandy” Macnab.
1993 Tied for 2nd in national writing competition: Jane Kirkpatrick.
1993 Sherman County Historical Museum publication, Oregon Trails, Rails and Roads in Sherman County, won honorable mention in design competition sponsored by American Association of Museums. Designed by: Jeanney McArthur.
1993 Sherman County Historical Museum opened a new wing.
1994 Sherman County Historical Museum awarded prestigious Albert B.Corey Award for scholarship, vigor and imagination shown in the work of an all-volunteer museum.
1994 Posthumous induction into Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame: Giles L. French.
1994 Named western regional vice chair of National Association of County Agents: Sandy Macnab.
1995 Plush Cookin’ published: Marie von Borstel Hattrup.
1995 US Postal Service Award, The Benjamin, for public outreach to the Grass Valley postmaster: Mary Ann Justesen.
1995 A Sweetness to the Soul published based on the life and times of Jane Sherar: Jane Kirkpatrick.
1995 Governor’s Good Processing Council appointment, 1st woman to serve: Karla von Borstel Chambers of Corvallis.
1996 National award for A Sweetness to the Soul: Jane Kirkpatrick.
1996 Oregon State Board of Agriculture appointed by the governor and 1st woman board chair: Karla von Borstel Chambers.
1997 San Francisco Federal Reserve Board Karla von Borstel Chambers.
1990s President, Association of Oregon Counties Mike McArthur, Sherman County Judge.