OLHD October 2019 Meeting

OAK LODGE HISTORY DETECTIVES

OCTOBER 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

THURSDAY OCT. 24TH
7:00 P.M.

Oak Lodge Water Services Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.

Greetings:

It’s time for our OLHD annual meeting! This year’s annual meeting is being delayed two weeks from the usual 2nd Thursday due to a trip planned by yours truly a year ago.

Our annual meetings are your opportunity to renew your support for OLHD by renewing your membership, and new members are always welcome. Our Treasurer and Membership Chair will be on hand to accept your cash or checks, so bring your checkbooks.

This is also the time of year when OLHD fills the Board vacancies for the coming year. This year all of the positions will be open for re-election or nomination (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director at Large).

The June 2019 Minutes are available on the OLHD website.

We hope to keep the business portion of this meeting short, and in contrast we’ll be presenting:

THE RISLEYS ON THE WILLAMETTE

A 150 year history of Clackamas County’s Risley Family

Photograph of Jacob Swain Risley including his signature

Presented by Michael G. Schmeer

We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 24th.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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Jennings Lodge Heritage Celebration

Special Heritage Celebration
Tuesday, Sept. 24th
7:00 p.m.

The Jennings Lodge CPO invites you to a Special Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. In lieu of its regular business meeting, The CPO is hosting a celebration of Jennings Lodge history, which will include recognition of the first outdoor interpretative heritage sign recently installed in Jennings Lodge. This event will also celebrate the work of many in the community to get and put together the content of that sign.

The celebration for all ages begins at 7 p.m. at the intersection of SE Jennings Avenue and Morse Street (just west of River Road.) Refreshments, activities and information tables where you learn and can ask questions, will follow at a reception/community gathering at the Nazarene Church (across the street) at 4180 SE Jennings Avenue. Come talk with other community members, celebrate Jennings Lodge history, learn and test yourself on what you know about Jennings Lodge. Invite your family, friends and neighbors – everyone interested in Jennings Lodge!

If you would like to help at the event or more information about the Jennings Lodge Community, please contact jenningslodgecpo@gmail.com

Jennings Lodge Community Planning Organization

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Jennings Lodge Special Heritage Celebration

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Please join the Jennings Lodge Community Planning Organization (JLCPO) for a SPECIAL HERITAGE CELEBRATION on Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 7 pm in lieu of the usual JLCPO regular business meeting. Everyone is invited to celebrate the new interpretative heritage marker, which commemorates the early history and development of our community. The celebration for all ages commences at 7:00 pm at the intersection of SE Jennings Ave and Morse Ct (just west of River Rd.) Refreshments will be served at a reception/community gathering at the Nazarene Church (across the street) at 4180 SE Jennings Avenue. No reservation needed.

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OLHD October 2019 Meeting Re-scheduled

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24th
7:00 P.M.

Oak Lodge Water Services District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.

OLHD’s usual “second Thursday” meeting in October (originally scheduled for Oct. 10th) — our “Annual Meeting” — has been re-scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24th. The usual meeting room at the Oak Lodge Sanitary Services Bldg. has been reserved for 7:00 p.m.

This will be OLHD’s “Annual Meeting” at which we select or re-elect our Board members and is an opportunity to renew your financial support for OLHD. We also tentatively plan on presenting “The Remarkable Risley’s” – a history and genealogy of our local Risley family. This was a presentation given to the Oak Grove Garden Club several years ago, but never presented to OLHD.

So MARK YOUR CALENDARS – – – the Oct. 10th meeting has been changed to Oct. 24th!

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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OLHD June 2019 Meeting

THURSDAY JUNE 13TH
7:00 P.M.

Oak Lodge Water Services District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.

Greetings:

This notice is a little later than usual — indicative of an exceedingly busy spring season.

This meeting will be our last meeting until our “annual meeting” in October. In addition to our regular business we will be doing some planning for the Oak Grove Trolley Trail Fest on Aug. 24th, and reviewing photos from our Naef/Stringfield/Superior Dairy collection for display at the Stringfield House in Stringfield Family Park.

You’ll also hear updates on the Jennings Lodge Interpretive Sign, the Concord Task Force, OLHD preservation efforts, and progress toward OLHD becoming a 501(C)(3).

The unapproved minutes from our April meeting are here, ready for approval at our June meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on June 13th.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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Superior Dairy

SUPERIOR DAIRY

Few people living in Oak Lodge today will likely remember Superior Dairy.

Superior Dairy: McLoughlin Blvd. would be in the upper right corner

Part of the original Naef Farm, the dairy was located across the “Super 99” (McLoughlin Blvd.) from the Super 99 Drive In.

1942 Superior Dairy advertisement

The dairy was founded in 1941 by partners Kenneth Huddle and Ray Stoll – dairymen of Swedish ancestry.

Ray Stoll

“Grandma Rickman”; Superior Dairy 1955

The dairy produced raw milk, and occupied the property on the south side of Naef Rd., from the trolley line east to McLoughlin Blvd. The business continued until 1957 when the dairy ceased operating due to a decline in Ray’s health.

Superior Dairy from Stringfield house – looking east

A 1955 aerial photo shows the huge barn across from the drive in, and Stringfield family photos show it from the vantage point of today’s Stringfield Family Park. Newspaper articles describe the dairy’s products while it was in operation.

Superior Dairy (L) across from the Super 99 Drive in 1955

After terminating the business in 1957 Huddle removed to the Bend area and started a dairy there. Ray (shown in photos) opened two laundromats in Oregon City and continued residing in Oak Grove. Today the location of the barn and home is occupied by B. Young RV and the Oak Grove Post Office.

Superior Dairy Auction 1957

OLHD thanks Robert & Brian Stoll, grandsons of Ray Stoll, for providing us with photos and information about the dairy – as well as Tom & Rick Stringfield for their family photos.

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OLHD April 2019 Meeting

OAK LODGE HISTORY DETECTIVES

APRIL 2019 “SPECIAL” MEETING

THURSDAY APRIL 11TH

7:00 p.m.

Oak Lodge Water Services District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.

Greetings:

Our April meeting will be an important meeting. We are calling it a “Special Meeting” in that our current bylaws specify that amendments to the bylaws can be voted on at a “Special Meeting” called for by the chair.

The OLHD board has voted to move forward with OLHD becoming a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization. Updating and clarifying our bylaws is a first step in that endeavor. As such we will be combining our regular April meeting with a “Special Meeting” for this purpose.

We’ll also update our members with the latest history-related local activities, preservation legislation, and upcoming events that we might want to participate in.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity for individuals to renew their membership with OLHD. Individuals need to be up to date with their membership in order to vote at this meeting. Our OLHD Membership Chair maintains a database for this purpose, and those memberships that have expired should have received a reminder notice recently.

We look forward to seeing you on April 11th.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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OLHD Non-profit decision

Greetings:

Recently I have been giving a lot of thought as to OLHD’s longevity, and that of our website. Over the last 10 years OLHD has become a well recognized organization in Clackamas County due to the information on our website, the occasional OLHD postings on Facebook, our occasional presentations, presence at community events, and occasional activism on history-related issues. However, the reality is that we are hampered by the fact that we are not a 501(c)3. The potential of our website meeting the goals of our mission, and the potential of what more we COULD be doing in the community to be consistent with our goals, is limited by our membership and the size of our bank account. Many former members did not renew in October. Unless we change that it will ultimately affect our bank balance and thus our longevity.

In considering all of these factors I finally came to the conclusion that OLHD ought to actively pursue becoming a 501(c)3 organization. This tax-exempt status would allow us to receive grants – – grants to improve the website and conduct community projects – – and it would provide us the legitimacy to match what is already the perception. Our website is arguably one of our best mechanisms for meeting our mission and has a great deal of potential that is not being realized. There are also projects within the community that we could be doing, but for a lack of adequate funds.

This idea was put before the OLHD membership several years ago, and the consensus then was that it should be looked into. However, for a variety of reasons, it never happened. A week ago I resurrected the idea and put it before the OLHD Board. It was approved by a majority.

Based on this OLHD will be actively pursuing obtaining 501(c)3 status with the IRS. I will keep you informed as this process continues, and hope that you will support it.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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A Win for Historic Preservation

Greetings:

Recently an application was made to the Clackamas Co. Planning Division to install solar panels to the roof of one of our Clackamas County Historic Landmarks – specifically the Isabelle Rupert House. This came to The attention of the Oak Lodge History Detectives (OLHD), and when we investigated we found that the owner had ALREADY installed most of the panels well prior to any decision.

Along with the Oak Grove Community Council OLHD responded to the application with a recommendation to deny it based on our belief that the project violated several paragraphs of ZDO 707, the code pertaining to historic preservation. When the Clackamas County Historic Review Board met to discuss the application they also recommended denial.

OLHD is pleased to report that the application has been denied, and the specifications in the county ordinance designed to preserve our historic landmarks were upheld.

This application has shone a light on two things: 1) Local historic organizations need to be informed when an application pertaining to a historic landmark in their area is presented to the county (they aren’t currently – only through the local CPO), and 2) It is incumbent on the community to stand watch over our historic landmarks, as the county is not in a position to watch over every one of them.

OLHD extends a warm Thank You to those that care. Chalk one up for preservation.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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OLHD February 2019 Meeting

Feb. 14, 2019
7:00 P.M.

Oak Lodge Water Services Bldg.
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple

Greetings:

It’s been a while since OLHD has had the opportunity to meet. But weather, and health permitting, we will again meet on Valentine’s Day – a romantic opportunity for you and your sweetheart 🙂

I’m attaching our Nov. 2018 OLHD Minutes for your review. Please take a moment to look them over prior to our Feb. 14th meeting.

This month we’ll be catching up on history-related Oak Lodge news, learning about historic Clackamas County schools from Richard Craven of the Clackamas County Family History Society, and seeing some of the newest additions to our digital archives from the Naef family.

Join us on Feb. 14th as we continue to investigate and preserve Oak Lodge history.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, OLHD

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