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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OLHD 2019 Meetings

NO OLHD MEETING THIS MONTH

Greetings:

Due to a variety of reasons OLHD will not be meeting in December. As agreed to by the membership earlier this year OLHD will be meeting the 2nd Thursday of the following months in 2019 – – – watch for announcements prior to each scheduled meeting for any changes:

  • February 14th
  • April 11th
  • June 13th
  • October 10th
  • December 12th

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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Obituary for Charlee Moore

Greetings:

Word has just reached OLHD of the passing last Oct. 7th of Charlee Moore, wife of Bob Moore of Moore’s Flour Mill. You can read about her in this obituary.


OLHD interviewed Bob and Charlee in 2011, and that interview can be viewed at the Oak Lodge History Detectives YouTube Channel.

We are saddened to learn of the loss of such a remarkable member of our community and send our condolences to her family.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, OLHD

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OLHD October Meeting Cancellation

ATTENTION!
OLHD October Meeting Cancelled

The Oct. 11th Oak Lodge History Detectives meeting is cancelled due to illness.

Intended to be OLHD’s “Annual Meeting” the October meeting has been re-scheduled to Nov. 8th.  Please mark your calendars. A reminder will be sent out 2 weeks prior.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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ERC Commemorative Sign Meeting

ERC Commemorative Sign Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 20th
10:30 a.m.

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

Greetings:

The Oak Lodge Community is invited to a meeting to provide input for a commemorative sign to be installed on the former Evangelical Retreat Center property in Jennings Lodge by developer Lennar NW. The sign is part of a final agreement negotiated between the developer, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and other mandated participants which include the Oak Lodge History Detectives. Community input is needed to help design a sign that adequately celebrates the history of the site.

Anyone with an interest of, or knowledge of the former Jennings Lodge Campground/ERC property is strongly urged to share their comments and suggestions for the sign’s content at a meeting on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Oak Lodge Water Services Building located at 14496 S.E. River Road. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m.

The former campground site is located at the center of the Jennings Lodge community. Its groves of mature fir trees and its many historic buildings made it eligible to be considered as a National Historic District. Following the settlement and final agreement these have all now been removed in preparation for the new 72 home development being built by Lennar NW. The housing development will be known as the Jennings Lodge Estates.

For more information about the Commemorative Sign meeting contact Michael Schmeer of the Oak Lodge History Detectives (gennutt68@gmail.com), Lisa Bentley (lisabentley3@comcast.net), or Grover Bornefeld, Jennings Lodge CPO (citizengjb@gmail.com).

We hope to see you there.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, OLHD

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