Oak Lodge Library Groundbreaking Cermony

Come and celebrate the long awaited groundbreaking for the new Oak Lodge Library.

Enjoy free ice cream, and learn a little history.

Saturday, September 16, 2023
1-3 P.M.
Concord Property
3811 S.E. Concord Rd., Milwaukie

Construction is beginning on the new Oak Lodge Library and community park
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Discovering Your House’s History Talk


“What Can You Tell Me About My House’s History” is the most frequently asked question received by the Oak Lodge History Detectives (OLHD). With well over 1,000 homes in the Oak Lodge area the answer is generally “not much”. Our best advice is for curious homeowners to learn how to do it themselves and enjoy the discovery, using many available tools.

OLHD will be giving a talk on this subject on May 6th at the Estacada Public Library at 12:00 noon. It is open to all. You are welcome to join us for an educational afternoon.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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Carol J. Powers Obituary

Carol J. Powers
1949 – 2023

OLHD has lost a long time member. Carol Powers had been an active and supportive member of OLHD since 2015. She attended most of our meetings and followed OLHD on Facebook. She passed away on Feb. 19th.

There will be a service for her on Friday March 10th.  You can read her obituary below.

Obituary of Carol J. Powers

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William L. Holmes House Opening

General Joseph Lane, Oregon’s first territorial governor

On March 4, 1849, General Joseph Lane of Indiana was sworn in a Oregon’s first territorial governor.  The location of this event was the William L. Holmes House at the Rose Farm in Oregon City.  The house will be open on Saturday to commemorate the event. Come and learn about Lane and how he came to Oregon.

Date:  Saturday, March 4, 2023

Place:  536 Holmes Lane in Oregon City

Time: 12 noon to 4 pm – refreshments will be served. Admission by donation.

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OLHD article in the Clackamas Review

Read the Clackamas Review article: Oak Lodge History Detectives get $2,000 for pioneer schoolhouse markers

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OLHD February 2023 Meeting

7:00 P.M.

Concord School
3811 S.E. Concord Rd.
Upper Floor; N.W. corner room


Not having met since October the Oak Lodge History Detectives will again be meeting on Thursday Feb. 9th, at 7:00 P.M.

This will be another opportunity for folks to renew their membership to OLHD, and purchase our new “Hooked on History” OLHD T-shirts. We’ll also be announcing our recent grant from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition (managed by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance) made possible by funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Mystery Man of La ROche
A slide presentation by Mike Schmeer

There will be a one hour program entitled “Mystery Man of La Roche” presented during the meeting. Come and learn about an important, yet relatively unknown participant in our local history.

See you on February 9th!

Mike Schmeer

President, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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An OLHD Christmas Greeting

Due to an unexpected health episode by yours truly over the Thanksgiving holiday OLHD was unable to schedule a meeting in December. But things are looking up for early 2023. Stay tuned.

The holidays are now upon us and it’s time to celebrate with those we love. OLHD wishes you and yours a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! We look forward to sharing much more about our local history in 2023.

(The attached photo was found in a very old family book that belonged to my great-grandparents).

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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OLHD Resumes In-Person Meetings!

Thursday Oct. 13, 2022
7:00 P.M.
Historic Concord School
3811 SE Concord Rd.

(Upper floor, N.W. corner)

FINALLY!  After 2 ½ years of hiatus due to the Covid pandemic the Oak Lodge History Detectives will again be meeting IN PERSON.

The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District has kindly offered us a space to meet in the historic Concord School. The room is on the upper floor, at the N.W. corner (closest to Spaulding Ave., at the top of that entrance’s stairs). You may access via the Spaulding Ave. entrance, the front “Grand Stairs”, or if you are in need of the elevator you can enter via the Concord Rd. entrance at the south end of the building. [See drawing]

Floor plan of the Concord School in Oak Grove, Oregon

After having waived membership dues for the last 2 years, this meeting will be an opportunity to renew your membership. Come a little early to allow extra time for this. Dues are still $15 per individual, or $20 per couple.

OLHD is also promoting our “First Schools Markers” initiative to raise funds for historic markers at the locations of our first two schools – in 1856 and 1866. In support of this effort we will be offering our new “Hooked on History” T-shirts for sale ($20) and accepting donations. There will also be a 30 minute “Oak Lodge’s First Schools” presentation given on this topic.

We look forward to seeing you again on Oct. 13th.

Mike Schmeer

Chairman, OLHD

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OLHD Resumes In-person Meetings!


SAVE THE DATE!  Oct. 13, 2022

After a 2 year hiatus of no in-person OLHD meetings because of Covid, OLHD will FINALLY be meeting again on Oct. 13th, 2022 – – – at the historic Concord School.

As the owner of the Concord complex the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) has begun scheduling the use of spaces within the historic school for use by community groups. OLHD has reserved a very nice room at the north end of the building, on the upper floor, for Oct. 13th and hopefully months after. This room will accommodate between 40 and 50 individuals, has a screen and ample electrical outlets, and even A/C if needed. And it is available for our usual meeting times from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Because OLHD suspended annual dues during the pandemic we will be accepting renewals at this meeting. So bring your checkbooks!  Your contributions help support an organization dedicated to promoting the place and appreciation of local history in the Oak Lodge area.

We will also be making our new OLHD T-shirts available for sale. Proceeds from these shirts will support our latest “First Schools” initiative designed to place historic markers at the locations of Oak Lodge’s first schools – in 1856 and 1866. You’ll learn more about it at our meeting.

So, SAVE THE DATE of Oct. 13th and join us at Concord School to resume learning about Oak Lodge’s fascinating history. We’ll be sending out reminders, and more details, in the coming weeks.

Mike Schmeer

Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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“Taking Pride In Home Stewardship”


The link below will take you to the “Preservation: Three Perspectives” presentation I was asked to participate in on June 1st. It was hosted by the Milwaukie Ledding Library, Milwaukie Historical Society, and City of Milwaukie as part of the library’s spring Lecture Series.

I was the last of the four speakers, so my part starts at time stamp 1:32:05.  I’ve been told that I’ll be receiving a clip of just my part at a later date. 

I was asked to talk about what it’s like living in a historic house, as our house was built by Philip T. Oatfield, of our area’s prominent Oatfield family, in 1922. This was a different type of talk than I usually give – – – – instead of just being about the local history of Oak Lodge, it’s a mix of history and sort of a virtual tour of our house.  I am not accustomed to public speaking, so it’s a little rough around the edges. But you’ll get the drift of my message.

Mike Schmeer

President, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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