OLHD Member Benefits

One of the advantages to belonging to an organization is the benefits it offers.  To a large extent OLHD’s benefits are intangible — a sense of pride that  one is supporting a good cause.

However, because OLHD is a dues-paying member of the Clackamas County Heritage Council (CCHC), that means dues-paying members of OLHD can enjoy CCHC’s reciprocal admissions benefits.

See the list of participating sites below. When visiting one of these sites let them know that you are a dues paying member of OLHD.

OLHD member benefits through the Clackamas County Heritage Council

And when we issue membership cards in October you’ll even have proof!!!

Go to the CCHC website to find out what upcoming history-related events are in store for us.​

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Concord School Mystery Solved

Most of us are aware that Concord School has been at the same location for over 125 years.

Plat map of the Concord school area, with colored shading to indicate property changes over time
But we also know that the current building was not the first – there have been three. So the question arose, where on the property was the first little one-room school house located? OLHD set out to solve this mystery.

Using photographs, deeds, Donation Land Claim records, surveys and newspaper accounts we were able to determine exactly WHERE the first two Concord School buildings were located. The first, 1890 building, was located just a few feet back from Concord Rd. (then called Oatfield’s Rd) where today’s play area is.

Photo of both the 1890 and 1910 Concord school buildings, with Concord Rd in the foreground

That’s a very muddy Concord Rd. in the foreground. The second building, constructed in 1910, was built a few yards behind the first – also in today’s play area. It was after construction of the current building, in 1936, that the area of the first two buildings was set aside as a play area.

Aerial photo of Concord School with inset photos of the 18090 and 1910 buildings showing their original locations

So next time you take your children, or grandchildren, to Concord’s play ground take note that you will be walking on hallowed ground.

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Appeal for “Park Letters”

March 9, 2018

Dear History Detectives:

As you know from presentations at recent OLHD meetings, the Oak Lodge History Detectives have been involved for some months in Section 106 negotiations about the former Jennings Lodge campground as required by the National Historic Preservation Act.  OLHD’s involvement in this effort is consistent with OLHD’s mission. Although the former Jennings Lodge Camp, established in 1904 was designated eligible to be considered as a National Historic District by Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office or SHPO, the Campground is, nevertheless, slated to be demolished and replaced by a residential development.

The History Detectives along with the Jennings Lodge Community Planning Organization (CPO) are consulting parties to negotiations being led by the US Army Corps of Engineers to consider whether any part of the camp meeting site can be saved, and if not, what types of mitigation will be needed to offset resulting damage.

As a part of the Section 106 process, the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District has offered to purchase approximately two to two and a half acres from the developer, Lennar Northwest, for a small park to commemorate the history of the former camp in Jennings Lodge.  In an area severely lacking in public park space, any park space would be most welcome by  residents of Oak Lodge.  Such a park could also serve to honor the nearly 110 year old former evangelical camp meeting site and help preserve its legacy.

The cost of such a park could be a severely limiting factor on its realization.  Normally, land purchased for public use from a private party should be consistent with Fair Market Value or FMV.  In this case, the exigency of paying for a public green space in the Oak Lodge area could well result in a higher than average FMV than NCPRD or BCC would normally authorize.

The developer has already expended funds for overall development of the former campground property during the last two years. Thus, Lennar NW may want greater reimbursement for the lots and therefore ask for greater than FMV for any lots sold to the NCPRD. At the same time, Oak Lodge remains severely underserved in terms of park space despite 26 years of paying taxes to the NCPRD for parks. Therefore the NCPRD and the county might determine that paying more than FMV would be appropriate in this situation where available land for parks is so limited.

Right now, we do not know exactly what has transpired between the developer and NCPRD, and rightly we cannot expect to know the details of such negotiations.  However, we DO KNOW that purchase of the park may be discussed very soon by the Board of County Commissioners who also serve as the Board of North Clackamas Parks and Recreation.  We suspect the discussion of park purchase will take place at an upcoming executive session early this coming week (Executive sessions are not open to the public) .

Therefore, we ask History Detectives members and friends to write, email, or telephone the BCC by five pm, TUESDAY, asking the NCPRD/BCC to support purchasing  land for a small park to honor the Jennings Lodge Camp which will also provide new public green space for all of Oak Lodge.  In this situation, if you believe the park is important enough to merit paying greater than the customary FMV, please say that also. And if you believe Oak Lodge needs more park space, we hope you will also mention the importance of providing new parks in our area.

Thank you.


Michael Schmeer, Chairman, OLHD



Chairman Jim Bernard                         jbernard@co.clackamas.or.us

Commissioner Martha Schrader          mschrader@co.clackamas.or.us

Commissioner Paul Savas                    psavas@co.clackamas.or.us

Commissioner Ken Humberston          khumberston@clackamas.us

Commissioner Sonya Fischer               sonyafischer@clackamas.us

County Administrator Donald Krupp   Dkrupp@co.clackamas.or.us

NCPRD Director Scott Archer               SArcher@ncprd.com

Mailing Address for the Board of County Commissioners:
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Mailing Address for the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation:
NCPRD Administration Offices
150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

Telephone number for the BCC:  503-655-85

Telephone number for NCPRD:    503.742.4348


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OLHD February 2018 Meeting


Oak Lodge Water Services Bldg.
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
7:00 P.M.


Come and join us Feb. 8th to learn what’s been happening in the world of local history.  A tentative agenda includes:

  • Resumption of OLHD co-chair nominations
  • Concord property
  • Evangelical Retreat Center update
  • Trolley Trail Historic District project
  • The past meeting the future: Concord history; Fair Oaks litigation

Please send me your requests for items to be placed on the agenda by Monday Feb. 5th.

See you Feb. 8th.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, OLHD

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A new Oak Lodge Library is in the future!

Photo of the Oak Lodge Library building

Monday, January 29th is your chance to learn about a plan to build a new library in Oak Lodge—and provide your vision and ideas.

A library is more than a place to house books. Libraries are also places for residents to gather, learn and build relationships with one another. Come tell us what YOU want to see in a new library!

The meeting will also include information about a partnership between North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and North Clackamas School District (NCSD) to provide new community spaces throughout the NCPRD service district.

Oak Lodge Public Meeting: Library and Community Spaces
Monday, Jan. 29th, 2018
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Rex Putnam School
4950 SE Roethe Rd., Milwaukie, OR map

What’s happening at this meeting??

Learn About Projects in Your Community: This meeting will highlight two major projects in the Oak Lodge area:

  • Planning for the Oak Lodge Library: Clackamas County is moving forward with planning for a new library in Oak Lodge. Community input is needed to help determine the location of the new Oak Lodge Library and what kinds of amenities and services it will provide. Give us your input and vision for the library, while learning more about the library planning process. Learn more.
  • NCPRD and NCSD Strategic Partnership: Learn about the partnership and the properties that will become community spaces for public use (including the Concord School building in Oak Grove). Learn more.

Can’t make it to the meeting? Participate online!

The information presented at the meeting will be available online with a survey for you to provide your input. The online survey will be available Jan. 29-Feb. 19 at www.clackamas.us/libraryproject

Will there be other chances to get involved?

Yes! This meeting is just the first opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in your community. You’ll be invited to other opportunities to get involved as the projects move forward in the coming months.

Get on the email list (select Oak Lodge Library Updates) to receive updates and stay engaged.

Please share this invitation with anyone you know who is interested in learning more.

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Mendonholm Villa and Charles Glafke

Photo of Glafke House today

Charles Glafke house today – on Oak Grove Blvd and Linden Lane (photo from Oak Grove Observer)

A month ago the Oak Grove Observer posted a photo of “Mendonholm Villa”, once a stately residence in Oak Grove owned by C. E. Glafke. Though the original property has recently been developed with numerous homes, the house still exists at one corner of the original property. OLHD felt that such a stately residence in Oak Grove was worthy of more research:

Charles Edward Glafke

One of the earlier residents of Oak Grove was Charles E. Glafke, who’s residence he called “Mendonholm Villa” was located at the S.E. corner of today’s Oak Grove Blvd. and Linden Lane.

Born in New York in 1865 to Frederick (Fred) and Catherine (Kate) Glafke, both born in Germany, the family settled in Wayne Co., NY until 1865. They then removed to Mendon in St. Joseph Co., Michigan when Charles was still young. It seems likely that the name “Mendonholm” was derived from his Michigan home town’s name. Charles had five siblings – William B., Frederick, Elizabeth J., Nettie and Kate. The Glafke family appears living in Mendon in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses, and in 1886 Charles married Carrie Glendening in Chicago.

Led by Fred Jr. in 1890 the rest of the family moved to Portland, OR. in 1892 and were enumerated in the 1895 state census. Fred Sr. was a carriage and wagon maker by trade and it is clear that the sons entered into the business world and politics at an early age. William established the W.B. Glafke Co. – later the Interior Grocery Company – and even ran for Portland mayor in 1905. Fred Jr. managed a branch of the same business in Walla Walla.

By 1900 Charles and Carrie had moved to Los Angeles where the census states that he was a “Cracker Box Manager in Portland”. By 1905 Charles had moved to San Francisco where he became President of “The Glafke Co.”, manufacturers of Oil Burners. Charles and Carrie divorced in 1910 while in San Francisco, but by 1912 he had remarried in San Francisco, to Elizabeth Nerod, the daughter of Christ J. and Sophie Nerod of Salem, OR.

Mendonholm Villa

By late 1912 Charles and Elizabeth had returned to Portland, and by 1916 he had apparently removed to Oak Grove where he built his Mendonholm Villa estate.

During their years in Oak Grove the couple did a lot of entertaining at their home, as evidenced by articles in the Oregon Journal and Oregonian newspapers.

(click to enlarge)

But in 1917 Charles put up the home for sale, citing a business need to remove from Oregon. For whatever reasons the home was not sold for several years, and Elizabeth died there from cancer at the age of only 42 on Oct. 18, 1922. One could speculate that Elizabeth’s cancer was the reason he didn’t sell the home, but we’ll probably never know for sure. Charles’ still lived there when he died on Mar. 2, 1924. At the time of his death Charles was owner/manager of Loggers Oil Equipment Co. The home was eventually sold a few years later.

Image of sales flyer for Mendonholm Villa

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End of the Oatfield Legacy

During the week prior to Christmas, the 1903 Phil Oatfield house on Oatfield Rd. succumbed to the wrecking ball.

Photograph of the demolition of 1903 Philip Oatfield house

After 114 years of being a home for the Oatfields and subsequent families the historic building was demolished as a result of major neglect by more recent owners.

Goodbye old friend. Perhaps, with some luck, we can at least save your trees.

Photograph of the demolition of 1903 Philip Oatfield house

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OLHD December Meeting

THURSDAY DEC. 14th 7:00 P.M.
Oak Lodge Water Services Bldg.
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.


Based on last month’s vote to limit the number of meetings we will hold in 2018 our December meeting will be the last one until February 2018.

This meeting will be another opportunity to renew lapsed memberships, and because no one has yet come forward we will be accepting nominations for OLHD Co-chair. This is a 2 year term.

We will also have committee updates, and if time permits we will take a stroll through the OLHD Digital Archives.

Please send me your requests for items to be placed on the agenda by Dec. 11th.

See you Dec. 14th.

Mike Schmeer

Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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OLHD November 2017 Meeting


Our November meeting will be a continuation of our October “Annual Meeting” when we re-elected our Treasurer and solicited nominations for Chair and Co-Chair. Thus far no one has come forward to serve as Chair or Co-chair and we need to fill those positions. We’ll also be discussing numerous subjects that came up at our last meeting, including options for membership renewals, by-laws, volunteer tasks and others.

We’ll conclude our evening with the program “TEBOS a la Carte”, presented by Virginia Foster and Lisa Bentley which will be followed by refreshments of Tebo’s Pies.

Join us this coming Thursday, renew your membership, and help us celebrate the history of Oak Lodge.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

Flyer for OLHD November 2017 meeting

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OLHD October 2017 General Meeting

Oak Lodge Water Services Bldg.

14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple
7:00 P.M.​


As announced in early September, OLHD’s September meeting was substituted by “Reminiscing the Past and Assisting the Future” — a joint program with Metro at Rose Villa on Sept. 12th. This was a very enjoyable and successful program with over 90 people in attendance.


Our October meeting will be our annual “General Meeting”, as prescribed by our by-laws. It is at this meeting that we will be discussing how we want our organization to function as we move forward, and elect officers. OLHD has four Board positions: Chair, currently held by Mike Schmeer; Co-chair, currently held by Baldwin Van der Bijl; Secretary, currently held by Mary Smith Piper; and Treasurer, currently held by Pat Reinert. The terms of three positions have expired: those of Chair, Co-chair, and Treasurer. The Secretary’s position is at mid-term.

Baldwin Van der Bijl has indicated that he will NOT be running for Co-chair again. Pat Reinert has indicated that she WILL run again. Having been Chair for 6 years straight I do not want to run for Chair again, but would be willing to serve as Co-chair under a new Chair.

​I am 100% devoted to OLHD but would like to take on a lesser role. I currently also serve on The Concord Partnership and Oak Grove Community Council boards, and am involved with the Oak Grove Historic Trolley Trail Association — all very worthwhile endeavors. I would like more time to do work on the OLHD website, do research, do interviews, and pursue my own hobbies. But I find that I can do few of those things while still serving as chair of OLHD, and performing functions that could be done, and ought to be done, by others within the organization. The success of any organization depends on a division of all the necessary duties. A dependence on two or three people is a recipe for failure.

I have drafted a list of “perfect world” volunteer positions that I feel OLHD ought to have. I encourage you to bring a copy of this list with you to our meeting so we can discuss a strategy for moving our organization forward with a change in leadership, and I encourage you to consider volunteering.

OLHD has become a community building fixture in Oak Lodge over the past 6 years, and indeed throughout Clackamas County. It would be a shame to see it flounder due to a lack of people willing to help out. Please join me on Oct. 12th to help OLHD develop a new strategy for moving forward.

Mike Schmeer

Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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