A Win for Historic Preservation


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


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



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


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

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


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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OLHD October 2018 Meeting


October 11th, 2018

November 8th, 2018
7:00 P.M.

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


Fall is upon us (finally) and it’s time for OLHD to resume its quest for knowledge of, and preservation of, our local history.

As required by the OLHD Bylaws our October meeting will be dedicated to elections, membership renewals, new members, and changes to our Bylaws.

As decided by the OLHD membership all memberships will be based on a calendar year from now on, and due at the Annual Meeting. Dues will remain at $15 per year ($20 for couples) and members may pay for 2 years at a time if they wish. If you have been thinking about joining OLHD this is your opportunity to do so. So BRING YOUR CHECKBOOKS.

Our Annual Meeting is also the time we elect or re-elect officers. This year only the Secretary position will need to be filled. The term for this position is for 2 years. Our current Secretary, Mary Piper, will not be running for re-election. OLHD thanks Mary for her dedicated service during the last 2 years. If you are interested in contributing to OLHD’s management please contact me. OLHD needs volunteers to continue bringing local history to the community.

As mentioned earlier in the year OLHD’s Bylaws need updating. Though the Bylaw committee has not yet met there will be at least one important Bylaw that we need to vote to change to add more flexibility.

We’ll also be catching up on history-related news and activities since we last met.

Please join us on Oct. 11th so that we may resume our charge of “Investigating the Past, and Enriching the Future”.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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RIP Adele Marie Wilder

Photo of Adele Marie Wilder

OLHD is saddened to have learned of the passing of Adele Wilder, an avid supporter and volunteer for the Milwaukie Museum along with her sister Enid. Both Adele and Enid were videotaped in an OLHD interview several years ago. Adele was a joy to be around. Our sincere condolences go out to her family.

Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, 9-30-18 2:00 pm
at Milwaukie Covenant Church [map]
(next to Linnwood Elementary School)
12201 SE Linwood Ave.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Photo of Adele Wilder dresed in a chicken costume Photo of Adele Wilder and her sister by a boat called "Two Sisters"

Obituary for Adele Marie Wilder

June 17, 1928 to Sept. 16, 2018

By Adele’s sister, Enid Briggs

Adele was born on June 17, 1928 at our home on Briggs Avenue, as were all her brothers and sisters. She was the daughter of Maurice and Rachel (Birkemeier) Briggs. Her siblings were Enid, David, and Jack. Jack passed away at the age of two. Adele had ten aunts and uncles and thirty-one first cousins from the Birkemeier side of the family. She had six first cousins on the Briggs side of the family.

Adele enjoyed growing up in Milwaukie with family reunions, ice skating on Kellogg Lake, hay wagon rides, catching crawfish in Kellogg Creek. She had great memories of family picnics on her Uncle Chet McLoughlin’s farm, and family wiener roasts in the Brigg’s family backyard.

Adele is survived by her sister, Enid Briggs, daughters, Paula Ewald and Becky Scott, son-in laws Mike Ewald and Al Scott, grandchildren, Nick Ewald and spouse Shelbey, Paul Scott and spouse Kirsten, and Julia Scott, great-grandchildren, Eva Ewald, Westyn Ewald, and Elijah Scott, as well as many cousins.


Adele attended Milwaukie Elementary, Milwaukie Junior High, and Milwaukie High School, and George Fox University. Since there was no church or Sunday School in the Minthorne area of Milwaukie, her family and others decided to start a church and it was called Minthorne Community Church. Adele married the pastor’s son, Paul Wilder in 1954. They had two children, Paula and Becky. Later the church joined the Covenant Church, which later became Milwaukie Covenant Church.

Adele was very active in the church over the years. She had charge of the cradle rolls in the community reaching many parents. She was active in Youth for Christ and the Milwaukie Youth Council. Later she was active in Women for Missions, Tuesday Fellowship, and Senior Connection. She also served for years as the church’s wedding coordinator.

She loved gardening and was an active member of the Milwaukie Garden Club. She served two years as President. She was an active member of the Milwaukie Historical Society. She served three years as President. She worked hard to keep the museum from closing.

In her later years, grandson Nick Ewald purchased the old family home. Adele moved into a cottage on her daughter Becky’s property. She later moved into Town Center Village in Happy Valley, where she spent her last days.

She was greatly loved and cherished by many in the community.

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OLHD 2018 Summer Field Trip

Mark your calendars for our Aug. 4th field trip to North Clackamas County’s oldest extant church!

Visit to 1907 Jennings Lodge Church

Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM

The oldest church still standing in northern Clackamas County

Tour of Church and Original Bell Tower

Our Lady of Grace Pro-Cathedral

18403 S.E. Blanton Street

Special Presentation

Grace Church History as Part of Preserving Oak Lodge Historical Sites

Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Social

Guests Encouraged to Bring Photos of Oak Lodge Historic Landmarks for Discussion

OLHD Members Free, Suggested Donation $5

Wheelchair Access to Main Level and Ramp to Sanctuary

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Sandes of Time is for sale


The historic Harvey G. Starkweather house on River Rd. is for sale. OLHD was privileged to have been given a tour of this house several Christmases ago.

Harvey Starkweather House

This house and property is an icon in our community – connected to the Risley family history in that Harvey Starkweather’s wife was Mary Alice Risley, and the house was built on Alice’s portion of her father, Jacob Risley’s, Donation Land Claim. Harvey Starkweather was a community leader – extremely active in education and local politics and even real estate. A teacher and farmer, he played a major role in Concord’s history. A daughter of Harvey still resides in our community.

This house, built in 1909, is a designated Clackamas County Historic Landmark (SHPO #151). The house is in immaculate condition, and sits on a very large lot. We will need to watch how this sale unfolds, to see if it remains intact, or a developer tries to break the property up into smaller lots.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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