An oil well in Buxton? A century ago, there were hopes that the next oil rush was in Buxton and Manning. This and more in this week’s Dispatched from History.
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Washington County routinely fails to meet the health needs of people in mental health emergencies by dispatching armed police officers instead of trained behavioral health teams to help people in crises, Disability Rights Oregon said in a lawsuit filed on Monday.
A store in Banks goes bankrupt, a cow is killed after being smothered by a haystack near Gales Creek, and so many more snippets from exactly a century ago in rural western Washington County.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency Tuesday over the winter storm, saying the move would allow the county to have “greater flexibility and support for the multi-agency response to the snow, wind and ice storms over the last several days and the coming freezing rain.”
A 1924 ad for dynamite, the tiny community of Watts (where Stringtown Road and Gales Creek Road meet) considers merging their two community halls, and a Banks man says the water system is coming along fine in this week’s Dispatches from History.
Washington County has a new circuit court judge as of last week. Hafez Daraee has been a mayor, an Oregon State Bar member for 31 years, and served on the board of the foundation that operates Gales Creek Camp.
In 1924, Gales Creek started off strong with yet another moonshine still being raided near Soda Springs Road. This and more in the news clips from one century ago. (No subscription required for this one-Happy New Year!)
In 1923, oats led the way in rural Washington County, while filberts were a growing market. This and more in the news of a century ago.
Mole trappers will pool their mole skins countywide to sell as a lot, the Gales Creek Cemetery puts out a bid for water infrastructure, and more from a century ago in western Washington County.