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In the early 1900s, women didn’t have to rely on a wash tub and washboard to clean the family’s clothes – because laundry companies like this one would pick up a load of wash, clean it, and drop it off the next day. Now this service, once offered by horse and wagon, is past. Sellwood resident Charles B. Lance was the driver for the Troy Laundry Company shown here.
In the early 1900s, women didn’t have to rely on a wash tub and washboard to clean the family’s clothes – because laundry companies like this one would pick up a load of wash, clean it, and drop it off the next day. Now this service, once offered by horse and wagon, is past. Sellwood resident Charles B. Lance was the driver for the Troy Laundry Company shown here. (Courtesy of SMILE History Committee)

The times – and jobs folks used to hold – have changed!

Special to THE BEE

During my interviewing of people for these historical articles in THE BEE, I have been intrigued about the various occupations that people once held.

Once I came across a senior citizen who had worked as a lighthouse attendant on the Oregon Coast. Now why would someone want such a lonely job?

And then there was a co-worker of mine, when I was behind the counter at the Post Office, whose dad had worked repairing wooden fruit boxes for the fruit orchards in the Hood River Valley in the 1930’s. How would it look on your resumé, if you revealed that you’d fixed wooden fruit crates for a living?

Researching these historical articles usually includes a trip to the Multnomah Library’s downtown branch; and, with the current pandemic, access there is limited. But, using the City Directories at the Central Library, I can find out how many shoe repair shops there were in Sellwood in the 1920s or 1930s. Or, I can learn the names and addresses of every pharmacy operating along Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, as well their owners, in the 1950s and 1960s.

During one of my visits downtown last year, as I was searching through the 1906 Portland Business Directory to tally the various meat markets of Sellwood, I came across some unusual services. These were businesses and services that were at one time in high demand, but today are obsolete.

One of the advertisements that particularly caught my attention featured the sketch of a small boy, dressed in a blue round cap and a blue jacket uniform with large brass buttons.  He had a friendly and engaging smile on his face – and the text below his picture was advertising, “messenger boy for hire”.

Messenger boys and telegram boys were used to relay messages from one person or business to another – a common task in the mid-to-late 19th Century. At that time, telegrams (“messages sent by wire”) were the only form of fast and reliable communication in the United States. They were much faster even than sending a letter by Pony Express across the American wilderness – a famous and iconic enterprise that, in actuality, only lasted a year and a half! And packages sent by ship traveled from the Eastern Seaboard to the West Coast; and even sailing through the Panama Canal might mean upwards to two or three weeks between shipment and delivery.

Boys between the age of thirteen and eighteen were hired for a minimal fee to dodge and run through dangerous downtown traffic to deliver important messages. They were especially busy conveying transactions between big companies, transporting banking correspondence, and delivering paper telegrams to and from the local train station, where telegraph offices were usually located.

These young messenger boys worked long hours – ten to twelve hours daily, often well in to the night – delivering messages on foot or by bicycle. Sometimes they had to travel through unsavory parts of town, such as the red-light district, and streets full of rowdy taverns. Few child labor laws were yet on the books to protect children from working in such a job. Also, factories were in need of workers of any age, and often they hired children to run their machines.

It wasn’t until Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards in 1938 that children were protected from such practices. Can you image your father or grandparents suggesting you get a part time job as a messenger boy? And yet, that was not uncommon in those days; children were expected to contribute to the income of the family when they were able.

The Western Union Telegraph Company was founded in 1851, and almost every small town and big city had a telegraph office available for families who wanted to send a message to friends and relatives. Telephones didn’t start to enter homes and businesses until the early Twentieth Century – and then, few working-class people could afford them.

The telegraph was especially an important factor in business transactions, or when people needed to “cable money” across the country.

In the early Twentieth Century supplies, goods, and freight were still hauled by horses and wagons, and elite people used carriages and buggies when riding to town for a day of shopping and socializing, or to visit neighbors miles away. Although most four-wheeled wagons were manufactured on the East Coast and delivered to the western states by ship, Portland had a number of factories and warehouses that built sturdy wagons, as well as hansom cabs and carriages, for the public to buy.

Manufacturing a wagon or carriage was a long process, requiring from ten to twenty workers to complete a vehicle by hand with hammer and nails. Once the box frame was done, other specialists were called upon to finish the product. Wheelwrights were brought in to place hand-crafted wheels on the wagon; carriage trimmers installed the interiors of coaches, which usually included leather seats with springs, fancy curtains to keep the dust out, and decorative materials.

Department stores, like Meier and Frank, and Olds, Wortman and King – along with smaller merchants – often bought specialized delivery vans to transport furniture and other orders to customers around the Portland area. These four-wheeled, horse-drawn delivery vans required a finishing painter to varnish the outside of the van in various colors, and a sign-maker would paint the company’s logo on both sides of the vehicle – not only to identify, but to advertise, the business owning it.

In addition, blacksmiths were called in to install the iron parts needed to complete a carriage, chaise, or delivery wagon. Blacksmiths performed a variety of services besides just pounding out horseshoes and shoeing horses, which itself was an all-day job.

Blacksmiths were once so essential that every town or city had blacksmith shop located nearby. Blacksmith forges were located at frequent intervals; they were often found near business that needed their services quickly, such as horse stables, hay and feed stores, and markets that delivered goods by horse and wagon every day.

If a harness broke during travel, or if a horse came up limping after a long day of delivering groceries for Welch’s Market on 17th Avenue in Sellwood, blacksmith Arthur Vorpahl was ready to solve Welch’s dilemma. Vorpahl, who settled in Sellwood in the 1900’s, operated in a wooden shiplap building right next door to Welch’s store and stables.

For a quarter century the sound of the metal hammer striking an anvil inside his blacksmith shop could be heard every morning, after Vorpahl opened his shop for the day. His son Herman followed in his fathers’ footsteps – but, in his case, he had considerable business repairing the metal parts on the new horseless carriages which were replacing horses for transportation.

Another blacksmith in Sellwood was J. A. Fields, who operated his shop just a few blocks south of Welch’s Market, near Marion Street; he picked up trade from the wagons and horse teams that traveled 17th Avenue on their way to or from the busy town of Milwaukie.

By the start of the 1950’s, most blacksmiths had hung up their horseshoes and moved on to more profitable careers. Metal work by forge and fire was still in some demand, though, as high-end clientele were on the lookout for craftsmen who could create ornate metal gates, fences, and artwork for their gardens and grounds, and decorative pieces for inside the house – and John Fyre, a Westmoreland resident, still occasionally meets this need with his blacksmithing, even today.

Smoking cigars was a pleasure enjoyed by businessmen who gathered at Country Clubs and in private reading rooms – and cigars were enjoyed, as well, by millwrights, streetcar workers, railroad conductors – and especially Eastern Europeans, who emigrated to America and brought many of the vices they enjoyed with them.

Brewing beer and making cigars were skills characterizing many Germans when they arrived in America from their homeland, to work on our railroads and in our factories. So it turned out that cigar factories became common along Portland streets in certain areas. Most cigar factories were merely small family businesses, run by the head of a household. Family members and friends were then hired on as employees, since many of them were already familiar with the art of rolling a cigar.

Portland had between fifty and sixty cigar factories, over a century ago; the most prestigious cigar shops were downtown, but the Eastern Europeans who lived on the east side of the Willamette or in North Portland could also find a cigar store – and in them, a good affordable cigar – within a few blocks of their home.

Southeast Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood – a working-class area located near the Brooklyn Railroad Yard, the streetcar barns, and the Inman, Poulson Lumber Mill – had four to five cigar factories of its own.

Matt Lang operated a cigar factory which he called “The Brooklyn” from the front of his house. Facing the streetcar line that ran along S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, his storefront was just north of Powell Boulevard, and it was a popular place with the Italians, Germans, Greeks, Norwegians, and Swedes who lived in the neighborhood. His family lived in the back of the store near Lake Brooklyn, and when he wasn’t selling or smoking his own cigars, Matt spent his weekends fishing in the lake – which once existed just west of Milwaukie Avenue, fed by the water of the Willamette River.

Lang ran a successful cigar business for over forty years; but eventually the wide appeal of cigar smoking waned, and by the 1950s few cigar factories could be found in the city. The skills of choosing the right type of tobacco leaf, and trimming the leaves to a desired length, were no longer needed – the remaining cigar smokers were quite satisfied with store-bought cheap cigars, made quickly by machines.

A traditionalist who rolled cigars by hand couldn’t compete with that, and the family members who worked together to learn the cigar-rolling techniques that had been handed down from generation to generation had to find a new vocation.

Another local job that has disappeared (and some would say that it’s a good thing!) involved leather tanning. The Pfeiffer Brothers Tannery in Sellwood was an early presence in that community. When the Sellwood Real Estate Company began first offering lots for sale in the town of Sellwood in 1882, officials of the company wanted land along the waterfront to be reserved exclusively for industrial, not residential, use.

Among the first to build there were the Eastside Lumber Mill, the Oregon Door and Window Factory, the Oregon Box Factory, and for a short time the Sellwood Furniture Company. And it wasn’t long before the Peiffer Brothers also set up operation along the Sellwood waterfront; their tannery was situated where Marion Street intersects Grand Avenue, and they intended to make leather.

Leather was essential at the turn of the 20th Century. It was used in the manufacturing of harnesses, riding saddles, shoes, and boots, along with drive belts for machinery, and many other products.

The manufacture of leather was a lengthy and complicated business, and involved hard work: Workers had to carefully scrape the flesh from raw animal hides, using a “fleshing beam” to eliminate all traces of fat and flesh. From there, the hides were transferred to large tubs where they soaked for several days in a caustic lime solution to remove the fur. After flushing the hide in clean water, usually drawn from the Willamette River, the hide was pickled or tanned by steeping it in a strong solution of ground oak or hemlock bark, and hung outside to dry – and for everyone nearby to smell!

This was definitely not a job for the faint of heart, and the owners of the tannery decided to set up their tannery far up river in Sellwood, well away from downtown Portland’s City Counselors, who they feared might have raised a stink about the stink the tannery was raising.

Next door to the tannery was yet another business with jobs that have pretty much disappeared today – at the Bissinger Wool Pullery.

Working at the Bissinger Wool Pullery wasn’t any more romantic a trade than tanning was. Mutton was a delicacy that most butchers made sure they had on hand for their customers – and to save the wool the butcher would have discarded, and to make use of it for blankets and clothing, “wool pulleries” were established.

Unlike “clipped wool” sheared from live sheep, a wool pullery removed wool from a dead sheep, before or after the meat was prepared at the local butcher shop. Sellwood real estate agents probably had a hard time selling property in the blocks surrounding the Peiffer Tannery and the Bissinger Wool Pullery, so they were no doubt relieved when such busineses moved away.

In an October 2017 issue of the Gresham Outlook, a sister publication to THE BEE, reporter Zane Sparling noted that Samuel Bissinger had eventually relocated his wool pullery to Troutdale. It may have seemed a business coup for that small community – for a while.

One occupation of the past that still occupies us today – but in somewhat different form – is recycling.

Long before “recycling” became the practice it is today, Southeast Portland residents were reluctant to throw anything away – they “reused” everything. Few people felt they could afford to use and then simply discard things. Products were expensive! And if something was no longer used, you just still kept it; you never threw it away.

As part of this, clothes were handed down from one sibling to another as they were outgrown, and outdated furniture or household items were stored in the attic. If you broke your umbrella in a Portland windstorm, you didn’t throw it away – you had it repaired! The Rose City had eight umbrella makers and repairers in the early 1900s, and Sellwood had its own umbrella maker on 13th Avenue. Who does that anymore?

Today, most of us are once again used to the idea of re-using resources – but we call it recycling, and discards are collected in a bin to be taken away for some form of reuse, instead being stored in an attic. Aluminum beverage cans and bottles are turned in for a returned deposit, paper products and tin cans are deposited in a recycling bin to be picked up on garbage day, and unwanted clothing and furniture can be donated to a local charity.

Speaking of garbage – widespread garbage collection had yet to begin as late as the early 1900s, so you either hauled your own garbage to the city dump, or waited for a scavenger to come around. “Professional scavenger” is another one of those occupations you don’t see much of anymore – although there does seem to be a lot of amateur activity of that sort these days on garbage day.

So that is our exploration of some of the jobs that once were a necessity, but have now disappeared. The list of such jobs is much longer than we have room here for; but a few more that I have heard of or have seen in vintage movies include boot black, drummer, bell hanger, elevator operator, railroad porter, bowling alley pin setter, movie usher and usherette, and typewriter sales and repair.

But enough for now. See you next month with a new and different exploration of Inner Southeast Portland’s earlier days!

At sunset on Monday, August 2nd, Sara Kirschenbaum was greeted by friends and family (her son Sage is on her right) with a trophy and the crown – as she completed her personal goal of 500 consecutive days of running in Woodstock Park during the coronavirus pandemic.
At sunset on Monday, August 2nd, Sara Kirschenbaum was greeted by friends and family (her son Sage is on her right) with a trophy and the crown – as she completed her personal goal of 500 consecutive days of running in Woodstock Park during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)
This “hand shape” of her path taken between S.E. 47th and 50th Avenues in Woodstock Park is one of several such drawings Sara created of the routes of her 500 evening runs. Using a phone app, she visualized such “path drawings” on her phone, as she ran.
This “hand shape” of her path taken between S.E. 47th and 50th Avenues in Woodstock Park is one of several such drawings Sara created of the routes of her 500 evening runs. Using a phone app, she visualized such “path drawings” on her phone, as she ran. (Courtesy of Sara Kirschenbaum)

Beating ‘pandemic blues’ with a Woodstock jogging challenge


With the resurge of the “Delta Variant”, beating the pandemic blues has remained a struggle for many, and a “challenge of the self” for others. Reading, watching movies, gardening, fighting addiction, working, exercising, and much more have kept some people distracted and busy.

But, for one Woodstock resident, jogging through Woodstock Park every day for a year – despite weather conditions, or darkness – became a way of coping, whole posing a contest for herself. 

“I was very nervous and anxious about the pandemic,” shares Sara Kirschenbaum.

“I was just trying to manage anxiety, and focus on something I could do that wasn’t just sitting around worrying.

“I have jogged since high school, back in the seventies, in Brooklyn, New York.  I typically have run twelve to twenty times a year.”

Consequently, choosing to run every single day through wildfire smoke, heat, and winter cold, has been a new experience for her. Wearing a sweatshirt and a cap in the winter, navigating snow and ice, powering through darkness with her supportive wife sometimes driving beside her if it was dark, she ran every day for a year. “I like to run at sunset. I usually set out about fifteen minutes before the sun sets.”

She chose Woodstock Park, because she likes the friendliness of people there. “I feel like it is our neighborhood’s living room. It seems like everyone is there to exercise, or just get outdoors. We put ‘our best foot forward’ in Woodstock Park,” she remarks.

“I had just completed 365 days of running, and I thought I was done, and would take a break. But I couldn’t resist getting back to running on a daily basis, so I started back up with a new goal to run 500 days in a row.”

She ran through two and a half pairs of shoes, and didn’t let travel stop her. “Whenever I did go on vacation, I would run there. Once I ran half a mile in one airport (JFK) and other half-mile in another (SLC) on the same day! I’ve never missed a run, despite travel.” Both of Sara’s adult children join her wife in pride of her accomplishment.

Since Sara is an artist who especially likes to draw, she made an interesting discovery.  “Normally I run a square around the park, but I did a few little offshoots, and one day I had the idea that with the ‘Map My Walk’ app on my phone [which shows where you’ve walked or run] I could make drawings [on the phone].  Holding the phone out in front of myself while running – it was shockingly difficult – I realized I could challenge both my artistic and my physical self.”

As the pandemic ground on, she needed something to uplift her. “When I passed people, I would say something positive, like ‘have a good day’ or ‘nice dog’.” When people responded, she says she got a sense of the people in the park being positive, too.

She says the park seemed to draw the goodness out of Woodstock neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, by using the “Map My Walk” app, she used the outline of her route to draw the shapes of a guitar, a face, a hand, a peace symbol, and a heart.

On the evening of August 2nd she completed her latest jogging challenge on its 500th and final day. A festive group of family and friends had gathered in front of her house to welcome and cheer her, as she broke a crepe-paper finish line at her garden gate.

A photo of Lisa Kagan at work in her Woodstock home studio, creating art for her heirloom books and for her books of art and poetry.
A photo of Lisa Kagan at work in her Woodstock home studio, creating art for her heirloom books and for her books of art and poetry. (Photo courtesy of Lucy Forsten)

Woodstock resident publishes book of poetry and art


The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused some people to seek creative ways to deal with isolation, and the sense of dislocation from society and self. One Woodstock resident used her artistic abilities for solace – and as a way to come back to herself during hard times.

Lisa Kagan found that writing poetry and creating art became a salve for the soul, and that led to a book which she published this past summer entitled “Coming Home to Myself”.

For almost two decades Kagan has hosted workshops throughout the Portland area through her business, “Family Heirloom Arts” – a business dedicated to helping individuals and families celebrate their own life stories and significant life milestones, through the creation of illustrated heirloom books: “As a college student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, I wrote and illustrated my first family heirloom book, which would eventually become the genesis for the creation of my business.”

Even before she could talk, as a very young child, Kagan began painting life-size papier-maché birds with her father, Neil Kagan, who is also an artist. When she was three years old, she and her father collaborated on the creation of her first illustrated book. “I did the illustrations and narrated the story,” she says, “And he wrote the story down and then assembled the finished book.”

So, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, she kept writing and creating art that she describes as “serving as an intimate companion for navigating life’s passages. This collection is an ode to the kindness and generosity that the world desperately needs, and the power of turning that caring toward ourselves.”

A simple 7½” by 7½” book of 112 pages, it contains nine chapters that she describes as “exploring the essential elements of the human experience: Courage, passion, patience, grace, faith, resilience, wonder, gratitude, and renewal.” Each chapter includes four to seven short poems, accompanied by lusciously-colorful paintings infused with the influence of nature.

“I have always been drawn to nature, and its infinite wisdom of design. In the spirit of the quote by John Burroughs – ‘I go to nature to be soothed, healed, and to have my senses put in order’ – throughout my life, I’ve felt that I am tapped into my best self when I am immersed in the beauty of nature.”

Indeed, nature has been a panacea for many during the pandemic. To read Kagan’s book, some say, is to experience the beauty of language and nature through poems and art, and to be uplifted and inspired to continue on in hard times.

In the chapter entitled “Resilience”, her poem “Poems For Myself” illustrates the simple beauty of her writing. It contains images of resilience that the reader can relate to especially during these times when a virus and its variants have upended us:

        Poems for Myself

This year, I wrote poems for myself
word by word
an attempt to anchor myself
amidst a swell that took me completely under
each poem became a small meal
that I cooked for myself
even though I thought I was not hungry
the act of writing was mainly about arriving
affirming, “I am still here, I guess that counts for something”

Some days the poems were more like love songs or odes to beauty
fishing for something in the universe
that I might catch hold of,
something that could announce with confidence,
“There are still great gifts that await you”
in the morning poetry offered the kindness of silence
when it was hard to know
what else to look towards in the day
to write was to befriend myself again.

Lisa shares her home in Woodstock with her musician husband Lewis Childs, and their nine-year old son who attends Lewis Elementary School. “I started Family Heirloom Arts studio based out of our home, where I facilitate art and writing programs focused on personal storytelling.”

Lisa has published a previous book of original art and poetry, “Emergence”(2009). She continues to offer art and writing workshops and retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is the co-founder of the “Touchstone Retreats” program, and a facilitator through “Portland Women Writers”.

Lisa’s book can be purchased through her online store –

The “Goat House” on Lexington Avenue in Sellwood, as it undergoes reconstruction.
The “Goat House” on Lexington Avenue in Sellwood, as it undergoes reconstruction. (Photo by Wilson Hack)
From left, here are John Thornton, Dana Hepper, Rick Hepper, and Pam Hepper. The goats – too busy to look at the camera – were enjoying leftover produce donated by New Seasons Market in Sellwood.
From left, here are John Thornton, Dana Hepper, Rick Hepper, and Pam Hepper. The goats – too busy to look at the camera – were enjoying leftover produce donated by New Seasons Market in Sellwood. (Photo by Wilson Hack)

Sellwood’s ‘Goat House’ finds new life as multigenerational family home


An extensive remodel of an old Sellwood home at 1507 S.E. Lexington Street has been attracting the attention of neighbors since work began earlier this year.

The most notable feature, besides the ongoing construction, would be the three resident goats: Jack, Blossom, and Miles. They draw a daily parade of children, families, dog-walkers, and on-lookers. “Sometimes 20, 30, even 40 people will stop on any given day,” says Rick Hepper, former owner and current resident.

Initially when construction commenced, there were so many questions from neighbors about the project that a sign was posted with information, so as not to disturb the builders. Yet the house is more the sum of its goats. It has history – a history that involves multiple generations of the same family, and a future that solidifies a multigenerational legacy.

The house, located in the Millers Addition section of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood, was originally built in 1905 by the Miller Family. It was owned by two other families before Rick and Pam Hepper purchased the home in 1973 for $16,000. Rick and Pam’s daughter, Dana Hepper, grew up there along with her brother, both of whom attended Llewellyn Elementary School, Sellwood Middle School, and Cleveland High School.

After graduating, Dana went away to college and her brother went into the Army. When Dana returned from college, she bought a house nearby on Tacoma Street; her brother moved back into their childhood home where he lived for over a decade, raising his two daughters while Rick and Pam lived in the apartment upstairs.

Eventually, major repairs were needed. At the same time, Dana and John were looking to buy a house. They considered ways in which the repairs could be done while still keeping the home in the family.

“We figured out a ‘partial gift, partial purchase,” said Dana. “We wanted something that worked for everyone.” Rick chimed in, “And we get to be near our granddaughters!”

Work began with the removal of an old locust tree that fell on the house during a storm a number of years ago. Insurance would only agree to take the tree off the house, not remove it fully from the property. “For many years, there was just a giant locust tree lying in the yard,” explained Dana. “Then the root system started growing a locust forest.”

They were told by a landscape architect that the only way to avoid having the growth continue was to dig down a minimum of three feet and sift the soil to get all of the root system out. “There was no other option except to basically take up everything,” explained Dana.

In addition to the site work, the house needed new wiring, new plumbing, and new HVAC. “At that point, you’re like, why keep the walls?” laughed Dana. The renovation ultimately involved taking the house down to the studs. “We found some fun stuff,” said Dana. Artifacts included a dollar bill from 1935, an invitation to a party from 1914, and a copy of THE BEE from 1973.

The home’s new design features, spearheaded by architect Nick Papaefthimiou and by Laughlin Construction, include a 400 sq. ft. addition that will change the original floor plan slightly to accommodate a parlor, living room, dining room, kitchen, and mudroom on the ground floor; and three bedrooms above. The family is keeping the original bay windows, the parlor with the original sliding doors, the original woodwork in the parlor and dining room and the downstairs original leaded glass windows.

Although they are not original, they are also keeping two stained glass windows flanking the entry door, a gift from a family friend dating back to the 1970s. New storm windows will be added to the some of the original windows on the main floor; all others will be replaced for energy efficiency. The unique roofline will be mostly preserved, except on the east façade – to accommodate an upstairs balcony.

“It would have probably been cheaper to start from scratch – and more energy efficient,” laughed Dana. There were some financial incentives for their design route, including tax credits for multiple dwelling units. A “tiny home” was constructed on the property where Rick and Pam currently reside, and will continue to do so after construction on the main house is complete.

The other notable structure on the property is the “goat shack” as John refers to it – but it is anything but. “We went a little bit overboard with the architecture,” John admitted. The same features that will be used for the main house were used first on the goat house. This included the siding, colors, trim for the pillars, and even the barn doors. “We got to have a sneak peek,” John remarked. “The goat deck is made of mahogany from the remaining pieces that were removed from the main house. It’s over the top, but it was really fun. It’s appreciated.”

The roof of the goat shack is a living roof, composed of small plants and succulents. “Or as my daughter calls it, her fairy garden,” said John. “It’s her sacred space, and allows her some artistic creativity.”

When asked what they are most looking forward to, Dana and John responded in unison: “Moving in!” Then Dana added, “And family gatherings. Our last house was just not set up for ten people to all come together. It was really crowded. This house will be way better to set up for Thanksgivings, Christmases, Birthdays. Getting everyone together, that was the whole point.”

The family hopes to be in before Christmas.

The judges included Melissa Mattern, a retired chef; Lauren Bentley, a cooking instructor and baker; and Blanca Gonzales, of “Remarkable Wonders”, a Moreland Farmers Market vendor. Here, they’d gathered to view and taste the pies at this year’s “Southeast Portland Pie Bake-Off”.
The judges included Melissa Mattern, a retired chef; Lauren Bentley, a cooking instructor and baker; and Blanca Gonzales, of “Remarkable Wonders”, a Moreland Farmers Market vendor. Here, they’d gathered to view and taste the pies at this year’s “Southeast Portland Pie Bake-Off”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Moreland Farmers Market hosts annual ‘Pie Bakeoff’


Although they skipped last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moreland Farmers Market’s “Southeast Portland Pie Bake-Off” returned this year on Wednesday afternoon, September 1.

“This is our sixth annual Southeast Portland Pie Bake-off,” Market Manager Lannie Kali told THE BEE, as the judges gathered. “We started this seven years ago to raise money for our children’s activities; and now we’re using it to raise money for our ‘Double-Up Food Bucks’ low-income food support program.”

The pies were judged by current and retired professional chefs, home bakers, and market volunteers. The judges were asked to score each of the entries on its presentation, filling, and crust – with additional points allowed for originality.

“We cut the pies into six or eight slices; the judges try one piece, and the remaining slices of the pie are being sold for $5 a slice,” explained Kali. “The prize is a giant basket of market products, as well as items from our sponsor, Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood.”

The winning entry was called “Blackberry a-Go-Go” by its maker, Laurel Wilde.

“We raised $671 for our low-income food program,” Kali confided after the competition.

The Moreland Farmers Market is still open on Wednesdays from 2 until 6 p.m. through October, at its current location, a block north of Bybee Boulevard at S.E. 14th in Westmoreland. For more, go online –

At the All Saints Episcopal Church public fair in Woodstock, Elias Sehorn stepped up to feed a baby goat at the “petting zoo”.
At the All Saints Episcopal Church public fair in Woodstock, Elias Sehorn stepped up to feed a baby goat at the “petting zoo”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock’s All Saints hosts outdoor neighborhood party


Drivers traveling S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and passing All Saints Episcopal Church, on Sunday, September 12, may have been surprised to see an outdoor party going on in the middle of the day.

“We’re calling our celebration today ‘All Saints Thanks You!’” explained the church’s Rector, Andria Skornik. “It’s a community celebration; a ‘homecoming’, where we can thank our neighborhood for being so supportive during the pandemic, and helping us start the Woodstock Pantry. We are also appreciating today those who have helped us provide hot meals and hot showers for people who need them.”

The organizers hatched the idea, “to take advantage, while we still have nice weather for a nice large outdoor event, so we could do this safely,” Skornik told THE BEE. “So, we have a petting zoo today, with the sweetest little baby goats; a slushy lemonade machine, ice cream and popsicles, and a food truck with items for sale – all to be enjoyed while a family dance band, ‘Micah and Me’, entertains.

“The best thing about this is that people are getting to connect, or reconnect, with their neighbors, and enjoy life together,” observed Skornik. “Also, it’s a time when we can celebrate that we have made it through the pandemic in this difficult time – so far.”

For more about All Saints Episcopal Church and its activities, go online –

These Johnson Creek Watershed Council volunteers in the 2021 Johnson Creek Clean-up – here pulling a shopping cart out of the stream – were members of the Cleveland High School Soccer Team.
These Johnson Creek Watershed Council volunteers in the 2021 Johnson Creek Clean-up – here pulling a shopping cart out of the stream – were members of the Cleveland High School Soccer Team. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Volunteers get wet in annual ‘Johnson Creek Clean-up’


It was quite an achievement: Numerous volunteers associated with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council spent the morning of August 21 participating in the 2021 Johnson Creek Clean-up, and they cleaned up over seven miles of the waterway at 14 sites, pulling tons of trash and rubbish out of the water.

From Sellwood out to Gresham, volunteers checked in at the site they’d chosen, and awaited a briefing from their group’s “Team Leader” before getting started.

At Errol Heights Park, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Executive Director Daniel Newberry was waiting for the many volunteers to gather that morning.

“In 2020, our August cleanup was limited to on-land sites only, due to COVID-19 restrictions – because it’s difficult for people to socially distance when they need to work in close quarters, knee deep, in the stream,” Newberry recalled.

“Even so, last year we collected about 2.2 tons of trash,” he added, as he started organizing the group.

After the day’s work was over, Newberry reported back to us. “This year, 213 volunteers showed up, for a hybrid in-water and in-park cleanup,” Newberry told THE BEE. “This year, volunteers scraped, tugged, pulled and removed 6.4 tons of debris from the creek; we haven’t had this much trash removed since 2012!”

“This means that a cumulative total of 65 tons refuse removed form the creek since we started this project in 2007,” Newberry remarked.

Another difference this year from the pre-pandemic days, Newberry observed, is that they’d hold a group barbeque at noon for volunteers. “We've adapted by having pre-wrapped food delivered to our hard-working volunteers at each of our cleanup sites instead.”

New and different rubbish found
For a variety of reasons, the amount of trash in the environment, and in the Johnson Creek watershed, has increased in the past year. “This was pointed out by many people, who commented they were glad to be part of the solution,” Newberry said.

“While beautifying the creek is esthetically important, when a lot of the trash degrades and breaks down, it’s bad for the water quality,” Newberry pointed out.

“Especially the trash containing elements, such as copper and lead, can leach toxins into the water and destroy a salmon’s sense of smell, and to prevent them from finding and returning to their native stream.”

As he requested, we’re happy to list the cleanup’s funders this year: Clackamas Water Environment Services, Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, Advantis Credit Union, and the Mintkeski Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

“We've got a great community, and they really turned out this year,” commended Newberry.

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is continuing to plan volunteer events. Find out more by visiting their website –

Eastmoreland’s Danny Popovici, with his dog Ollie, displays his three children’s books so far. The newest one is in his hands.
Eastmoreland’s Danny Popovici, with his dog Ollie, displays his three children’s books so far. The newest one is in his hands. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Eastmoreland’s Danny Popovici publishes third book


Eastmoreland resident Danny Popovici is a children’s book writer and illustrator who has just been published. “The Fox and the Forest Fire” is its name – and it was published by Chronicle Books.

“It touches a little bit on friendship, nature, and forest fires,” Popovici explains. “Forest fires have been a severe issue these past few years, and it appears they are hitting closer and closer to home. This book might be an informative, educational, and creative way to discuss the subject with children.”

The authors immigrated to Portland from Romania at the age of 4. He earned a BFA in 2010 from The Art Institute of Portland, with a focus on animation and visual development. He likes to tell stories through urban sketches, watercolor painting, and digital composition.

His debut as an illustrator for children’s picture books was in “Manjhi Moves A Mountain”, written by Nancy Churnin and released in 2017. The book was a Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards finalist, an Ezra Jack Keats finalist, was on the ILA-CBC Children's Choice list, and won the South Asia Book Award.

Danny’s illustrations have appeared in many formats – including animation, game, and comic art. But his favorite medium to tell stories is on the pages of magical picture books. When not creating picture books and stories at his home studio, Popovici enjoys hiking and biking in the Columbia gorge with his Australian Shepherd dog, Ollie. He recently returned from a month in Romania, where he visited extended family, and soaked up a number of new ideas and vistas he can use in his profession.

Popovici worked as a forest firefighter in the Pacific Northwest around the turn of the 21st Century. Creatively, he has also worked on other types of illustrations; he has done visual development, story-boarding, and concept design for clients – among them Bent Image Lab, Big-Giant, Nickelodeon, Honda, and Cap’n Crunch. This immersion in animation, and his exposure to the principles of strong visual storytelling, made for a natural transition to children’s books.

This talented illustrator enjoys exploring locally where he can focus on the many visual stimuli of the scenic Pacific Northwest. His next children’s book will likely include superstitions and folk tales – which is the sort of thing Romania is well-known for.

His “idea book” and mind are constantly busy storing up concepts and visualizations. “Everywhere I go I draw, sketch, and take notes,” he remarks.

Events & Activities

Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Yard Sale
: Today and tomorrow, it’s the annual neighborhood Yard Sale by residents of the Creston-Kenilworth Yard neighborhood! Everyone welcome to browse and shop at locations around the neighborhood, starting at 9 a.m. each day. For more information, go online –

“Pet Blessing” this morning in Woodstock: Join us on this morning at 11 a.m. on the lawn of All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.) for a special Pet Blessing. There will be treats for pets and their humans. Children can bring stuffed animals to be blessed, as well, if they wish. Free, and no obligation of any sort. Please wear masks, and observe physical distancing. More info online – – all are welcome.

Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Assn. public Cleanup Day:
Starting at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or whenever the three dumpsters are full), offload your bulky trash for free – but NO hazardous waste accepted! For a list of what can be accepted and what cannot, and further details, go online to – The location is at the Tucker Maxon School, S.E. 28th Place at Holgate Boulevard.

Inner Southeast artists are opening their studios: Today and tomorrow this week, and again next weekend, as part of Portland Open Studios, Inner Southeast artists Lonnie Feather, Jim Miller, Laura Pritchard, Ketzia Schoneberg, and Gia Whitlock are among the artists inviting you to their studios for studio tours, demonstrations, and many hands-on opportunities. For more information, a list of all 100 participating artists, and this year’s online tour guide, go online – Masks are required in all studios, and handwashing or sanitizing stations will be available at the entrance of all studios, and there may be limits on the numbers of visitors at any one time in any studio – depending on studio size. and whether visitors are inside or outdoors. That’s October 9, 10, 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“Oregon Music Hall of Fame” inductions and concert: The 2021 induction ceremony, naming of the 2021 scholarship-winning students, and fundraising concert takes place this evening, 7 p.m., at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of Powell Boulevard, in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Inductees include: LaRhonda Steele, Lifeavas, Satan’s Pilgrims, The Decembrists, Todd Snider, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, and saxophonist Renato Caranto. The Dandy Warhols have been voted Artist of the Year; and the Koonce-Ross-Fraser album “New American Blues” will be honored as Album of the Year. Gloria Johnson (KGON) and Steve Pringle (KINK) will receive awards in the “music industry” category. Heritage awards will go to big band leader, Carl Smith, and Blues vocalist “Sweet Baby James” Benton. MC Tony Starlight will host the show. Tickets available at the Aladdin box office. OMHOF has had a statewide scholarship program in place since 2007. More information at –

Sellwood Community House “Monster March
”: The Sellwood Community House announces that, since the Moreland Monster March is off this year due to the pandemic, it intends to have its own, smaller, public “Monster March” today, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Details were not yet finalized when THE BEE went to press; check online for further details –

Annual Fall Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle:
Today from 9 to 6, and tomorrow from 9 till 3, the annual St. Anthony of Padua Church “Fall Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle” takes place at the church, 3720 S.E. 79th Avenue, two blocks south of Powell, open to everyone! For inquiries, and participation in the event, call 503/504-1204, or e-mail –

Free Trunk or Treat on S.E. 73rd this afternoon:
For not-so-scary fun and treats on this afternoon – from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church parking lot at S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. Visit decorated car trunks in the parking lot to gather surprises. Families will be socially-distanced, and face masks will be required. Call 503/771-7553 for more information, or if you would like space for your decorated car or bicycle.


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