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Kellogg Housing Development, World War 2, WWII, Sellwood, Milwaukie, Oregon
This 1946 photo shows a fisherman casting about in Johnson Creek near Ochoco Street, with a view of the Kellogg Creek Housing Project near McLoughlin Boulevard. These houses were available for workers of the Kaiser shipyards and industries during World War II. (Courtesy of Milwaukie Museum)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Remembering WWII’s Kellogg Park housing development

By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE

Many of us agree that housing in the Portland area has been a challenge for renters during the past ten years, as the population has increased. There is a high demand for affordable housing that hasn’t seen this level since World War II, when the Kaiser Shipyards began producing warships at Swan Island and along the Vancouver, Washington, waterfront. 

During the Second World War, Portland saw an increase of over 30,000 workers, many of whom were recruited by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser himself, in the South and Midwest of our nation. The sudden increase of the population forced city, state, and county administrators to find adequate housing for everyone arriving, and to start a housing administration.

Residents of Portland and the other outlying communities of Vancouver, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Scappoose, Troutdale, and St Johns became overwhelmed by the influx that was crowding that their schools, causing strangers to camp on their streets, and disrupting neighborhoods.

In Clackamas County, where officials were trying to locate a desirable place to build a large section of homes, residents were shocked when newspapers reported that a housing project for African American workers near Milwaukie was planned. The shipyards brought large numbers of African Americans and Native Americans to the West Coast, and in those days many residents living close to the proposed housing projects of VanPort, Guilds Lake, and even McLoughlin Heights in Vancouver, were opposed to integration. Black workers at that time were restricted to North Portland’s VanPort City. (White workers were also housed there, but whites and African Americans were still segregated into their own sections.)

In early May of 1941, over half a year before the attack by the Japanese military on the United States military base at Pearl Harbor, Multnomah and Clackamas County were already in the planning stages of creating affordable housing for industrial workers. The City of Milwaukie and the Clackamas Housing Authority were working together with the U.S. Housing Administration to fund and find a location for a local housing development.

The site chosen for a possible housing project was a 30-acre tract of vacant land located northwest of the city of Milwaukie and just south of Ochoco Street, south of Sellwood. Milwaukie city officials planned on calling this area the Kellogg Park Housing Development. The only uses on that land at the time were a few houses and some fields of produce.

Just north of that large parcel of land, homes had been built in the 1920’s along the north side of Ochoco Street in Multnomah County, bordering the interurban line tracks that ran east to Gresham and west to Golf Junction. Golf Junction, today a small “pocket park” maintained by SMILE, was an important stop. There, passengers could board the interurban south to Milwaukie and Oregon City, or travel west down to Oaks Park and continue over to the metropolis of Portland, where many jobs were ready available. 

From the Golf Junction stop, streetcars ran north along 13th Avenue to the commercial district of Sellwood, and north to Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland before continuing north. Rail travel was also available for weekend excursions eastward, where the small communities of Gresham and Damascus were near hunting, fishing, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Just southeast of the homes on Ochoco were fields of vegetables and mounds of fruits during the summer time grown by Italians, Eastern Europeans, and Asians.

Growing produce and traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood with horse and wagon to sell their crops had been a way of life for most of these immigrants. During the early 1900s, when their gardens and crops on the west side of the Willlamette River were removed to make way for new housing, these same farmers planted new crops on vacant acres of fertile land in Southeast Portland.

L.H. Dale, who lived along Ochoco Street at that time, described the view from his home in his memoirs: “From my front porch to Milwaukie was an open area covered by numerous gardens”. This section of Milwaukie was once referred to by the Locals as “Sellwood Gardens”.

To the Clackamas Housing Authority, these parcels of land were desirable for housing, because the terrain was basically flat, had easy access to Highway 99 and to the interurban, thus providing easy transportation to the WWII shipyards. Drinkable water could be obtained from Johnson Creek and Crystal Springs Creek which ran through where the development would be eventually built.

Aerial photos of this area taken during the mid-1940s give a glimpse of how large the housing division was. A small section of the rental homes were built on the east side of today’s S.E. 17th Avenue, with an open field and meandering Johnson Creek situated between the houses and Highway 99 (now S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard). A 90-foot wooden water tower rose over the small units near the entrance at Ochoco Street; and later, a church was built close by.

But the major part of the housing project was constructed east of Highway 99 and west of the Southern Pacific (today, Union Pacific) railroad tracks. Additional funds were supplied by the Federal Government for an administrative office and a community hall, built at the southern end of the entrance to Kellogg Park, probably for easy access to the highway. For those who know where the ODOT maintenance yards are located, that is where a large portion of the houses at the Kellogg Park Project were built.

The Kellogg Park Housing Development was partially opened by December of 1942, delays in finding necessary materials for the completion of the water mains held up completion of the additional units. Plumbing supplies, metal piping, and sewer materials were reserved exclusively for military use during the war, and any other projects were backordered until released by the government. The Secretary of the Clackamas County Housing Authority, W. J. Avision, did announce that 34 houses were already available and now accepting applications for rental – until the rest of the development could be completed.

Around 100 homes would be constructed as living quarters for 600 men, women, and children. Within the next two years all of the units were completely full, with a waiting list of an additional 150 people. Only those people working in the Kaiser Shipyards or other war industries around the city were allowed to become renters there, and occupancy was confined to families earning $800 a year or less.

The Administration Building at Kellogg Park was staffed by local clerks and supervisors who oversaw security, made sure residents were getting hot and cold water and proper heating, processed applications, dealt with residents and any problems they encountered, and made sure children were provided with an education and that any medical needs would be met.

Gertrude Yates was the Tenant Selector at Kellogg Park Housing Unit, and like many of the other management staff, she made sure that those who applied did qualify under the Housing Authority policy. In 1942, additional applicants who worked at Willamette Iron Works, the Fireman Commercial Iron Works, and the P&C Hand Forged Tool Company, all of which were located in the Brooklyn neighborhood, also had the opportunity to apply for housing in Clackamas County during this time.

Rent started at $35 dollars a month, and the most expensive unit was $45. One-bedroom units cost $35, and a two-bedroom house cost a laborer $39 dollars. Three and four bedroom homes were offered from $42 to $45 a month. Some buildings had random vertical Tongue and Groove siding, while others were sheathed in basic sheets of plywood. All of the units were painted a neutral color.

Composition roofs, fir floors, interior walls made of gypsum (Plaster Board), and small brick chimneys completed the design of these low-rent houses.

From photos of the Kellogg Park Housing Project now stored at the Milwaukie Museum, it appears that a few of the units had front porches, which were probably built by the renters themselves at their own expense. Those who could afford a car either parked in front or by the side of their house, since garages were considered a luxury.

The Community Hall was used for special events, such as dances and music performances on the weekends, and holiday celebrations.  Some residents remember that first to third grades classes were taught in the hall by volunteers; older students attended school in the Milwaukie District. The Girl Scout Troop of Kellogg Park was even credited with organizing a waste paper and tin can collection depot set up in the Community Hall.

There was no mention of a police department or fire station there, as the VanPort Development had; but, in all probability, the City of Milwaukie provided such services. Judith Leppert who lived with her parents in Kellogg Park remembers getting medical treatment at the Sellwood Hospital when she had an unfortunate accident.

There were no reports of any trouble from the Kellogg Park residents. Most of the residents were busy with their jobs, and were just happy to have low-rent housing. The only complaints seemed to come from residents of Garthwick just to the west, who felt the low-income houses built nearby were affecting their property values. Residents living in the housing development were sympathetic to their neighbors to the west, and assured them that if asked where they lived, they would thoughtfully reply that they lived in East Garthwick!

A weekly Day Bible School was set up for interested residents; meetings were probably held in the Wesleyan Holiness Brethren Church that was located in the development. Sellwood resident Judith Leppert tells that her grandfather built the church by hand, using an existing boathouse that once was on the Willamette River. William Leppert, who owned the Willamette Boat and Manufacturing Company, was forced to close his business because of the lack of sales during the Depression, and he then decided to become a preacher. Hauling the boathouse out of the river, he transported the wooden structure over to Ochoco Street and added a steeple, and a wide front door for the congregation. More than 160 attended his services every Sunday.

When all hostilities with Germany and Japan finally officially ended on September 2, 1945, the Federal Government was quick to pull out of the housing projects it had built around the city. The Kellogg Park Housing project and all responsibility for its renters were turned over to the City of Milwaukie. The town folks and city council of Milwaukie would have to decide if they should continue to make the low-rent units available. Many worried that the buildings were cheaply made and would soon become a blight on the community, and others feared they would be charged additional taxes to pay for the workers laid off from their industry jobs. 

For the following five years, those living in the housing development would have to wonder how long they could live there. In 1951, the Kellogg Park wartime housing area was ordered to close, and plans were made to rename it the Milwaukie Industrial Park.

The Cleveland Wrecking Company placed an advertisement in the Oregonianoffering their services to move the houses in 1954. Their proposal included the structure, a bathroom with utilities, a stall shower, all of the kitchen cabinets, and a refrigerator originally in the house. There wasn’t any mention whether the offer included a furnace or wood stove the buyer might have to furnish it themselves.

The costs for the “Ready to be moved to your lot” service were $395 for a one bedroom unit, to $560 for duplexes. The newspaper reported that only 49 houses were auctioned off to potential buyers, as the remaining units might have already been sold. But the question remains: What happened to the homes at the Kellogg Park Development; are any still around today?

On a recent visit to the Milwaukie Museum, for research purposes, this writer learned that Greg Hemer, Vice President of the Milwaukie Historic Society, believes that a section of the auctioned houses was moved to S.E. 32nd and Harrison Street in Milwaukie, now known as Hillside Park and Hillside Manor.

Kay Blackmore Bechtold, who lived with her nine brothers and sisters on Clatsop Street close to the Kellogg Park project during the WWII years, said she doesn’t really remember anyone who lived there at the time. But one of her best school friends, who now lives at Hillside Manor, concurs that at one time the homes in that complex were part of the wartime housing of Clackamas County.

Duane McDonald lived in Kellogg Park from 1943 until the early 1950s, when the units were sold and the occupants had to move. On his recent message on “Vintage Portland”, Duane was able to share with us that many of the homes once built in Kellogg Park can be found between the towns of Carver and Estacada, though he doesn’t specify where.  He did add that Hillside Park in Milwaukie was originally a war defense project, and many of them have been updated since that time.

While there are many opinions and speculations about the houses of Kellogg Park, I did come across an article at the Milwaukie Museum about the demise of the Administration Building. In 1959, the fraternity of the Milwaukie Elks Club paid for the structure to be moved in three separate sections to where the current Elks building is located on McLoughlin Blvd. Volunteers turned out in the middle of the night to whisk the building away there, and it served as a temporary lodge for the members until the completion of their new temple. After the opening of the new Elks Lodge the old administration building was either torn down or hauled away to another location.

Today, there is little, if any, evidence of the war time housing project that once stood just south of Sellwood and east of Garthwick for the short span of just under 15 years. The Sellwood Gardens, which provided fruit and vegetables for the community, was replaced by the wartime housing which itself has been replaced by metal warehouses. The 60 foot water tower and church, with its hand-built steeple, has been replaced with the Goodwill Outlet Superstore.

Only a handful of houses along Ochoco Street remain there from the 1920’s era, but residents of the Kellogg Park Housing Project (or Garthwick East, as they liked to be called), will remember the wonderful times they spent together as a community. Kellogg Park will always be a part of history for the Milwaukie Historical Society and the SMILE History Committee.



OMSI, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Gingerbread construction, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Seen admiring the pyramid trap in their entry “A Game of Cat & Mouse-oleum” are Russell Kofford, and Tim Allred and Rachel Ciula, representing the team of WKR Engineers, Ankrom Moisan Architects and Delice Confections. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Holiday ‘Gingerbread Adventures’ await at OMSI

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

From now through New Year’s Day, visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), on S.E. Water Street just north of the Ross Island Bridge, will be marveling at the science behind a favorite Holiday pastime – the building of gingerbread “houses”. They call it “Gingerbread Adventures”.

While the seven different tableaus on display all feature tasty and aromatic feats of engineering, they wouldn’t make the ideal dessert – because, for strength and to discourage bugs, the gingerbread slabs baked for these projects contain no sugar.

“In this, our third year, we asked the teams to use an Egyptian theme, reflecting our current King Tut exhibition,” OMSI Events Manager Melony Beaird remarked, as the pastry chefs were putting finishing touches on their creations, back in mid-November.

“In addition to viewing these gingerbread creations, visitors to OMSI will find kids’ activities – like learning how to create a cartouche, learning about hieroglyphs, filling in gingerbread coloring sheets, learning how to design your own Egyptian scene, and how to make origami,” Beaird told THE BEE.

“So, you can see how this helps OMSI fulfill our mission: Highlighting architecture, food science, and other artistic and fun ways the children can learn – using food!” explained Beaird. “This display and its activities are included with guests’ general admission; and OMSI is open late, until 7 p.m., through the Christmas Holidays.”

The teams are competing for the “Gingerbread Adventures” People’s Choice Awards; so OMSI guests are encouraged to see them and vote before the exhibit closes on January 1.

To learn more, get the address and even buy tickets online, see the OMSI website at https://www.omsi.edu.



Wreath auction, Southeast Portland Rotary Club, Oaks Park, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The Southeast Portland Rotary Club’s current “inbound exchange student” from Argentina, Agustina Sesto, left, offers “Heads or Tails game beads” along with her local “host sister”, Natalie Marcum. Agustina is enrolled at Cleveland High this year. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Rotary Wreaths’ auction raises good cheer, funds

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The Southeast Portland Rotary Club annual Wreath Auction on Saturday evening, December 1, was a festive affair – again this year in the Dance Pavilion of nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park on the Willamette River in Sellwood. Live music was played by local band “Pretty Gritty” as part of the evening. Outside, in the clear cold air, the “Holiday Express” Christmas steam train idled between trips through Oaks Bottom. The annual SMILE Christmas Tree shone high above, on the bluff along S.E. 13th Avenue.

Inside, we sought out the club’s current President, Kathy Stromvig, among the throngs of guests. “After holding this auction for 15 years, we skipped last year – and, bringing it back looks like a good idea! Look at the turnout, and the smiling faces of people here!

“This fundraiser supports our Youth Exchange program and our Woodmere Elementary School ‘Back Pack’ program; it provides dictionaries for third graders in all the PPS elementary schools in our area, and it also supports Rotary International’s clean water projects in Haiti, the Shelter Box program in disasters, and aids teachers in Guatemala, among other things.”

As some 150 guests browsed the fifty unique hand-decorated Holiday wreaths on display, writing bids for the ones each liked best before the silent auction closed, they enjoyed appetizers of gourmet meatballs and antipasto catered by Sellwood’s own “a Cena” restaurant – and later browsed an epicurean buffet from the restaurant, featuring chicken cacciatore, beef lasagna with béchamel, and deep-fried eggplant Bolzano.

Taking a break from registering participants, Past Club President and the auction’s organizer, Mark Pennington of SalesForce.com, said the event also included a “Wall of Wine” featuring a selection of 50 wrapped bottles, some of which were valued in the hundreds of dollars.

“We’re grateful for the dozen volunteers who have worked so diligently to make this party possible, and hopefully have helped us raise more than $18,000 for our causes, Pennington said.

By the way, Southeast Portland Rotary meets every Monday at noon except on some holidays, at Moreland Presbyterian Church’s public meeting room at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, and anyone in the community is welcome at any meeting, to enjoy a catered lunch learn more about this 112-year-old worldwide service organization.



Southeast History, John N. Russell house, Eastmoreland, Woodstock, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The north elevation of the 1893-built John N. Russell house, at S.E. 38th and Martins Street. (Photo by Eileen G. Fitzsimons)

SOUTHEAST HISTORY
Hidden Eastmoreland mansion retains history


By EILEEN G. FITZSIMONS
For THE BEE

The old house sits on the ridge that rises above Eastmoreland. Built in 1892-93 for J. N. Russell, Jr., the first Postmaster of Woodstock, it is by legal description (as maintained by the Multnomah County Tax Assessor’s Office) within the Woodstock Subdivision, which was filed with the County on November 29, 1889.

However, in the mid-1970’s the City of Portland used late 20th Century transportation corridors to establish the boundaries of its Neighborhood Associations, placing the Russell house within the Eastmoreland neighborhood. To this historian, listing the house as the “oldest house in Eastmoreland” is not completely accurate, since the Eastmoreland Subdivision was not filed with the County until June 13, 1911, twenty-two years after the Woodstock plat.

However, in this Holiday Season I will relax my historian’s precision and propose a compromise: That the Russell mansion is BOTH the oldest house in Eastmoreland as well as the oldest surviving house in the Woodstock subdivision! (If any readers are aware of an older house in Woodstock, I would like to hear from them).

Setting aside this technical quibble, the house is deserving of attention for several reasons. First of all, it is architecturally complex, and difficult to label as being of a single style. Because of the period in which it was built, Queen Anne comes to mind – but the Russell house lacks the multiple gables and dormers of that style. It does have a large porch – deep enough for lounging on a warm day – which culminates in a one-story half-round bay with a curved roof.

But It has some Second Empire features in its prominent square tower with a shingled, mansard roof, as well as several patterns of fretwork. The flat roof is almost Italianate Villa; but there is no bracketed, overhanging roof. A row of dentil (toothlike) decoration runs along the edge of the roof, rather than under the eaves where it should be.

If a style label needs to be is applied, the best might be Late Nineteenth Century Eclectic. An 1893 issue of the Oregonian described it as “unique and attractive.”

Presumably the owner, J.R. Russell, Jr., had a concept of how his new house should look and function. Perhaps he had saved illustrations from publications of the period, and his carpenters proceeded as instructed, with or without blueprints. In any case, the house possesses a quirky charm and is distinctive, both for its architectural details and its location.

Unless you are already familiar with the house, the curious BEE reader will have to park on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard (formerly S.E. 39th) and walk a half-block to view the house, which is obscured behind a tangle of vegetation at Southeast 38th and Martins Street. The structure was formerly visible from the corner of S.E. Carlton and Chavez. Blvd., but the current owners sold half of one of their four lots and now only a bit of the massive chimney and tower may be glimpsed.

Although the view of the house is restricted, it should be remembered that Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th) was not originally the primary street through the Woodstock subdivision. The most important street was S.E. 41st Avenue (which observant residents may notice is wider than the other numbered streets), because it was the route of the streetcar. Although the Russell house was convenient to the Waverleigh/Woodstock carline’s turn onto Woodstock Boulevard, the house was situated a few blocks from the clanging and clicking of the streetcar. When it was finished, its location at the top of the hill must have provided splendid views from its tower.

In addition to its unusual style, and the fact that it has survived for 125 years, the house is significant because its owner played an important role in the early development of Woodstock. Not long after the subdivision plan was filed in Multnomah County, investors began spending money to prepare the 75 blocks for sale.  As enumerated in a July, 1892, Oregonian column, expenditures included “$8,000 for clearing and grubbing lots; $4,000 for clearing streets, and $4,500 for waterworks, including wells, pumping apparatus, and piping.” A 50x100 foot lot in the new suburb averaged $750.

The work of clearing, surveying and selling the lots resulted in “A Rapid but Very Steady Growth”. In the same article, it was stated that construction of more than twenty-two structures was underway in Woodstock. This included a school ($5,000); two churches (Methodist and Evangelical), a depot for the end of the streetcar line ($800). and a store ($2,500). This latter building was a grocery store owned and operated by the Russell Brothers (John Jr. and Burt). The article does not provide an address, only that it was in Woodstock (not on Woodstock Street, as the today’s boulevard was originally named).

By the time the grocery business was supplying the needs of nearby residents, John N. Russell Jr. was also serving as their Postmaster. According to recently-retired postal clerk and fellow historian Dana Beck, from 1891-1912 the Woodstock Post Office operated as a subdivision of the Portland Post Office, with the operator paid an annual salary. Mail carriers traveled by streetcar to the neighborhood from the main Post Office in downtown Portland. After 1912 the Woodstock Post Office was run by postal clerks, with one or two carriers delivering mail to homes and businesses. By the mid-1950’s the neighborhood had its own stand-alone building at 4423 S.E. Woodstock – before it closed, and service was reduced to the tiny contract station in the Safeway store.

John N. Russell, Jr. served as Postmaster beginning in 1891, presumably in his new grocery store. His family also ran a sawmill somewhere on the Columbia River near the Cascades (probably between what is now Cascade Locks and The Dalles). They hoped to win a contract to produce ties for the new railroad being built in the Gorge. The income from these three enterprises must have been sufficient to enable Russell to begin planning his new house, for in early November of 1892, the Oregonian reported that he was “putting up a home in the spring.” Six months later the “elegant residence, to cost $3500” was underway. Then disaster struck.

The final decade of the Nineteenth Century was marked by a global economic recession that lasted for several years. Russell seems to have held on to his new home, because he was living there until approximately 1915, when he moved to North Portland. But he had lost his steady Post Office job. In 1898 the Oregonian mentioned that he had been “bumped” from his position “for a few years”. However, his replacement was “not a success” – and in July of 1898 Russell was again serving as Woodstock Postmaster, continuing until he quit a year later.

As he resigned in December, 1899, Russell Brothers also closed their grocery store, “because their sawmill had been destroyed by a disastrous fire.” The post office continued operation, but there was apparently no other grocery store in Woodstock. Russell obtained a job as deputy county treasurer, and then from 1903 to 1927 worked as a salesman for a variety of businesses.

The last member of the Russell family to live in the house left after 1926. Between 1928 and 1996 two generations of the John and Charlotte Lee family owned the house; and in 2000 it was purchased by its current owners, Patrick and Coleen Mendola. Having raised their family in the house, the Mendolas are now putting it, and its three and a half lots, on the market, so they can downsize and move to Colorado where their grandchildren live.

Although not visible from the outside, the interior has been well cared for, with few changes since its construction. Original features include back-to-back fireplaces in the parlor, and dining rooms with original, ornate mantelpieces and surrounds. There are many built-in bookcases in the living areas, and cupboards in the large pantry and kitchen. The millwork is a wood crafter’s dream: The windows and doors are trimmed in birds-eye maple, with unique tiger-eye maple inlay in the corners.

Fortunately the wood retains its original finish; it is hoped that whoever purchases the house will appreciate its uniqueness and not paint it. Potential buyers can make an appointment with the realtor (who herself lives in Sellwood). A virtual tour is on line – to see details of the interior, go online – https://www.ruummedia.com/t/3814-southeast-martins-street-portland-mls.html.

Thank you to fellow historians Joanne Carlson of Eastmoreland, and Dana Beck, for information about John N. Russell, Jr. and the postal system. And Happy Holidays to all of the readers of THE BEE!



Portland Puppet Museum, Christmas shows, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Getting ready for the Holiday shows in Sellwood, here’s the Portland Puppet Museum’s Steven Overton – with help from Mrs. Claus, and Santa. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood puppets, large and small, bring Holiday cheer

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

There’s no “long winter’s nap” this time of year at Sellwood’s nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum – nor time to rest for their staff, either.

While getting puppets ready for the season, museum co-founder Steven Overton told THE BEE, “Coming through the Holidays, we’re presenting ‘Hats Off to Frosty’ – a rollicking snowball fight in the North Pole that includes a ‘winter hat competition’ for the characters.

“We’ll also be presenting ‘The Nutcracker Cracked’, our madcap send-up of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet, to Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, acted out with 84 rod puppets, all in just 38 minutes – making it perfect for families with young kids.”

Anytime that the museum is open, folks are invited to stop in; its current theme is “Nutcracker Fantasy” and, on display, will be toys from all over the world – some of them more than 200 years old,” Overton said.

To learn more, including show times and museum hours, see their website: http://www.puppetmuseum.com.



Vanessa Hopkins, Ann Singer, Two Wolves Theater School, Rogue Pack, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Vanessa Hopkins, left, and Ann Singer are looking forward to opening the “Two Wolves Theater School” in Sellwood, in conjunction with nonprofit “Rogue Pack”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New ‘theater school’ to open in Sellwood

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For youths and their parents who may be looking for a local school teaching theater arts, organizers are creating the “Two Wolves Theater School”. It’s an offshoot of the nonprofit “Rogue Pack” theater group, at the Sellwood Theater on S.E. Spokane Street.

“Starting by spring, we’ll be teaching kids’ classes – like clowning and circus arts, monologue work, musical theater, and dramatic presentation. And then we’ll be putting on shows,” explained the school’s program director, Vanessa Hopkins.

Meantime Ann Singer, founder of the organization, told THE BEE, “Through our work with ‘Rogue Pack’, which teaches theater to under-served youth, we found that parents are looking for this kind of performing arts education that many times they don’t get in school. Eventually, we look forward to seeing the two groups working together on projects.”

There isn’t yet a website for the “Two Wolves Theater School”, but there will be a link from the “Rogue Pack” site when it’s set up and running – at http://www.roguepack.org.



Poetry, Deliverance Brown, book, Woodstock, farmers market, Southeast Portland, Oregon
On a recent October Sunday at the Woodstock Farmers Market, Deliverance Brown (left) held up a copy of her poetry book – which she had just sold to Woodstock resident Karen Roberti, shown holding her dog Winston. In the background, Brown’s sister Andrea was selling T-shirts designed and screened by their father, Roosevelt Brown. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock resident, a CHS grad, publishes book of poetry

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

When Deliverance Brown was seven years old, her family moved from Los Angeles to Oregon. When she was fourteen they again moved, this time to Portland – settling in the Woodstock neighborhood.

Brown attended Cleveland High School, where she played varsity basketball starting as a freshman, ran track, sang in the school choir, and played drums in the CHS Marching Band. After high school she worked in banking for twelve years.

Coming from a family of writers, artists, and singers over three generations, Deliverance Brown published a book of her own poetry not long ago.

“I never intended to publish my poems. I have always, from age twelve, written for myself to express feelings and thoughts, and to find personal solace. My writings comfort me, make me laugh, and give me a little peace. But my older sister said I should write a book.” So Deliverance researched publishing, and followed her sister’s advice.

Now at thirty-four years of age, she has been at the Woodstock Farmers Market many Sundays this past season selling tea, muffins, and copies of her book, “Journey and Destiny – A Collection of Living Poetry.”

Her reflective and profound poems include life experiences dating from before high school graduation into her twenties. One poem, “Spaces, Faces, Embraces”, she wrote at age seventeen to clarify to herself the journey one makes from darkness to light when a secret or lie is finally recognized or revealed to the inner self.

The end of the poem reads:

“Then came morning:
Upon sifting through darkness,

True embraces summoned a radiant sunrise,
Swallowing turmoil in its brilliance.”

Brown muses on that poem, “The juxtaposition of ‘the dark, the light, the silence, the voices’, magnifies the need for the truth to have its voice in the earth and in the person.”

Brown credits her father as someone who guided his eight children to be strong, patient, and always thankful for small blessings, even in the face of adversity and the difficulties of growing up.

“My father fed patience and wisdom into us. He was so insistent. I listened to him, and I’m richer for it. And gratitude sustains you and gives you physical and mental energy.”

Brown’s youngest sister, Gwen – a graphic artist, illustrator and animation artist – illustrated the cover of the book, which contains 123 pages of poetry, along with explanations of what inspired her to write some of the poems.

If you are interested in having your own copy, e-mail Deliverance at – designsbypeadie@netzero.net.

There will also be a display copy on the front table in the Woodstock Community Center for those interested. The Community Center is at S.E. 43rd and Knight Street, in the block north of Woodstock Boulevard; its hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Sacred Heart Church, Brooklyn neighborhood, groundbreaking, Parish Hall, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Construction of Sacred Heart Church’s new Parish Hall is progressing well. The drier-than-usual weather in November and December has helped. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s Sacred Heart Church progresses on new Parish Hall

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Sacred Heart Church’s new Parish Hall is being built by Pacific Crest Construction, and has made considerable progress since excavation commenced last summer. The three-story building is situated just north of the Rectory, where Sacred Heart School once stood in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

The architectural design of the proposed hall can be seen on a poster showing the finished structure, posted on the barrier fencing along S.E. 11th Avenue.

Following the initial excavation, builders quickly framed the structure and added walls and flooring. The building will feature the same Gothic design elements as the adjacent Church and Rectory. The new Hall will have ADA access and a kitchen, and will be able to seat up to 250 people for a meal. Additional parking is planned on the East side of the hall.

According to Building Design Committee member Darryl Phillippi, construction is pretty much on schedule, with trusses set in December to protect workers on the interior. Fencing and temporary plywood doors have been installed for safety, and to keep onlookers from entering the work site.

The new Parish Hall is expected to be completed by next June.

JCWC, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, annual awards, Woodstock, new headquarters, All Saints Episcopal Church, Southeast Portland, Oregon
On an office-by-office tour of their new Woodstock headquarters, Johnson Creek Watershed Council Executive Director Daniel Newberry (at left) explained the purpose of each room. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Johnson Creek Watershed Council moves to Woodstock

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

After being situated near the creek just south of Ochoco Street in northwestern Milwaukie for many years, the offices of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) recently moved to the Woodstock neighborhood.

“We were ‘running out of time’ in the old building, and a commercial real estate agent helped locate this space, and secure a three-year lease, on the second floor of Keiter Hall at Woodstock’s All Saints Episcopal Church,” recounted JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry, while leading a tour of the new offices on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

Standing in the largest of their offices, the “Community Engagement Room”, Newberry recalled with pride how staff and many Board Members had volunteered to rip out decades-old carpet, paint the walls, and install new flooring throughout the space.

“The large size of our space is important, because we have as many as thirty interns working with the JCWC each year, each of whom is involved in a 100-hour internship,” Newberry said. “Because we don’t have space for a Board Room, though, the JCWC Board meets in the Reedwood Friends Church in the Reed neighborhood [at Steele and S.E. 29th], not far away.”

After our tour of the new offices, THE BEE continued the conversation with Newberry in the church’s Parish Hall. “Some of the benefits of this location include being a little bit more centralized in the watershed. We have more visibility, too, by being right on Woodstock Boulevard; and, there are many places within an easy walk to go for lunch and coffee, too! And, having the use of the Parish Hall – a large space we didn’t have at our former quarters – is also a very nice site amenity.”

The JCWC office is open most weekdays at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. To learn more, visit the organization online – http://www.jcwc.org.



Native American Fair, Mt Scott Community Center, Mt Scott Arleta, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Playing her flute is founder Oche’ Nah Roske – an “ODM-MIPSAHH Native Outreach & Equine Therapist”, from Wapato, Washington. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Native Art Mart’ returns to Mt. Scott Center

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Continuing their recent tradition on the weekend after Thanksgiving Day – this year, November 24 – Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) once again brought to the Mt. Scott Community Center the “Native American Marketplace & Family Day”.

It’s part of “Native American Heritage Month”, and offers everyone an opportunity to celebrate Native cultures with food, crafts, vendors, and free activities.

“We came up with this not only to support our Native American community members, but also to get them involved in recreation and our Community Centers,” explained Sheryl Juber, now a semi-retired PP&R employee, as well as a member of the Bureau’s Native American Community Advisory Council.

“Today, we have a full house of 29 vendors; the criterion to be a vendor is being a Native American – and that’s all!” Juber told THE BEE.

“One artisan came all the way from Arizona, and we have another from Yakima, and others from Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, as well as local people. Title VII US Office of Indian Education is represented as well,” recounted Juber.

As in past years, the modest vendor table fees, and all proceeds from selling the “Indian Tacos” and flatbread, go directly to the Bow and Arrow Culture Club – which sponsors the Delta Park Powwow, a Portland, Fathers’ Day tradition for 48 years.

“A good thing that comes from hosting the Marketplace is that many customers come to visit who are not from the Native community,” she smiled. “Here, people will realize just how many Native Americans are neighbors, teachers, co-workers, and such; and this connection is good for everyone.”

To learn more about the Portland Parks & Recreation Native American Community Advisory Council, go online – https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/63749.



Llewellyn Holiday Market, Llewellyn Elementary School, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Zoe, age 9, created Christmas ornaments to sell in the Llewellyn Holiday Market. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Llewellyn Holiday Market’ featured youthful vendors

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The 12th annual Llewellyn Elementary School “Holiday Market” featured 61 vendors, with proceeds slated for the school’s General Fund. That’s not unusual – it’s common to have community vendors pay to participate in such school fundraisers, and that they provide a share of the earnings to the school.

What was a bit more unusual, as THE BEE learned from Co-Coordinators Melisa Ferguson and Mindy Parker, was that some of the vendors were themselves still in school. In fact, “About 16 of the vendors are 4th grade students here! And their creative efforts are remarkable,” Parker exclaimed.

The array of gifts for sale at the vendor market included jewelry, paintings, cards, felted and leather items, wood and metal sculpture, pottery, honey, clocks, hair accessories, scented items, and handmade clothing. There were linen aprons, knit hats, scarves, and fingerless gloves made from recycled sweaters.

High-schooler Siena Geren sold acorn people and play mats, floating candles made from acorn caps, and felted Christmas Trees created from recycled wool sweaters.

Eleven-year-olds Ruby and Vivi displayed a host of colorful dollhouse figures they’d made from Wxboom dry clay. Fourth grader Zoey, 9, sold clever Christmas ornaments made from painted bottle caps (snowmen), wine-cork reindeer, and Santas fashioned from Hershey's Kisses.

Another 4th grade team sold recycled crayons in heart shapes, and painted clothespin people. Lillian, 10, and Alma, 9, minded the table, but their friend and crafter Penny, 9, couldn't make it, as she was at a soccer game.

The Llewellyn Holiday Market provides a fun focus for community interaction. Although some vendors come from other neighborhoods, a sense of Holiday spirit pervades the event, providing an opportunity to support the school and to buy creative hand-made gifts.

The Sellwood Marimba Band and School House Rock Band entertained visitors in the Westmoreland school’s cafetorium, while shoppers ate stew and corn muffins purchased from Nana's Guilty Pleasures, at 6108 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. There was also a Photo Booth and a special Story Time, with guest reader Cheryl McDonald – the retired but still well-loved Llewellyn Librarian.



Southeast Events and Activities
DECEMBER 23
Fourth Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyterian:
At 9:30 a.m. “Worship with Bells”. Wassail Party following. Open to all. The church address is 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve at Moreland Presbyterian:
At 4 p.m. everyone is invited to “Intergenerational Family Worship”. The “Candlelight Communion Worship” is at 11 p.m., and also open to all. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

DECEMBER 26
“Bachxing Day” celebrated on Powell Boulevard:
Nonprofit “Classical Revolution PDX” is inviting musicians to perform today at its annual “Bachxing Day” celebration at “Artichoke Music”, 2007 S.E. Powell Boulevard, 7-10 p.m. “This will be a concert of ‘any Bach instrumentation, any interpretation’!” They are putting together a fun program featuring soloists and small ensembles who want to perform their favorite Bach-related pieces. As in years past, they also organize one large ensemble piece, and invite you to play in the group; this year it will be Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and you don’t have to be a string player to join in. To be a participant, send the following information by e-mail to, lizkohlpianist@gmail.com – (1) Name, instrument/voice, and piece. Should be 5 to 15 minutes; (2) List any collaborators, or indicate you would like help finding additional musicians; (3) Indicate if you plan to participate in the large ensemble as well. (Artichoke Music has a baby grand piano and a sound system.) Not participating? Come and listen!

DECEMBER 28
Recycle your Christmas Tree today, and benefit Cub Scouts:
Cub Scout Pack 351 this evening opens its annual Christmas Tree Recycling lot at St. Ignatius School, S.E. 45th Avenue at Powell Boulevard. Drop off your tree starting at 5 p.m. this evening, or on any day through January 12th. Hours are 5-8 p.m. weekdays, and weekends 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fee is ten dollars for trees, and seven dollars for wreaths and garlands. Or, if you wish, they will come pick it up from you! Call 503/912-4108 to schedule your convenient pick up! All funds raised go to providing the scouts the opportunity to go to summer camp.

JANUARY 6
Page-by-Page Art Journaling for adults at Sellwood Library:
Join writer and creative facilitator Anya Hankin to jump-start your creativity in the New Year, and explore intention-setting through the practice of “art journaling”. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to unique art-journaling techniques, such as inspiring writing prompts, mixed-media collage, stamping, and pen and ink illustration. Learn how to utilize your journal as a place for imagination and vision to unfold. Please bring your own blank journal; all other materials will be provided. It’s free, this afternoon 12:30-2 p.m., but registration is required. Register in the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13 th at Bidwell, or by calling 503/988-5123.

JANUARY 7
Tech help for adults at Woodstock Library:
Do you have technology questions? Today, or any Monday this month except January 21, come to the Woodstock Branch Library for a free “one-on-one for 30 minutes” with a friendly, knowledgeable Tech Helper who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. If you need help with a smartphone, tablet or laptop please bring it with you. Remember to bring any usernames and passwords you might need. It’s free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The sessions each day are scheduled between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

JANUARY 15
Pageturners Book Group for adults at Woodstock Library:
Read “Born a Crime – Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah, and then come to the Woodstock Branch Library this evening, 6:30-7:45  p.m., for conversation about books – and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored the by Friends of the Library. The location is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue, and it’s free.

JANUARY 25
“Creating Life Inside” on stage at Rogue Pack:
“Creating Life Inside” is a stage presentation based on stories by young men aged 15-17 in Juvenile Detention at Donald E. Long. A Fertile Ground event in Sellwood by nonprofit “Rogue Pack”; Talkback and Reception after all shows. It starts tonight at Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, and runs tomorrow night and on February 1 and 2. All shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but a donation of $20 would be welcome to support the theater. More information online – www.roguepack.org.

JANUARY 26
“Micah and Me Family Dance Party” at Sellwood Library
: Kids and families are invited to enjoy “Micah and Me” with highly danceable music, plus an instrument petting zoo at the end of the dance party. It’s this morning, 11 to noon, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Free, but come early to be sure of getting into the party.

JANUARY 28
“Bollywood and Bhangra” dance workshop at Sellwood Library:
  Teens, you saw them in the Moreland Monster March and in THE BEE. Now, imagine being part of a Bollywood musical, with multicolored costumes coupled with high energy song and dance. Charismatic performer Prashant's dance workshops transport students into a world full of possibilities and big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake. Teens at every skill level are welcome! It’s at the Sellwood Branch Library, on S.E. Bidwell at 13th Avenue, 6:30-7:45 p.m. this evening. Free.

JANUARY 30
“Affordable Child Care Conversation” for local residents:
Woodstock’s Trinity United Methodist Church offers three hour-long conversations – the first one is this evening, at 7 p.m. – about working together to find solutions for the challenges facing local families, including the issue of affordable child care in Inner Southeast Portland. Anyone interested is welcome. Children are welcome, and care will be provided at no cost during these sessions. There are two more besides tonight – February 4th at 7 p.m., and February 21st at 7 p.m. The location is at the church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

FEBRUARY 2
Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool open house this morning:
Today, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., you’re invited to stop by and learn more about the nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, in the Reed neighborhood – situated in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus. The open house offers prospective families to visit the school, see the classrooms, talk with current members, and meet the teachers. Kids can explore activities and play in the three classrooms, while parents learn more, and consider joining the co-op.

Crab fundraiser for All Saints’, in Woodstock: Tickets are already available for the annual “Crackin’ Crab Feast” at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock today. Two seatings are available, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the church hall at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. “Each year this has been a big hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends, and advance tickets make for great presents at or after the Holidays!” At $40, the meal comes with all-you-can eat fresh crab, coleslaw, and bread. Tables can be purchased at a discount. A cash bar will be available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a Mac and Cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints’ outreach ministries for weekly Hot Meals and a Dental Van providing free or low-cost dental care. For tickets or more information, go online – www.allsaintspdx.org – or call Nancy at 1-916/202-7132.


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     Useful HotLinks:     
Your Personal "Internet Toolkit"!


Charles Schulz's "PEANUTS" comic strip daily!

Portland area freeway and highway traffic cameras

Portland Police

Latest Portland region radar weather map

Portland Public Schools

Multnomah County's official SELLWOOD BRIDGE website

Click here for the official correct time!

Oaks Amusement Park

Association of Home Business (meets in Sellwood)

Local, established, unaffiliated leads and referrals group for businesspeople; some categories open

Weekly updates on area road and bridge construction

Translate text into another language

Look up a ZIP code to any U.S. address anywhere

Free on-line PC virus checkup

Free antivirus program for PC's; download (and regularly update it!!) by clicking here

Computer virus and worm information, and removal tools

PC acting odd, redirecting your home page, calling up pages you didn't want--but you can't find a virus? You may have SPYWARE on your computer; especially if you go to game or music sites. Click here to download the FREE LavaSoft AdAware program, and run it regularly!

What AdAware doesn't catch, "Malwarebytes" may! PC's--particularly those used for music downloads and online game playing--MUST download these free programs and run them often, to avoid major spyware problems with your computer!

Check for Internet hoaxes, scams, etc.

Here's more on the latest scams!


ADOBE ACROBAT is one of the most useful Internet document reading tools. Download it here, free; save to your computer, click to open, and forget about it! (But decline the "optional offers" -- they are just adware

Encyclopedia Britannica online

Newspapers around the world

Stain removal directions

Convert almost any unit of measure to almost any other

Research properties in the City of Portland

Local source for high-quality Shaklee nutritionals

Note: Since THE BEE is not the operator of any of the websites presented here, we can assume no responsibility for content or consequences of any visit to them; however we, personally, have found all of them helpful, and posted them here for your reference.


 

Local News websites:
The news TODAY

Local News Daily.com

KATU, Channel 2 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 43)

KOIN, Channel 6 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 40)

KGW, Channel 8 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 8)

KPTV, Channel 12 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 12)

KRCW, Channel 32 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 33)

KPDX, Channel 49 (Digital/HDTV broadcast channel 30)