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The Tale of Two Wilkes Neighborhoods

The Tale of Two Wilkes Neighborhoods. William C Wilkes Donation Land Grant 1846, Portland Oregon. Info here!
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Love, Heartbreak, and Renewal

Local history says un the summer of 1845 Payton & Anna Wilkes and their seven children left Independence Missouri in a two-yolk oxen-drawn covered wagon and headed west on the Oregon Trail for Oregon.

They arrived by late fall after crossing the Cascade Mountains during a particularly strong snow storm and settled into their new life style in Oregon City. More than 3,000 wagons arrived in Oregon that year.

In 1850 their son William Wilkes took a Donation Land Claim on Sandy Road east of Portland.

The Donation Land Claim Act (DLC) became law on September 27, 1850 as a means to promote homestead settlements in the Oregon Territory (comprising the resent-day states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and part of Wyoming).

The Act granted 320 acres of designated areas free-of-charge to every unmarried male citizen eighteen or older, and 640 acres to every married couple arriving in the Oregon Territory before December 1, 1850. A total of 7,437 land claims were issued under the Act which expired in late 1855.

Soon after receiving his land, William gave up his claim after his wife died and headed to California to mine gold.

Rich with cash, William Wilkes returned to east Portland and purchased the Milton Frazer DLC (see photo above), which was located immediately to the east of his original claim. And that's why there are two Wilkes neighborhoods.

Wilkes, the original land claim. And, Wilkes East, the purchased land to the east of William Wilkes original claim.

William C Wilkes, east Portland pioneer 1850's. Click to enlarge
William C Wilkes
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William C Wilkes, east Portland pioneer 1850's. Click to enlarge
William C Wilkes grave
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Sarah A Wilkes, wife of William C Wilkes, east Portland pioneer 1850's. Click to enlarge
Sarah A Wilkes
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To learn more about local history, read "Gresham, Stories of our Past". Available from the Gresham Historical Society, area book stores, and Amazon.com

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City of Gresham Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations Jan 2019 Meeting: Tue, Jan 08, 2019 7PM-8:30PM

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City of Gresham Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations Jan 2019 Meeting: Tue, Jan 08, 2019 7PM-8:30PM. Public Welcome. Get Involved!. Info here!

Public Welcome. Get Involved!

When: Tue, Jan 08, 2019 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Rm
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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For more information about the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, contact Carol Rulla, Coalition President, at 503-663-1466 or crullaor@gmail.com.

City of Gresham 2018 Council Candidates Forum: Tue Oct 23,2018 6:30PM-9:00PM

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City of Gresham 2018 Council Candidates Forum: Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:30PM-9:00PM. Hear for each candidate. Ask your questions! Info here.

City of Gresham 2018 Council Candidates Forum: Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:30PM-9:00PM. Hear for each candidate. Ask your questions! Info here.
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Save the Date!

When: Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:30PM-9:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
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Meeting the Council Candidates
Come hear from the candidates running for Gresham City Council! The Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations is hosting a candidate forum.

The schedule will be:

6:35PM-7:00PM Mayoral Candidates:
Shane T. Bemis & Allen Cox
7:05PM-7:30PM Council Position 2 Candidates:
Kirk French & Eddy Morales
7:35PM-8:50PM Council Position 4 Candidates:
Paul Drechsler, Benjamin Jones, Ryan C. Johnson,
Raymond Love, Antonio Medel & Mario Palmero
8:55PM-9:00PM Council Position 6 Candidate:
Janine Gladfelter

This is a non-partisan event, organized by volunteers from the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations.

In each section, the candidates will first give brief intros, then answer a few questions that the Coalition is providing in advance of the forum, followed by audience questions which will be submitted on notecards at the forum.

Please join us to meet your neighbors & become a more informed voter!

Free Screening! East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM

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Free Screening! East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM. Support our public parks! Info Here!

East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal

Join us to view this new film 10:30 am to Noon Saturday June 2 at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Rockwood!

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 East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM. Support our public parks! Info Here!
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Support Our Public Parks

When: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
(next to Nadaka Nature Park)
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Following the 15 minute film we'll have a short discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Can't Make June 2?
You can catch screenings at the following other times and locations:

  • June 20 screening for High School Students. Email for details.
  • August 18 the Nadaka Community Festival.
  • August 25 Rock the Block
  • Additional screenings will be posted here when scheduled.

Learn More
Springwater Parks & Community is a project of the East Metro Arts, Community & Culture

Gresham Saturday Market 2017: Sat, May 06, 2017 9AM-3PM

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Gresham Saturday Market 2017: Sat, May 06, 2017 9AM-3PM. Saturday's thru October. Info here!

Saturday's thru October

When: Sat, May 06, 2017 9AM-3PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
Parking Lot "W"
26000 SE Stark Street
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The Gresham Saturday Market is a Farmer's Market that includes many crafts, artisans, fresh flowers, plants, services, and unique offerings, plus great food and live entertainment from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Ample on-site parking is available next to the market.

For more information call 503-912-4122 or visit the Gresham Saturday Market website.

City of Gresham Budget Committee Meeting #2 for FY 2017-18: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM-9PM

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City of Gresham Budget Committee Meeting #2 for FY 2017-18: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM-9PM. . Info here!

When: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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If the budget is not approved at the first meeting on May 9, 2017, the City of Gresham Budget Committee will hold a public meeting to review and approve the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Public participation is encouraged.

For more information, contact Sharron Monohon, Budget and Financial Planning Director, at Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2890.

City of Gresham Gresham Redevelopment Commission Budget Committee Meeting for FY 2017-18: Wed, May 10, 2017 6PM-6:30PM

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City of Gresham Gresham Redevelopment Commission Budget Committee Meeting for FY 2017-18: Wed, May 10, 2017 6PM-6:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Wed, May 10, 2017 6PM-6:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Center
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The Gresham Redevelopment Commission Budget Committee (GRDCBC) is responsible for recommending a budget to the Gresham Redevelopment Commission for the upcoming fiscal year 2017-18. Public participation is encouraged.

For more information, contact Sharron Monohon, Budget and Financial Planning Director, at Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2890.

Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle. Keep Fats Out Of The Pipes

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Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle. Keep Fats Out Of The Pipes. Info here!

Simple Solution. Big Reward.

After big holiday meals, no one likes to be stuck doing the clean-up. But if you aren't careful with leftover gravy, pan drip-pings and sauces a grease-clogged drain could ruin your holiday and cost you a bundle.

When fats, oils and grease are poured down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes causing messy sewer backups and expensive cleanup and repair.

The solution:
Pour the grease into a can, freeze it, and toss the can in the trash!

Free! Guided Bird & Nature Walk, Nadaka Nature Park: Nov 11, 2016 9-10AM

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Free! Bird & Nature Walk With Audubon of Portland, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Nov 11, 2016 9-10AM. Info here!

Let's Go Bird Watching!

When: Sat Nov 11, 2016 9AM-10AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
175th & NE Glisan
Gresham OR
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Cost: Free!

Join Friends of Nadaka and Audubon for a guided nature walk through Nadaka Nature Park. This is a family friendly event for beginner & advance bird watchers/ naturalists. Bring your own binoculars & field guides if possible. (Binoculars will be provided for those who do not own binoculars)

What is the Dog Days of Summer?

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Dog Days of Summer:  July 3 - August 11

The “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest part of summer.

It's a dogs life, especially during summer. Learn the origin of dog days of summer here!
Dog Days of Summer?  Click to enlarge

The dictionary defines “dog days” as:

1:  the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere
2:  a period of stagnation or inactivity

But where does the term come from? Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days?” Here's the answer!

In ancient times, when the night sky was free from artificial lights people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. These star pictures are called constellations, and the constellations as we know them came from our European ancestors.

Ancient star gazer's saw images in the stars of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus), and others objects, including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor). (more below...)

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