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Every last Saturday of September, we begin a full weekend exploring our core neighborhood.
Photographs by Shelly Lamb and Steve Kenner

The John Roberts Case
Played at Washington and Railroad Street

"John Roberts on or about the 6th of July had a row with two unmarried women on the streets of Sherwood. The women threatened his arrest. Then he sauced them. One of the girls broke her parasol over his head and the other slapped him in the face. This one he kicked and slapped the jaws of the other one. For these things a warrant was sworn out charging Roberts with assault and battery-- two cases because there were two girls."

Hillsboro Independent,
August 5, 1898

The Prohibitionist Cause
Played at Washington and First Street

"On motion the Recorder's action was upheld by a unanimous vote of the council in ordering the saloon of John Owens closed on the 20th day of January upon the information made by Mrs. Anna Reisner that she believed if said saloon was not closed that her life was in danger."

Sherwood Town Minutes,
February 7, 1896

"Mother, mother, may I go to meet my beau?"
Played at Washington and Second Street

"Well father said that I could go,
down to the corner to meet my beau!"
"No my daughter, you may not go, down to the corner to meet your beau."

A Visit to Cipole
Played at Main and Second Street

"Look here, Don! Blowing up that dam at Lake Oswego could get us all in trouble and ruin a lot of onion farmers' reputations!" "We would never think of doing such a thing to save our crops, ma'am."

Alvie Fields shoots George Williams
Railroad Street, April 8, 1892

George Williams was "... kind of an ornery bugger I guess. He was a pretty heavy drinker in the saloon there and he'd always get into an argument and he'd pull a gun out like he was going to shoot, see? But anyhow, there was a guy by the name of Alvie Fields. [...] I think that was his name. He was supposed to have been related to Smock, but I don't know that for sure. But anyway he made up his mind that if he was going to pull a gun on him, he was going to get him first. But anyhow he didn't have no gun so he went to a man there. I kind of hate to talk about this. I didn't see it, but I was told by people who was there. He went to a guy I knew real well and told him he wanted to borrow his gun. He had a butcher shop there. He was a partner in the butcher shop. He had a .45. He asked, "What are you going to do with it?"

"I'm going to kill a darn mean dog." he says, "He's always a-bothering me. I'm going to kill him."

He got the gun and he wounded the guy. Well, he got into an quarrel with him and he pulled out his gun and he shot him. But he didn't die right away. They took him to Portland. I think they got him to Portland on a freight train. The freight trains always carried one coach to carry passengers. They didn't have passenger trains in them days."

--Dave Cereghino, February 28, 1976

GEORGE: "Oh Mary! I knew you would never leave me!"

MARY: "And I'm so sorry I took the bullets out of your gun."

Church Women and Floozies

"Scarcely a day goes by that Governor West does not receive in person or by letter the tearful petition of some wife for help in keeping the saloons from selling liquor to her drunken husband. They plead helplessness, and say they are mocked at every turn when they try to save their husbands from themselves and the saloon. The cry of hungry children and the tears of destitute wives accomplish little or nothing, the governor is told over and over again. The husbands continue to get liquor. Sherwood News-Sheet, July 23, 1913


Tom Woida assaults the Water Tower

NARRATOR: "Americans hated taxes. There was only one thing they hated more than taxes, and that was saloons. Everyone was in favor of more taxes on saloons."

FLOOZIE: "That water tower you paid for is the pride of Sherwood, Tom!"
WOIDA:     "Aw, it's just another church steeple as far as I'm concerned."

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