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The Original Rules of Baseball on
Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society
Julyl - Oct. 9
Photo by Bryan Dalke
10-11-12 team after tough loss to Harney County on June 25.
Documents that the Official Historian of Major League Baseball
declared "the Magna Carta of America's national pastime" will be
on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (1200 SW
Park Avenue) beginning this Friday, July 1, through October 9,
2016. The exhibit will be the first public display of these nine
teenth century papers, which only recently came to light at an
auction in California.
The hand-written documents were drafted by Daniel "Doc"
Adams and presented at an unprecedented special meeting of
all New York area baseball clubs in 1857. The documents, entitled
"Laws of Base Ball," conclusively set the game's rules, among
which included establishing ninety-foot base paths, assigning
nine players to a side, and fixing the duration of the game at nine
innings. A full transcription of the documents is available upon re
quest; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for ä copy.
Baseball fans will also want to mark their calendars for Tuesday,
August 2, as OHS will host John Thorn, Official Historian of Major
League Baseball, for a lecture on the history of America's favorite
game. The lecture begins at 7pm at the First Congregational
Church (1126 SW Park Avenue). Tickets are $25 and are avail
able online at johnthorn.brownpapertickets.com.
John Thorn is the author of Baseball
in théGarden of Eden: The Secret His
tory of the Early Game and co-author
of Thé Hidden Game of Baseball,
which established alternative statistics
làter recognized; and adopted as offi
ciât by Major League Baseball. A
sought-after consultant for exhibits
and documentaries on America's
game, Thorn also talks baseball with
fans on his MLB blog, Our Game,
The Oregon Historical Society's
museum is open seven days a
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week, Monday^ Saturday from
10am -- 5pm and Sunday from
12pm - 5pm. The museum and exhibit will also be open
on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, from 10am - 5pm. Ad
mission is $11, and discounts are available for students, senior^,
and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah
County residents thanks to the recent renewal of the Oregon His
torical Society levy.
About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has
served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collec
tion of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books,
films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital
platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming,
and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible
to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history
as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single
story or point of view.
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of June 28, 2016
CITY OF SUMPTER MAYOR AND TWO COUNCILIORS
RECALL OF MAYOR LELAND MYERS
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Commissioners Ask Just What
to Do with $42,180?
By Mary Jane Guyer
On June 23, the Baker County Board of Commission
ers struggled to find common ground on just what to
do, with monies derived from sale of industrial
At the center of the discussion was where to direct
$42,180 - funds received by the County as a result of
a property sale in the Industrial Park located on the west
side of Baker City.
A little background: In the 1960’s a for-profit organ
ization, Baker Industries and Resources Corporation
(BIRC), was formed. Its goal was to purchase proper- ,
ties in Baker to ensure potential industrial grounds
could be secured. Numerous local leaders interested
in Baker’s economic future, purchased stock in the
corporation as a means of financing property sales.
Over the years, properties were purchased, sold off,
and monies were reinvested into other properties.
Loans were provided to promote business opportuni
ties, monies were donated to companies and commu
nity projects that were-viewed’by stockholders as
advancing the economic future of Baker County. '
County Commissioner-elect, Bruce Nichbls, served
as Treasurer for the BIRC. “The organisation has
always been dedicated to pursuing economic develop
ment opportunities for Baker County,” stated Nichols.
“In feet, BIRC was the>first organization to donate to
the Interpretative Center in the amount of $10,000.”
Nichols approached the County Commission
suggesting that BIRC Industrial Park properties and
remaining funds (approximately $85,000) be placed
with Baker County Economic Development. The
Commission agreed and accepted BIRC’s proposal
during a public meeting, according to Nichols.
“BIRC was very clear about the intended use of the
funds and of the proceeds from sales of those
properties,” said Nichols. “It was to go for economic
Fast forward to present day: Several months ago, one
of those donated BIRC industrial sites was sold for
$42,180. The funds have been deposited in the
County’s Facilities fund.
Craig Ward, Chairman of the Economic Development
Council, has strong feelings about where those fund
should be, and it is not in the County’s Facilities fund.
“This community has dedicated hundreds of volun
teer hours and held dozens'of meetings to develop an
economic development plan,” said Ward. “At the heart
of this plan is our desire to recruit businesses that bring
family wage jobs to Baker Cottaty. The people of this
community supported, recruitment of employers
involved with light manufacturing, call centers, and
tech industry opportunities.”
To that end, the Economic Development Incentive
Fund comes into play. A joint venture of both the City
and County, it is designed to help recruit businesses that
might be interested in locating to Baker County. It is
also a fund that helps existing city and county
businesses to expand.
It is in the Economic Development Incentive Fund
feat Ward wants fee money to be deposited. “I will not
back away from this one,” says Ward. “It has always
beenour'goal to use those funds to bring family wage
jobs to this community.”
Accordiiigto Ward, ity' has always been fee
understanding feat when a property is sold by either fee
City or the.Couuty, fee proceeds of those hinds would
go into fee Economic Development Incentive Fund.
‘.T think it cofees down to a question of trust,” stated
During fee June 23 meeting, Commissioner Kerns
raised fee question as to fee whereabouts of fee
$42,180 in the county’s budget. .
Chairman Harvey responded “It’s been addressed by
fee EDC Chairman that he was under fee impression
feat fee money was supposed to go back to fee EDC,
but I have not had a chance to address feat yet in a
Harvey stated there is no precedent for fee funds
®6mg"toEDC?“I^thifik it is more of a want ordesireori"'
their part, his, so we have not had the chance to
address feat, yet.
Harvey continued, “Baker City is selling property and
they are not giving fee money back.”
The Record Courier contacted City Manager, Fred
Warner, and inquired about City property sales. Warner.
indicated feat while fee City has property available, -
parcels have not been sold. Leaving the question of
what fee City will do wife money from property sales
Kerns pursued fee line of questioning regarding fee
whereabouts of fee money.
Christina Cook, Baker County’s Administrative
Services Director, shared wife the Commissioners feat
When fee money came in, it was deposited into the
County’s Facilities fund. Cook went on to explain the
money was deposited to replace the monies that were
spent for purchasing the property adjacent to the
County Road Department on 13 th Street. .
“To give ybu a heads up on feat,” said Harvey. “Most
of fee land is going to fee Road Department and they
have budgeted for that land and for their building. So,
it makes our portion for the Parks Department, Weed:
Department and whoever else we put out there a lot
He continued, “The $40,000 overshadows feat. We
have not really put anything down on paper yet to what
plus or minuses - or how we doji.”.
Kerns pursued his line of question, “We haven’t
approved any new building out there.”
Harvey responded, “And we haven’t asked you.”
, Kerns continued, “I’m surprised it has been put into
an account that’s heading toward fee purchase of feat
Harvey stated fee County took money out of fee"
Facilities Budget to purchase fee property. This was to
replace that expenditure.
Cook then reminded Commissioners that there is no“
money in fee budget for a new building.
Commissioner Bennett weighed in saying, “The
Commission has made a commitment.that when we;
(fee Board of Commissioners) sold property feat feose 7
monies would go back to fee EDC.”
Harvey told Bennett he had not found that in writing.
Commissioner Harvey then proceeded to share other
concerns he had pertaining to fee county’s payment of"
$15,000 from fee general fund for a flood plain study
to allow for fee sale of any property at fee industrial ’
“The County should take off fee funds for selling feat
property - we should not just give it to another group
of people to spend,” exclaimed Harvey.
He also announced his displeasure for paying a bill
of $15,000 for feeCity’s property to be platted, “so they
could sell it and then keep fee money.” Harvey went
onto state, “I am going to give them a bill for feat.
Commissipner Bennett asked Cook to look into fee
various issues feat had been raised and report back to
them in July.
Harvey continued, “The City has foil advantage. They
are selling 12 acres after we paid all fee expenses and
they are not giving anything towards fee expenses.
They are keeping fee money. We are a piggy bank they.
Kerns responded, “This is all designed to bring in
industry and jobs. I don’t think we should be talking
about being a piggy bank or getting an advantage. We
should be taking about what we want to do for the
“My emphasis is to encourage fee City to be a
partner in that effort,” exclaimed Harvey. “But they are
not at this point and time. We are going to revisit that”,