A hundred years ago, drinking establishments were sprinkled throughout inner northeast Portland, which was then a separate city called Albina. Kegs were stored under the bar, and beer was drawn by a brass pressure tap or by a gravity faucet inserted directly in the keg. Men stood at the bar, as stools did not come into use until after Prohibition.
Prohibition was not well-received by many of the Volga German immigrants who lived in the neighborhood. Elder Peter Yost of the Free Evangelical Brethren Church reportedly gave his greatest sermon during this time, complaining that "food" was being taken away from his people.
In many families, it was common to send a young child to the tavern with a tin pail to fetch beer to drink with dinner. The bar-tender would fill the pail and the child would carry it home, careful not to spill a drop.
The photo below, courtesy of Shanna Minarik, shows the Ludwig Miller Saloon (circa 1913) which was located at 740 Union Avenue, now known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
This story is condensed from a longer version published on the volgagermans.net website, courtesy of Steve Schreiber.
April 18 from 10 to 3: make a seed bomb and help create pollinator habitat at Whole Foods on NE 15th and Fremont...
Our local Whole Foods has selected the Sabin Bee-Friendly Garden Project to receive bag credit funds, starting April 18 and ending July 12. Here's how it works: When you shop at Whole Foods and bring your own shopping bags, Whole Foods at NE 15th and Fremont will donate five cents per bag to a community organization – either the Sabin garden project or Xerces – you decide which one.
The Sabin garden project hopes to raise about $500 through this campaign, and reaching that goal depends on shoppers remembering to make the request. Please remind cashiers to donate the bag credit before they complete the transaction.
For more information about the project, see our Bee-Friendly Gardens page.
Sabin's 2015 Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 10 am to 2 pm, at Maranatha Church. The church is located at NE 12th and Skidmore. This event is a fundraiser for Sabin Community Association projects, so we request a donation of $20 for cars and up to $50 for trucks.
Reusable items will be donated to community organizations:
Not sure if an item is in good enough condition to donate? Bring it and we'll sort it for donation, recycling or trash.
We now post neighborhood news to the Sabin Facebook page. Please follow us on Facebook to find out what's happening in our community.
In partnership with Friends of Trees, the Sabin neighborhood is planning a tree planting project for February 28, 2015! Trees for your planting strip will cost $25. Yard trees will cost $75. This price includes a site inspection by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services to ensure you choose the right tree for the location, hole digging, help with planting your tree, stakes, ties, labels, follow-up monitoring, and information on proper tree care techniques!
For more information or to order your trees, contact Malka Youngstein at email@example.com or go to the Friends of Trees website.
Albina Library is offering a series of free workshops designed to help people find a job, start a business or maintain a sustainable income during retirement. Registration is required for these workshops, which will be held on six Tuesdays in September and October at the library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave. in the Whole Foods shopping center. For more information or to register for a workshop, call 503-988-5362.
— On Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Goodwill Industries will present “First Impressions,” a workshop designed to help job seekers maximize their ability to make a lasting, positive first impression on prospective employers.
— On Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Goodwill Industries will present “Interview Success,” which includes a variety of job interview tips to help prepare candidates for tough questions.
— On Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Society for Financial Awareness will present “Strategies for a Sustainable Income in Retirement.” This workshop covers setting retirement goals and strategies for a sustainable income in retirement.
— On Oct. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will present “Starting Your Own Business: Feasibility & Business Plans.” Participants will learn what to consider before starting a business plus how to write a business plan. Registration for this workshop opens Sept. 23.
— On Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Access to Capital: Funding Your Business” will be presented by Mercy Corps Northwest, Small Business Administration’s Portland District Office, Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center and Albina Opportunities and Community Sourced Capital. Registration opens Sept. 30 for this workshop, which will discuss funding options.
— On Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Small Business Administration's Portland District Office and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center will present “Encore Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business After 50.” This workshop offers free resources and tools to people who are not yet ready to retire but who are interested in turning professional experience or a hobby into an “encore” career by starting a new business. Registration is required and opens Oct. 7.
Photos from the Sabin general meeting on May 12, 2014 (courtesy of Cristin Norine)