John Terry was born in Berkeley, Calif., and came to Oregon in 1941. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1956 and Portland State College (University) in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army 1961-63, joined the Salem Capital Journal and rose to city editor in 1971. He won Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards for Best Local Column in 1969 and 1975, and Best Feature Story in 1968. He joined The Oregonian in 1976 and retired in December 2003. He began his Oregon's Trails column on Oregon history in 1996, He continues the column in retirement.
Portland Professional Wrestling
In July 1883, the Oregonian announced a “grand athletic tourney” at Portland's Mechanics Arena. Among other activities, “the sciences of Greco-Roman and Scotch back-hold wrestling will receive a practical demonstration by the champion of the world, Donald Dinuie, Portland’s greatest athlete, and against him will be pitted one worthy of …