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Plans afoot to rename street for longtime Sherwood resident Odge Gribble

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark is expected to make a motion Tuesday night to rename a portion of Southwest Columbia Boulevard after Odge Gribble, shown here in the mid-2000s trying to save the Old Schoolhouse, which was razed by the city in December 2007 because of seismic concerns.A city street could soon be renamed in honor of one of Sherwood’s long-time residents and volunteers.

During the Sherwood City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, Mayor Krisanna Clark said she will propose renaming a portion of Southwest Columbia Street after Odge Gribble.

Clark said her motion comes with a plan to honor Gribble as a “longtime resident and supporter of Sherwood and everything Sherwood.”

“She has been just an absolute Sherwood icon,” said Clark. “She is just that figure in Sherwood that’s been that wonderful, positive force.”

Gribble meets criteria for having a street named after herself including the fact she has been a resident of the city for more than 50 years.

The renaming of Columbia Street would only include a portion of the thoroughfare, the length that is on the south side of the Sherwood Center for the Arts, according to City Manager Joe Gall. No street addresses will have to be changed as a result. The name change would not include Columbia Street on the east side of Pine Street (which runs parallel to Cannery Square Plaza).

Gall said it hasn’t been determined yet if the roadway would be renamed Odge Gribble Way, Odge Gribble Lane or some other designation.

“Well, I’m very flattered,” Gribble said of plans for the street named for her.

Gribble, whose parents settled in Sherwood in 1932, has been a volunteer or has served on numerous city boards or commissions throughout her life.

“I can’t think of too many I haven’t been on,” she said. “I was probably chair or president of one thing or another.”

In 1934, Gribble’s family purchased property on Park Row and Division Street.

“We had a cow, a horse and chickens … because then we were in the country,” she said.

Her mother, Harriet Price, was the city’s “first flower lady,” who sold entire flats of plants for 25 cents each. Over the course of 25 years, Gribble owned a variety of antique stores located in five separate locations around the city but all within six to eight blocks of each other, she said.

In addition, Gribble is the founder of The Sherwood Gazette newspaper, along with Sherwood historian Clyde List. The paper, which was edited and published by Brian and Kathy Stahl, debuted in 1991 or 1992, List said.

List, who served as Sherwood mayor in 1980, said he was pleased with plans to honor Gribble with the street name.

“Usually people who know her call her Mrs. Sherwood,” said List. “I think they should name the whole town after her.”