Alice Mullaly

As It Was Contributor

Alice Mullaly was raised in the same Central Point home where she lives today with her husband, Larry. A graduate of Crater High School, Oregon State, and Stanford universities, she taught mathematics for 42 years in high schools in Nyack, New York.; Mill Valley, California, and at Hedrick Junior High School in Medford. She retired from Southern Oregon University where she trained new mathematics teachers. Mullaly’s husband was also a teacher as are her two daughters. Her husband is a Southern Pacific Railroad historian, and both of them enjoy hunting for “the story” in primary sources. Alice’s mother was an early member of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, and Alice has been an SOHS volunteer for nearly 30 years. She enjoys the puzzles people bring to the Research Library, the source of many of her “As It Was” stories.


8:55 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Fire Destroys Grange Co-op in Central Point, Ore.

Episode 2384

Since 1947, the Grange Co-op grain elevator had been a beacon for miles around Central Point, Ore, but on the night of Oct. 12, 1961, it became a terrifying pillar of flame.

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7:53 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Newspaper Publisher Suggests Dog Shelter Savings

Episode 2376

 The animal shelter in Jackson County, Ore., was handling up to 250 dogs a month in 1961 and running out of space.  The proposed budget contained $7,000 for building a new cement-block, heated structure to house dogs that were being kept only five days. Maxwell Thayer, owner and editor of the Rogue River Times had a better idea.

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10:21 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Speed Phillips Tells Tall Tales about His Prospecting Days

Epsiode 2372

Speed Phillips never made much money, but prospected for gold all his life. Both his grandfathers were “forty-niners” in California, one seeking his fortune as a dairy farmer and the other as a builder.

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9:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Mountain Community of Dudley, Ore., Becomes a Memory

Episode 2361
 Four Spencer brothers moved their families from Pennsylvania to Oregon in 1905 to take advantage of the Homestead Act. The Spencers and other families staked their claims in deep woods atop a 4,000-foot ridge six miles north of Butte Falls, Ore.

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8:37 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation Rescues Bear Creek Irrigation Crisis

Episode 2357
 Three irrigation districts in Southern Oregon first realized in the 1930s that their infrastructure was deteriorating.  Founded years earlier as private companies, they also realized they couldn’t afford the expense of preserving the orchards and fields of the Rogue Basin.

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2:11 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Polio Rushes through Southern Oregon in 1935

Episode 2348
 The dreaded disease of poliomyelitis, rushed through Southern Oregon in November 1935.  Also known as infantile paralysis, polio first hit Klamath County with isolated cases in October that led to school closures. 
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2:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Herbert Hoover Gives Lincoln Birthday Radio Address

Episode 2344
 On Feb. 12, 1936, former President Herbert Hoover gave a radio address from Portland, Ore., to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The Lincoln Club of Jackson County urged all members to arrive in time at its banquet in the Medford Hotel to hear the 7 p.m. radio broadcast.
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2:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Medford Girls Partner with Hollywood Dancer

Episode 2338

During the Great Depression, movie theaters offered special entertainment in addition to movies. The week of Sept. 8, 1935, featured an opportunity for local girls to compete in a “Dance to the Stars” contest cosponsored by the Medford Mail Tribune at the Craterian Theater in Medford. 

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2:47 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Coal Keeps CCC Boys Warm at Camp Prescott

Episode 2333

 One of the successful Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Southern Oregon was on Roxy Anne Butte in Medford, Ore.  In November 1935 new recruits who had nearly frozen in their tents in Vancouver, Wash., arrived at Roxy Anne’s Camp Prescott.

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10:47 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Hunters Find Missing Family in Plane Wreck Near Diamond Lake

Episode 2324
 It was Friday, Nov. 29, 1940, when Clarence and Alta Walbert left Medford in the fog for Portland, Ore., in a Piper Cub owned by a Medford Flying Club friend. 
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