Amy Couture

As It Was Contributor

Amy Couture is originally from Loomis, California and Astoria, Oregon.  She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon, a master’s in teacher education from Eastern Oregon University, and a master’s in history from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  In graduate school, she focused on 19th-century social and labor history.  Her master’s thesis examined the origins of the labor union movement among Cornish hard rock miners in California’s gold country in the 1860s.  Before moving to Ashland in 2010, Amy taught fifth grade and coached cross country in Stebbins, Alaska.  She also taught history and education classes at Clatsop Community College and Treasure Valley Community College.  She is the author of 14 historical vignettes in the book, Astorians: Eccentric and Extraordinary.  Her husband, Patrick, is the assistant principal of Talent Middle School and they live in Ashland with their two young sons.

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10:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Richmaid Ice Cream Shop Offers Drive-Through Service in Ashland

 In order to reduce fuel consumption and pollution caused by idling vehicles, the City of Ashland in 1982 discouraged businesses from using drive-up windows. Two years later, a city ordinance prohibited the construction of new drive-up windows and placed a limit on the number that could exist in the city.  A grandfather clause allowed businesses that already had drive-up windows to continue using them.

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10:48 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Rodney Glisan's Book Collection Becomes Medical Library

 Rodney Glisan has a major street named after him in Portland, Ore., and his personal book collection generated the first library at the Oregon Health and Science University.  Before he became a leading citizen in Portland, Glisan was a young army medical officer stationed at Port Orford on the Southern Oregon Coast.
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9:05 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Justice of the Peace Sues Military Officer for Jailing a Civilian

There was trouble in Port Orford in 1855.  Lt. August Kautz, a German-born officer in the U. S. Army, had arrested a civilian for harassing Indians on the nearby federal reserve.  Kautz jailed the man in the guardhouse for six days.  In response, the local justice of the peace was suing Kautz, accusing him of false imprisonment of a civilian.

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10:10 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Ashland Protects Watershed Despite Early Opposition

 For more than 120 years, the Ashland, Ore., City Council has protected the city’s water supply in the 14,000-acre Ashland Creek watershed despite early opposition from private and commercial interests.  

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9:09 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Baby Survives Fall from Father's Ashland Flour Mill

 Pioneer Abel Helman built Ashland, Oregon’s Flouring Mill in 1854, the same year his wife, Martha, gave birth to their son, John.  One day after lunch, Helman took the 15-month-old boy to work with him.  The mother planned to meet them later at the flour mill.
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9:41 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Alert Pacific Highway Motorist Assists Police in Capturing Mail Thieves

 George Barnum stopped for coffee in the wee hours of March 7, 1922, in Dunsmuir, Calif., on his way home to Medford, Ore., from San Francisco.  At the restaurant, a police officer told Barnum that robbers had stolen a mail pouch up the road at Weed, and the government was offering a $5,000 reward for their capture.  Barnum hadn’t passed any southbound cars that morning as he drove north on the Pacific Highway that followed the old Siskiyou Trail.
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1:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Old Millrace Leaves Traces in Lithia Park

 In Ashland’s Lithia Park, a ditch leaves Ashland Creek just above the playground and runs straight to the hill above the Lower Duck Pond.  A crude dirt path parallels the ditch, which is now partly buried by erosion, leaves, and pine needles.  But the ditch was once a millrace, flowing with water that entered a wooden flume and turned the grindstone at the Ashland Flouring Mill.  
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2:26 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Anderson Creek Takes Name from Early Phoenix (Ore.) Settlers

 Anderson Creek, which enters Bear Creek at the south end of today’s Phoenix, Ore., was named for Eli Knighton Anderson and his brother, two of the first settlers in the Rogue Valley.  
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10:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Lindsay Applegate's Grandson Witnesses Mexican Revolution in 1913

 The Klamath Falls Evening Herald’s coverage of the Mexican Revolution reported in 1913 that Pancho Villa’s army was seizing foreign-owned farms and industries in Northern Mexico.  

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11:36 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Santa Delivers Despite December 1964 Flood

Seven-year-old Trudy Meadows of Yreka was living in rural Siskiyou County during the December 1964 flood, one of the worst in California’s recorded history. Meadows’ father, a miner, had recently moved the family from Utah to a rough-hewn, historic bunkhouse in the tiny community of Forks of Salmon.

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11:23 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Two Men Build Lonely Ranch south of Klamath Lake

 As a boy in 1853, Orsen Stearns was one of the first pioneers to settle near today’s Phoenix, Ore.   Thirteen years later he started his own ranch south of Klamath Lake, in an area he had explored as a soldier at Fort Klamath.
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10:01 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Powell Family Leaves Ashland for Alaska Gold Rush

In 1898, Ashland resident Thaddeus Powell, 28 years old, married and with a new baby at home, was feeling restless.  He told his wife, Laura, that he was either going to fight in the Spanish-American War over Cuba, The Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico or join the gold rush in Alaska.  Laura replied, “Well, you’re not going to war!”
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9:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Original Farmhouse Still Stands on Ashland's North Mountain Avenue

A family farm on the hill above Ashland’s North Mountain Park has changed a lot in the last century.
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11:14 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Family Moves Farmhouse to North Mountain Park Location

As It Was - Episode 2265

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10:54 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Talent Farmers Ate Locally in the 1860s

As It Was - Episode 2260

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2:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Smoky Summers Have Been Around A Long Time

  In the summer of 2013, forest fires north of the Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley filled the air with smoke. Physical landmarks such as Grizzly Peak and Mount Ashland disappeared in the haze. On especially bad days, people stayed indoors or wore masks outdoors. Some left town to escape the smoke. 
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2:10 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Welborn Beeson Goes Camping, Surprises Mother

  Twenty-four-year-old farmer Welborn Beeson of Talent, Ore., rarely left his mother or his home.  But in mid-September 1860, Beeson and two friends went on a five-day trip that they called an “exploring excursion.” 

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