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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History
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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History
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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History
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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History
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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History
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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History
11:14 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Family Moves Farmhouse to North Mountain Park Location

As It Was - Episode 2265

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History
10:54 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Talent Farmers Ate Locally in the 1860s

As It Was - Episode 2260

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History
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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History
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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