Jim Long

As It Was Contributor

Jim Long met As It Was editor Kernan Turner when Kernan spoke to the Roseburg writers’ club about contributing to JPR's As Is Was series.  Kernan inspired Jim to look for historically-important stories in the northern part of the State of Jefferson. As a retired professor, Jim feels compelled to listen out for stories that relate to his interests in the natural and social sciences. His contributions to As It Was range from Father Wilbur of the Wilbur Academy in the mid-1800s, to the recovery of the whitetail deer at the old Dunning Ranch, to the story of Nick Botner’s private orchard near Yoncalla created to preserve over 3,000 heritage apple varieties. What a way for Jim, a relative newcomer, to be introduced  to the Land of the Umpqua.

8:37 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Tiller Gardens Showcase Camellias in April

Episode 2380

On five acres along Elk Creek near Tiller, Ore., a sharp eye can spot more than 50 varieties of camellias, a plant native to Japan, Korea, and China that became popular in the U.S. South in the late 1700s.  French botanist Andre Michaux presented the first imported camellia to South Carolina Gov. Henry Middleton in 1786. That parent plant is still used to propagate others. As the new plant made its way across the United States, Alabama chose the camellia as its state flower. 

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10:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Douglas County Honors Lumberman

Episode 2368
 Was a young man, Milt Herbert saw an opportunity during the post-World War II housing boom to go into the lumber business by starting a sawmill in 1945 in Eugene, Ore.  Herbert and some partners operated the portable sawmill for a few years, and in 1948 he headed to Northern California to search for cheaper timber.  
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2:17 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Company Follows Founder's Advice to Change with the Times

Episode 2345
 The Gerretsen Building Supply in Roseburg, Ore. celebrated 90 years in business in 2013.
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9:54 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pitchford boys Ranch Offers alternative Delinquency Treatment

Episode 2320
 The Pitchford Boys Ranch opened in 1963 near Roseburg as the first public residential treatmentprogram for delinquent boys in Oregon.  It was named after Agnes Pitchford, Douglas County’s first Juvenile Department director.  The ranch was located at what is now Amacher  Park along the North Umpqua River before moving with state support in 1965 to Twin Forks Park.
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11:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Umpqua Bank Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Episode 2304
  Newspaper advertisements throughout the West Coast trumpeted this year, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”  It was Umpqua Bank’s way of celebrating its 60th anniversary.
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11:19 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Dam Eases Passage of Salmon Headed Up the North Umpqua River

Episode 2301

Salmon and steelhead are finding it easier to reach habitat above the Soda Springs Dam in the North Umpqua River following federal approval of the dam’s operating license.

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11:16 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Yoncalla's "Johnny Appleseed" contributes to Applegate Apple Festival

As It Was Episode 2227

In the mid-1800s, brothers Jesse and Charles Applegate and their families settled land claims near “Yoncalla,” an area named after an Indian tribe north of Roseburg, Ore. Today, a seven-acre parcel of their property is dedicated to conserving more than 3,000 varieties of apples.

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