Dr. James S. Long was an As It Was contributor right up until his passing in January of 2016. He met 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 felt compelled to seek out stories that related to his interests in the natural and social sciences. His contributions to As It Was ranged 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.