Kernan Turner

As It Was Editor & Coordinator

Kernan Turner is the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s volunteer editor and coordinator of the As It Was series broadcast daily by Jefferson Public Radio. A University of Oregon journalism graduate, Turner was a reporter for the Coos Bay World and managing editor of the Democrat-Herald in Albany before joining the Associated Press in Portland in 1967. Turner spent 35 years with the AP.  His assignments included the World Desk in New York City and 27 years as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief, living and working in Mexico and Central America, South America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula. His final assignment was as chief of Iberian Services in Madrid, Spain. He retired in Ashland, his birthplace,  in 2002, with his wife, Betzabé “Mina” Turner, an Oregon certified court interpreter.  He and his wife are active boosters of Ashland’s Sister City connection with Guanajuato, Mexico.

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History
11:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Theodore Stern Becomes Leading Scholar on Klamath Indians

Episode 2457
 Ten years ago the Umatilla Indian Tribe of Eastern Oregon declared July 29 “Dr. Theodore Stern Day” in honor of the leading scholar on the linguistics and anthropology of the Klamath and Nez Perce people.  

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History
10:49 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Glenn Jackson Leaves Legacy of Service to Oregon

Episode 2448
 Described as “arguably the most powerful nonelected citizen in Oregon history,” Glenn Jackson left his mark on Southern Oregon.

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History
10:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Visionary Pushes for Highway from Canada to Mexico

Episode 2454
 Motorists headed from the Rogue Valley to Northern California and beyond owe a debt of gratitude to Sam Hill, who joined around 1910 with Canadian A.E. Todd to form the Pacific Highway Association.  The association advocated for a 1,600-mile, hard-surfaced highway from British Columbia to the Mexican border.

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History
10:48 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Indians Trace Roots to Marriage between Grizz;y Bear and Daughter of Great Spirit

Episode 2432
  In his 1873 book titled Life Among the Modocs, Joaquin Miller related that the Shasta Indian creation myth told of how grizzly bears once walked on two legs, talked, fought with clubs, and possessed all the land from Mount Shasta to the sea.
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History
10:43 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Old-timer Tells How Whiskey Creek Got Its Name

Episode 2418
 There are several versions of how Whiskey Creek along the Rogue River got its name, but 96-year-old Frances Pearson had no doubts when she was interviewed for an oral history collection in 1981. “I know the exact truth of that one,” the retired teacher said.
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10:31 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Narrow Bauge Railway Runs beetween Reno and Prineville, Ore.

Episode 2415
 What would become one of the longest narrow-gauge railroads in the United States was incorporated in 1888 as the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, better known as the N-C-O.  Some passengers insisted N-C-O stood for the “Northern California Outrage” or the “Narrow, Crooked, and Ornery.”

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History
10:12 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Modoc County Approves Yet Another Border Alignment

Episode 2411

 

The land doesn’t move, but the boundaries that enclose Modoc County, Calif., and its population of 9,686 have shifted many times, more than for any other California county.

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History
9:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Emigrants Headed to Oregon Run for Election

Episode 2404

 

Estimates vary widely on how many emigrants gathered in Jackson County, Missouri, in the spring of 1843 to organize a wagon train to Oregon.  There were at least 500, and one pioneer said the party “numbered over one thousand souls, with one hundred and twenty wagons drawn by ox teams and over three thousand head of loose cattle and horses."

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History
8:26 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Chief John Fights to Stay on His Homeland

Episode 2400
 A year after defeating the U.S. Army in the Battle of Hungry Hill in 1855, Tecumtum, the Indian leader known as Chief John, declared he wanted to live in peace with the white man, but would fight rather than be forced onto a reservation.
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9:46 am
Wed April 23, 2014

SOU Herbarium Rediscovers Donated Plant Collection

Episode 2392
 The Southern Oregon University Herbarium was long neglected when botanist Frank Callahan offered in 2012 to clean and organize its collection of nearly 24,000 specimens.
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