Kirsten Shockey

As It Was Contributor

Kirsten Shockey lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, where before on-line streaming, JPR Classics and News was the only radio station she and her family could capture. It played from atop the refrigerator all day, and she heard Carol Barrett and Hank Henry’s As It Was each morning. Shockey has been a long-time JPR contributor and enjoys supporting the Southern Oregon Historical Society and JPR by digging up regional stories. Her days are a chaotic combination of parenting,  day job, and dealing with whatever the climate and a homestead in the forest flings her way. Every day is different. Kirsten can be found with her husband Christopher  watering, mucking stalls, preserving harvests, making cheese, cleaning, dancing on the porch, planting trees, chopping firewood, hiking, reading, or writing.  At the end of the day they go to bed exhausted and knowing life is good.

History
2:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Conservationist Converts Redwood Tree into Motor Home

 

When a redwood tree 11 feet in diameter fell in 1917 on the Eel River of Humboldt County, the Pacific Lumber Company donated it to vaudeville performer Charles “Birdman” Kellogg.  He built a motor home out of the hollowed tree and traveled the East Coast awaking public sentiment against the depletion of Northern California’s giant redwoods.

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History
2:07 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Vaudeville Entertainer Promotes Forest Conservation

 

Born with a unique larynx, Charles “Birdman” Kellogg could sing like a bird, his voice ranging over 12 octaves.  His extraordinary singing and ability to mimic birds and insects made him an international vaudeville star. 

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History
11:01 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Tumble-down Fence Amid Pines Marks Location of Mining Town

 

A drive along Carberry Creek in Oregon’s Applegate Valley leads past what was the mining town of Steamboat.  All that remains is a tumble-down fence amid some pines that marks the town’s cemetery.

In 1860 the rugged, remote corner of the Siskiyous was the site of what may have been Oregon’s first arrastra, a primitive ore-crushing mill.

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History
2:49 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Alice Teddy the Bear Skates to National Fame

 Alice Teddy began life in the Applegate Valley in 1907 as any other young cinnamon colored bear cub.  Everything changed when at four months old she lost her mother to a hunter’s gun.

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History
11:28 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Plane Crashes in Red Butte Wilderness, Killing All Four Aboard

 It was mid-afternoon, July 28, 1945, when Rob Armstrong took off in his Stinson airplane from Red Butte, Calif. His three passengers were Sylvan Gosliner, a San Francisco businessman, his wife, Ruby, and her sister, Alma Pratt.

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History
8:21 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Indian Weavers Use Fire to Grow New Bear Grass

Southern Oregon and Northern California Indians wove tawny colored baskets out of bear grass, a member of the lily family still used by weavers today.  It resembles grass, but has a thick underground stem with shoots and roots that were eaten by various tribes and black bears that wallow in the dense clumps.

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History
8:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Regional Botanical Diversity Includes Canyon Live Oak

 Southern Oregon and Northern California’s botanical diversity includes the Canyon Live Oak, one of the earliest known oak species to evolve in North America.  Fossil records suggest the resilient and adaptable tree migrated to the region from Mexico. 
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History
10:18 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Timber Companies Acquire Land through Homestead Act

 In January 1900, Friedrich Weyerhauser founded the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in Longview, Wash., with 900,000 acres of Washington timberland. From there the company purchased large tracks of railroad lands for sale by the government and became the world’s largest private timberland owner.
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History
1:50 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

O & C Timber Debate Dates Back to 1937

  Today’s debate over how much timber to harvest on land formerly held by the Oregon and California Railroad dates back to 1937 when the federal government reclaimed 2.6 million acres of forest land it had given railroads 71 years earlier. 

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