Luana (Loffer) Corbin

As It Was Contributor

Luana (Loffer) Corbin was born and raised in Jackson County in the Phoenix area.  Her parents owned a farm and fruit orchard, and she spent her childhood in the country.  After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Medford, Corbin enrolled at Southern Oregon College, majoring in Elementary Education.  The summer after graduation she was hired to teach at Ruch Elementary, where she taught for 32 years.  She considered teaching at a small country school as a wonderful experience that helped her appreciate regional history.  After retiring, Corbin worked for Lifetouch School Photography and then returned to Ruch as an aide helping with reading instruction and at the library.  More recently, she has volunteered at South Medford High.

Children and learning are her passions.  She lives with her husband, Richard, and a black lab, Kelly, on a small farm outside Phoenix.

History
8:43 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Medford Opera House of 1902 Burns Down in 1912

 

Work began on J. R. Wilson’s new opera house in Medford on May 9, 1902, and a grand opening was held in July.  The owners touted the wooden building as one of the finest, best furnished and safest in a fire of any public hall in Southern Oregon.

A fuse in the electric lighting system burned out and delayed the evening program at the grand opening. 

Minstrel shows, moving pictures using Edison’s marvelous machine, musicians and plays soon graced the stage.  It also hosted political events, including talks on taxation, prohibition and women’s suffrage.

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History
2:57 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Rogue Valley Christmases Change Over the Years

 

Rogue Valley Christmas celebrations have changed in the years since the first pioneers and miners arrived in the 1850s.  As populations grew and stores opened up, families decorated Christmas trees with popcorn, candies, handmade hankies, paper chains and candles. Stores’ windows advertised dolls and carriages for girls and wagons and knives for boys.  Churches held special services.

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History
2:51 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Rialto Theater in Medford, Ore., Has 36-Year Run

 

The Rialto Theater in Medford, Ore., opened its doors in 1917.  Designed by architect Frank Clark, the Rialto’s leather auditorium seats and individual wicker loges seated 1,000.  It was considered one of the finest theaters on the Pacific Coast. 

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History
11:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ross Dollarhide Enters Buckaroo Hall of Fame

 

Born in 1886 in Phoenix, Ore., Ross Dollarhide spent his early years on a ranch at the Siskiyou Mountains summit.  As a young man, he rode alone on horseback and eventually ended up in Harney County.

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History
11:48 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Form Medford-based Scottish Bagpipe Band

In 1931 a group of WWI veterans and the American Legion formed the Scottish Bagpipe Band, based in Medford, Ore.  For a short time they were called the Elks Kilty Band, but in 1978 they became the Siskiyou Highland Pipes and Drums.  Today they perform under the name of the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band.

Band members have varied cultural backgrounds and the band has played a blend of multi-cultural music ever since Pipe Major Roland Kari introduced Latin rhythms into some Scottish Bagpipe tunes.

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History
11:03 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Woman Golfer’s Putts Rarely Miss at Any Distance

 

Southern Oregon has produced many outstanding golfers, but it would be hard to find a better one than Helen Thompson Milne.  Born in the San Francisco Bay area in 1920, she moved to Medford at age 2.  She was 27 when she won her first title and proceeded to win seven straight championships, adding three more in the mid -1960s.

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History
10:49 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Modern Grocery Shopping Comes to Medford, Ore.

  Today’s shoppers wheel carts through stores and head for the cash register.  It wasn’t always that way in Southern Oregon.

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History
10:55 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ina Stocker Teaches for 40 Years in the Upper Applegate

 In 1906 Ina Stocker and her mother came to Jackson County from Iowa where Stocker had taught school.  

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As It Was
11:48 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Giant Airship Lands in Medford, Ore., in 2010

Residents in the Rogue Valley had a rare opportunity to view the Zeppelin airship Eureka in August of 2010 when it was on a five-city tour of the Pacific Northwest. Its first touchdown in Oregon was at the Rogue Valley International Airport.

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History
9:51 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Ruch Commmunity Prepares for School Building's Golden Anniversary

The Drake School in Ruch, Ore., was one of many one-room schools that dotted the Applegate Valley in the 1800s and early 1900s. The school was constructed in 1876 where the Ruch School stands today.

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History
9:16 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gold-and-Whiskey-Thirsty Outlaws Randomly Kill 17 Townspeople

 The lust for gold in Oregon attracted not only miners, but also thieves.
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History
11:52 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Drive-In Theater Attracts Medford Motorists

  Residents of Medford, Ore., had a new source of entertainment when the Robert L. Lippert Theaters Co. opened a drive-in theater in the summer of 1949. 

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