Maryann Mason

As It Was Contributor

Maryann Mason, who lives in Ashland, has taught history and English in the U.S. Midwest and Northwest, and Bolivia. She has written history spots for local public radio, interviewed mystery writers for RVTV Noir, and edited personal and family histories.  Her poetry has appeared in Sweet Annie & Sweet Pea Review (1999), Rain Magazine (2007), and The Third Reader, an online Journal of Literary Fiction and Poetry. In 2008 she published her first chapbook, Ravelings.  She organized a History Day for Southern Oregon, and as an English/history teacher she assigned the National History Day project to her students every year for many years.

History
2:17 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Death Notices Fill Box in Historical Society Archives

A box inside the archives of the Southern Oregon Historical Society contains hundreds of black bordered funeral notices families sent to friends and relatives in Jacksonville, Ore., from 1862 through the early 1900s.

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History
11:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Suicidal Behavior Affects Some Early Southern Oregon Settlers

 History writer Barbara Hegne describes some early cases of strange diseases and suicidal behavior in her book titled Settling The Rogue Valley: The Tough Times—The Forgotten People.

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History
10:55 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Jaston Hartman and Sons Build Jackson County Bridges

  An oil derrick builder, Jaston Hartman, left Ohio and moved to Jacksonville in 1900, where he used his skills to build Oregon barns.  He soon became Jackson County’s bridge superintendent.

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History
10:50 am
Fri July 18, 2014

River Guide Makes Zane Grey's Rogue Famous

 Zane Grey made the Rogue River famous for its fishing in the 1920s and 30s, but he couldn’t have done it without the river guide and boat builder Glenn Wooldridge.

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History
10:48 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Metro Goldwyn Trackless Train Visits Rogue Valley in 1925

The Metro Goldwyn Trackless Train visited the Rogue Valley the first week of November l925, ten years after it had been invented by the H.O. McGee Manufacturing Co. of Indianapolis, Ind. 

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History
10:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Pioneer Hunter, John B. Griffin, Works with Bear Hunting Dogs

 One of the first babies born in Southern Oregon, John Griffin was brought into this world on Sept. 14, 1853, in Jacksonville.  Over the next 86 years he became a woodsman and hunter known for his bear hunting dogs and his entertaining hunting stories published in regional newspapers in the 1920s and 30s.
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History
9:20 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Giant Oak Once Towered Over Bidwell Park in Chico, Calif.

On March 1, 2013, vandals burned portions of a large stump, about eight feet in diameter and held together by metal bars. The stump is all that remains of a famous valley-oak tree in Chico, Calif.

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History
11:46 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Once Bustling Mining Town Lies Under Shasta Dam Waters

  The land around Kennett, Calif., was once home to some 250 Wintu Indian villages, but by 1835 their numbers had been decimated by disease and war.  After gold was discovered in Backbone Creek in 1852, the railroad town of Kennett grew into the most important mining center outside of Redding and Shasta.
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History
10:44 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Canby's Cross Commemorates Fallen General

 Three miles south of the town of Tulelake, Calif., a large cross in the Lava Beds National Monument commemorates Edward R. S. Canby, the only general killed during the Indian Wars. 
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History
10:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Merrick's Natatorium Leases City auto Camp in 1923

 In 1923, the City of Medford leased the management of its municipal auto camp to Merrick's Natatorium and Inn.  The camp was located behind the inn where it connected by bridge with another camp on the other side of Bear Creek. The city thought combining the two camps under private management would be better for tourists and avoid municipal renovation costs.
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History
10:36 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lakeview Museum Contains Beaded Purse Missing a Flower

In September of this year, Jefferson Public Radio’s As It Was series told the story of how Salita Jane Henderson, a little girl curious about a medicine bottle hanging on her family’s wagon on the Oregon Trail, drank the liquid inside and died of laudanum poisoning.
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History
9:49 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Ashland Police Raid Opium Joints in 1913

On the weekend of April 19, l913, six noisy people from nearby Medford were disturbing the peace in the neighborhood of the Imperial rooming house on Fourth Street in Ashland, Ore.  A city councilman who lived nearby called the police who sent Night Officer Porter, Special Officer Bert Turner, and Councilman Sherman to arrest everyone, including C. Woodburn, the proprietor.  The police found two complete opium smoking sets.
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History
11:11 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Archaeological Dig Verifies Shasta Village in Ashland

As It Was - Episode 2264

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History
10:51 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Medford Offers Mining Classes During The Depression

As It Was - Episode 2259

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History
9:38 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mining Company Teaches Jacksonville Women to Pan for Gold

In the election of 1876, there were only 15 votes cast at the tiny mining community of Sterling Creek, home of the Sterling Mining Co., recently purchased by A.P. Ankeny.  The placer mine would become the largest of its kind in Oregon.

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History
2:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Ashland Buries Malt Whiskey Bottle in Plaza

  In the winter of 2012, the City of Ashland commissioned an archaeological survey of the historic downtown plaza as part of its redesign.  The new construction included placing a time capsule at the end of Lithia Park to be opened in 100 years. 
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History
2:04 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Pioneer Family Faces Tragedy on the Oregon Trail

The diary of Lucy Ann Henderson Deady describes a tragic loss of life during her wagon train journey to Oregon in 1846. 
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