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.

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History
2:58 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Medford Celebrates Christmas in 1885

 

At Christmastime in 1885, Medford had about 100 buildings and 400 people.  On the other hand, the railroad had spurred growth in Ashland, which had a population of about 1,000. The Rogue River Valley had just begun its fruit industry, shipping apples, pears, and peaches to buyers on the other side of the mountains.  Phoenix was producing cider and jelly from orchard waste. 

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History
8:55 am
Fri December 5, 2014

The Automobile Creates Demand for Roads and Campgrounds

The invention of the automobile required the building of better roads and highways as the number of cars in America increased from 8,000 in 1900 to 40 million by 1930.  Touring motorists packed food, camping gear and their families in the car and began enjoying the freedom of camping anywhere along the roads.  It didn’t take long for communities to begin offering free auto camps.

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History
8:36 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Promoters Exaggerate Oregon Caves in 1890's

 

The Oregon Caves were discovered in 1874, but didn’t get widespread attention until 1888, when promoters generated exaggerated publicity.

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History
11:50 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Hotels Once Attracted Guests to Klamath Hot Springs

“Keeping Travel” was an expression for hosting travelers when Richard Beswick and his wife bought property in the 1860s from homesteader A.M. Johnson along the California-Oregon Stage Road on the southeast bank of the Klamath River. Johnson, who raised cattle, horses, and trapped along the river, maintained good relations with the Indians who hunted and fished on the property. 

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History
11:47 am
Wed November 12, 2014

River Hogs Die Trying to Clear Log Jams

 

The log drivers on the Klamath River had one of the most dangerous jobs in the logging industry as they herded thousands of logs down the Klamath River to the sawmill in Klamathon near today’s Hilt, Calif.

Known as river hogs, the drivers dressed in wool to keep warm, from underwear to shirts and pants, and wore caulked boots with 42 spikes in the soles. 

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History
10:45 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Extreme Weather in 1889 Strikes Klamath River

The summer of 1889 was especially dry in Beswick and the Butte Valley along the Klamath River.

Wells and springs ran dry and the hay crop was poor.  The extreme weather was followed in November by a storm that left three feet of snow on the ground.  That was followed by a blinding blizzard that dropped an additional three feet of snow.

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History
2:17 pm
Wed September 17, 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
Tue July 29, 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
Thu July 17, 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 11, 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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