Shirley Nelson

As It Was Contributor

Shirley Nelson moved to Port Orford on Oregon's South Coast, after having lived 28 years in Medford.  A writer since childhood, she became an elementary school teacher.  As an interested observer of her new environment, Shirley learned the history of Curry and Coos counties. She published a book in 2005 about Coos and Curry counties titled What Happened Here?.  She has published three other small books: North Curry Elder Wisdom,  based on interviews of senior citizens published in 2007; Home at Last, a history of the Port Orford Public Library, published in 2008; and Port Orford and North Curry County.  Nelson has published articles and poetry in several magazines, including Oregon Coast. Besides reading and writing, Nelson enjoys traveling, walking, bowling, music, cooking, and volunteering in community activities with her husband of 54 years, Milt. They have four children and two grandchildren.


10:35 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Volunteers Restore Wildhorse Lookout Near Gold Beach, Ore.

Episode 2416

For the second time, volunteers are rebuilding a fire lookout station used for years to scan the Rogue-Illinois watershed forests northeast of Gold Beach, Ore.

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9:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Investigation Identifies White Substance on Curry County Ranch as Borax

Episode 2367
 In 1862 John and Emma Creswell started the Lone Ranch near Brookings, Ore., where they raised sheep and cattle and cut timber. Builders used a chalky white substance found on their land near the ocean as chalk, and housewives used it as silver polish.

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9:46 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Stage Takes Three Days to Reach Oregon Coast from Grants Pass

Episode 2365
 In the early 1900s, Gladys Miller Payne of Jackson County, Ore., often traveled to the Northern California Coast.  The trip took three days and seven fresh teams of horses from her Evans Creek home.  First, she went to Grants Pass, where she boarded the Concord stage pulled by four horses following roughly the course of today’s U.S. Hwy 199.  
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2:22 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Greek -Style Temple Honors Teddy Roosevelt in North Bend

Episode 2343
 People driving or walking along Sherman Avenue in North Bend, Ore., can see a building resembling a Greek temple at the top of the hill.  Pure white, the building is solid and square with fluted Ionic columns across the front that support a classical pediment. 
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2:29 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bullhide Moore Manages Gold Beach Store for 32 Years

Episode 2339

 The Curry County Courthouse in Gold Beach, Ore., stands today on property once the location of a general store managed for many years by David Milton Moore. 

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10:06 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Oregon Pioneer Botanist Identifies 3,150 Western Species

Episode 2321
Perhaps Rugged Eight Dollar Mountain in southwestern Josephine County, Ore., was named by a miner who found a large gold nugget or by a man said to have worn out an eight-dollar pair of shoes climbing the mountain.  For certain, a Rogue River Indian War battle was fought in the area on March 25, 1856.
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5:18 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Empty Store Stands Alone in Abandoned Brockway, Ore.

Episode 2315

At a four-way crossroads on Hwy 42 west of Winston, Ore., stands the faded elegance of the two-story, false-fronted Brockway Store. Nothing else remains of Brockway.

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10:53 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Dwight Safford's Luck Runs Out in Crescent City Saloon

Episode 2297
 Luck ran out in August 1898 for 25-year-old Dwight Safford of Klamath, Calif.  After selling a load of fish in Crescent City, Safford headed to the Willow Saloon, where he was a frequent customer and gambler.
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8:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wedding Bells Invite Arduous Jouney for Two Girls in 1883

Episode 2272
In 1883, Ottilie Parker and her sister at Parkersburg, Ore., on the lower Coquille River were invited to a wedding in Gold Beach, about 60 miles south. They accompanied Mary Windsor, who was older and the bride’s future aunt.
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9:23 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Master Boat Builder Begins by Carving Cedar Canoes

Episode 2249

Master boat builder Lex Fromm of Curry County, Ore., learned his trade early and by age 10 was a skilled fisher, fishing guide and carver of cedar canoes.

After graduation from Gold Beach High School, Fromm earned a teaching degree at Ashland’s Southern Oregon Normal School.  He taught in a one-room school in Sixes, Ore., was a principal in Gold Beach for 10 years, and served as a Navy pilot and flight instructor during World War II.

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