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.

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History
9:24 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Early Irish Immigrant Plants Cypress Tree in Bandon, Ore.

Episode 2246

A more than 100-year-old Monterey cypress tree known as the Baldwin cypress graces Ocean Drive in Bandon, Ore. The tree got its name from an Irish immigrant, Henry Hewitt Baldwin, who came to the United States from Bandon, Ireland, in 1846. He joined the army in 1849 and after his military service settled in the Coquille Valley.

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History
2:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Historic Homes Grace The Streets Of Coos Bay

As It Was Episode 2242
  Many historic homes grace the city of Coos Bay on Oregon’s Southern Coast. 
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History
11:54 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Electrical Short Circuit Sets North Bend Fire in 1933

As It Was Episode 2230
  Firemen blamed an electrical short circuit in the Western Battery and Separator Co. for sparking a major blaze in North Bend the evening of July 30, 1933.  Among businesses seriously damaged were the Kruse and Banks Shipyard, the Mountain States Power Company and Western Battery, where the fire started.  Flames engulfed the three buildings within 15 minutes. 

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