Tue November 5, 2013
Agnes Pitchford Leaves Roseburg, Ore. Legacy
Born and raised in Roseburg, Pitchford became the sole breadwinner for her widowed mother and younger brother. After a stint at the telephone office, she became a newspaper agent for the Oregonian. She increased circulation dramatically and her collections were always on time. In 1913, her many customers talked her into running for city treasurer. She won easily and became the first woman elected to public office in Douglas County. In 1916, Pitchford took on a new challenge as head of the Douglas County Juvenile Department, a position she held for the next 50 years. She traveled around the county, first by train and then car, wearing hip boots and carrying candy as she saw to the welfare of children and especially those in the juvenile justice system. The entrepreneurial Pitchford won an outstanding service award from the Oregon Juvenile Council in 1964, and the Pitchford Boys Ranch was named for her. Sources: Guyer, R J. Douglas County Chronicles: History of the Land of One Hundred Valleys. Charleston, S.C.: The History Press, 2013. 80. Print; "Scenes at Roseburg." The Sunday Oregonian 13 Sept. 1914 [Portland, Ore.] . Web. 18 Oct. 2013. <http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1914-09-13/ed-1/seq-8/ocr.txt>.