As It Was

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Colorful vignettes dedicated to the regional history of Southern Oregon and Northern California. As It Was is an all volunteer effort -- produced by Raymond Scully and narrated by Shirley Patton in partnership with writers from the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

If you have a writing background and would like to submit an As It Was essay for consideration, email your written piece to the Southern Oregon Historical Society at publicrelations@sohs.org.

A collection of As It Was essays is available in a high-quality paperback book at the JPR Store.  Each episode is also available below.

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11:48 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Giant Airship Lands in Medford, Ore., in 2010

Episode 2459

Residents in the Rogue Valley had a rare opportunity to view the Zeppelin airship Eureka in August of 2010 when it was on a five-city tour of the Pacific Northwest. Its first touchdown in Oregon was at the Rogue Valley International Airport.

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11:48 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Stars Escape from Little Shasta Girl's Bag

Episode 2458
  Northern California’s Shasta Tribe has shared many early tales of the region.  One relates how a little girl accidentally scattered stars across the sky.

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11:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Theodore Stern Becomes Leading Scholar on Klamath Indians

Episode 2457
 Ten years ago the Umatilla Indian Tribe of Eastern Oregon declared July 29 “Dr. Theodore Stern Day” in honor of the leading scholar on the linguistics and anthropology of the Klamath and Nez Perce people.  

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11:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Grants Pass Boatnik Festival Raises Money for Community Programs

Episode 2456
 Since 1959, the Grants Pass Active Club has held its annual, five-day Boatnik festival along the Rogue River on Memorial Day weekend. 

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11:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Douglas County Delays Pacific Highway Decision

Episode 2455
 Highway planners had settled before 1914 on regional routes for the Pacific Highway, later known as U.S. Highway 99, from Portland to Eugene, Ore., and north from the California border through Jackson County. But Douglas County officials had refused to allocate the $15,000 it would take to survey the best route through their county.

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10:55 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Jaston Hartman and Sons Build Jackson County Bridges

Episode 2453
  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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10:54 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Early Rogue Valley Maps Show Towns That No Longer Exist

Episode 2452
 On the wall of the 1912 Sunset Schoolhouse in Fort Rock, Ore., is an Oregon map from the 1920s.  It shows the major towns of Ashland and Medford along the Oregon and California Railroad line through the Rogue Valley, and smaller communities that no longer exist.  

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10:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Plane Crashes on Montague's First Airfield

Episode 2451

 The first landing strip at Montague, Calif., was an open field south of Little Shasta Road. It had a large board with a white-canvass cross that guided pilots to safe landings. 

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10:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Hisotrian Kay Atwood Leaves Legacy of Books and Stories

Episode 2450
 One of Southern Oregon’s most respected historians, Kay Atwood, who died recently at her home in Ashland, left a legacy of many published books and stories.  Among them are titles such as Mill Creek Journal: Ashland, Oregon 1850-1860 and Chaining Oregon--Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855.

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10:50 am
Fri July 18, 2014

River Guide Makes Zane Grey's Rogue Famous

Episode 2449
 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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