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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History
10:49 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Ashland Tackles Lawlessness in 1874

 

Ashland’s charter of 1874 provided for the care of vagrants, a town marshal, fire protection, and a jail.  Life in Ashland, population 300, had been chaotic with too many drunks, frequent fires, and poor sanitation. Just like today, the town was on a major travel route that attracted homeless outsiders.  The nearest lawman was a day’s ride away in Jacksonville, the county seat.

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History
12:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Convicted Medford Editor Avoids New Libel Trial

 

Crusading editor George Putnam found himself in jail shortly after taking over direction of the Medford Tribune in 1907.

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History
12:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Stage Delivers Mail between Sacramento and Portland

The opening of the Sacramento to Portland stage line by the California Stage Company in 1860 was of great significance. The company boasted 750 horses, with investment capital topping $1 million and roads totaling 450 miles.  By 1865, the company had 1,250 horses, with more than 1,000 miles of roads, including 400 miles into Oregon and 100 miles into Nevada.

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12:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Roseburg Dentist Denies Murder, Hangs Himself

 

Even after being convicted and sentenced to hang, Roseburg dentist Dr. Richard Brumfield insisted he could never have committed the grisly 1921 murder of hired-hand Dennis Russell.

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Health
12:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Twin Brothers Build Model-Train Business

 

Identical twins Keith and Dale Edwards shared an interest in trains.  As a child, if Keith could not be found, he was usually down at the train yard.

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History
1:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Ethnic Japanese Family Incarcerated During War Years

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, everything changed for Masuo Yasui, his wife, Shidzuyo, and their seven children.

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History
1:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Roseburg Bit by Flight Bug around 1910

Douglas County residents have expressed interest in flying ever since the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, N. C., in 1903.

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History
1:46 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Klamath Indians Find Multiple Uses for Plants and Trees

 

When the honorary curator of the U.S. National Herbarium first visited the Klamath Indians in 1896, he compiled a list of 40 plants in use, including roasted lily seeds called Wokas, still popular today.

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History
1:44 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Boarding House Offers Bootlegged Liquor

Peter Post and Jonas King opened the Old Kentucky Saloon in Lakeview, Ore., in 1896.  When a fire destroyed the building and most of the town four years later, Post and King decided to rebuild, using brick rather than lumber.

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History
2:03 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Dunsmuir Becomes an Important Railroad Stop

Dunsmuir, Calif., established in 1887, grew rapidly, the population reaching 350 by the end of the following year.

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History
2:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Indians Greet Settlers at Future Home Site

 

After more than six months on the Oregon and Applegate trails, the William H. Riddle family faced some 100 curious Indian men, women and children as the family established permanent camp in Southern Oregon’s Cow Creek Valley.  The year was 1851 and the nearest settler was eight miles away and only four were within 25 miles.

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History
1:56 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Pioneer Describes Journey from Illinois to Southern Oregon

 

Oregon lumberman and rancher George Washington Riddle crossed the plains as an 11-year-old boy in 1851.

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History
1:55 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Merrill, Ore., Jumps the Gun on Prohibition

Merrill was a tiny town in southern Klamath County when the prohibition movement was gaining momentum across the country in the early 1900's.

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History
1:40 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Collier Outdoor Museum Features Early Logging

 

The Logging Museum at the Collier Memorial State Park near Chiloquin, Ore., offers visitors a glimpse of Eastern Oregon logging from the primitive harvests of the 1860's through today’s large-scale operations.

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History
1:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Greensprings Highway Follows Historic Route

 

The Greensprings Highway, officially State Route 66, heads east into the mountains from Ashland on a historic route in use for at least 160 years.

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History
1:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Jacksonville, Ore., Ghost Screams on Windy Nights

 

When the wind blew from the southwest and the clouds scudded across a new moon, she screamed!

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History
1:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Siskiyou County Buys First Hospital in 1857

 

Siskiyou County, Calif., appointed its first county physician, John Ridgely in 1855.  For impoverished patients to receive his care, they had to petition for help by appearing before the Board of Supervisors.  They couldn’t own any property or possess any assets.

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History
2:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Bandon Gardeners Face Livestock Invasion

Deer are probably the most common garden invaders in the mythical State of Jefferson today, but 100 years ago in Bandon, Ore., gardeners had a domestic nemesis.  Cows and horses were ranging through the coastal town, chomping a smorgasbord of lawn, flower and garden vegetables.

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2:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Poet Joaquin Miller Marries Three Times

In the late 1800's, the self-proclaimed “Poet of the Sierras,” Joaquin Miller, was known for his colorful  dress, restless travels, and flamboyant writing about the West.  But like many artists, Miller struggled with his personal relationships with women.

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History
2:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Klamath to Keno Basketball Trip Turns Sour

 

A trip from Klamath Falls to Keno, Ore., for a pair of basketball games turned out to be an ordeal of humiliation and survival for a group of boys in the winter of 1915.

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