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
11:32 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Camas Plant Plays Tribal Food and Cultural Role

Episode 2463
 The native Pacific Northwest camas plant has long been associated with Indian tribes from Northern California to British Columbia, with its most diverse and abundant concentration in Southern Oregon.

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11:31 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Mighty Wurlitzer Awakens at Egyptian Theater in Coos Bay, Ore.

Episode 2462
 The Mighty Wurlitzer awakened at the grand reopening of the 89-year-old Egyptian Theater, which had been closed since 2005.

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History
11:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Suicidal Behavior Affects Some Early Southern Oregon Settlers

Episode 2461
 History writer Barbara Hegne describes some early cases of strange diseases and suicidal behavior in her book titled Settling The Rogue Valley: The Tough Times—The Forgotten People.

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History
11:28 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Plane Crashes in Red Butte Wilderness, Killing All Four Aboard

Episode 2460

 It was mid-afternoon, July 28, 1945, when Rob Armstrong took off in his Stinson airplane from Red Butte, Calif. His three passengers were Sylvan Gosliner, a San Francisco businessman, his wife, Ruby, and her sister, Alma Pratt.

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As It Was
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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History
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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History
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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History
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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History
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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History
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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