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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10:49 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Glenn Jackson Leaves Legacy of Service to Oregon

Episode 2448
 Described as “arguably the most powerful nonelected citizen in Oregon history,” Glenn Jackson left his mark on Southern Oregon.

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10:48 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Magazine Editor Observes Wartime Fruit Operation

Episode 2447

During World War II, the editor of the Southern Oregon Fruit Growers League magazine called the Pear-O-Scope, Jeunesse Butler, observed a fruit auction and how fruit was handled on the piers in New York City.

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10:41 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eden Valley Orachards Offers Wine and Jazz

Episode 2446
 Early orchardist Joseph H. Stewart paid pioneer photographer-horticulturalist Peter Britt $5,400 in 1885 for a house and acreage in southwest Medford, Ore. It was a tidy sum at the time.

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10:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Woman Flies Solo in Male-Dominated, Early Aviation

Episode 2445
 It was a long, lonely drive from Medford, Ore., to the Grand Central Air Terminal in Los Angeles in the early 1930s, but Dorothy Carless didn’t mind. She was going to take flying lessons there!  She told an interviewer, “I think I was born wanting to fly. … I had my first flight as a passenger at the old Medford airfield. I just kept on thinking and thinking about flying.”

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10:38 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Medford, Ore. Celebrates First Fourth of July in 1884

Episode 2444
 The year 1884 was a big one for the new town of Medford, Ore.  Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Howard moved there after a New Year’s Day fire destroyed their home in Jacksonville.  Howard opened Medford’s first store, and became its first postmaster. Medford’s first recorded party was held in the Howard store, with a fiddler from Big Sticky and a midnight snack of canned sardines and crackers.

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10:34 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Redding's Sundial Bridge Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Episode 2443
 This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Calif. The celebration will culminate on July 4th, the actual anniversary of the stunning architectural superstructure.

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10:16 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Sutherlin , Ore. Changes Image from Timber to Flags

Episode 2442
 Close to the woods of Douglas County, Ore., Sutherlin proclaimed itself the “Timber Town” and initiated Timber Days celebrations in 1948 during the Fourth of July holidays.  

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10:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Dollarhide Bridge REaches 100th Anniversary

Episdoe 2441

Built 100 years ago, the Dollarhide Bridge on the Old Siskiyou Highway was one of the first two bridges constructed in 1914 by the new Oregon Department of Transportation. The bridge is named after the Dollarhide family that moved to the Rogue Valley in 1869.  

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10:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Visionary Pushes for Highway from Canada to Mexico

Episode 2454
 Motorists headed from the Rogue Valley to Northern California and beyond owe a debt of gratitude to Sam Hill, who joined around 1910 with Canadian A.E. Todd to form the Pacific Highway Association.  The association advocated for a 1,600-mile, hard-surfaced highway from British Columbia to the Mexican border.

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11:27 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Morning Swell Throws Schooner Osprey onto Coos Bay's North Jetty

Episode 2439
  The seas were peaceful when the gas-powered Osprey schooner left Gold Beach, Ore., on Oct. 31, 1912, under Capt. Gus Johnson of Wedderburn. 

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