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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11:39 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Rogue Valley Gets A White Christmas

 A contributing writer for the As It Was radio series, Luana Corbin, recalls that as a child growing up in the Rogue Valley she had always wished for a white Christmas.  Each year as the holiday grew near, she and her brothers scanned the sky for snowflakes. They worried how Santa would get in their house without a fireplace.
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11:36 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Santa Delivers Despite December 1964 Flood

Seven-year-old Trudy Meadows of Yreka was living in rural Siskiyou County during the December 1964 flood, one of the worst in California’s recorded history. Meadows’ father, a miner, had recently moved the family from Utah to a rough-hewn, historic bunkhouse in the tiny community of Forks of Salmon.

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11:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Umpqua Bank Celebrates 60th Anniversary

  Newspaper advertisements throughout the West Coast trumpeted this year, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”  It was Umpqua Bank’s way of celebrating its 60th anniversary.
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11:23 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Two Men Build Lonely Ranch south of Klamath Lake

 As a boy in 1853, Orsen Stearns was one of the first pioneers to settle near today’s Phoenix, Ore.   Thirteen years later he started his own ranch south of Klamath Lake, in an area he had explored as a soldier at Fort Klamath.
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11:19 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Dam Eases Passage of Salmon Headed Up the North Umpqua River

Salmon and steelhead are finding it easier to reach habitat above the Soda Springs Dam in the North Umpqua River following federal approval of the dam’s operating license.

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11:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Gold Miner Turns to Ranching and Politics

Like so many others of his time, Robert Milton Martin sought gold when he headed West in 1849 from his home in Tennessee.  He worked the California gold fields before joining Siskiyou County’s gold rush.

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11:09 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Early Christmas Shopping Has Its Advocates

Early Christmas advertising in Southern Oregon and Northern California is nothing new; it has been around since the late 1800s when some ads popped up even before Halloween. It got a boost in 1903 when the socialist co-founder of the NAACP, Florence Kelley, wrote a widely published essay advocating early shopping in support of her crusade for child labor laws and an eight-hour workday.

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11:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Only the Name Persists of Persists, Ore.

 In 1883, William and Irene Willits homesteaded nearly 500 acres in the mountains above Elk Creek in Jackson County, Ore. They had both been teachers, but liked the idea of living far from their neighbors.
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10:53 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Dwight Safford's Luck Runs Out in Crescent City Saloon

 Luck ran out in August 1898 for 25-year-old Dwight Safford of Klamath, Calif.  After selling a load of fish in Crescent City, Safford headed to the Willow Saloon, where he was a frequent customer and gambler.
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10:44 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Canby's Cross Commemorates Fallen General

 Three miles south of the town of Tulelake, Calif., a large cross in the Lava Beds National Monument commemorates Edward R. S. Canby, the only general killed during the Indian Wars. 
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10:37 am
Mon December 9, 2013

James Abrams Explores Rugged Salmon River Country

 Two of the hardiest miners in Siskiyou County were brothers James and Frank Abrams, but it was James who was among the first white men to enter the upper reaches of the Salmon River in 1849.
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10:21 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Roseburg Politician Avoids Conviction in Oregon Land Frauds Scandal

 Roseburg, Ore., attorney Binger Hermann emigrated in 1850 from Baltimore to Oregon, where he became a state senator, tax collector, judge advocate in the Oregon militia, and by 1884, Oregon’s sole representative in the U.S. Congress.
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10:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Merrick's Natatorium Leases City auto Camp in 1923

 In 1923, the City of Medford leased the management of its municipal auto camp to Merrick's Natatorium and Inn.  The camp was located behind the inn where it connected by bridge with another camp on the other side of Bear Creek. The city thought combining the two camps under private management would be better for tourists and avoid municipal renovation costs.
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9:59 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ashland Oregon Lumber travels to Midland New Jersey

The Fir Milling and Planing Company produced lumber at its mill in Ashland, Ore., from 1946 to 1962.  Seeking access to the Eastern Seaboard, the owners located the mill next to the Southern Pacific tracks on Tolman Creek Road.

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9:45 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Car Thieves Caught in Ashland Bottleneck

 He was visiting relatives in Medford when G. H. Smith heard a familiar sound outside their home.  It was his brand new 1919 Dodge Roadster starting up and driving away.
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9:29 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Crater Lake's Munson Valley Named after Ill-Fated Physician

   The Crater Lake National Park headquarters is nestled in a deep depression known as Munson Valley.  Other features of the park include Munson Springs, Munson Creek, Munson Point and Munson Ridge, all named for a physician who died while climbing a steep slope to the lake’s rim on Aug. 17, 1871.

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10:49 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Schooner Runs Aground Seeking Rogue River

Lester Hulin came West during the spring of 1847 dreaming of the riches to be found in Southern Oregon and California. The first record of his being in Oregon was a job in Corvallis, and he participated in the Cayuse Indian War that resulted from the massacre at the Whitman mission near present-day Walla Walla, Wash.
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10:43 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Robbery in Hilt, Calif., Nets $150 and $1,500 Diamond Ring

Victor Eugene “Slim” Warrens knew how to run a profitable saloon and he was fond of diamonds.  He didn’t take kindly to being robbed.
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10:36 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lakeview Museum Contains Beaded Purse Missing a Flower

In September of this year, Jefferson Public Radio’s As It Was series told the story of how Salita Jane Henderson, a little girl curious about a medicine bottle hanging on her family’s wagon on the Oregon Trail, drank the liquid inside and died of laudanum poisoning.
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10:30 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Waitress Takes Engineer's Order from Smoking Train

For many years, people and products depended on trains to travel from town to town.  Medford folks could journey to Ashland, or Grants Pass, conduct business, and return the same day. The train engineer was important and town folks knew him, especially during the 1910s.
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