As It Was

Classics & News: Mon-Fri • 9:30am & 1pm | News & Information: Mon-Fri • 9:57am

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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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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10:19 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Schools Convert Camp White Nurses Barracks into Classrooms

Post-war families were pouring into the Rogue Valley in 1947, their children crowding Central Point Elementary School.  There just wasn’t enough classroom space to handle them.
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10:11 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Mysterious Wanderer Gives Yoncalla Indians Biblical Names

A son of Oregon trailblazer Lindsey Applegate named Jesse Applegate Applegate (yes, that’s right: his middle and last names were the same) was an author, teacher and amateur ethnographer.  As a youth in the 1850s, he made close friends with the Indians near his family home in the Yoncalla Valley, which the Indians called Splashta Alla, the Valley of the Birds.
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10:05 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Medford Families Win Powerball Jackpot

In October 2005, Bob Chaney was retired and living with his wife, Francis, in Jacksonville. The Chaney’s daughter, Carolyn, and their son-in-law, Medford landscaper Steve West, were living in a modest Medford home.
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10:01 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Powell Family Leaves Ashland for Alaska Gold Rush

In 1898, Ashland resident Thaddeus Powell, 28 years old, married and with a new baby at home, was feeling restless.  He told his wife, Laura, that he was either going to fight in the Spanish-American War over Cuba, The Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico or join the gold rush in Alaska.  Laura replied, “Well, you’re not going to war!”
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9:53 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Hydraulic Mines Operate in1900s along Klamath River

Some large and profitable mines operated in the early 1900s at Happy Camp, Calif., on the Klamath River.
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9:49 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Ashland Police Raid Opium Joints in 1913

On the weekend of April 19, l913, six noisy people from nearby Medford were disturbing the peace in the neighborhood of the Imperial rooming house on Fourth Street in Ashland, Ore.  A city councilman who lived nearby called the police who sent Night Officer Porter, Special Officer Bert Turner, and Councilman Sherman to arrest everyone, including C. Woodburn, the proprietor.  The police found two complete opium smoking sets.
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9:41 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Woman Describes Six-Day Road Trip to California in 1922

Sixty-nine years later, Marjorie H. Gardner described a road trip in 1922 from Eugene, Ore., to San Francisco, Calif.  Her family drove a Willys-Overland automobile and a Hupmobile, open touring cars with imitation leather seats and flapping side curtains.  Still under construction, Highway 99’s detours went through farm yards and badlands and over corduroy roads, wagon ruts and Indian trails.

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9:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Original Farmhouse Still Stands on Ashland's North Mountain Avenue

A family farm on the hill above Ashland’s North Mountain Park has changed a lot in the last century.
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9:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Rogue Valley High School Football Sparkles in 1969

The year 1969 was special for high school football in the Rogue Valley.  Three teams played for state championships: the Medford Black Tornadoes coached by Fred Spiegelberg, St. Mary’s Crusaders led by Larry Walker, and Dan Pero’s Prospect Cougars.  The Black Tornadoes won the A-1 championship, the Crusaders took the A-2 championship, and the Cougars finished as state runner-up.
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9:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

War's End Brings Bad News for Ashland Family

The front page of the Ashland Tidings on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1918, caught up with the news that the small Oregon town had longed for.  The headline read: “The War is Over – Germany Accepts Allies Peace Terms at 12 O’clock Sunday Night.”
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As It Was - 1993
9:08 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Largest Earthquake Since 1873 Strikes Klamath Falls

On Sept. 21, 1993, the largest earthquake in Oregon since 1873 struck Klamath Falls in the form of two pre-dawn, 6-magnitude shocks within an hour and 17 minutes of each other.  They were felt as far north as Eugene and as far south as Chico, Calif.  A rock-fall boulder crushed a car on Hwy 97, killing the driver, and another person died of a heart attack. The violent shaking caused some $10 million in damages to 1,000 homes and other buildings, among them the county courthouse.
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8:51 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Medford Wrestler Becomes National and International Champion

Les Gutches started wrestling with a local club when he was seven years old, and by the time he reached South Medford High School he was a star, winning three state wrestling titles in the early 1990s. At Oregon State, he won NCAA Division-1 wrestling titles in 1995 and 1996, and was named the nation’s top collegiate wrestler.

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8:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wedding Bells Invite Arduous Jouney for Two Girls in 1883

In 1883, Ottilie Parker and her sister at Parkersburg, Ore., on the lower Coquille River were invited to a wedding in Gold Beach, about 60 miles south. They accompanied Mary Windsor, who was older and the bride’s future aunt.
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8:27 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Agnes Pitchford Leaves Roseburg, Ore. Legacy

Politicians today may not often be referred to as “first citizens in industry, character and real merit,” but in 1914 that’s exactly how some citizens of Roseburg, Ore., characterized City Treasurer Agnes Pitchford.
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8:23 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Oregon Archaeologists Discover Earliest North American Culture

When in 1939 University of Oregon scientist Luther Cressman discovered the remains of bison, camels, horses and other ancient animals in the Paisley Caves next to Summer Lake, Ore., few anthropologists accepted the findings for lack of documentation.
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