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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2:04 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Pioneer Family Faces Tragedy on the Oregon Trail

The diary of Lucy Ann Henderson Deady describes a tragic loss of life during her wagon train journey to Oregon in 1846. 
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2:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Captain Jumps When Steamboat Hits Rocks

The S.S. South Portland  had a varied career as a west Indian trader and smuggling ship before running into the rocks and sinking off the coast of Cape Blanco, Ore. 

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History
1:58 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

John C. Heenan, Miner and World Heavyweight Champion

John C. Heenan, born in New York in 1833, was an early miner on the Scott River in the 1850s. He was partner to Stephen Crary and then worked for Gus Meamber, who later became prominent in Siskiyou County history. 

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History
1:55 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Aging Steam-Schooner Disappears Off Cape Blanco

  In September 1930, a ship bound from Crescent City, Calif., to Coos Bay, Ore., vanished before reaching its destination. 

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1:50 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

O & C Timber Debate Dates Back to 1937

  Today’s debate over how much timber to harvest on land formerly held by the Oregon and California Railroad dates back to 1937 when the federal government reclaimed 2.6 million acres of forest land it had given railroads 71 years earlier. 

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1:47 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Klamath Indians View Crater Lake as More than a Rain-filled Caldera

Fendel Sutherlin took out a donation land claim in Camas Swale in Douglas County, Ore., in the early 1850s.  By 1901, Fendel’s daughter Anne Waite inherited his several thousand acres of land, and determined to establish a town in her father’s honor. 

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1:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Donation Land Claimant's Daughter Promotes Sutherlin

Fendel Sutherlin took out a donation land claim in Camas Swale in Douglas County, Ore., in the early 1850s.  By 1901, Fendel’s daughter Anne Waite inherited his several thousand acres of land, and determined to establish a town in her father’s honor. 

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1:17 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Spanish Ships Lead Early Exploration of Pacific Coast

  Spain was the first country to explore the Pacific Coast of North America in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its seamen contributed the first map of the coast between Panama and the northern boundary of California. 
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1:10 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Daughter Likens Strawberries to "Demanding Mistress"

Moving from the Southern California suburbs in 1946 to 23 acres east of Sutherlin, Ore., was an experience Doris Price never forgot. It started when her father saw an opportunity to make money and planted three acres in ever-bearing strawberries. 

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11:54 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Electrical Short Circuit Sets North Bend Fire in 1933

  Firemen blamed an electrical short circuit in the Western Battery and Separator Co. for sparking a major blaze in North Bend the evening of July 30, 1933.  Among businesses seriously damaged were the Kruse and Banks Shipyard, the Mountain States Power Company and Western Battery, where the fire started.  Flames engulfed the three buildings within 15 minutes. 

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11:52 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Drive-In Theater Attracts Medford Motorists

  Residents of Medford, Ore., had a new source of entertainment when the Robert L. Lippert Theaters Co. opened a drive-in theater in the summer of 1949. 

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11:44 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Enthusiast Pays High Price for Kiger Mustang

Retired wildlife biologist Bob Smith didn’t hesitate on Oct. 24, 1999, to bid $19,000 for a wild horse rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management.  At a time when others were advocating slaughtering thousands of feral horses, Smith’s winning auction bid was a shocker. 

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11:16 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Yoncalla's "Johnny Appleseed" contributes to Applegate Apple Festival

In the mid-1800s, brothers Jesse and Charles Applegate and their families settled land claims near “Yoncalla,” an area named after an Indian tribe north of Roseburg, Ore. Today, a seven-acre parcel of their property is dedicated to conserving more than 3,000 varieties of apples.

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10:39 am
Tue September 3, 2013

News of Deaths

Following years of sailing, gold mining, and real estate ventures, Capt. John Nash retired in Medford, Ore.  He bought the Hotel Medford in 1894 at the southeast corner of Main and Front streets, enlarged it and changed the name to the Nash Hotel.
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6:34 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Rogue Valley’s Dorothy Conner Survives Lusitania Sinking

On May 1, 1915, Dorothy Conner and her brother-in-law, Dr. Howard Fisher, sailed on first class tickets on the British luxury liner, the RMS Lusitania. They were headed for World War I hospital work in Belgium. Dorothy wrote to her mother near Jacksonville, Ore., that it would be a very boring crossing, and she hoped something exciting might happen on their last day. It did.

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