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

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.



10:37 am
Mon December 9, 2013

James Abrams Explores Rugged Salmon River Country

Episode 2295
 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

Episode 2294
 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

Episode 2293
 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

Episode 2292

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

Episode 2291
 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

Episode 2290

   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

Episode 2289
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

Episode 2288
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

Episode 2287
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

Episode 2286
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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