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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11:23 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Umpqua Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Episode 2438

The Umpqua Community College, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, got its start when members of an Association of University Women sought opportunities for higher education in Douglas County, Ore.  

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11:17 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Forensic Scientists Leads Authorities to the D'Autremont Brothers

Episode 2437
 The botched train robbery at Tunnel 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains on Oct. 11, 1923, left four people dead and mangled car remains.  To authorities, it was maddening that the crime couldn’t be solved.

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10:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Talcott Ranch Near Glide, Ore., Founded 160 Years Ago

Episode 2436
 In 1854, James and Emily Watson from Missouri settled on land along Little River near Glide, Ore. Today, the 160-year-old ranch is operated by a fifth generation descendent, Mark Talcott, and his wife, Glenda.  They have raised three children on the ranch, where they produce beef, chickens, hogs, vegetables and tree fruits. They sell feeder cattle in the spring and occasionally sell custom-grown beef. They manage a forest and each year sell five or six truckloads of timber.
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10:51 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Star Athlete Supports Southern Oregon Nonprofits

Episode 2435
  A star football player at Ashland High School, where he graduated in 1991, Chad Cota went on to play 43 consecutive games at the University of Oregon.  He provided defense in the backfield for four years as the U of O’s strong safety, and received the Bill Hayward Award as the state’s top amateur male athlete.

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10:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miluck Indians Live Off Bounty of South Slough Estuary

Episode 2434
 About 1,500 years before the South Slough near Charleston, Ore., became the country’s first national estuarine sanctuary in 1974, Miluk Indians began living in seasonal villages alongside the slough. 

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10:49 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Comapny Prefers Long sheep Drive to Expensive Railway Shipping

Episode 2433
 The Western Meat Company had spent nearly $100,000 in 1914 for 19,000 fat sheep and gathered them in Lakeview, Ore., for shipment to California.  But its plans were stymied by forestry officials’ refusal to let the company drive the sheep through the corridor they had been using for years across the Klamath/Modoc Reservation to the railhead at Klamath Falls. 
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10:48 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Indians Trace Roots to Marriage between Grizz;y Bear and Daughter of Great Spirit

Episode 2432
  In his 1873 book titled Life Among the Modocs, Joaquin Miller related that the Shasta Indian creation myth told of how grizzly bears once walked on two legs, talked, fought with clubs, and possessed all the land from Mount Shasta to the sea.
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10:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Talent Freethinkers Build Universal Mental Liberty Lecture Hall

Episode 2431
  In the 1880s Jackson County had many talented speakers who promoted freedom of religion, critical thinking and liberal ideas. 

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10:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Richmaid Ice Cream Shop Offers Drive-Through Service in Ashland

Episode 2430

 In order to reduce fuel consumption and pollution caused by idling vehicles, the City of Ashland in 1982 discouraged businesses from using drive-up windows. Two years later, a city ordinance prohibited the construction of new drive-up windows and placed a limit on the number that could exist in the city.  A grandfather clause allowed businesses that already had drive-up windows to continue using them.

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10:42 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Historic Requa Inn Takes Name from Fish Cannery Center

Episode 2419
 The Historic Requa Inn is located in Klamath, Calif., one mile from the ocean and less than 100 yards from the Klamath River.  Originally it was called the Pioneer Inn and was built in the mid-1880s, but that structure burned in 1913. The following year, a new hotel called the Klamath Inn was built by W. T. Bailey. The inn flourished for many years until the local commercial fishing industry closed down in 1933.  The inn was bought and sold over the years and in 1985 Paul and Donna Hamby restored and reopened it in 1986.  Again it was sold in 2002 to David and Barbara Gross who officially renamed it the Historic Requa Inn after the original town of Requa, a fish cannery center on the river in the 1800s. A hotel for more than 100 years, the Requa is the only historic lodging located in the center of the Redwood National Park. Originally a 22-bed hotel, it now has10 rooms, all with private baths.  It has been included on the National Geographic Traveler’s “Stay List,” a collection of 129 so-called “We Love” hotels in North America.

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