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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History
8:37 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation Rescues Bear Creek Irrigation Crisis

Episode 2357
 Three irrigation districts in Southern Oregon first realized in the 1930s that their infrastructure was deteriorating.  Founded years earlier as private companies, they also realized they couldn’t afford the expense of preserving the orchards and fields of the Rogue Basin.

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8:28 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Robert Vinton Beall Plants Heritage Tree in 1864

Episode 2356

 In 1864, Robert Vinton Beall planted a sapling black walnut tree in the yard of his newly constructed house east of Jacksonville. Today the Beall Black Walnut, an Oregon Heritage Tree and one of the largest of its kind in America, stands sentinel to 150 years of Oregon history, some forged by the Beall family.

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History
8:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Sheriff Tires of Insanity Charade, Drags Wife-Killer to the Gallows

Episode 2355
 A long-time resident of Merlin, Ore., Charles Fiester, was convicted on Oct. 5, 1895, and sentenced to hang for drowning his wife, Nancy, in a shallow pool of water in the presence of his young children.  He had said he tried to drown himself, too. Fiester’s lawyer appealed the case to the Oregon Supreme Court, and the hanging was postponed.

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History
1:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

First-Time Coach Takes Girls to State Championship

Episode 2354
 When he started an after-school program for disadvantaged youths in 1998, Tom Cole of Kids Unlimited never envisioned that one day he would become a successful high school basketball coach. However, he did create boys and girls basketball programs at Kids Unlimited.
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History
1:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Pinehurst School History Dates Back to 1908

Episode 2353
 In 1908, neighbors eager to educate their children in the Green Springs area about 20 miles east of Ashland Ore., worked together to build a one-room schoolhouse along the Emigrant Trail. A path led to a “one-holer” out back.  The school, named after nearby Beaver Creek, had two-seater desks, a wood stove, a water bucket and dipper, and a blackboard.  Soon, it was remodeled to state standards, including an upgraded wood stove.
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2:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Women Cross Frozen Lake Afoot to Get Mail

Episode 2352

Homesteaders who staked their claim along the western shore of Upper Klamath Lake often found themselves isolated from society at large for weeks on end – particularly during winter months.

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1:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Old Millrace Leaves Traces in Lithia Park

Episode 2351
 In Ashland’s Lithia Park, a ditch leaves Ashland Creek just above the playground and runs straight to the hill above the Lower Duck Pond.  A crude dirt path parallels the ditch, which is now partly buried by erosion, leaves, and pine needles.  But the ditch was once a millrace, flowing with water that entered a wooden flume and turned the grindstone at the Ashland Flouring Mill.  
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1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Californian Creates Wildlife Refuge for Injured Animals

Growing up in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley in the 1940s, David Siddon had easy access to the wilderness before the region’s housing sprawl began.  He enjoyed his career as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, traveling the world filming wild and domestic animals for TV productions.

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2:11 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Snowden School Survives Almost Forty Years

Episode 2349
 The Snowden School District was established in 1898 along the Montague-Ager Road, 5 ½ miles north of Montague, Calif., in Siskiyou County. The school’s name derived from the nearby Snowden Southern Pacific Railroad Station.
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2:11 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Polio Rushes through Southern Oregon in 1935

Episode 2348
 The dreaded disease of poliomyelitis, rushed through Southern Oregon in November 1935.  Also known as infantile paralysis, polio first hit Klamath County with isolated cases in October that led to school closures. 
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