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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10:50 am
Fri July 11, 2014

River Guide Makes Zane Grey's Rogue Famous

 Zane Grey made the Rogue River famous for its fishing in the 1920s and 30s, but he couldn’t have done it without the river guide and boat builder Glenn Wooldridge.

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10:49 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Glenn Jackson Leaves Legacy of Service to Oregon

 Described as “arguably the most powerful nonelected citizen in Oregon history,” Glenn Jackson left his mark on Southern Oregon.

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10:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Magazine Editor Observes Wartime Fruit Operation

During World War II, the editor of the Southern Oregon Fruit Growers League magazine called the Pear-O-Scope, Jeunesse Butler, observed a fruit auction and how fruit was handled on the piers in New York City.

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10:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Eden Valley Orachards Offers Wine and Jazz

 Early orchardist Joseph H. Stewart paid pioneer photographer-horticulturalist Peter Britt $5,400 in 1885 for a house and acreage in southwest Medford, Ore. It was a tidy sum at the time.

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11:27 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Morning Swell Throws Schooner Osprey onto Coos Bay's North Jetty

  The seas were peaceful when the gas-powered Osprey schooner left Gold Beach, Ore., on Oct. 31, 1912, under Capt. Gus Johnson of Wedderburn. 

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11:23 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Umpqua Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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

 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

 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

  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

 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

 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

  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

  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

 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

 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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10:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Last Entry in Ashland Fourth of July Parade Features Live Rattlesnakes

 As the last entry in the Fourth of July parade in Ashland, Ore., pulled to a stop in the plaza, children would begin shouting, “There he comes, there he comes!” And, sure enough, there would be Bill Johnson in his sawed-off jeep with the bed filled with cages of writhing rattlesnakes.  From the 1940s into the 1970s, Johnson’s snakes marked the end of the parade.

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10:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lish Applegate's $15,000 Pledge Secures University for Eugene

 It was said that Elisha Lindsay Applegate, eldest son of Oregon trailblazer Lindsay Applegate, was “gifted with a remarkable memory, … a vivid imagination, and a keen sense of humor.” 

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10:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lewiston's Historic District Includes Hotel Rebuilt in 1875

 The historic mining town of Lewiston, Calif., with a population today of about 1,500, is located along Hwy 299 and the Trinity River.  The highway connects Redding to Weaverville and ultimately, the Coast. 
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8:56 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Book Describes the Trial os One Woman's Trek West

 Martha Maupin had walked some 2,000 miles of the Oregon Trail when her family finally reached the last mountain.  When she saw the sheer, half-mile drop of Laurel Hill, she felt like turning around and walking right back to Missouri. 
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8:49 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Doug and Becky Neuman Restore Southern Oregon Hotels

 Built in 1925, the once elegant, nine-story Ashland Springs Hotel had fallen into disrepair and bankruptcy when Doug and Becky Neuman purchased it in 1998.  They spent millions of dollars in restoration and reopened it with a new restaurant and spa.  

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