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

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.



2:17 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Company Follows Founder's Advice to Change with the Times

Episode 2345
 The Gerretsen Building Supply in Roseburg, Ore. celebrated 90 years in business in 2013.
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2:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Herbert Hoover Gives Lincoln Birthday Radio Address

Episode 2344
 On Feb. 12, 1936, former President Herbert Hoover gave a radio address from Portland, Ore., to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The Lincoln Club of Jackson County urged all members to arrive in time at its banquet in the Medford Hotel to hear the 7 p.m. radio broadcast.
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2:22 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Greek -Style Temple Honors Teddy Roosevelt in North Bend

Episode 2343
 People driving or walking along Sherman Avenue in North Bend, Ore., can see a building resembling a Greek temple at the top of the hill.  Pure white, the building is solid and square with fluted Ionic columns across the front that support a classical pediment. 
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2:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Farmer Ignores Brother; Gets Himself a Wife

Episode 2342
 Finding a wife in the early days of settlement in Scott Valley, Calif., was not easy. The remote region only had a few eligible young women in the 1850s.  Leroy Kidder’s journal told how the Glendenning brothers, Tom and Bill, dealt with the situation.  The tale goes like this:
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2:39 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Oregon Moonshiner Seeks Welcome in China

Episode 2341
 In his report in 1876, the U.S. Internal Revenue Commissioner described moonshiners as “unlettered men of desperate character, armed and ready to resist the officers of the law.”  For the neighbors of Harry Scott of Derby, Ore., the description fit to a T.  
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2:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Cross-Country Skier Wins Gold Medal at Age 74

Episode 2340
 In the 1950s, Medford rancher and real estate developer John Stewart Day speed-climbed four Oregon peaks in a day and climbed six towering Washington mountains in nine days. An all-around outdoorsman, Day was a record-setting, big-game hunter and holder of several national age-group bicycle racing records.

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2:29 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bullhide Moore Manages Gold Beach Store for 32 Years

Episode 2339

 The Curry County Courthouse in Gold Beach, Ore., stands today on property once the location of a general store managed for many years by David Milton Moore. 

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2:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Medford Girls Partner with Hollywood Dancer

Episode 2338

During the Great Depression, movie theaters offered special entertainment in addition to movies. The week of Sept. 8, 1935, featured an opportunity for local girls to compete in a “Dance to the Stars” contest cosponsored by the Medford Mail Tribune at the Craterian Theater in Medford. 

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2:26 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Anderson Creek Takes Name from Early Phoenix (Ore.) Settlers

Episode 2337
 Anderson Creek, which enters Bear Creek at the south end of today’s Phoenix, Ore., was named for Eli Knighton Anderson and his brother, two of the first settlers in the Rogue Valley.  
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2:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Derby Store Offers Everything from Groceries to Clothing

Episode 2336

Traveling between the Oregon towns of Eagle Point and Butte Falls today is a scenic 30-minute drive along Butte Falls Highway. A century ago the route was a single-wagon trail, choked with dust in the summers and wheel-trapping mud in the winters. The only reprieve was the small town of Derby, which was centered about half way between Eagle Point and Butte Falls and about eight miles north of the junction at Hwy 62.  

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