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 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 September 12, 2014

Grants Pass Violinist Stars in Symphonies Movies and on Broadway

  The first line of an article in the Medford, Ore., paper of March 15, 1936 reads, “Appearing as a soloist…with the Medford (Oregon) Junior Symphony is Marcia Van Dyke, 13 year-old Grants Pass Violinist.”

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10:49 am
Thu September 11, 2014

1000 Friends of Oregon Watch Over Land-Use Legislation

 Oregon’s environmentally minded Gov. Tom McCall championed bipartisan passage of Oregon’s pioneering land-use legislation in 1973. He called it “the brightest jewel in the Oregon diadem of innovations.”  The next year McCall and other prominent Oregonians founded a private, non-profit association called the 1000 Friends of Oregon to watch over the new program. One of its founders was the editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, Eric Allen Jr.  The vice president of the citizen council was Allen Bateman of Klamath Falls.

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10:49 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Modern Grocery Shopping Comes to Medford, Ore.

  Today’s shoppers wheel carts through stores and head for the cash register.  It wasn’t always that way in Southern Oregon.

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10:46 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Ashland, Ore., Forensics Lab Director Writes Crime Novels

The man who heads the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensic Laboratory in Ashland, Ore, wears two hats. 

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10:46 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Stranded Dutchman Dies in Snow Storm on Siskiyou Peak

 Dutchman Peak, west of Mount Ashland, was named for a German immigrant who died on the mountain in about 1870.  A ranger in the Applegate District, Lee Port, recorded his oral history in 1945 of the story.

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11:07 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Deer, Not Cows, Jumps Over the Moon in Evans Valley

 Southern Oregonians bothered by pesky deer grazing on their rose and tomato blossoms, not to mention other young plants, might consider getting a guard cow.  Or maybe three or four cows.

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11:06 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Volunteer Maintains Historical Douglas County School Markers

 Douglas County, Ore, once had 171 school districts stretching across more than 5,000 square miles, compared to 13 school districts serving 47 schools today.

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11:06 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Families Camp at Remote Cinnabar Mineral Springs

  In 1900, Cinnabar Springs was a successful California resort accessible only by horseback over a narrow trail, either from the Applegate area on the Oregon side or from the Klamath River on the California side.

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11:05 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Portlanders Find Perfect Spot for Outdoor Music Festival

In the early 1960s two men decided that Oregon was in need of an outdoor music festival. 

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11:05 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Traveling Salesman Runs into Pack of Trouble in Gold Hill, Ore.

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 Traveling sewing machine salesman, H. W. Fountain, must have rued the day he met a girl in Gold Beach, Ore., in 1896. Another admirer, Grant Baxter, threatened to shoot Fountain if he visited her again.

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3:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Exhausted Pioneer Asks Applegate for Tobacco

 In the spring of 1861, Missouri farmer Floyd Farrar and his wife, Wilmoth (Banta) Farrar, headed West with their infant children, Martha Octavia and John Henry.

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3:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Sutherlin, Ore., Preserves 1921 Steam Locomotive

  Central Park in Sutherlin, Ore., displays one of 59 surviving steam locomotives in Oregon. It has a wheel arrangement called a “prairie” with two leading wheels, six coupled driving wheels and two trailing wheels.

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3:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Old Trail Connects Wagner Butte to Ashland Watershed

Using modern technology, the Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association has uncovered one of the oldest trails in the Ashland Watershed.

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3:06 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Railroad Town Serves Lumber Industry

 Gold rush miners settled many towns in Siskiyou County, Calif., but not the little town of Tailholt, born in 1888 to serve the lumber industry. It was positioned at the end of the railroad in Shasta Valley, on the east side of today’s Interstate 5. At least a dozen lumber mills existed where present-day Ball Mountain Road is located. 

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3:05 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Jackson County Pays Predator Bounties

 Jackson County, Ore., began paying bounties to predator hunters in April 1910, responding to complaints from farmers that the “varmints” were eating their livestock.

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3:47 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Strawberry Valley Joins School District

 The history of Strawberry Valley schools in Siskiyou County, Calif., began with official district recognition in 1870.

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3:47 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Umpqua Valley Flower Fights for Survival

The Rough Popcorn flower loves the Umpqua Valley, the only place in the world where it grows. Discovered near Sutherlin, Ore., in 1887, the small, yellow-centered white flower that resembles buttery popcorn is fighting for survival today.

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3:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Divorce Provides Public Entertainment in 1927

  In today’s society, divorces are seldom news unless celebrities are involved.  In 1927, any divorce was a potential news story. 
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3:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Order of the Antelope Protects Pronghorns

 Like other recently arrived pioneers, Martha and Garrett Maupin looked to Oregon as the Promised Land. But in the 1850s paradise had flaws.  Oregon may have seemed far from the troubles brewing Back East, but as the Civil War neared, feelings raged even in the Far West, and especially in Lane County, a hotbed of North-South rivalry.  A Southern sympathizer, Garrett Maupin armed himself with a gun and a whip for disarming antagonists.  Alcohol-fueled fights erupted on the streets of Eugene City until troops arrived from Vancouver and placed a cannon at the courthouse.

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3:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Alcohol-Fueled Fights Rage over Civil War

 Like other recently arrived pioneers, Martha and Garrett Maupin looked to Oregon as the Promised Land. But in the 1850s paradise had flaws. 
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