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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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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10:57 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Road to Oregon Caves Expands Southern Oregon Tourism

 In 1916, Josephine County received federal money to build an automobile highway between Grants Pass and the Josephine County Caves, known today as the Oregon Caves.

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10:57 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Most Klamath Residents Welcome Railroad Underpass

 Many Klamath Falls residents were overjoyed to learn in 1937 that the state would build a railroad underpass to eliminate long waits at the busy Main Street crossing.

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10:56 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Rogue Valley Women Form Colony Club in 1911

The orchardists of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley had their men’s club in Medford. The women gathered at the Nash Hotel until they formed their own Colony Club in 1911.  After meeting in several locations the first few years, they purchased a home on Geneva Street in 1928 where some 50 club members still congregate.

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10:55 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ina Stocker Teaches for 40 Years in the Upper Applegate

 In 1906 Ina Stocker and her mother came to Jackson County from Iowa where Stocker had taught school.  

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10:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Happy Camp Builds California's First Log High School

 The townspeople of Happy Camp, Calif., realized in the 1920s that they needed a high school in the remote and rugged location.

 With the closest school 65 miles away in Fort Jones, most students never advanced past eighth grade. Parents, led by Gorham Humphreys, sought help from the Siskiyou Union High School District.  For a time, students gathered with a single teacher in one room at the elementary school. By 1933, the community looked for a new location.

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7:55 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Linkville, Ore., Fights to Retain County Seat Status

 There was a time when people in Linkville, the precursor to Klamath Falls, had to journey more than 100 miles over the Cascades to reach the county seat in Jacksonville, Ore.  The town of Linkville, population 250, was in Jackson County until Feb. 1, 1875, when the eastern portion of the county became Lake County.  
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7:54 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Mount Ashland Draws 200 Runners from Around the Country

 Every August, about 200 runners from across the country scramble up 13 miles of watershed trails from Lithia Park to the top of Southern Oregon’s 7,500-foot Mount Ashland.  It takes only two or three hours, compared with two days by mule and horseback in the early days.

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7:53 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Roseburg, Ore., Cancer Center Focuses on Hope

 “Focus on Hope” is the slogan of the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg, Ore., that was created by a few residents in the mid-1970s.  

 The core group discovered key supporters who pledged donations to a “leadership fund.” Soon the organizers created a foundation and a campaign committee of hundreds to approach other residents for matching support.

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7:53 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Teacher in Bloomers Shocks Supervisor

  The school at Climax, Ore., on Antelope Creek north of Grizzly Peak had been unable to keep a teacher for a full term for several years. One woman reported the sticky mud was so bad on the trail to school that it weighed down the hem of her skirt and crept up her back to her neck.  

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7:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Boat Builder Chooses Aluminum over Wood

As a fishing guide on the Rogue River, Willie Illingworth knew firsthand that a 20-foot, heavy cedar or plywood boat was tortuous to row and handle and required constant maintenance.  He figured an aluminum driftboat would make more sense.

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2:49 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Alice Teddy the Bear Skates to National Fame

 Alice Teddy began life in the Applegate Valley in 1907 as any other young cinnamon colored bear cub.  Everything changed when at four months old she lost her mother to a hunter’s gun.

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11:32 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Camas Plant Plays Tribal Food and Cultural Role

 The native Pacific Northwest camas plant has long been associated with Indian tribes from Northern California to British Columbia, with its most diverse and abundant concentration in Southern Oregon.

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11:31 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mighty Wurlitzer Awakens at Egyptian Theater in Coos Bay, Ore.

 The Mighty Wurlitzer awakened at the grand reopening of the 89-year-old Egyptian Theater, which had been closed since 2005.

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11:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Suicidal Behavior Affects Some Early Southern Oregon Settlers

 History writer Barbara Hegne describes some early cases of strange diseases and suicidal behavior in her book titled Settling The Rogue Valley: The Tough Times—The Forgotten People.

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11:28 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Plane Crashes in Red Butte Wilderness, Killing All Four Aboard

 It was mid-afternoon, July 28, 1945, when Rob Armstrong took off in his Stinson airplane from Red Butte, Calif. His three passengers were Sylvan Gosliner, a San Francisco businessman, his wife, Ruby, and her sister, Alma Pratt.

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11:48 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Giant Airship Lands in Medford, Ore., in 2010

Residents in the Rogue Valley had a rare opportunity to view the Zeppelin airship Eureka in August of 2010 when it was on a five-city tour of the Pacific Northwest. Its first touchdown in Oregon was at the Rogue Valley International Airport.

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