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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2:29 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Roseburg Social Workers and Welfare Moms Chart Course

Episode 2335
 It started in a bar 40 years ago in Roseburg, Ore., when a handful of young welfare case workers began gathering after work to drink and gripe about their job.  There, they met welfare moms drinking and griping about welfare.  It became a regular thing, drinking and yelling together, as well as sharing lots of laughs.
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2:45 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Rogue Theater Brightens Grants Pass, Ore., During Great Depression

Episode 2334
 At a time when Grants Pass and the country as a whole was gripped by the Great Depression, the Grants Pass Entertainment Co. cheered up Grants Pass by commissioning the Rogue Theatre.
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2:47 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Coal Keeps CCC Boys Warm at Camp Prescott

Episode 2333

 One of the successful Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Southern Oregon was on Roxy Anne Butte in Medford, Ore.  In November 1935 new recruits who had nearly frozen in their tents in Vancouver, Wash., arrived at Roxy Anne’s Camp Prescott.

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2:48 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Frontiersmen Push Rogue Indians to Near Extinction

Episode 2332
 When the first frontiersmen arrived in 1851, there were some 9,500 Indians living in the Rogue Valley.  At the end of the Rogue Indian Wars six years later, only 2,000 Indians were left.  Stephan Dow Beckham’s classic book titled Requiem for a People says the Indians’ near extinction resulted from the Euro-Americans’ diseases, vices, technology and racial prejudice.
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2:48 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

World War II Servicemen Frequent Southern Oregon Brothels

As tens of thousands of servicemen filled Oregon military bases during World War II, prostitution boomed in nearby towns.  Officials warned that it took only a few venereal-disease infected prostitutes to create a health hazard, often spread to the general population by so-called “khaki-wackey girls” cozy with infected soldiers.

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2:48 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Lumber Baron Starts Anew in Green Springs East of Ashland, Ore.

Episode 2329

Starting out at age 17 as a horse trader, James Everett Henry spent a lifetime building a lumber empire, buying forests in his native New Hampshire, building lumber and paper mills and power stations to run them and railroads to ship their products.  In his late 70s he retired around 1908 and handed his business empire to his three sons. They sold the business for millions in 1917, and one of them, John H. Henry,  retired to Pasadena, Calif., with his wife, daughter and son, John B. Henry.

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10:48 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Metro Goldwyn Trackless Train Visits Rogue Valley in 1925

Episode 2328

The Metro Goldwyn Trackless Train visited the Rogue Valley the first week of November l925, ten years after it had been invented by the H.O. McGee Manufacturing Co. of Indianapolis, Ind. 

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11:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Charles Ray's Light House Glows through the Night

Episode 2327
 The co-founder of the power company that electrified much of Southern Oregon, Dr. Charles Ray, constructed a home at the corner of West Main and Quince streets in Medford, Ore., in 1918. 
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11:07 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Two Immigrant Photographers Record Modoc War of 1872-73

Episode 2326
 Two early photographers, Eadweard [cq] A. Muybridge of San Francisco and Louis Herman Heller of Yreka, covered the Modoc War in 1872-73 in Northeast California between Captain Jack’s small band of Indians and the U.S. Army.
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10:55 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kids Unlimited Offers Access to Quality After-School Programs

Episode 2325
 After working with disadvantaged youth as part of his studies at Missouri State University, Tom Cole worked for Boys & Girls Clubs in Missouri before moving to Medford, Ore. He opened the city’s first Boys & Girls Club in a Quonset hut.
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