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

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.



10:24 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lithia Motors Sells 14 Cars the Year It Opens in 1946

Episode 2413
 The first year after Walt DeBoer started Lithia Motors in Ashland, Ore., in 1946, he sold 14 cars. Today’s sales are measured in billions of dollars.

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10:17 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Foots Creek Provides Crushed Rock for Interstate 5

Episode 2412

It was a dangerous drive up Foots Creek between the towns of Rogue River and Gold Hill, Ore., in 1961. A continuous stream of huge dump trucks carried crushed creek rock at the rate of 500 tons an hour, 16 hours a day for construction of Interstate 5.  One accident seriously injured a driver without damage to the truck.

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10:12 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Modoc County Approves Yet Another Border Alignment

Episode 2411


The land doesn’t move, but the boundaries that enclose Modoc County, Calif., and its population of 9,686 have shifted many times, more than for any other California county.

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10:04 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Douglas County Museum Restores 1883 Railcar

Episode 2410

Restoration has begun at the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg, Ore., on an ornate railcar built for passengers and baggage.  It is one of three remaining cars of the 14 constructed in 1883 by the Harlan and Hollingsworth Company of Delaware.

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10:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Marjorie Skeeters Sax Teaches, Leads Girl Scouts Troop

Episode 2409

A Southern Oregonian who stands out for her contribution to the region and its children is Marjorie Skeeters Sax, who lived in Oregon from 1902 to 1996, except for a few years in California.

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9:51 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Ruch Commmunity Prepares for School Building's Golden Anniversary

Episode 2408

The Drake School in Ruch, Ore., was one of many one-room schools that dotted the Applegate Valley in the 1800s and early 1900s. The school was constructed in 1876 where the Ruch School stands today.

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9:43 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Stallion Chooses between Wild Herd and the Halter

Episode 2407
 Small herds of wild horses formed in the Southern Oregon mountains when pioneers let their stock loose to graze.  In 1930, Jim and Ada Bell coveted a small black colt in a wild herd near their Siskiyou Mountain ranch. When he was a two-year-old, they caught him.
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9:40 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Savage Becomes Southern Oregon Educator and Botanist

Episode 2406


Graduating at the top of his class of 23 in 1896 at the Southern Oregon State Normal School in Ashland, Abraham Lincoln Savage would become over the next 54 years one of the most prominent citizens of Josephine County.


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9:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

French-born Packer Delivers Supplies to Siskiyou County

Episode 2405

Gus Meamber spent most of his life in Siskiyou County as a packer.  With no roads along the Klamath or Scott River, pack trains were essential for getting supplies to miners, merchants, and farmers.

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9:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Emigrants Headed to Oregon Run for Election

Episode 2404


Estimates vary widely on how many emigrants gathered in Jackson County, Missouri, in the spring of 1843 to organize a wagon train to Oregon.  There were at least 500, and one pioneer said the party “numbered over one thousand souls, with one hundred and twenty wagons drawn by ox teams and over three thousand head of loose cattle and horses."

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