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.



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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10:47 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Hunters Find Missing Family in Plane Wreck Near Diamond Lake

Episode 2324
 It was Friday, Nov. 29, 1940, when Clarence and Alta Walbert left Medford in the fog for Portland, Ore., in a Piper Cub owned by a Medford Flying Club friend. 
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10:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Pioneer Hunter, John B. Griffin, Works with Bear Hunting Dogs

Episode 2323
 One of the first babies born in Southern Oregon, John Griffin was brought into this world on Sept. 14, 1853, in Jacksonville.  Over the next 86 years he became a woodsman and hunter known for his bear hunting dogs and his entertaining hunting stories published in regional newspapers in the 1920s and 30s.
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10:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Lindsay Applegate's Grandson Witnesses Mexican Revolution in 1913

Episode 2322

 The Klamath Falls Evening Herald’s coverage of the Mexican Revolution reported in 1913 that Pancho Villa’s army was seizing foreign-owned farms and industries in Northern Mexico.  

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9:54 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pitchford boys Ranch Offers alternative Delinquency Treatment

Episode 2320
 The Pitchford Boys Ranch opened in 1963 near Roseburg as the first public residential treatmentprogram for delinquent boys in Oregon.  It was named after Agnes Pitchford, Douglas County’s first Juvenile Department director.  The ranch was located at what is now Amacher  Park along the North Umpqua River before moving with state support in 1965 to Twin Forks Park.
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9:51 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Siskiyou County's Oldest Church Stands on Rich Mining Land

Episode 2319
 One important stopping point along the North Fork of the Salmon River, Sawyers Bar, was established a mile above Bestville during the gold rush. It served as a hub for other settlers who could visit its first blacksmith, Dan Davis, who sharpened picks for $1 a point on a big rock he also used as an anvil.
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9:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Gold Hill Celebrates Gold dust Days in June

Episode 2318

The Gold Dust Days celebration in Gold Hill, Ore., has changed considerably over the years.  It dates back decades to the Salmon Festival, which later became the Community Carnival.

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9:26 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Globetrotting Writer Describes Miserable Night in an Indian Hut

Episode 2317
 Try to imagine a 57-year-old Viennese woman, drenched from the rain, seeking shelter in 1853 in a remote Smith River Indian Village northeast of newly founded Crescent City, Calif.
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9:20 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Giant Oak Once Towered Over Bidwell Park in Chico, Calif.

Episode 2316

On March 1, 2013, vandals burned portions of a large stump, about eight feet in diameter and held together by metal bars. The stump is all that remains of a famous valley-oak tree in Chico, Calif.

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