The Southern Oregon coastal town of Gold Beach remained isolated for more than half a century after its founding in 1863. Its harbor was considered a hazard to navigation, and Curry County didn’t have a single mile of a main roadway until 1878.
Predictions of rain were threatening disaster at the fourth annual Strawberry Festival in Roseburg, Ore., in May 1913. But the clouds cleared and the festival had three days of perfect sunshine that drew thousands of enthusiastic travelers from around the state.
Lake County completed work in 1909 on a new three-story courthouse designed by architect Charles Henry Burggraf. The main tower contained a clock and chimes built in 1908 by the McShane Bell and Foundry Co.
The county jail in Jacksonville, Ore., had nine prisoners before the night of the October 1909 escape. The sheriff was away and the deputy thought he had everything under control when the prisoners took their customary after-dinner exercise in the corridor outside their cells. Seeing all was calm, the deputy left for his supper from 6 to 7:30 p.m. When he returned all was definitely not right.
Irish settlers came to Lake County, Ore., in the second half of the 1800’s, many fleeing the great potato famine that over 50 years drained Ireland of half its population. It wasn’t long until Lake County became known regionally as “Little Ireland.”
Volunteers have been busy since 2013 sprucing up the 156-year-old pioneer Lane Cemetery in the Southern Oregon community of Winchester, once Douglas County’s government seat before it moved to nearby Roseburg.