Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
- Live Music: Christina Duane and the Sons of the Oregon Trail, 2pm - 3:30pm
- Hanley House Tours, 11am - 4pm
- Wagon hayrides, 11am - 4pm
- Scarecrow making, 11am - 2pm ($10 per scarecrow kit, finish by 2:30 to enter the contest)
- Scarecrow contest! You help judge the entries. Winners will be announced and given ribbons after 3:30.
Entrance fees: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child, free for SOHS members and children under 4.
NOTE: You may make a scarecrow in advance and enter it. Visit our website for more information.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|Columbia Model 45|
|Pope Manufacturing Company|
The "Golden Age" of bicycling in the 1890s saw a sudden and unprecedented rise in bicycling across the United States. Urban streets and country lanes alike were filled with men and women riding these new contraptions for leisure, health, and transportation. This Columbia Model 45 safety bicycle was owned by Medford photographer R. V. Beall Jr. Manufactured by the Pope Manufacturing Company in Hartford, CT in 1898, this bicycle was designed for a man, show by its high crossbar, while a ladies bicycle would feature a dropped frame to allow her to wear long skirts while riding.
|Columbia Model 41, Women's Bicycle|
Metal, wood, leather, rubber
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Donated by Dr. Bert R. Elliot
Friday, September 16, 2011
More information on History: Made by You is available on our website.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
|Exterior, SOHS cabinet|
|Interior, SOHS cabinet|
This dye cabinet boasts that "It's easy to dye with Diamond Dyes." An image of a woman cleanly and gracefully dyeing brilliantly colored fabric supports this claim. Another dye cabinet, made by the same company, instead featured an image of girls, boys, and women dancing with brightly colored fabrics.  What do these two images say about advertising techniques and class differences?
|From Cowan Auctions|
Wood, paint, tin
 "Diamond Dye, Chromolithographed & Oak Cabinet" from Cowan Auctions, http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=19192, accessed September 7, 2011.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Would you decorate with hair? The Holland family did in the late 1800s - Mrs. Mary Holland and her daughter Mary Lorina Hall collected hair from every family member to use in this wreath. Curled into many recognizable forms, the hair takes the shape of flowers and plants.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Talk about conspicuous consumption! With feet allowing this dinner bell to rest on the table, those using it wouldn't even have to lift it. Simply and daintily tap the rod, and the bell would chime, summoning servants to the table. Representing Victorian excessiveness and a desire to display wealth, this dinner bell is one of many objects created for a single and specific use. Etched with the initials "M. L. R.", its original owner was Mary Louis Ross, rumored to be the first white girl born in Jacksonville.
Dinner bell, c. 1880
Manufactured by Reed and Barton of Taunton, MA
Donated by Harold Heldreth
Monday, August 15, 2011
SOHS invites you to participate in a Community Forum during the Community Potluck at the Lake Creek Historical Society on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
While this forum will focus on topics relating to Lake Creek, everyone is welcome to attend!
When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Creek Historical Society at 1739 S. Fork Little Butte Creek Road, Eagle Point, OR 97524
This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program.
For more information, please contact Amy Drake at email@example.com or (541) 858-1724.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
One of the weddings featured was that of L. O. Walker and his lovely bride, Millie Pearl Hodges. They were married in Jacksonville, Oregon December 14, 1916. A couple of pages of Millie's diary (called a Daylogue) were copied and transcribed by the membership director, Joanna Loops.
It read as follows:
"Dec. 14-Married to-day at 12 o'clock to L.O. Walker at Jacksonville by Rev. Roft Hutchison, Methodist Minister. Papa took us all to Med and we stopped on our way home at Eva's also. [sic] studio had pictures taken. L.O. and I over to Davidson's this eve-still packing. Letters from Aunt Minnie & Metta.
Letters to Metta, Nora, also a piece of cake to Nora. We got home at 2pm.
Letter to Aunt Minnie.
Wore my blue suit-a bunch of violets. Hattie made the cake. We had dinner about two. Just mama, the girls, and Ralph to the wedding."
Millie had inserted a violet from her wedding bouquet between the pages ... that's a very dry pressed flower. . .
You can view the entire newsletter on our website: www.sohs.org
Dr. Paul Baxter and Dr. Brian O'Neill discussed The Harris Cabin Massacre:
the spark that ignited the Rogue Indian Wars and Dr. Mark Tveskov presented a program on The Search for the Battle of Hungry Hill. Archaelogical research is still underway trying to determine the exact location of these two events.
Catering was provided by Mustard Seed Cafe - yummy hors d'oeuvres. Wine was provided by Roxy Ann Winery and Caprice Vineyards - also yummy... I was told ...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Excitement was high on June 15, 1863, at the Jackson County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Ore. Farmers and business owners from all over Southern Oregon gathered that day to form a new company to build a wagon road across the Cascade Mountains to Central Oregon. Mining was declining in Southern Oregon and new markets were badly needed. The John Day gold fields were just getting started and would provide that market. The meeting was a great success with $800 raised and D. D. Munger [MUNG-gur] hired to manage the location and construction of the road.
Oregon Intelligencer, June 20, 1863; “Discovery and Exploration of Crater Lake: 1853-1885”, Crater Lake National Park Administrative History, http://www.nps.gov/archive/crla/adhi/adhi1a.htm
Friday, June 17, 2011
A newspaper story in January 1906 called a deadly explosion at the Opp Mine near Jacksonville, Ore., “one of the most serious accidents in the history of Southern Oregon mining.”
Located on Reservoir Road close to Highway 238 and the town of Jacksonville, the Opp Mine ran deep with 12 ledges of golden veins. A nearby 20-stamp mill crushed the ore. Three men lost their lives in the explosion between 5 and 6 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon. The nightshift came on duty and discovered the bodies.
The three miners were working inside a tunnel with a machine drill and had driven 18 holes into the hard rock. One was already loaded with powder. The procedure was to “shoot” all of the holes before leaving a shift, so they had brought in a giant box of powder to load the other holes, setting it down a distance away. It’s not known what caused it, perhaps roof rock crashing down on a dynamite stick, but the powder box exploded.
A coroner’s jury later held that the deaths were accidental and a continued risk in the gold mines.
Written for JPR's series, As It Was.
Sources: “Fatal Explosion at Opp Mine,” January, 1906, Gold Hill News; records and files of the Gold Hill Historical Society. Online: “Jacksonville.” InfoMine Inc.,
http://technology.infomine.com/articles/1/1379/history.mining.oregon/jacksonville.oregon.aspx; “The Opp Mine: Historical Gold Mine.” Loopnet. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15834229/685-Jacksonville-Reservior-Road-Jacksonville-OR/
Sunday, May 1, 2011
KTVL - Glitz and Glamour in the Rogue Valley
Jacksonville Review - Ginger Rogers' Fashion Show a Hit!
KDVR - Happy Birthday Ginger Rogers!
Medford Mail Tribune - Ginger Rogers' legacy remembered in style!
Mail Tribune Blog - Ginger Rogers' life in clothes
Today was an absolute Blast! Leave us a comment with your own review of the day!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Enjoy a day of fun and pioneer adventures with loads of hands-on activities! Admission is $4.00 for non-members and $2.00 for SOHS members. All adults are admitted FREE.
for more information!
Or call 541-773-6536
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Well here we are at last! Bet you have been cussing us for not writing sooner. You should know a lot of new cuss words by now but we didn’t get your letter until Thursday night after we got home from town. Then had to rush off to the 4-H. Then we kept thinking you might come over Sat—But no Johnny—am sure sorry kid you’re having such a tough time with your bubbles. How long do you have to take those shots? Bet there is a red headed nurse in that office and we won’t be seeing much of you—but take it easy kid—Momma will tell you all about the birds and bees some day… When do you think you will be over? Don’t make it to long, huh? Thanks for missing us. That makes it even… Hope you can read this. Write soon.
Love from all
This letter was written to John Jury in 1948 by his sister Marlene, who signed many of her letters with the nickname “Honeypot.” Marlene lived in Murphy with her and Johnny’s parents, while Johnny was residing in Ashland.
It is unclear why Johnny was in Ashland, but Marlene frequently mentions her hopes that Johnny get well from his “bubbles.” Perhaps he was in Ashland to recover from a bout with chronic, recurring boils, which are skin abscesses caused by bacteria or in some cases, inflammation of the sweat glands.
Post Submitted by Karreen Busch
Source: Letter from Marlene to John Jury, 1948. SOHS Research Library Archives.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
a Fashion Show of Ginger Rogers' Gowns
May 1, 2011 - 2pm
Tickets are selling out!
Visit www.sohs.org to order your tickets and reserve table space soon!
Don't wait til the last minute - only 30 tickets still available.
Tickets are $50
($32 is tax deductible)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Rogers and her mother, Lela, had purchased the ranch in 1945, where they raised purebred cows and built a dairy. Some Guernsey cattle in the Rogue Valley still carry the Rogers name on their breeding records. She sold the ranch and moved to Medford in 1990.
Rogers told a reporter in 1982 that she voted and paid taxes in Oregon. "I consider myself an Oregonian," she said.
Born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911, in Independence, Missouri, she took her step father's last name, Rogers, as her own. She was dancing publicly at age 10 and began touring when she was 14, including a performance at age 15 at the Craterian Theater in Medford. She was already a Broadway and Hollywood star when she and Fred Astaire began making 10 dance-filled pictures together.
Sixty-seven years after her first Medford performance, Rogers returned for a benefit concert in 1993 at what is now known as the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.
Rogers died at 83 at her winter home at Rancho Mirage, California.
Written by Kernan Turner for JPR's radio series, As It Was.
Internet: Ryder, Stephen. Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre http://www.craterian.org/the-facility/history/; Ginger Rogers Official Site http://www.gingerrogers.com/about/bio.html
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Originally written by Jean Boling for the JPR series, As It Was.
Josephine County, Oregon Cemeteries, Vol 1 by K W Phillips, 1991; and personal conversations with same.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
Marriage records at the state level in Oregon are available from January 1910 to the present.
In the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s archives, however, there are local certificates of marriage dating to the mid- to late-1800’s. Here is a fascinating example of one such license, from 134 years ago, in February of 1877.
STATE OF OREGON, County of Jaxson.
This is to Certify
That the undersigned, a minister of the Gospel – by authority of a License bearing date the 22d day of February A.D. 1877 and issued by the County Clerk of the County of Jaxson, did, on the 25 day of February A.D. 1877, at the house of Mrs. Charlotte Russell in the County and State aforesaid, join in lawful wedlock R.P. NEIL of the County of Jaxson and State of Oregon, and Lydia RUSSELL of the County of Jaxson and State of Oregon with their mutual assent.
In the Presence of L.A. Neil, C. Merrith, WITNESSES.
Post Submitted by Karreen Busch