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This book has just been reprinted in a softcover edition!
Purchase your copy now at the low price of $5.00!
After September 30, 2014 the price will be $7.50

California & Oregon Coast - Short Line Railroad
AuthorJosephine County Historical Society
Price:  $5.00

Book Description
This booklet is a reproduction of the 1963 edition of the Oldtimer.  It is devoted to the history of the Southern Oregon & Northern California short line railroads.


The Streets of Grants Pass, Oregon
 - 2014 - Volume 1: 
6th Street from I-5 to A Street [Softcover]
AuthorJoan Momsen
Price:  $8.00

Book Description
This is not a history book nor is it a book of historical photos. However, as the years pass, it will become history. As the photographer and author of this, the first in a series of books about the streets of Grants Pass, I feel the reason for such an undertaking needs to be explained, and that is to simply record what the buildings looked like in 2014. 
At the end of the 19th Century, Grants Pass became a small city. It existed in name from 1864 when it got its first post office. Therefore, this book of streets, celebrates the 150 year of the name Grants Pass. The post office was in a private home and by no means indicated there was a town. Grants Pass was a community of wide spread farms with the nearest post office at Rock Point (Gold Hill area) 17 miles from what is now downtown Grants Pass. 
This is a picture book. There are few comments. It just shows how North 6th Street in Grants Pass, Oregon looked in 2014.


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Josephine County Historical Society

Vintage Hat presentation for the Westminster Presbyterian Ladies in Medford in May.  Presented by Living History Players -Barbara Forbes, Lois Maass and Cindy English.

Book the Living History Players for your next event!
Give us a call at 541 479-7827 for details

 Kudos to the Living History Players!

Hi, Teresa & all your players:
    Just a small note with a big THANK YOU for the wonderful presentation of the "20s" for our Red Hat luncheon.  It was most informative and really fun with the costumes and so many players.  Everyone enjoyed it and I've had so many good comments -- time to share them with YOU!
    We hope to do more things with The Society as time goes on -- you provide a valuable service to our community as well as bring history alive.  Such fun!!
    Thanks again -- Bonnie Cordes, Queen of Crimson Jewels

From left to right:  Irv Vodovoz, Bob Petrusha, Teresa Santucci, Jim Thorpe, Cindy English, Ed English, Jodi Wainwright, Joan Momsen, Lois Maass, Leta Neiderheiser, Jan Greenblatt, Linda Fuidge, John Hudick, Judy Glover, Ellie Pulikonda, Christina Carver and Hal Glover.  Not shown in the picture is our new "stage manager" Pam Petrusha.

Bob Petrusha; the "Moonshiner"

Ed English, Jan Greenblatt and Linda Fuidge; the "Mob Boss and his
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A Walk Through History
Grants Pass, Oregon
by Joan Momsen
is now available!

A big thanks to our business supporters who helped make "A Walk Through History" possible:


Hundreds of historic photos are for sale through the Josephine County Historical Society, and now you can view and purchase them online!

These historic records of our early discoverers and settlers make great wall displays when framed, and cover everything from gold panning, dredging, arrastras, and mines to railroads, historic buildings, sites and signs, towns, dams, bridges, ferries, sawmills, pioneer families and schools.

They are available through several different mediums; printed black & white photos, mailed to you on a disc or emailed.  Most of the catalogue is available for viewing online, and can be ordered and paid for online, or you can print out an order form to send with your check.  Shipping is free!

Just click on the photo above to see what's available.

Thanks to the following Business Supporters for their continued support of the Society


Local food that is grown on rich, fertile soil in the Rogue Valley can be seen growing at Fort Vannoy Farms.  Nothing tastes better than fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables that have just been picked. From hoop houses to row crops to fields full of the tastiest corn, Fort Vannoy Farms has all of the fresh produce you will need. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive to preserve the agricultural lands and you are supporting the local farmers. Local food builds community!

Fort Vannoy Farms works the land in order to grow local market produce and to remain connected to the community. They care about the real food you eat!

Fort Vannoy Farms is located at:
5791 Lower River Road
Grants Pass, OR  97526


Meet Armadillo Mining Shop
One of Our Business Supporters!

Armadillo's motto: 

"For Dredge Sales, Dive Equipment, Mining Supplies and Metal Detectors,
We Are The Pro's"

Having over twenty years of various mining experience in both placer and hard rock mining has helped Armadillo understand the needs of their customers. Having spent several years "dredging for a living" helps them understand the pitfalls that fellow miners may encounter. They strive to offer good advice on buying the right equipment for each customer's needs and budget whether it is a complete gold dredging setup or parts for the "Do-It-Yourselfer".  They are the experts in Gold Dredging, Gold Prospectors, Gold Pans.

Visit Armadillo Mining Shop's

website at:


Caveman Heating & Air Conditioning

Owners Alan and Stacy Martin and their staff at Caveman Heating & Air Conditioning work diligently to make sure you get exactly what you need at a reasonable price.  Their business offers a full range of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services including geo-thermal and radiant floor systems.

They have a team of trained, friendly service professionals that service all brands and types of equipment.

The company is very involved as a trade ally of Energy Trust of Oregon and other similar programs guiding customers through the paperwork that is required to receive the rebates.

Caveman Heating & Air Conditioning are proud supporters of various school programs and other organizations throughout the valley.

1010 SE Milbank Road

Grants Pass, OR  97526
541 476-0009

Gates Home Furnishings

George Gates Jr. established Gates Furniture in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1946. The original 5000 square foot store was located on the corner of 7th and H Street. In 1952, George’s wife Lois assumed the position of store manager after George contracted polio, which left him a quadriplegic confined to respiratory equipment.

With George acting as consultant and Lois physically running the operation, Gates Furniture quickly gained a trustworthy reputation within the community. With their focus on providing great furniture values and customer satisfaction, Gates Furniture became one of the Rogue Valley’s most popular furniture stores of the 50’s and 60’s.

In 1973, after graduating from college, George and Lois’s son Giff temporarily joined the firm. Law school had been the plan for Giff until he unexpectedly found himself loving the family business. Giff Gates assumed the manager position in 1977.  2012 starts Giff's 39th year in the family business, and he says he still enjoys what he does and what Gates Home Furnishings stands for in the community.

Nick Gates, Giff's son, is the next generation of the Gates family to be in the family business, and his dad says, "To see my son Nick enter his third year in the business is very gratifying as his passion may even exceed mine."

Gates Furniture has gone through many changes over the years. It’s gone from 5,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, expanded to larger buildings and it’s even changed its name to Gates Home Furnishings. What hasn’t changed in over 60 years is the stores commitment to its employees, its customers and its community.

700 SW 6th Street
Grants Pass, OR  97526
541 476-4627

 Hull & Hull Funeral Directors
Serving Josephine County since 1928

Virgil E. Hull, the founding father of Hull & Hull, moved to Grants Pass with his parents, when he was just 10 years old. After graduating from Grants Pass High School in 1926, he traveled to Ohio to study at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, earning his degree just two years later.
   Returning to this area shortly after graduating, Virgil established Hull & Hull Funeral Directors, at Sixth & I Streets in Grants Pass. His business partner was his cousin, Ben; it’s been a family owned business from the very beginning.

Virgil and his wife Esther gave birth to four sons; their son Virgil F. "Fred" Hull became the second generation to join the firm, and in 1964 Fred's wife Diane joined the team.

Their children, Kirk and Kendra, came on board as the third generation of the Hull family, and in 1982 they started Southern Oregon Cremation Services.
Three wonderful generations since 1928!  You don't get there unless you treat people right, and they do!

612 NW "A" Street
Grants Pass, OR  97526
541 476-4453

 Plaza Quilting & Sewing Center
Plaza Quilting & Sewing Center offers a wide range of quality fabrics in the Grants Pass, OR area. We are your one stop shop for all your sewing needs - from silk to cotton and everything in between. Our friendly staff will be glad to attend to your needs.
  • Over 3000 prints
  • 300 solid
  • Classes
  • Great selection of books and quilting aids
  • Sewing notions
  • Sewing patterns
311 SE 6th Street
Grants Pass, OR  97526
541 479-5757

Redwood Glass Service
REDWOOD GLASS SERVICE specializes in commercial and residential installations, replacements, and retrofitting for windows, screens, storefronts, mirrors, tub and shower enclosures, tabletops, patio doors, and much more. Their mission is to provide every customer with superior glass and screen products along with exceptional sales and service. They have been in business since 1981 and pride themselves on providing the largest selection of glass and screens in Grants Pass and surrounding areas.

On any size job large or small they offer fast, prompt, & courteous service. On auto they guarantee no leaks! On homes they offer quality windows, doors, mirrors, shower doors. On Auto's & RV's, insurance work is their specialty. They are glass specialists when it comes to motor homes. They offer excellent service on store fronts: plate glass, windows & doors, insulated glass, screens, polycarbonate, plexiglass. They also offer one day service in most cases.

1886 Demeray Drive
Grants Pass, OR  97526
541 476-8101

 Roe Motors GM

Roe Motors is a family owned and operated Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealership that has been serving Southern Oregon since 1983.  Their philosophy is to take great care of their customers while giving back to the community they serve.

201 NE 7th Street
Grants Pass, OR  97526
866 919-5571

 Rough and Ready Lumber Company

Rough and Ready is the only remaining sawmill in Josephine and Jackson counties.  During the early 1940's there were more than two dozen sawmills operating in the Illinois Valley alone.  Rough and Ready's success is remarkable when you consider all of the government controls working against them. 

Perpetua Forests Company, a sister company of Rough and Ready Lumber celebrated a milestone last winter when they plant their millionth seedling.

30365 Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR  97523
541 592-3116
 Southern Oregon Sanitation

Southern Oregon Sanitation is a 60-year-old, family owned and operated business specializing in waste management systems. The firm’s key component is in residential waste. With 24,000 customers and the motto “Anything people want to get rid of, we want to be the solution,” the SOS team has not only established itself as the neighborhood garbage company, but also a pro-active business concerned about the environment. For example, the SOS management team has partnered with local businesses and organizations to promote safe and green waste systems. Partners include the DEQ, Rogue Waste and Sparc Enterprises, among others.

Over the years, SOS Sanitation has significantly increased its capacity to serve Josephine County and surrounding areas, including territories in Jackson County. The goal is to consistently develop approaches to waste management that are efficient, cost effective and sustainable.

541 479-5335