You Are Invited!
On Friday August 15 the Josephine County Historical Society will present
"The History of the Short Line Rail Road" as a power point presentation.
This approx 1 hour long presentation will be at Valley of the Rogue Park
starting 8:30 pm (we will be waiting for sunset). This event is free and open
to the public, you need not be a camper and Day-Use area is no-charge.
Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or low lawn chairs to sit on as
seating is on the grass.
"Ol' One Spot"
Living History Player, Christina Carver will bring to you a piece of yesterday
about the proposed railroad between Grants Pass, OR and Crescent City, CA.
Pictures, commentary and stories from a by-gone era will be plentiful for
those who decide to join us.
For more information contact;
Christina Carver 541-507-7618 firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley of the Rogue Park 541-582-3128
Josephine County Historical Society 541-479-7827
|The Pie and Ice Cream Social was a lot of fun this year. We had some fantastic entertainment and a wonderful selection of tasty pies. Thank you to everyone who helped make is a great success!|
You can help Josephine County Historical Society earn donations
just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
| Here is another way you can help the Society at no cost to you!|
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!
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.
|HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
A Walk Through History
Grants Pass, Oregon
by Joan Momsen
is now available!
| Help Wanted:
Checking in the costume pieces donated. Making sure that the costumes checked out are returned in good shape and clean.
It won't take much of your time and we really need the help!
Please give us a call at 541 479-7827 for more details.
A big thanks to our business supporters who helped make "A Walk Through History" possible:
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.
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!
Meet Armadillo Mining Shop
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
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 97526541 476-0009
Gates Home Furnishings
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
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
700 SW 6th Street
| 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
| Plaza Quilting & Sewing Center
Grants Pass, OR 97526
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
| 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
| 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.
Cave Junction, OR 97523
| 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.