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The Autumn 2013 edition of the Old-Timer. The newsletter from the Josephine County Historical Society.

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  • 1. THE OLD-TIMER Volume 50 Number 4 Newsletter of the Josephine County Historical Society We have a date NOVEMBER Nov 5 Events/Players Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 5:30 PM Nov 5 Board Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 7:00 PM Nov 16 Annual Meeting & Membership Pizza Social, Fruitdale Grange 3-5 PM, 1440 Parkdale Dr. GP DECEMBER Dec 3 Events/Players Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 5:30 PM Dec 3 Board Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 7:00 PM Dec 21 Christmas Past. Schmidt House & Barn 1:00-4:00 PM See Flyer, page 9 Dec 21 Book Signing. Research Library 1:00-4:00 PM See Flyer, page 13 JANUARY Jan 7 Events/Players Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 5:30 PM Jan 7 Board Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 7:00 PM FEBRUARY Feb 4 Events/Players Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 5:30 PM Feb 4 Board Meeting, Schmidt Barn, 7:00 PM Autumn 2013 Letter from the President, Rick Marshall Another year has come and gone. I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed. It seems as though I was taking the Oath of Office just a few months ago. That being said, I would like to thank all of the members of the Josephine County Historical Society (JCHS) for your support this past year, especially the Board of Directors. As everyone knows, it takes a very special kind of person to volunteer their time and energy supporting any organization or activity. And, I have to say the volunteers within the JCHS are some of the very best that I have ever had the privilege of working with. It would be difficult to mention everyone who has significantly contributed to the success we have enjoyed this past year, I would like, however, to mention just a few, beginning with the office staff. I cannot adequately express the respect and admiration I have for these wonderful ladies. The number of volunteer hours, hard work and dedication that Joan Momsen and Pat Heumann have contributed to the JCHS is invaluable. The efficiency of the office staff, Martha Metcalf and our Executive Director, Rose Scott cannot be over-estimated. Their value to the JCHS can only be appreciated when one looks back at how efficiently the office runs as well as how smoothly the entire Historical Society runs as a whole. If it were not for these wonderful ladies, JCHS would not be what it is today. Next, I would like to recognize and thank all of our superb Living History Players. The renowned success of this program can be directly attributed to Cindy English and Teresa Santucci. Seldom will you see two more dedicated women working countless hours, ensuring the society is producing new and interesting historical programs. I have heard nothing but rave reviews whenever our living history players perform within the community. I would also like to give special recognition to our Events Coordinator, Linda Fuidge. Due to her organizational skills and attention to detail, we have enjoyed another very successful year. I have first-hand knowledge of the behind-the-scenes work that Linda goes through to ensure each and every event is a success. I would be remiss if I did not recognize Wendy Swanson for her efforts as our Webmaster and bookshop coordinator. If you have not logged on to the JCHS website at please do so. Wendy has developed and maintains a professional-looking web page, which keeps everyone informed of all the happenings within the society as well as future events, and information on the latest books that are available for sale in the library. There is one other person I wish to recognize, and that would be Jean Boling. Jean was and is a valuable member of the society. Although she has moved away from the area, she stays in contact with us and is responsible for the publication of our quarterly newsletter. Continued on page 12
  • 2. Letters to the Editor Hello Rose We are pleased to have purchased nine of your commercial use images for our restaurant on Beacon Drive in Grants Pass. So that we can correctly label each of the images, would it be possible to receive a short description of each image and the date it was taken? Thank you so much for being a resource to us as we work to keep the Josephine County alive! Regards, Doug Phillips Senior Director of Marketing Abby's Legendary Pizza Thank you for the great pie and ice cream party! We didn't want pie and we didn't think at the time to pay anyway! So here is our pie $ a little late! We had a great time. Kathy & John McFadden Dear Joan, Thank you and the JC Historical Society for my oneyear membership. After living in Grants Pass for three years, it is something I have been meaning to do. Thanks again for the membership. You may call me if you need any help. Dottie Doehre Concerning "The Oldtimer" Writing you to inform you that I am unable to receive this great publication via I avoid using a computer. I’m sending you a check for $10.00 to continue sending me this "Oldtimer" as stated in your last mailing. Thanks so much -- would really hate not receiving the "Oldtimer" by mail. Sincerely, Joan C. Blankenburg Cindy English and Barbara Fleming-Forbes We want to thank you for coming to our Women's Spring Tea. Your sharing was very interesting and informative. We can be very thankful that we didn't live in that era. Again thank you for sharing. Sincerely, The WING'S Ministry Team Hi Cindy! I wanted to tell you (and hopefully you can pass it along to all of the living history players that so graciously volunteered their time), that you guys took the cake and were a favorite guest speaking group for the campers. The kids absolutely raved about everyone's visits. The clothes were a perfect tie in to that as well, as the kids had such a great time trying on outfits. It sounded like a fun idea and the proof is in the pudding.....this pudding was awesome! I can't thank you enough for your help and such seamless coordination. I hope this first year of partnership is one of many for the coming years! Please pass our sincere thanks on to all at the Josephine County Historical Society! 2 Josephine County Historical Society See you soon, Cindy. Cory Alvis, Education Outreach Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center Hi Joan, From what I have heard about the Schmidt House as one of the tour "kitchen" it seems to have been a good choice. Evidently it was a first time visit for some. I have had a reply from Merry that she really enjoyed working with you and Jan and learning about the house. Which Jan was working with you - just curious. I thought Sybil and Susanne Wicklin were helpers. On another note, I regret that I didn't get to our last Branch meeting and missed your presentation. I heard from someone that it was very good. Sincerely, MaryLou Dear Editor Widdison (Daily Courier). I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the "Sundays Make History" by Joan Momsen. I've only lived in Jackson/Josephine County since 1996 so reading the history of the area, plus extra fun tidbits is always entertaining. Thank you so much for including the page of history in your newspaper. I especially enjoyed Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 article on the 1963 phone directory. I loved the explanations and the added yellow page listings. Sincerely, Patricia Speelman THE OLDTIMER Is the newsletter of the Josephine County Historical Society 512 S.W. Fifth St. Grants Pass, OR 97526 (541) 479-7827 Email: Website: Webmaster: Wendy Swanson Editor—Jean Boling Annual dues are $20 and include a subscription. Library/Museum hours: 10AM-4PM, Tuesday-Friday MISSION The Josephine County Historical Society is a non-profit, educational association organized to collect, preserve, interpret and research local history and to encourage public interest in the history of Josephine County.
  • 3. From the Museum Each fall the American Association of University Women sponsors a Kitchen Tour to raise money for their scholarships. This year the Schmidt House was on the tour to show the contrasts in kitchens from the modern times to 100 years ago. Vistors put on booties to tour each of the seven homes. They were directed to the kitchen in each house where a kitchen volunteer oversaw the viewing. The tour members got a special look at the Schmidt House Museum. They sat on the front porch and put on their “hospital” booties so no dirt was tracked into the house. They entered, showed their ticket booklet and were guided through the downstairs area. Joan Momsen met each group of people from just one person to six or seven, guided them through the entry room into the dressing room with the claw foot bathtub, past the pantry and into the kitchen. Each room was briefly described. The viewers then went thru the butler’s panty ( serving room between kitchen and dining room) and into the dining room where the table had been decorated by AAUW for a formal dinner. Jan Greenblat then took them into the parlor, through the front room where the Schmidt Grocery Store items are exhibited, circled into the adjoining room and back thru the dining room and out the back door where they had ginger cookies and hot apple cider, removed their booties and continued on to the next stop on the tour. The Josephine County Historical Society volunteered the Schmidt House so a different variety of people could view it. Many asked if they could come back and see the entire house. The people who took the Kitchen Tour were pleased with the old house and one woman even said she was going to go home and kiss her food processor. The Schmidt House is probably one of the few houses in Grants Pass where the bathtub is visible from the kitchen. Joan Momsen arranges the dining table. The dining table was set with a formal service. Josephine County Historical Society 3
  • 4. From the Living History Players Briefly…. The 2012 Suffrage presentation by the Living History Players was presented several times and received well by the organizations that viewed the presentation. This year and into next year, the LHPs are doing a “Roaring Twenties” presentations for clubs, assisted living groups, luncheons, etc. Here are some photos of the “actors” preparing for the first presentation at Oak Lane. Joan Dougherty and Cindy English outside Oak Lane, ready to be Flappers. Gangsters and Gun Molls, oh my! Rick Marshall and Ed English wait to be called “on stage”. 4 Josephine County Historical Society
  • 5. From the Living History Players by Teresa Santucci and Cindy English, LHP Co-Chairs JAZZ! All that Jazz!! Can you hear it? Are your toes tapping? The Living History Players were asked if they have a presentation on the Roaring Twenties. We said that we don’t presently have such a presentation but it was a very exciting idea to put one together. And off we went! We have about a dozen or more Players involved – WWI soldier, Flappers, Gangsters, G-Men and even a poor couple devastated by the “Crash of ‘29.” We’ve enjoyed doing the research about Grants Pass and Josephine County during Prohibition and even earlier. We’ve located underground tunnels and former speakeasies and learned how to make moonshine!! Finding the costumes and props to add to the presentation has been great fun. We’ve only done one presentation but have a few more scheduled in the next couple of months. Rumor has it that our wild and crazy Flapper girls are learning the “Charleston” for our next presentation. In addition to all of this, Joan Momsen continues to be the most requested Living History Player for her incredible knowledge and ability to talk about any facet of history of Grants Pass and Josephine County. Barb Forbes and Cindy English have done their “Victorians’ Secrets” presentation for the Crimson Jewels Red Hatters of Grants Pass and for another group of Red Hatters in Central Point. Red Hatters are the best audience for this presentation! We are pleased to have Dennis Hotchkiss back with us and he has already done a presentation for the Grants Pass Lions Club, helped with a local church’s 125th Anniversary celebration, and worked Graveyard Tour. About half a dozen of us helped the First Christian Church celebrate their very special event. Fall Wine Stroll saw a handful of our Players serving wine and food and being sociable. The Schmidt House kitchen was one of the kitchens featured on the annual “AAUW Kitchen Tour.” A few of our Players were there to tell the story of the Schmidt Family and talk about Hannchen’s German kitchen and explain some of the tools, utensils and cabinetry that Claus built himself. Our biggest event of the year, Graveyard Tour, involved about a dozen of our Players in key roles and several others assisting with crowd control, ticket sales, set-up and clean-up. Once, again the event was very successful thanks to Chairs Rick Marshall and Linda Fuidge. Come and join our Living History Players. We really have a great time. Joan Dougherty and Kathy Marshall stand on either side of Flapper Sharron Hatfield. Tina Carver tries to teach the Flappers the words to the Charleston! Josephine County Historical Society 5
  • 6. History at the Center In 1898 the Ladies Aid Society of the First Christian Church completed a red and white quilt with the embroidered names of the local businesses who donated to their fund raiser. The names of the businesses are listed below. The quilt was displayed at the Oregon State Fair and the story recounted in a December 2, 1898 Courier article. It was then put on display at the Sugar Pine Door and Lumber Company on the corner of 6th and G Streets. After the city celebration “Wheels of Commerce” ended, the quilt was carefully stored away and eventually given to the Josephine County Historical Society for safekeeping. When the First Christian Church celebrated its 125th Anniversary, Sept. 6, 2013, JCHS loaned the quilt for display at the church. The event was attended by members of the JCHS Living History Players. The quilt was “chaperoned” by JCHS members who also are members of the First Christian Church, Louise Lydon and Pat Heumann. Louise has been a weekly visitor to the JCHS Research Library for the past couple of years, researching the history of her church and Pat is on the JCHS Board of Directors and a full-time volunteer at the Society 1898 Grants Pass businesses embroidered on the quilt: Pine Grocers Cramer Bros. Hardware Wolke Hardware and Mining Supplies Jewell Hardware Co. Calhoun Grocery B & M Grocery A.E. Wade Grocery J.E. Peterson, Fire, Life and Accident Ins. Carbon Portrait Studio A. P. Harth, DDS Dr. J.S. Moon D. Jackson, Dentist W.F. Kremer Drugs and Stationery Rogue River Courier Ahlf Meat Market Lumber and Fruit Boxes, S.P.D.L. Co. J. Hackett, Harness and Saddles Lister and Calvert, Livery & Feed Linda Fuidge, Leslie Culp, Jan Greenblat and Cindy English examine the 115 year old quilt in the church sanctuary Stable Livery & Feed Stable, L. D. Fay Hotel Josephine, J.O.Booth, Prop. Layton Hotel, Johnson Bros. Prop. Mrs. E. Coburn, Dressmaking Ella Trimball, French Art Mrs. G. Crockett, Kensington Work Sarah B. Goodman, French Laundry Mrs. John Hall, Furnished Rooms Mrs. J.R. Pigney, Furnished Rooms Mrs. Weidman, Millinery Mrs. E. Williams, Dressmaking J.G. Schmidt Grants Pass Cigar Factory Thomas Butts Placer Notions Major Abe Axtell Mrs. Attiz Knight 9th Dist Mngr. Y.P.S.C.E. T.B. Elliot Street Supt. A.F. Eastman, Transfer & Delivery Roy Bartlett County Clerk New Water Light & Power Co. A.K. Russ Grocery Johnson & Son Grocery Wells Fargo Express Co. W.T. Perkins, Agt. M. Clemons, Druggist W.F. Flannigan, Physician & Surgeon N.E. McGrew Praying G.P. & C.C. Telephone, T.H. Warford H.C. Perkins, State Mineral Surveyor Mrs. Rehkopf Variety Store W.E. Dean Dry Goods Notions 6 Josephine County Historical Society
  • 7. History at the Center R.L. Coe & Co. Dry Goods J.D. Hayes, Dry Goods S.C.S. Louis, Jeweler Dixon & McCrosky, Dry Goods P. H. Harth & Son Clothing F. Fetsch & Co., Tailoring Lost Flat Mine, Taylor and Crow, Props. Hoeston Mine, F. Hoeston, Supt. Alexander and Bent Mine, Benestahl Mary E. Ledge, C. Taylor Prop. W.C. Woolfolk, Miner Golden Mine, Wm. Ruble Chetco Mining Co, Bert Rowe Mgr. Oro Fino Mine, C.D. Crane, Supt. Junior Christian Church C.E. Alva Rowley, Grants pass, Age 84 Trimble and Barker, Blacksmithing City Hotel, B.W. Williams J.A. Jennings, Insurance. Crescent City Stage Line, J.C. Harper, Mgr. H.T. Uttley, Carpenter Geo. Estes, R.R. Station Agent Leslie Culp and Linda Fuidge led a group of Living History Players to the church. Louise Lydon in front of church Josephine County Historical Society 7
  • 8. From Events by Cindy English Horse and Carriage Rides at Christmas I am sad to say that our friends Roger and Michelle Owen no longer have their horse and carriage business. One of their beautiful draft horses died a few months ago. They sold the other horse and the carriage. I have sent them a note telling them how sad we are for them and how much we appreciated their support of our Christmas event at the Schmidt House each year. Consequently, we are without a horse and carriage for our annual event. Do any of you know of someone who might have a horse and wagon or carriage and be willing to give rides for our event this year? If so, please call Linda Fuidge, 541-479-5398, e-mail: the or Cindy English, 541-476-8712, e-mail: From the Board The Member Appreciation Breakfast 8 Josephine County Historical Society
  • 9. Buy your friends and loved ones a chance to win a Gold Mine! Have you ever given scratch off tickets or lottery tickets for gifts? Terrible odds aren’t they? So why not give a chance at a genuine gold mine with fantastic odds?! The Josephine County Historical Society will raffle the historic Pyx mine. This is a lode (hardrock) claim close to the Rogue River, and easily accessible by car! The two main adits (tunnels) are level and you can walk standing erect through them for hundreds of feet. . The Pyx mine has not been worked for many years, as it was last used when gold was only $300 an ounce, and it was sort of “lost in the shuffle” when a large mining consortium was dissolved. By chance, the Josephine County Historical Society was looking for a fundraiser for our nonprofit services when we came upon this tremendous discovery! Your odds are great, as only 1999 tickets will be sold, and when you consider that they are only $5 each or 6 tickets for $25, the chances are excellent to win the mine, or one of 20 additional prizes. If you win it, and decide not to keep it and work it, we will gladly purchase it back for $550 (this amount can be given tax free). Tickets can be purchased in our Research Library, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 4:00; Armadillo Mining Shop, 2041 NW Vine Street, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00; or online at our website, The drawing will be held after all tickets are sold or April 30, 2014, whichever comes first. There are less than 600 chances remaining, so get your tickets soon! Many of the tickets are being purchased by the gold mining community, so you know it is a valuable claim! Yes! That’s a gold quartz vein!
  • 10. The Graveyard Tour—Photos by Gary Swanson Alberta Patton by Linda Ralph Claus and Hannchen Schmidt by Neil and Candy Kaiser Amos Voorhies by Rick Marshall Dr. Sherman Loughridge by Irv Vodovoz Eva Weatherbee by Jodi Wainwright Jesse Applegate by Mike Anzalone Indian Mary by Andrea Dougan Nathan and Mary Dodge by Dennis Hotchkiss and Lynne Reardon Joe Dysert by Roger Ramsey Rosa Orme by Tina Carver “Tin Lizzie” Opal Gentner by Lyn Snell
  • 11. Letter from the President (cont’d) As I have alluded to, this has been another very successful year for the Historical Society. Here are just a few of our accomplishments: • We have continued to improve and conduct (free) historic downtown walking tours • Tina Carver has developed a power point presentation of the walking tour and has made several presentations throughout the year • E Clampus Vitus: has continued to preserve the historical information through the county by erecting permanent granite markers. This year the Clampers erected a granite marker at Indian Mary Park, as well as stabilizing a sign at the Haines Apple Tree • The Clampers were also responsible for preparing and serving the Pioneer Breakfast we conducted as part of our member appreciation event • I hope everyone has noticed the facelift the library has received this year. The paint selection was made by Kathy Marshall and the members of the paint committee • Roger Ramsey was once again involved in the Annual tree planting • Gold Mine Raffle: Gary Swanson • City Council honored Joan Momsen for her latest Book “Images of Grants Pass” (Available in our Bookshop/ Library and on-line) • I hope you did not miss the Oregon Public Broadcast airing of “Oregon's Experience, Capturing Oregon's Frontier” featuring Joan Momsen & Greg Walters • Thanks to Cindy English, several of our Living History Players were involved in Wildlife Images Camp EEK (Education & Environment for Kids) • Our LHP’s were keep busy through the year conducting: a Suffrage Presentation, a very popular Victorian Secrets presentation, and our latest Roaring 20's presentation • Wendy Swanson has been very busy with the historical Society Library Bookshop and has upgraded several of our books to softcover bound books, e-books, as well as a Bookshop Newsletter called "Bookin’ with Josephine" • We have several new plants and trees thanks to member donations and Ray & Peg Prag's Forest Farm • Many of you probably have noticed the old maple tree located on “J” Street was cut down this past year. This was due to the fact that the tree was dying and was considered a safety hazard for those visiting the Schmidt house or walking along “J” Street. The old stump, left after the removal of the tree, was ground down by Leon Hurd. Two new maple trees were donated by City Parks & Recreation's Tree Canopy Program and planted in the same area. • We were finally able to complete the restoration and framing of the Quigley Paintings. A big thank you to Gary and Wendy Swanson for taking on this project and organizing the exhibit. • Speaking of the Quigley paintings, I would like to thank Elaine and Ralph Campbell of Alexander’s Frame Shop for the wonderful job they did framing these paintings and Bob Eding for his fine restoration work. • These are just a few of the many accomplishments the Historical Society has completed this past year. As you know any organization that becomes stagnate is doomed to failure. It takes individuals with dedication, leadership, a desire to improve and move forward that will ensure success. I believe that our next President, Gary Swanson, displays these and many more positive attributes. I have been fortunate to have him as my Vice-President/President-Elect. And I am looking forward to working with him this coming year. Last but not least, I would like to thank every member of the Josephine County Historical Society for your interest in the Historical Society and in preserving the history of Josephine County. If it were not for you we would not exist. In closing, I again wish to thank each and every member of the Josephine County Historical Society, Board of Directors for your dedication and support. Your efforts have made my job as President easy and very enjoyable. Rick Marshall 12 Josephine County Historical Society
  • 12. Saturday, December 21st 1:00 PM—4:00 PM 512 SW 5th Street Joan Momsen Kerby Jackson Wendy Swanson
  • 13. In Appreciation For Member Donations Matching Gifts Jeanette Rhodes Whitfield Smith Diana Hale Michael & Suzanne Peil Ruth Conroy Carol Meek Davis & Shirley Stanger AW & Darlene Casteel Ellen Starr Lois Gates Joanne Payne Keith & Anita Britton Richard & Carol Smith Frank Sprinkle John & Kathy McFadden Judith Krohn Sean Malloy Jean Boling Sustaining Members Ed & Cindy English Ray & Marilyn DeBolt Patricia Soles Larry & Ranae Thornton Business Member Renewals K. Nugent DBA Agness Mini Storage City of Grants Pass Rough & Ready Lumber Darren Huddleston, DMD B. Crouse DBA Ft. Vannoy Farms, Inc. LHP Presentations Pie and Ice Cream Social Volunteers: Chair Linda Fuidge, Lee Babineaux, Sherry Bullock, Arlette Butler, Tina Carver, Leslie Culp, Joan Dougherty, Ed & Cindy English, Ginny Graetch, Jan Greenblatt, Pat Heumann, Kathy & Richard Marshall, Joan Momsen, Lyn Snell, Gary & Wendy Swanson, and Dennis Hotchkiss Dennis Hotchkiss at the Lion’s Club Roaring 20s Presentation: Richard & Kathy Marshall, Joan Momsen, Ed & Cindy English, Steve Wharton, Lyn Snell, Christina Carver, Joan Dougherty, Arlette Butler, Ron & Sharron Hatfield at Oak Lane Retirement First Christian Church 125th Anniversary: Leslie Culp, Cindy English, Linda Fuidge, Jan Greenblatt, Dennis Hotchkiss, Richard Marshall Wine Stroll: Chair, Linda Fuidge, Leslie Culp, Jan Greenblatt, Gary & Wendy Swanson AAUW: Joan Momsen & Jan Greenblatt at the Schmidt House LHP presentations at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and #Education Center: Coordinator, Cindy English, Andrea Dougan, Pat Soles, Lyn Snell, Jim Thorpe, Ellie Pulikonda, Joan Dougherty, Neil and Candy Kaiser Cindy English & Barbara Fleming Forbes at Shady Ladies Red Hatters of The Meadows in Central Point Graveyard Tour: Mike Anzalone, Dennis Hotchkiss, Lynne Reardon, Linda Ralph, Irv Vodovoz, Roger Ramsey, Andrea Dougan, Jody Wainwright, Sherry Bullock, Neil & Candy Kaiser, Lyn Snell, Tina Carver, Richard Marshall, Lee Babineaux, Kathy Marshall, Teresa Santucci, Patricia Heumann, Linda Fuidge, Joan Momsen, The Young Marines and CERT THANK YOU ALL!