Summer 2015 News

We’re having a warm summer with record breaking heat in the upper 90s. These photos from John & Marie Pacella’s big garden.

We’ve overhauled the website! We migrated to the WordPress platform with a whole new look and feel. We hope you enjoy the new format. The site features over 130 posts with over 650 photos. We have ceased updating the old website.

2012 Lamb's Garden Home Thriftway, bell tower.

Lamb’s Market Garden Home

With the retirement of Bob Lamb, the “business” of Lamb’s Thriftway has been purchased by the Beaverton area Bales Marketplace stores.  The store will retain the current general operation with improvements to the layouts and services.  Colin Lamb will continue to be the “landlord” and will keep his office at the store.  We are very appreciative of Colin’s help on our history research and becoming a nonprofit.

Nordia House grand opening June 2015. Located on SW Oleson Rd near Fogelbo.

Nordia House grand opening June 2015. Located on SW Oleson Rd near Fogelbo.

Nordia House, the big new Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s cutural center has opened. This large facility, 8800 SW Oleson Road, is located on the southern part of Oleson Road closer to Hall Boulevard, next to Fogelbo. It will provide a variety of activities to the community in addition to the new Scandinavian cafe Broder Soder which will open soon.

THPRD has proposed to honor the late Babette Horenstein, a 17 year veteran of the Park District’s Board in addition to many other community activities, by renaming Hideaway Park with her name.

The Dr. McNeil’s veterinary office has been demolished making room for an apartment building. More information to come.

Thanks to Debbie Bighaus-West for the Simmons, Patton, Oleson family story  in a fascinating account of coming West. Garden Home was officially named in a legal document in 1881. We will post the story soon!

Early 1900's Garden Home Train Depot (view from the east).

Early 1900’s Garden Home Train Depot (view from the east). Courtesy Colin Lamb.

The Multnomah Historical Association has had two recent articles with excellent photos regarding the Oregon Electric trains of the early 1900s. They were first routed on a single set of tracks on the Maplewood trestle through a curve in the heart of Maplewood. This permitted only one train using the tracks at a time. (See also photo on our 2015 calendar, February.) By 1914, the chasm between Garden Home and Multnomah had been filled and the double set of tracks laid in a straight line.

We have completed the IRS requirements for non-profit designation. Our Garden Home History Project now has official Officers and a Board of Directors. We have completed IRS and State of Oregon applications, forms and requirements of the 501-(c) (3) Federal program to qualify as a small non-profit Association. Thanks to Colin Lamb from Lamb’s Markets for professional services. Nathalie Darcy directed our By-laws. Marie Pacella, Patsy Van deVenter and Elaine Shreve completed the process.

Marie Pacella is the new Treasurer. Patsy VandeVenter has done a wonderful job since we started in 2010. Patsy will now be Secretary. Marie will continue keeping the database and mailing out our infrequent emails and newsletters. Thanks to two very dedicated members.

Historic Garden Home street signs are again available. We have recently ordered one new sign and three replacement signs to bring our total to 31 signs. Each new sign helps to brand our interesting historical area. Learn how to order a sign for your street.

Virginia Vanture, Stan Houseman and Nathalie Darcy are developing a program to identify the CENTURY Homes in Garden Home. This promises to be very interesting, probably over a dozen homes were built before 1915. The Hunt Club area has several that were built in the early years of the last century.

We’ve updated the story of the 1944 crash of a P-63 Kingcobra fighter plane in Garden Home. We also describe other notable fighter plane crashes in the area.

Historic Garden Home 2015 Calendar and note card sets are available now. These calendars are great just for the historic photos and text. Order by mail for $12 each. We still have some 2013 and 2014 calendars, $5 for the package of two. Calendars are available locally for $8 at Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway and the Garden Home Library.

Thanks for your comments and memoirs. Your comments at the bottom of each page go directly to our email.

Attend our regular meetings, the second Monday of each month, 3 to 4:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We enjoy the 2 minute history lesson from each member and then get on to our business. Please let me know so I can assure seating: Elaine Shreve 503-246-5879.

About Us!

The Garden Home History Project records and preserves the History of this area. Historic Garden Home is a suburb southwest of Portland, Oregon and mostly contained in unincorporated Washington County. It extends roughly one mile out in each direction from the intersection of Garden Home Road and Oleson Road.

This non-profit organization is chaired by Elaine Shreve, 503-246-5879. Special thanks to our Advisory Group of dedicated volunteers.

We encourage you to send us your stories, photos or artifacts. We can scan photos and return them to you.

Join the Club!

Your donations and calendar sales provide our funds for signs, printing, research, postage and other costs. Our emails (and U.S. postage ) will keep you informed.

Click here to support the project!

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