Category Archives: Dairies

Dairies of Garden Home

History of the Alpenrose Dairy

Alpenrose is the oldest family-owned dairy in Oregon. It was named after a flower in Switzerland, where McKinnon’s family lived before moving to Oregon over 100 years ago. Located off Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, the dairy has … Continue reading

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Stanley Marugg

The old Marugg hay barn, off of south Oleson Road, was the local hang-out for Garden Home kids in the 1930s and 1940s.  Hay bales could be pulled around and stacked into all sorts of forts and tunnels.  Joanne Day … Continue reading

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Bob Feldman

Update: Bob passed away February 22, 2016. Click here to read his obituary. Back in the 1940s, you might have seen young Bob Feldman riding his bike home from Garden Home School precariously toting a pail of slop from the cafeteria to … Continue reading

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Fanno Creek Dairy – Blotters

Blotter advertisements for the Fanno Creek Dairy. Blotters were commonly used when people used wet ink fountain pens. Bob Feldman grew up on this property which was about 55 acres north from Garden Home Road from 87th to 92nd.  They delivered milk to … Continue reading

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Fanno Creek Dairy drawing, photographs

Photographs from Bob Feldman’s family As described in Bob Feldman’s story, he grew up on the Fanno Creek Dairy Farm which was about 55 acres south of Garden Home Road at 88th.  When Bob’s grandparents deeded the property to their … Continue reading

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Doc Hickman

Doc Hickman has been remembered by Robert Feldman, Jack Steele and others as a good friend in the 1940s at Garden Home Grade School. Doc recalls that he lived on a small 21 acre farm with a few cows, chickens and … Continue reading

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The Meeting Tree

A stranger came to the door one evening 20-plus years ago and asked if they could see the Meeting Tree in our backyard. It was the first time we had heard of it. Seems that the dairymen of the area would meet … Continue reading

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Andreas and Magdelana Von Bergen Dairy

Richard Roth and Madeline Benner fondly recall visiting their grandparent’s farm home in Garden Home in the 1930s and 40s. They would travel from their home on Mt. Tabor downtown and then by train out to Garden Home and then walk … Continue reading

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Early Dairies by Pete Gertsch

Following is a brief history of the early dairy industry, written for his family by Pete Gertsch in 1970 or 1971. The Gertsch family established the Shattuck Dairy in the 1890’s just north of Garden Home Road and south of Vermont … Continue reading

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Steve Bauer / Skyhar area

June 4, 2010 Steve Bauer moved into the Garden Home area in 1994. He purchased a home in what is commonly called the Skyhar area although it was originally called the Lingerwood development. He purchased the property from Ed and Janice Hamilton … Continue reading

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Shirley Gertsch Bartels on Peter and Pete Gertsch

Peter Gertsch, his wife Katy Tannler and his brother Fred (known as Fritz) came to Garden Home from Switzerland and settled on property off of Oleson Road sometime in the 1890’s. This property was on the west side of Oleson … Continue reading

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Gerry Frank

Our family home was in southwest Portland on the corner of St. Clair Street and Kings Court near the Council Crest Bridge. I attended Ainsworth Elementary and Lincoln High School, but we spent our summers in Garden Home. Oregon has … Continue reading

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