Category Archives: Early History

Early history of Garden Home prior to 1900.

Lumen H. Nichols and Ann M. Nichols

  The circa 1890s photo of the first general store and post office in Garden Home shows Mr. Lumen H. Nichols standing against the picket fence.  The building has a cough remedy poster and a typical “Wanted” poster attached to … Continue reading

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History of the early Patton family

[Editor’s note: Ole Oleson and his wife, Polly Philena Patton Oleson were early pioneers in Garden Home.  They owned a number of properties in the north Oleson Road area.  They had one son and seven daughters who married into various Schalk, Wolf, Stark, … Continue reading

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Living on Maplewood Road

Growing up in Maplewood meant that we rode the “Blue Bus”, Tualatin Valley Stages- either Garden Home – Maplewood, or Garden Home –Metzger.  My family lived on the southwest end of Maplewood, which was the closest to Garden Home.  In … Continue reading

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The other “Garden Home Road”

While searching the University of Oregon’s 1846-2015 database of Oregon newspapers for interesting Garden Home stories, we stumbled across a tragic story on the front page of the November 2, 1903 Morning Oregonian (PDF) about a 1903 Halloween-night slaying near Bertha…on the … Continue reading

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Olive Philena Oleson and Lillian Oleson Harris Ruhl

Olive Philena Oleson 1891-1985 and Lillian Oleson Harris Ruhl 1893-1995 Talking over old times . . . Of the eight children born to Ole and Polly Oleson, the sisters Lillian and Olive may have been the most adventurous. Lillian, two … Continue reading

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Henry and Elizabeth Tucker

HENRY TUCKER and WILLIAM CLEMMENS LAND CLAIMS Henry and Elizabeth Tucker, along with the youngest 5 of their 6 children and Elizabeth’s father, Samuel McKay came to Oregon as part of a wagon train in 1852.  The southern section of … Continue reading

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Garden Home Post Office

According to the book, Oregon Post Offices, 1847-19821, the Garden Home Post Office was first established March 6, 1882. It was then discontinued or had a change of designation on Jan. 31, 1904. It was then reestablished Oct. 26, 1912.  On Feb. 28, … Continue reading

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History of the Historic Oregon Electric Railway Segment of the Fanno Creek Trail

In 1847, a pioneer from Missouri named Augustus journeyed to the Oregon territory. He traveled the Tualatin Plains Indian Trail searching for land for a homestead. He eventually chose a spot not far from Garden Home with fertile lowlands and a stream … Continue reading

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Charles and Musetta Adams

Memoirs from an afternoon visit with Culmer “John” Adams and his wife Lucille Family Charles’ father came out first and got a job at the freight depot. About a year later, the rest of the family followed. Charles, the grandfather, worked for … Continue reading

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History of Garden Home written by students in 1962

The following Garden Home history  was written by seventh grade students  in 1962.  It was apparently presented publicly by the PTA at a Founder’s Day event, 1964.   We have an original quite faded copy with the name Dorothy Meisner at … Continue reading

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Mary Helen Himes Koeber

Mary Helen Himes Koeber (1913-     ) Centenarian Mary Helen Himes (born Sept. 28, 1913) and her mother Vera L. Prince Himes (died 1988) and father Claridge Holcomb Himes (died in accident 1927) moved to Garden Home for two … Continue reading

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Garden Home P.T.A. Minutes, 1934-1941

Early Garden Home School: Thanks to Mildred Stevens, we have a wonderful book of the Garden Home School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) minutes during the 1930s. The book is all hand-written and the minutes for a meeting usually take two to three … Continue reading

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Ruth Martin’s history of Garden Home (written 1959)

This history of Garden Home was written by Ruth Martin which was included in the Extension book of 1959 celebrating Oregon’s 100 years of statehood: A Centennial History of Washington County Oregon. It is included here with permission from her … Continue reading

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Olive Stott Gabriel, suffrage advocate

Garden Home is fortunate to have a number of old homes still standing each with its own intriguing history. One of these homes sits just back from Garden Home Road between S.W. 77th and 78th Avenues. When the house was built, probably … Continue reading

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The “Old” Garden Home Community Church

In 1918, the original Garden Home Community Church was built facing onto Garden Home Road at the corner of Royal which is now SW 71st. The professional office building occupies this area now. From 1914 through 1917 the church people first … Continue reading

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Hunt Club, Riding Academies

The Portland Hunt Club, Portland Riding Academy, Nicol Riding Academy and Aaron Frank’s stables were all within touching distance of each other, so they will be covered together.  So you can tell who the ‘interviewees’ are, so to speak, Don … Continue reading

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Don Smith

March 29, 2010, Rev. 2012 Don Smith is a retired golf pro who worked at the Portland Golf Club, Golf Land, Eastmoreland Golf course and at the national headquarters of the P.G.A. in Florida. Early days: Don was in second grade … Continue reading

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Mathew Patton

Mathew Patton (Nov 15, 1805 to Sep 17, 1892) was the father of John Patton (Mar 27, 1821 to Dec 23, 1864) and grandfather of Polly Philena Patton Oleson (Jan 19, 1856 to Oct 11, 1934), wife of the “original” … Continue reading

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The 1800s, Early Garden Home

Did you know the Indians in our area were the Atfalati Indians? Another name they were known by was the Tualatin Indians, and they relocated their camps whenever they needed a new source of plants for their food and medicines. Game was plentiful … Continue reading

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John Alden and Elise Berthe Schalk Oleson

Robin Robinson is a great grandson of Ole and Polly Philena Oleson. Robin and his twin brother Roy were born at Good Samaritan Hospital in 1937. His sister was named Joyce. He lived in Garden Home as a young child and grew … Continue reading

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