Category Archives: Historic Events

Historic events in Garden Home

Photos from the Washington County Museum

We recently acquired a trove of historical photos of Garden Home courtesy of the Washington County Museum. We’re still working on stories for some of these photos, but we’re too exicited about them to not share them immediately. Advertisements

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Miles Lowell Edwards, Heart Valve Inventor

The long low industrial building at 6611 SW Multnomah Boulevard, now the home of Power Plumbing, was formerly a research lab where the famed Starr-Edwards heart valve was developed by M. Lowell Edwards and Dr. Albert Starr. From the entry … Continue reading

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Beaverton High School Chronology

Below are excerpts from an extensive chronology of Beaverton High School by Lisa Sandmire, derived from past issues of the Beaverton High newspaper, The Hummer, and other historical sources. 1842: First school in Washington County opens. It was an Indian mission and open … 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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The Closing of Garden Home Elementary School

Garden Home Elementary may have been newer than McKay or Raleigh Hills elementary schools, and there is no doubt that it played a crucial role in making our cross-roads community a memorable part of eastern Washington County. It had a … Continue reading

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Baseball in Garden Home

Baseball narrative posted on the History Board in 2014, featuring baseball in historic Garden Home. Ever since the playing fields appeared at the new Garden Home School in the early 1900s, ball players were there, with pick-up games, recess play, team … 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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The Garden Home Community Library Association

Garden Home Community Library Association is incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation with the purpose of operating and supporting the mission of the Garden Home Community Library. The Board carries full legal responsibility for the nonprofit corporation and … 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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1944 Crash of Lt. Robert Strong’s P-63 Kingcobra fighter plane

We had reports from a number of residents who lived in Garden Home in the 1940s of a fighter plane crash in Garden Home. They recall that they went to the crash site to try to find souvenirs or the … Continue reading

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Dorothy Johnson: Garden Home Recollections

Arrival in Oregon: Pioneers looking for new land and new opportunities describes my family’s arrival in Garden Home in 1941. My father, Gust, mother Jean, sister Shirley and I left Superior, Wisconsin and followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Oregon. The … Continue reading

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Sally Peyton Ford

Ralph O. Peyton family, Sally Peyton Ford, September 2012 You may have turned into Peyton Road and then Griffin Drive when going north on Oleson Road, across from Arranmore, and wondered how these roads got named. Two brothers, Ralph Oscar Peyton and … Continue reading

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Garden Home Church and Community History Speech, 1994

This speech was given by Elaine Shreve on June 5, 1994 at the closing of the Garden Home Community United Methodist Church. This church was located at 7650 SW 81st street. This church has always been an important part of … Continue reading

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Tragedy: Peyton-Allan Murders

Over a half-century ago, a Garden Home family was tragically involved with one of the worst murder stories in Portland history. The Ralph O. Peyton family lived at 6530 SW Griffin Drive with their two sons, Larry and Kenny and daughter … Continue reading

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Clark Stephens

My parents Noble and Bessie (Elizabeth) Stephens moved to Garden Home in 1928. They both were going to business school in Portland. They and friends would go camping in the area before they decided to move out here. Their home is still … Continue reading

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Oscar and Mary Olson

Interviewed March 2010. Oscar and Mary Olson have retired to a lovely complex, Mary’s Woods in Lake Oswego. They have fond memories of Garden Home, a place where they raised their family. They lived most of the time at 7380 S.W. 77th in … Continue reading

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