Category Archives: Memoirs

Memoirs written by residents

Fanno family biography

Fanno is an important name here in our southwest Portland community. The Fanno Creek Trail follows the historic Oregon Electric Railroad track bed that crosses Fanno Creek. The trail then connects to the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s (THPRD) … Continue reading

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T. E. Hills (U.S. Civil War veteran)

The name of Mr. T.E. Hills comes up in various accounts of early Garden Home. He lived in the older two-story blue house (Dickson home) on Oleson Road at Shirley Lane, 7730 SW Oleson Road, back in the early 1900s. His … Continue reading

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Don Krom memoir

My parents were George and Harriet McNamara Krom.  My family moved from Wisconsin to Garden Home in 1946 when I was 3 years old.  We bought the house on 7 acres of fruit orchard which was located on the NE … Continue reading

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Godwin Family

Jannette Godwin (Wassenberg now) married Jack Godwin and had three children in the 1930s: Jalene, Jean and Jim.  Jalene has been our source for this Godwin material and it is used with her permission. By Jannette Godwin Wassenberg,  2012  (wife … Continue reading

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The Hunt Club, “Memories of Horsing Around Years”

By Patti (Ransom) Waitman-Ingebretsen *The Hunt Club was located on or near the Frank Estate off SW Oleson Rd in the Garden Home area.  Being too young to drive, this writer has no details about location, transportation etc. Teen aged girls … Continue reading

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Memories of Whitney’s Custom Cannery, Circa 1954-56

By Patti (“The Ransom girl” ) Waitman-Ingebretsen, Multnomah Village My family moved to Maplewood in 1950 and our ¼ acre property allowed for a very large garden.  My father, raised on a farm in Corvallis, knew all about gardening and raising … Continue reading

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Memoir of Dorothy Lois Upchurch (1919-2009)

This story about the Upchurch family was sent to us by Dorinda Troutman, from her home in Hamilton, Montana.  Her mother Dorothy Lois Upchurch Hogue Bates was a teenager and young woman when her parents Theresa Boyd Upchurch and her … Continue reading

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Glenn and Isolda Steele

In 1937, Glenn and Isolda Steele relocated to Garden Home from Antelope, Oregon. Isolda worked at the Garden Home School preparing lunches for the children and staff.  In 1939 she reported in the PTA minutes that hot lunches would now … 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 Otto Arndt Story

This complete biography of Otto Arndt and his family was submitted to us by Donna Oliver, his daughter, 2016. Donna gave us the huge cache of aerial photos and negatives of Garden Home and Washington County towns that her father, … Continue reading

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Memories of the Old Community Church

We were pleased to receive the following stories from Dan Nebert and his sister Rosella Nebert Grafton concerning their memories of the old Community Church which was on Garden Home Road and Royal (now 71st), where the one-story professional building … Continue reading

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Yvonne Brod 

I was a PE teacher at Montclair Elementary School from 1975 to 1999.   In 1982 when Garden Home School closed, I remember there was a lot of pressure on the families who had to move their kids to Montclair and Raleigh … Continue reading

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Jan Fredrickson

“Wormwood Manor” is located at 6995 SW 78th and has always intrigued us: large property, an official name, a logo interpreted throughout the property and an air of a country estate. Jan Fredrickson was born and brought home to this … Continue reading

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Veterans of Garden Home

These stories were collected from veterans attending our May 17, 2014 event at the Garden Home Recreation Center celebrating Armed Forces Day. Click here to see all the photos from that event. Al Azar Al and Lou Ann Hickman Azar live … Continue reading

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Mollie Miles – The Years After 1945

Thomas Miles was a consulting engineer with an office in Portland and in need of a home for his family.  Housing was difficult to find after WWII.  One day he and Mollie were driving in the country and ended up … Continue reading

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Carlo Andrew Poutala and Firlock Paints

Carlo lived on SW 78th in Garden Home and manufactured Firlock Paints in his garage. This paint was used on many homes in Garden Home.  The following was his obituary published in the Finnish Brotherhood newsletter.  Reprinted by permission from … 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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Dick Vonada

The Most Awful Class at Garden Home School Our home was on SW 83rd, which was then called Orchard because of the apple and peach orchards growing along each side of the lane. My parents moved here from Portland in … Continue reading

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Bernie Rice recalls working at Whitney’s Cannery

Bernie Rice worked at the Whitney Cannery the two summer seasons after he graduated from Beaverton High School in 1962. The tasks varied but primarily he worked as a “cook.”  This meant he was involved in the actual processing of the food, … Continue reading

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