Lumen H. Nichols and Ann M. Nichols

1890 Post Office and store, Garden Home, Oregon. Mr Nichols, Postmaster.

1890 Post Office and store, Garden Home, Oregon. Mr Nichols, Postmaster.

 

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 the front of the store.

This store and the William Clemmens home are the only two buildings noted on the 1886 Re-Survey of the 1857 Millers-Ferry road.  This survey shows the east-west road as “Nicholl Street”, presumably after the Nichols family, different spelling.  The northbound road is listed as “Rex Street.” Rex Hill is between Newberg and Sherwood off of Pacific Highway 99 and the name of a well-known winery.  Marge Davenport quotes an early  club president of the 1905 Portland Automobile Club in her book Best of the Old Northwest as saying “…improvements were needed to get Portland ‘out of the mud.’  W.J. Clemens also cited work on the Rex Hill, south of Tigardville (now Tigard), which was notoriously bad, as needed ‘to give Portland an opening into the Willamette Valley and to allow tourists from California and Southern Oregon to come to Portland without being mired.”

The store and post office are believed to have been on the SE corner of the intersection.  Ginny Mapes notes in The way it was that “Chris Jager moved the old Nichols building across the road to the Huffaker place” which was located just west of the school property.  He then built the two-story white building on that SE corner of the intersection of what became Garden Home Road and Oleson Road.

The photo of the original post office can also be found in The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious …, By Richard H. Engeman, Pg 149 with the following caption:

A Multnomah County suburban district with a “mildly sentimental” name, Garden Home gained a post office in 1882, and an inter-urban electric railroad to Portland in 1908. Garden Home became the junction point for the Oregon Electric Railway’s lines west to Forest Grove and south to Salem and Eugene. By 1915, with a population estimate of 350, it was reported that “many Portland office men make this their home. Dairying, farming, fruit growing, poultry raising and gardening.” The Portland Hunt Club and the Portland Golf Club were nearby. Garden Home’s exclusive cachet has diminished, the trains went in 1933, the post office closed in 1954 [*], and the area is engulfed in a more generalized suburbia.

* Today, the post office continues inside Lamb’s Garden Home Market.

Lumen Nichols is incorrectly listed as Leeman Nichols on recent documents although he is listed in some older documents and on his gravestone as L.H. Nichols.  The Oregon Post Offices 1847-1952 book  by Richard Helbock lists him as Lumen Nichols as does the following book.

Lumen H. Nichols is profiled in the History of Oregon, an 1893 publication by Rev. H.K. Hines D.D., of hundreds of Oregon’s leading citizens of the time.  Lumen, the eldest of 11 children, was born in 1832 in Vermont and was “economical and industrious” as a child.  His first wife died after 5 years of marriage.  In 1863 he married Anna Thurston.  During the civil war he was listed as a sutler, a person who maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions and supplies to the soldiers.  He also owned a home and carpenter shop for large manufacturing and coopering (building barrels and casks.)

In 1867 Lumen and Anna came to Oregon “by water” as did many other people who were not driving cattle and carrying farm equipment.  He initially bought property in Oswego and then in 1871 came to the Garden Home area where he bought 85 acres of “rich land in a choice locality” on which he resided.

From Oregon Post Offices 1847 – 1982 by Richard W. Helbock, PhD:

[Lumen] built a good store, and in this he keeps a general stock of goods, and attends to the duties of the post office, as he has been the efficient Postmaster for the past ten years…They are highly respected people through the county and are deeply attached to the State where they have passed the last twenty years.

At the Crescent Grove Cemetery on Greenburg, Lumen’s gravestone reads: July 17, 1832-Oct. 17, 1902.  His wife Anna’s stone reads: Dec.-27-1840-Dec.-4-1933.   Their daughter Nellie died after a horse accident, her stone reads: 1875-1890 and shows a horse and girl and tenderly lists her age as 15 years, 6 months, 13 days.

Lumen’s brother George’s tombstone reads: Jan. 4, 1846-May 29, 1876 with this inscription: ‘Tis hard to give thee up dear brother/ To know that we no more shall meet/ Until we too shall cross the river/ Our loving parents there to greet.

Clara Kear is quoted about the store in Garden Home, the way it was by Virginia Mapes as “It carried all kinds of foodstuffs and tools.  It supplied the staples a family would need like sugar and flour… Outside under the trees were two huge barrels.  One was for vinegar.”

Chris Jager was a young Danish man who apparently jumped ship and found his way to Garden Home where he lived with the Nichols.  He was given Power of Attorney for Mrs. Nichols in 1907, after L.H. died in 1902. He platted the first lots and is listed to act for Mrs. Nichols in subsequent land sales. He was said to be “adopted” by Mrs. Nichols and he cared for her as she became more disabled.  She enjoyed time on the front porch with her parrot who famously greeted ladies with “Hello girls, Hello girls.”  The parrot would set up a crying to mimic the sound of a young neighbor boy confined by the fence, to create a great racket.  Chris was a talented civic minded man who built a two-story store with living quarters in the back and community space on the second floor.  This was used for events, dances, church, and the first class of Garden Home school children.  This store was referred to as the White Store to differentiate it from the “Red Store” which was further east on Garden Home Road, across from the train station and switching tracks.  It later became known as Upchurch’s and Throckmorton’s. Click here to read more about Chris Jager and his store.

Tombstone of Christian Jager at Cresenct Grove Cemetery

Tombstone of Christian Jager at Cresenct Grove Cemetery

The Chris Jager tombstone at the Crescent Grove Cemetery reads: Christian N. Jager  1868-1937.  Chris dug a large well at the back of the property and connected pipes to the community for their use.  When problems occurred, the well water was shut off to the community.  Chris was an important resident in developing early Garden Home.

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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 for Miles Lowell Edwards (1898-1982) in the Oregon History Center Oregon Encyclopedia:

On September 21, 1960, Starr successfully inserted a “ball-in-cage” prosthetic valve into a patient’s mitral valve, which was severely diseased because of rheumatic fever.  Within two years, Edwards and Starr had invented a life-saving aortic valve prosthesis, which would save the lives of several hundred thousand patients around the world.  In April 1961, Edwards became an early pioneer in the biomedical high-tech field when he founded Edwards Laboratories in Santa Ana, California, to manufacture high-quality valve prostheses.

Lowell Edwards grew up in Newberg and he himself suffered from rheumatic fever with a very slow but full recovery. Rheumatic fever was a common complication of untreated scarlet fever or a strep throat before the age of antibiotics.

Edwards graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1924.  He worked on various pump problems with Weyerhaeuser Timber and Boeing Aircraft and other businesses.  After retirement in 1947, Edwards began investigating the heart as a pump problem, designing a prosthetic heart.

Edwards began a research relationship with Dr. Albert Starr, a heart surgeon at the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU) in 1958.  Dr. Starr persuaded him to focus on a heart valve instead of the whole heart.

Colin Lamb of Lambs Garden Home Thriftway first notified us of this connection with the heart valve research.  Colin had information from Arne Solberg who was Edwards’ manufacturing chief.  Solberg said that Edwards moved into the “New Building” in 1955 where the early research with Dr. Starr was done.  By the 1960s, Edwards had moved to developing the Edwards Lifesciences laboratories in Santa Ana, California.

Nolan Taira, Director of Global Communications and Brand for Edwards Lifesciences, confirmed that Edwards conducted early research on the Starr-Edwards heart valve at his Garden Home laboratory.

Mike Davis, the owner and developer of Power Plumbing (site of the former research building), confirms that the photo of M. Lowell Edwards taken at a door of the building with corrugated aluminum siding was indeed one of the Power Plumbing buildings.  Mike bought the building from Jerry and Ilene Dorring in 1998.

Editor: Edwards Lifesciences continues to be a leader in cardiac medical device manufacturing. During 2013 heart surgery, I received a bovine aortic heart valve from Edwards Lifesciences Corporation.

Elaine Shreve, November 2016

The Starr-Edwards valve is a silicone ball that is held in a small cage that is sown into the heart.

The Starr-Edwards valve is a silicone ball that is held in a small cage that is sewn into the heart.

We subsequently received this note and photo from Sally McLaughlin, a long-time operating room lead nurse for Dr. Starr and his heart valve replacement surgeries:

I came to OHSU as an Operating Room nurse. Dr. Starr was the new vascular surgeon from New York City.  The general OR staff did his cases.  Margaret Shea oriented me to the current cardiovascular surgeries that were being done.  Dr. Starr was a perfectionist and I soon was scheduled for his cases.  I was able to assist with research procedures which he was doing on the top floor of Mackenzie Hall.

Engineer Lowell Edwards was collaborating with Dr. Starr and developed the first ball/cage heart valve and in 1963 we did the first successful triple heart valve replacement.   I was able to visit the Edwards Laboratory in California where the valve cuffs were meticulously sewn on by hand.  I remember Mr. Edwards as a tall thin quiet man who visited the OR once or twice.

Kathleen Singer “Sally” McLaughlin

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October 2016 News

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find over a hundred stories and over a thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events.

Upcoming Events

November 5, 2016 – Ring that Bell!  Adults and children are invited to ring the historic bell in the Garden Home Thriftway’s bell tower on Saturday, November 5, 10AM to 3PM. This 100 year old bell was first hung in the 1918 Community Church of Garden Home. You will also see historic displays and photos and talk with Garden Home history people. Presented by the Garden Home History Project and hosted by the Garden Home Market staff who will withstand all that bell ringing! Garden Home Market, 7410 SW Oleson Road. Questions: Janice Logan 503-750-9221.

We begin most regular meetings with a 30-minute history presentation at 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd, on the second Monday of the month. Free. We start and end promptly.

  • November 14, 2016 – Enjoy our favorite vintage photos of early Garden Home on Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm. Aerial photos from 1936 and 1956, the old store, school, church, road ruts, baseball teams, dairy cows, Jack’s burro and more!

New stories on website

We’ve posted a photo gallery and a collection stories collected during the August 13, 2016 Beaverton High and Garden Home School Reunion held on a lovely Saturday at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We estimated about a hundred people joined us for the event.

Our Beaverton High School Chronology story contains 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.

Other News

The Beat Goes On Marching Band

The Beat Goes On Marching Band

From Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen  (Maplewood girl)….Attention Garden Home and Beaverton HS alums – Here is your chance to play your instrument once again with others from your era.  Garden Home Rec Center gym is the location for rehearsals of “The Beat Goes on Marching Band”, ages 18 and older who played in high school, college, military bands.  This is your chance to enjoy our favorite rehearsal venue (Garden Home). We are the one having way too much fun and we invite you to join us. The band also includes color guard, dance and majorettes so we invite all to check out our website and let us know so we can welcome you.  Also, in exchange for allowing TBGO to utilize rehearsal spaces in the building, TBGO band members are volunteers who decorate and serve at Garden Homes\ yearly  December Holiday event. Visit TheBeatGoesOnMB.org for more info.

We have identified Century Homes in Garden Home that were built before 1916. The program is meant to honor and appreciate the older homes in our community and the role they’ve played in our history. The home owners have been notified that they may participate in this program of a small ceremony of placing a Century Home plaque beside the front door and accepting a nice pamphlet with the history of Garden Home and their home. The attractive plaque notes the age of the house and does not affect the sale or any changes in the property.

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Get your Historic Garden Home t-shirt now for just $14 for small to XL. Larger XXL and XXXL sizes are $17. There is an additional charge of $9 to mail your shirt. They’re fun! Available at the Garden Home Market Place.

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter ($140) for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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Detailed chronology of Beaverton High School

Below is a collection of notes about the history of Beaverton High School prepared by Lisa Sandmire for the Beaverton High School centennial celebration. She used Beaverton High School’s archive of past issues of The Hummer and other sources as noted. We obtained Lisa’s notes in July 2016. We thank Lisa for permission to publish her notes here.

1842

First school in Washington County opens. It was an Indian mission and open to all.

1852

Mary Ann Spencer Watts holds classes in a log cabin near her home in Beaverton. She came from Cincinnati, Ohio via Cape Horn on a boat trip that took 6 months.

1871

More than 250 people in Beaverton. New school is a 1 room frame structure, 2 rooms came later. Pot bellied stoves provided heat and there was no plumbing. A 6 foot fence was needed to keep livestock out of the play yard.

1890

Total costs for the school for the year, including salaries, were $635.25. Student population was 146.

1906

School board forbids football on school grounds. School has 3 rooms and a 9th grade. The board purchased 2 pans for students to drain their umbrellas in.

1908

New woodshed for school cost $108.00. 39 new desks cost $179.00. 10th grade was added. 4 room, 2 story structure with full cement basement with heating and ventilation was built to house grad and high school through 1915.

1911

School clock, a gong, 6 dozen noiseless erasers and a drum purchased.

1915

School removed to make room for the new high school. Cost of new school: $21,500. It is 3 stories, 21 rooms, (no additions made until student body reaches 400). Fall of 1915 a junior class was added.

1916

Beaverton High becomes a standard, 4 year high school. US elects the first woman to congress

1917

The US entered WWI, declaring war on Germany.

1918

The 1918 flu pandemic infected 500 million people worldwide, killing 50-100 million (3-5% of the world’s population.

1919

The signing of the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I.

1920

First Annual published. It is called Ee’na, which means “beaver” in the language of the local native tribe. It will be called Ee’na until the 1930 annual when the name is changed to “The Beaver”. Student body in the 1919-’20 school year was 65.

1921

First Hummer published, “Beaverton Hummer Special”. Edited by the junior class. Printed in the Commerce Department. First cafeteria established. Food is made by the Home Economics class. First football team (The Hummer, May 1923).

1922

Mr. Mike Metzler joins faculty as a coach and teacher. He stayed with Beaverton High for 31 years. There are 130 students and 8 teachers. Basketball court was directly above the school office! No football field – games were played in a local lumberyard. Football practice held behind the Congregational church or in a lot across the street from school. Student body took on the well-being of an orphan in the near east. Tennis courts installed where the auditorium currently stands. Student body in the 1922-’23 school year was 130.

1923

Stage curtain purchased for stage at one end of the study hall. No annual published this year due to small class size (only 13 graduating seniors), lack of interest (per Ruth Pasley), and the fact that debt from the previous year’s annual was still outstanding. Women’s suffragist Alice Paul introduced The Equal Rights Amendment to the Senate.

1925

First school buses. Old stage enlarged for play productions.

1926

Freshman initiation was a common event. Land for a football field is purchased. (Hummer, 9/26/29) Hummer is printed outside the school for the first time in order to “make it better in quality & appearance” (1926 yearbook).

1927

First Fire Squad organized. Metzler organized this group to re-direct wayward boys. Geraldine Sanford begins as a teacher. The first motion picture with sound, “The Jazz Singer,” was released. Basketball team at BHS was nicknamed “the orange and black onion growers” and played the “painter boys” of Rasmussen paint Co., the Beaverton Alumni and the Baby Badgers of Pacific University.

1928

Basketball pit covered over.

1929

First changes to the original building. West gym, auditorium and classrooms added for $35,000. Architect is CN Freeman, Builder is FS Starland. Kiwanis Club presented a plaque and organized the dedication ceremony (Hummer, 12/18/29). Woodshed built. New roof on school.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as Black Tuesday, occurred at the end of the year and was the worst stock market crash at the time. A 10-year recession, known as the Great Depression, began as a result, affecting every industrialized Western country.

1930

The Dust Bowl disrupted the ecology and agriculture of both the U.S. and Canada. With the Great Plains experiencing the worst drought and wind erosion, the Dust Bowl left over 500,000 Americans homeless.

1931

Bus garage was constructed. It held 10 buses and cost $4,500.00.

1932

Amelia Earhart took her famous solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1933

PA system installed for use in assemblies and games. Seats in certain classrooms are arranged bleacher style.

Prohibition, a nationwide ban on the sale, production, transportation and importation of alcohol, ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment.

1934

“Only girl President of the student body” elected – Margaret Dickman. (Hummer, May 1936).

The Indian Reorganization Act, also known as the Indian New Deal or Wheeler-Howard Act, was signed into law. The act worked to reestablish and protect many of the native tribes that were previously encouraged to assimilate with American society.

1915-1935

Enrollment increases 333.33%.

1937

Annex built across Erickson street to house the school buses and workshop. Property is purchased from the Erickson estate. Land purchased for new grade school (Merle Davies). The architect is CN Freeman, contractor is George Manges. Magazine drive to raise funds to build grandstands nets $350.

1938

Grandstands built, costing $700.00. The wood for the grandstands was recycled from the 1910 school building which was demolished. Football team had an undefeated season under coach Marble Cook. County football champions.

Orson Welles’ broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” caused widespread panic when listeners didn’t know the broadcast was fictitious.

1939

Football lights purchased by students for $1,500.00. Football scoreboard made by McCready lumber for the school. Ticket office, featuring 3 aisles and windows, was purchased for main gate on north side of the school. Bernice Connoly begins teaching at BHS. 10% of 230 BHS students test positive for tuberculosis (Hummer, Dec., 1939). First Hummer articles published talking about war and patriotism (November issue).

1940

Four new buses added to the fleet. Bus garage partially damaged and 5 busses destroyed by fire for a loss of $15,000.00. $8,000.00 spent on new equipment for fire losses. Garage was later reconstructed. Hot water heater added, new lighting in all classrooms, the “old shed” is converted to locker rooms, complete new interior paint job throughout the school. Grace Larson elected second female Student Body President. Frank Emmons, class of 1936 drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles. Flu epidemic in December. 32% of student body (of 487) out sick.

1941

New trophy case purchased. “Evacuee Adopted by French Class” (Hummer 4/23/41).

Japan declared war on the United States by attacking the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor. Six U.S. ships were sunk, 2,402 Americans lost their lives and 1,247 were wounded.

WWII defense stamp sales begin. War theme references everywhere – “Eat For Defense”, “Red, White & Blue Clothing Day”. Blackouts in Beaverton. Evening activities moved to earlier times in order to observe blackout air raid evacuation drills (Hummer, 12/17/41).

1942

Book drive for USOs. 10K war stamp sales goal. Reference to a “service Flag” with a star representing a student enlistee, Hummer 10/14/42. Student Aiko Yoshihara (female) in a “Japanese evacuation center” in SE Idaho. There are 10,000 Japanese interned at the camp. Alumni Doris Noel one of the first 2 women enrolled in the school of engineering at Oregon State College. 29 freshman hold part time jobs so they can buy more war stamps (Hummer, 11/11/42). Victory bell sold to church, proceeds used to buy more war bonds (Hummer, 11/11/42). Hummer editorial encourages civilian defense. Girl Reserves organize “Ditty Bag Drive” of money and needed articles for servicemen. 93 copies of Hummer sent to boys in service. Organization of teams for the new fad-yo-yo twirling. The 4 positions were string changer, booster, spinner and twirler.

1943

Midterm goal of 30K in war bond (stamp?) sales via auction and classroom competitions (Hummer 12/1/43). Schools At War scrapbook created. Schools at War was a program organized by the Secretary of the Treasury, War Savings Staff. High schools were encouraged to maintain scrapbooks detailing their war efforts. There was a scrapbook competition in Salem. Trying to locate BHS Scrapbook (Lisa Sandmire). Hummer keeps track of boys in service via regular “Keeping Up With The Troops” articles.

1944

9/27/44 – Enrollment: 431 (134 freshmen, 133 sophomores, 100 juniors, 64 seniors). School cafeteria opens. Run by 2 staff and 6 home-ec students will help. They will serve a veggie, meat or cheese dish with bread and butter. Dessert and milks extra. Third female student body president, Mollie O’Donnell. School facelift: new darkroom, fully equipped. Shop has new cabinets. New boys lockers. Industrial art room is enclosed and painted. War bond sales: goal of selling 35K by 12/7 to buy a landing barge. Serviceman will be admitted free to sporting events during school year.

Germany’s final major offensive of World War II, The Battle of the Bulge, began. It would be the deadliest battle for the United States during the war.

12/20/44 – Breaking ground of new. Bond drive $55,815.40, surpassing goal. Will pay for landing barge & other war supplies.

1945

Harold Warren Dobyns awarded Bronze Star. Prom Tips: clean hair, Either pile neatly on top of head or put a velvet bow in to hold it back. Maybe a sequin beany. Only wear a small corsage as a large one isn’t appropriate during the war. Let the boy open doors for you. Tell your date he looks nice, too. Boys, help her with her wrap. Help her into the car. Dance the first two dances with her and at least every third dance. Junior boys will be expected to exchange one dance with a patroness. Serve her refreshments. FDR death, flag at half-mast (reported in 4/18/45 Hummer). 15 BHS student soldiers have died in action so far in WWII (4/18/45 Hummer). Within 2 weeks, BHS lost its student body president and vice-president, senior class president and vice-president, pep club president, Hummer editor and annual editor. (4/18/45 Hummer). May 1945-VE day honored with special assembly.

3/21/45 – Remodeling of gymnasium. Concert scheduled to raise funds for student center. Over 70K war bond sales. Goal of 100K by end of year. Refinishing of gym underway – replacing wall surface with plaster up to 6’ and acoustic plaster 6’ to ceiling, acoustic ceiling.

4/18/45 – Students prepare for VE day, assembly. Clothing drive for those in need in Europe. Mobile Tuberculosis tests completed all BHS students. BHS alum ‘39 not graduate, Akira ”Skeeter” Kaga, Japanese American tells of his hurt over local feeling toward Japanese Americans. Building plans in question – plans made for student union center, many favor a large, indoor pool. Some would like tennis courts or new track. Jack Selves recalls moment of flag raising on Iwo Jima. State law passes requiring kids to stay in school until age 16 or the completion of 12 years of school.

5/16/45 – 60 boys from class of ’45 have entered the armed services. Jim Eastman, Pharmacist mate 3/c, class of ’42, killed in Iwo Jima.

VE DAY 5/8/45

1945 grads:

OSU-5

U of O-2

Multnomah college-1

Northwestern business college-1

University of Washington-1

Other colleges-3

Coast guard-3

Navy-5

Merchant Marines-2

Army-4

Working-10

Staying home-4

Nov ’45 vandals damage 10 BHS windows. Cost of repair $70.00.

Trivia as of Nov 1945:

Fire squad is oldest active organization in the school.

Tex Twyford is the first discharged serviceman to return to BHS.

School site was purchased from Meier and Frank.

14 seniors on the football team.

44 girls in glee club.

When this senior class started in 1942, they numbered 143. Now there are 98.

In 1926, the Hummer was a 3 column paper with holes punched so it could go into a notebook.

BHS has 510 students.

Beaverton becomes BUHS.

Construction on new wing begins.

Gym remodel to be finished in summer. Floor re-sanded and refinished, new paint, backstage remodeling, halls to dressing re tiled, total cost 2K.

Service flag presented to BHS with large blue star representing 450 boys in war and 15 gold stars representing boys killed in action.

10/3/45 – BHS enrollment is 510 (only room for 400). New bus purchased for football transport. Main objective of school year raising funds for student union.

10/31/45 – Victory Loan Drive 10K goal.

11/21/45 – Senior class has 98 students (143 when they were sophomores).

12/19/45 – Students show interest in atomic bomb. BHS doubled war bond / victory loan drive. New band uniforms. 6 cafeteria workers served 45 students per day.

1946

1/30/46 – BHS expansion plan goes to voters with a $280,000 bond measure (drawing in Hummer of plans). Current building max is 400 and there are 512 students. Estimated next year enrollment is 575. If bond doesn’t pass, the home economics department will be closed to make room.

2/20/46 – Tight skirt fad is a bit scandalous. Bond election on 2/23 for 280K for construction of addition of facilities to help with crowding. Juke box controversy – mistreatment and arguing about selections. Students use it to dance before school and during lunch.

3/27/46 – 280K bond passes. Boys haircut fad “The Princeton”.

4/24/46 – Burglars rob school safe. Band Director, Frank Bushnell, retiring after 16 yrs.

10/9/46 – Steady increase in enrollment: 510 in 1945, 545 in 1946. Bond vote deemed invalid, new election in February. Fashions – turtlenecks and saddle shoes, nubby sweaters, kick pleat skirts, cotton dresses, cashmere sweaters, angora sweaters, peter pan collars, belts for girls. It costs 40 cents to go to the movies

11/6/46 – Hummer gets top National honors for 4th time. ‘Beaver’ annual wins ‘First All American’ award.

11/27/46 – Seven more boys leave BHS for service

12/18/46 – Second bond vote increases it to $325,000 (from $280,000). Former BHS student, Bob Bastian, goes on Antarctic exploration with Navy.

The United States became the first and only country to detonate an atomic bomb. Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit, killing an estimated 150,000 to 246,000 people.

In the 1946 student handbook, excused absences were given for: conventions, fairs, hunting, fishing, athletic games, work and visiting.

1947

1/29/47 – ⅖ bond vote. Installation of new school laundry. $325,000 bond passes for construction of new wing of school.

May 1947 – 36 seniors going to college, most to Oregon State, then Oregon, Monmouth, Willamette, Pacific, Lewis and Clark, Marylhurst.

5/21/47 – All building addition bids rejected. Plans being revised.

10/1/47 – New construction estimate 251K – new shop room on west end, east wing 6 classrooms and study hall, 2 health rooms, 4 washrooms on ground floor. School capacity of 840.

10/29/47 – New modern library has 7,000 books, fluorescent lighting, 24 tables, capacity of 144 new field and stands getting renovated. Behind stands will be a practice field and softball diamond with added lighting. Tower is torn down from grandstand – originally constructed as watch tower in WWII. Total cost of running buses in ’46-’47 school year: $14,378.70. Covered a total of 11,491 miles and 500 students served. Forty eight percent of class of 1948 attend college.

Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the first African-American to play baseball in the Major Leagues.

1948

1/21/48 – Fashion – Gibson girl blouses, ballerina skirts, cable knit sweaters.

4/21/48 – New intercom system installed in BUHS (cost $2500.00)

5/19/48 – *photo of new east wing in Hummer. This summer, plans to build new cafeteria, student center and locker rooms. Cafeteria will cost $55,000. Al Walker, 1st in state for high hurdles. Driver’s Ed added to curriculum. Fall 1948 enrollment is 690.

10/5/48 – Construction finished including new field areas. 6 student librarian and one head librarian.

10/26/48 – Driving classes offered to girls. Roller skating very popular. 120’ of new seating added to grandstands.

11/23/48 – Former band director Frank Bushnell dies.

1949

2/22/49 – New cafeteria opens. Said to be one of the finest in the state. A complete lunch of soup, vegetables, meat, beverage and dessert costs 52 cents. It has a dishwasher, a large stove, steam table, 3 sinks, storeroom and an office. Next fall, a walk-in freezer, 2 baking ovens, a cooking oven and an electric soup kettle will be added. Run by a manager and an assistant and helped by 7 student volunteers. Damascus Dairy will deliver milk in paper carton to eliminate the washing of bottles. Teacher Barbara Lappala, former congressional secretary to Senator Hale Boggs of LA joins BHS.

3/22/49 – $300,000 Bond vote to go to voters for new home economics and science classrooms and a gymnasium-auditorium.

April 13, 1949, 11:56a, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake centered in Olympia, WA is felt all over the PNW. Building suffers some cracks in the brick facade and on the ceiling in one classroom. BHS closed school for the day “not because of danger but because the quake left them little concern for their studies,” according to IR Metzler.

Class of ’49-41% attend college

4/26/49 – Earthquake causes school to be closed early.

5/17/49 – new building plans being drawn including new science and home ec classrooms, tennis courts going to be fixed up.

9/27/49 – Construction begins on new science wing. Lavelle Flannery article re swimming. Enrollment above 700. Victory bell given by Southern Pacific Railroad.

10/25/49 – School sends 2238 candy bars overseas to war-torn countries. Bob Sayre article.

11/22/49 – Yearbook gets ‘First class rating’ form National Scholastic Press Association. New student, Jim Kibbee, transfer from Philippine Islands. Spent 3 years in a Manila prison camp.

12/20/49 – Jimmy Tsugawa article. BHS photography department leader in state.

Germany was divided into Eastern and Western Germany as a result of the Allied powers — the United States, the United Kingdom, France and the Soviet Union — taking control after World War II.

1950

2/21/50 – Polish immigrant, Mrs. Blanka Rothschild, a local resident, speaks to students about her life in a German concentration camp and work with the underground during the war. Enrollment at 780.

3/21/50 – Flying saucers are a big topic at school. Article on Jim Tsugawa. Class of ’50-55 go to college.

9/26/50 – Enrollment at 828, Faculty at 30. New gym reading ready in Nov. Lavelle Flannery article.

10/24/50 – Jim Tsugawa article.

11/21/50 – New BHS school bus, 1950 Dodge, holds 60 student.

12/19/50 – Atomic bomb safety instruction at school. Tsugawa article. Bernice Connoly, photo teacher, demolishes wall between two small darkrooms to make a bigger one. Article re new gym – hoping to be complete by end of school year. Plans for swimming pool and varsity dressing rooms, removal of 3rd floor. 8 period day discussed (to replace 6 period day)

President Truman’s orders to aid South Korea prompted America’s entrance into the Korean War.

1951

1/30/51 – Atomic bomb raid information for BHS & Washington County. Article about what students can do to help during time of national emergency – Korean War.

3/27/51 – $500,000 bond election to cover a 12 classroom wing, indoor swimming pool, addition to school garage, building alterations, completion of Physical Education department. *Drawing of plans in Hummer.

4/17/51 – Bond vote fails. Penny drive for war. Girls locker room is “deplorable”.

5/15/51 – New gym ready for graduation. Article about draft. Third floor condemned. It is commonly thought that the instability of the third floor, causing its condemnation was due to the 1949 earthquake, but the instability was actually caused by the removal of a support wall between two classrooms on the second floor sometime during the ‘30s or ‘40s which caused the floor to sag and shake. The engineers also proclaimed the floor joists to be inadequate and the concrete to be of poor quality. The removal happened during the summer of 1951.

$350,000 bond vote-$200,000 for new classrooms, $65,000 for completion of girl’s section of gym, $35,000 to remove the condemned 3rd floor, alter rooms under the old gym and pave certain parking areas, $10,000 for additions to the bus garage, $40,000 to provide equipment for classrooms and bleachers for the gym.

7/51 – Fire at school. Damage at $5000-$7000. Typewriters, desks, chairs and files destroyed. Schedules that the vice principal had been working on for a month were all destroyed. Ledgers and receipt books charred and water damaged. Fire broke out on the roof, leaving a gaping hole in the ceilings of the office and main hallway.

William Logan hired.

9/25/51 – enrollment is 898

10/23/51 – student fundraiser for new lawn and ‘community chest’. Building of new classrooms begins, should be finished in June. BHS girls form bowling club.

1952

Enrollment is 1005.

2/26/52 – New wing to be completed by May.

9/30/53 – Article about how television is affecting studies & survey about TVs. 1929 school schedule found.

10/28/52 – New electric scoreboard for football field. Cost was $1,400.00 It is 18’ x 9.5’. It was student/parent financed. BHS students choose Eisenhower for president. Girls volleyball established. East wing addition adds 15 classrooms. 1952 college tuition costs: State schools-$100-$200 per year Private schools-$400-$500 per year.

1953

Facts and figures:

6912 pieces of chalk used.

Band costs: $15,500

Students spend $52-$70 per year on supplies, donation and activity fees.

Boys prefer argyles to plain socks and plain shirts over plaid

Favorite gum flavors are double mint and spearmint

Pee Chee folders are favored over notebooks

Average student takes 1,622 steps at school each day.

One month of running the school costs $1,442.00 ($8.49 for gas, $59.36 for telephone, $301.84 for heat, $394.00 for water, $678.73 for light.)

Approximately 600 candy bars are sold at the snack bar daily

1/20/53 – Fire in science wing.

3/13/53 – Mr. Metzler retiring after 30 years. (large article with photos in Hummer)

4/21/53 – New Principal Karl Kahle.

5/12/53 – Mike Metzler Day May 16th. George Erickson new VP. Teachers form local association.

10/2/53 – $611,000 bond approved (24 new classrooms, multi-purpose auditorium, music rooms, and a heating plant. BHS to have ham radio station. Fall of 1953 enrollment: 1099 students, 44 faculty. Tennis courts moving to lot adjacent to football field. New building to house 1800-2000 student. Junior Dorothy Johnson gets Hollywood screen tests, meets Debbie Reynolds.

10/30/53 – Proposed rec program (THPRD) needs BUHS support.

12/18/53 – Election for proposed recreational district. Break in at school office nets burglar $15.00. Tuberculosis main killer 15-34.

1954

1/29/54 – Construction bids open.

3/26/54 – Men’s basketball first in district

10/22/54 – Ground Observance Corps founded. They are directed to watch for enemy air attacks. Members give up 2 hours per week to be on watch.

10/8/54 – First science and drama clubs.

11/12/54 – Concession stand built for field-costs $225.08. 56 bowlers on bowling team.

12/3/54 – Facts:

Building is 450’ long x 250’ wide

3 custodians

25 drinking fountains

11 telephones

4480 windows

80 intercoms

Football grandstand seat 600

East gym seats 2500

15 buses

12/17/54 – Damerow Ford provides new car for Driver’s Ed class. Dorothy Johnson, Junior, crowned Miss City of Roses.

The Supreme Court declared separate-but-equal education in public schools illegal in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

1955   

2/4/55 – Dorothy Johnson article.

4/15/55 – Photo of the new auditorium in Hummer. Dedication of new auditorium to be in late April.

4/29/55 – New auditorium dedicated. Atomic bomb drill at school.

5/27/55 – Hoop skirts popular at school. Students predict what life will be like in 2155. Students develop color slides at school for the first time.

9/9/55 – Staff at 56 (18 new teachers). 12 new classrooms. $12,000 spent on library. New tennis courts. New P.E. equipment: shuffleboards, girl’s locker baskets, gym apparatus, more baseball diamonds. Boys will use East gym, girls will use West gym. School gets out at 3:25. BHS has a school nurse. Each class has their own counselor. Student body at 1391. Dorothy Johnson, ’55 alum, competes for Miss America in Atlantic City.

9/23/55 – Dorothy Johnson is runner up for Miss America. THPRD formed and William Pond is first Superintendent.

10/7/55 – BUHS Board purchases land near Sunset Highway for a new school to be built for $1,500.00/acre. Library updates article and photo. Article on BUHS marching band and band program of 26 years – Frank E. Bushnell, Melvin B. Wells and Allan G. Robertson. 72 students enrolled in Driver’s Ed.

10/21/55 – Article about the history of BUHS Choir program.

11/4/55 – History of BUHS Photography classes since 1943.

11/18/55 – THPRD plans programs “from cradle to grave”. History of BUHS Drama Dept. District plans for increases in enrollment; predicts 2500 students in BHS by 1960.     Debating building Junior High Schools or a new High School.

12/2/55 – BUHS joins Valley Coast League with Hillsboro, Astoria, Gresham, Milwaukie, Parkrose, David Douglas and Central Catholic.

1956

1/13/56 – BHS student poll on religious views of students (see page 3 for corrections)

1/27/56 – History of BHS Industrial Arts program.

10/12/56 – School band to be televised during luxury liner ‘Mariposa’ christening in Portland. Students give mixed opinions of “Elvis the pelvis” in the Hummer.

10/26/56 – Sunset High School plans being made. Guidance program grows as BHS adds counselors.

11/9/56 – Plans for new HS

1957

2/8/57 – Harlem Globetrotters entertain at School.

3/7/57 – Fashion fads: mock turtlenecks, V-neck sweaters, straight or pleated skirts, toreador blouses.

4/12/57 – New Pool is completed. Admission: 15 cents ages through grade school, 25 cents for high school students, 50cents for adults. (photo in Hummer)

5/24/57 – Election to determine if there will be a new high school. *Drawing of planned Sunset high school in Hummer.

6/7/57 – Senior David Wistrand dies during Senior Field Day.

9/13/57 – Position of Student Activity Director created.

11/22/57 – New High School to be called Tualatin Valley High (future Sunset HS)

12/20/57 – Globetrotters to perform again at school. Girls swim 4th in state.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. founded the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) alongside Baynard Rustin, Rev. Joseph Lowrey, Fred Shuttlesworth and Ralph Abernathy.

1958

Class of 1958 has 339, 204 attend college (60.3%), 23 attend vocational schools, 80 are employed, and 24 join the military.

1/17/58 – Home teaching program article. It began in Fall of 1954.

2/7/58 – Article on home teaching program.

9/12/58 – Beaverton will now have 2 shifts of students until the new Sunset High School opens in January 1959. Beaverton students go from 7:30-12:30. Sunset students start at 12:30 and I’m assuming go until 5:00 (it doesn’t say).

9/26/58 – Fashion Fads: Shorter skirts, lowered waists, modified chemise, trapeze skirt, empire waistline, sack dress, stitched down pleats, bulky sweaters. Total enrollment of both sets of students is 2300.

10/24/58 – $600,000 Bond vote to finish Sunset HS set for Nov. 14.

11/7/58 – Sunset students attend BHS late shift until new school is finished.

11/26/58 – $600,000 Bond passes. New Synchronized Swimming club at BHS. Staff is at 64.

12/23/58 – Girl’s Swim gets third in State, sets record for 50 yard breast stroke and and 200 yard free relay.

Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit, an ancestor to the CMOS computer chips that power electronic devices today. Kilby went on to win the Nobel Prize in 2000.

1959

January-Sunset High School opens. Beaverton back to one shift of students.

1/16/59 – New optional 7th period to be added next year.

2/13/59 – *Photo of former cafeteria in Hummer

2/27/59 – Girls start wearing sneakers to school.

3/8/59 – Harlem Globetrotters perform at Beaverton

5/29/59 – Teacher Amarette Barnes to retire after 30 years at BHS

9/18/59 – Student body cards will now have students photos. Voters to decide on District Unification Issue. Class of ’59 alum, Karlyn Mattsson, competes in Miss America as Miss Oregon.

10/30/59 – *Photo of Victory Bell in Hummer. Beaverton Custodian, Mr. John Zimmer, spoke at the International Relations Meeting about his six years in a Russian labor camp. He was in the German army and taken prisoner in 1944 by Russians (*photo of him in Hummer). Article on synchronized swimming.

11/13//59 – Proposal for a Unified School District. Article on concession stand: Football season sold 5,000 boxes of popcorn, 2500 soft drinks, 1799 Candy bars, 1100 lollipops.

12/4/59 – 2nd vote on unified district set for 12/21. Boys Swim gets 2nd in State.

12/18/59 – Girl’s swim team wins state championship, coached by Rod Harman. Freshman Carolyn Wood set 3 new state records. New orchestra ensemble at BHS.

1960

2/19/60 – Article on BHS trophy case; contains 251 awards.

3/4/60 – Student Poll on smoking, dating, future plans, ability grouping and the military.

4/1/60 – Beaverton school buses now total 16. They travel 1000 miles a day. They make 77 trips per day. The first bus leaves the garage at 6:30 am and the last bus returns to the garage at 6:20pm after the activities run. Many of the drivers have second jobs.

4/29/60 – Freshman Carolyn Wood to compete in Olympics in Rome.

9/9/60 – 14 year old Carolyn Wood wins Gold medal at Rome Olympics in the 400m relay. She swims the third leg. District 48 becomes Unified Beaverton School District. Fashion fads: Girls-skulots (Bermuda length skirts made like culottes), bold colors, big plaids, pointed shoes. Boys-wool shirts (Pendleton), khaki pants, big sweaters, corduroy suits, bright vests, continental trousers, low-cut tennis shoes, white sweat socks, green, green, green!

9/23/60 – Sunset marks its 4th year.

10/7/60 – Superintendent D. Herbert Armstrong says school board is deciding if Beaverton should have junior high schools. They feel a better education program is possible with a 6-3-3 program, Elementary 1-6, Junior high 7-9, high school 10-12. District enrollment is increasing approx 1000 students per year. Principal Erickson has mixed feelings about losing the Freshman. The Library now has 11,100 volumes. Library originally was in the back of the study hall, partitioned from the rest of the room. In 1936, all books were tabulated in alphabetical order and fiction books were divided into classes. In 1942, each student librarian (?) was required to make a display covering any topic to make the library more effective. In addition, librarians supplied flowers for the reading room each week. At the beginning of the 50’s, it was estimated that an average of 80 books were checked out daily, with 25 students using the library each period. In 1952, the library was described as being “a handy noontime rendezvous, a place to catch up on the latest crime-busting activities of Dick Tracy or a quiet resting nook. Some people even go there to study.” Centennial High School is built.

11/18/60 – School board approves 3 junior high schools, asks for a 4 million bond.

12/9/60 – Boy’s and Girl’s swim win State Championships (Boys tie with Lake Oswego).

1961

1/20/61 – $3.5 million bond goes to voters for 3 junior high schools construction. Students remember split schedule and talk over coming bond issue in Hummer article.

2/3/61 – Bond measure fails.

4/21/61 – Beaverton chosen as 1 of 10 secondary schools in the USA to be recognized for excellence in science and math. Beaverton’s Future Nurses of America receives National Charter.

5/26/61 – Governor Hatfield speaks at Beaverton.

1960 – 1961 recap:

Fashion-The year of the short skirt, baggy sweaters, tennis shoes and long socks

Sports-300 students lettered, Swim, boys and girls win state, Carolyn wood won gold at Olympics.

9/22/61 – IBM electric typewriters arrive at Beaverton.

11/3/61 – Mrs. Harry Barnes, class of ’12 (as a 10th grader) honored at half time of football game as the oldest alum. (There was no 11th or 12th grade then.)

11/17/61 – Civil Defense Program planned for Beaverton (to prepare for Atomic attack). New School Song introduced: “Hats off to Beavers”. Words and music by Stephen L. Stone. There is much fear for a WWIII.

12/1/61 – Football gets 2nd in State. Boys swim 1st in State, Girls swim 2nd in State. New Bond Measure proposed. Dropped to $2.6 million for 2 Junior Highs instead of 3. They will be the future Whitford and Meadow Park. They will be saving tax payers money by using the same architectural plans for both schools.

Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He helmed the Freedom 7 capsule.

1962

2/23/62 – “Bullwinkle” is favorite TV show of Beaverton High students. Physics teacher, Mr. Ted Gonzalez, relates his past as a National Golden Gloves champ, fighter pilot, counter-espionage agent, and member of the medical corps.

3/9/62 – Mass polio immunization at Beaverton High.

3/30/62 – Bond measure passes to build 2 junior high schools.

5/25/62 – Class of ’61 stats: 58% go to college, 23% employed, 10% armed forces, 5% training for business, 3% housewives, 1% unemployed.

9/14/62 -”Twist” ban lifted at BHS!! College credit Biology class added to BHS curriculum

9/28/62 – Wigs are the new fad at BHS.

10/12/62 – $1,840,000 Bond discussed for 3rd junior high school and addition of 9th grade wings on the 2 existing junior highs. Article on alumni successes. New Superintendent Dr. Thomas E. Woods. Underground room found-gymnasium under cafeteria.

10/26/62 – Article on BHS buses: 49 drivers, 7000 student riders, 1,300 miles a day

11/9/62 – Drawing of new school (additions if bond measure passes). School Board announces Civil Defense Plan.

11/30/62 – Football wins league championship (photo in Hummer). Dick is most popular boy’s name at BHS. Girl’s swimming 2nd in state, Boy’s swimming 5th in state.

12/18/62 – Bond measure fails.

1963

1/11/63 – Bond measure will be resubmitted to voters on 2/25.

2/22/63 – Fashion fads: suspenders, boots for girls (the shock of it!!). Article about swimmer Carolyn Wood.

3/8/63 – Bond measure fails again. Dayle Viar, class of ‘62, selected “Miss Portland”. Faculty plans new “Team Teaching” and “Block classes”. Year round school discussed.

5/24/63 – Hair fads: girl’s-unteased, sleek hair. Boy’s-bangs. All night senior party planned. 80% of class of ‘63 going to college. Re-cap of 62/63 sports: football-1st in league, swim-girl’s 2nd in state, boy’s 5th in state, cross country-13th in state, tennis-league champs.

9/13/63 – Parking not offered to student drivers. They must find parking away from the school. Fashion trends: girls-loafers, boots and riding apparel, sporty and layered looks, pants with patches, tweeds, turtlenecks, dickies, fake fur, vests, wrap around skirts, lower heels. Clothing rules at BHS: Girls can’t wear culottes in any form and beach shifts not allowed. Boys can’t wear sloppy sweatshirts or cut-off jeans and no Bermuda shorts without long socks.

9/27/63 – Changes to BHS: Merle Davies is in use as part of BHS, 16 classroom there are being used. New language lab, new teachers workroom, new scoreboard on football field, new football lights.

10/11/63 – New bond proposal for $3,870,000 for 2 junior high schools. *Photo of unfinished Whitford Jr. High School. Pep Club re-forming. Article about Merle Davies. Bus Drivers Article: 64 drivers, each work 4 hours/day, 9000 riders, 6 new buses bought this year at $11,000 each, 57 buses for Beaverton/Sunset, 4 mechanics, 2 gas fillers, drivers begin their day at 5:45 am to arrive at garage by 6:30, 3551 bus trips/day, garage closes at 6:30 pm, buses travel about 500,000 miles per year. Photo in Hummer of bus and driver.

10/25/63 – $3,870,000 bond measure approved: will finish Whitford and Meadow Park and build 2 more junior high schools and purchase land for future sites. Article about the 2 junior high schools. Article on campus cop Walt Fain and photo. Article on history of BHS homecoming.

11/8/63 – 1892 photo of school and History of Beaverton article.

11/22/63 – Football team wins 3rd consecutive Metro title *photo. Photo of 63/64 cheerleaders. History of Beaverton part 2. Swim wins league title.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas while traveling in an open motorcade (nothing in Hummer about assassination).

12/13/63 – Article about students complaining about crossing street between BHS and Merle Davies in the rain. *photo. Girls swim 2nd in state, boys swim 6th in state

1964

1/31/64 – Mary Travis of Peter, Paul and Mary wears a BHS sweatshirt, a gift from her acquaintance, BHS junior, Claudia Cranston. *Photo in Hummer.

2/14/64 – Beatles haircut fad at BHS.

3/13/64 – Skateboarding is the latest fad.

5/8/64 – New sister school in Amagasaki, Japan, *photo in Hummer.

5/29/64 – BHS teacher John Needham dies in hospital. Sports recap for 63/64 year: football-metro champs, boys swim-metro champs, 6th in state, girl’s swim Metro champs, 2nd in state, ski-2nd in state, rifle team-1st in metro, golf-Mary Wolfe, senior, wins state.

10/23/64 – Honda motorcycle fad *photo in hummer.

1965

3/12/65 – Article on history of grandstands *photo in Hummer.

4/2/65 – Article on history of BHS *photo.

4/16/65 – Fashion trends: girls-’You would be shocked if you saw someone downtown Portland in slacks!” For boys-madras shirts, white mid-calf jeans, tennis shoes and hair down to the eyebrows.

4/30/65 – History of Spring Reign, 2nd year of intramural soccer teams.

6/12/65 – BHS band and Rhythm B’s in the Rose Festival Parade *photo in Hummer.

1966

Grandstands (built in ‘38) are torn down.

[Editor: BHS stopped retaining issues of the Hummer in 1966.]

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September 2016 News

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find over a hundred stories and over a thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events.

Upcoming Events

1903-11-02 page 1 Morning Oregonian detail

We begin each regular meeting with a 30-minute history presentation at 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd, on the second Monday of the month:

  • October 10, 2016 – Tom Shreve will discuss the 1903 Halloween night slaying of Adolph Burkhardt by Samuel Bauman on “the Garden Home road”, unusual capital murder trial proceedings, and the mystery of where the shooting happened.

New stories on website

We’ve posted a photo gallery and a collection stories collected during the August 13, 2016 Beaverton High and Garden Home School Reunion held on a lovely Saturday at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We estimated about a hundred people joined us for the event.

Our Beaverton High School Chronology story contains 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.

We have obituaries for long-time Garden Home resident Richard Hyslin (died 2016), former superindent of Garden Home school Wayne S. Thurman (died 1997), and former Beaverton High principal Bill Logan (died 2010).

Other News

The Beat Goes On Marching Band

The Beat Goes On Marching Band

From Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen  (Maplewood girl)….Attention Garden Home and Beaverton HS alums – Here is your chance to play your instrument once again with others from your era.  Garden Home Rec Center gym is the location for rehearsals of “The Beat Goes on Marching Band”, ages 18 and older who played in high school, college, military bands.  This is your chance to enjoy our favorite rehearsal venue (Garden Home). We are the one having way too much fun and we invite you to join us. The band also includes color guard, dance and majorettes so we invite all to check out our website and let us know so we can welcome you.  Also, in exchange for allowing TBGO to utilize rehearsal spaces in the building, TBGO band members are volunteers who decorate and serve at Garden Homes\ yearly  December Holiday event. Visit TheBeatGoesOnMB.org for more info.

We are researching the 1949 earthquake that damaged Garden Home School and the third floor of Beaverton High. What do you recall? Leave us a comment.

We have identified Century Homes in Garden Home that were built before 1916. The program is meant to honor and appreciate the older homes in our community and the role they’ve played in our history. The home owners have been notified that they may participate in this program of a small ceremony of placing a Century Home plaque beside the front door and accepting a nice pamphlet with the history of Garden Home and their home. The attractive plaque notes the age of the house and does not affect the sale or any changes in the property.

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Get your Historic Garden Home t-shirt now for just $14 for small to XL. Larger XXL and XXXL sizes are $17. There is an additional charge of $9 to mail your shirt. They’re fun! Available at the Garden Home Market Place or by mail from Patsy VandeVenter, 7520 SW Ashdale Ct., Portland, OR 97223. We thank Jan Fredrickson for a very generous donation to cover the cost of printing the shirts.

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter ($140) for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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August 13, 2016 Beaverton High and Garden Home School Reunion

On August 13, 2016, about a hundred former students joined us for the Beaverton High and Garden Home School Reunion on a lovely summer day, outside, under the covered play area at the old Garden Home school, now the The Garden Home Recreation Center.  Thanks to the following alumnae for their memoirs of their school days.

The oral histories below were collected by Janice Logan and Patsy VandeVenter.

Judy Arndt Wise

I went to Garden Home School from 1st through 6th grade, Whitford from 7th through 9th grade, and Beaverton High School for sophomore, junior and senior years, graduating in 1971.  Our house was located east of the grocery store, where the Cedar Lane apartments are now.  There wasn’t a light at the intersection of Garden Home and Oleson Road, they put in the light in 1972.  My father did a massive amount of aerial photography of the area, as well as many small towns in the Willamette Valley.

My favorite teachers were Mrs. Miles in 2nd grade, Mrs. Harris in 3rd grade, and Mrs. Beamon in 6th grade.  I was a campfire girl.

I am now a guitar player with a few CD’s out.  I spend time doing handmade crafts and travel to California in the winter to sing in many church choirs.

[Editor: read more about the Arndt family here and Otto’s aerial photos here.]

Bob Koeber

Bob Koeber

Bob Koeber

I went to Beaverton High School from 1956 to 1960.  I took a business class from Mr. Boyce in high school, and I was hired by the Albertsons store on Shattuck and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, I think due to the fact that I had taken Mr. Boyce’s business class.  I remember the Sock Hops at school, and the Pep Rallies.  Ted Wilson was the Basketball coach.  I remember taking an activity bus to the different games – Hillsboro, Jefferson and Milwaukie.  Beaverton was the only High School in the district at that time.  My uncle, George Richard Himes was in the 1st grade at Garden Home Elementary in 1916.  He lived on 74th, where the Dugout is now, and Louis Heffler lived across the street.

[Editor: read more about Mary Helen Himes Koeber, from a distinguished early pioneer family.]

Bob Day

Bob Day

Bob Day

I graduated in 1954 from Garden Home Grade School.  Our family moved here in 1943 and we lived on the other side of the Shell station in a small brown house, for which they paid $5,200.  My mother worked at Garden Home School, in the cafeteria, part time, before I started first grade, and I would come into the school with her because they didn’t have child care then.  My brother was 3 years older.  We went all the way through grade school and high school together.  In 2004 we had a reunion for the Garden Home Elementary class of 1954.  There were 30 kids in the class and 22 showed up. 28 were contacted and only one had passed away.  Beaverton High School had a class of 300 and a couple of dozen of us meet up every 3 months.  I currently live in Woodburn and am self-employed.  In 1999 the previous owner of our property built a duplex and painted it red and white.  He bought it, rented it out, redid it, and just moved out last year.

[Editor: read about Bob in our story about the veterans of Garden Home.]

Barbara Stephens Burke GHS class of 1962, BHS class of 1966

One of my favorite memories of Garden Home was that a friend and I would pick the neighbors daffodils, and set up a tent where the Dairy Queen is now and sell those daffodils.  I graduated from Garden Home Elementary in 1962.  The teachers I remember the most were Mrs. Pearson and Mrs. Malicoat.  Garden Home was so rural then and it felt strange to be thrust into the relatively huge Beaverton High School.

Kenneth Praml O’Connor GHS 1969–1975, BHS 1978–1981

I went to Garden Home Elementary from 1969 to 1975.  I loved recess…it was so much fun to throw the football.  Mr. Pierce could throw the football clear across the field which was very impressive.  I think he raised golden retrievers.  The playground was lots of fun.  There was a merry-go-round, swings, slide, and we played Tetherball and Four Square on the asphalt portion of the playground.  It was fun to run around the playground at recess.  We couldn’t go into the woods.  However when we were getting ready for Outdoor School, our teacher took the class into the woods to teach us about plants and trees.

I remember Mrs. Miller from 4th grade – she was such a good teacher.  Mrs. Sorbitz taught oceanography.

I got to be a crossing guard for the Garden Home Rd and Oleson intersection.  There weren’t stop lights then so it was a big deal to walk into the intersection and hold out the flag to stop traffic. I felt very powerful. We met in the basement to collect the flags (don’t remember if we had safety vests or not).  It was also a big deal to get out of school early to be the crossing guard.

During lunch I passed out the milk cartons.  I still remember the smell – some of the cartons leaked.  The food was good; no complaints there.

In 5th and 6th grades I took music classes, where we learned about music and composers – I liked those classes.

The first grade classrooms were at the beginning of the hallway and the higher grades were at the end of the hallway.  As younger students, we were afraid to go to the end of the hallway ‘cause we didn’t want to meet up with the older kids.  But as we moved through the grades we felt very proud to be in classrooms towards the end of the hallway.

I went to Beaverton High School from 1978 – 1981.  I played drums in the band at Beaverton High School – we marched at the football games and marched in the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.  Mr. Schultz was the band teacher who played trombone.  I think he gave up a professional trombone career to teach high school music.

Ed Busch GHS 1950–1954, BHS 1954–1958

I graduated from Garden Home Elementary in 1954, then Beaverton High School in 1958.  My family owned the grocery store on the corner of Hall Blvd. and Oleson Road.  It was built in 1941 and sold in 1958.  I remember all the dairies and the store, and the old Post Office and Cannery in Garden Home.  I played clarinet in the high school band, and had Robertson as a band teacher.  I also played in two dance bands, the marching band, and the orchestra.  I was going to work for the government on a survey crew, but was drafted into the army.  I played in the army band for 2 years in Korea.  My career was in construction, surveying and carpentry work.  

Karen Poutala GHS class of 1954, BHS class of 1958

Karen Poutala

Karen Poutala

I graduated from Garden Home Elementary in 1954, and Beaverton High School in 1958.  In 1958 I was in Bill Logan’s economics class, in the first row in front of his desk.  I fell asleep.  Mr. Logan had everyone in the class pointing at me when I woke up.  I went to a meeting in the early ‘80’s and “Wild Bill” was there.  He came up to me and said “Karen Poutala, I remember you!”

[Editor: read more about the Poutala family and Firlock Paint here.]

Jean Flowers Stevens  GHS 1949–1957, BHS 1957–1961

Jean and Lynn Flowers

Jean and Lynn Flowers

GHS 1949 – 1957:  I grew up on 76th behind the school playground.  I was the lunch account girl and every day I got out of class to go to each classroom and get head count for hot lunches and milk.  Then I took them to Principal Wayne Thurman’s office.  Garden Home was an eight year school then.

BHS 1957 – 1961: I went to BHS and met my high school sweetheart Mike Stevens. We were married 45 years.  He passed 6 years ago (2010).

Lynn Flowers Banta  GHS 1954–1962

GHS 1954 – 1962:  We walked thru the woods from our house to school when the weather was nice.  Otherwise if the path was muddy we took the street.  We had horses which were old nags but we loved them – they were the greatest horses.  I loved Miss Proffitt, don’t remember if she was 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade teacher.  Mr Wakefield was a favorite teacher who taught 8th grade. My family moved to the Park Rose area after 8th grade.

This was the most wonderful place to grow up…we weren’t afraid of anything.  On Halloween we took a pillow slip to collect candy and walked to the Flemings House then we would call our parents to come get me and my sister and take us home.

My oldest sister Ann Flowers was married and expecting a baby.  When I was in 7th grade we were having a school dance; I remember the name of the dance–April Rain.  Our principal, Mr. Gustafson, played the records.  I saw my dad in the doorway coming to talk to Mr. Gustafson.  He stopped the record to announce that “Lynn Flowers is an Aunt and has a little niece”.  Everyone clapped and I was very popular the next day as I was the only student to have much older siblings.

Dorothy Frazer Jones   GHS 1939–1944

I went to Garden Home School through the 5th grade. We lived on Orchard Lane.  I remember running around in the fields, playing in the woods, and playing soft ball.  Our neighbors had goats below where I lived.  Neighborhood was full of fields and we travelled all over.  We didn’t have to worry about crime. My sister, Jean, graduated from GHS. I now live in Gresham.

Katy Grant Hanson  GHS 1944–1952

Katy Grant Hansen

Katy Grant Hanson

My dad, Paul Grant, graduated from GHS in the class of 1926.

GHS 1944 to 1952:  In grade school fairly often the teacher would write on my report card,  “Katy likes to look out the window too much”.  Now I’m an artist! I grew up on Hunt Club Lane and everything about living in Garden Home seemed wonderful.  I remember sitting in class with wet feet from walking to school in the rain.  I still have Garden Home friends.  My dad always loved Garden Home…we had 3 acres on Hunt Club Lane and he built a house.

Cindy Classen Durham  GHS 1964-1970, BHS class of 1976

My dad was a machinist and worked on old cars (rebuilding engines) which started out as a hobby. He owned several old cars – T-Bird,’36 Packard.  He rebuilt engines for cars that were displayed in the Concourse car show in Hillsboro. After retirement my parents toured all over with their old cars.

GHS 1964-1970:  We came out the back door and down fire escape to get to playground.  Boys would run down the stairs ahead of the girls and stand underneath to look up our dresses. But we fooled them and wore shorts under our dresses!  I remember twirling around on the bars on the playground.  The girls played house in the woods and we collected tree boughs to sweep the dirt.  Fifth grade Science classes were so fun, we got to play with microscopes and onions.

Mrs. Harris was my 3rd grade teacher the year my sister was born and I got to stand up on the table and announce her arrival.  All the girls thought Mr. Mattson was so cute.

In 6th grade, Outdoor School was a whole week.   Two days before coming home, I broke my collar bone doing the wheel barrow race.  I had to wear a brace and got special treatment– got to sleep in.  When we got home, I received lots of attention when I got off the bus.

Garden Home School went to 6th grade, then I went to Whitford and to BHS class of 1976.

Dick Harbert  GHS 1951-1959,  BHS 1960-1963

Dick and Janet Harbert

Dick and Janet Harbert

GHS 2nd thru 8th grades: I remember kissing a girl in the woods.  My step-father Frank Honey did the structural engineering on cafeteria and administrative office addition in about 1956-57.

BHS class of ‘63.

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Richard Hyslin obituary

[Editor: Richard Hyslin was a long-time Garden Home resident, growing up in Garden Home. His children, Lee, Zachary and Kirsten, also grew up in Garden Home. Richard was a noted artist in the Rio Grande area of Texas.]

Richard Hyslin

Richard Hyslin

McAllen – Richard Hyslin, aged 77, died May 9, 2016 in McAllen, Texas. Raised in Portland Oregon, Richard initially earned a BA degree in Chemistry at Oregon State University, and then pursued his true passion f

or ceramics and sculpture, earning his MA at the University of New Mexico. He accepted a teaching position in 1968 at Pan American College, now The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. During his 47 years at Pan American, he established and developed the ceramics program and facilities and later, during the UT-Pan American era, he oversaw the sculpture program and development of new facilities. Serving as Chair of the Art Department for 13 years he was critical in the overall excellence of the department. He was a recognized artist who exhibited his ceramics and sculpture nationally and internationally, including the creation of a 50 ft. Virgin of Guadalupe statue in Windsor, Ohio, and more recently a steel work accepted at Grounds for Sculpture, headquarters for the International Sculpture Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents Catherine and Thor Hyslin. He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 44 years, sons Lee Hyslin, Zachary Hyslin, daughter Kirstin Somsen, son-in-law Herman Somsen and beloved grandson Dylan Somsen.

Perhaps his most lasting and important contribution has been as a teacher. He has served as instructor, mentor and friend to generations of artists in the Rio Grande Valley. He will be missed.

A celebration of his life was held May 14, 2016 at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Those who would like to honor him may donate to Grace Presbyterian Church for the Richard Hyslin Memorial Garden. Grace Presbyterian Church, 4701 N. 29th Street, McAllen, Texas 78504 or contact rnedgarza@yahoo.com

Published in The Monitor on May 21, 2016

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Wayne S. Thurman obituary

Wayne S. Thurman, May 22, 1912 to February 16, 1997

At his request, no service will be held for Wayne S. Thurman, who died Feb. 16, 1997, at age 84.

Mr. Thurman was born May 22, 1912 in Elmira.  He graduated from Monmouth College and the University of Oregon.  He married Hannah in 1935; she died in 1991.  Mr. Thurman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He helped form Beaverton School District No. 48, where he taught for 39 years and retired as an administrator in 1974.  He married Lee Kovac in 1991.

Survivors include his wife; stepsons, Jeffrey Kovac of Knoxville, Tennesse and Kim Kovac of Washington D.C.; step-daughter Lisa Thrasher of Tigard; sister Grace Fisher of Eugene; and two grandchildren.

[Editor: School Days. A History of Public Schools In and Around Beaverton, Oregon, 1856-2000 by Gerald Varner. Published by Beaverton School District 2000.  Pg. 197: …Wayne Thurman, former superintendent of the Garden Home district (was) named to district office administrative posts.]

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Bill Logan obituary

This obituary provided by Bill’s daughter,  Janice Logan, as printed in the Beaverton Valley Times, January 6, 2011.

Longtime Beaverton Educator, Willimam Logan, dies

William D. Logan
Dec. 21, 1924 – Dec. 24, 2010

Bill Logan

Bill Logan

At his request, no services will be held for William Douglas Logan, who died Dec. 24 at the age of 86.  Mr. Logan was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Watsonville, Calif., the son B.J. and Vivian Logan.

The family lived in and around the Bay Area and Southern Oregon until 1929 when they settled in North Portland, where Bill attended Elliott Elementary School.  They moved to Southeast 25th and Powell Boulevard in 1935 and he completed eighth grade at Grout Elementary School.  In January 1920 he enrolled at Franklin High School, graduating in January 1943.

During his senior year, Mr. Logan was the center on Franklin’s city champion football team which was undefeated and unscored on in nine games.  He and four of his teammates were selected to the all-city team, and in October 2007, he and four members of the team were inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving until March 6, 1946.  He was a sergeant on the islands of Guam and Tinian and in the invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945.

After his service, he entered Oregon State College, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in June 1949 and continued with education courses at Portland State College.

Mr. Logan married Mary Weigel  Sept. 10, 1949, at St. Agatha Church in Southeast Portland. They lived in Portland while he continued taking graduate courses at Lewis & Clark College toward a master’s of education.

In early June 1950, he transferred to the active Marine Reserves and joined the 4th  105 Howitzer Battalion stationed at Swan Island.  When the Korean conflict began on June 25, 1950, the battalion made ready for active duty which occurred June 25.  He completed all course work and received his master’s in August before the battalion left for Camp Pendleton, Calif.

From October 1950 to the following May, he served in Korea and attended Officers Candidate School at the Marine Base in Quantico, Va.  He was transferred to the West Coast for release and returned to Portland, in August 1951.

Hired for the last teaching position at Beaverton Union High School, his assignment included economics, algebra, biology and American history, as well as cafeteria duty and coaching junior varsity baseball.  The next six years he taught economics and coached the JV football and baseball teams.

Bill and Mary moved to the Beaverton area in the spring of 1952.

In 1958 he transferred to the new Sunset High School as assistant principal and was named principal in 1963.  In 1967 he returned to Beaverton High where he remained for 12 years as principal.  In 1969 he was one of the 40 secondary administrators from the U.S. to spend three weeks visiting schools in Denmark, Russia, Romanian, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and England.

In 1979 he moved to the central administration office and in June 1983 he retired from full-time employment but continued with the district until 1993 on a part-time contract, completing 42 years of service to the district.

From 1970 to 1987 Mr. Logan and his sons and daughter commercial fished an orange and black dory off the beach at Pacific City.  In 1973 the family purchased a beach cabin there, which they kept after the dory was sold.  Mr. Logan continued to spend about half of each year there fishing with friends  or cutting firewood.  In March 1001, he suffered a severe stroke which curtailed his activity at Pacific City, and the beach property was sold in 1007.

Survivors include his wife Mary, sons Tom of Scappoose and Quest of Hollister, Calif., daughter Janice Logan of Portland and grandsons Max and Rayce.

In lieu of remembrances, the family suggests “taking your wife, husband or friends out to dinner and enjoying the meal.” Disposition was by cremation with the remains to be interred along with his wife’s at a later date, at Willamette National Cemetery.  Arrangements by Springer and Sons of Aloha.

 

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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.

BHS 1874 building, circa 1900s (front)

BHS 1874 building, circa 1900s (front)

1842: First school in Washington County opens. It was an Indian mission and open to all.

1916: Beaverton High becomes a standard, 4-year high school.

1917: The US entered WWI, declaring war on Germany.

BHS 1874 building, circa 1900s (rear)

BHS 1874 building, circa 1900s (rear)

1918: The 1918 flu pandemic infected 500 million people worldwide, killing 50-100 million (3-5% of the world’s population.

1921: First Hummer published, “Beaverton Hummer Special”. First cafeteria established. Food is made by the Home Economics class. First football team. (Hummer, 5/1923)

BHS 1910 building, before 1923 addition

BHS 1910 building, before 1923 addition

1941: Evacuee Adopted by French Class. (Hummer 4/23/1941) Japan declared war on the United States by attacking the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor. Six U.S. ships were sunk, 2,402 Americans lost their lives and 1,247 were wounded. Blackouts in Beaverton. Evening activities moved to earlier times in order to observe blackout air raid evacuation drills. (Hummer, 12/17/1941)

BHS 1910 building, after 1923 addition (now a grade school)

BHS 1910 building, after 1923 addition (now a grade school)

1944: Enrollment: 431 (134 freshmen, 133 sophomores, 100 juniors, 64 seniors). (Hummer 9/27/1944). War bond sales: goal of selling 35K by 12/7 to buy a landing barge. Serviceman will be admitted free to sporting events during school year.

BHS 1915 building, under construction

BHS 1915 building, under construction

1945: Prom Tips: clean hair, Either pile neatly on top of head or put a velvet bow in to hold it back. Maybe a sequin beany. Only wear a small corsage as a large one isn’t appropriate during the war. Let the boy open doors for you. Tell your date he looks nice, too. Boys, help her with her wrap. Help her into the car. Dance the first two dances with her and at least every third dance.

FDR death, flag flown at half-mast. 15 BHS student soldiers have died in action so far in WWII. Within two weeks, BHS lost its student body president and vice-president, senior class president and vice-president, pep club president, Hummer editor and annual editor. (4/18/45 Hummer) May 1945 – VE day honored with special assembly.

BHS 1915 building

BHS 1915 building

1949: April 13, 1949, 11:56a, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake centered in Olympia, WA is felt all over the PNW. Building suffers some cracks in the brick facade and on the ceiling in one classroom. BHS closed school for the day “not because of danger but because the quake left them little concern for their studies,” according to IR Metzler.

BHS 1915 building with 1929 addition

BHS 1915 building with 1929 addition

1950: 3rd floor condemned. It is commonly thought that the instability of the third floor, causing its condemnation, was due to the 1949 earthquake, but the instability was actually caused by the removal of a support wall between two classrooms on the second floor sometime during the ‘30s or ‘40s which caused the floor to sag and shake. The engineers also proclaimed the floor joists to be inadequate and the concrete to be of poor quality. The removal happened during the summer of 1951. William Logan, future principal, first hired as teacher and JV coach. Enrollment is 898. (Hummer 9/25/1951)

BHS 1915 building with 1929 addition (rear view circa 1940s)

BHS 1915 building with 1929 addition (rear view circa 1940s)

1955: Article about Dorothy Johnson, Miss Oregon, runner-up to Miss America, resident of Garden Home. (Hummer 2/4/1955) Atomic bomb drill at school. Hoop skirts popular. (Hummer 5/27/1955)

1958: Class of 1958 has 339 students. 204 attend college, 23 attend vocational schools, 80 are employed, 24 join the military.

BHS 1915 building circa 1949

BHS 1915 building circa 1949

1960: District 48 becomes Unified Beaverton School District. Fashion fads: Girls wear kulots (bermuda length skirts made like culottes), bold colors, big plaids, pointed shoes. Boys wear wool shirts (Pendleton), khaki pants, big sweaters, corduroy suits, bright vests, continental trousers, low-cut tennis shoes, white sweat socks, green, green, green!

BHS 1951 building (removed 3rd floor after earthquake)

BHS 1951 building (removed 3rd floor after earthquake)

1962: Mass polio immunization at Beaverton High. (Hummer 3/9/1962) Bond measure passes to build 2 junior high schools. (Hummer 3/30/62)

1968: Hummers no longer retained and chronology ceases. (Please donate any you might have.)

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CENTURY HOMES: Sasha Kaplan and Matt Miner

Address: 7430 SW 76th Avenue
Originally Built: 1910
Original Owners: Margaret and Peter Bettendorf

Built in 1910, this house would qualify as an example of a suburban home built for a family at the turn of the century.  It is a two-story house with a basement, located in a small community and situated on property large enough to provide for a small orchard and a large garden.

The original owners, Margaret and Peter Bettendorf moved to Oregon when Peter accepted a job as Office Manager with Oregon Transfer, a company then located in northwest Portland.  A local newspaper lists Margaret as someone purchasing war bonds in 1918.  The elder son, Harold, attended the Christian Brothers Business School where he is acknowledged as a good student.  The middle son, Edward 13, made spending money by catching moles and rats for which the county paid him 10 cents each in 1920.  The couple had one additional son, Richard, who was born and grew up in Garden Home.

Peter Bettendorf later worked for Gardening Company. During that period a news clipping identified him as a “well known bulb specialist” who had been invited to speak to the Little Gardens Club monthly meeting at Central Library.  The Little Gardens Club was limited to women who did their own work in their own gardens.

Since moving in, the current owners, Sasha Kaplan and Matt Miner have remodeled the kitchen to meet the specifications of Sasha Kaplan, a professional chef. Matt Miner, a concert promoter, at times utilizes the property for concerts.

By Virginia Vanture, July 2016

[Editor: Sasha Kaplan has copy of the deed.  Family history from review of newspapers of the period.  The 1920 census shows the Bettendorfs living in Garden Home.  The 1910 census shows them in Multnomah County.]

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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 of Jack Godwin)

William (Bill) and Mary Godwin had three children:  Jean, Jim, and Jack who was born in 1931 and died in 1969. They lived in the yellow home at 7765 SW 87th Ave, Garden Home.  This was a major street in early Garden Home and was called Westgard.

Mary Godwin’s parents (Jonathan and Charity Steele) and the Metzgers founded Metzger.  The Steeles (Mary’s parents) had the post office, grocery and feed store plus a dairy farm. William Zachary Grant Steele (called WZG) was the postmaster also, plus he sold and delivered milk to the whole area, including Garden Home, before the Feldman and Marugg dairies were started.

The William Zachary Grant (Jonathan’s parents, Mary and Jack Steele’s grandparents) and Lydia Steele family had 13 children:   Sarah, Louis, John, Ralph, Mary Sylvia, Stella, Henrietta, Fidelia, Rachel, Alice, Benjamin, Samuel, Grace.  John lived on Westgard.

They owned at least 35 acres in Garden Home plus acreage around Metzger, in all 300 acres.

Mary S. Steele went to Lincoln H.S. and rode the Oregon Electric train to and from school.  After graduation she went to Binky Walker Business College and there she met William A. Godwin and they were married in 1924.

William (Bill) got a job as a U.S. Postal Service employee on the railroad, in Grants Pass.  In 1931 they moved to Garden Home and bought a cute little three bedroom home on Westgard Ave, which is now 87th Ave.  Bill dug a basement under their house by hand and put in a wood burning furnace and clotheslines for drying clothes.

They had 3 children, Jean, James and Jack who went to Beaverton H.S.  At that time they had a choice to either go to Tigard H.S. or Beaverton.  Their neighbor Rosella Nebert chose Tigard High.  Rosella said she used to make cookies to entice Jack to come visit.  She said he would eat the cookies and immediately leave.

Jack went to Lewis & Clark College and was in the Oregon National Guard.  His unit was activated and after being discharged he was married.  They went to Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls and took carpentry, blue printing and drafting.  He came home and worked for a builder for a year, then went on his own as Jack D. Godwin Builder.

Jack and Jannette had 3 children, Jalene, Jerri and Bill, all of whom went to Garden Home grade school, where Jack had gone to school.  He bult their own home on Dolph St. off Westgard Ave. and went on to build over 800 homes in the Garden Home, Metzger and Tigard area.  He sponsored a men’s softball team called the Garden Home Tiger Lillies and in 1969 he got cleated playing second base.  He died in November of 1969 from a blood clot at age 38.

*The following notes are from an interview with Jalene Godwin, Oct. 4, 2012 by Elaine Shreve

Auntie Pat is William Alexander Godwin’s sister.  She came West on the Oregon Trail and married a Tiedeman.  She lived with Bill and Mary during her young adult life.

Godwin Court may have originally been called Godwin’s Glen.  It was in the Jannette Subdivision.  It is located south off of Alden and 87th.

Jalene traveled all over the U.S. with her dad, Jack Godwin.  They enjoyed having a family band, she played the accordion and Jack the guitar.

The neighbor, Franz Bome’s sister Ellen married a Wassenberg as did Jalene Godwin’s mother.

 

 

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CENTURY HOMES: Pat and Andy Dignan

Address: 7117 SW Hunt Club Lane
Originally Built: 1911
Original Owners: F.A. Martin

Built in 1911, the Craftsman style house was one of four original homes built in what is now known as the Hunt Club area.  Once a center of Portland’s riding community, over time the home stood close to the Portland Riding Academy, Nicol’s Riding Academy and the Portland Hunt Club. The home was purchased by the Dignans in 1966.

After 37 years with Northwest Natural Gas, Pat Dignan retired as vice-president, having joined the company after leaving the Air Force in 1956.  Andy’s most memorable moments of her early life are the years she spent as a child living in the Yukon Territories.

Since then life in their home has been filled with more wonderful memories.  Consider the winter they received a call from the owner of the local stable where their daughter’s horse, Chico, was being stabled.  He was sorry but the record snowfall had kept others from picking up their horses and he had no room for Laurie’s horse.  “Could they come get him?”  They could and they did, stabling him in their front hall for the weekend until the storm passed over.

By Virginia Vanture, 2016

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July 2016 News

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find over a hundred stories and hundreds of photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events.

Upcoming Event – August 13 Reunion

Garden Home School - Final student body picture 1982

Garden Home School – Final student body picture 1982

Join us for our REUNION of graduates, attendees and friends of Beaverton High and Garden Home School. August 13, 10:am to 12 noon.  We’ll be out back behind the Garden Home Recreation Center (the former Garden Home School) in the covered area.  Enjoy Refreshments, old friends, displays of Beaverton High and Garden Home School.  Bring any mementoes, photos, albums, or year books that we might copy and return to you promptly.  Celebrating the Centennial of Beaverton High School and 105 years since Garden Home School began!

New stories on website

See the new stories about the Tom and Catherine Lekas Century Home, the Pat and Andy Dignan Century Home, and the Sasha Kaplan and Matt Miner Century Home. When Century Homes were built more than a century ago, the trains were running, the Hunt Club and Frank Farm were hosting horse events, and the parrot on Chris Jaeger’s porch greeting “Hello girls.”  Five major dairies operated in Garden Home, and most homes had a cow, rabbits, and large vegetable garden at that time.

Hunt Club from NW (Portland Golf Club in foreground)

Hunt Club from NW (Portland Golf Club in foreground)

The Hunt Club, “Memories of Horsing Around Years” by Patti Waitman-Ingebretson provide more insight to the role of the Hunt Club and horses to the community.

Memories of Whitney’s Custom Cannery, Circa 1954-56 by Patti (“The Ransom girl” ) Waitman-Ingebretsen recounts her childhood visits to Whitney’s cannery (today’s Old Market Pub).

The Terry Moore obituary (1949 – 2014) recognizes an important member of our community. Terry was active in the local “Crossing Committee” which first worked on the gardens at the intersection and the baskets at the Garden Home Recreation Center.  With the remodeling of Oleson Road, Terry spearheaded this group, now named the Garden Home Gardeners, into developing and maintaining the gardens along Oleson.

The Memoir of Dorothy Lois Upchurch (1919-2009) 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 husband George Louis Upchurch bought the White Store on the southeast corner of the intersection in Garden Home (Dairy Queen now). They bought the store from the Larsens in about 1936.

Other News

THANKS for a wonderful June 4 Garden Home History and Garden Tour! Mike Babbitt, the manager at the Garden Home Market Place (formerly Thriftway), and his staff did a great job selling our tickets. Some 30 volunteers checked in the 170 visitors to the nine beautiful gardens on the hottest day so far, 100° F! A special thanks to the garden owners for sharing their gardens for us. We had an overwhelming positive response to the gardens and to the beauty of Garden Home. The $1,200 proceeds was split between our two sponsors, our History group and the Garden Home Gardeners.

Beaverton High School pre-1949

Beaverton High School pre-1949

Beaverton High School Centennial: We want your memoirs! When was the 3rd floor removed?

Stan Marugg remembers the 1949 earthquake that damaged the third floor of the High School.

“I was sitting in one of our milk trucks I’d driven to Beaverton High School and was bouncing up and down during the quake. My dad said he had never seen concrete bend until then. He said it was like a wave moving through the concrete in the dairy barn.”

Colin Lamb, ’62, recalls that there was an unmarked door to the third floor steps.

“A ham radio station was located up there and we operated from that location. Richard Platt was in charge of the ham radio program. We also had access to the roof so we could install antennas. That was in the old days. Our power supply had about 2,000 volts open to whoever was stupid enough to put his hand on it and we did not worry about such minor details.”

The BHS Centennial committee has designated a process to honor certain graduates for their Hall of Achievement. To date, this includes Rod Harman (Harman Pool), and Ross Fogelquist. Lisa Sandmire wants stories and photos of Beaverton High and can be reached at bhscentennial@gmail.com. Click here for a related article by the Portland Tribune.

We are researching the 1949 earthquake that damaged Garden Home School and the third floor of Beaverton High. What do you recall? Leave us a comment.

Kaplan/Miner Century Home (previously Bettendorf home)

Kaplan/Miner Century Home (previously Bettendorf home)

We have identified Century Homes in Garden Home that were built before 1916. The program is meant to honor and appreciate the older homes in our community and the role they’ve played in our history. The home owners have been notified that they may participate in this program of a small ceremony of placing a Century Home plaque beside the front door and accepting a nice pamphlet with the history of Garden Home and their home. The two-story house on 76th now owned by Sasha Kaplan and Matt Miner was our first Century home. The owners would like more information on early residents of the home. The attractive plaque notes the age of the house and does not affect the sale or any changes in the property. Virginia Vanture has chaired this committee of Stan Houseman, Nathalie Darcy, Janice Logan and Ginny McCarthy.

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Patsy VandeVenter, Virginia Vanture, Elaine Shreve, Carole Vranizan

Get your Historic Garden Home t-shirt now for just $14 for small to XL. Larger XXL and XXXL sizes are $17. There is an additional charge of $9 to mail your shirt. They’re fun! Available at the Garden Home Market Place or by mail from Patsy VandeVenter, 7520 SW Ashdale Ct., Portland, OR 97223. We thank Jan Fredrickson for a very generous donation to cover the cost of printing the shirts.

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter ($140) for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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CENTURY HOMES: Tom and Catherine Lekas

Address: 7225 SW Hunt Club Lane
Originally Built: 1910
Original Owners: Ambrose & May Warden Cronin

The most recent home to be designated as a Century Home was the home of Catherine and Tom Lekas.  This house was built for an original member of the Portland Hunt Club, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Cronin who then moved from Portland in 1911 to Garden Home.  The Century Home Committee members, Virginia Vanture, Stan Houseman, Garden Home History Chair Elaine Shreve, and Board Representative Sasha Kaplan were there to present the plaque and a booklet specifically written for this Century Home.  A special guest was Tom Hubka, member of the Architectural Heritage Center and architectural historian.  The group was joined by the Lekas’ daughter, their daughter-in-law and five of their grandchildren.  Catherine Lekas surprised everyone with a freshly baked lemon cake and coffee which was enjoyed on the tree shaded back porch.

History

Joseph Jacobberger, a Portland architect well known for his Craftsman style architecture, designed the home.   In addition to residences, Jacobberger along with his son Francis, designed a number of churches and public buildings in the Portland area.  The home was constructed in 1910 for Ambrose M. Cronin, Sr. and his wife May Warden Cronin.  Built as a summer home, the house allowed the Cronins to enjoy the social activities of the Portland Hunt Club. Ambrose was one of the original members and served as an early president.

Ambrose was the manager of the Cronin Company which was founded by his father P.J. in 1878 on Front Street in Portland.  The company was a leather, harness and saddle manufacturing firm.  The business was quite successful but as time went on, the popularity of the automobile forced the company to convert its merchandise to auto accessories and tires.   The Cronin Company continued and eventually split into two entities: one retained the name Cronin Company and is a wholesale supplier of flooring material; the other is Electrical Distributing Inc.  Both businesses are managed by descendants of Ambrose and Mary.

The current owner, Tom Lekas, is a retired attorney whose interests over the years have included hunting and fishing as well as being a bagpipe player with the Clan Macleay Pipe Band.  Tom and his wife Catherine raised five children in the house and when Catherine was asked what she might like future owners to know about their family experiences living in the house she suggested this be included:

Mysterious family bell from Lekas Century Home

Mysterious family bell from Lekas Century Home

The family owns a small bell, the kind of object that comes into a house for some forgotten reason and might be placed on a shelf and then forgotten for long periods of time.  For each of the five Lekas children, the bell has at one time or another rang when no one was there to touch it and with the ringing there were often heard voices, adult voices, again with no one present.  The voices might come from another part of the house, upstairs, in the hallway or from the basement but never in the same room where anyone could see someone standing.  Never could they convince their parents of what they had experienced.  But each child believed the others.  One frightening evening the bell rang and when those who were home investigated and found the bell had been moved from where it had been placed on the shelf.  Friendly Spirits?  Who is to say?  The younger Lekas’ experiences have become part of the family history.

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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 love horses and we young girls of Maplewood were no different. It was in the mid to late 1950’s and a parent would drive us to the Hunt Club where we would meet a crusty old fellow with heavy Scottish accent.  His name might have been Bill.  As I was often tallest of the girls, I was always assigned to “Airway” as he was a big horse.  We rode English style around and around in a large indoor riding arena.  Bill would shout out instructions as we circled the ring putting our horses through their paces.  On one occasion, I decided to switch my little stick/crop from my right to left hand and immediately got stick and reins tangled.  Airway took off and we raced around the area, occasionally leaping over little fences not for our level of riding skill.  As I rounded the gallery area, my father shouted instructions which I could not understand.  Airway and I were making good time as we raced around the arena and by now everyone was shouting instructions.  Finally, Bill shouted, “just drop everything” which I did and Airway and I stopped our wild race and all was calm.  What I had failed to realize as I was tangled in reins and stick was the other end of the stick was in poor Airway’s ear!  Bill was grumpy as I thanked him for his good advice.  I later began to feel quite smug as I regaled others with the story of my racing and horse jumping experience atop Airway.  Someone else quickly pointed out that I was darn lucky not to have been thrown.

You can read more about the Hunt Club in the article by Sharon Wilcox or in the story by the Dignan family.

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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 chickens.  We children considered ourselves “slave labor”.  To make things more interesting, he worked a few short miles and minutes away in Multnomah and he was home for lunch every day.  Imagine kids ready to sleep in and then lollygag around the rest of the day.  Now imagine father rousting the “kid laborers” before he headed off to work.  We were given our assignments and you can darn well betcha he would be checking when he arrived for lunch.  The other problem occurred when his work day ended at 3:30 or 4 pm.  That meant he was back again to see how his work assignments were coming along.  We tried various tricks, none of which worked very well.  A person could lounge under a tree and read a book most the afternoon and then throw some raspberries into the bottom of a pan and claim that’s all there were.  Of course, it never worked and by golly the second picking was much more bountiful.  It was not until I was a parent myself did I realize the strategy utilized by father.  He kept us busy and he knew where we were and what we were doing.  We were not at loose ends and certainly too busy to get into much trouble.  He was actually a very good role model and we developed a strong work ethic which has now been handed down to yet another generation.

Which leads me to managing the produce.  Father would gather the harvest and we kids and then to Whitney’s Custom Cannery for the day.  He would drop us off with instructions and of course, that included watch your little brother.  I have no recollection if he spoke directly with Mrs. Whitney or not but he was gone and we were there.  As I recall, we canned beans, tomatoes, plums and lots and lots of corn.  We followed the processes set out for the grownup canners and went through the various steps for each vegetable or fruit that was canned.  I do not recall getting a lot of help or direction nor do I think they were “baby sitting” us but perhaps I just didn’t notice.  Keeping brother involved and engaged was another matter.  Once we had the produce prepared and everything into the cans, we filled with the right amount of water, then onto the conveyer belt to begin processing.   A specific number was assigned for each of our family’s canning efforts and eventually stamped on the top of every can.   Just as we were completing our tasks, father would appear to give us the ride home.  At a later date, he would return to pick up our canned goods and at some point, paid Mrs. Whitney for the canning process.  By the end of summer, we were pro’s at Whitney’s but those were very long days.  It was very nice, however, to be sent to the storage area to grab whatever was needed for a meal and there stacked very neatly were rows and rows of tin cans, literally fruits of our labor.

Whitney’s is no more but those memories and skills learned have stayed with us over time.  We get a kick out of entering the Old Market Pub and seeing the Whitney’s signs and phone number prominently displayed.  That old concrete floor is still just as hard as it was back in the day.  Some things never change.

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Terry Moore obituary

The following obituary for our outstanding local activist Terry Moore is used with permission from her husband Willy Moore.  Terry was active in the local “Crossing Committee” which first worked on the gardens at the intersection and the baskets at the Garden Home Recreation Center.  With the remodeling of Oleson Road, Terry spearheaded this group, now named the Garden Home Gardeners, into developing and maintaining the gardens along Oleson.  See Terry Moore and Garden Home Gardeners on our website.

Moore, Terry Hofferber 64, Dec. 08, 1949 June 13, 2014. Terry Hofferber Moore died Friday, June 13, 2014, from heart failure. Terry spent her life on all sides of the public policy table, beginning as an activist to get laws changed, as a staff person to help change them and then as an elected official to vote to make positive changes to people’s lives. Terry was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and grew up in Missoula, Mont. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and taught French and Spanish at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham from 1973-1976.

She began her public service career as administrative assistant in the Portland Bureau of Planning and Office of Planning and Development and as secretary to the Planning Commission from 1977-1993, and was the citizen outreach coordinator for the Bureau of Planning from 1995-1999, during the contentious Southwest Community Plan process. Terry was elected as Metro councilor serving from 1992-1995 and worked to adopt the Region 2040 Growth Concept. She advocated for parks, trails, greenspaces and accessibility issues. She was elected to the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District board, serving from 1995-2003 and as chairman. From 1989-2008, she was a leader in the Raleigh Hills-Garden Home Neighborhood Association, working on the street design task force and the Oleson Road econstruction Project PAC. She also served on the Oregon Structural Codes Advisory Board and the Portland Audubon Society Board of Directors.  Using a wheelchair all of her adult life, she was a Governor’s Appointee of the State Disabilities Commission, on the Board of Directors of Quad, the assisted housing complex for disabled people and was a founding member of the Oregon Architectural Barriers Council board. She advocated for sidewalks and bike lanes on the improvements to Oleson Road, and then worked to keep the “garden” in Garden Home by spearheading the planting of three-and-a-half miles of Oleson Road with daffodils, trees and hanging baskets.

Terry is survived by her husband, Willy Moore; mother, Dorothy Hofferber; sister, Connie Hofferber Jones; and nieces, Megan Jones and Kimberly Jones.

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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 husband George Louis Upchurch bought the White Store on the southeast corner of the intersection in Garden Home (Dairy Queen now). They bought the store from the Larsens in about 1936.  The “gram” referred to in the story was Theresa as described by the granddaughter Dorinda Troutman in an email to me. In the 1970s Theresa’s husband had died and she married her husband’s relative Mr. Williams.  I knew Theresa Williams in her old age as a member of the Garden Home Methodist Church. This memoir about early Garden Home and the Upchurch store was written by Theresa’s daughter, Dorothy Lois Upchurch Hogue Bates (married names).  The very beginning of this memoir is missing and presumably about the early life of Dorothy Lois Upchurch.

–Elaine Shreve, May 2016

Memoir by Dorothy Lois Upchurch (Hogue Bates, married names) daughter of George and Theresa Upchurch who purchased the White Store, 1936

[the first four handwritten pages were missing by 2013. Edits/clarifications by me, her daughter Dorinda Troutman, are in italics and between brackets]

[My dad – George Louis Upchurch]… was a great one for living in the past. Speaking yearningly of his life in California as a boy. I heard so much of how glamorous life in CA could be that I determined early on that I must experience it.

My father was born with a birth defect. He had a cleft palate and a hare lip. These things can be easily repaired now but not in 1886 when he was born, and this colored his whole personality and his life. [I was told that my grandfather had had an operation on his palate as a very young child in San Francisco]. I was always surprised when someone commented on it. Does a child ever really look at his or her parents? I doubt it. We just love them for what they are. My father was bright and accomplished and had the most beautiful handwriting. I heard that he was a wonderful dancer, especially his waltz. He was a member of the California National Guard, sent to San Francisco after the earth quake and fire of 1906 to help the people in Golden Gate Park and guard against looting. He volunteered for duty in 1917 and got as far as Angel Island when he was refused service because of his birth defect. It was claimed that he couldn’t wear a gas mask.

His speech was difficult to understand at times and he was often mimicked which really upset him so he developed and attitude which really fended off friendships and closeness. I’m sure he really loved me and was proud of me, but I can’t remember being told this or being cuddled and loved beyond my babyhood. He was a critical man, and as my mother remarked, “There is one right way and that is Louie’s way.” He was especially critical of my brother, and Bud was never allowed to bring friends home or play in the yard for fear that he would spoil the symmetry of Dad’s precious lawn and flower beds.

My mother, on the other hand, always had time for us. I can remember being in the kitchen with her, clearing the dishes after meals, while she listened to my endless chatter. It always seemed that I could tell her anything. She as a very wise, earthy woman and as her grandchildren can attest – and was that way until the day she died.

Front doors of School Dist. No. 92 Garden Home, circa 1940s

Front doors of School Dist. No. 92 Garden Home, circa 1940s

Because I was the older child in the family, being seven years older than my brother, and because he was a brother, we had little in common as children. I started at Garden Home School at 6, there being no kindergarten, already able to read. I asked Mother if she taught me to read – and she said, “No, I guess you taught yourself.” I have always been an avid bookworm, would rather read than do anything else, and suffering from near-sightedness, whether brought on by the reading or just because, I took to school like a duck to water. There were less than 80 children in the eight grades and with two grades to a room; I was soon learning second grade work. That accomplished, I as put in the third grade. I seem to have lost little except simple arithmetic, and have always had trouble remembering combinations.

School was a lovely dream. I loved all of my teachers, and we had much opportunity to express ourselves in music and the arts. It probably was not all that much fun for my brother to follow a big sister into the same arena. He was much more physical and full of mischief than I and not as eager to please.

1911 Garden Home Railway Depot

1911 Garden Home Railway Depot. This structure formerly stood on a trestle near where Multnomah Blvd and Garden Home now intersect, just east of the location of the Old Market Pub. Tracks to the left went south to Nesmith, Metzger, and Greenburg and beyond. Tracks on the right went northwest to Firlock, Fanno Creek, Whitford, and Beaverton and beyond.
Source: City of Beaverton

In our small community we were pretty isolated but also self sufficient. There was an electric railway (The Oregon Electric) with a station on a trestle. It was a transfer point, where one track went to Forest Grove and the other all the way down the Willamette Valley to Salem. Although only seven miles to Portland, it seemed so far. We went to the city at least once a week, and Mom was always in a quandary as to what to do with Bud. He was an escape artist – forever running away, and she couldn’t figure whether to get herself ready and then Bud – or the other way around. I remember one time when he was quite small she readied him, tied a rope in the loop of his trousers and fastened him to the clothes line. When we were ready, we found the pants on the end of the line, but missed the train looking for the boy.

Garden Home School was really quite progressive. Our principal and 7th and 8th grade teacher was Nellie Cochran, and her daughter taught 3rth and 4th. We explored all sorts of avenues for learning, had many art courses, and once a year put on a real production, involving the whole school. I remember one time being involved in a Victor Herbert operetta, a very ambitions procedure.

There were two stores in the Garden Home. The nearest was what we called the ‘White Store, although the paint had weathered off long before. It was owned by a widow, Mrs. Nichols, but run by a rotund German named Chris Jager. I think he had been hired help for the Nichols as he ran the store and took care of the old lady. This building was very old, probably built in the 1850s. The second floor had served many purposes, at one time being the school and then a community meeting hall. We bought very little at the White Store, and Mother would only buy things from Chris that were packaged as he was so dirty and the store so filthy.

1911 Garden Home Railway Depot

1911 Garden Home Railway Depot of the Oregon Electric Railway (Red Store in background)

The other store was the Red Store and was located across from the railroad station. It was owned by the Smiths and housed the post office. Marge Smith was the postmaster.

On the other side of our property was the T.E. Hills Victorian farmhouse. An orchard of filberts separated our places. We were fascinated by “Old Man Hills” as my father called him. He was a Civil War veteran, had a flagpole with brass cannon on the top and ran the flag up and down every day. I can still see him in the Memorial Day parade in his navy blue Union uniform with brass buttons, a campaign hat with a gold cord on his head. He also drove a spit and polished 1909 Ford. Quite a curiosity in the 20s when he drove it to Portland, it drew quite a crowd with its polished brass headlights and struts to the windshield from the fenders. It was in such a beautiful condition that Henry Ford offered to buy it and to put it in his Dearborn Museum and trade a new Mercury for it. Mr. Hill agreed, received the new car, drove it for a time and then demanded his old Ford back, and got it.

Another character that fascinated us as children was Mr. Weber, a mysterious man who looked as if he came out of Washington Irving’s imagination. He had long grey hair and a long grey beard. He wore knickers, heavy stockings and boots and walked everywhere with a long wooden walking stick. We even saw him walking in downtown Portland. I heard that this wife and children left him and he vowed to never cut his hair and beard until they returned.

Back to the White Store. It had a wide covered porch across the front and side with huge bread boxes on it. The bread deliveries where very early in the morning, so the bread was put in the boxes before the store opened. Chris also had a parrot in a cage hanging on the porch that laughed and talked, imitating dogs and cats and Chris’ German accent. As the store was across street from the school, this was great entertainment for the school children.

When I was a child our elderly friends and neighbors were always called grandma and grandpa and friends of my parent’s age were aunts and uncles. It took me a long time to differentiate between blood relatives and honorific relatives.

Anyway, where Gramma and Grandpa King sold their house to the Bartletts, I had a new set of Gramma and Grandpas. They had come to Oregon from Indiana with four of their five children. This all happened when I was about 10, I guess. Their youngest son was Virgil (Happy) who was in his teens. My special love was Marian who was in her early twenties and was the very epitome of a ‘20s flapper. She had a windblown bob, Cupid’s bow mouth, wore short beltless dresses, rolled her silk stockings and rouged her knees!! She had a windup Victrola and used to sit on her front porch with one or more of her numerous beaus, who played ukuleles, while I sat on our porch and dreamed of growing up to be exactly like her. She had time for me if no one else was around and I loved to be near her. I still remember what she used to play on that phonograph – “Sweethearts on Parade.”

The year I was 12 was very memorable. I was in the eighth grade and the year I first fell in love, cut my leg, won my bicycle and graduated from grade school.

Bill and Eleanor Powers were from the city. Their parents rented a house in Garden Home for two years, and we all became friends, but he was my first love. We spend as much time as possible together and everyone, including parents, watched us with much interest. We were the same age, except that he was in the seventh grade. When I went off to high school, we grew apart and by the time they returned to the city it was just a sweet memory. When I heard that he had been killed in an accident at 17, I was stricken, and will always remember how sweet it was.

That was the year I fell over the chopping block in the woodshed onto a double-bladed ax and cut a huge gash below my right knee. [Mom told me that Bud was chasing her around the yard and she jumped over the block and fell on the ax]. No doctor, just a little iodine and it took a long time to heal. Of course, it should have been stitched, but it wasn’t and it left a deep scar for the rest of my life. [Mom had lovely, shapely, legs with slender ankles — unlike myself and my daughters  who have sturdier appearing legs and ankles  – just like my grandmother’s —  and as a kid  I always liked the character the scar below her knee gave her].

I have always been ashamed of the way I won my bicycle. Albers Mills offered 50 bicycles to be given away in the three coastal states. Whoever had the most Albers box tops from their products and wrote a winning essay would win a bike. Because Dad worked in wholesale grocery, he made up a mix of grains and legumes, using Albers products. He could get me enough box tops to win all the bikes. To my credit, I did canvas the neighborhood and bugged friends for their box tops and I did write a good essay, but I didn’t feel good in winning that beautiful bicycle.

Before 1932, the high school students in Garden Home caught the train to Portland and attended Lincoln High School at the south end of the Park block. In 1932, when we were to start High School, we were given the choice of attending either Beaverton High School or the new High School in Tigard. I chose Tigard, so I climbed on a bus every day and even was bussed to evening and sports events. So few students had access to cars and hardly anyone owned a car so I can remember being dressed fit to kill in a long formal, going on the bus and meeting my date at school.

High School passed in a happy haze. I was especially fond of my art teacher and when she left in my second or third year, I continued lessons with her in her studio in Portland.

Mother was insistent that I have as many advantages as possible. At six, I started piano lessons with a 16-year-old neighbor girl as teacher. She had a crush on someone in the Portland Symphony so she took me with her on Saturdays to the Portland Auditorium to hear the orchestra under the baton of Willem Von Hoogesteaten. At eight I began lessons with a teacher on the east side of Portland. So, by myself, I took the train to Portland, walked to Broadway where I had my lunch at the Woolworth’s, all fifteen cents worth, and caught a Broadway street car to my piano lesson. Dad worked a half day on Saturday, so he came to pick me up and we usually stopped at Safeway in Hillsdale to grocery shop and then home.

I took piano lessons until I started high school when I had little time to practice. My last teacher was Jesse Lewis, niece of Victor Herbert, who had traveled with him and had wonderful stories to tell. Her studio was at the east end of the Broadway Bridge.

On those Saturdays, I had also discovered the wonderful world of the Portland public library and would walk to 10th Ave and pick up a load of books to read during the week. As I knew nothing about the filing system and was afraid to ask, sometimes I came up with some pretty adult books which puzzled me for years.

One summer when I was about 12, I discovered a twelve volume set of memoirs and letters of World War I, and I’ve never forgotten the feeling of the intense horrors these poor young men went through.

As I say, mine was a happy childhood, reading, riding my bike, going to the banks of Fanno Creek, and digging the clay to fashion fanciful animals – imagining strangers coming by and marveling at who could have done these wonderful things. I also had a tree house. Across the street, there was a huge old maple with a center cut out of it, probably to let the utility wires through. So there were stumps to sit on and quite a large area in the middle. I drove spikes into the tree so that I could climb it. A very bad thing to do, I now realize. I dropped a rope tied to a big bread basket to bring up supplies and my dog, Peggy, a black and white fox terrier. I would sit happily in that tree for hours, quite sure no one knew where I was, spying on the world going by.

The main roads in Garden Home were narrow and graveled. In front of our house were two immense black walnut trees that were the bane of my father’s existence. Over and over, he would try to graft them to English Walnuts and the grafts would never take. When Garden Home road was widened, I suppose the trees were cut down and probably cut up for fire wood. What a shame that beautiful wood was not used for furniture. And mother never used the black walnuts as she complained they were too hard to crack and pick out of their shells.

There was a wooden sidewalk going to the store, two planks wide, laid the long way, bordered by locust trees dripping their beautiful wisteria-like yellow and lavender blossoms in the spring.

There were all sorts of wooded areas around us and I spent a lot of solitary time in them. There were some especially deep dark woods past the store and down toward the Hunt Club across the railroad cut, where the walls were covered with delicious wild strawberries. I saved the tin Log Cabin syrup tins and would build villages in the woods, the floor of which was covered with wild ginger with its big heart-shaped shiny leaves and aromatic ginger buds. We picked too many wildflowers, bringing home armloads of trilliums and great bunches of violets both purple and yellow. We know now that we were stripping the bulbs by doing that but there was so much in those days.

Speaking of the Hunt Club. Dad was continually amused by the weekend riders in their jodhpurs and boots, posting in the English saddles, who passed our house following a paper trail, pretending a fox hunt through our woods and pastures. When I was older and making my own living, I took riding lessons at the Hunt Club, riding in the covered arena, being schooled by a Scot with a resounding Scottish burr that only the horses seemed to understand.

Graduating from H.S. in 1936, it was given that I find a job. I had no idea that I might attend college. In fact, I didn’t even investigate scholarships. No one had suggested I do so. And it was at this time my father was let go from his job and things were really tight.

The summer of 1936 was a special one. As a graduation gift, Mom and Dad sent me to San Francisco to visit. I stayed with Dad’s cousin, Maude Sewell Upchurch. She was the daughter of Aunt Samantha Upchurch Sewell, the aunt who had lured Dad to Oregon in the first place. Maude married her first cousin, Dad’s brother Robert, (one of her marriages). Auntie was still alive, but a very old lady. She and Maude lived together in a railroad flat in a Victorian building at the end of the panhandle of Golden Gate Park on Page Street, just below the Haight.

Maude was a very large woman with a beautiful creamy complexion who always dressed in black and seemed to really attract men. She had been married three times, never had children and seemed to want to live vicariously in me. I loved the attention. She took me to all sorts of places, and looking back, the strangest was to the El Patio Ballroom, down on Market Street. We would get dressed up in long dresses, no less, take the street car to the ballroom, dance with any and all who asked us, and come home by street car. I met an especially nice young man name Reggie Hearn, a law student at Cal, who became very taken with me, even asked me to marry him! Maude was all for it, especially as we had met the dean of Mills College on a ferry to Oakland who got me fired up about going to Mills. Of course, when I called my family to tell them my plans, they insisted I immediately return home.

I again visit San Francisco in 1939 to see and attend the World’s Fair on Treasure Island in the Bay. I can’t remember if I stayed with Maude then or not. I know I went to the Fair with other cousins of my Dad’s, Lulu and Bess McKinney. Lulu lived on Post and Jones in San Francisco and Bess was still teaching in Vacaville. The island was artificial, filled in off Yerba Buena Island In the middle of the Bay. The bridges had been built, but I can’t remember how we got to the fair. It seems as if it was by ferry. It was all so beautiful, the exhibits, the food, the entertainment.

A few years earlier the old White Store had sold to some people from Portland Heights, the Larsens, who did a lot of remodeling of the building. Sadly they tore off the wonderful old porch and louvered shutters, adding some windows and brick, turning the upstairs and part of the downstairs into living quarters. The people of the neighborhood didn’t take to the newcomers and they finally quit and put the place up for sale.

Wilson's Grocery (aka Throckmorton's or Upchurch Store)

Wilson’s Grocery (aka Throckmorton’s or Upchurch Store)

This was just the time Dad lost his job [1936] – and I was working in Portland at Meier and Frank. He had always wanted a retail grocery of his own – after all his experience in the wholesale trade, so Mom and I talked him into cashing in his life insurance policy and talking the Larsens into letting them have the store. His policy was only worth $1,000, so we bought the inventory and moved in, promising to pay for the store as we could.

We moved to the store, renting our house to a young couple, Mildred and Austin Stevens, with a small son, Richard. They became as close as family to us. Mother always said “Mildred is my other daughter.” Later, Judy was born, and Mildred’s mother came to live with them. When Richard was four and Judy two the children were put down for a nap and the grandmother was in her wheelchair. Mildred came to the store to shop. While she was gone Richard started playing with matches and set the house on fire. The children ran to the Bartletts, but the house went up in a flash and although Dad climbed in a window to try to rescue Mildred’s mother, she was burned to death and the house was a total loss.

There was no fire protection in that part of the country, and if a fire started there was no way of stopping it. So, as was the case before, when friends’ houses burned, we took the family in to stay with us until they got back on their feet. I remember sharing my bed with Judy when she was only two.

The garage and woodshed and the outbuildings were still standing on the property, so the Stevens bought the property for $1,500 and converted the buildings into a house, eventually selling the acre to a developer and it is now covered by apartments.

In 1940, my boyfriend, Don and his friend Irv McCarthy decided to seek their fortunes in Hollywood. Irv had an uncle, Bruce Manning, who was a producer there, so the boys opened a record shop.

My buddy, Betty Burdette, and I spent our vacation that year stopping by San Francisco, staying again with Maude, going to the Top O the Mark which had only been open for a couple of years. Betty even had a drink of hard liquor as she was already 21, and we felt very sophisticated.

We went on to Hollywood and all stayed on a ranch near Griffith Park, owned by friends or relatives of the boys. They had a pool and horses and the ranch was location for a lot of movies. Poor Bets was at kind of loose ends as Irv didn’t have much time for her. His Uncle Bruce had fixed him up with a starlet named Ava Gardner!

At Christmas 1936 I began working at Meier and Frank Department Store. I started in the sub-basement wrapping packages for shipping. I worked six days a week, and the starting wage was $58 a month.

Portland Hotel exterior circa 1897 (source PARC)

Portland Hotel exterior circa 1897 (source PARC)

The store was a huge place, a block square, between 5th and 6th Streets and Morrison and Alder, as I recall, and across from the old Post Office and the Portland Hotel. The Hotel was a huge black pile of stone with circular drive in front. Later, the hotel was torn down with the post office and is now Pioneer Square. The store was 14 stories high, the two top floors being stock rooms, and had two basements where the pneumatic tubes hissed and howled, bringing down the receipts and cash for transactions in the departments. There were 2,500 employees, many of whom had spent all their lives working there. There was a fleet of delivery trucks, dark green with red and gold lettering and a huge warehouse and garage in NW Portland.

There was also a big auditorium on the 10th floor for employee rallies and parties, and elaborate fashion shows for the public each change of season. Models were chosen from the store employees and as everyone in the city seemed to have worked there at one time or another, they had their pick of some beautiful girls, including the Rose Festival queens and princesses. So I was really pleased when I was chosen as a model. As well as modeling in the shows, complete with beautiful effects and an orchestra, we did “still-modeling” in the store display windows, confusing pedestrians as to whether we were real or mannequins.

I worked in the store from 1936 to 1940, progressing from wrapping to saleslady in the glove and hosiery departments. In all those years, my top salary was $65 a month for grueling hours.

In 1940, to try to better myself, I went to work for Pacific Bell in what was considered a cream of the jobs, as a service rep. These girls had always been college grads, but I broke the mold, and was hired not withstanding. My salary there was $38 a week. I think I worked there only a year, hated the constant monitoring and the war had begun, so our jobs mainly consisted of saying “Yes, we appreciate your call, but we can’t give you service.”

1950 aerial view of Oleson Rd and Garden Home Rd intersection

1950 aerial view of Oleson Rd and Garden Home Rd intersection; 4 corners, clockwise
1. Garden Home Grade School
2. Orchard
3. Throckmorton’s store
4. Johnson’s Gas station
Courtesy Carolyn Ernstrom Welch. See post.

I’m backtracking now. Our store became very successful. Mother was a wonderful businesswoman. In a short time, my parents had paid off the mortgage and it all belonged to them. It was a mini supermarket for those days. They converted two back rooms into a barbershop and beauty shop. There was a loading dock on the side for seed and feed. Mrs. Smith moved the post office into the store and we had a magnificent mahogany back bar complete with mirrors and beautiful marble counters – our soda fountain. The ice cream parlor table and chairs I have were original with the store. It was a credit and delivery system and Dad would go to the city to get any specialty items anyone wanted. There was a great monster of a nickel-plated cash register, and black beast of a safe in the back room. There was a meat case with perishable lunch makings and big red coffee grinder where Mom ground ‘Upchurch Special” coffee beans. There was a big wire basket of eggs and a store cat who slept atop them, only jumping down when the meat case was opened, hoping for a pinch of hamburger. There were notions, needles and pins and spools of thread. And then there was the candy case. It and the magazine stand drove my Dad up the wall. Mother had endless patience, waiting for the children from school across the street to make up their minds as to which penny candy to buy to get the most pieces for their money. Three were “2-fers” and “5-fers” and even “10-fers” so that you could end up with quite a haul for a nickel. The boys would sit on the step of the magazine stand, reading the comics and leaving them in a mess, for my neat Dad to straighten.

The store was open six days a week, and every Saturday night, the splintered pine floors were oiled so that the dark oil could penetrate over Sunday.

From the age of two, I was sent to Sunday School. The Garden Home Community Church was a plain rectangular white building with a steeple and bell, between the two stores, toward the station. Bud and I went every Sunday at nine. I even taught Sunday School in my teens and played the organ for the little ones. As I grew older, church service followed at 10 and then Epworth League on Sunday night. What with choir practice on Wednesday night, it was really our main social outlet. As kids, it got us out of the house, and a sense of freedom. I remember walking around in the dark with a group, just “hanging out,” (new expression) talking, catching glow worms and flirting.

Old Community Church

Old Community Church

The church was Methodist affiliated, but I can’t remember it being particularly secular. Everyone came. What few Catholics there were in the neighborhood came if they felt like it. My parents didn’t attend. Dad’s family was Christian Scientists.

Then in 1940 my father suffered a coronary thrombosis and almost died. After his stay in the hospital he moved to a nursing home and poor mom had the full brunt of everything. I was working, Bud was only 14, and Mom didn’t drive. So Bud got a special drivers license, and had to deliver groceries after school. He was a darling boy, and had some pretty hairy experiences with hungry housewives. Then after work, we would go to the city to see Dad.

When my father came home, he was never really well, and sadly, began secretly drinking and being unpleasant to the customers. It became harder and harder for Mom to cope, and as I was in California by this time and Bud had joined the service, the store was sold in 1944. In looking back, I think of myself as being very selfish. I should have stopped working away from home and helped the family keep the store. It was a wonderful opportunity to have kept it in the family and made a living for us all.

It was always a going concern. Was sold twice after that, but, sadly, burned to the ground later.

Throckmorton Store fire, looking east

Throckmorton Store fire, looking east

During the war, many things were in short supply, needed by the war effort, so we were rationed. Gasoline was rationed and rubber and cotton goods. Of course, many food stuffs weren’t available, especially dairy products and meat, so Mom ran a kind of bank. Mom turned in ration stamps they didn’t use and Mom doled them out to people who had to get around or had children to feed.

In 1941, I went to work in the First Aid Station at Henry Kaiser’s first shipyard, Oregon Shipbuilding. [The Kaiser Company bus service began in 1942 to serve workers who needed transportation to the shipyards.  Buses ran 3 roundtrips daily, serving Forest Grove, Hillsboro, and Beaverton.] The yard was open round-the-clock, building Liberty Ships, so I took my turn, working all the different shifts, riding with different groups as they changed shifts. It was in North Portland across the St. John’s Bridge. The Doctor in charge was Dr. Rieke, and various others. Staffed by students from the Oregon Medical School. People from all over the world were working there. Half of the musicians from the Portland Symphony, writers and poets, as well as men and women of all ages. My job was keeping records and filing claims.

In 1942 I was still at home and I guess they were tired of having me there. Everyone was in a state of flux – all the men I knew and many of my girlfriends were joining the different branches of the services. A boy I had been going with since I was 19, Don Chambers, went into the Army Air Force, washed out of training in Texas, went into the Glider Corps and wound up in the Battle of the Bulge, the debacle at Bastogne, but came out alive.

I was restless, there were too many different men in my life and Mother said, “You are not married, you are almost 23. You have always talked about San Francisco. It is time for you to go.”

[Mom’s memoir continued about her life in California, where I was born in 1945. – Dorinda Hogue Troutman, Hamilton, Montana (dorindatroutman@centurylink.net)]

[The following paragraphs were written by Dorinda Troutman about her grandmother Teresa Upchurch Williams and sent to me by email.  May 2016]

My grandmother went on as a widow in the early ’50s to work at the Peoples Market Co-op in downtown Portland. I spent a lot of summers with her, both there and at my Aunt and Uncle’s little farm near Tigard (and four cousins).

Theresa Boyd Upchurch in downtown Portland market booth, circa 1950

Theresa Boyd Upchurch in downtown Portland market booth, circa 1950

Here is a photo of her market booth. Theresa Boyd Upchurch is in the middle. Her family, the Boyds, were Oregon pioneers, and ended up living the latter half of their life in Newberg, with a prune orchard and ran a gas station.

Gram sold chickens and eggs that were grown, killed, and plucked by friends outside of the city, and brought in to her each morning intact including heads and feet. She would butcher them and put them on ice in glass fronted cases. It was fascinating for me to watch her butcher. I still see my grandmother’s hands when I do the same. Mom told me that Gram raised chickens for meat and eggs to sell at the Upchurch store during the ’30s. My mother disliked eggs but loved her mother’s cooking of home raised chicken. When Gram rode the train to California in the 50s to visit us, she always packed a fresh chicken in ice in her suitcase to cook for us.

 

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Glenn and Isolda Steele

Isolda Steele (left) with Mrs. Norris (right) at the Garden Home School

Isolda Steele (left) with Mrs. Norris (right) at the Garden Home School

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 be served.

This photo was taken for the Garden Home Album and submitted by Louise Cook Jones of the Garden Home History Project.

Glenn was a general handyman with many talents.  He built the house that he and his wife lived in along with a second house on the same property.  Glenn would pick up odd jobs painting and fixing various things.  He was a master at repurposing and utilizing available material on hand.  His passion was rocks; not just any rocks but semi-precious stones that he would load into his polishing machines.  The garage had water lines that had been specially set up for the rock polishing machines that sat against the southern wall.  Once they were tumbled and polished he would place them in various barrels on the property.  The most beautiful stones were placed in glass display cases inside their garage.  Grandchildren who came to visit could always take home a shiny prize.

Glenn and Isolda Steele donating a Brazilian amethyst to the Smithsonian

Glenn and Isolda Steele donating a Brazilian amethyst to the Smithsonian

One of the many grandchildren of Glenn and Isolda is Barry Steele who resides in Beaverton with his wife Jeanne.  Barry’s strongest memories of spending time with his grandfather surrounded rock collecting.  Barry would go on rock finding expeditions with his grandfather searching the ground for treasures.  Both Barry and his wife Jeanne remember uncovering metal garbage cans full of stones at Isolda and Glenn’s home.  Once, Jeanne found an amethyst laden toilet seat in the backyard; the purple stones were set into a plastic resin material.  The collection over the years that Glenn amassed was so impressive that a portion of it, specifically the Brazilian Amethyst, was given to the Smithsonian.

Don Olson of Bend, Oregon, a cousin of Barry Steele, put together an excellent cookbook featuring the recipes of Isolda Steele.  A copy of the recipe book was generously donated to the Garden Home History Project.  The book features detailed recipes alongside black and white photos chronicling Isolda’s lineage from Antelope, Oregon in the early 1900’s, Isolda as a child, as well as some early pictures of both her and Glenn.  The book transitions to some more recent color photos, the last picturing Isolda and Glenn in 1986, the year that Isolda passed.

Besides recipes for cakes, puddings and cookies there are also home remedies for anything from ants, to soap, to removing nails and screws that have rusted into wood.  One of the more interesting home remedies is how to fix a leaking stove.  Since Isolda cooked all the family meals on a wood burning stove in the kitchen, this recipe must have come in handy many times to prevent ash from spilling onto the kitchen floor.

Louise Cook Jones, a member of the Garden Home History Project who attended Garden Home School from 1954-1962, recalls Mrs. Steele as an important part of the school.  She would visit each lunch table, encouraging those who were slow to eat to finish their food so they could have some time at recess.   Louise fondly recalls Mrs. Steele’s cooking.  “Her yeast rolls were amazing – you could smell them cooking all over the school.  And she made wonderful homemade chocolate pudding, served in tall glass dishes.”

Louise Cook Jones’ sister Patti Cook Davies attended the school in 1946-1954; Patti always looked forward to Mrs. Steele’s snicker doodle cookies and macaroni and cheese.  Louise’s brother Warren Cook attended the school from 1952-1960.  He remembers Mrs. Steele always being so kind and anything that she made was good.

Isolda and Glenn’s Garden Home residence is located to the north of the Old Market Pub.  The Pub once was Whitney’s Cannery, owned by Mark and Leona Whitney.

Aerial photo by Otto Arndt shows Glenn and Isolda’s home and cannery where Barry worked. Circa mid 1950s.

Aerial photo by Otto Arndt shows Glenn and Isolda’s home and cannery where Barry worked. Circa mid 1950s.

Taken from the aerial photos given to the Garden Home History Project by Otto Arndt (negative 19 of the series) shows Glenn and Isolda’s home at the very left edge of the photo.  You can see the cannery where Barry worked roughly in the middle of the frame near the bend in Multnomah Boulevard on the left side of the road.

Barry Steele worked in the cannery for six months at the age of 17 in 1947.  There he canned fruits like peaches and pears from the local orchards.  Barry said he must have eaten his grandparents out of house and home as Glenn told his grandson Barry that he needed to pay $50 per month board and room.

Barry stayed in the upper part of the garage, the ladder that Barry would climb to get up to the loft of the garage, stamped with E E Steele (Barry’s Great Grandfather) is still there.

The most recent owner of Glenn and Isolda’s home is Gordon Rice who purchased the home from Barry’s Aunt Gwen in 1991.  The house had been vacant for approximately six years.  Gordon remodeled the house over several years to make the home more up to date with modern comforts.  The outhouse was removed and a bathroom was placed inside a small addition that includes an entry way.  The home’s porches were also added on and a sliding glass door leading out to the back porch was placed.  The house is cozy with a kitchen, main living area and two bedrooms.  In 1993, Gordon placed the house on a foundation for it to be able to stand the test of time.

Gordon very generously gave Barry and Jeannie Steele (pictured below) a lock he has had for the past 25 years with the welded initials of Glenn Steele.

By Christina Mauroni, April 2016

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