Marcus Larson/News-Register##Re-enactor Andrew Engel, portraying a soldier stationed at the Fort Yamhill garrison, works in the “kitchen,” slicing watermelon for the rest of his unit. The demonstration was part of a twice-yearly history day event at the state heritage area near Grand Ronde.

All quiet at the western fort

The Yamhill Valley was a great place to be an American soldier during the early 1860s. The Civil War here was very civil indeed. People got shot now and again, but that had nothing to do with the war. ...

Image: Washington Historical Society##The five-foot Wolf Electric Chainsaw is demonstrated on a small Douglas Fir tree in what is obviously a publicity photo. The generator powering the electric motor is somewhere out of sight and the photographer seems to have taken some pains to hide the cable.

Offbeat Oregon: Early portable chainsaws didn't cut it with loggers

For most people not intimately familiar with the logging industry, it’s easy to forget how new an invention the chainsaw is. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Gretchen and Steve Jones are in the process of retiring from their Select Seed farm, which has been in the family for 100 years. To their left is grandson Nathan Jones and warehouse manager Jason Galbreath.

Stopping By: Century on the farm

When Henry W. and Minta Jones bought a 640-acre parcel spanning both sides of the South Yamhill River in 1918, they probably didn’t think his descendants would still be farming there 100 ...

Submitted photo##Barbra (Elise Martin) and her brother Johnny (Samuel Hannigan) are the first unsuspecting victims of the living dead in Linfield Theater’s new production.

Linfield theater season opens with 'Night of the Living Dead'

The Linfield College theater will kick off its 99th season by staging “Night of the Living Dead.” Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22, in the Marshall ...

Rohse: Canning got the seal of disapproval

I enjoyed most of the chores that I had to do on the ranch. I liked bringing in the cows every evening. I liked going to get the horses, especially if I remembered to bring along a halter so I could ride ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The museum includes a kitchen area with an array of vintage cookbooks.

The little museum that could

Gary Brooks swings through Sheridan every now and then to relive the glory days of the local logging industry. At a bustling lumber mill, the retired McMinnville dentist loads logs onto trains with the ...

Image: American Medical Association##A political cartoon published by the American Medical Liberty League, Lora Little’s organization, sometime in the late 1910s or early 1920s.

Offbeat Oregon: Determined activist stopped state plan for forced sterilizations

In 1913, the Oregon state legislature passed a eugenic-sterilization law that had been written for it by one of the state’s most prominent citizens. The law’s author was Bethenia Owens-Adair, ...

Review: Gallery cuts loose with 'Footloose'

When Chicago-bred Ren moves to conservative Bomont, Oklahoma, he discovers his high school classmates aren’t exactly “Footloose.” With only a bowling alley and church for entertainment, ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The late Milly Armstrong collected scraps from outfits she made for her daughter, Gay, for many years before finishing her Sunbonnet Sue quilt. The piece features 30 Sues in a variety of activities, from skating to walking her dog.

Stopping By: A quilt named Sue

Eighteen-month-old Gay Welliver posed in her favorite dress — white with little pink roses beside her new baby brother’s crib in a photo announcing the expansion of Colin and Milly Armstrong’s ...

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Carlson: Dog walkers, mind your manners

When I die and go to whatever awaits us all beyond the grave, I have no doubt the epitaph on my tombstone will read, “Nancy Carlson: Loving Wife, Loyal Sister and Above-Average Dog Walker.” Dog ...

Rohse: Gathering berries, 'vacation' memories

There’s a strange word in our dictionaries: “huckleberrying” which means, of course, the gathering of huckleberries. But when we pick cherries we do not call it “cherrying.” ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Chuck Cook assesses the straightness of a blade fresh out of the furnace.

Cutting-edge technology

When he was 12 years old, Chuck Cook decided, for reasons he can’t quite remember, to go into the backyard and turn his parents’ barbecue into a forge. “It was just one of those things ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Mike Culver cranks up the temperature to heat a piece of metal he’ll forge into a tool.

10-year-old fired up about blacksmithing

  Apron in place, hammer in hand, 10-year-old Mike Culver spends his Fridays pounding metal. Nicknamed “Mighty Mike” by his mentors, he’s learning traditional blacksmithing ...

Image: Superior Publishing##This photograph from shortly after the ship was built shows the Caoba — then named the Coastal — underway. When the Caoba came to grief, the low area amidships was piled high with a deck load of lumber and there were, fortunately, far fewer passengers on board.

Offbeat Oregon: Despite rescue, rumrunners went to prison

Capt. Robert Pamphlet and his crew were sailing south in a heavy sea when they heard the distress calls. The 579-ton steam schooner Caoba, slugging it out with the gale off the mouth of the Columbia, had ...

##Youngsters dive and frolic in the concrete pool on Star Mill Way in 1947, with the old mill still standing in the background. The pool was built in 1934 with help from the Works Progress Administration. Swimmers loved it, despite the cold water.

Stopping By: Diving into history

After a day spent picking beans or other crops, teenager Connie (Howard) Heim raced home to shower and grab her swimsuit. Then she pedaled her bike along West Second Street to the city swimming pool, ...

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