Elaine Rohse

"Rohse Colored Glasses:" Reflections on history and home life.

United States Forest Service image##The General Patch Bridge was built during the Oregon Maneuver.

Rohse: When 'war' came to the High Desert

More than 70 years ago, east of the Cascades in Oregon’s High Desert — sagebrush and juniper country — something strange was afoot. Something very strange. Cattle ranchers sensed it. ...

Rohse: How we suffered with the sinners in confession mags

Confession magazines were the favorite reading for us high school gals in Monument when I was then going to school — and never was one of those copies thrown away. That was during the Depression ...

Rohse: Joys small and large to be thankful for

Thanksgiving is at hand — time to give thanks. First on our list: We give thanks for the 26 letters of the alphabet. What a wonderful gift they are. They’re responsible for all our newspapers, ...

Rohse: Why get a tattoo? I say, why not?

For some time, my friend Elsie and I have been thinking about getting tattoos. One night at dinner, we announced that plan to our table companions. For a moment, there was utter silence — and then, ...

Rohse: Names shed light on local history

Geographic names do not just help us find our destination. They tell stories. They record history. They commemorate the meritorious. Do Yamhill County’s geographic names accomplish all that? Rohse ...

Rohse: That sinking feeling

Many years ago, up in its far northern reaches, Yamhill County harbored a secret known to few of its residents: The Sinkhole of Cove Orchard. Thanks in large measure to Gordon N. Zimmerman, longtime Yamhill ...

##The Brother Jonathan, as it looked in 1851.

Rohse: Remembering the Brother Jonathan

Because of the terrible Pacific Ocean storm on July 30, 1865, that wrecked ships and drowned hundreds of people, I always visit Brother Jonathan Cemetery when I’m in Crescent City, California. I ...

Rohse: Clearly, jellyfish are fascinating creatures

About all I knew about jellyfish, until recently, was that I did not want them on my breakfast toast. I knew jellyfish supposedly could sting, but I had never experienced that. My experience with them ...

Rohse Colored Glasses: Clothes unflattering? Fashion doesn't care

Fashion is a troublemaker. It prompts us to wear styles we vowed we’d never put on our backs. It wheedles us into buying things we don’t really like — but, what’s to do when everyone ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##The McMinnville City Hall building originally was the private residence of the Courtemanche family. L.A. Courtemanche was a prominent local businessman. Later, the home was used as a parsonage for the First Baptist Church before the city purchased it in the mid-1960s.

Rohse: City hall building worthy of admiration

I walk up the red brick pathway, in downtown McMinnville at Second and Cowls, and here I am at the door of McMinnville City Hall. I love our city hall. Every time I pass this imposing building, I admire ...

Rohse: The curious case of bachelor buttons

Remember the bachelor buttons that once grew along roadsides? You perhaps picked them as a bouquet for your mother. In late summer, when harvest neared, you’d see those colorful blue blossoms in ...

Rohse: Our vocabularies are underutilized

Have you learned a new word today? Educators tell us that large vocabularies are a considerable asset. But kids who chanced to read G. H. McKnight’s “English Words and Their Background,” ...

Rohse: The varied origins of county names

July 5, 1843, was a momentous day — the birthday of Oregon’s first four districts. And how that family has grown. Those four original districts, which later became known as counties, today ...

Rohse: Take a stand against too much sitting

Do you sit too much? Most Americans do — and as a result, they may have “sitting disease.” There is conjecture that the inactivity of sitting harms our bodies — and can even kill. Rohse ...

Web Design & Web Development by LVSYS