Elaine Rohse

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

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 ...

Rohse: Women’s rights at stake in pants fight

How nice if Amelia Bloomer could have lived to see the 2016 Democratic presidential convention — although she perhaps would have been no less excited about a woman being nominated than that the woman ...

Rohse: Winged beauties

If you pine for a pet but dislike walking a dog, or if your children beg for one but you are disinclined to deal with litter boxes, then consider keeping a butterfly. The world of butterflies is diverse, ...

Rohse: Popular craft passed this ranch girl by

Although embroidery is popular worldwide and one of the oldest forms of art, I’m glad that I grew up in Eastern Oregon where little girls weren’t expected to make samplers as a rite of passage. Indeed, ...

Rohse: The wider side

In the annals of our country’s history, one mystery long remained unsolved. I was involved in that mystery. You, too, may unknowingly have been involved in it, as well. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Phil Matthews photo/Creative Commons##Raised-earth sculpture depicting Sultan the Pit Pony.

Rohse: The plight of the pit ponies

From the mid-18th century until well into the 20th, countless ponies that should have been gamboling in green pastures lived in darkness in the bowels of the earth. They were pit ponies and worked in coal ...

Rohse: Mining for history in Nova Scotia

It is pitch dark. No glimmer of light from any direction. I cannot see my hand in front of my face. When we started down the tunnel, I could stand upright. Now, despite being only 5 feet tall, my hard ...

Rohse: Turkey recipes from the archives

With Turkey Rama at hand, if you are hosting out-of-town guests and still wondering what to serve to them, the answer, of course, is turkey. And if, in addition to picking up one of the festival’s ...

Rohse: Pleasant travels in the 'crown jewel'

Americans don’t have to cross an ocean to have a French experience. We can instead visit Quebec, the Canadian city with the French heritage and the predominantly French-speaking population. My son ...

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