Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Memories old and new at Harvest Fest

I went gathering memories a few weeks ago. I had a wonderful time, gathering them in great quantities — and memories keep well. These memories were gathered at the Yamhill County Historical Society’s ...

Rohse: The many trials of the Oregon Trail

Luckily, I was not a pioneer wife who had to pack for the Oregon Trail, which from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City was about 2,000 miles, required about a year of preparation and planning, and might ...

Rohse: My lawless hometown

During the early 20th century, my hometown could have been called “lawless.” Monument had no hanging tree. We had no vigilante group ready to pursue rustlers. We likewise had no law officer ...

Rohse: No finer tree than our own Doug-fir

In 1939, Oregon’s Legislature designated the Douglas fir as our state tree — and a fine choice that valuable natural resource was. I don’t get much excited about the sunstone as the ...

Rohse: On ranch, Mother's work was never done

That old saying, “A woman’s work is never done,” perfectly describes my mother’s typical day on our Eastern Oregon ranch that lacked electricity. Our family — mother, father, ...

Rohse: Don't forget the mountain men

There was a time when young boys, when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, frequently replied, “I want to be a cowboy.” It’s surprising that they seldom, if ever, answered, ...

Rohse: Raised on a ranch, but never a cowgirl

Despite growing up on a ranch, I was by no means a rodeo star. I could usually stay on a horse without falling off. I could usually avoid being thrown if a horse suddenly shied or acted a bit cantankerous ...

Rohse: Races were no picnic for humans, either

Now that turkey races are no longer part of Turkey Rama, freedom of the press allows me to speak: The races were not discontinued just because of perceived cruelty to turkeys, but also because of cruelty ...

Rohse: Quill fears quelled

Wily coyotes, macho mountain lions and an occasional rattlesnake have left Eastern Oregon to find new homes in the valley. I do not know of any porcupines that have done so. Perhaps that’s because ...

Rohse: Want to belong? Join the club

There are clubs for everyone to join, and most of us belong to some organization. Some “clubby” people belong to many. McMinnville, at least for a time, has been home to clubs or organizations ...

Rohse: Thanks, Yamhill County, and many happy returns

On July 5, Yamhill County celebrates her 174th birthday. I know of no party planned in her honor. And yet, we should be grateful beyond words for all the gifts Yamhill County has given us. In case you’ve ...

Rohse: Red Electric was a short-lived marvel

On McMinnville’s Third Street, near the railroad tracks, is a historic reminder of glory days when Red Electric trains — the trains without engines — came to town. On the north side ...

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Rohse: Tale of witch trials remains fascinating

The Witchcraft Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, represented a grim chapter in American history. More than 200 were accused of practicing witchcraft; 20 were executed by hanging or other unbelievably ...

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Rohse: Prunes were once a treasure of local ag

When we have no gold fields to prospect, we look elsewhere for gold. For a time, Yamhill County farmers counted on prunes for that wealth. It is true that the prune was well known for its laxative effect, ...

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