Elaine Rohse

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

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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, ...

Rohse: 'Putting up' was part of ranch life

Growing up on a ranch was fun — except for the “put-up” work. If you didn’t grow up on a farm or ranch, you may not have learned the meaning of “put up.” As a ranch ...

Rohse: Who came up with these rules?

While growing up, scarcely a day went by when our moms didn’t give us at least a brief etiquette lesson. Now, lacking those refresher courses, we may tend to get a bit rusty. So, when I had the ...

Rohse: The stories cemeteries can tell

On Memorial Day, when you take flowers to the cemetery and remember your loved ones, take time also to listen to the stories told to you by that cemetery. Oh, the stories these cemeteries tell. And what ...

Rohse: Giveaway makes for a wonderful day

I recently had a perfectly wonderful day — thanks to Friends of McMinnville Library. I went to their Giant Giveaway where 2,100 books were offered free. Take home as many as you want. Yours to keep. ...

Rohse: Some Oregon names creative, others less so

Oregon, if you can believe it, has 85 streams named “Rock Creek,” according to Lewis A. McArthur’s “Oregon Geographic Names.” Additionally, a community in Malheur County ...

Rohse: Wildflowers bloom from out of the past

Take an hour when you have the time for a walk through a field of wildflowers. Well, sort of. That “field” is at Yamhill County Historical Society Museum in Lafayette. And the flowers were ...

Rohse: So many wondrous sights on the coast

It’s spring — an idyllic season if Oregon sun but shines. But, should rainy doldrums persist, pack a bag and take a little trip down our amazing Oregon Coast. Oh, sure, you’ve been there, ...

Rohse: Sturdy kitchen table made house a home

At our ranch in Eastern Oregon, a four-legged member of our household contributed greatly to the togetherness of our family. It was our sturdy old kitchen table, where we gathered for about everything ...

Rohse: A different kind of culture in E. Oregon

As a kid growing up on an Eastern Oregon cattle ranch during the Depression, I suspect that I suffered a severe case of cultural undernourishment. This never occurred to me until I read Wallace Stegner’s ...

Rohse: Wartime tales shared through vet’s book

McMinnvillan Gene Webber, in his 90s, did something that every Yamhill County man and woman should do. For his family, he wrote a book about an important chapter in his life: “World War 2 — ...

Rohse: Let's take time to learn about lime

Settlers who headed for the “land of the setting sun” via the Oregon Trail expected to find everything they needed in Oregon Country. It was the promised land. They knew for sure that it had ...

Rohse: For my money, nickel is the best coin

As a kid, I never knew the name of the nice man who bought me candy bars, packages of gum, and other treats. I just knew him as the chief on the Indian head nickel. Indeed, while growing up I did not ...

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