Elaine Rohse

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

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 ...

Rohse: Walking teaches valuable lessons

If I were an educator, I would advocate that every child be mandated to walk to school — time and physical ability permitting. Although I am not an educator, I speak from experience. I walked a ...

Rohse: The great Scout glass collection

Back in 1959, when a McMinnville Girl Scout Troop needed money for a week-long trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico, the project they chose was a history maker. They collected and sold recycled glass. As far as ...

Rohse: The trip of a lifetime

As the Girl Scouts’ annual spring cookie sale nears — this year its 100th — it’s time to retell the story of a McMinnville Girl Scout troop that changed American history, albeit ...

Rohse: Words to grow up by

My mother had many “maxims” that she used in her parental training. Although I often did not understand these, I came to learn that Mother did not regard them as debatable. As I understood ...

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Rohse: Will it be a red-letter day?

It is sad that our society has virtually stopped writing personal letters. Nowadays, if I get a personal letter in the mail, it’s a red-letter day. Once upon a time, personal letters were the only ...

Image: Library of Congress##The Boston Tea Party as depicted in a circa 1789 engraving by W.D. Cooper.

Rohse: A collection of outlandish levies from taxation's past

Long ago, Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” As April 15 draws nearer, we know whereof he speaks. But when, why and where did these taxes come ...

Rohse: Where unloved gifts are laid to rest

On Memorial Day, I do not visit or take flowers to my little private cemetery. It is the graveyard of Christmas gifts. I suspect that you, too, have such a place. These private graveyards are not just ...

Rohse: Oregon storms for the history books

As 2016 said goodbye with cold nights, snow and black ice, and 2017 welcomed us with bitter chill, sleet and more snow, one wonders if this 2016-17 winter will be one of the “grandaddy” kind. Those ...

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