Elaine Rohse

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

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 ...

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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 ...

Rohse: Born before her time

If Emma Baker Galloway, an early day Yamhill County activist, had been born a century later in more modern times, she perhaps could have challenged Hillary Clinton as a female politico. Emma was a go-getter. ...

Rohse: Pack up your troubles

Worrying, for most of us, is an almost daily inevitability. So what’s to worry about today? If we don’t have something to worry about, dream something up. Some of our favorites: relationships, ...

Rohse: A few hints for next year, Santa

Well, Santa, it’s all over for another year. And although you did a great job, I wanted to remind you that you did overlook a few things that were on my list. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Rohse: In McMinnville, an Eve to remember

‘Twas the night before Christmas and in our special little town, The edict from the mayor’s office was: “On no face a frown.” McMinnvillans were tucked in their beds with blankets ...

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