Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Battles, bonding over dirty dishes

My older sister and I loved each other dearly, and had great fun together. But we had a problem that had to do with taking turns — and determining whose turn it was. When it was time to gather the ...

Rohse: Death Valley a serene and beautiful place

When we recently planned a trip and our friends learned we were visiting Death Valley, no one seemed much interested in going along. “Why would you want to go there? one asked. “What on earth ...

Rohse: Ranch terminology trips up greenhorn

When you’ve never before lived on a cattle ranch and move there as a little kid, there is much to learn. And not just physical tasks, such as milking cows, saddling a horse, closing wire gates, ...

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Rohse: Rumble seat was the 'best ride ever'

I imagine that kids today pity those of us who grew up before the era of electronics and missed out on smart phones, ipods, laptops, all those aids that provide entertainment for kids who then do not have ...

Rohse: Gratitude remains for long-ago teachers

Our Monument High School included enrollment of about 25 — and two teachers for the entire school. But I loved Monument High. I had a wonderful time those four years, except for one profound regret: ...

Rohse: Ideal place for a sunrise service

If Sunset Magazine’s next issue should chance to include Oregon’s 10 Best Places to see a 2018 Easter Sunrise Service, it’s likely that one of those places would be Yamhill County’s ...

Rohse: Taffy-pulling party was a sweet success

I had a perfectly wonderful childhood. And one day, when I was reiterating that to son Mitch, he asked what I did that was such a blast. “If you can believe it,” I said “I didn’t ...

Rohse: Today's history lesson: Pike, Oregon

It’s time for today’s history lesson. The subject is Pike. Some of today’s residents may neither have visited Pike nor ever heard of it. It is located near the confluence of the North ...

Rohse: Animal intelligence is most impressive

Whoever thought up the phrase “dumb animals” should be ashamed. He did not know whereof he spoke. Anyone who has had a pet, lived on a farm or ranch, or has hunted or fished, knows of the ...

Rohse: Handkerchiefs are nothing to sneeze at

A 10-inch square of fragile fabric — the handkerchief — has left its footprints on the world, but mankind has done little to express its thanks. And soon it may be too late. As with endangered ...

Rohse: Things that go bump in the night

I do not like sounds in the night, especially unfamiliar ones. Likewise, I do not like even familiar sounds if heard at a time that is not customary. In all the years that I walked the mile and a half ...

Rohse: Proud of my years as a blood donor

In my billfold is a card that I have neither used nor even removed in many years, but I shall never discard that American Red Cross Blood Donor Card. This was brought to mind by a recent News-Register ...

Rohse: How to build a better bathtub

I haven’t taken a bath for years — and, in case that conveys the wrong impression, it is because I do not like bathtubs. I am a shower person. For the most part, modernization has skipped ...

Rohse: Grant County was home at the right time

Although I’ve always thought Eastern Oregon was the best place in the world for a kid to grow up, I have since suspected that might have been because we were living there at the right time — ...

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