Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Bullfighting a long, bloody tradition

During World War II, Homer was stationed at several different air bases in New Mexico, where the weather facilitated the practice of bombing missions. Several of the small Mexican border towns nearby ...

Rohse: This rider wants a saddle, please

I love to ride horseback — but, please, please, may I have a saddle? I’ll ride double, if I must, but I surely don’t enjoy it as much as if I have my own saddle. And bareback riding ...

Rohse: Time to weed out some bad habits

It’s spring. Time to groom flower beds. Time to weed vegetable gardens. Time, too, to “weed” ourselves. It may surprise you that humans do indeed need weeding, as do gardens. Rohse ...

Rohse: Team names, from ordinary to offbeat

Those who make a living in professional sports often argue that nothing is more important to a team than its name. They say that that name is not just a label but defines the identity of the team. It ...

Rohse: When dreams were delivered by mail

During the early 20th century, Grant County’s largest annual event was hunting season. Ours was good deer and elk country. Every fall, the hordes descended on Eastern Oregon: cousins we didn’t ...

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 ...

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