Image: Library of Congress##An advertising circular promoting a patent medicine of the type often sold at traveling medicine shows; this label dates from 1851.

Offbeat Oregon: Traveling shows swindled the sick

The four decades following the Civil War were something like a golden age of charlatanry in the West, and Oregon was no exception. From swindling tourists at a gambling parlor, to fleecing miners in a ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Participants and volunteers are silhouetted against the windows of Evergreen Museum’s Wings and Waves Waterpark during a SeaPerch competition last week. Students from Dayton and Warrenton spent the day racing remotely operated underwater vehicles through a course set up in the waterpark’s pool.

Pool of contenders

The Marine Corps is looking for a few good men. The Navy? “We’re looking for geeky, nerdy kids,” said Sergio Barrientos, a Navy education specialist. Finding them requires a certain ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##President Jane Brady talks about the history of PEO Chapter Y. Brady is a third-generation president of the McMinnville group. Her grandmother, Stella Sitton, and her mother, Anne McCullum, also held the office.

Stopping By: Celebrating sisterhood

PEO sisters work hard to provide scholarships and grants so that other women can learn and achieve their dreams. And that’s been the raison d’etre for McMinnville’s PEO Chapter Y for ...

Happy Tails: Kids need to learn dog safety

If you are a regular reader of “Happy Tails,” you may remember that last year I did a column on the new way of doing business at Dog Control, now that the facility at the fairgrounds has been ...

Rohse: So many to honor this Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, for the first time in many years, Min Coburn and I will not visit a cemetery to memorialize Yamhill County forebears. Rather, we felt others should also be remembered, not just town founders ...

The dreaded final screen of the Image: MECC##Oregon Trail videogame as rendered on an early-1980s-vintage Apple IIe computer.

Offbeat Oregon: How not to die of dysentery on the Oregon Trail

Readers old enough to remember the Rex Morgan, M.D., comic strip will have a good sense of the glory years of medicine in Oregon, and across the country too. For the past 75 years or so, doctors have enjoyed ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Laura (Kylee Gwilliam) and her date, Jim (Daniel Salewski), discuss her collection of glass figurines in Tennessee Williams’ “The Pretty Trap,” an early version of “The Glass Menagerie.”  The one-act play is directed by Mac High student Eric Armstrong.

Mac High seniors direct one-acts

McMinnville High School seniors will direct several one-act plays in performances scheduled Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. The shows will start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $5 general ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Juan Manuel Corona is a newly minted American citizen — thanks in part to the help he received from the immigration program operated locally through Lutheran Community Services.

Putting a face on immigration issues

Juan Manuel Corona is a culinary wizard with a slew of certificates and awards on his résumé. Yet he still wasn’t welcome at a greasy spoon in Indiana, where he had the gall to order ...

Hardy Boys: The present that lasts

Well in advance of Mother’s Day, my boys asked me what I’d like from them this year. “A clean house,” I told them. I know it would only last for a moment, but what a blissful moment ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Charlotte Clemmer of Sheridan preserves memories of her eldest brother, Carlton Henley, who died in World War II.

Stopping By: Peace of her heart

As a preschooler, Charlotte (Henley) Clemmer waved goodbye to her eldest brother, handsome Carlton Lee Henley, as he went off to fight World War II. She never saw him again, but 70 years after he died ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Mike and Kari Rex, below, have enjoyed revamping their new yard.

Yard of the Month: Beautiful by design

The satisfaction and creativity of designing the perfect landscape can keep Kari Rex happily occupied for hours. Her husband, Mike, thoroughly enjoys the challenge of moving things around. So between ...

Nonprofit returns medals to families

A small nonprofit organization is making a big difference for families of veterans. Purple Hearts Reunited, based in Georgia, Vermont, returns Purple Hearts and other medals to families, some of whom ...

Sheridan grad led search for MIAs

One of Retired Lt. Col. Matthew Fuhrer’s most rewarding duties has been finding and recovering military personnel who’ve gone missing. Fuhrer, who grew up in Sheridan, spent the late ...

Greens & Beans: How old are those frozen blueberries?

Good intentions pave the way not only to very hot places, but also to very cold ones. Such as the freezer — home to all sorts of ice-encrusted, seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time containers. But ...

Rohse: Eastern Oregon, my lifelong love

I had my first love affair when I was 8 years old. I fell in love with Eastern Oregon. Those first eight years, with Mother, Dad, my older sister Lillian, and dog Topsy, I had thought our family the epitome ...

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