Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Don't forget the mountain men

There was a time when young boys, when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, frequently replied, “I want to be a cowboy.” It’s surprising that they seldom, if ever, answered, ...

Rohse: Raised on a ranch, but never a cowgirl

Despite growing up on a ranch, I was by no means a rodeo star. I could usually stay on a horse without falling off. I could usually avoid being thrown if a horse suddenly shied or acted a bit cantankerous ...

Rohse: Races were no picnic for humans, either

Now that turkey races are no longer part of Turkey Rama, freedom of the press allows me to speak: The races were not discontinued just because of perceived cruelty to turkeys, but also because of cruelty ...

Rohse: Quill fears quelled

Wily coyotes, macho mountain lions and an occasional rattlesnake have left Eastern Oregon to find new homes in the valley. I do not know of any porcupines that have done so. Perhaps that’s because ...

Rohse: Want to belong? Join the club

There are clubs for everyone to join, and most of us belong to some organization. Some “clubby” people belong to many. McMinnville, at least for a time, has been home to clubs or organizations ...

Rohse: Thanks, Yamhill County, and many happy returns

On July 5, Yamhill County celebrates her 174th birthday. I know of no party planned in her honor. And yet, we should be grateful beyond words for all the gifts Yamhill County has given us. In case you’ve ...

Rohse: Red Electric was a short-lived marvel

On McMinnville’s Third Street, near the railroad tracks, is a historic reminder of glory days when Red Electric trains — the trains without engines — came to town. On the north side ...

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Rohse: Tale of witch trials remains fascinating

The Witchcraft Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, represented a grim chapter in American history. More than 200 were accused of practicing witchcraft; 20 were executed by hanging or other unbelievably ...

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Rohse: Prunes were once a treasure of local ag

When we have no gold fields to prospect, we look elsewhere for gold. For a time, Yamhill County farmers counted on prunes for that wealth. It is true that the prune was well known for its laxative effect, ...

Rohse: 'Putting up' was part of ranch life

Growing up on a ranch was fun — except for the “put-up” work. If you didn’t grow up on a farm or ranch, you may not have learned the meaning of “put up.” As a ranch ...

Rohse: Who came up with these rules?

While growing up, scarcely a day went by when our moms didn’t give us at least a brief etiquette lesson. Now, lacking those refresher courses, we may tend to get a bit rusty. So, when I had the ...

Rohse: The stories cemeteries can tell

On Memorial Day, when you take flowers to the cemetery and remember your loved ones, take time also to listen to the stories told to you by that cemetery. Oh, the stories these cemeteries tell. And what ...

Rohse: Giveaway makes for a wonderful day

I recently had a perfectly wonderful day — thanks to Friends of McMinnville Library. I went to their Giant Giveaway where 2,100 books were offered free. Take home as many as you want. Yours to keep. ...

Rohse: Some Oregon names creative, others less so

Oregon, if you can believe it, has 85 streams named “Rock Creek,” according to Lewis A. McArthur’s “Oregon Geographic Names.” Additionally, a community in Malheur County ...

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