Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse Colored Glasses: Dayton a hub of Oregon history

Back in winter 1848-49, when James K. Polk was president and prospectors soon would be flocking to California gold fields, Andrew Smith and Joel Palmer laid out the town of Dayton, Oregon. Ever since, ...

Rohse: Is it nature's fault or ours?

Our crumbling bridges and deteriorating roadways are becoming major problems. Needs are extensive. Costs are horrendous. In the ever-continuing battle between humans and hard-handed nature, nature is ...

Rohse: The lost art of conversation

I fear that conversations — my favorite pastime — are lapsing into disuse. Conversation is becoming a neglected pleasure. In part, electronics should be blamed for this. Kids bury their heads ...

Rohse: Maybe we're not so smart, after all

We humans are sometimes inclined to think we are much smarter than “dumb animals.” Then, we learn of another capability possessed by animals, and we think that humans perhaps are the numbskulls. That ...

Rohse: Snails’ slow march to garden conquest

In my yard, there is no evidence of a war — no tanks, no bomb craters, no armed militia. Nonetheless, it is a battlefield. The common garden snail and I are at war. I fear I am losing. Every morning, ...

Rohse: Gobble, gobble, gobble

McMinnvillans showed much foresight when they chose the turkey as the symbol for their annual event: Turkey Rama. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books ...

Rohse: A Southern belle of a city

At first, I wondered why our trip itinerary to the South included three days in Charleston, S.C. Who wants to go to Charleston? It’s just another city. How wrong I was. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Rohse: Rubbing elbows with tycoons

A few weeks ago, I hobnobbed with the Rockefellers, Morgans, Pulitzers and Goodyears. It was great fun. Actually, I did not personally hobnob with them — but rather with the “aura” of ...

Rohse: The South's many charms

I never want to live anywhere except McMinnville. But after a recent trip to Georgia and South Carolina, admittedly the South has much to offer. For example, I’m thinking that Southerners are more ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The plaque at Malone Cemetery describes its 1850 dedication, and notes that
while the plot is believed to include about 25 graves, only 15 names are known.

Rohse: McMinnville cemetery remembered by few

Malone Cemetery, McMinnville’s historic treasure, is old. Old, even for a cemetery. And it is ailing. This first dedicated cemetery between North and South Yamhill rivers was dedicated as a perpetual ...

Portland author Eileen Stark will be at the library from 10 am to noon to sign her book, “Real Gardens Grow Natives.”

Rohse: Plant sale highlights native varieties

On my calendar, I’ve circled in red May 23. You may want to do so, too. On that Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at McMinnville Public Library, the Cheahmill Chapter of the ...

Rohse: Jane Barnes wrote unusual chapter in Oregon history

At Oregon’s Capitol, on friezes near the ceiling of House and Senate chambers, are the names of 158 shapers of Oregon history. Six are women: Sacajawea, Marie Dorion, Narcissa Whitman, Tabitha Brown, ...

Rohse: The hospitality of ranch wives

As a rancher’s wife in Grant County, I would have been a loser. Eastern Oregon’s hospitality dictum would have been my downfall. I loved having company for meals — if I was expecting ...

Rohse: Think you know how to breathe?

Apparently, there’s a wrong way What with all the flu, colds and other viruses making the rounds, you should perhaps also be on the alert for another affliction — one apparently almost as ...

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