Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: What happened to the unsung oxen?

History suggests that we Americans never thanked oxen for all they have done for our country. Those patient, plodding animals pulled wagons thousands of miles along the Oregon Trail — but what happened ...

Rohse: Opponents put the squeeze on corsets

One era of conflict in centuries past could well have been known as the War of the Corset. Certainly, many combatants were involved: religious groups, feminists, doctors, corset makers, wearers of corsets ...

Rohse: Re-imagining what’s been lost

McMinnville is an admirable place to live. I do not want to live anywhere else. But there are some things I feel our city lacks, or has lost. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

Rohse: In terms of words, 'up' is where it's at

My favorite word is “up” — and you may think that is a strange word to choose. But take a moment. If you but consider what your favorite word would be, you might begin to realize what ...

Rohse: Exercise for its own sake less rewarding

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I take my prescribed exercise class in strength and balance. Although I enjoy the class, as I do my squats and stretches, I’m wistfully thinking of this expended ...

Rohse: Tinsmithing once a highly valued trade

Occupations of Yamhill County residents have changed considerably in the last century. According to the McMinnville 1880 census, our city then had six blacksmiths, one milliner, one wheelwright, two money ...

Rohse: Thriving ice trade now frozen in time

East of the mountains in juniper and sagebrush country, where nippy nights are now leaving a skim of ice on watering troughs, ranchers may be preparing for their second harvest of the year — the ...

Rohse: Celebrating Oregon on her 160th birthday

Oregon’s birthday is Feb. 14. She’s about to turn 160. Oregonians should be proud of our state. Surely, it would not be unseemly for us to brag about her attractions and accomplishments, which ...

Rohse: Carsons made mark on Yamhill County

Not often do we remember to thank those settlers who came to Oregon Country and prepared the way for our arrival. By that time, they already had cleared land in this beautiful area, with its fertile soil ...

Rohse: This wonder drug has no side effects

I have information for you that you may find valuable. It’s about a new medication everyone seems to be talking about. It doesn’t even require a prescription. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Rohse: Yamhill River's glory days drifted away

I’ve been wondering if perhaps that river in our backyard has become something of an ugly duckling. When I drive across the bridge and look down at the Yamhill, I don’t see swift, crystal clear ...

Rohse: An early start on next year’s wish list

I didn’t get some things that I badly wanted for Christmas this year. But I don’t know whether Santa is able to bring gifts that are not of a material nature. Can he bring peace, goodwill, ...

Rohse: My stomach and its powers of persuasion

I am having problems with my stomach. It’s very troublesome. For one thing, my stomach is always making devious suggestions that I have no intention of following. And yet my stomach has such unimaginable ...

Rohse: Is a psychic power too much to ask?

On this year’s Christmas wish list, I have a request that I doubt that Santa can fill. It’s a gift I didn’t even know existed until I recently read about it. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

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