Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Better than a bouquet (from the archives)

I never knew of any Eastern Oregon rancher who brought his wife a dozen red roses. Monument’s nearest florist was about 60 miles away. I’m pretty sure my mother, at our ranch with wood-burning ...

Rohse: Here in the digital age, finger foods all the rage

In this column, there is a gift for you. It’s not like a Christmas present with ribbons and bows. Rather, it is a gustatory gift made possible by the etiquette gurus — the masters of etiquette ...

Rohse: Remember way back when?

Editor’s note: This column from the archives was originally published in 2010. I’ve been remembering things from yesterday — so many people, events and things to remember. Remember ...

Rohse: Put down the weed killer and learn to love dandelions

To you it may be an unwanted weed. To be sure, that yellow flower that’s polka-dotting your velvety lawn is an eyesore to most home owners. But the dandelion is perhaps the most recognized plant ...

Rohse: Trees just keep giving

A few days ago I glanced at the calendar and realized Thanksgiving and Christmas were going to be here before I knew it. For Thanksgiving, I like to get my thank yous lined up so I don’t forget ...

Rohse: Slow, yet surprising: Slugs both beneficial and harmful

On a lovely spring morning, gardeners all across the Yamhill Valley are eager to get outdoors to see how seedlings, planted the day before, fared through the night. Many of those gardeners are apt to ...

Rohse: Tusks among the troops: Elephants in ancient wars

During antiquity, wars between countries were not unusual. Riding elephants into those battles was unusual, but some warriors did just that. Elephants have been going to war at least since the time of ...

Rohse: From papyrus to pixels, libraries exist to serve all

Once upon a time, some libraries were described as dark, musty places, not altogether pleasant. But, oh, how libraries have changed. Today, there are lists of the most beautiful libraries, the largest, ...

Rohse: When steamboats plied the Yamhill

If President Millard Fillmore had come to visit, Yamhill County could not have been more agog. One day in May 1851, settlers flocked to LaBonte’s Landing, Dayton, and Lafayette to see the happening: ...

Rohse: Where does the time go?

I have a gift, a wonderful gift, a phenomenal gift. It isn’t gift-wrapped, so I know what is in it. It contains time — leisure time — hours and hours of time to use however I want. It’s ...

Rohse: There’s still gold out there, if you’re of a mine to find it

If you’ve always wanted to go treasure hunting or hoped for a new gold field so you could go prospecting, yours indeed is a universal desire. Gold lures mankind down many and varied strange paths.

Rohse: Obits tell us much about living

When I mentioned to my neighbor friend what I was spending considerable time doing, she looked surprised and a bit disapproving. What I was doing was reading obituaries. Many of them. But they were not ...

Brave and remarkable animals earn place as heroes in history

Lots of school kids, I suspect, might enjoy history with a new set of heroes to study. Our country has outstanding heroes such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson ...

Rohse: The good ol’ days of ‘Hit Parade’

Once upon a time, young misses dressed in bobby socks, saddle shoes, pleated plaid skirts and Sloppy Joes, with their hair in pageboy-style, huddled around on Saturday nights with the radio dial turned ...