Elaine Rohse

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

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 ...

Rohse: Diamond Jim took a shine to his flamboyant lifestyle

In a country with a population as large as that of the United States, it is not surprising to find numerous eccentric individuals. James “Diamond Jim” Buchanan Brady, who was born Aug. 12, ...

Rohse: Stirrup memories: Lore about the Pony Express continues riding on

The Pony Express was in operation only about 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861. But it played a celebrated important role in American history and was of great financial importance ...

Rohse: World needs special powers of music

When Turkish cattle breeder Mehmet Akgul reported increasing his milk yield by 5% by playing classic music for his cows, it was big news. Said Akgul, “If this music produces relaxation in humans, ...

Rohse: Never forget the travails of the historic Oregon Trail

What a loss it would be if Oregonians were to forget one of our state’s most important events because of mercurial history eroding it away. That event was the Oregon Trail. Much is being done to ...

Rohse: A people of few words

One shortage that does not affect our world is “words”... and what a joy that is for our country: all the wonderful books, newspapers, magazines, movies, music, resulting from these words. ...

Rohse: Array of American flavors

Perhaps this year that pesky coronavirus will relent a bit and we will be able to go places we long have wanted to visit. Perhaps, too, this will be the year when your good friends from abroad may be ...

Rohse: Will history become buried in clutter of sports’ record data?

I worry a bit about two things that are foolish to be concerned about because I can do nothing about them. The first of these has to do with a person who has a body that is not tailored to the purposes ...