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March 2017

Honeymoon By Carriage: 1852 Journal of Esther Bell McMillan Hanna

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Archives Spotlight, Digital Collections, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

https://www.willametteheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/X20120160730.jpg Read the manuscript edited by David Duniway here.   An Unpublished Project David Cushing Duniway (1912-1993) Photo Source: [...]

February 2017

James Carlton Nelson Papers

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Archives Spotlight, Collections Guide, Digital Collections, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

This page is under construction as we continue to research "Professor Nelson" and his connection to local botanical exploits.  Check back soon for more [...]

Hop Vine Scratch Newspaper, 1925

February 13th, 2017|Categories: Archives Spotlight, Digital Collections|Tags: , , , , , , |

Newspaper for Hops Pickers The Hop Vine Scratch was a newspaper produced by the Health and Recreation Service of the Lake Brook Hops Ranch [...]

March 2016

Mill Workers Interviews

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Archives Spotlight, Collections Guide, Oral History, Thomas Kay Woolen Mill|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In 1976-1977, 53 individuals that had worked at or had a family connection to the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in Salem, Oregon were interviewed as part of a master’s thesis project conducted by Caryl Gertenrich.  Gertenrich and David Duniway conducted interviews based on a 14-question standardized questionnaire. covering topics from the person’s own family history to recollections of working conditions, unions and changes to processes and facilities at the mill. The original recordings were onto audio cassette tapes.  Through the help of student interns, we have begun work on digitizing the recordings and completing better indexes to the interviews.  A full list of interviewees can be found below. Read through the catalog for this collection here: M3 1994-016 Mill Worker Interviews. Listen to an excerpt from an interview with Otto Lehman here. […]

Prospect School Souvenir

March 18th, 2016|Categories: Archives Spotlight|

Cover of the Prospect School Souvenir Book. WHC 2015.066.0431. “Tis only a little remembrance…” the title page reads of the most adorable little school souvenir we recently cataloged from the Prospect School (2015.066.0431).  It’s true.  It is tiny, but it packs a load of information about the school.  In addition to little poems, the booklet contains photographs of the teacher and all the pupils, a listing of all students and their grade levels and all of the administrators during 1928.  All of this in a 5.5 x 3.5 cord-bound booklet. True, the school wasn’t very big itself.  One teacher, 18 students, 7 grades in 1928.  The school board consisted of three member (William Neiman, Ralph Cartwright and Earl Hecker).  It is interesting to note that the children of these members made up over 20% of the student population. Finding information about Prospect School is difficult.  We know it was Marion County School District 69, which was established June 4, 1866.  A small school was built in 1869 at the value of $70.  It looks like historically, the school averaged about 18-29 pupils since the 1870s.  It is conspicuously missing on the school district maps we have in the […]

Revolutionary Connection – Maybe

March 8th, 2016|Categories: Archives Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gen. Nathaneal Greene, 1783. Artist: Charles Wilson Peale. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Along with a beautiful piece of hand spun/woven linen we recently received two portraits and three pieces of handwritten genealogical notes from a Salem family (2016.014).  The notes have led us on a merry and unsolved goose chase, as they claim that the writer was a descendant of the Revolutionary War hero, General Nathaneal Greene.  Try as we might, we have not been able to substantiate this claim, which seems strange with how high a profile figure General Greene is. The Claim From the relationships listed in the handwritten notes, we have been able to draw a few provable conclusions.  First, that the author of the note was Margaret Southwick Cox.  This concurred with the donor records.  The notes themselves read:   […]

February 2016

Intimate view of the 363rd Field Hospital Company in WWI

February 18th, 2016|Categories: Archives Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

View of the manuscript found in Dr. W. Carlton Smith’s papers. WHC 0087.035. The following is an excerpt from a manuscript found in the papers of Dr. W. Carlton Smith of Salem, Oregon. Smith (1873-1930) served as a Commander of the 363rd Field Hospital Company, 316th Sanitary Train, 91st Division in WWI in France and Belgium. It is unclear if this was written by Smith or sent to him because of his connection to the Company. The presence of a handwritten manuscript suggests Dr. Smith may have been the author. WHC 0087.035. When the good steamship Olympic left her moorings at pier 59, and her propellors [sic] began to churn the murky waters of New York harbor, the dream of her human cargo was about to be realized. At last they were off for France and the great world war. These men had enlisted for overseas service more than a year before. They had gathered from the farm, the office, from school, and the various occupations of peaceful civilians, impelled by the same motive that had caused our forefathers to rise up in the stirring days of the American Revolution. They gave up comfortable homes for crowded space and army barracks, and they had waived their personal liberties to become cogs in the great human machine known as an army… Little did the men of the 363rd Field Hospital Company realize the benefit that was to accrue to them from the desultory drills and maneuvers they had practiced at Camp Lewis. It was a far cry from the command “Fall in!” at six thirty oclock [sic] in the morning when they [sic] stood reveille in front of their barracks to caring for the wounded on the battlefields of France and Belgium, yet alertness to obey the order taught these men discipline. though they were trained for the Medical Corps, they were taught that there would be times when they must act with speed and military precision, hence they were given the usual Infantry drill for its disciplinary benefit. They were schooled in selecting the most desirable sites for a field hospital, and were […]