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Salem Mayors Oral History Project

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Salem Mayors

Sue Harris Miller Addressing Crowd at City hall c. 1983. Al Jones Collection, WHC 2007.001.0270

Sue Harris Miller Addressing Crowd at City hall c. 1983. Al Jones Collection, WHC 2007.001.0270

The history of Salem's mayorial office dates back to 1857.  Since that time 58 individuals have held the office.

Project History

Salem has been blessed with many exceptional mayors.  During their terms our city has grown and changed and adjusted to trends and national and international events.  Realizing how important their stories are to our history, we are very grateful to have the opportunity to talk to our former mayors and to record their stories and memories.

-Hazel Patton, March 2017

This oral history project was started in March 2017, spearheaded by Hazel Patton with technical support provided by the Willamette Heritage Center.  The hope is to interview and photograph as many mayors as possible.  The full interview recordings will be entered into the Willamette Heritage Center's collections and made available for researchers through the Center's research library and archives.  We will post snippets of the interviews below as we go.

Interviews

Dr. Robert Lindsey

Photograph by Caren Ann Jackson.

WHC 2017.009.0001

Dr. Roger L. Gertenrich

Photograph by Caren Ann Jackson.

WHC 2017.009.0002

Chronological List of Salem Mayors

Lucien Heath. Willamette Heritage Center, Al Jones collection, 2007.001.0556.

Lucien Heath. Willamette Heritage Center, Al Jones collection, 2007.001.0556.

Birth: 10 May 1819, Buffalo, Eire, New York Death: 19 Dec 1888, Santa Cruz, California Spouse: Julia Jane Edwards Occupation:  Merchant (Brown & Heath, North Dallas, Oregon); Druggist See also:  Polk County Observer Article "Old Book Tells of early Days. 12 Nov 1915.
Born:  26 Feb 1810 Adams, Jefferson County, New York Death:  6 May 1879 Salem, Marion, Oregon Spouse: Eliza Vandercook Cooke See biography and photographs on Salem Pioneer Cemetery website.
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George Washington Gray, Willamette Heritage Center 2011.060.0186

George Washington Gray, Willamette Heritage Center 2011.060.0186

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Russell F. Bonesteele (left) and unidentified Boy Scout reading the 1959-1960 City of Salem Budget. Al Jones Collection, WHC 2006.064.0601.006.

Russell F. Bonesteele (left) and unidentified Boy Scout reading the 1959-1960 City of Salem Budget. Al Jones Collection, WHC 2006.064.0601.006.

Born: 1 Feb 1900, Montana Death: 1 Feb 1981 Spouse: Valerie Briggs Occupation: Automobile Dealership, Oregon State Representative (1963 session), Trustee Salem Memorial Hospital Board See also the Bonesteele Park (Marion County) website with information about the Bonesteele Family who donated the land for the park.  See also the Bonesteele House on 18th Street featured on the Salem SHINE website.
License plate holder. Al Black Collection, 2014.082.0182.

License plate holder. Al Black Collection, 2014.082.0182.

Willard C. Marshall, WHC 2000.011.0018

Willard C. Marshall, WHC 2000.011.0018

Dr. Robert E. Lindsey. Portrait by Caren Ann Jackson.

Dr. Robert E. Lindsey. Portrait by Caren Ann Jackson.

Other Collections at the WHC

  • Most of the chronological list of mayors came from WHC 0082.004.026.0003.  A document that came out of the Salem City Recorder's office sometime after 1973.
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