Sunday, January 01, 2006

2005 Discussion Board

Look at what we talked about in 2005. Let's keep the discussion going in 2006!


Lilly Morgen said...

Walll, I did have a question and it didn't get on. So here it is again. Does anyone know about the Martin Family that ran the movie theater in the present Rebeckas Lodge today?? I know they were here in the 1920s.

The Middleton Hick said...

Who is Sella Olsen?

jaycee said...

Stella Olsen was the wife of Oscar Olsen. The Olsens owned the ground that is now Stella Olsen Park. We know very little about the Olsens, except that they donated the property to the City in 1956. It's where I (J.C.Smock) helped my uncle Amoz Hall and my step father John Johnson Hall saw timber for the covered bridges in the area (alas, all destroyed by progress long ago).

Rene Legging said...

Dear jaycee;

Do any maps exist that show the junction of the railroad with the street that we now call "Sherwood Blvd", prior to the development of the town site grid?

Surely this road was at one time a continous length and was obliterated when the town was laid out.

Do maps exist? What was the name of the road at that time? Ladd Hill perhaps?

I am curious because without this crossroads our little burg would not have come to be. I have seen photographs of the old store on the SE corner of this intersection, further attesting to the locations import.

Any context you can impart would be most interesting I am sure and certainly appreciated.


jaycee said...

Hmmm. Hope you're not going anywhere. I'm going to have to look this up. We'll get back to you.

Lilly Morgen said...

Dear Renee
There was a road that crossed over the track and went out to Ladd Hill, same as it is today, except that:
1.Just on the other side of the track, there was a swale with a bit of a wooden bridge there. Over time the community filled the swale in with garbage and fill.
2. The road went up the hill to where the School District Office is now at that site was the "Middleton Lutheran Church"
3. The crossroad of Ladd Hill and this spur of raod was known as "Four Corners" for decades. All the elders refer to that area as "Four Corners."

jaycee said...

Good work Lilly. There are a number of references to that bridge in the Old Town Minutes of Sherwood, but I forget which year. Gus Hanke, the town shoemaker, lived about where Archer Glen School is today. He said it was impossible to travel what we call South Sherwood Boulevard without getting switched in the eye by a willow branch, because the road was so narrow.

Rene Legging said...

On the Old Town Heritage Trail map web site page a photo is shown of of the old Sherwood ball field. Is the ball field hidden behind the pine trees? I can't find it.

I think I remember another field on the corner of Third & Washington where a home now stands and next to the old schoolhouse.

jaycee said...

That photo was taken in 1951, long after the ball diamond disappeared. The trees that surrounded the diamond are still standing in the photo, but that's just about all.

Lilly Morgen said...

Someone wanted to know what was the name of Ladd Hill road. I found out that it was also called
the William F. Young road. Anyone know who he was or who the Youngs were?

Anonymous said...


Your were looking for William F. Young for whom Ladd Hill Road was once named.

This may be your man in the 1900 Fed. Census for Clackamas Co, Pleasant Hill, District 79. The Census lists William Young, a farmer, born in Missouri, his wife Jennie and children: Roxana, Bernice, Louis and Austin.
The 1910 Fed. Census also finds the William F. Young family in the Pleasant Hill area, but indicates the creative spelling/handwriting of the census taker as the children names appear to be Roxana, Sernus S., Lewis W., Austin & Lucy A. Again in 1910, William's occupation is listed as a farmer. All the best in your search for additional info on this family! A.W.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see this discussion group become more active. Will it conitnue in 06? Do say yes.

It occured to me that there must be artifacts worthy of archaelogical study now accessible where the pavement has been removed on Pine and Railroad streets. Pity that no effort is in place to check before the backhoes dig their deep utility trenches.

Rene Legging

jaycee said...

Woah Rene, the same thought keeps occurring to me! Keep your comments coming, and don't worry. This blog is here to stay!

Lilly Morgen said...

I would like to propose a large sheet of plexiglass be installed over a section of the 1926 cement on the old town streets so that children in the future can see what it looked like.

jaycee said...

Good thinking Lilly. The most important part of any historical preservation project is that if you don't do it right, you become the topic of conversation, instead of the artifact you're trying to preserve.

Lilly Morgen said...

anyone out there that reads this post, please seng a letter to City Hall asking that a sheet of plexiglass be places on a section of the 1926 cement street of Sherwood. There are many places it could be done: crossroads of RR and Washington or on the corner of 1st and main, near the museum. Let's see how many people are really out there!!!MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

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