Thursday, November 06, 2008

At the Ory-Gone Historical Society

Lilly Morgan Half Hiding behind a Show Card with Our Mission Statement on it.Clyde the Trail Guide frantically Playing his Banjo.Lilly said: "Wow!! I'm pumped! I think I'm ready to go to the Oregon Historical Society today! I will have all my stuff at the [Sherwood] high school. Pick me up in front of the school at 3:45. We will proceed to OHS and hope to be there for a meeting at 4:30. I think that we will be able to set up our stuff in the main hallway of the place, off to the side of the main desk. I think we are to be at our posts at 5:00. Dress in your Trail Guide outfit, JayCee. Bring yer banjo, but only if you feel like it. I have no idea where to park. Maybe we can dump our stuff off at OHS and then park"

Photos taken Yesterday Evening in the Lobby of the Oregon Historical Society. JayCee says "I'm Still Not Sure Just What we was up to but We Met Some Real Nice People for Sure!"

10 comments:

Lilly Morgen said...

Oh, J.C.!! We are doing, as they say in the 21st century, "networking."
We used to call it a barn dance or a play party. There were teachers there to learn about and be encouraged to use field trips as a teaching tool. Also there was a flock of Patrons of the Museum who were viewing the new exhibits both at the History Museum and the Art Museum across the street. I suggest the Historical Society do more of this kind of thing!

Anonymous said...

We are looking for middletown history. Do you have any?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Clark said there was a store called Long Acres store. Do you know about it?

Anonymous said...

I think the town is called Middleton like our school. Where is it? Are there some stores or a post ofice?

Clyde List said...

Middleton was a town with all the things a town is supposed to have, including a dance hall, a church, a Post Office and train depot. The town appears on very old maps of Oregon long before Sherwood does. My dad (1906-1980) used to pick up the mail there. My mom helped count votes in the 1948 election in Middleton. (I remember how defeated and tired she looked when I got up the next morning. Old Mr. Krebs needed help with his tally and so kept everyone working later than they expected. And worst of all, I remember her saying "Truman won.") There are almost no buildings left, and what structures are left, I cannot explain. The streets of Middleton are very easy to find. They are long private driveways now. Just go to where Middleton Road crosses the railroad track and walk toward school. Middleton had the same size blocks as Old Sherwood town and they are easy to pick out. Lilly knows a lot more than I do about Middleton.

jaycee said...

That's very good Clyde, as far as it goes. One (at least one) other important point. Middleton is the "middle town" between two very important spots. Lafayette and Oregon City. If you were to take the old Oregon City-Lafayette Wagon Road from O.C. to Lafayette, you would spend the night at Middleton. Oregon City was bigger than Portland up until 1850. Lafayette is just this side of McMinnville on Highway 99. The Yamhill County Museum was quartered in and old church there until recently and had a cool ghost.

Anonymous said...

In the 1860s, Middleton had 2 churches; The Friends and a Baptist Church. We would have Union meetings in the Friends Church. "Union" in those days meant that you supported the Union troops in the Civil War. The Johnsons were not too happy when I went to the Union meetings. I was a staunch supporter of Abe Lincoln.--John Brown

jaycee said...

Oh there you show up again, Mr. Brown. Oh how I would like to have seen the future landscape of Sherwood Oregon USA through your eyes. What was it like back then? could you hear the falls at Oregon City, as some people claimed to do in the days before the internal combustion engine? Did you even begin to imagine how different the world would become by the year 2008?

Anonymous said...

Well I have been to the 21st Century now and I would say that the view of the land has been tremendously cut off; you just can not see as far.
I suggest the Ladd Carriage House as a place to park in Portland-town. They really take care of your horse. They have a crew of young boys to curry and comb each horse. It used to be easy to find the place, but I hear they keep moving it around. Back in my day all you had to do is look up the hill from the river and you could see the top of it and drive the wagon towards it.--John Brown

jaycee said...

All those stumps weren't much of a problem, I suppose.

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