September 2022 News

In this edition: a Fanno Creek Trail History Walk, School Days exhibit in the library, researching a history walk for downtown Garden Home, road closure for roundabout development at SW 92nd Ave and SW Allen Blvd, remembering Andy Dignan, Crystal Steele, and remembering Vlasta Nora Becvar Barber.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find well over two hundred stories, and over two thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. To receive the free newsletter and email Updates, contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

Saturday, September 24, 10AM to noon. History WALK on the Fanno Creek Trail. All spaces are filled for this date; register for a future walk on the Garden Home Library’s website. You’ll hear about:

Olympic swimmers practiced in Garden Home. Ride the train out to Firlock Station to play golf. Catch the mail bag thrown from the postal train, 30 trains or more a day through Garden Home. Ride your horse on the Bridle Path to the horse Academies. See the Onion King bragging about his huge onions. Play with the frogs and lizards in the ponds along the rail bed. Pick up the latest newsletters and other news.

We have done two WALKS sharing the history of the path and the adjoining properties. Our webmaster Tom Shreve does the first half of the trail (and a few comments from Elaine!). Then Heather Waisanen from the Garden Home Library shares the rest of the trail. The Oregon Electric train began clanging along here in 1908, opening Garden Home to so many exciting events.

Historical Display Case in the Garden Home Library

Check out the Historical Display case in the Garden Home Library: It’s all about Garden Home School days. See the Beaverton newspaper announcing the sad news of the closure of Garden Home Elementary School.

2022-09 Display cabinet - School Days

2022-09 Display cabinet – School Days

2022-09 Display cabinet - School Days, top shelf

2022-09 Display cabinet – School Days, top shelf

We’re researching a History Walk for downtown Garden Home

If you have a story about early Garden Home, please send your story to us. For example, Rick Newton sent us a wonderful story about his years growing up in Garden Home: The Newton Boys. Another example is the early writers’ group that met with Dorothy Bastien, who lived on Oleson near the major intersection. A member of the writer’s group, Peg Bracken, wrote several fun books including On Getting Old for the First Time. “The older you get, the more complicated the things you have to work with.” Yes, we agree. She achieved considerable fame with The I Hate to Cook Book. Grab a cream of chicken or mushroom soup can and some leftovers for a quick supper, such as “Skid Road Stroganoff”. “Some women, it is said, like to cook. This book is not for them.” You’ll enjoy these books, which are available from Garden Home Library or your local library.

Road closure for roundabout development at SW 92nd Ave. and SW Allen Blvd.

Yes, we’re all learning new ways to navigate out of Garden Home while SW 92nd Ave is closed for construction. Now that it’s difficult to access SW Allen Blvd from Garden Home, use the ramps onto Hwy 217 at SW Hall Blvd or SW Greenburg Rd instead.  Your Vista Brook neighbors will appreciate it if you avoid cutting through their neighborhood. See City of Beaverton Traffic Alerts for details.

In Memoriam: Andy Friedle Dignan, 1932-2022

Andy Friedle Dignan

Andy Friedle Dignan

Andy Dignan was a great help for us when we first began Garden Home History. Her obituary tells her fascinating story.

Crystal Steele

Crystal Steele and street sign

Crystal Steele and street sign

Ever wonder where the street names come from? In this current photo, Crystal Steele is pointing to the street sign with her name on SW 87th Ave. Interestingly, there is only a foot path where the street should be. She was the youngest of the Steele children who grew up in the house which was at 8085 S.W. Westgard in the early 20th Century. Read Jack Steele’s story on our website.

"Jack

Remembering Vlasta Nora Becvar Barber

Vlasta Nora Barber, age 95, of Tigard, Oregon passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Vlasta was born December 7, 1926 in Maplewood, Oregon. Vlasta attended Garden Home School. Read our article about Vlasta.

Remember!

Remember the Big Blow 60 years ago, on Columbus Day? We’re writing that story next month, let us know how your family handled it. For example, I was the evening nurse in charge of the post-op patients’ ward at Good Samaritan Hospital. The lights going out signaled that the various suctioning devices for my patients were not working. I took a quick trip down the dark stairway, three floors down, to get a large manual suction device I could use for the ‘most needful’ patient. The phones remained working and my son’s babysitter assured me they were fine.

Discover Garden Home!

Check out our Garden Home Library’s new books about old houses.

Library recommendations - Discovering the history of your neighborhood

Library recommendations – Discovering the history of your neighborhood

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. Call to attend. Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about over 40 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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September 2022 UPDATE – Garden Home History Email

Hello Friends! Garden Home is busy! This update includes a Fanno Creek Trail History Walk, School Days exhibit in the library, researching a history walk for downtown Garden Home, road closure for roundabout development at SW 92nd Ave. and SW Allen Blvd., and remembering Andy Dignan.

Thank you for your generous donations, your nice comments, and hopefully, your good intentions to write us a story about your family! If you wish to receive the printed Gazette (3x a year) in addition to your email Gazette, reply with your mailing address.

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

Saturday, September 24, 10AM to noon. History WALK on the Fanno Creek Trail. All spaces are filled for this date; register for a future walk on the Garden Home Library’s website. You’ll hear about:

Olympic swimmers practiced in Garden Home. Ride the train out to Firlock Station to play golf. Catch the mail bag thrown from the postal train, 30 trains or more a day through Garden Home. Ride your horse on the Bridle Path to the horse Academies. See the Onion King bragging about his huge onions. Play with the frogs and lizards in the ponds along the rail bed. Pick up the latest newsletters and other news.

We have done two WALKS sharing the history of the path and the adjoining properties. Our webmaster Tom Shreve does the first half of the trail (and a few comments from Elaine!). Then Heather Waisanen from the Garden Home Library shares the rest of the trail. The Oregon Electric train began clanging along here in 1908, opening Garden Home to so many exciting events.

Historical Display Case in the Garden Home Library

Check out the Historical Display case in the Garden Home Library: It’s all about Garden Home School days. See the Beaverton newspaper announcing the sad news of the closure of Garden Home Elementary School.

2022-09 Display cabinet - School Days

2022-09 Display cabinet – School Days

2022-09 Display cabinet - School Days, top shelf

2022-09 Display cabinet – School Days, top shelf

We’re researching a History Walk for downtown Garden Home

If you have a story about early Garden Home, please send your story to us. For example, Rick Newton sent us a wonderful story about his years growing up in Garden Home: The Newton Boys. Another example is the early writers’ group that met with Dorothy Bastien, who lived on Oleson near the major intersection. A member of the writer’s group, Peg Bracken, wrote several fun books including On Getting Old for the First Time. “The older you get, the more complicated the things you have to work with.” Yes, we agree. She achieved considerable fame with The I Hate to Cook Book. Grab a cream of chicken or mushroom soup can and some leftovers for a quick supper, such as “Skid Road Stroganoff”. “Some women, it is said, like to cook. This book is not for them.” You’ll enjoy these books, which are available from Garden Home Library or your local library.

Road closure for roundabout development at SW 92nd Ave. and SW Allen Blvd.

Yes, we’re all learning new ways to navigate out of Garden Home while SW 92nd Ave is closed for construction. Now that it’s difficult to access SW Allen Blvd from Garden Home, use the ramps onto Hwy 217 at SW Hall Blvd or SW Greenburg Rd instead.  Your Vista Brook neighbors will appreciate it if you avoid cutting through their neighborhood. See City of Beaverton Traffic Alerts for details.

In Memoriam: Andy Friedle Dignan, 1932-2022

Andy Friedle Dignan

Andy Friedle Dignan

Andy Dignan was a great help for us when we first began Garden Home History. Her obituary tells her fascinating story.

Remember!

Remember the Big Blow 60 years ago, on Columbus Day? We’re writing that story next month, let us know how your family handled it. For example, I was the evening nurse in charge of the post-op patients’ ward at Good Samaritan Hospital. The lights going out signaled that the various suctioning devices for my patients were not working. I took a quick trip down the dark stairway, three floors down, to get a large manual suction device I could use for the ‘most needful’ patient. The phones remained working and my son’s babysitter assured me they were fine.

Discover Garden Home!

Check out our Garden Home Library’s new books about old houses.

Library recommendations - Discovering the history of your neighborhood

Library recommendations – Discovering the history of your neighborhood

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. Call to attend. Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

Read more about Garden Home with hundreds of photos and stories at GardenHomeHistory.com. We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Call us: Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691. To unsubscribe, reply to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

Stay safe and well, from all of our dedicated Board of Directors: Esta Mapes, Sharon Vedder, John and Marie Pacella, Stan and Susan Houseman, Mickey Lindsay, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler, and Elaine Shreve. Tom Shreve is our webmaster.

– Elaine

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

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Andy Friedle Dignan obiturary

Andy Friedle Dignan

Andy Friedle Dignan

July 12, 1932 to August 9, 2022

Andy passed away peacefully of natural causes in the presence of close family.

Born Agnes Ann Friedle to Frank and Alma, it was not until age 8 that a deaf classmate gave her the forever-beloved nickname, “Andy.” The following years found her and her younger brother Fred at 40 Mile Camp in the Yukon. Her dad, as a mining engineer, as well her reluctant mom, a teacher, were chasing Klondike gold. Then Andy contracted polio at age 11. A heroic winter trip by horse drawn sleigh to needed care in Dawson, is a story in itself.

A year later and back home in Portland, Andy attended Cathedral Grade School, St. Mary’s Academy, then graduated from Lincoln High School with the unusually close-knit class of 1949. Pledging Pi Phi at the University of Oregon, she met Pat Dignan and earned a BA in history. Upon graduation they married and began a magnificent 67 year journey until Pat’s passing this past year. Pat became an officer in the Air Force and they moved to Long Island where they met lifelong friends. This was her gift to all, making lasting friends everywhere including those during their extensive travels abroad. The dynamic duo filled 67 wonderful years of marriage resulting in three children: Todd, Laurie, and Teddy. Traditions were established early including annual trips to Timberline Lodge and the family’s beach cabin at Tierra del Mar. We gathered together for everything imaginable. She and Pat were longtime Duck supporters and season ticket holders. Pat climbed the ladder at Northwest Natural Gas, retiring as Vice President of Marketing which made Andy very proud. Mom juggled Pat’s career, family, and hosted countless gatherings while, again, making more lifelong friends. Andy balanced all, including leadership and deep involvement in many organizations, her children’s schools, chairing the Junior League of Portland, Albertina Kerr, and was Chaperone to the 1969 Rose Festival Court. She founded Business Communication Center in 1979.

Andy is survived by her kid brother, Fred; as well her three children, Todd, Laurie, and Teddy. Her greatest joy were her six grandchildren, Peter, Kristina, Sean, Jenny, Mitchell, and Seamus. On those heels came great-grandchildren, Chloe and Luke, The family’s Matriarch was a tremendously giving person.

Her indomitable spirit showed itself each hour of every day. Never a cross nor derogatory word towards anyone. May she live long in all of us.

Read our story about Pat and Andy Dignan.

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August 2022 UPDATE – Garden Home History Email

Hello Friends! Garden Home is busy! This update includes Century Home book display, Crystal Steele, Remembering Vlasta Becvar Barber, Fanno Creek Trail History Walk, and The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House.

Thank you for your generous donations, your nice comments, and hopefully, your good intentions to write us a story about your family! If you wish to receive the printed Gazette (3x a year) in addition to your email Gazette, reply with your  mailing address.

History Display Case at the Garden Home Library

2022-07-07 History display cabinet of Century Home books

2022-07-07 History display cabinet of Century Home books

These books related to home history are displayed in our History Case in the Garden Home Library. They are of particular interest to owners of older homes and to persons searching for history of their properties. Several books show the display of Sears Roebuck Homes which could be ordered in complete detail for the homeowner to put together. A brief summary and sample page are included for the books displayed.

Three of the books are already in the Library system:

  • A Field Guide to American Houses
  • Where We Lived
  • Discovering the History of Your House

In August, the Library will review several of the books for inclusion in their collection. They will be available through all of the Washington County libraries:

  • The Bungalow Book
  • Small Houses of the Forties
  • Small Houses of the Twenties with the Sears
  • Roebuck 1926 House Catalog
  • 1000 Turn-of-the-Century Houses and Floor Plans
  • 1947 issue of LIFE magazine showing the pieces of a pre-fab home

Thank you to Virginia Vanture for her donation of these books to the Garden Home History Project.

Crystal Steele

Crystal Steele and street sign

Crystal Steele and street sign

Ever wonder where the street names come from? In this current photo, Crystal Steele is pointing to the street sign with her name on SW 87th Ave. Interestingly, there is only a foot path where the street should be. She was the youngest of the Steele children who grew up in the house which was at 8085 S.W. Westgard in the early 20th Century. Read Jack Steele’s story on our website.

"Jack

Remembering Vlasta Nora Becvar Barber

Vlasta Becvar Barber 2010

Vlasta Becvar Barber 2010

Vlasta Becvar at the Washington County Museum exhibit featuring her life story, 2018

Vlasta Becvar Barber at the Washington County Museum exhibit featuring her life story, 2018

Vlasta Becvar, December 1934, Occidental Ave. 76th

1938 Czech National Dances, Ted Jensen, Vlasta Becvar, Lloyd Knudsen

Vlasta Nora Barber, age 95, of Tigard, Oregon passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Vlasta was born December 7, 1926 in Maplewood, Oregon. Vlasta attended Garden Home School. Read our article about Vlasta.

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

We thank a number of our residents for their assistance in researching history for our two HISTORY WALKS along the Fanno Creek Trail in May and June. We have worked with the Garden Home Library’s Heather Waisanen to develop the plan and handle the registration procedures. Elaine Shreve researched and wrote the script and Elaine and Heather were the leaders. Tom Shreve, our webmaster, began the second walk. Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler, and Stan Houseman assisted with the history. Watch the Library website for the date and registration for the next walk.

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The spectacular book, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, is available at the Nordia House gift store on Oleson Road! Beautiful colored photos on every page, a history of this remarkable person here in Garden Home.

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

Remember!

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).
Courtesy Don Smith. See post.

1935 or 1936 Garden Home baseball team of the Sunset League

1935 or 1936 Garden Home baseball team of the Sunset League.Front row (L to R): Jim Butler, Walt Niebert, Jim Smith, _________, Cece Daimler, Don Steele, Al Drake. Bat boy in front: Bob Tetrick.Back row: Glenn Steele, Bob Steele, Sid Ralston, Cliff Duval, _______Werschkul, Noble Stephens (Clark Stephens dad, manager), _________, Milt Drake, Stan Hall. Courtesy Clark Stephens. See post.

1910 Garden Home baseball team

Late 1920s Garden Home baseball team. #1 Duke Scherner in back.
Courtesy Don Smith. See post.

Even though our attention has been focused on the Track and Field World Championships in Eugene this summer, baseball was the major summer sport in early Garden Home. See our stories about Clark Stephens and Don Smith for more details.

Discover Garden Home!

History Bulletin Board at Wormwood Manor 3-11-2021

History Bulletin Board at Wormwood Manor

Discover the history bulletin board on SW 78th Ave. and the Fanno Creek Trail. The bulletin board is adjacent to Wormwood Manor and is maintained by Jan Fredrickson and Kevin Mistler. You’ll find the latest Gazette newsletter, brochures, and other history information.

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. Call to attend. Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

Read more about Garden Home with hundreds of photos and stories at GardenHomeHistory.com. We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Call us: Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691. To unsubscribe, reply to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

Stay safe and well, from all of our dedicated Board of Directors: Esta Mapes, Sharon Vedder, John and Marie Pacella, Stan and Susan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler, and Elaine Shreve. Tom Shreve is our webmaster.

– Elaine

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

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August 2022 News

In this edition: Century Home book display, Crystal Steele, Remembering Vlasta Nora Becvar Barber, Fanno Creek Trail History Walk, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, Old Market Pub fire and re-opening, 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find well over two hundred stories, and over two thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. To receive the free newsletter and email Updates, contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.

History Display Case at the Garden Home Library

2022-07-07 History display cabinet of Century Home books

2022-07-07 History display cabinet of Century Home books

These books related to home history are displayed in our History Case in the Garden Home Library. They are of particular interest to owners of older homes and to persons searching for history of their properties. Several books show the display of Sears Roebuck Homes which could be ordered in complete detail for the homeowner to put together. A brief summary and sample page are included for the books displayed.

Three of the books are already in the Library system:

  • A Field Guide to American Houses
  • Where We Lived
  • Discovering the History of Your House

In August, the Library will review several of the books for inclusion in their collection. They will be available through all of the Washington County libraries:

  • The Bungalow Book
  • Small Houses of the Forties
  • Small Houses of the Twenties with the Sears
  • Roebuck 1926 House Catalog
  • 1000 Turn-of-the-Century Houses and Floor Plans
  • 1947 issue of LIFE magazine showing the pieces of a pre-fab home

Thank you to Virginia Vanture for her donation of these books to the Garden Home History Project.

Crystal Steele

Crystal Steele and street sign

Crystal Steele and street sign

Ever wonder where the street names come from? In this current photo, Crystal Steele is pointing to the street sign with her name on SW 87th Ave. Interestingly, there is only a foot path where the street should be. She was the youngest of the Steele children who grew up in the house which was at 8085 S.W. Westgard in the early 20th Century. Read Jack Steele’s story on our website.

"Jack

Remembering Vlasta Nora Becvar Barber

Vlasta Nora Barber, age 95, of Tigard, Oregon passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Vlasta was born December 7, 1926 in Maplewood, Oregon. Vlasta attended Garden Home School. Read our article about Vlasta.

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

We thank a number of our residents for their assistance in researching history for our two HISTORY WALKS along the Fanno Creek Trail in May and June. We have worked with the Garden Home Library’s Heather Waisanen to develop the plan and handle the registration procedures. Elaine Shreve researched and wrote the script and Elaine and Heather were the leaders. Tom Shreve, our webmaster, began the second walk. Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler, and Stan Houseman assisted with the history. Watch the Library website for the date and registration for the next walk.

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek 2019 by Kevin Mistler

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The spectacular book, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, is available at the Nordia House gift store on Oleson Road! Beautiful colored photos on every page, a history of this remarkable person here in Garden Home.

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

Old Market Pub fire and re-opening

The historic Old Market Pub has re-opened after the building suffered a kitchen fire and extensive smoke damage on March 28, 2022. The fire propelled them into a major reorganization, painting and repairs of the popular Pub at the convergence of Multnomah Boulevard and Garden Home Road.

We plan to have an event in the back room when it is available. Pizza and drinks! Presenting Garden Home of the early 1900s, rail station, Red store, Cannery, then Whitneys, Comellas, and finally the Old Market Pub!

Old Market Pub and Brewery

Old Market Pub and Brewery

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

We recently received a fabulous 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program, all the way from Hawaii, thanks to Cheryl Ames. She hated to throw it away. We hope that you’ll also offer us some unique Garden Home treasures when you clean house. We’ll do more of the Alpenrose story later this year. If you know any of the people currently working on this, please let me know. Visit our story on the history of Alpenrose to see the whole program.

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair - page 1

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair – page 1

Remember!

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).
Courtesy Don Smith. See post.

1935 or 1936 Garden Home baseball team of the Sunset League

1935 or 1936 Garden Home baseball team of the Sunset League.Front row (L to R): Jim Butler, Walt Niebert, Jim Smith, _________, Cece Daimler, Don Steele, Al Drake. Bat boy in front: Bob Tetrick.Back row: Glenn Steele, Bob Steele, Sid Ralston, Cliff Duval, _______Werschkul, Noble Stephens (Clark Stephens dad, manager), _________, Milt Drake, Stan Hall. Courtesy Clark Stephens. See post.

1910 Garden Home baseball team

Late 1920s Garden Home baseball team. #1 Duke Scherner in back.
Courtesy Don Smith. See post.

Even though our attention has been focused on the Track and Field World Championships in Eugene this summer, baseball was the major summer sport in early Garden Home. See our stories about Clark Stephens and Don Smith for more details.

Discover Garden Home!

History Bulletin Board at Wormwood Manor 3-11-2021

History Bulletin Board at Wormwood Manor

Discover the history bulletin board on SW 78th Ave. and the Fanno Creek Trail. The bulletin board is adjacent to Wormwood Manor and is maintained by Jan Fredrickson and Kevin Mistler. You’ll find the latest Gazette newsletter, brochures, and other history information.

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. Call to attend. Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about over 40 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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Dr. Shelley C. Reece obituary

April 19, 1936 to December 17, 2021

Dr. Shelley C. Reece

Dr. Shelley C. Reece

Oregon’s Arts and Education communities were diminished by the passing of Dr. Shelley C. Reece last Dec. 17, 2021. Shelley was a devoted husband, father, teacher, mentor, scholar, and poet. Born April 19, 1936 in Havensville, Kan., his Masters and PhD were from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1967). In 1969, he accepted a position as Professor of English at Portland State. During his 33 years at PSU he served six years as Director of Composition and six more as English Department Chairman. His young family accompanied him to Cambridge on sabbatical for the 1975 academic year. Shelley retired from teaching in 2002 after 43 years in education.

Shelley had many interests. He lent his lyric baritone voice to a multitude of local choirs, facilitated an informal group studying James Joyce’s Ulysses, and enjoyed getting away to the family’s beloved vacation home on Anderson Island. His greatest passion was writing poetry. He wrote daily, sharing his work in a front yard ‘poetry box’ for the community to enjoy. He met monthly with fellow poets for writing workshops, and served 13 years on the board of Friends of William Stafford, including five as Chairman. An advocate of lifelong learning, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Pacific University (2014). A collection of his poetry titled Nature’s Mind will be published this summer.

Shelley is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; his daughter, Lesley; and his son, Dan. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Shelley Reece Endowed Scholarship for poetry at: giving.psuf.org/campaign/scholarship

Please share memories of Shelley at: obits.oregonlive.com

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Donald Arthur “Smitty” Smith obituary

November 12, 1927 to April 20, 2022

Don Smith

Don Smith

Don Smith passed away peacefully at home in Tigard, Oregon, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, following a month of hospice care surrounded by his family.

Born in Portland, he was raised by his mom Margaret Scherner Smith on a farm in Garden Home in a house without electricity, studying by kerosene lamps. He graduated from the eighth grade in 1941 from Garden Home School’s class of five students then attended Tigard High School and Lewis & Clark College. He served in the Army during the occupation of Japan after World War II, playing the clarinet in the band.

Don lived a long and interesting life working hard doing what he loved, golf. He used to ride his bike with his pals to caddy at Portland Golf Club and worked there cleaning clubs, eventually becoming the Assistant Pro. He went on to become the long-time pro at Forest Hills Golf Club. He joined the local section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), serving as an officer in the Oregon branch, as President of the Pacific Northwest Section and served as a PGA National Vice President. Don also taught golf at Eastmoreland before he was recruited to become the PGA Tournament Director for the national PGA of America in Florida where he served for 21 years. He supported 20 PGA Championships, and in his role on the PGA’s National Rules Committee, officiated at two US Opens, 18 Masters championships, and 15 Ryder Cup Matches on both sides of the Atlantic. At his retirement, the PGA said Don developed a nationwide reputation for running tournaments and teaching the Rules of Golf. After returning to Oregon, he would still be called to officiate at golf tournaments and qualifying reviews for new golf pros. He was elected to the PNW PGA Hall of Fame in 1995.

Don Smith

Don Smith

In retirement, he also found more time for his other passion, fishing. He was known to pack a fishing rod to check out the water hazards on golf courses throughout his career, and especially enjoyed bass fishing and was quite proud of his first steelhead in Alaska on his travels with his good friend, Greg Snyder. He and his great-grandson Eman would go trout fishing at Hagg Lake with his son-in-law David supplying the coffee, cinnamon rolls and a customized chair with pole holder and umbrella. He enjoyed feeding the neighborhood squirrels, birds and had exceptionally large goldfish in his backyard pond. He liked to go to the coast to see “if the ocean was still there” and loved to devour fresh crab and steamers. He enjoyed all sports, attending the inaugural season of the Portland Trail Blazers and remaining an avid fan as well as for the Seahawks. He loved eating hot dogs watching the Mariners play baseball and was excited to watch the new Kraken hockey team. And of course, golf. He liked to watch the Seniors and the “ladies” LPGA events, as much as the PGA tour tournaments. He could tell us what was par and the approach to the cup for all the holes at Augusta while we watched the Masters in his final days. He wanted to live forever but told us that getting old was no fun. He leaves behind a legacy of outstanding service to the game of golf, a multitude of friendships, and a deep love of family and any animal that came into the Smith family.

Don is survived by his daughters, Julie Smith, Sue Lyster, and Jeanene Smith; and son-in-law, David Brandt and their family; his former wife, Anna; and stepdaughters, Debbie and Pam. He was preceded in death by his mother; his former wife of over 20 years, Alice Jean Smith whom he cared for in her later years; and his beloved son-in-law, Phil Lyster. The family is extremely grateful for the friendship and support of Pam Evans who provided superb home health care so we could fulfill his wish to age in place, and who could bring a smile to his face especially when they “danced” holding her hand from his hospice bed.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., June 25, 2022, at Forest Hills Golf Club, for friends and family. Memorial donations may be made to either the PGA REACH, the PGA’s charitable arm that supports access to golf for youth, military, and diverse populations (www.pgareach.org) or the Audubon Society of Portland (audubonportland.org)

Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits

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June 2022 News

In this edition: Fanno Creek Trail History Walk, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, Old Market Pub fire and re-opening, 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find well over two hundred stories, and over two thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. To receive the free newsletter and email Updates, contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

The next History Walk will be on Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM. Visit the library’s event page to register.

On our first History Walk of the Fanno Creek Trail on May 14, the weather cooperated for a nice day. Elaine Shreve, Garden Home History, and Heather Waisanen, Garden Home Community Library, conducted the 90 minute walk along the trail with the 12 registrants and a couple more History people. We noted the Aaron Frank Farm, Firlock Station, former Girl Scout campgrounds, Fredrickson bulletin board materials, Portland Golf Club trail to first club house, train wreck of 47 cars, conflict with the sewage pumping stations, trail art, Augustus Fanno, Fanno Creek, and concluding at Vista Brook Park checking out the ducks on the lake.

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek 2019 by Kevin Mistler

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The spectacular book, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, is available at the Nordia House gift store on Oleson Road! Beautiful colored photos on every page, a history of this remarkable person here in Garden Home. The book release was celebrated on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Nordia House. Attendees enjoyed nusic, refreshments, and tours of the grounds and Fogelbo.

Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

A Henry Steiner and Fogelbo Tour with Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo interior from loft

Old Market Pub fire and re-opening

The historic Old Market Pub has re-opened after the building suffered a kitchen fire and extensive smoke damage on March 28, 2022. The fire propelled them into a major reorganization, painting and repairs of the popular Pub at the convergence of Multnomah Boulevard and Garden Home Road.

We plan to have an event in the back room when it is available. Pizza and drinks! Presenting Garden Home of the early 1900s, rail station, Red store, Cannery, then Whitneys, Comellas, and finally the Old Market Pub!

Old Market Pub and Brewery

Old Market Pub and Brewery

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

We recently received a fabulous 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program, all the way from Hawaii, thanks to Cheryl Ames. She hated to throw it away. We hope that you’ll also offer us some unique Garden Home treasures when you clean house. We’ll do more of the Alpenrose story later this year. If you know any of the people currently working on this, please let me know. Visit our story on the history of Alpenrose to see the whole program.

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair - page 1

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair – page 1

Remember!

Seventy eight years ago this June, a WW2 fighter plane crashed in Garden Home. Visit our website to read the full story of Robert Young’s King Cobra plane crash near SW 82nd Ave near SW Washington Dr.

Snippet of the flight leaders report for update

excerpt from the flight leader’s report

Discover Garden Home!

It will bring a smile to your face! Check out the duck families swimming in the large lake formed by the beavers in Hideaway Park! Note the large beaver dam at the entrance to the parking lot. Use great caution turning into the park from the south, easier from the north. Bring a snack, sit and enjoy!

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. Call to attend. Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about over 40 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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Remembering Gerry Frank

September 21, 1923 to March 13, 2022

We were sorry to learn of Gerry Frank’s passing on March 13, 2022, aged 98. Gerry was born on September 21, 1923 in Portland to Aaron and Ruth Frank. They lived in SW Portland and Gerry attended Ainsworth and Lincoln High School. In the 1920s, his parents bought the Frank Farm property here in Garden Home (now the Frank Estate condos) so that they could send their show horses to events around the nation. Aaron Frank had a siding developed beside the railroad tracks, near the Firlock Station train stop, now SW 78th Avenue. They could then load the horses into the special cars to travel to California or New York’s Madison Square Garden and elsewhere. The Frank Farm was part of the “horse culture” in Garden Home, along with the Hunt Club, and the two riding academies, all along SW Oleson Road, south of the school.

Our first interview with Gerry was in 2010 when Virginia Vanture and I met with Gerry in his two-room office in Salem. His walls were covered with photos of him meeting with various world leaders, part of his role as Chief of Staff for our U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield for twenty years. His family began the Meier & Frank Department store and he was the Manager of the first store in Salem. He served in Patton’s Third Army during WWII, and helped liberate the first concentration camp in Ohrduff, Germany.

Our Gerry Frank story tells the incredible story of Gerry’s life and his commitment to Oregon and to our nation. See our display memorializing Gerry in the Garden Home Community Library. He has honored us with the gift of 50 special horse photographs and the guest book with hundreds of names from the notable Frank Farm stables here in Garden Home.

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June 2022 UPDATE – Garden Home History Email

Hello Friends! Garden Home is busy! Even the ducks! Ross Fogelquist, Old Market Pub, Fanno Creek Trail Walk, and our duck families. Thank you for your generous donations, your nice comments, and hopefully, your good intentions to write us a story about your family! If you wish to receive the printed Gazette (3x a year) in addition to your email Gazette, reply with your  mailing address.

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The spectacular book, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, is available at the Nordia House gift store on Oleson Road! The book release will be celebrated on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Nordia House, from 2:30 to 6:30 (advance registration required). Music, refreshments, house and grounds open, Swedish flag raising with singing. Many of you have toured Ross’ home, Fogelbo, at 8740 SW Oleson, we plan to have another visit there this year. Beautiful colored photos on every page, a history of this remarkable person here in Garden Home.

Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

A Henry Steiner and Fogelbo Tour with Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo interior from loft

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

The weather cooperated for a nice day for our first Walk of the Historic Fanno Creek Trail on Saturday, May 14. Elaine Shreve, Garden Home History, and Heather Waisanen, Garden Home Community Library, conducted the 90 minute walk along the trail with the 12 registrants and a couple more History people. We noted the Aaron Frank Farm, Firlock Station, former Girl Scout campgrounds, Fredrickson bulletin board materials, Portland Golf Club trail to first club house, train wreck of 47 cars, conflict with the sewage pumping stations, trail art, Augustus Fanno, Fanno Creek, and concluding at Vista Brook Park checking out the ducks on the lake.

We hope to hold the next walk on Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM. Check the library’s event page to register.

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek 2019 by Kevin Mistler

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek

Old Market Pub re-opening

The historic Old Market Pub building suffered a kitchen fire and extensive smoke damage on March 28, 2022. The fire propelled them into a major reorganization, painting and repairs of the popular Pub at the convergence of Multnomah Boulevard and Garden Home Road. They hope to open with a partial menu the first week of June. Lots of complications running a busy restaurant.

We plan to have an event in the back room when it is available. Pizza and drinks! Presenting Garden Home of the early 1900s, rail station, Red store, Cannery, then Whitneys, Comellas, and finally the Old Market Pub!

Old Market Pub and Brewery

Old Market Pub and Brewery

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

We recently received a fabulous 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program, all the way from Hawaii, thanks to Cheryl Ames. She hated to throw it away. We hope that you’ll also offer us some unique Garden Home treasures when you clean house. We’ll do more of the Alpenrose story later this year. If you know any of the people currently working on this, please let me know. Visit our story on the history of Alpenrose to see the whole program.

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair - page 1

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair – page 1

Remember!

Seventy eight years ago this June, a WW2 fighter plane crashed in Garden Home. Visit our website to read the full story of Robert Young’s King Cobra plane crash near SW 82nd Ave near SW Washington Dr.

Snippet of the flight leaders report for update

excerpt from the flight leader’s report

Discover Garden Home!

It will bring a smile to your face! Check out the duck families swimming in the large lake formed by the beavers in Hideaway Park! Note the large beaver dam at the entrance to the parking lot. Use great caution turning into the park from the south, easier from the north. Bring a snack, sit and enjoy!

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. Call to attend. Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

Read more about Garden Home with hundreds of photos and stories at GardenHomeHistory.com. We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Call us: Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691. To unsubscribe, reply to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

Stay safe and well, from all of our dedicated Board of Directors: Esta Mapes, Sharon Vedder, John and Marie Pacella, Stan and Susan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler, and Elaine Shreve. Tom Shreve is our webmaster.

– Elaine

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

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