November 2019 News

In this edition: October 5 bell ringing, Lamb’s Thriftway closure, visit by famed organist and daughter of Dorothy Johnson, Dorothy Papadakos, and more favorite teacher recollections.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

The annual Garden Home Recreation Center’s annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9am to 4pm. Come visit our booth in Room 7 for your holiday gifts.

Recent News

Dorothy Johnson’s famous daughter visits Garden Home

Dorothy Johnson Papadakos

Dorothy Johnson Papadakos

October 25, 2019 – We were pleased to meet Dorothy Papadakos, nationally famous organist and daughter of Garden Home’s Dorothy Johnson (Miss Oregon 1955, Miss America first runner-up 1956). Dorothy is continuing her highly acclaimed Halloween Horror Tour which brings her to 8 famous national pipe organs in 4 weeks, including Portland’s Trinity Cathedral organ. Ward Nelson, Trinity choir, was surprised to learn of her Garden Home connection and was touring Garden Home with her.  Wikipedia notes how her tours began:

Papadakos started her annual Halloween Horror Tour, which brings silent film’s classics, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Phantom of the Opera to life on the world’s pipe organs. Her silent film appearances have included such classics as a rendition of the Hunchback of Notre Dame at a New Year’s Eve 2011 celebration at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and Nosferatu at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts organ in 2014.

Closure of the Garden Home Marketplace grocery store

The Garden Home Marketplace grocery store (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) will be closing on or before October 19, 2019. The Marketplace store continues its process of closing and disposing of groceries and equipment. The historic church bell, plaques and vintage post office safe will remain in place with property owner Colin Lamb’s approval. The Wells Fargo Bank and the Post Office are closed and may not reopen. The liquor store and the Growlers are awaiting further news. Colin Lamb will retain the historic store photos that were hung on the walls.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more developments.

October 5th ringing of the historic church bell

We rang the historic 100-year old church bell hanging in the bell tower of the Garden Home Marketplace (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) on October 5, 2019. This event was bittersweet as it coincides with the imminent closing of the grocery store. We are working with Colin Lamb, the owner of the building, with the hope that the bell will be able to remain where it hangs when a new tenant takes over the space.

Thanks to Store Manager Mike Babbitt and all of the store staff for withstanding two hours of bell ringing.

Leslie Bennett is the artist who put up these wonderful Thank You boards for the closing of Bales Market Place. Leslie’s business: LillyPillyProductions.com. The memories and the kind words have been an excellent way for the community to share their appreciation to the grocery store staff, to Manager Mike Babbitt and to Colin Lamb for the Lamb’s participation in our community for over 60 years. Our thanks to all!

View over 100 photos of the bell ringing event.

September 9th Show & Tell event celebrating old things

We hosted a Show & Tell event on September 9, 2019. People were invited to bring something old to share with the group. Thank you to everyone!

  • Louise Cook Jones shared and donated some early Garden Home memorabilia from the 1950s including a wonderful colored Souvenir Program from the Alpenrose Country Fair, June 1966. These will go into our website story of Alpenrose. See our History of Alpenrose for more pictures of the Alpenrose program and gazette from 1966.
  • Jan Fredrickson showed us an interesting Pepsi 6 pac of vintage pop bottles, so different from our current cans.
  • Kevin Mistler showed the 1942 bus schedule showing 34 stops in Garden Home on a daily basis.
  • Virginia Vanture shared the horse saddlebags used by her physician grandfather way back when!
  • Stan Houseman brought one of the donated postal box doors with the fanciful brass décor. Thanks to Elizabeth Harding who donated two doors to the Garden Home History Project. They will be displayed in the glass cabinet in the Library. Please contact us if you are interested to purchase any more of these doors.
  • Don Krom graduated from BHS in 1961 and Garden Home Grade School in 1957. He shared his wonderful old scrapbook of the school and his memories.
  • Ray Heesaker taught at Garden Home School in 1967 under Don Dunbar. He recalled those days as a young teacher and then followed Don on to the next Beaverton school.
  • Elaine Shreve brought an original Morning Oregonian door knob and decorative doorplate. The building in Portland was demolished in 1951.

Share your memories of Garden Home

Via NextDoor, Robin Ariss remembers a stuffed elephant in Lamb’s Thriftway:

I am the shorter one my sister is the taller and I think this was taken in 1962 when I was 5.

Stuffed elephant in Lambs Thriftway - Robin Ariss

Stuffed elephant in Lambs Thriftway – Robin Ariss – I am the shorter one my sister is the taller and I think this was taken in 1962 when I was 5

A reader wishing not to be named wrote:

Hello Elaine, I don’t write much, I’ve just lived in the area all my life.

I used to walk to the Post Office/Rexall with my grandmother as a child. We lived on Canby St just inside the Multnomah County line. I went to Maplewood/Wilson schools.

I recall Garden Home as it was back then. In our walks, I remember seeing the ladies with hair nets working a conveyor table of fruit from the south side door of Whitney’s Cannery. Lamb’s had a big Alpenrose milk carton that turned over the main entrance. Lamb’s also had wooden sidewalks on the south side, as well as street parking. As I got older, I would use the “tube tester” (in Lamb’s) when our radio or TV would act up. Also, I would buy my model glue and supplies there too.

There was a cashier named Bob Metcalf. Nice guy. Back then smokers smoked everywhere, even while they worked, even Bob. Irv was the druggist. Nice guy.

My barber was Ray Wilson. He was across the street from Lamb’s in the old BPOE building, and next door was Namitz TV & repair (owned by Harry & Mary Namitz). Now it’s a sports bar (The Dugout).

I liked Terry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor/Burger joint. I think a cone was 10c? Burgers maybe 20c? That was a time when Garden Home had three service stations and a school on the corners. I worked for Everett Wright at the Texaco for a while in ‘73, and then in ‘74 went to work for Gray Clark at the Standard station (where DQ is today). He moved his location to Allen & Lombard in Beaverton (ARCO).

I met people in the Garden Home area that I still am connected with today. Like most places today, it’s changed a lot. No more empty lots like there were long ago. None of the apartments were built, and a lot fewer houses when I started to frequent Garden Home. Multnomah Blvd had one house on it and a church. No convalescent home.

I have a cousin that graduated from Garden Home school as well. He is older than I am and still alive. Think he is 70? He grew up on SW 68th by Zolling’s Nursery.

Oh…when I worked at Knauss Chevrolet in Tigard, I used to take care of Bob Lamb’s car. He was getting pretty old and Mrs L would always be the driver. I think she was the accountant/bookkeeper for the store too.

Always nice to remember the past. Hope you enjoy reading my memories of Garden Home.

In an email, Randy DeHaan remembered Virgil Pearce, one of his favorite teachers at Garden Home School in the 1970s.

I just wanted to give you a quick little bit of possibly interesting Garden Home Elementary history.  I don’t know if Mr. Virgil Pearce (6th grade teacher 1972/73 and following) is still around, but I thought y’all might want to know what an impact he made.  I’m sure many of my classmates would agree. Mr. Pearce was a new 6th grade teacher and he really had us interacting with math/logic/outdoors.  I remember we played a lot of chess, many many math quizes, his well trained Golden Retriever came for a visit, etc.

On September 2, 2019, in an email, Bill Gellatly remembered teacher Carole Lintner, Bill Winthers and Don Dunbar:

I enjoyed seeing the ’71-‘72 staff picture, and seeing Carole Lintner’s picture with her then appropriate bouffant hair. I think all three of my kids may have had her as their teacher. All of them thought well of her. Bill Winthers had already taken over as principal when Erik started 1st grade, but I got to know Don Dunbar when I worked on the study group to look at shifting enrollment. He looks energetic as ever!

On September 6, 2019, in a comment on a post, Joyce Economus remembered Alpenrose and the Dignan family:

Our parents John and Eugenia Economus built their home in 1956 on Peyton Road, and our mom continues to live there. We would spend many hours in the Cherry tree orchard that is now Aaronmore neighborhood. When Alpenrose Dairy would have the fireworks for the 4th of July celebration we would all go into that orchard and watch those fireworks. My eldest brother and I attended Garden Home Grade School, and Todd Dignan was in my first grade class and possibly more after that, I just need to take a look at the grade school class pictures. Once think I recall about Todd’s mom was that she was absolutely the most beautiful mom and woman I had ever seen. She had a gracefulness that has never been forgotten. . So much more to write. . . would love to catch up with Todd some day.

We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We often begin with slide show presentations. All are welcome to attend our meetings. We’re an active and fun group, we have lots of opportunities to get involved!
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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Hunt Club Childhood of Mike Norris, M.D.

For children growing up in the Hunt Club area in the 1940s and ‘50s, it often felt like a park. Mike and his friends could be found sneaking through the gate into the Frank farm, shooting pheasants in Gertsch’s pond, ice skating on the swamp down the hill in winter, and cutting through yards to get to school. Mike Norris lived in Garden Home on Hunt Club Lane from 1943 to 1964. He graduated from eighth grade at Garden Home School and then from Beaverton High School in 1961. He went on to Colorado College at Colorado Springs and then to the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland (now OHSU). After residency in Los Angeles, he established his Family Practice specialty in Oregon City.

Mike’s parents, A.D. (Dick) and Mary Norris had four children, Andy, Michael, Robin, and Randy. His grandfather had begun the commercial real estate firm Norris, Beggs, & Simpson in 1932 and his father followed in that business and later established Norris and Stevens, Commercial Realtors. The family moved frequently during WW2 from Army Air Corp base to base, then back to Hunt Club Lane when Major Dick Norris served as a troop transport squadron commander in China 1944-5. Mike was born in California because of the war. The family lived on Hunt Club Lane from 1941 to 1965.

This was a time and place when the homes or cars weren’t locked in the Hunt Club area. The keys were often left in the ignition or at least over the sun visor. The Franks invited the local children to have swim lessons in their pool and an occasional free swim. The boys could play a few holes at the Portland Golf Club by entering below the hill where they weren’t likely to be seen. Most boys had access to a BB gun and often a shotgun to practice on pheasants, ducks, and geese, sometimes walking to the farm areas where Washington Square is now located. Fishing in Fanno Creek was fun.

Gertsch’s pond was south of what has become Vermont Street, west of Oleson. The land sloped down to the (now) Vermont area to cause swampy conditions which became frozen over the winter and fine for ice skating. Mike’s mother worked at the Junior League’s consignment shop and would buy the various ice skates as they came in so that most kids at the pond could find a pair near their size.

Mike and other neighbor kids often worked horse events with a lemonade and hot dog stand at the Portland Hunt Club with its 1/2 mile track. The 2-day Spring Meet was a huge regional equestrian meet with jumping, races, trotters, sulky races and more. Perhaps two thousand people came from all over to see the action from the grandstand and the grounds. The railroad was no longer running so cars were parked everywhere.

Mike’s father served on the School Board and his name is on the school plaque currently hanging beneath the old school bell outside the Garden Home Community Library entrance to the Recreation Center building. As the school population increased, more classrooms, cafeteria, and office were added.

Garden Home School bell plaque, 1949-50

Garden Home School bell plaque, 1949-50

The eighth grade class of 1957 shows 43 students, 15 boys and 28 girls in two classrooms. As each class became larger, they were separated into two classrooms. Other class photos from Mike’s time show a majority of girls in classroom photos. Note the 3rd grade classroom with 11 girls and 5 boys. At this time, Garden Home Grade School was an Independent School District, No. 92.

[From School Days, A History of Public Schools in and Around Beaverton, OR. 1856-2000 by Gerald Varner:

Garden Home’s student enrollment grew to 380 students in 1959-60, the last year it operated as an independent district. The school had 433 students in 1972. The various grade school and high school districts around Beaverton were finally organized to become one unified Beaverton School District No. 48, on July 1, 1960.

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Mike brought us the program for the “Follies of 1950,” put on by the P.T.A. to raise funds for the new four-way blinking traffic light at the intersection. Prior to this light, children had to just take their chances crossing to the school. A sensational act was the Can- Can performed in full costume, by Irma King, Olive Barry, Bobby O’Callahan, Kathryn Peyton, Harriet Krom, and Mary Norris, Mike’s mother.

Garden Home School added a school bus in about 1950 and asked all the children to ride the bus. Mike and friends preferred to cut through the Hunt Club area properties to get to the school.

Darrell MacKay has reported:

When the school decided to get a school bus the Russells (well-to-do-family) bought the school bus and then the school district paid them back since they couldn’t get a bond passed to buy the bus outright. My dad got his chauffeur’s license and drove the bus as well as being custodian.

The Russell daughter, Peggy, was a classmate of Mike. Mrs. Margie Russell was the daughter of Lloyd Frank whose brother was Aaron Frank owner of the Garden Home farm. Lloyd’s beautiful home is now the President’s office at Lewis and Clark College’s Portland campus.

Mike notes that the E.F. Bernard home as shown on our map is an error. Mr. Bernard’s name was Earl F. Bernard. The cement gate post does list E.F. Bernard, not F.F.

Mike also brought Shirley Bernard’s family cookbook that was a favorite for his mother. Mrs. Bernard was known to her family and the community to be a wonderful chef. Break Bread with Us with a cover drawn by daughter Julie Bernard contains over a hundred recipes with cautionary comments and suggestions as to serving or decorating. It has wonderful old recipes for boiled tongue, sweetbreads, pickle brines, aspic salad, mincemeat, cracker pie, shredded wheat appetizers and a hundred more delicious meals.

Dr. Norris officially retired from his Oregon City Family Practice but soon was involved in founding a free clinic and active with the Clackamas County Historical Society. He and his wife Alice have enjoyed hiking, biking, skiing, traveling, raising their children and enjoying their 6 grandchildren. Alice was mayor of Oregon City for 8 years as well as a community activist on many boards and committees, usually as chair. His three children, Tami Thompson, a 5th teacher near Seattle, Tim, a computer guy in Boise, and Will, a financial planner in Boulder, CO have collectively provided 6 grandchildren.

Mike’s brothers, Andy (GHS class of 1955, BHS class 1959) is a resort developer living in Santa Barbara, Robin (GHS class of 1961, BHS class of 1965) died in 1990, and Randy, a retired international businessman with ESCO, then Warn Industries, went GHS, to Whitford and then Lincoln HS lives in Redmond, OR.

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Shirley Gertsch Bartels on Peter and Pete Gertsch

Peter Gertsch, his wife Katy Tannler and his brother Fred (known as Fritz) came to Garden Home from Switzerland and settled on property off of Oleson Road sometime in the 1890’s. This property was on the west side of Oleson Road, north of the Frank Farm. The brothers decided to go into the dairy business and built a barn, cleared the land and built a house.

A son whom they called “Pete” to distinguish him from his father, Peter, was born to Katie and Peter but in July of 1895, when the child was 6 weeks old, his father died. Honoring the custom of their Swiss heritage it was decided to send to Switzerland for the remaining brother, Christian, to come to America and marry his brother’s widow. Katie and Christian Gertsch were married and had two sons, Albert and Christian, who were half-brothers to Pete. Katie and Christian raised Pete and the dairy was later passed on to Pete who ran it until the mid-1950s

Pete Gertsch married Rosalie Balmer who was from a local dairy family. Their daughter, Shirley Gertsch Bartels grew up on the Gertsch property, attending Garden Home School, Beaverton High School and graduating from Oregon State University in 1960. The brothers decided to go into the dairy business and built a barn, cleared the land and built a house. After purchasing cows from the Hoffman, Balmer dairy, they named their new place Shattuck Dairy.

In 1955 Pete sold the last of 100 dairy cows he maintained and in 1958 sold 33 acres to W.C. Bauman. The remaining 26 acres, which included the house he had built for his wife Rosalie, was sold to Mr. Bauman in1976. According to Shirley, her father had requested that Mr. Bauman set aside some of the land for a school.

The land was developed as Arranmore, a housing subdivision. On the western side of Oleson Road, directly across from SW Miles Court, stands a Colorado Blue Spruce planted in 1939 by Pete for Rosalie and daughter, Shirley. It was directly in front of their house that was built in 1935. The house is no longer there but if you drive slowly down Oleson Road and look to the west you can see the tree.

Montclair School was built on what was the northern edge of the old dairy. The school opened in 1970 and is an elementary school in the Beaverton School District.

By Virginia G. Vanture, June 2, 2010, from an interview with Shirley Gertsch Bartels, the daughter of Pete Gertsch, granddaughter of Peter Gertsch.

New photos sent by Shirley Gertsch Bartels of her parents and grandparents

November, 2019. These photos have come my way and help to tell the story of the Gertsch family who developed the new Shattuck Dairy in the late 1890s. That property is now the Arranmore housing development and the Montclair School.

Paternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels: Christ and Katie Gertsch

Christian Gertsch (1869-1949) and Katie Tannler Gertsch (1871-1948) are the paternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels. Christian went by “Christ”, pronounced with a soft “i”, as in “mist”.

You’ll remember that the brothers Peter and Fritz Gertsch came from Switzerland to establish dairies in the new Oregon territory. Peter Gertsch married Katie Tannler and was soon the father of a young son, named Pete Gertsch. Alas, Peter died suddenly while the baby was still an infant. In the tradition of the Swiss families, the brother Christian was summoned from Switzerland to take on Peter’s role. Christian then married his brother’s widow, Katie, and became the stepfather to young Pete.

Christ (1869-1949) and Katie Tannler (1871-1948) Gertsch. Stepfather and mother of Pete Gertsch and paternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels

Christ (1869-1949) and Katie Tannler (1871-1948) Gertsch. Stepfather and mother of Pete Gertsch and paternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels

Maternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels: Christ and Rosalie Balmer

Christian Balmer (1860-1941) and Rosalie Gloor Balmer (1871-1957) are the maternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels. This Christian also went by “Christ”. Christ and Rosalie Balmer were the parents of Rosalie Balmer Gertsch. Yes, mother and daughter were both named Rosalie. The Balmer family was involved with the local dairy of John Hoffman further east on SW Vermont Ave. and into the (now) Burlingame area.

Christ and Rosalie Balmer. Parents of Rosalie Gertsch and maternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels

Christ and Rosalie Balmer. Parents of Rosalie Gertsch and maternal grandparents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels

Parents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels: Peter Albert Gertsch and Rosalie Balmer Gertsch

This young Pete (named Peter Albert Gertsch) grew up in the dairy and inherited it. Pete (1895-1972) married Rosalie Balmer Gertsch (1900-1977) and went on to become parents to today’s Shirley Gertsch Bartels who grew up in Garden Home, attended Oregon State, and married her veterinarian husband, Dr. Jan Bartels.

Shirley and Jan Bartels, 2019

Shirley and Jan Bartels, 2019

Rosalie Balmer Gertsch (1900-1977) and Peter Albert Gertsch (1895-1972). Married May 15 1935. Parents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels

Rosalie Balmer Gertsch (1900-1977) and Peter Albert Gertsch (1895-1972). Married May 15 1935. Parents of Shirley Gertsch Bartels

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September 9, 2019 Show and Tell event

We hosted a Show & Tell event on September 9, 2019. People were invited to bring something old to share with the group. Thank you to everyone!

  • Louise Cook Jones shared and donated some early Garden Home memorabilia from the 1950s including a wonderful colored Souvenir Program from the Alpenrose Country Fair, June 1966. These will go into our website story of Alpenrose. See our History of Alpenrose for more pictures of the Alpenrose program and gazette from 1966.
  • Jan Fredrickson showed us an interesting Pepsi 6 pac of vintage pop bottles, so different from our current cans.
  • Kevin Mistler showed the 1942 bus schedule showing 34 stops in Garden Home on a daily basis.
  • Virginia Vanture shared the horse saddlebags used by her physician grandfather way back when!
  • Stan Houseman brought one of the donated postal box doors with the fanciful brass décor. Thanks to Elizabeth Harding who donated two doors to the Garden Home History Project. They will be displayed in the glass cabinet in the Library. Please contact us if you are interested to purchase any more of these doors.
  • Don Krom graduated from BHS in 1961 and Garden Home Grade School in 1957. He shared his wonderful old scrapbook of the school and his memories.
  • Ray Heesaker taught at Garden Home School in 1967 under Don Dunbar. He recalled those days as a young teacher and then followed Don on to the next Beaverton school.
  • Elaine Shreve brought an original Morning Oregonian door knob and decorative doorplate. The building in Portland was demolished in 1951.
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October 2019 News

In this edition: October 5 bell ringing, Lamb’s Thriftway closure, visit by famed organist and daughter of Dorothy Johnson, Dorothy Papadakos, and more favorite teacher recollections.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

The annual Garden Home Recreation Center’s annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9am to 4pm. Come visit our booth in Room 7 for your holiday gifts.

Recent News

Dorothy Johnson’s famous daughter visits Garden Home

Dorothy Johnson Papadakos

Dorothy Johnson Papadakos

October 25, 2019 – We were pleased to meet Dorothy Papadakos, nationally famous organist and daughter of Garden Home’s Dorothy Johnson (Miss Oregon 1955, Miss America first runner-up 1956). Dorothy is continuing her highly acclaimed Halloween Horror Tour which brings her to 8 famous national pipe organs in 4 weeks, including Portland’s Trinity Cathedral organ. Ward Nelson, Trinity choir, was surprised to learn of her Garden Home connection and was touring Garden Home with her.  Wikipedia notes how her tours began:

Papadakos started her annual Halloween Horror Tour, which brings silent film’s classics, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Phantom of the Opera to life on the world’s pipe organs. Her silent film appearances have included such classics as a rendition of the Hunchback of Notre Dame at a New Year’s Eve 2011 celebration at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and Nosferatu at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts organ in 2014.

Closure of the Garden Home Marketplace grocery store

The Garden Home Marketplace grocery store (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) will be closing on or before October 19, 2019. The Marketplace store continues its process of closing and disposing of groceries and equipment. The historic church bell, plaques and vintage post office safe will remain in place with property owner Colin Lamb’s approval. The Wells Fargo Bank and the Post Office are closed and may not reopen. The liquor store and the Growlers are awaiting further news. Colin Lamb will retain the historic store photos that were hung on the walls.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more developments.

October 5th ringing of the historic church bell

We rang the historic 100-year old church bell hanging in the bell tower of the Garden Home Marketplace (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) on October 5, 2019. This event was bittersweet as it coincides with the imminent closing of the grocery store. We are working with Colin Lamb, the owner of the building, with the hope that the bell will be able to remain where it hangs when a new tenant takes over the space.

Thanks to Store Manager Mike Babbitt and all of the store staff for withstanding two hours of bell ringing.

Leslie Bennett is the artist who put up these wonderful Thank You boards for the closing of Bales Market Place. Leslie’s business: LillyPillyProductions.com. The memories and the kind words have been an excellent way for the community to share their appreciation to the grocery store staff, to Manager Mike Babbitt and to Colin Lamb for the Lamb’s participation in our community for over 60 years. Our thanks to all!

View over 100 photos of the bell ringing event.

September 9th Show & Tell event celebrating old things

We hosted a Show & Tell event on September 9, 2019. People were invited to bring something old to share with the group. Thank you to everyone!

  • Louise Cook Jones shared and donated some early Garden Home memorabilia from the 1950s including a wonderful colored Souvenir Program from the Alpenrose Country Fair, June 1966. These will go into our website story of Alpenrose. See our History of Alpenrose for more pictures of the Alpenrose program and gazette from 1966.
  • Jan Fredrickson showed us an interesting Pepsi 6 pac of vintage pop bottles, so different from our current cans.
  • Kevin Mistler showed the 1942 bus schedule showing 34 stops in Garden Home on a daily basis.
  • Virginia Vanture shared the horse saddlebags used by her physician grandfather way back when!
  • Stan Houseman brought one of the donated postal box doors with the fanciful brass décor. Thanks to Elizabeth Harding who donated two doors to the Garden Home History Project. They will be displayed in the glass cabinet in the Library. Please contact us if you are interested to purchase any more of these doors.
  • Don Krom graduated from BHS in 1961 and Garden Home Grade School in 1957. He shared his wonderful old scrapbook of the school and his memories.
  • Ray Heesaker taught at Garden Home School in 1967 under Don Dunbar. He recalled those days as a young teacher and then followed Don on to the next Beaverton school.
  • Elaine Shreve brought an original Morning Oregonian door knob and decorative doorplate. The building in Portland was demolished in 1951.

Share your memories of Garden Home

Via NextDoor, Robin Ariss remembers a stuffed elephant in Lamb’s Thriftway:

I am the shorter one my sister is the taller and I think this was taken in 1962 when I was 5.

Stuffed elephant in Lambs Thriftway - Robin Ariss

Stuffed elephant in Lambs Thriftway – Robin Ariss – I am the shorter one my sister is the taller and I think this was taken in 1962 when I was 5

A reader wishing not to be named wrote:

Hello Elaine, I don’t write much, I’ve just lived in the area all my life.

I used to walk to the Post Office/Rexall with my grandmother as a child. We lived on Canby St just inside the Multnomah County line. I went to Maplewood/Wilson schools.

I recall Garden Home as it was back then. In our walks, I remember seeing the ladies with hair nets working a conveyor table of fruit from the south side door of Whitney’s Cannery. Lamb’s had a big Alpenrose milk carton that turned over the main entrance. Lamb’s also had wooden sidewalks on the south side, as well as street parking. As I got older, I would use the “tube tester” (in Lamb’s) when our radio or TV would act up. Also, I would buy my model glue and supplies there too.

There was a cashier named Bob Metcalf. Nice guy. Back then smokers smoked everywhere, even while they worked, even Bob. Irv was the druggist. Nice guy.

My barber was Ray Wilson. He was across the street from Lamb’s in the old BPOE building, and next door was Namitz TV & repair (owned by Harry & Mary Namitz). Now it’s a sports bar (The Dugout).

I liked Terry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor/Burger joint. I think a cone was 10c? Burgers maybe 20c? That was a time when Garden Home had three service stations and a school on the corners. I worked for Everett Wright at the Texaco for a while in ‘73, and then in ‘74 went to work for Gray Clark at the Standard station (where DQ is today). He moved his location to Allen & Lombard in Beaverton (ARCO).

I met people in the Garden Home area that I still am connected with today. Like most places today, it’s changed a lot. No more empty lots like there were long ago. None of the apartments were built, and a lot fewer houses when I started to frequent Garden Home. Multnomah Blvd had one house on it and a church. No convalescent home.

I have a cousin that graduated from Garden Home school as well. He is older than I am and still alive. Think he is 70? He grew up on SW 68th by Zolling’s Nursery.

Oh…when I worked at Knauss Chevrolet in Tigard, I used to take care of Bob Lamb’s car. He was getting pretty old and Mrs L would always be the driver. I think she was the accountant/bookkeeper for the store too.

Always nice to remember the past. Hope you enjoy reading my memories of Garden Home.

In an email, Randy DeHaan remembered Virgil Pearce, one of his favorite teachers at Garden Home School in the 1970s.

I just wanted to give you a quick little bit of possibly interesting Garden Home Elementary history.  I don’t know if Mr. Virgil Pearce (6th grade teacher 1972/73 and following) is still around, but I thought y’all might want to know what an impact he made.  I’m sure many of my classmates would agree. Mr. Pearce was a new 6th grade teacher and he really had us interacting with math/logic/outdoors.  I remember we played a lot of chess, many many math quizes, his well trained Golden Retriever came for a visit, etc.

On September 2, 2019, in an email, Bill Gellatly remembered teacher Carole Lintner, Bill Winthers and Don Dunbar:

I enjoyed seeing the ’71-‘72 staff picture, and seeing Carole Lintner’s picture with her then appropriate bouffant hair. I think all three of my kids may have had her as their teacher. All of them thought well of her. Bill Winthers had already taken over as principal when Erik started 1st grade, but I got to know Don Dunbar when I worked on the study group to look at shifting enrollment. He looks energetic as ever!

On September 6, 2019, in a comment on a post, Joyce Economus remembered Alpenrose and the Dignan family:

Our parents John and Eugenia Economus built their home in 1956 on Peyton Road, and our mom continues to live there. We would spend many hours in the Cherry tree orchard that is now Aaronmore neighborhood. When Alpenrose Dairy would have the fireworks for the 4th of July celebration we would all go into that orchard and watch those fireworks. My eldest brother and I attended Garden Home Grade School, and Todd Dignan was in my first grade class and possibly more after that, I just need to take a look at the grade school class pictures. Once think I recall about Todd’s mom was that she was absolutely the most beautiful mom and woman I had ever seen. She had a gracefulness that has never been forgotten. . So much more to write. . . would love to catch up with Todd some day.

We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We often begin with slide show presentations. All are welcome to attend our meetings. We’re an active and fun group, we have lots of opportunities to get involved!
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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Barbara Kiggins Green memoir

By Barbara (Kiggins) Green, 2019 (age 87)

I was born in 1931 and we moved to Garden Home around 1934 or 1935. We lived in a small two room house with an outside toilet located down a dirt road which led to SW Oleson Road. The house was owned by the Marugg family whose property was adjacent to us. Rent was $5 a month. As a quirk of fate, many years later the Marugg boy attended Vanport College with me. He had lost his eyesight and one of my acquaintances was his reader.

In the winter of 1936, my sister, Katherine, was born. She came down with pneumonia at age three months and I remember the doctor walking down the dirt road to help her. She did survive and is alive today.

This was the depth of the depression and times were very difficult financially. My father was a longshoreman but we were a long way from the Portland waterfront plus we didn’t have a car. When he could get a ride, there wasn’t a lot of work. We had chickens which I loved and was saddened when one of them had to become dinner. My grandmother and Henry, my step grandfather, lived close by and Henry had a garden which he shared.

Christmas 1936 had a nice surprise. I remember my dad going into the woods and cutting down a small tree. When we woke up the next morning, there were toys under the tree. I thought it was a miracle. Later my folks told me that the water meter fellow noticed our difficult circumstances and provided all of the gifts.

Kindergarten was a revelation to me. My teacher’s name was Brown. She was a wonderful woman who constantly had to pull up my long brown stockings and fasten them for me. The schoolroom was heaven to this five year old. There were books, toys, children to play with and a compassionate teacher. Wonderful memories to start my school life. My first grade teacher’s name was Johnson and she also had second grade. Reading came easily to me and her class was enjoyable. When we finished our work, we got to play in the sandbox.

In the basement there was a tiny cafeteria. All I remember is that a cup of soup, milk and cocoa all cost 5 cents. Don’t remember buying any.

At the end of the year, the whole school had a picnic in the woods behind the school. What a great time that was. We moved to Portland May 1 of first grade so I missed the second picnic.

I attended one of your meetings and found a picture which showed Sharka and Zora, the twins, a boy named Bruce and myself. We were all in the same class.

Many years later I became a primary teacher in Portland for 30 years. I know my love for school started in Garden Home.

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October 5, 2019 Historic Bell Ringing

We rang the historic 100-year old bell hanging in the bell tower of the Garden Home Marketplace (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) on October 5, 2019. This event was bittersweet as it coincides with the imminent closing of the grocery store. We are working with Colin Lamb, the owner of the building, with the hope that the bell will be able to remain where it hangs when a new tenant takes over the space.

Thanks to Store Manager Mike Babbitt and all of the store staff for withstanding two hours of bell ringing.

Leslie Bennett is the artist who put up these wonderful Thank You boards for the closing of Bales Market Place. Leslie’s business: LillyPillyProductions.com. The memories and the kind words have been an excellent way for the community to share their appreciation to the grocery store staff, to Manager Mike Babbitt and to Colin Lamb for the Lamb’s participation in our community for over 60 years. Our thanks to all!

Update as of October 15: The Bales Market Place store continues its process of closing and disposing of groceries and equipment. The historic church bell, plaques and vintage post office safe will remain in place with property owner Colin Lamb’s approval. The Wells Fargo Bank and the Post Office are closed and may not reopen. The liquor store and the Growlers are awaiting further news. Colin Lamb will retain the historic store photos that were hung on the walls.

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Clark N. Stephens obituary

Clark N. Stephens, March 10, 1930 to September 1, 2019

Clark, the son of Noble and Bessie Stephens, was born in Portland and raised in Garden Home adjacent to the Portland Golf Club. He started caddying there when he was 10 because all the older caddies were off to war. As a fringe benefit the caddies could play the course on Mondays. He worked on the grounds crew there throughout high school and college. Upon graduating from Tigard High School in 1947 he enlisted in the Army. After Basic Training he was assigned to entertain the troops, playing the trumpet in an Army dance band. Upon his discharge he enrolled at Lewis & Clark College where he played on the golf team and four years of football. He was a member of the undefeated 1950 L&C Team, Northwest Conference Champions. The team was ranked second in the nation among small colleges. A modest man, when asked about his trumpet and football experiences Clark said “He had the good fortune to surround himself with talent.”

Clark worked as a firefighter the last two summers he was in college. To do that it was necessary for him to take the civil service exam and apply for the job. In 1953 he was surprised when the Fire Bureau called and said he was number one on the list for appointment. Asked if he would take the job he decided to say, “Yes.” He had been planning on teaching and coaching. Clark frequently said he was lucky and his accidentaly becoming firefighter was his best piece of luck yet. He loved his job. He worked for the Portland Fire Bureau 35 years, rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief. He was active in the IAFF serving as Secretary/Treasurer of both Local 43 and the Portland Firefighters Beneficiary Assn.

Clark was a devoted father. Camping, razor clam digging and swim meets were family activities. He spent many hours officiating at Portland Northeast YMCA competitions. He continued to support his grandchildren in their personal lives and all their athletic endeavors. He was always a patient teacher. Almost 30 years of family reunions at Sunriver allowed his children to reconnect and the cousins to get to know each other better.

After his family was raised Clark took up the golf he loved again. He and his wife, Connie, embraced the RV lifestyle and made several trips across the United States and Canada. They bought a RV lot on a golf course in Surprise, Ariz., where they enjoyed 25 winters along with many of their firefighter buddies from Portland and a number of new friends. They lived full time in their RV for five years. After a long hiatus Clark enjoyed playing his trumpet again in local bands. In his late 70’s Clark took up bicycling in earnest and completed Cycle Oregon with his lifelong friend, Bob Peters, four consecutive years. In 2010 he was the oldest person on the ride.

In their retirement he and his wife traveled widely in Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Their most memorable trip was three weeks touring China shortly after China opened to tourism in 1996.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years; his son, Cliff (Rhonda); daughters, Jill Vaughan (Darrell), Shelley Stoyanov (Petar), April Meyer (Raymond); nine grandchildren, Evan Meyer, Caleb Stephens, Alexandra Thomas, Grant Meyer, Brent Stephens, Riley Clingman, Krista Stephens, Jay Vaughan, Lara Stoyanov; and three great-granddaughters, Elowyn, Coralie and Rhosyn.

A celebration of Clark’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 5, 2019, at the Stockpot Restaurant at the Red Tail Golf Course in Beaverton.

Remembrances may be sent to the Lewy Body Disease Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Liburn, GA 30047 or online at lbda.org

Also see Clark’s memior published here on GardenHomeHistory.com in 2010.

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September 2019 News

In this edition: August 24 Recreation Center Mini-Market, September 9 Show & Tell, Lamb’s Thriftway closure, and more favorite teacher recollections.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

We will have regular board meeting on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We will be planning our Holiday Bazaar booth. Visitors are welcome!

Recent News

Announced closure of the Garden Home Marketplace grocery store

We have just learned of the planned closure of the Garden Home Marketplace grocery store (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) on or before October 19, 2019. It is unclear how this will affect the businesses inside the store, such as Garden Home Growlers, the liquor store, bank, or Post Office. This is shocking news to our community. We must work to retain the 1882 Post Office. The closure may require us to remove both the vintage Garden Home Post Office safe from the Garden Home Growlers area and the historic 1918 Community Church bell hanging above the main entrance.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more developments.

September 9th Show & Tell event celebrating old things

We hosted a Show & Tell event on September 9, 2019. People were invited to bring something old to share with the group. Thank you to everyone!

  • Louise Cook Jones shared and donated some early Garden Home memorabilia from the 1950s including a wonderful colored Souvenir Program from the Alpenrose Country Fair, June 1966. These will go into our website story of Alpenrose. See our History of Alpenrose for more pictures of the Alpenrose program and gazette from 1966.
  • Jan Fredrickson showed us an interesting Pepsi 6 pac of vintage pop bottles, so different from our current cans.
  • Kevin Mistler showed the 1942 bus schedule showing 34 stops in Garden Home on a daily basis.
  • Virginia Vanture shared the horse saddlebags used by her physician grandfather way back when!
  • Stan Houseman brought one of the donated postal box doors with the fanciful brass décor. Thanks to Elizabeth Harding who donated two doors to the Garden Home History Project. They will be displayed in the glass cabinet in the Library. Please contact us if you are interested to purchase any more of these doors.
  • Don Krom graduated from BHS in 1961 and Garden Home Grade School in 1957. He shared his wonderful old scrapbook of the school and his memories.
  • Ray Heesaker taught at Garden Home School in 1967 under Don Dunbar. He recalled those days as a young teacher and then followed Don on to the next Beaverton school.
  • Elaine Shreve brought an original Morning Oregonian door knob and decorative doorplate. The building in Portland was demolished in 1951.

August 24th Mini-Market event

The Garden Home History Project hosted a booth at the Garden Home Recreation Center’s annual Mini-Market event on Saturday, August 24, 2019. We gave away many prizes to participants in the Wheel of History game that featured a spinner wheel of Garden Home history topics.

Share your memories of Garden Home

Via NextDoor, Robin Ariss remembers a stuffed elephant in Lamb’s Thriftway:

I am the shorter one my sister is the taller and I think this was taken in 1962 when I was 5.

Stuffed elephant in Lambs Thriftway - Robin Ariss

Stuffed elephant in Lambs Thriftway – Robin Ariss – I am the shorter one my sister is the taller and I think this was taken in 1962 when I was 5

A reader wishing not to be named wrote:

Hello Elaine, I don’t write much, I’ve just lived in the area all my life.

I used to walk to the Post Office/Rexall with my grandmother as a child. We lived on Canby St just inside the Multnomah County line. I went to Maplewood/Wilson schools.

I recall Garden Home as it was back then. In our walks, I remember seeing the ladies with hair nets working a conveyor table of fruit from the south side door of Whitney’s Cannery. Lamb’s had a big Alpenrose milk carton that turned over the main entrance. Lamb’s also had wooden sidewalks on the south side, as well as street parking. As I got older, I would use the “tube tester” (in Lamb’s) when our radio or TV would act up. Also, I would buy my model glue and supplies there too.

There was a cashier named Bob Metcalf. Nice guy. Back then smokers smoked everywhere, even while they worked, even Bob. Irv was the druggist. Nice guy.

My barber was Ray Wilson. He was across the street from Lamb’s in the old BPOE building, and next door was Namitz TV & repair (owned by Harry & Mary Namitz). Now it’s a sports bar (The Dugout).

I liked Terry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor/Burger joint. I think a cone was 10c? Burgers maybe 20c? That was a time when Garden Home had three service stations and a school on the corners. I worked for Everett Wright at the Texaco for a while in ‘73, and then in ‘74 went to work for Gray Clark at the Standard station (where DQ is today). He moved his location to Allen & Lombard in Beaverton (ARCO).

I met people in the Garden Home area that I still am connected with today. Like most places today, it’s changed a lot. No more empty lots like there were long ago. None of the apartments were built, and a lot fewer houses when I started to frequent Garden Home. Multnomah Blvd had one house on it and a church. No convalescent home.

I have a cousin that graduated from Garden Home school as well. He is older than I am and still alive. Think he is 70? He grew up on SW 68th by Zolling’s Nursery.

Oh…when I worked at Knauss Chevrolet in Tigard, I used to take care of Bob Lamb’s car. He was getting pretty old and Mrs L would always be the driver. I think she was the accountant/bookkeeper for the store too.

Always nice to remember the past. Hope you enjoy reading my memories of Garden Home.

In an email, Randy DeHaan remembered Virgil Pearce, one of his favorite teachers at Garden Home School in the 1970s.

I just wanted to give you a quick little bit of possibly interesting Garden Home Elementary history.  I don’t know if Mr. Virgil Pearce (6th grade teacher 1972/73 and following) is still around, but I thought y’all might want to know what an impact he made.  I’m sure many of my classmates would agree. Mr. Pearce was a new 6th grade teacher and he really had us interacting with math/logic/outdoors.  I remember we played a lot of chess, many many math quizes, his well trained Golden Retriever came for a visit, etc.

On September 2, 2019, in an email, Bill Gellatly remembered teacher Carole Lintner, Bill Winthers and Don Dunbar:

I enjoyed seeing the ’71-‘72 staff picture, and seeing Carole Lintner’s picture with her then appropriate bouffant hair. I think all three of my kids may have had her as their teacher. All of them thought well of her. Bill Winthers had already taken over as principal when Erik started 1st grade, but I got to know Don Dunbar when I worked on the study group to look at shifting enrollment. He looks energetic as ever!

On September 6, 2019, in a comment on a post, Joyce Economus remembered Alpenrose and the Dignan family:

Our parents John and Eugenia Economus built their home in 1956 on Peyton Road, and our mom continues to live there. We would spend many hours in the Cherry tree orchard that is now Aaronmore neighborhood. When Alpenrose Dairy would have the fireworks for the 4th of July celebration we would all go into that orchard and watch those fireworks. My eldest brother and I attended Garden Home Grade School, and Todd Dignan was in my first grade class and possibly more after that, I just need to take a look at the grade school class pictures. Once think I recall about Todd’s mom was that she was absolutely the most beautiful mom and woman I had ever seen. She had a gracefulness that has never been forgotten. . So much more to write. . . would love to catch up with Todd some day.

We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com

June 10th Nordia House event

On Monday, June 10, 2019, we helped sponsor an event at the Nordia House at 8800 SW Oleson Rd learning about the Swedish immigrant experience in Oregon 1850-1950. Attendees reviewed the new displays at Nordia House, enjoyed a slide show presentation by Ann Stoller, toured Ross Fogelquist’s “Fogelbo” home full of Scandinavian history, and shared cookies on the deck.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We often begin with slide show presentations. All are welcome to attend our meetings. We’re an active and fun group, we have lots of opportunities to get involved!
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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July 14, 2019 – Garden Home History Board Member picnic and tour of WormWood Manor

Garden Home History board members met for a July picnic at the historic WormWood Manor, hosted by Jan Fredrickson and Kevin Mistler, both on our Board of Directors. We tried out the new spinner and BINGO games about Garden Home History. Fun! Our board members sponsor and work our events, research history, change the history displays in the library hall, develop the displays in the new library display cupboard, write new material for children, monitor the old Garden Home Post Office safe at the Growlers and more! It’s a busy group.

Our Advisory Board advises in whatever area they wish and have some expertise in. They aren’t expected to attend the regular Board of Directors meetings, but contribute in their specific interest area. Like our webmaster, Tom Shreve! Give me a call if this sounds like fun to you! We work to support the activities in our community such as those at the Garden Home Recreation Center, the Garden Home Library, the Garden Home Gardeners, the business district, and continue to provide interesting programs to appreciate our history.

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The Garden Home Totem Pole, by Andrew Gorman

[Editor: Many of you who have lived in Garden Home since the 1990s will remember the surprising totem pole standing in the shrubs at the NW corner of SW 82nd and Garden Home Road. Unfortunately it gradually deteriorated in our damp weather, until it completely fell apart this year. Andrew Gorman, the owner who lived in the adjacent home, wrote this memoir before he moved. It is a loving salute to his stepfather and the history of the wonderful totem pole. It’s also a commentary on how family interests and history propel one to engage in totem pole activities.]

I appreciate your interests in my totem pole; however there is no historical value to it except to me and my family. This was the last totem pole that my step father had made as a hobby before he and my mother were killed in an air accident September 5, 1981. My step father (Monte Stookey) and my mother Sharon were married sometime during the summer of 1976.

As best as I can remember, it was during the summer of 1979 when they took kind of a delayed honeymoon or a cruise up the “Inland Passage of Alaska” (mind you; I was probably 13 at this time). My father was #3 in command of the “Kinzua Plywood Mill” in Heppner, Oregon. He grew up in Baker, Oregon, did a stint in the US Navy during the late 1950s and early 60s (he was a radar operator). He was also a decorated marksman and was promoted to give pistol shooting demonstrations for specific military shows and or exhibitions.”

Monte married his first wife Linda and started their family, having two boys and two girls. During this time, Monte was employed in several mills during the 1960’s up to the early 70’s. He took night classes at some Community College and earned a degree in Management which eventually led him to be the Operations Superintendent for the Kinzua Corporation.

Okay, with all of this being said; my mom’s father, Orvile Cutsforth, was a prominent rancher and wheat farmer since the 1920’s in Morrow County for many years. During the 1950’s he and his wife Barbara donated several acres to Morrow County to make a County Park up in the Blue Mountains for people to have a recreational area. The County named it “Cutsforth’s Park.”

At one time; before I can remember, my grandfather built a totem pole himself and painted it. It was erected across the street from the county park and stood there for nearly 50 years. Okay, now obviously when Monte was dating my mother, he had noticed and seen this totem pole many times over the years.

While Sharon and Monte went on their delayed honeymoon, aka vacation, they saw and took many photographs from the cruise boat that they were on. Of course they got various chances to go ashore to take in the local cultures and take more pictures.

Once they received the pictures back from their vacation; Mom and Monte spent some time going through these pictures. My mother, being very organized, put these photos in albums. Monte said that he might like to try his hand at carving a totem pole. Father’s Day was just around the corner, I heard him say this which gave me the idea of a perfect gift for him. Even though I was a young teenager at the time, I would make extra dollars for spending money by mowing yards and doing odd jobs around town.

We had a “Coast to Coast Store” in town and I went there one day and spoke to the owner, Mr. Dick Sargent. I told him the story how Monte was interested in maybe trying to carve a totem pole and that I needed his help in helping pick out a set of chisels for him. Mr. Sargent was quite interested in what I was doing and took the time to lead me to his tool selection and suggested that a set of 3 chisels might be the best. This turned out to be a great gift for him. He hugged me and thanked me, then he went and got a yellow tablet and his pictures from their cruise and started drawing some ideas; combining various different pictures or parts of various totem poles that they saw (perhaps some original ideas as well?).

According to Wikipedia:

Totem poles are monumental sculptures, a type of Northwest Coast art, consisting of poles, posts or pillars, carved with symbols or figures. They are usually made from large trees, mostly western red cedar, by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America (northwestern United States and Canada’s western province, British Columbia). The word totem derives from the Algonquian (most likely Ojibwe) word odoodem [o’tuitsm], “his kinship group”. The carvings may symbolize or commemorate cultural beliefs that recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. The poles may also serve as functional architectural features, welcome signs for village visitors, mortuary vessels for the remains of deceased ancestors, or as a means to publicly ridicule someone. Given the complexity and symbolic meanings of totem pole carvings, their placement and importance lies in the observer’s knowledge and connection to the meanings of the figures.

Totem pole carvings were likely preceded by a long history of decorative carving, with stylistic features borrowed from smaller prototypes. Eighteenth-century explorers documented the existence of decorated interior and exterior house posts prior to 1800; however, due to the lack of efficient carving tools, sufficient wealth, and leisure time to devote to the craft, the monumental poles placed in front of native homes along the Pacific Northwest coast probably did not appear in large numbers until the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. Trade and settlement initially led to the growth of totem pole carving, but governmental policies and practices of acculturation and assimilation sharply reduced totem pole production by the end of nineteenth century. Renewed interest from tourists, collectors, and scholars in the 1880s and 1890s helped document and collect the remaining totem poles, but nearly all totem pole making had ceased by 1901. Twentieth-century revivals of the craft, additional research, and continued support from the public have helped establish new interest in this regional artistic tradition.

Another thing I guess you need to know is that my stepfather designed a plan to build an octagon log house. We spent over a year sawing peeler poles using a chain saw to rip the poles on two sides to make the logs flat on 2 sides. We built the log octagon house in 1978 -1979 in Heppner. It can be seen from Hwy 207 between the Mill and the Heppner Golf Course. It was quite an undertaking and all of the kids helped our step father build our new home. Needless to say, Monte was pretty handy with hand tools and obviously he was exploring his artistic abilities.

As I recall, one weekend day, Mom and Monte loaded up some of kids in the pickup and we took off towards the mountain in search of a tree or log that he thought would be fitting for him to work on. I believe we got the tree from one of my grandfather’s mountain properties. Monte cut a couple of 3 or 4 foot logs out of the tree or downed log that he had found and all of us rolled, pushed, and pulled to help him lift these heavy pieces in the that back of the pickup.

After getting home: We kicked these logs out of the back of the pickup next to our existing wood pile. Monte went to his shop and got a draw knife which he used to debark and scale the log down to bare wood. From there he stood the log up on its end and studied it from various different angles, looking how the knots or limbs that had been bucked off; looked and how they could fit with what he had drawn. After he selected the work area or portion of the log that he thought would work or fit his needs, he took his pencil and started drawing his outline. Now, I have no idea of the time it took to do all of this, I can remember my step father using a small chain saw to start cutting the lines he had traced and deciding on the depths and widths of cuts as he was using his imagination to try and make his drawings or carvings come to life; sort of speak. From then on, he sat on the log and straddled it as he used a mallet and the chisels that I had got him to do more intricate work.

Keep in mind, that he is not really making a totem pole at this time; rather he is making a short wood carving that could be used as a “carved figure, effigy, icon, image, sculpture, statuary.” Monte ended up making 6 or 8 of these short wooden carvings on various short logs that he had acquired. He painted some of them, and he also used a torch to burn the wood to darken the grain of the wood and then he would also use some kind of urethane, shellac or some other kind of preservative product purchased from a local hardware store to make his art shine and to preserve the wood.

After making these 6 or 8 “figurines” he decided to try or attempt to make his first totem pole. As I recall his first one about 8′ long or tall. My grandfather who lived across the pasture from us, frequently came over for visits, and to check up on Monte’s activities. I’m not sure how far along Monte had gotten into his first or second totem pole, but my grandfather who was retired and fooled around with his own various projects, had recently just finished building a small lake up in the mountains with his old farm D-2 Caterpillar dozer. Grandpa Orville decided that he knew of a spring up above the small lake that he had just built that fed the lake with additional fresh water would make the perfect source to feed a fountain. He had traveled overseas back in the 1950’s and 60’s and saw fountains which gave him further ideas.

The owners of the Kinzua Mill approached Monte. They had built a new golf course just out of Fossil,Oregon. They wanted Monte to build them a totem pole to welcome people as they came to play golf. All in all, I believe Monte built 5 totem poles between 1979 and 1981. Of course this includes the 6 smaller wooden carvings that were to be put on porches to use as decorative art to greet people as friends and relatives came to visit. He did display them at the local Morrow County Fair one time. He won blue ribbons in the art class.

Sadly, Sharon and Monte Stookey were killed in a small aircraft accident Sept 5, 1981. There was no will found. Monte had 4 children previously and my mother had Mike and I from a previous marriage. So when the estate was being settled, we kids had to buy various items that we wanted and the funds were placed back into the estate for later distribution to us kids.

In 1989 Patsy and I purchased the house on 82nd avenue I think it was during the summer of 1990 or maybe 1991 that I decided to bring the totem pole that my step father had made which I had stored in my Uncle Pat’s old chicken house on the family farm for the past 10 years. My best friend from high school and I dug a hole out on the corner of the property large enough to hold a 55 gallon drum.

Learning from a previous pole carving, I decided to drill a 2 inch hole up the bottom of the totem pole about 4 feet and inserted a 2 foot galvanized pipe. Steve and I purchased a pallet of concrete and mixed it all and poured it into the barrel and placed an 8′ long 2″ galvanized pipe in the center. This would act as the stand for the totem pole so it would never fall or hurt anyone. I was quite concerned with this idea as the kids catch the school bus near it.

Before the concrete had dried or hardened, I wrote in the mud: Below this slab lies my family fortune. He he he. My biological father, Jim Gorman came over to help Steve and I erect the totem pole. I guess I was about 27 or so at this time. Of course my stepson Jeremy Rutherford and his cousin Zeb Cummings were here helping us as well. My father enjoyed this as he was now “The Grandpa in charge!”

I had gone to Power Rents and rented a fork lift to manage the weight and lifting of the totem pole. My father being a lifetime horse trainer rigged the totem pole and fork lift with various thick ropes so we could handle and hold the totem pole. Now trying to get everything set right so we could line the hole in the bottom of the totem pole with the pipe was a bit tricky. We eventually got it done and all of the time creating a traffic jam from rubber neckers who were wondering just what in the world was we doing? Ha ha ha.

Later I got my neighbor, Corey Gates; the electrician to wire me a light out on the corner of the property to shine up on the totem pole. The neighbors all gave me great compliments because I guess they all used that totem pole as a land mark when giving driving instructions to their friends and family to find their homes.

Basically, I put this totem pole up in honor of my stepfather: Monte Stookey. He taught me how to work hard and to appreciate a lot of things. It was through his various projects that I learned many of the skills that I have today. It is not every one who was lucky enough to have had a father such as him. The unfortunate thing about this whole story is that I took an eastern Oregon tree to Portland and erected it without knowing or having the knowledge of how to preserve it from the extreme wet conditions we have here in Portland. The totem pole began to rot out from the top down and has deteriorated rapidly. When I noticed or learned of this, I was ashamed of myself for not having the foresight to have found a way to prevent this from happening. All I could do was to go ahead and let the big cedar tree and holly over grow the totem pole.

On a side note: Once I had Corey put the light up to shine on the totem pole, every once in a while there would be various groups of people out by the totem pole bowing and praying to it. This made Patsy and I nervous. I went outside to talk to those folks a few different times to explain that there was nothing spiritual or authentic about it. It was very odd, how one guy told me that he could read and interpret the art. Personally, I think the guy was on drugs!

Over the past 36 years, pictures and albums from our childhood have been redistributed, lost, water damaged and split up between us 6 kids. It’s a bummer but a fact of life to learn from for the future. I’m not sure what you plan to do with this information. But now you have the rest of the story. Thank you for your interest,

Andrew J. Gorman

August 3, 2019: Andrew Gorman interview and permission to use this memoir. Andrew originally wrote this memoir to Marie Pacella, a neighbor on the street. Elaine Shreve has edited the memoir briefly for clarity.

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Glenn and Isolda Rooper Steele

Glenn (1895-1989) and Isolda Rooper Steele (1896-1986)

Isolda and Glenn Steele, 1986

Isolda and Glenn Steele, 1986

In 1937, Glenn and Isolda Steele relocated to Garden Home from Antelope, Oregon. Isolda worked at the Garden Home School preparing lunches for the children and staff in the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Isolda and Glenn Steele were both from pioneering families in the Antelope area in Morrow County, north of Madras.

According to a fascinating book on details of the early Antelope history, Antelope, the Saga of a Western Town by Art Campbell, Isolda was from the Herbert C. Rooper family who settled there in the late 19th Century. Various photos and text portray Isolda as an adventurous girl, seen with a sports car built by a blacksmith at the Rooper ranch in 1916. The Roopers had a large home in town and a ranch 15 miles NW of Antelope. This book describes a church Christmas party when children received their gifts from their families. Isolda recalls the oranges and hard candy she received in her stocking. She said her “Antelope Christmases were the best anyone had.” Glenn and Isolda are pictured on horses in 1917. “Glenn is wearing his black sheepskin ‘wooly chaps’ which were very warm for cold weather riding. Their wedding followed in June and was the big event in the church that year. Glenn joined the Navy soon after they were married and served in World War I. He also played on the Antelope’s baseball team in the 1920s.” Glenn later played for the Garden Home baseball team.

Kathie Steele, granddaughter, relates that in his boyhood, “Glenn’s occupation was a sheep herder and cattle wrangler. He was also enjoyed playing baseball. Glenn was a professional house painter and paper hanger. He painted many of the homes in the Alameda District in Portland. He went into the Navy at the end of WWI as a cook but the war soon ended. He was an avid reader, collector and inventor. One of his inventions was the rock tumbler. I believe he made that out of old washing machine. Besides rocks, he also collected coins. He liked to buy trunks at auction. Usually they were full of old phone books, but occasionally he would find coins or stamps. He acquired several typewriters somewhere and taught himself how to type. He would send his political opinions to the Oregonian. Raised a Baptist, he remained extremely conservative.

Glenn built the first house at 7250 SW 70th that he and Isolda lived in along with a second house on the same property. Glenn would pick up odd jobs painting and fixing various things. He was a master at repurposing and utilizing available material on hand. His passion was rocks; not just any rocks but semi-precious stones that he would load into his polishing machines. The garage had water lines that had been specially set up for the rock polishing machines. Once they were tumbled and polished he would place them in various barrels on the property. The most beautiful stones were placed in glass display cases inside their garage. Grandchildren who came to visit could always take home a shiny prize.”

Kathie’s brother, Barry Steele, resides in Beaverton with his wife Jeanne. Barry’s strongest memories of spending time with his grandfather surrounded rock collecting. Barry would go on rock finding expeditions with his grandfather searching the ground for treasures. Both Barry and his wife Jeanne remember uncovering metal garbage cans full of stones at Isolda and Glenn’s home. Once, Jeanne found an amethyst laden toilet seat in the backyard; the purple stones were set into a plastic resin material. The collection over the years that Glenn amassed was so impressive that a portion of it, specifically the Brazilian Amethyst was given to the Smithsonian.

Glenn and Isolda Steele donating a Brazilian amethyst to the Smithsonian

Glenn and Isolda Steele donating a Brazilian amethyst to the Smithsonian

1976 Community Press article about Glenn and Isolda Steele

1976 Community Press article about Glenn and Isolda Steele (click to read, article provided to us by their granddaughter Kathie Steele)

Kathie recalls that Grandma’s kitchen was special:

When Grandpa built the house, he designed the kitchen counter height for Grandma. The counters were about 31 inches high compared to a regular kitchen which is about 36 inches high. As a young girl they were the perfect height for me too. The kitchen had a dropdown work table on the left side of the kitchen. To the left of the table was Grandpa’s bedroom with his fiber mattress of shredded coconut husks.

Grandma had grown up during the depression and many things were not available to her. She had also lived in a remote area of Oregon. I was most impressed with the soap slivers she kept in a tin can in the kitchen. She used these to wash kitchen things, hands, dishes, counter tops, whenever she needed soap she brought out the soap slivers. Fels Naps was one I remember. She told me she used it for laundry and not to use it on my face. She also kept every leftover and finished it off at the next meal or the next day.

I remember baking pies & cookies with her. She taught me how to make the scallop edge on pies. My mother used a different method. I still use her scallop edge today. I remember her recipe for hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes which was very popular at all elementary schools. I remember she greased her cookie sheets with bacon grease.

She would take me to her friend’s home and we would drink tea. This was fun and special. I don’t remember their names. It was on a street opposite from Whitney’s and I had to walk beneath an arbor of flowers. I was really impressed. We also walked to the post office and drug store.

She sewed a lot. I remember one year she made pajamas and night gowns for all eight of her grandchildren. They were red and white striped. She also made me a blue corduroy jumper when I was in the 8th grade. Besides these things she would make braided rugs from scraps of material. She tried to teach me the art of tatting but I never caught on. One of the things I was given after her death was her box of sewing threads.

Grandma was quiet and seemed happy all the time. She never complained about her life. She was the baby in her family so she didn’t have the hard chores, but she had chores. One of them was to hold the wood while her brother split it. She lost the tip of her middle finger doing this. She said she was about 5 years old. Then she laughed and told me she was glad it was only the tip of her finger.

Don Olson of Bend, Oregon; a cousin of Barry Steele, put together an excellent cookbook featuring the recipes, household hints, and photos of Glenn and Isolda Steele. A copy of the treasured recipe book was generously donated to the Garden Home History Project by granddaughter Kathie Steele. The book features detailed recipes alongside black and white photos chronicling Isolda’s lineage from Antelope, Oregon in the early 1900’s, Isolda as a child, as well as some early pictures of both her and Glenn. Besides recipes for cakes, puddings and cookies there are also home remedies for anything from ants, to soap, to removing nails and screws that have rusted into wood. One of the more interesting home remedies is to fix a leaking stove. Since Isolda cooked all the family meals on a wood burning stove in the kitchen, this recipe must have come in handy many times to prevent ash from spilling onto the kitchen floor.

Louise Cook Jones attended Garden Home School from 1954-1962. She recalls Mrs. Steele as an important part of the school. She would visit each lunch table, encouraging those who were slow to eat to finish their food so they could have some time at recess. Louise loved Mrs. Steele’s cooking. “Her yeast rolls were amazing – you could smell them cooking all over the school. And she made wonderful homemade chocolate pudding, served in tall glass dishes.”

In 1939 the PTA minutes report that Isolda announced that hot lunches would now be served.

Isolda Steele (left) with Mrs. Norris (right) at the Garden Home School

Isolda Steele (left) with Mrs. Norris (right) at the Garden Home School

Louise Cook Jones’ sister Patti Cook Davies attended the school in 1946-1954; Patti always looked forward to Mrs. Steele’s snickerdoodle cookies and macaroni and cheese. Louise’s brother Warren Cook attended the school from 1952-1960. He remembers Mrs. Steele always being so kind and everything that she made was good.

Isolda and Glenn’s Garden Home residence is located to the north of the Old Market Pub. The Pub once was the 1945 Community Cannery and then in 1950, the Whitney’s Cannery, owned by Mark and Leona Whitney. Taken from the aerial photos given to the Garden Home History Project by Otto Arndt, negative 19 of the series shows Glenn and Isolda’s home in the mid left hand side. The Garden Home Cannery (now Pub) is roughly in the middle of the frame near the bend in Multnomah Boulevard on the left side of the road.

Aerial photo by Otto Arndt shows Glenn and Isolda's home

Aerial photo by Otto Arndt shows Glenn and Isolda’s home, early 1950s.

The most recent owner of Glenn and Isolda’s home is Gordon Rice who purchased the home from Barry’s Aunt Gwen in 1991. The house had been vacant for approximately six years. Gordon remodeled the house over several years to make the home more up to date with modern comforts. The outhouse was removed and a bathroom was placed inside a small addition that includes an entry way. The home’s porches were also added on and a sliding glass door leading out to the back porch was placed. The house is cozy with a kitchen, main living area and two bedrooms. In 1993 Gordon placed the house on a foundation for it to be able to stand the test of time.

Gordon Rice very generously gave Barry and Jeannie Steele (pictured below) a lock he has had for the past 25 years with the welded initials of Glenn Steele. The loft in the upper part of the garage needed a ladder which remains today, stamped with E E Steele, Glenn’s father, Elmer E. Steele.

Kathie tells the story that Grandma was quiet and seemed happy all the time. Grandpa would have given her the sun and the moon if he could. After all, he tried to buy her birthplace, Antelope, Oregon. The sale price at the time was $10,000. He had $5,000 and he wanted Kathie’s dad to come up with the other $5,000 but it didn’t happen.

However, Antelope became known far and wide when the Rajneeshees purchased the Big Muddy Ranch in 1981, near Antelope, and created the Rajneeshpuram which lasted until 1985. The activities included numerous Rolls Royce cars, poisoning a public salad bar, and threatening lives. Later some of the participants were convicted of various crimes. The property has now become a Young Life Christian camp since 1999 and Antelope returned to its roots of a small western town.

The information for this story was added and updated in August, 2019 with information from:

  • Written interview between Kathie Steele, granddaughter who lived in Maplewood, and Virginia Vanture
  • Barry Steele, grandson, earlier interview
  • Grandma Steele’s Cookbook by Don Olson (what a treasure, thank you Kathie)
  • Antelope, the Saga of a Western Town by Arthur H. Campbell. Published by Maverick, Bend, Oregon, 1990
  • Previous content by Christina Mauroni (April 2016)
  • Final draft by Elaine Shreve, Garden Home History, 2019
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August 2019 News

In this edition: upcoming the August 24 Recreation Center Mini-Market, September 9 Show & Tell, photos of the June 10 Nordia House event, and recollections about a favorite teacher, Virgil Pearce.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

2019-08-24 and 2019-09-09 events poster

Recent News

We recently received an email from Randy DeHaan remembering Virgil Pearce, one of his favorite teachers at Garden Home School in the 1970s.

I just wanted to give you a quick little bit of possibly interesting Garden Home Elementary history.  I don’t know if Mr. Virgil Pearce (6th grade teacher 1972/73 and following) is still around, but I thought y’all might want to know what an impact he made.  I’m sure many of my classmates would agree. Mr. Pearce was a new 6th grade teacher and he really had us interacting with math/logic/outdoors.  I remember we played a lot of chess, many many math quizes, his well trained Golden Retriever came for a visit, etc.

We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com

On Monday, June 10, 2019, we helped sponsor an event at the Nordia House at 8800 SW Oleson Rd learning about the Swedish immigrant experience in Oregon 1850-1950. Attendees reviewed the new displays at Nordia House, enjoyed a slide show presentation by Ann Stoller, toured Ross Fogelquist’s “Fogelbo” home full of Scandinavian history, and shared cookies on the deck.

On April 8, we hosted a presentation by John K. Lim and Jenny Kim of the Korean Society of Oregon. They presented the story of the very busy Korean Society of Oregon. This Society purchased the former Garden Home United Methodist Church property on SW 81st avenue off of SW Garden Home Road, after the Church closed in 1994. Several groups who use the building include the Society, the Korean language school for children on Fridays and Saturdays and the older Koreans for social and cultural activities. These groups are identified in the Korean language at the front door. They gifted us with a wonderful book relating the 50 years of the Korean Society of Oregon. This book will be on display in our historical display in the new Library expansion this spring. John K. Lim served for 5 terms in the Oregon Legislature, both as a Representative and a Senator.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We had five thirty-minute slide presentations 2017 from 6:30 to 7 pm. Our Board then meets at 7 pm. We’d love to have anyone interested to work with us.
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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June 10, 2019 – From Sweden to Oregon event at Nordia House

On Monday, June 10, 2019, we helped sponsor an event at the Nordia House at 8800 SW Oleson Rd learning about the Swedish immigrant experience in Oregon 1850-1950. Attendees reviewed the new displays at Nordia House, enjoyed a slide show presentation by Ann Stoller, toured Ross Fogelquist’s “Fogelbo” home full of Scandinavian history, and shared cookies on the deck.

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June 2019 News

In this edition: upcoming the June 10 Swedish immigrant presentation by Ross Fogelquist (at Nordia House), and the June 29 Grand Opening of the expanded Garden Home Community Library.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Join us Monday, June 10 at 6:30 PM at the Nordia House at 8800 SW Oleson Rd for an evening learning about the Swedish immigrant experience in Oregon 1850-1950. Review the new displays at Nordia House, enjoy a slide show presentation by Ross Fogelquist, tour his Fogelbo home full of Scandinavian history, and share cookies on the deck.

Attend the The Garden Home Community Library’s official Grand Opening to celebrate the newly renovated library expansion, Saturday, June 29th from 10am to 2pm.

Recent News

On April 8, we hosted a presentation by John K. Lim and Jenny Kim of the Korean Society of Oregon. They presented the story of the very busy Korean Society of Oregon. This Society purchased the former Garden Home United Methodist Church property on SW 81st avenue off of SW Garden Home Road, after the Church closed in 1994. Several groups who use the building include the Society, the Korean language school for children on Fridays and Saturdays and the older Koreans for social and cultural activities. These groups are identified in the Korean language at the front door. They gifted us with a wonderful book relating the 50 years of the Korean Society of Oregon. This book will be on display in our historical display in the new Library expansion this spring. John K. Lim served for 5 terms in the Oregon Legislature, both as a Representative and a Senator.

On April 18, we hosted a presentation of the early history of the Garden Home Post Office at Garden Home Growlers. Stan Houseman showed photos of the Garden Home Post Office from its founding in 1882 to its present day location inside the Garden Home Marketplace. We’d like to thank Adam Martinez of Garden Home Growlers for providing a new home to the historic Garden Home Post Office safe.

Thanks to our Garden Home Gardeners for the daffodil display up and down SW Oleson Road. Most of these daffodils were originally planted by this volunteer group in 2008 to celebrate the remodel of SW Oleson Road. Watch for more color in the medians that the Gardeners care for.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We had five thirty-minute slide presentations 2017 from 6:30 to 7 pm. Our Board then meets at 7 pm. We’d love to have anyone interested to work with us.
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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Dean Erwin Day obituary

Dean Erwin Day, November 28, 1936 to March 6, 2019

Dean Erwin Day passed away on March 6th at 82. He was born November 28, 1936, in Kelso, Washington, a few months later he moved to Salem, Oregon. In first grade, he moved to Garden Home. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1955 and soon after joined the Navy as an Aviation Electrician for a 20-year career, with the last 10 years teaching electronics. After retiring from the Navy, he attended PCC at Rock Creek campus and earned an Associate’s Degree in Vocational Education. He then taught a few basic electronic classes at PCC. In 1976, he joined Intel as a line maintenance supervisor and moved to San Jose, California in 1980. In 1986, he bought an electrical lighting service company with a partner and returned home to Oregon in 1995. He worked at Nike in their manufacturing plant for 5 years before retiring at 65. He lived in Hillsboro until October 2018, then moved to Keizer, Oregon.

Dean played fast pitch softball and made the All Navy team four times as a pitcher. He continued to pitch after the Navy with/for his ‘younger’ brother, Bob, in the Lake Oswego (for Wanker’s Tavern) Fast pitch League. He enjoyed watching baseball, basketball and football on TV. He was an avid wood worker, who said he was in the Top 10 of having the most woodworking equipment. He enjoyed wine tasting, reading, crossword puzzles and no one was allowed to interrupt him while Jeopardy was on. He sang Lead for a few years with Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters, a barbershop chorus, in Hillsboro. He was much loved for his wonderful sense of humor and having had an eventful life, he always had a story to tell.

Dean is survived by his wife Janiece of 38 years, his children Greg Day (wife Heidi), Weatherford, Texas, Janice Corliss (husband Bert Corliss) and Michael Day of Brigman, Michigan, 2 step-children Robert Becker (wife Kristi), Keizer, Oregon and Brian Becker (wife Nichole), Sunnyvale, California and eight grandchildren Carlen Day Morgan, Matthew Day, Jackson Day, Emilie Becker, Nathaniel Becker, Jeremy Becker, Mia-Faith Becker and Nicholas Becker along with his brother Bob Day (wife Delia) of Woodburn, Oregon.

A private family service will be held at Willamette National in Portland, Oregon. His “Celebration of Life” will be held on Friday, May 17th at 4:00pm at the Woodburn Estates and Golf Club, 1776 Country Club Rd, Woodburn, Oregon in the Dining Hall, go to the Office door and turn right to the Dining Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Diabetes Foundation or National Kidney Foundation.

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April 2019 News

In this edition: upcoming April 8 Korean Society presentation (at Red Center), April 18 Historic Post Office Safe presentation (at Garden Home Growlers).

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Join us Monday, April 8 at 6:30 PM at the Garden Home Recreation Center for a presentation by the Korean Society. John K. Lim and Jenny Kim will present the story of the very busy Korean Society of Oregon. This Society purchased the former Garden Home United Methodist Church property on SW 81st avenue off of SW Garden Home Road, after the Church closed in 1994. Several groups who use the building include the Society, the Korean language school for children on Fridays and Saturdays and the older Koreans for social and cultural activities.  These groups are identified in the Korean language at the front door. They have gifted us with a wonderful book relating the 50 years of the Korean Society of Oregon. This book will be on display in our historical display in the new Library expansion this spring. John K. Lim served for 5 terms in the Oregon Legislature, both as a Representative and a Senator. Our Korean war veterans are honored by this Society.


Join us Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 PM at Garden Home Growlers (inside Garden Home Market Place) for a presenation about early Garden Home history and the historic Post Office safe that we recently moved into their space.

Recent News

Rep. Schouten February 2019 newsletter excerpt

Rep. Schouten February 2019 newsletter excerpt

Oregon State Representative Sheri Schouten featured the Garden Home History Project in her February newsletter. Thank you Rep. Schouten for your interest in our project!

Garden Home History was offered the historic safe from the old Garden Home Post Office location prior to the Post Office moving to its current location inside the Garden Home Market Place (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway). Huge, ugly, locked, no combination, 500+ pound block of painted iron, about 2 foot square and 3 foot tall on old steel wheels. We felt an obligation to find a home for this piece of our history.

Adam Martinez from the Garden Home Growlers offered a home for it, but we were at a loss on how to move a hunk of iron weighing over 500 pounds. Denny Parent answered a Nextdoor post from Stan. Denny owns a large crane truck! Tom and Stan coordinated the plan, Susan and I took photos, and my grandson Eric helped. We were all amazed with the arrival of this huge beautiful truck and our hero Denny Parent who managed the whole process perfectly. Friend Brian Fuller arrives at the store for broccoli, lends muscle to the final push and dashed back to his car for his floorjack, the last perfect tool to complete the job.

Come visit the safe at Garden Home Growlers, and have a cool one from the Growler!

We’d like to also thank Mike Babbitt of Garden Home Market Place and Shelly Bagley of the Old Market Pub & Brewery for their interest and support for finding a home for this historic Garden Home artifact.

On January 8, Reenactors from historical groups in Beaverton, Forest Grove, and Garden Home introduced the Denney family, A.T. “God Almighty” Smith, and Margaret Simmons from Patton Valley (the mother of Polly Philena Oleson). PatsyVandeVenter and Elaine Shreve presented as Margaret Simmons and her granddaughter Reta Welch. View the photos and read more about the event.

Garden Home Community Library:  We welcome our new Library Director Molly Carlisle, who previously worked at the Tigard Library.  You might enjoy many newly added vintage library photos in our story about the history of the community library. The library started out as a volunteer library once the Garden Home School closed in 1982, assisted by THPRD.  It soon became part of WCCLS. Thanks to the many generous donors, we were able to enlarge from one classroom to two classrooms, the current size.  Now we are excited about the plans to enlarge to one more classroom.  Watch for our display of community history and news on the hallway walls.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We had five thirty-minute slide presentations 2017 from 6:30 to 7 pm. Our Board then meets at 7 pm. We’d love to have anyone interested to work with us.
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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George Nobel Babbitt and Mae Babbitt obituary

George Nobel Babbitt, February 6, 1926 to December 19, 2018
Mae Babbitt, December 11, 1921 to May 11, 2016

George Babbitt, a plumber in S.W. Portland for 60 years, born in Bell, California; the oldest of four children. He moved to Oregon after WWII.

He married Mae Babbitt in April 1948. Mae was born in December 1921 in Norwood, New York to a Dairy farmer.

Together they raised four children, sons, Robert and Steven and daughters, Twanda and Carole. Mae was his office manager for the plumbing business. They were married 68 years.

George and Mae were preceded by both sets of parents; his sister, LaVonne; her seven siblings; son, Robert; and daughter, Twanda.

George’s memorial planned for later. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits

Click here to read our article about George and Mae Babbit.

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January 30, 2019 Move of the Historic Post Office Safe

Garden Home History was offered the historic safe from the old Garden Home Post Office location prior to the Post Office moving to its current location inside the Garden Home Market Place (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway). Huge, ugly, locked, no combination, 500+ pound block of painted iron, about 2 foot square and 3 foot tall on old steel wheels. We felt an obligation to find a home for this piece of our history.

Adam Martinez from the Garden Home Growlers offered a home for it, but we were at a loss on how to move a hunk of iron weighing over 500 pounds. Denny Parent answered a Nextdoor post from Stan. Denny owns a large crane truck! Tom and Stan coordinated the plan, Susan and I took photos, and my grandson Eric helped. We were all amazed with the arrival of this huge beautiful truck and our hero Denny Parent who managed the whole process perfectly. Friend Brian Fuller arrives at the store for broccoli, lends muscle to the final push and dashed back to his car for his floorjack, the last perfect tool to complete the job.

Come visit the safe at Garden Home Growlers, and have a cool one from the Growler!

We’d like to also thank Mike Babbitt of Garden Home Market Place and Shelly Bagley of the Old Market Pub & Brewery for their interest and support for finding a home for this historic Garden Home artifact.

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February 2019 News

In this edition: March 11 presentation on website, moving the old post office safe, Rep. Schouten newsletter, and historical re-enactment events.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find almost two hundred stories, and over fifteen hundred photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. Contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Join us for our next meeting March 11, 6:30PM at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We will begin with a 30-minute presentation by Tom Shreve exploring our website and the variety of online resources available to research history in Garden Home.

Join the Oregon Historical Society on February 14, 10AM to 5PM to celebrate 160th Oregon Statehood Day and the the Grand Opening of Experience Oregon. Free. Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97205. More information about the event.

Join us Monday, February 11 at 6:30 PM for a brief reenactment of the life of Polly Philena Oleson’s mother, Margaret Simmons Patton Mills Welch. We’ll all join in portraying the history of her trek on the Oregon Trail, her several marriages and numerous children. She lived an inspirational life as a pioneer in the late 1800s in the Beaverton area, Cornelius, Patton Valley and finally in Ridgefield, Washington. And, magically, one of her tasty garden treats will appear. All are welcome to attend this program.

Everyone is invited to stay for our monthly board meeting when we will review our list of “secret” Garden Home treasures and planning our next step! Also regular business, nominations committee, and plans for the year.

Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR 97223. Questions: 503-246-5879.

Recent News

Rep. Schouten February 2019 newsletter excerpt

Rep. Schouten February 2019 newsletter excerpt

Oregon State Representative Sheri Schouten featured the Garden Home History Project in her February newsletter. Thank you Rep. Schouten for your interest in our project!

Garden Home History was offered the historic safe from the old Garden Home Post Office location prior to the Post Office moving to its current location inside the Garden Home Market Place (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway). Huge, ugly, locked, no combination, 500+ pound block of painted iron, about 2 foot square and 3 foot tall on old steel wheels. We felt an obligation to find a home for this piece of our history.

Adam Martinez from the Garden Home Growlers offered a home for it, but we were at a loss on how to move a hunk of iron weighing over 500 pounds. Denny Parent answered a Nextdoor post from Stan. Denny owns a large crane truck! Tom and Stan coordinated the plan, Susan and I took photos, and my grandson Eric helped. We were all amazed with the arrival of this huge beautiful truck and our hero Denny Parent who managed the whole process perfectly. Friend Brian Fuller arrives at the store for broccoli, lends muscle to the final push and dashed back to his car for his floorjack, the last perfect tool to complete the job.

Come visit the safe at Garden Home Growlers, and have a cool one from the Growler!

We’d like to also thank Mike Babbitt of Garden Home Market Place and Shelly Bagley of the Old Market Pub & Brewery for their interest and support for finding a home for this historic Garden Home artifact.

On January 8, Reenactors from historical groups in Beaverton, Forest Grove, and Garden Home introduced the Denney family, A.T. “God Almighty” Smith, and Margaret Simmons from Patton Valley (the mother of Polly Philena Oleson). PatsyVandeVenter and Elaine Shreve presented as Margaret Simmons and her granddaughter Reta Welch. View the photos and read more about the event.

Thanks for stopping by our booth at the 34th annual Holiday Bazaar at the Garden Home Recreation Center on Saturday, December 1st. There were over 100 local art and craft vendors, live entertainment, holiday music, pancake breakfast and more!

We held a Veteran’s Day event on Saturday, November 10 at the Garden Home Recreation Center, with photos, interviews, historic displays, pie and coffee. Aloha Post 104, American Legion presented the colors. Sig Unander presented the slide show of Fly Gals, the story of the first American women military pilots in history, the WASPS who flew vital training and  flight missions freeing up men for combat. Click here to read more about the event and to view the event photos.

Visit the spooky and humorous Garden Home Graveyard Halloween display on SW 82nd Ave by Kirstin Lurtz!

Garden Home Community Library:  We welcome our new Library Director Molly Carlisle, who previously worked at the Tigard Library.  You might enjoy many newly added vintage library photos in our story about the history of the community library. The library started out as a volunteer library once the Garden Home School closed in 1982, assisted by THPRD.  It soon became part of WCCLS. Thanks to the many generous donors, we were able to enlarge from one classroom to two classrooms, the current size.  Now we are excited about the plans to enlarge to one more classroom.  Watch for our display of community history and news on the hallway walls.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We had five thirty-minute slide presentations 2017 from 6:30 to 7 pm. Our Board then meets at 7 pm. We’d love to have anyone interested to work with us.
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 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 ($140) 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, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. 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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