April 2020 News

In this edition: Help us celebrate the History Project’s 10th anniversary. Where was the Garden Home Railroad Station? Find your neighborhood in our annotated 1936, 1954 and 1957 aerial photos. The future of historic artifacts previously housed in the Garden Home Market Place, and more.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find well over two hundred stories, and over two thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.

May 2020 Newsletter

GHHP Gazette - May 2020 cover
Thank you for the great comments on our May 2020 Newsletter (PDF). It covers the 10th Anniversary of the Garden Home History Project, COVID19, Garden Home Cooks! display in the library display cabinet, 1936 aerial photograph updates, blooming of the Oleson Gardens, photos of the Garden Home History Project Board of Directors, excerpts from some of our favorite stories from the website, and Garden Home History Through The Years in photos.

Upcoming Events

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we will not have slide programs until the Rec Center re-opens. Our Board will meet April 13 in group or by email. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.

Garden Home History Project 10th Anniversary

Thank you for your interest, participation, and support over the past ten years. We’ll be looking back at some of our favorite stories and photos during this anniversary year. Please send your stories, photos and memories of Garden Home to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com!

For some great stories about early Garden Home, we recommend you enjoy:

  • Vlasta Becvar Barber – Lots of great photos and stories about growing up in Garden Home in the 1930s.
  • The Newton Boys – Full of great stories, including how the local cobbler, Cecil, would startle unknowing children by stabbing his wooden leg.
  • Clark Stephens – Read about the Great Depression hobo camp near the train station.

New Stories

The Garden Home Junction of the Oregon Electric Railway

We’ve collected various photos of the Garden Home station of the Oregon Electric Railway and finally put to rest the exact location of the station.

1936 Army Corps of Engineers Aerial Photo - Garden Home Railroad Station detail

1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo – Garden Home Railroad Station detail

1936 aerial photos of Garden Home area by Army Corps of Engineers – Update

We’ve updated our collection of six 1936 aerial photographs of the Garden Home area taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers to include detailed annotations of landmarks and road names. The annotated versions of the photos make it easier to get your bearings when viewing the 1936 photos.

SW Garden Home intersection and train station - 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)

SW Garden Home intersection and train station – 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)
View the collection of 1936 aerial photographs

Colin Lamb and the history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway – Update

We’ve added some additional vintage photographs and news updates to Colin Lamb’s history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway.

Hunt Club Childhood of Mike Norris, M.D.

Dr. Mike Norris recalls his childhood growing up in the Hunt Club area and attending Garden Home School. He also shares stories about Shirley Bernard, Elouise Risley, Warren Hull, and Ambrose Cronin.

Recent News

Closure of the Garden Home Marketplace grocery store

The Garden Home Marketplace grocery store (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) closed in October, 2019. Colin Lamb has given us seven of the large colorized early Garden Home photos that hung on the wall of the store, in addition to the three very large train reliefs that also hung near the deli counter. We are working to place all of these historical artifacts in the Garden Home Recreation Center, the Garden Home Community Library, and the Old Market Pub & Brewery.

With Colin Lamb’s approval, the historic church bell, bronze plaques, and vintage post office safe remain in place inside the now closed grocery store. The Old Market Pub & Brewery has tentatively agreed to host the historic post office safe.

We want to acknowlege Colin Lamb’s long-term support of the Garden Home community and of the Garden Home History Project. Read more about Colin Lamb and the history of the grocery store.

We do not yet know the future of the liquor store or other businesses previously located inside the Market Place. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more developments.

Watch for the spring blooms, thanks to the Garden Home Gardeners

Garden Home Gardeners daffodils, March 2020

Garden Home Gardeners daffodils, March 2020

We thank the Garden Home Gardeners for the beautiful daffodils (and more) blooming along SW Oleson Road. Join them on their next work party!

New display cabinet in the Garden Home Community Library

Garden Home Cooks! See our history display in the Garden Home Community Library: Garden Home recipe books by the Garden Home School’s Parent Faculty group, two recipe books from the Methodist Church, Isolda Steele and Shirley Bernard’s wonderful recipe books. The vintage kitchen appliances include the coffee grinder, churn, toaster, chopper and more!

Hallway bulletin board display inside the Garden Home Recreation Center

The Garden Home History Project maintains a display board in the hallway outside the Garden Home Library, inside the Garden Home Recreation Center. Thanks to Stan and Susan Houseman for the wonderful current display.

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.

Share Your Memories of Garden Home

Steve Tennent, 1st Air Cav, US Army, Pleiku, South Vietnam

Steve Tennent, 1st Air Cav, US Army, Pleiku, South Vietnam (via email Barbara Tennent)

Steve Tennent, Garden Home Veteran

Barbara Tennent has sent us a photo of her veteran brother, Steve Tennent, in Vietnam. He grew up on SW Hickman Lane, off of Oleson Rd. He graduated from Garden Home Elementary School in 1961 and Beaverton High School in 1965. He lettered in golf and football at Beaverton High before his military service shipped him to Fort Ord, Fort Knox, and then on to South Vietnam, where he served in the US Army 1st Air Cavalry. He had his 21st birthday in South Vietnam. After he returned from Vietnam, he married his high school sweetheart 51 years ago (as of 2019), had two children, and 4 grandchildren. He became the president of a lumber company. As his sister says, “All around great guy who should be on the wall at Garden Home.”

Read about other Garden Home Veterans.

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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Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell obituary

Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell, January 26, 1951 to March 29, 2020

Carolyn was a 4th great-granddaughter of one of the first folk hero frontiersmen, Daniel Boone. She graduated from Multnomah Elementary and Jackson High School. Carolyn retired after 31 years as a Food and Nutrition Manager at Oregon Health Sciences University. She was a Charter and Life Member of The Boone Society, Inc., a Kentucky Colonel, Life Member and past Co-President of Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers and a member of Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society. She was a past member of Multnomah Historical Association and Lincoln County Historical Society.

Carolyn passed away following over 10 years bravely battling serious illnesses. Carolyn spent 69 selfless years putting others before herself. Her determination and clarity of mind were an inspiration to all.

She was preceded in death 11 weeks prior by “the love of her life” for nearly 40 years, Rodney Bickham. She is survived by her daughter and loving caregiver, Richelle Fitzgerald; her grandson, Payton Fitzgerald; her granddaughter and husband, Marijane and Zach Stafford; Rodney’s four daughters; 10 grandchildren; and her sister, Janet Boone McGarrigle.

A private burial at sea is planned for Carolyn and Rodney.

[Editor’s note: Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell was a colleague and best friend to Jan Fredrickson of the Garden Home History Board. Living in Multnomah, she was interested in all kinds of history, including Garden Home. In 1847, Alphonso Boone, grandson of Daniel Boone, began the Boone’s Ferry service for crossing the Willamette River. Boone’s ferry operated near Wilsonville until 1954, when a bridge for I5 was built over the Willamette River near the ferry site.

Boones Ferry Road is named after her family. She was there with her parents to take the last ride on the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River.]

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Garden Home Road Safety Path

The bike and pedestrian path that runs along the north side SW Garden Home Road was built in approximately 1965. Prior to development of the walking path along Garden Home Road, children and others had to walk on the road, dodging cars and endangering their lives. It is remembered that one child was killed on SW Oleson Road.

The Garden Home Gazette 1960, the PTA newsletter, expresses concern about the safety of school children walking on Garden Home Road. They wanted “a path one mile long from Oleson Rd. to 92nd, five feet wide, consisting of 4 inches of gravel.”

Lou Herder reports in the Gazette of 1962 that voters are asked to approve a levy for highway improvement which….is necessary to build a path along Garden Home Road.

In 1963, the Garden Home Traffic Safety Committee, Local School Committee, PTA Board and school officials all worked to “obtain relief from the hazardous road condition.” A County objection often repeated was that “The County does not build pathways.” Residents first surveyed all the properties along Garden Home Road and asked 10 homeowners to sign a voluntary relinquishment for a 50 foot right-of-way. By 1964 the County decreed that it be a 60 foot right-of-way for 27 families with the assurance that this would not become a 4-lane road. Whitford Park residents were concerned to hear plans to take Garden Home Road straight through to Scholls Ferry.(1)

“County engineer McKinstry displayed a map showing 60’ right of way and how the county proposed to utilize it this way: 24’ paved roadway, 10’ shoulders on each side of the roadway, 4’ for ditch area on each side and a 4’ space for utility poles on each side of the roadway.”(1)

Patty Gazeley recalled, “It was a great time of what pulling together in a grass roots effort could do—and that to me is the greatness of Garden Home, people working together to better the community.”

(1) Report to the 350 petitioners signing the petition to the County Board of Commissioners, 1964, provided by Marge Ross

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Patricia Bray Gazeley obituary

Patricia Bray Gazeley, January 9, 1931 to April 29, 2020

Patty and Bill Gazeley

Patty and Bill Gazeley

Patricia Joan “Patty” was born in Springfield, Ill., Jan. 9, 1931 to Major D. and Fay Cantrall Bray. She grew up during the Great Depression, and lived with her parents, grandmother and great-grandmother in Springfield in the house built by her great-grandparents. Her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all teachers, and she followed their path. Her father worked at the water filtration plant. She graduated from Lamphere High School and Illinois State University.

Her early years centered on church, family, and the neighborhood, so when Patty was recruited to teach out west in the Portland Public Schools, she was thrilled to learn about the wider world. Among the faculty at Gregory Heights (then an elementary school), she met friends who became like family. One of these friends, Jerry Roth, set her up with a blind date after her first PTA meeting. This is how Patty met Bill Gazeley.

Patty and Bill fell in love, married and, though they were both only children, eventually found themselves with four kids – Barb, Mark, Carolyn and Katie. In the early years, Bill worked long days at his family lumber yard and soon started his own business in Tigard, Columbia Hardwood & Moulding, Co. For a year or so, Bill worked a second shift in Garden Home in Southwest Portland, building his family a home. Patty had her hands full with the kids but brought Bill picnic dinners on the construction site. Patty and Bill lived in Garden Home from about 1959, and Patty stayed in their home after Bill’s death in 2003 (just days before their 50th wedding anniversary) until she moved to Mirabella.
Patty was curious and open. Nothing was beyond her interest. She wondered about Nostradamus, and whether the kids would be healthier if they took kelp and liver pills. She investigated foot reflexology and tried yoga and tap dancing. She and Bill were faithful members of Valley Community Presbyterian Church and later, Calvin Presbyterian Church. Her faith kept her on a quest to understand God’s vast love for us and was never a source of bigotry or fear.

She was a marvelous, straight talking mother who supported her children and helped them explore their interests and potential. Even when money was tight, Patty allowed the kids to buy any book they wanted, and she put aside money for ballet lessons, horseback riding, canoe trips and community theater classes. Patty made sure the family traveled. In the summer of 1967, she and Bill hitched the trailer to the old yellow station wagon and took their four kids for a six week trailer trip, which included stops at: the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City; the Chief Crazy Horse monument, Black Hills and The Corn Palace in South Dakota; and Bean Station, Tenn., for visits with relatives; among other places.

In the early ’70’s, as the company grew, she joined Bill to work at Columbia Hardwood & Moulding, Co. as personnel manager. She was a tireless advisor and supporter of Bill and the company and many evening discussions centered around CHM.

Patty drew friends and neighbors together and her teacher friends became the “Five Families,” a group that celebrated holidays, shared life, and who maintain close connections even to this day and into the next generation.

She was spirited and forward-thinking. She could be heard saying in the ’70’s, “Do you know the opposite of a male chauvinist pig? A decent human being.” She worked on the S.W. Portland Greenway Bike Path committee to secure a pathway system throughout Washington county, including the Fanno Creek Trail that now edges Patty’s and Bill’s former home in Garden Home. She was a member of an investment club for over 20 years, and chaired the “Lunch and Learn” committee at the Multnomah Athletic Club. She was a planner who saved and invested enough money to send six grandchildren to college.
Patty and Bill cared about arts, community, their faith and supported many causes including the Oregon Community Foundation. Patty learned of Young Musicians camp and sent all her kids there to learn to play music, speak French, and gain exposure to other faiths. She served on the board of directors of Young Musicians and Artists. In her later years she enjoyed belonging to the Assistance League of Portland.

Patty and Bill discovered the charming town of Neskowin on the Oregon Coast in the early ’60’s and it became their refuge. After retirement, Patty also indulged Bill in summers in Desolation Sound, off Vancouver Island, on Bill’s boat. They hosted friends and family, flying in the kids and grandkids on seaplanes for long weekends of adventures in wild, beautiful and remote places.

Patty passed away April 29, 2020, in peace and surrounded by her family. She is survived by her children, Barb (Tim Evans), Mark (Martha), Carolyn (Brad Van Allen), Katie Twombly (Allan); and her grandchildren, Michael and Patrick Gazeley Romney, Katherine and Jack Van Allen, and Andrew and Elizabeth Gazeley.

A party to celebrate Patty’s life will be held after restrictions on gathering are lifted. In the meantime, the family would love to hear your favorite memories of her. Memorial contributions can be made to YMA, Inc. and Veritas School in Newberg.

[Editor’s note: Patty was instrumental in the development of the footpath that runs along Garden Home Road.]

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Harold Gjerman

Harold Gjerman

Harold Gjerman, 2020

Harold Gjerman has lived in Garden Home since 1970, along with his daughter Juli and two grandchildren. They live in the Whitford Park development at the west end of Garden Home Road. Yes, Gjerman is spelled correctly, reflecting Harold’s Danish heritage. Harold and Juli have been active in the CPO 3 for several years and have attended a number of our history presentations. He has shared his knowledge of railroading in the Northwest, vocabulary, history, many photos and printed resources for us. A key resource has been his copy of the early history of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle’s Railway (S,P,&S): Walter Grande’s The Northwest’s Own Railway, 1997, which the Garden Home History Project has since purchased.

Harold spent 45 years working for the railroads and retired in 2004 as a conductor. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and traveled with his family when they moved to Oakland, California to work in the shipyards during the WWII. After the war was over, the family moved to Portland Oregon. He went to Lincoln High School, class of 1956, and then worked with his dad in the “U Select It” candy machines (photo) business. Along the way, he also worked as a longshoreman. He first worked for the Spokane, Portland and Seattle rail line and later for the Burlington Northern Railroad.

Harold is a member of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society and has provided us with important print information about the Oregon Electric and the Garden Home Railroad station and rail lines. These were most helpful in writing captions for the colorized train photos given to Garden Home History by Colin Lamb. We are pleased to have Harold added to our Advisory Board, Garden Home History Project.

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Memorial benches on the Fanno Creek Trail

People on the popular Fanno Creek Trail enjoy the three memorial benches placed along the trail, the first one at the beginning, near the Recreation Center’s playground.

Steve Mapes bench

Steve was known in the community as a runner and used the trail every day. His wife Esta Mapes says:

As I’ve said before, I love where the bench is located. When I contacted THPRD, I would have been happy anywhere along the path as we used it every day. When they came with the location, I was elated!  It’s perfect because of our connection to the school/rec center/library. I like to think Steve is soaking up the sun and enjoying watching the kids play!

Read the obituary for Steve Mapes.

Jeanette and Vernon Fredrickson bench

The inscription on the bench includes their names, dates, and   “Loving Parents and Creators of Worm Wood Manor”. Jan Fredrickson’s mother installed the sign WormWood Manor on their beautiful nearby property. Jan describes his mother as a vivacious, opinionated, action-oriented woman who could knock down posts to achieve a new porch.  She was a collector “of everything” which makes for a most interesting home. Vernon was an electrical engineer and worked at Tektronix in Beaverton.

Read more about the Fredricksons and their home, WormWood Manor.

Peter Herman bench

When Peter’s family moved here in 1968, he attended Garden Home School and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1975. When enjoying the bench photos, Sharon Vedder says  “I can almost see Peter there explaining what kind of bird he is observing!”

Read Peter’s parents’ memior about their Rummer home in the Vista Brook development.

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Harry Pinniger obituary

Harry Garfield Pinniger II, October 21, 1937 to March 19, 2020

Harry Pinniger

Harry Pinniger

Harry Garfield Pinniger II passed away peacefully March 19, 2020 after 82 years of hard work and adventure.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janice; their children, Stephanie, Drew and LeAnn; and his sister, Patricia Grace Knutson. He has seven grandchildren, Natalie, Victoria, Zena, Olivia, Simon, River and Sage.

He adored all his family’s children. He graduated from Grants Pass High ’55, served in the U.S. Army, studied at Lewis & Clark College, then ran Commercial Products, inc. for 24 years.

In retirement he and Jan traveled to all 50 states with their beloved dog, Flopsy. “Uncle Mike” was loved and admired by everyone.

[Editor’s note: Harry lived in Garden Home from the 1960s until his passing, most of that time in a home at the top of SW Florence Lane.]


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The history of Garden Home School, 1912 to 1982

Garden Home School was established in 1912 and officially closed in 1982. The facility is now the Garden Home Recreation Center operated by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

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Garden Home Junction of the Oregon Electric Railway

Because Garden Home was a junction point of two lines of the Oregon Electric Railway, Garden Home was a well known landmark across the Portland area. Oregon Electric service from Portland to Salem began service in January, 1908, and freight traffic in July, 1908. Passenger service to Forest Grove began in October, 1908. Passenger service continued until 1933, and freight service continued into the 1940s.

The Oregon Electric line ran seven miles from downtown Portland, through Multnomah Village, to Garden Home, where the tracks split. From Garden Home, one track continued west twenty one miles to Forest Grove, and the other track initially ran fifty miles south to Salem. In 1911, the line from Multnomah Village was upgraded from a single-track on a large trestle along today’s SW Maplewood Avenue to a double-track along today’s SW Multnomah Blvd, with several smaller trestles. By 1912, the southern line was extended all the way to Eugene, and 22 trains per day arrived into Garden Home from Multnomah Village.

The Oregon Electric line left south out of downtown Portland parallel to, but downhill from (east of), SW Barbur Blvd. Near Burlingame, it turned west into Multnomah. It swung south approaching SW Garden Home Rd, then to the northwest crossing today’s SW Multnomah Blvd at SW 45th, before making a sweeping arc along the path of today’s SW Maplewood Ave on a massive elevated trestle, before swinging onto the path of today’s SW Multnomah Blvd and into Garden Home.

From a March 24, 1944 issue of the Beaverton Enterprise Newspaper, we know the Garden Home train station building was physically moved to downtown Beaverton sometime before March 24, 1944 (thank you to Rosy T. at Portland General Electric for assisting us with research about the Garden Home railroad station’s electrical substation).

Route diagrams and schedules

Right of way maps

Aerial photos

Other maps


The Red Electric Railroad

The Oregon Electric Railway competed with the Red Electric Railroad. The Red Electric ran from Portland to Hillsdale to Beaverton on tracks that in many places were just to the north of the Oregon Electric.

The Red Electric line left south from downtown Portland up a four percent grade on what is now SW Barbur Blvd. It turned north onto what is now SW Bertha Blvd at Burlingame and, passed underneath Capitol Hwy, and then west along what is now SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. It dipped down to run along the north edge of Alpenrose Dairy and past the northern edge of the Portland Golf Club (the Oregon Electric ran along the southern edge of the Portland Golf Club), before angling northwest to Beaverton.

Today, there’s an effort to establish a walking trail along parts of the Red Electric Railroad right of way. You can read more about the Red Electric history and trail at swtrails.org.

By Tom Shreve, April 2020

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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.


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.

[The following was written by Mike Norris]

Hunt Club Lane Stories

By Mike Norris

Elouise Gilmore Shea Risley, (1911-1992) was raised on Hunt Club Rd. in one of the original homes which still stands. Her father was Phelps Gilmore, her mother Laura Gilmore, and brother Todd Gilmore, a local dentist. With her first husband, Charles Austin Shea, Jr., who worked in the family business J.F. Shea Co., she had 3 children Charles Austin III, (Chuck), b. 1937, Sally Gail, B 1938, and Todd. Charles Jr. died in 1942. The family moved from dam and tunnel construction sites regularly. Charles 3, and Sally were born in California. They all lived in Westchester County, New York during the 1940 census. Charles Jr.’s father, John F. Shea, found first a plumbing company in 1881 in Portland that morphed into a huge nationwide construction conglomerate still run by the Shea family.  The company was one of the 6 partner companies building Hoover Dam. They built the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, and S.F.’s BART subway.  J.F. Shea Co. still exists as America’s largest privately held home construction company.

Elouise’s second husband: (1945-50) Warren Hull-was a movie star and radio and TV personality, and her 3rd was Victor Risley. After her divorce from Warren in New York, she moved back to the family home on Hunt Club Rd.

Son Chuck starred in football at Beaverton High (class 1954) then Stanford as star running back (class 1958) then graduated from Santa Clara U. Law School. He practiced law in California and lives in Gearheart.  Sally Shea Burget born 1938 and died of cancer in 2011 in Portland. Todd attended Columbia Prep and commuted with a special driver’s license at age 14, he was not listed as a living relative in Sally’s 2011 obituary.

Warren Hull (1903-1974) started out in operas in NY, then radio in 1923 where he hosted Your Hit Parade before moving from New York to Hollywood in the mid 30s. He starred in several movies. He hosted several TV shows including Strike It Rich, Your Hit Parade, The Warren Hull Show, and the Big Payoff. Elouise Gilmore Shea was his third wife.

Victor Swain Risley, (1901-1978) Elouise’s third husband whom she married on Dec. 31, 1951, owned an insurance agency in Portland. In 1940, he was living in Oak Grove, Clackamas County with his widowed mother, his brother, his wife Katherine, and sons Victor Jr. and Richard and working as an insurance salesman.

Ambrose Cronin (1872-1962) was another of the original home owners on Hunt Club Lane. In 1910 he was in the harness business in Portland and shortly thereafter moved to Hunt Club Lane near the new Portland Riding Academy. By 1920, he was president and manager of the P.J. Cronin Co, saddles and harnesses but switched later to “auto accessories”, a logical transition at the time. By the 1930s he founded and headed Cronin Co., electrical distributors with his son Ambrose Jr. as manager in both companies. He and wife May (1865-1955) raised son Ambrose Jr. (1904-1947) in Garden Home, He was best friends with Sam Jackson Jr. of the Oregon Journal and died with Sam when the brand new Journal’s news helicopter crashed in 1947. His widow, Betty, later married Jack Meier of Meier and Frank. In the 1950s, Ambroses’s long sloping driveway was a perfect race track for “soap box” type cars and wagons and his large lawn was a hard way for a kid to earn $5. He lived with a housekeeper until his death when the Tom Lekas family moved in.

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