February 2021 News

In this edition: 1915 Valentine’s Day post card, 1913 train wreck post card, reopening of the Old Market Pub and Brewery, website statistics, new Discover Garden Home series.

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. 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.

News

February 14 Valentines Day and Oregon Statehood:  Oregon officially became the 33rd state just 162 years ago in 1859! Here is a valentine postcard sent to Miss Vivian Tigard with the 1915 Garden Home postmark and simple address (courtesy Steve Bauer).

1915 Valentine's Day postcard to Vivian Tigard - front

1915 Valentine’s Day postcard to Vivian Tigard – front

1915 Valentine's Day postcard to Vivian Tigard - back

1915 Valentine’s Day postcard to Vivian Tigard – back

Steve Bauer sent us a second vintage postcard photo from Ebay, with a 1913 Garden Home postmark from Hillsdale depicting a train wreck. The writer tells Alfred:  “I was over there March 1st. I went over with 2 horses from here. I rode them, it took me about 3 days. I stopped a day with Uncle & Auntie. I might be up sometime next month or July. Best regards to you all.  Andrew” The train photo is marked PRN for Pacific Railway and Navigation Company. Thanks to Steve Bauer for the postcards.

1913 train wreck postcard - front

1913 train wreck postcard – front

1913 train wreck postcard - back

1913 train wreck postcard – back

Old Market Pub is now open for limited indoor dining in addition to the great plastic encased seating outdoors. One of the best outdoor spaces around! When you are inside, take a moment to find Garden Home History’s big vintage postal safe and historic photos from Colin Lamb’s Thriftway store. Visit the Old Market Pub website. Read more about the history of the Old Market Pub.

2021 Old Market Pub and Brewery outdoor seating

2021 Old Market Pub and Brewery outdoor seating

GardenHomeHistory.com website statistics: During January 2021, we had 1,045 visitors with 2,621 page views. During the year 2020, we had 11,149 visitors and 32,999 page views.  The most popular articles generally are our stories on:

Our popular story on Mollie Miles had 102 views just in January 2021. We suspect many of those visitors were actually looking for the Mollie Miles from the Ford vs. Ferrari motion picture. Our Mollie Miles lived over near the Portland Golf Club and has a most interesting story.

Mollie Miles - Oregonian obit

Mollie Miles from Garden Home

New Housing Developments: You have probably noticed the two large housing developments on SW Garden Home Road. Both the Piper Ridge development at SW 87th Ave. and the Garden Home Estates between SW 81st Ave. and SW 78th Ave. will each have 9 new homes developed by Westwood Homes (plus the original homes on the respective lots). Both properties were previously large pastures with horses in the last century. Early Garden Home was platted with large lots for typical family needs such as a cow, chickens, fruit trees, pasture, and a garden.

Discover Garden Home

Have you noticed the 5 flags flying at the Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road? What specific countries do they represent? Take a selfie at the flags, and send it to us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com, and look for them here next month.

With the change in Covid regulations, the restaurant at Nordia House, Broder Söder, hopes to be open again on Feb. 15th, call to check, 503-977-0275.

Nordia House grand opening June 2015. Located on SW Oleson Rd near Fogelbo.

Help us find the funny, interesting, or historical places in Garden Home for drive-by or walk-by enjoyment to feature in Discover Garden Home. Take some photos and send them to us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com. Each month, we will publish a new Garden Home destination to discover!

Recent Events

Thanks to a generous donor, our special 10th Anniversary Gazette was printed and postal mailed to our entire list of subscribers. Thanks for the many nice comments about receiving this printed Gazette which was postal mailed to almost 400 families for whom we have home addresses. We print and mail our three or four Gazettes each year to those families who have paid an annual $10 for this service. All Gazettes are on our website under Newsletters.

To receive The Garden Home History Gazette and our Updates by email, send us an email at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com, and ask to receive it. It’s free! Or, you can subscribe to the printed editions of the Gazette by US Mail for $10 per year.

GHHP Gazette - December 2020 cover

GHHP Gazette – December 2020 (PDF)

Get Involved

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we have suspended our usual slide programs until the Garden Home Recreation Center re-opens. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.
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 for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

February 2021 Update – Garden Home History Email

Hello Garden Home History Friends,

Thank you to all of you who have responded so nicely to our monthly Updates about Garden Home history. We depend on all of you for your stories and photos! We hope you’ll enjoy the following new stories.

February 14 Valentines Day and Oregon Statehood: Oregon officially became the 33rd state just 162 years ago in 1859! Here is a valentine postcard sent to Miss Vivian Tigard with the 1915 Garden Home postmark and simple address (courtesy Steve Bauer).

1915 Valentine's Day postcard to Vivian Tigard - front

1915 Valentine’s Day postcard to Vivian Tigard – front

1915 Valentine's Day postcard to Vivian Tigard - back

1915 Valentine’s Day postcard to Vivian Tigard – back

Steve Bauer sent us a second vintage postcard photo from Ebay, with a 1913 Garden Home postmark from Hillsdale depicting a train wreck. The writer tells Alfred:  “I was over there March 1st. I went over with 2 horses from here. I rode them, it took me about 3 days. I stopped a day with Uncle & Auntie. I might be up sometime next month or July. Best regards to you all.  Andrew” The train photo is marked PRN for Pacific Railway and Navigation Company. Thanks to Steve Bauer for the postcards.

1913 train wreck postcard - front

1913 train wreck postcard – front

1913 train wreck postcard - back

1913 train wreck postcard – back

Old Market Pub is now open for limited indoor dining in addition to the great plastic encased seating outdoors. One of the best outdoor spaces around! When you are inside, take a moment to find Garden Home History’s big vintage postal safe and historic photos from Colin Lamb’s Thriftway store. Visit the Old Market Pub website. Read more about the history of the Old Market Pub.

2021 Old Market Pub and Brewery outdoor seating

2021 Old Market Pub and Brewery outdoor seating

GardenHomeHistory.com website statistics: During January 2021, we had 1,045 visitors with 2,621 page views. During the year 2020, we had 11,149 visitors and 32,999 page views.  The most popular articles generally are our stories on:

Our popular story on Mollie Miles had 102 views just in January 2021. We suspect many of those visitors were actually looking for the Mollie Miles from the Ford vs. Ferrari motion picture. Our Mollie Miles lived over near the Portland Golf Club and has a most interesting story.

Mollie Miles - Oregonian obit

Mollie Miles from Garden Home is Internet-famous!

Discover Garden Home

Have you noticed the 5 flags flying at the Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road? What specific countries do they represent? Take a selfie at the flags, and send it to us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com, and look for them here next month.

With the change in Covid regulations, the restaurant at Nordia House, Broder Söder, hopes to be open again on Feb. 15th, call to check, 503-977-0275.

Nordia House grand opening June 2015. Located on SW Oleson Rd near Fogelbo.

Help us find the funny, interesting, or historical places in Garden Home for drive-by or walk-by enjoyment to feature in Discover Garden Home. Take some photos and send them to us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com. Each month, we will publish a new Garden Home destination to discover!

Recent Events

Thanks to a generous donor, our special 10th Anniversary Gazette was printed and postal mailed to our entire list of subscribers. Thanks for the many nice comments about receiving this printed Gazette which was postal mailed to almost 400 families for whom we have home addresses. We print and mail our three or four Gazettes each year to those families who have paid an annual $10 for this service. All Gazettes are on our website under Newsletters.

To receive The Garden Home History Gazette and our Updates by email, send us an email at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com, and ask to receive it. It’s free! Or, you can subscribe to the printed editions of the Gazette by US Mail for $10 per year.

GHHP Gazette - December 2020 cover

GHHP Gazette – December 2020 (PDF)

New Housing Developments: You have probably noticed the two large housing developments on SW Garden Home Road. Both the Piper Ridge development at SW 87th Ave. and the Garden Home Estates between SW 81st Ave. and SW 78th Ave. will each have 9 new homes developed by Westwood Homes (plus the original homes on the respective lots). Both properties were previously large pastures with horses in the last century. Early Garden Home was platted with large lots for typical family needs such as a cow, chickens, fruit trees, pasture, and a garden.

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

Stay safe and well,

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

Posted in Email updates | Leave a comment

Patrick Dignan obituary

Patrick Dignan

Patrick Dignan

February 6, 1931 to January 30, 2021

Born in Albany, Ore., Feb. 6, 1931, Pat died of natural causes this past week. This proud Irishman was the third of four children born to Vera Burke Dignan and Wayne Dignan. Pat attended grade school in Albany and continued high school in Salem, Franklin in Portland, and graduated from Newport High School. Pat put himself through the University of Oregon setting chokers in logging camps. He joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and, in 1952 – 1953, was elected Student Body President of the University, as well as editor of The Daily Emerald. Pat was an Oregon track athlete under coach Bill Bowerman. He met his future wife, Andy Dignan, at the U of O and they married in the summer of 1953. Pat and Andy have three children … Todd, Laurie, and Ted … the pride of their lives.

Following his University graduation, Pat entered the Air Force as a Lieutenant and retired two years later as a Captain. He was based at Roslyn Air Force Station on Long Island, N.Y. Returning to Portland, Pat immediately joined Northwest Natural Gas Co., retiring 32 years later as Vice President of Marketing. He played and coached the Gasco Tailblazes, a company intramural basketball team for employees.

Pat was named Portland’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Junior First Citizen in 1960 and chaired the fifth annual Jesuit Auction, one of his many volunteer positions associated with his children’s interests. He was the chair of the 1997 Portland Homebuilders Street of Dreams. The family owned Blazer tickets from the team’s founding until 1996. A 50 plus year family member of Portland Golf Club, Pat’s dining room attendance surpassed his rounds of golf over the years! Pat and Andy were Quarterly Club Dance Club members for over 50 years and U of O Alumni Association members.

Pat is survived by his wife of 68 years, Andy; and children, Todd (Twyla), Laurie, and Ted (Magen); grandchildren, Peter Mohling (Michelle), Kristina Lawson (Ben), Jenny Martens (Danny), Sean Dignan, Mitchell Dignan, and Seamus Dignan; great-granddaughter, Chloe Martens will be joined by Baby Boy Martens in April; sister, Connie Dignan Gainer; as well as many loving nieces and nephews and beloved friends and neighbors are wishing God’s blessing on Patrick and yourselves … “May the luck of the Irish enfold you.” Memorials may be sent to Albertina Kerr, 424 N.E. 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97232 or a charity of your choice. The family is grateful for the loving care from Fieldstone Cornell Assisted Living and wonderful Hospice.

[Editor] Read more about Patrick Dignan:

Pat Dignan beside Century Home plaque

 

Posted in Obituaries, People | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Z. Ruth Croft obituary

Z. Ruth Croft

Z. Ruth Croft

Z. Ruth Croft, October 24, 1930 to October 10, 2020

An amazing woman entered the Kingdom of Heaven Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. She lived a life that many only aspire to, having loved, comforted and inspired her family and friends.

Z. Ruth Croft was born to Joseph and Lissy (Willis) Worthey Oct. 24, 1930 in Kansas City, Mo. She was the youngest of five children, following Juanita, Marvin, Rosemary, and Lorene. The family moved to Oregon in 1938 and settled near Bridal Veil. Ruth attended school in Portland and graduated from Clinton Kelly Commerce High School in 1948. Ruth’s given name was Zelma, something she did not like. She often shared the story of going to school and telling her teachers her name was “Ruth.” Her mother was not happy when she learned that Ruth had not told anyone at school her legal name was Zelma. Many of her family knew her as Zelma, or “Aunty Zelma” while other family members had no idea that was her given name. She married Lester “Ray/Bud” Croft in 1950 and they had four children: Judi, Carrie, Merrianne and Skip.

Ruth spent most of her life in the S.W. Portland areas of Garden Home, Multnomah and Tigard. Since 1950, Ruth shared her energy and love of people at Multnomah Presbyterian Church, where she was a member, wedding coordinator, and a board member of Dove Christian Preschool. She was a resident of Walla Walla, Wash., since 2018.

She was the manager of Crescent Grove Cemetery from 1964 until 1994, serving as a board member until June 2014. She established an outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at the cemetery in 2001 which continues today. Ruth was also the first woman to be elected as President of the Oregon Cemetery Association, serving from 1982 – 1984.

In 1978 Ruth was involved with saving the John Tigard House and forming the Tigard Historical Association where she was a charter member. She had a large circle of friends from her involvement with Washington County Extension and a local antique club. The antique club toured the Willamette Valley to expand their knowledge of antiques and local history. She was an avid antique collector and enjoyed quilting and knitting. Ruth also loved spending time gardening, working in her yard, and home canning.

Ruth was very interested in her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and loved seeing photos and talking on the phone about their most recent sporting event, accomplishment or 4-H/FFA project. Her calendar was always filled with important dates, birthdays and anniversaries. She had a genuine fondness for babies and weddings.

Always a die-hard Blazer fan, Ruth was a season ticket holder for many years. She had an extensive collection of Portland Trailblazer memorabilia, and never missed watching or listening to a Blazer game.

Ruth is survived by her four children, Judi (Steve) Graeper, Carrie Mullen, Merrianne (Brian) Key and Skip (Judi) Croft; and 13 grandchildren, Melyssa Graeper, Emily (Preston) Stanfill, Hillary (Jordan) Beck, John Mullen, Ben (Jenny) Mullen, Thomas Mullen, Hannah (Josh) Figini, William (Jenny) Mullen, Isaiah Mullen, Marcus (Lauren Anne) Key, Alli Key, Courtney Croft and Coleman Croft. Ruth will be missed by her 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Tigard Historical Association/John Tigard House Museum, P.O. Box 230402, Tigard, OR 97281 or Multnomah Presbyterian Church, 7555 S.W. 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97219.

A viewing will be held from 1 – 4 p.m., Friday Oct. 23, 2020, at Springer and Son/Aloha Funeral Home, 4150 S.W. 185th, Aloha, OR. A private service for immediate family only will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. A Celebration of Life memorial service for family and friends will be held in 2021.

Posted in Obituaries | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Daniel James Gustafson obituary

Daniel James Gustafson

Daniel James Gustafson

Daniel James Gustafson,  July 13, 1955 to January 6, 2021

Daniel James Gustafson of Vancouver, Washington, died January 6, 2021 of pancreatic cancer. He was 65.

Born July 13, 1955, to Leonard and Louise Gustafson in Portland, he was raised in Garden Home and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1973. He spent his 20s working for newspapers in Portland, Milwaukie, Eugene, Springfield, Gresham, Beaverton and Anchorage, Alaska, all the while chipping away at his college degree. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1985, the same year he joined The Oregonian, where he worked as a designer and editor for 30 years until his retirement.

In 1996 he went to Tijuana, Mexico, with members of his church on a house-building project. On that trip he got to know Susan Morgan, who had been a neighbor of his, and they fell in love. They were married less than a year later. Theirs was a marriage of great respect, love, joy and travel, particularly their annual trip to Kaua’i.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his father-in-law, Kenneth E. Herman of Papillion, Neb.; stepchildren, Anna Benz of Portland, Joseph Bogner, and his wife, Jahnavee Soul, of Vancouver; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a time and date to be determined at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Vancouver. A celebration of life will take place outdoors July 13, 2021, Dan’s birthday. Memorial contributions may be made to the church’s Building Fund or to one of Dan’s favorite charities, Kaua’i Albatross Network, 80 North Country Road, Setauket, NY 11733.

[Editor’s note: Daniel’s father, Leonard Gustafson, taught 8th grade and served as principal at Garden Home School in the 1960s. Daniel’s mother, Louise, was a piano teacher in the community.]

Posted in Obituaries | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Lou Anne Azar obituary

Lou Anne Azar, May 11, 1930 to January 5, 2021

Lou Anne Azar, May 11, 1930 to January 5, 2021

Lou Anne Azar, May 11, 1930 to January 5, 2021

Our hearts are once again saddened by the passing of our mother, Lou Anne Azar. She passed away peacefully Jan. 5, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was 90 years old.

Mom was born May 11, 1930 to L. Dene and Emma Norris Hickman. Mom was a good wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She will be greatly missed. Mom enjoyed working, playing golf, and card games.

She first started working for the Army Corps of Engineers in 1950. There she met our dad, Al Azar, and they were married in 1951. In her last job she was the attendance secretary for Buckman Elementary School and spent 12 years there until her retirement.

She and our dad enjoyed many years of traveling and playing golf together as well as enjoying their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She leaves behind a son, Richard (Lona); daughter, Kay (Doug); grandson, Cody (Liesl); granddaughter, Baylie (Zak); great-granddaughters, Lyra and Etta Rose; and her brother, Clark “Doc” Hickman.

She will be interred with our dad at a later date due to covid-19 restrictions. We sincerely want to thank all of the nurses and staff at Courtyard at Mt. Tabor and the Providence Hospice nurses who took such wonderful care of our mother.

Betty the St. Bernard with (L-R) Cousins Bill Norris, Doc Hickman, Lou Anne Hickman and Eilene Norris.

Betty the St. Bernard with (L-R) Cousins Bill Norris, Doc Hickman, Lou Anne Hickman and Eilene Norris.
Courtesy Doc Hickman. See post.

1938 Garden Home Grade School, 3rd and 4th grades

1938 Garden Home Grade School, 3rd and 4th grades. Teacher, Miss Waltman. Front row, L to R: Bill May 4th, _______, _______, Harry Feldman 3rd, ___________, Clark Stephens 4th, _________ Jim Bernard 3rd.Back row, L to R: Barbara Lyons 3rd, _________, Shirley Redding 3rd, Alice Burns 4th, Ann Coey 3rd, Rosella Niebert 3rd, Lou Anne Hickman 3rd, Madeline Koester 4th, Betty Schaefer 4th, Evelyn Knudsen 4th
Courtesy Clark Stephens. See post.

Posted in Obituaries, People | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

January 2021 News

In this edition: 10th Anniversary Special Edition of the Gazette Newsletter, Spooky Halloween in Garden Home, Cell tower at the Garden Home Recreation Center, New Garden Home History flag, Patronize our Garden Home Businesses, Reflections on COVID-19 in our 2020 Garden Home lives.

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. 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.
Thanks to each one of you for letting us know about your Garden Home history artifacts, old photos, stories, history books, or how you might be able to help document our history. We have a wonderful community because we have caring people!

Upcoming Events

Thanks to a generous donor, our special 10th Anniversary Gazette was printed and postal mailed to our entire list of subscribers. Look for it in the mail!

To receive The Garden Home History Gazette and our Updates by email, send us an email at gardenhomehistory@gmail.com, and ask to receive it. It’s free! Or, you can subscribe to the printed editions of the Gazette by US Mail for $10 per year.

GHHP Gazette - December 2020 cover

GHHP Gazette – December 2020 (PDF)

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we will not have slide programs until the Garden Home Recreation Center re-opens. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.

News

Spooky Halloween in Garden Home! Hope you saw the giant spook looking over the fence on SW Garden Home Road at about SW 80th Ave. The green lights lit up the Halloween “Garden Home Graveyard” near the north end of SW 82nd Avenue.

2020 Halloween - Spook - SW Garden Home Rd

2020 Halloween – Spook – SW Garden Home Rd

2020 Halloween tombstones - Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones – Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones at night - Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones at night – Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

Cell tower at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We caught the cell tower work on a beautiful day! This tower on the Garden Home Recreation Center’s property is owned by T-Mobile. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile lease the property. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) receives approximately $60,000 annually for this lease. Thanks to Mark A. Hokkanen, CPRP, Risk and Contract Manager for THPRD for this information.

Rec Center cell tower - crane

Rec Center cell tower – crane

Rec Center cell tower - worker up high

Rec Center cell tower – worker up high

New Garden Home History flag. This new flag for Garden Home history is flying at Jan Fredrickson’s Wormwood Manor at the north end of SW 78th Avenue until Thanksgiving when the flag pole will become a holiday tree. The flag will be displayed on the front of the house, and on the pole again in January. The flag, designed and developed by Stan and Susan Houseman, features the Camassia (Camas Lily), symbolizing the many years that the Atfalati Kalapuya Indians lived in Garden Home by showing one of their important foods. Thanks to Stan, Susan, Jan and Kevin Mistler for the flag and pole!

Garden Home History flag

Garden Home History flag

Patronize our Garden Home Businesses. Let’s keep our local businesses alive! We saw Shelly Bigley, owner of the Old Market Pub, on TV speak about the impact of COVID19 restrictions. Other businesses are also affected and need our patronage. Within the next year, we hope the shopping center will be newly revitalized. Note that the blue postal mailbox has been moved to the strip mall containing Starbucks and Ploy’s Thai Restaurant and Hyperion Computerworks.

2020 Old Market Pub - south outside

2020 Old Market Pub – south outside

Reflections on COVID-19 in our 2020 Garden Home lives. All of our lives have changed coping with this historic pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. As of mid-November, Oregon is experiencing over 1,000 new cases daily, and so far this year, more than 56,000 COVID-19 cases and 772 COVID-19 deaths. The Governor has issued restrictions on group sizes, business closings to contain the numbers, social distancing and hand washing or hand sanitizers. Sports have special restrictions and are played to empty stadiums.

Our Board members have shared some of the ways the COVID virus has affected their lives, which we have summarized below:

It’s wonderful to hear children’s voices outside playing in the yards and on the street during the day with public schools offering online courses. Many students do not do well with online classes and miss their friends, as we all do. Graduation plans are a challenge with often poor online grades. We miss seeing our grandchildren and being part of their lives. Just seeing children, friends, and neighbors seems more enjoyable. We worry about all of our young families.

With our mostly-stay-at-home lives, we’ve learned how to do many home repairs, cooking, hair cutting and yard landscaping and revisions. We wave at our neighbors, enjoy some street talk, and hope they see our smiles behind the masks. We may change dog-walk times and routes to avoid meeting people. We see more wildlife such as skunks, raccoons, even coyotes in our yards and streets, even a deer in the yard. Reduction of street traffic or we’re all home more looking out the windows?

When quickly shopping or doing errands, we all wear masks, call ahead to see if some businesses are open, avoid all crowds or even small groups of people. We’ve learned to cope with scarce items such as paper goods, flour, yeast, and other “survival” needs. We wear masks even in the medical clinics, hair salons, greeting neighbors outside, at the bank, everywhere. Most friends and relatives in care facilities cannot have any visitors in the buildings or only with major restrictions.

We miss our in-person contact with our friends and relatives. Our phone calls, Zoom internet communications, emails, even letters, have become more important. More TV watching, home projects, walking, and more attention to meals and cooking. Living alone means really alone for many. We learn how to order groceries and other items from the internet. Most grocery stores employ “shoppers” who will select your grocery list and deliver it to your car or home. Takeout food is available by drive-through only for now. Diminished hearing is common with plexiglass shields and mask wearing. One has the urge to take down the mask in order to hear better!

We all share in the “COVID Fatigue” and wonder how much longer these restrictions will be necessary. The developing COVID vaccines may be available in 2021. We worry about the more vulnerable people, our older friends and relatives and others with underlying conditions. Our own vulnerability is tested each day with any activities outside of the home. We are more aware of the advantages and blessings that we each share unlike so many other people. Be well, wash hands, wear masks, social distance, take good care of yourselves and others!

Old Market Pub and Brewery: Thanks to the very generous offer from Andy and Shelly Bigley of the Old Market Pub to display some of our artifacts from the Garden Home Thriftway. Stop in for takeout, dine-in, a drink, some pizza, or a sandwich, and check out our two photos from the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial in Portland. The vintage Garden Home postal safe and the three train reliefs are also there. Stan Houseman also snagged the huge Post Office eagle and postal schedule which will go up soon. Thanks to Stan for moving this project along and to Colin Lamb for the photos and train reliefs. Elaine Shreve wrote the histories for all of the photos and reliefs. Old Market Pub and Brewery: 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd, 503-244-2337. Read our story about the history of the Old Market Pub and Brewery.

New Housing Developments: You have probably noticed the two large housing developments on SW Garden Home Road. Both the Piper Ridge development at SW 87th Ave. and the Garden Home Estates between SW 81st Ave. and SW 78th Ave. will each have 9 new homes developed by Westwood Homes (plus the original homes on the respective lots). Both properties were previously large pastures with horses in the last century. Early Garden Home was platted with large lots for typical family needs such as a cow, chickens, fruit trees, pasture, and a garden.

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.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

November 2020 News

In this edition: Spooky Halloween in Garden Home, Cell tower at the Garden Home Recreation Center, Garden Home Ballot Drop Box, Native American Heritage Month in Washington County, New Garden Home History flag, Patronize our Garden Home Businesses, Reflections on COVID-19 in our 2020 Garden Home lives.

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. 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.
Thanks to each one of you for letting us know about your Garden Home history artifacts, old photos, stories, history books, or how you might be able to help document our history. We have a wonderful community because we have caring people!

Upcoming Events

Thanks to a generous donor, our special 10th Anniversary Gazette will be printed and postal mailed to our entire list of subscribers. If you are not on our postal newsletter mailing list and would like to receive this collectible hard-copy Gazette, please send your name and current postal address to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we will not have slide programs until the Garden Home Recreation Center re-opens. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.

News

Spooky Halloween in Garden Home! Hope you saw the giant spook looking over the fence on SW Garden Home Road at about SW 80th Ave. The green lights lit up the Halloween “Garden Home Graveyard” near the north end of SW 82nd Avenue.

2020 Halloween - Spook - SW Garden Home Rd

2020 Halloween – Spook – SW Garden Home Rd

2020 Halloween tombstones - Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones – Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones at night - Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones at night – Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

Cell tower at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We caught the cell tower work on a beautiful day! This tower on the Garden Home Recreation Center’s property is owned by T-Mobile. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile lease the property. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) receives approximately $60,000 annually for this lease. Thanks to Mark A. Hokkanen, CPRP, Risk and Contract Manager for THPRD for this information.

Rec Center cell tower - crane

Rec Center cell tower – crane

Rec Center cell tower - worker up high

Rec Center cell tower – worker up high

Garden Home Ballot Drop Box. Thanks to Garden Home Community Library for hosting an official Ballot Box for the recent election. A steady stream of people found the box just inside the Library door, with many a “no, not in the book slot!”

November 2020: Native American Heritage Month in Washington County. The Washington County Board of Commissioners proclaimed November 3, 2020 as Native American Heritage Month in Washington County. We support the proclamation which acknowledges that Washington County, Oregon rests on land that was first inhabited by the Atfalati Kalapuyans, also called the Tualatin people, who flourished here for thousands of years.

See the Washington County website for more on how this decision was made and the actual proclamation (PDF).

Also see the This IS Kalapuyan Land virtual exhibit on the Five Oaks Museum website (formerly the Washington County Museum).

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit 1

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit 2

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit

New Garden Home History flag. This new flag for Garden Home history is flying at Jan Fredrickson’s Wormwood Manor at the north end of SW 78th Avenue until Thanksgiving when the flag pole will become a holiday tree. The flag will be displayed on the front of the house, and on the pole again in January. The flag, designed and developed by Stan and Susan Houseman, features the Camassia (Camas Lily), symbolizing the many years that the Atfalati Kalapuya Indians lived in Garden Home by showing one of their important foods. Thanks to Stan, Susan, Jan and Kevin Mistler for the flag and pole!

Garden Home History flag

Garden Home History flag

Patronize our Garden Home Businesses. Let’s keep our local businesses alive! We saw Shelly Bigley, owner of the Old Market Pub, on TV speak about the impact of COVID19 restrictions. Other businesses are also affected and need our patronage. Within the next year, we hope the shopping center will be newly revitalized. Note that the blue postal mailbox has been moved to the strip mall containing Starbucks and Ploy’s Thai Restaurant and Hyperion Computerworks.

2020 Old Market Pub - south outside

2020 Old Market Pub – south outside

Reflections on COVID-19 in our 2020 Garden Home lives. All of our lives have changed coping with this historic pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. As of mid-November, Oregon is experiencing over 1,000 new cases daily, and so far this year, more than 56,000 COVID-19 cases and 772 COVID-19 deaths. The Governor has issued restrictions on group sizes, business closings to contain the numbers, social distancing and hand washing or hand sanitizers. Sports have special restrictions and are played to empty stadiums.

Our Board members have shared some of the ways the COVID virus has affected their lives, which we have summarized below:

It’s wonderful to hear children’s voices outside playing in the yards and on the street during the day with public schools offering online courses. Many students do not do well with online classes and miss their friends, as we all do. Graduation plans are a challenge with often poor online grades. We miss seeing our grandchildren and being part of their lives. Just seeing children, friends, and neighbors seems more enjoyable. We worry about all of our young families.

With our mostly-stay-at-home lives, we’ve learned how to do many home repairs, cooking, hair cutting and yard landscaping and revisions. We wave at our neighbors, enjoy some street talk, and hope they see our smiles behind the masks. We may change dog-walk times and routes to avoid meeting people. We see more wildlife such as skunks, raccoons, even coyotes in our yards and streets, even a deer in the yard. Reduction of street traffic or we’re all home more looking out the windows?

When quickly shopping or doing errands, we all wear masks, call ahead to see if some businesses are open, avoid all crowds or even small groups of people. We’ve learned to cope with scarce items such as paper goods, flour, yeast, and other “survival” needs. We wear masks even in the medical clinics, hair salons, greeting neighbors outside, at the bank, everywhere. Most friends and relatives in care facilities cannot have any visitors in the buildings or only with major restrictions.

We miss our in-person contact with our friends and relatives. Our phone calls, Zoom internet communications, emails, even letters, have become more important. More TV watching, home projects, walking, and more attention to meals and cooking. Living alone means really alone for many. We learn how to order groceries and other items from the internet. Most grocery stores employ “shoppers” who will select your grocery list and deliver it to your car or home. Takeout food is available by drive-through only for now. Diminished hearing is common with plexiglass shields and mask wearing. One has the urge to take down the mask in order to hear better!

We all share in the “COVID Fatigue” and wonder how much longer these restrictions will be necessary. The developing COVID vaccines may be available in 2021. We worry about the more vulnerable people, our older friends and relatives and others with underlying conditions. Our own vulnerability is tested each day with any activities outside of the home. We are more aware of the advantages and blessings that we each share unlike so many other people. Be well, wash hands, wear masks, social distance, take good care of yourselves and others!

News from October

Pumpkins in Garden Home: We’re hoping that your tomatoes are ripening, that you and your family are well, that children are getting ready for a creative new school year, and that everyone has had some fun this summer. Here is a wonderful front yard pumpkin patch seen in Garden Home the first of September!

Garden Home pumpkins Sep 1, 2020

Garden Home pumpkins Sep 1, 2020

Old Market Pub and Brewery: Thanks to the very generous offer from Andy and Shelly Bigley of the Old Market Pub to display some of our artifacts from the Garden Home Thriftway. Stop in for takeout, dine-in, a drink, some pizza, or a sandwich, and check out our two photos from the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial in Portland. The vintage Garden Home postal safe and the three train reliefs are also there. Stan Houseman also snagged the huge Post Office eagle and postal schedule which will go up soon. Thanks to Stan for moving this project along and to Colin Lamb for the photos and train reliefs. Elaine Shreve wrote the histories for all of the photos and reliefs. Old Market Pub and Brewery: 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd, 503-244-2337. Read our story about the history of the Old Market Pub and Brewery.

Historic Log Home Demolished: We were sorry to see the Judy George log home falling to the demolition bulldozer. This log home on SW 87th Ave. (south of Garden Home Road) was built in 1900 on what was then called Westgard Street. This modest house had been added to until it was not salvageable. The lot is being prepared for its new home.

Log house construction

New Housing Developments: You have probably noticed the two large housing developments on SW Garden Home Road. Both the Piper Ridge development at SW 87th Ave. and the Garden Home Estates between SW 81st Ave. and SW 78th Ave. will each have 9 new homes developed by Westwood Homes (plus the original homes on the respective lots). Both properties were previously large pastures with horses in the last century. Early Garden Home was platted with large lots for typical family needs such as a cow, chickens, fruit trees, pasture, and a garden.

Windmill Fun: The original windmill photo from Shirley Gertsch Bartels was so washed out that you could hardly see these two men from Shattuck Dairy having fun. Thanks to David Delgado, a new resident who offered to improve some of our vintage photos, you can enjoy the fun…and bravado…from these men!

Shattuck Dairy - showing off on windmill used to pump water - edited by David Delgado

Shattuck Dairy – showing off on windmill used to pump water – edited by David Delgado

Thriftway Opening in 1981: Thanks to Bob and Sharon Cram for sharing this flyer from 1981 and helping us to clarify the Thriftway dates. The current 1995 store building with the bell tower was added on to this 1981 building. Read the story about the history of Lamb’s Thriftway.

1981 flyer for new Thriftway

1981 flyer for new Thriftway

Have you noticed the old rail bed at SW 71st Ave.? See our new story about the southern rail line carving through Garden Home and the Middlebrooks’ property.

Middlebrooks railway bed entry at SW 71st

Middlebrooks railway bed entry at SW 71st

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.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

November 2020 Update – Garden Home History Email

Hello Garden Home History Friends,

Thanks to a generous donor, our special 10th Anniversary Gazette will be printed and postal mailed to our entire list of subscribers. If you are not on our postal newsletter mailing list and would like to receive this collectible Gazette, please send your name and current postal address to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Spooky Halloween in Garden Home!

Hope you saw the giant spook looking over the fence on SW Garden Home Road at about SW 80th Ave. The green lights lit up the Halloween “Garden Home Graveyard” near the north end of SW 82nd Avenue.

2020 Halloween - Spook - SW Garden Home Rd

2020 Halloween – Spook – SW Garden Home Rd

2020 Halloween tombstones - Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones – Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones at night - Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

2020 Halloween tombstones at night – Kirstin Lurtz on SW 82nd Ave

Cell tower at the Garden Home Recreation Center

We caught the cell tower work on a beautiful day! This tower on the Garden Home Recreation Center’s property is owned by T-Mobile. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile lease the property. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) receives approximately $60,000 annually for this lease. Thanks to Mark A. Hokkanen, CPRP, Risk and Contract Manager for THPRD for this information.

Rec Center cell tower - crane

Rec Center cell tower – crane

Rec Center cell tower - worker up high

Rec Center cell tower – worker up high

Garden Home Ballot Drop Box

Thanks to Garden Home Community Library for hosting an official Ballot Box for the recent election. A steady stream of people found the box just inside the Library door, with many a “no, not in the book slot!”

November 2020: Native American Heritage Month in Washington County

The Washington County Board of Commissioners proclaimed November 3, 2020 as Native American Heritage Month in Washington County. We support the proclamation which acknowledges that Washington County, Oregon rests on land that was first inhabited by the Atfalati Kalapuyans, also called the Tualatin people, who flourished here for thousands of years.

See the Washington County website for more on how this decision was made and the actual proclamation (PDF).

Also see the This IS Kalapuyan Land virtual exhibit on the Five Oaks Museum website (formerly the Washington County Museum).

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit 1

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit 2

Five Oaks Museum virtual Atfalati exhibit

New Garden Home History flag

This new flag for Garden Home history is flying at Jan Fredrickson’s Wormwood Manor at the north end of SW 78th Avenue until Thanksgiving when the flag pole will become a holiday tree. The flag will be displayed on the front of the house, and on the pole again in January. The flag, designed and developed by Stan and Susan Houseman, features the Camassia (Camas Lily), symbolizing the many years that the Atfalati Kalapuya Indians lived in Garden Home by showing one of their important foods. Thanks to Stan, Susan, Jan and Kevin Mistler for the flag and pole!

Garden Home History flag

Garden Home History flag

Patronize our Garden Home Businesses

Let’s keep our local businesses alive! We saw Shelly Bigley, owner of the Old Market Pub, on TV speak about the impact of COVID19 restrictions. Other businesses are also affected and need our patronage. Within the next year, we hope the shopping center will be newly revitalized. Note that the blue postal mailbox has been moved to the strip mall containing Starbucks and Ploy’s Thai Restaurant and Hyperion Computerworks.

2020 Old Market Pub - south outside

2020 Old Market Pub – south outside

Reflections on COVID-19 in our 2020 Garden Home lives

All of our lives have changed coping with this historic pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. As of mid-November, Oregon is experiencing over 1,000 new cases daily, and so far this year, more than 56,000 COVID-19 cases and 772 COVID-19 deaths. The Governor has issued restrictions on group sizes, business closings to contain the numbers, social distancing and hand washing or hand sanitizers. Sports have special restrictions and are played to empty stadiums.

Our Board members have shared some of the ways the COVID virus has affected their lives, which we have summarized below:

It’s wonderful to hear children’s voices outside playing in the yards and on the street during the day with public schools offering online courses. Many students do not do well with online classes and miss their friends, as we all do. Graduation plans are a challenge with often poor online grades. We miss seeing our grandchildren and being part of their lives. Just seeing children, friends, and neighbors seems more enjoyable. We worry about all of our young families.

With our mostly-stay-at-home lives, we’ve learned how to do many home repairs, cooking, hair cutting and yard landscaping and revisions. We wave at our neighbors, enjoy some street talk, and hope they see our smiles behind the masks. We may change dog-walk times and routes to avoid meeting people. We see more wildlife such as skunks, raccoons, even coyotes in our yards and streets, even a deer in the yard. Reduction of street traffic or we’re all home more looking out the windows?

When quickly shopping or doing errands, we all wear masks, call ahead to see if some businesses are open, avoid all crowds or even small groups of people. We’ve learned to cope with scarce items such as paper goods, flour, yeast, and other “survival” needs. We wear masks even in the medical clinics, hair salons, greeting neighbors outside, at the bank, everywhere. Most friends and relatives in care facilities cannot have any visitors in the buildings or only with major restrictions.

We miss our in-person contact with our friends and relatives. Our phone calls, Zoom internet communications, emails, even letters, have become more important. More TV watching, home projects, walking, and more attention to meals and cooking. Living alone means really alone for many. We learn how to order groceries and other items from the internet. Most grocery stores employ “shoppers” who will select your grocery list and deliver it to your car or home. Takeout food is available by drive-through only for now. Diminished hearing is common with plexiglass shields and mask wearing. One has the urge to take down the mask in order to hear better!

We all share in the “COVID Fatigue” and wonder how much longer these restrictions will be necessary. The developing COVID vaccines may be available in 2021. We worry about the more vulnerable people, our older friends and relatives and others with underlying conditions. Our own vulnerability is tested each day with any activities outside of the home. We are more aware of the advantages and blessings that we each share unlike so many other people. Be well, wash hands, wear masks, social distance, take good care of yourselves and others!

Read more about Garden Home with hundreds of photos and stories at GardenHomeHistory.com. 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.

To unsubscribe from our email mailing list, reply to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

Stay safe and well,

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

Posted in Email updates | Leave a comment

Native American Heritage Month

The Washington County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed November 2020 as Native American Heritage Month in Washington County:

On Tuesday, November 3, the Board of Commissioners proclaimed November 2020 as Native American Heritage Month in Washington County.

The proclamation highlights the fact that the area currently known as Washington County, Oregon rests on land that was first inhabited by the Atfalati Kalapuyans, also called the Tualatin people, who flourished here for thousands of years. It references not only the cultures, traditions and accomplishments of Native Americans, but also “our nations’ history of colonialism that has inflicted discrimination, deprivation, violence and genocide upon indigenous people.”

The Board was honored to welcome several members of the Native American community who took part in the proclamation presentation, including County employee Sherry Kurk, tribal elder Celeste Whitewolf and drummer singer Harmony Paul. The proclamation was read by Hillsboro student and member of the Klamath Tribe, Ella Smith, along with Jenny Sanchez, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

The proclamation was developed in collaboration with renowned researcher, scholar and educator, Dr. David G. Lewis, PhD who is also a member and elder of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community. Following the reading of the proclamation, Dr. Lewis provided a virtual workshop to over 100 County employees on the history and heritage of the Atfalati Kalapuyan peoples.

See the Washington County website for more on how this decision was made and the actual proclamation (PDF).

Also see the This IS Kalapuyan Land virtual exhibit on the Five Oaks Museum website (formerly the Washington County Museum).

Our Garden Home History Board of Directors fully supports this proclamation.

Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Comment