October 2021 News

In this edition: Trader Joe’s grand opening, Garden Home Library historical display, Red Electric wines, new Garden Home artifacts, an update on the beavers in Hideaway Park, revisiting the 1903 Halloween murder, remembering the first class of Garden Home School students (1911), and discovering the Halloween displays in Garden Home.

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.

Honoring Garden Home Veterans

Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day. We encourage you to read about the many Garden Home veterans and their stories.

Gerry Frank (veteran)

Gerry was an acting Sgt. Major of a division artillery headquarters in Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during WWII. . His most memorable experience was the division’s liberation of the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp.

Gene Shirley (veteran)

Gene Shirley served in the record cold (30 to 80 degrees below zero) of the Chosin Reservoir, Korea march and suffered frost bite to his feet. One of the Chosin Few.

Grand opening of Trader Joe’s October 29

At this date, we understand that Trader Joe’s will be having their Grand Opening on Oct. 29! Wonderful! Our 100 year old Garden Home church bell will continue in the Trader Joe’s tower. Note the new plantings in the photo below. And possibly some historic Garden Home photos on the wall. Welcome to historic Garden Home! Watch for official Opening information.

We are still waiting on the opening date for the new ACE Hardware store next door to Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Close-up of historic bell - Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Close-up of historic bell – Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Garden Home Library historical display

We have updated the Garden Home History display cabinet in the library! Our display this month features Gerry Frank and the Aaron Frank farm. Thousands of guests have signed the very large Aaron Frank Stables guest book. The open page shows the Firestone family from Akron, Ohio (famous tire brand) and an ink spot from using the old fashioned pens! Photos of the carpeted stables and of the horse racing activities are on the first shelf.

Library Display October 2021 - shelf 1

Library Display October 2021 – shelf 1

Aaron Frank stable guestbook - Harvey and Russel Firestone signatures

Aaron Frank stable guestbook – Harvey and Russel Firestone signatures

Gerry Frank, 97, has been honored recently with the new Gerry Frank Salem Rotary Amphitheater at Riverfront Park, and is featured on the second shelf with many more photos. His book Friday Surprise features news articles that he has written over the years and his story of becoming the renown judge for chocolate cakes at the Oregon State Fair.

Library Display October 2021 - shelf 2, Gerry Frank

Library Display October 2021 – shelf 2, Gerry Frank

Thanks to Jackie Wisher for a photo of an old Hunt Club poster. The Hunt Club, the two riding academies and the Frank farm were very popular centers of horse activities in Garden Home in the 1920s to 1950s. Many people came out from Portland on the train to attend the races.

Library Display October 2021 - shelf 3, Hunt Club

Library Display October 2021 – shelf 3, Hunt Club

Red Electric wines

I’ll drink to that! The new Red Electric wines from the Armstrong Vineyard out near Amity are a nod to the bright red trains that ran from Hillsdale through the currently named Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, along the north edge of Alpenrose, the north edge of the Portland Golf Club, down SW Jamieson, back to Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, and out to Hillsboro. More information in next Gazette!

Red Electric wine

Red Electric wine

1958 Garden Home aerial photo (from Jackie Wisher) - Railroad

Red Electric train route in red – 1958 Garden Home aerial photo

Newly received Garden Home artifacts

Thanks to our Garden Home people for thinking of us when you’re finding some old Garden Home items. Recently Pam Price and Tony Williams found original Comella’s grocery bags while cleaning up a cupboard. Jackie Wisher took a photo of a wonderful old Hunt Club poster advertising some Garden Home horse racing events. I suspect someone has an old can of Firlock paint. Thanks to you all, call me, Elaine, 503-246-5879.

Comella and Son and Daughter grocery bag

Comella and Son and Daughter grocery bag

Tony Williams and Pam Price July 2021

Tony Williams and Pam Price July 2021

Hideaway Park beaver update

Hideaway Park - Beaver chew close-up Oct 2021

Hideaway Park – Beaver chew close-up Oct 2021

More evidence of beavers in Hideaway Park! Walk to the end of the short trail to see the current tree being chewed by the beavers. Look for the beaver dam on Woods Creek just as you enter Hideaway Park. A tributary of Fanno Creek, Woods Creek, goes under SW Oleson Road and merges with Fanno Creek in the Portland Golf Club. Doc Hickman called to say that this park was previously his family’s pasture and that no beavers were present then.

For your scary Halloween

Remember our story about the 1903 Halloween murder on “the” Garden Home Road. Near midnight on Halloween, Adolph Burkhardt shot and killed Samuel Bauman as part of an ongoing family feud, and stood trial for capital murder. Read the story for the surprise ending of the trial.

1903 Halloween Murder

1903 Halloween Murder

Remember!

1911 Garden Home School, all grades

1911 Garden Home School, all grades. This is the founding year of Garden Home School, held upstairs in the Jager store.

1911 – The children in Garden Home began their first year at Garden Home School which was held upstairs in Chris Jager’s Store. The Dairy Queen is currently at this site.

Discover Garden Home!

Do you remember the giant spook looking over the fence on SW Garden Home Road at about SW 80th Ave last year? He’s at it again this year! And green lights illuminate the Halloween “Garden Home Graveyard” at Kirstin Lurtz’s home near the north end of SW 82nd Avenue.

2020 Halloween - Spook - SW Garden Home Rd

Halloween Spook on SW Garden Home Rd (2020)

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd - after dark

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd – after dark (2021)

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd - daytime

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd – daytime (2021)

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd - Here lies Fred Underfoot

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd – Here lies Fred Underfoot (2021)

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.

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October 2021 Update – Garden Home History Email

Hello Garden Home History Friends,

Thanks to all of you who have responded so nicely to our monthly Updates about Garden Home history. This month it’s Trader Joe’s grand opening, Garden Home Library historical display, Red Electric wines, new Garden Home artifacts, Halloween stories, remembering the first class of Garden Home School students (1911), and an update on the beavers in Hideaway Park! We love to hear from you.

Grand opening of Trader Joe’s October 29

At this date, we understand that Trader Joe’s will be having their Grand Opening on Oct. 29! Wonderful! Our 100 year old Garden Home church bell will continue in the Trader Joe’s tower. Note the new plantings in the photo below. And possibly some historic Garden Home photos on the wall. Welcome to historic Garden Home! Watch for official Opening information.

We are still waiting on the opening date for the new ACE Hardware store next door to Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Close-up of historic bell - Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Close-up of historic bell – Trader Joes construction Oct 2021

Garden Home Library historical display

We have updated the Garden Home History display cabinet in the library! Our display this month features Gerry Frank and the Aaron Frank farm. Thousands of guests have signed the very large Aaron Frank Stables guest book. The open page shows the Firestone family from Akron, Ohio (famous tire brand) and an ink spot from using the old fashioned pens! Photos of the carpeted stables and of the horse racing activities are on the first shelf.

Library Display October 2021 - shelf 1

Library Display October 2021 – shelf 1

Aaron Frank stable guestbook - Harvey and Russel Firestone signatures

Aaron Frank stable guestbook – Harvey and Russel Firestone signatures

Gerry Frank, 97, has been honored recently with the new Gerry Frank Salem Rotary Amphitheater at Riverfront Park, and is featured on the second shelf with many more photos. His book Friday Surprise features news articles that he has written over the years and his story of becoming the renown judge for chocolate cakes at the Oregon State Fair.

Library Display October 2021 - shelf 2, Gerry Frank

Library Display October 2021 – shelf 2, Gerry Frank

Thanks to Jackie Wisher for a photo of an old Hunt Club poster. The Hunt Club, the two riding academies and the Frank farm were very popular centers of horse activities in Garden Home in the 1920s to 1950s. Many people came out from Portland on the train to attend the races.

Library Display October 2021 - shelf 3, Hunt Club

Library Display October 2021 – shelf 3, Hunt Club

Red Electric wines

I’ll drink to that! The new Red Electric wines from the Armstrong Vineyard out near Amity are a nod to the bright red trains that ran from Hillsdale through the currently named Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, along the north edge of Alpenrose, the north edge of the Portland Golf Club, down SW Jamieson, back to Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, and out to Hillsboro. More information in next Gazette!

Red Electric wine

Red Electric wine

1958 Garden Home aerial photo (from Jackie Wisher) - Railroad

Red Electric train route in red – 1958 Garden Home aerial photo

Newly received Garden Home artifacts

Thanks to our Garden Home people for thinking of us when you’re finding some old Garden Home items. Recently Pam Price and Tony Williams found original Comella’s grocery bags while cleaning up a cupboard. Jackie Wisher took a photo of a wonderful old Hunt Club poster advertising some Garden Home horse racing events. I suspect someone has an old can of Firlock paint. Thanks to you all, call me, Elaine, 503-246-5879.

Comella and Son and Daughter grocery bag

Comella and Son and Daughter grocery bag

Tony Williams and Pam Price July 2021

Tony Williams and Pam Price July 2021

Hideaway Park beaver update

Hideaway Park - Beaver chew close-up Oct 2021

Hideaway Park – Beaver chew close-up Oct 2021

More evidence of beavers in Hideaway Park! Walk to the end of the short trail to see the current tree being chewed by the beavers. Look for the beaver dam on Woods Creek just as you enter Hideaway Park. A tributary of Fanno Creek, Woods Creek, goes under SW Oleson Road and merges with Fanno Creek in the Portland Golf Club. Doc Hickman called to say that this park was previously his family’s pasture and that no beavers were present then.

For your scary Halloween

Remember our story about the 1903 Halloween murder on “the” Garden Home Road. Near midnight on Halloween, Adolph Burkhardt shot and killed Samuel Bauman as part of an ongoing family feud, and stood trial for capital murder. Read the story for the surprise ending of the trial.

1903 Halloween Murder

1903 Halloween Murder

Remember!

1911 Garden Home School, all grades

1911 Garden Home School, all grades. This is the founding year of Garden Home School, held upstairs in the Jager store.

1911 – The children in Garden Home began their first year at Garden Home School which was held upstairs in Chris Jager’s Store. The Dairy Queen is currently at this site.

Discover Garden Home!

Do you remember the giant spook looking over the fence on SW Garden Home Road at about SW 80th Ave last year? He’s at it again this year! And green lights illuminate the Halloween “Garden Home Graveyard” at Kirstin Lurtz’s home near the north end of SW 82nd Avenue.

2020 Halloween - Spook - SW Garden Home Rd

Halloween Spook on SW Garden Home Rd (2020)

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd - after dark

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd – after dark (2021)

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd - daytime

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd – daytime (2021)

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd - Here lies Fred Underfoot

Halloween Garden Home Graveyard on SW 82nd – Here lies Fred Underfoot (2021)

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

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

– Elaine

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

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August 2021 News

In this edition: August 2021 Gazette, OPB Oregon Experience – Road to Statehood, Remember series entry, Discover Garden Home series entry.

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.

August 2021 Gazette

In the August 2021 edition of the Gazette, read about Trader Joe’s and ACE Hardware, the beaver dam at Hideaway Park, the historic Day home now houses Local Leaf, Century Homes, and the reopening of the Garden Home Community Library.

GHHP Gazette - August 2021

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GHHP Gazette - August 2021 page 2

GHHP Gazette – August 2021 page 2

GHHP Gazette - August 2021 page 3

GHHP Gazette – August 2021 page 3

GHHP Gazette - August 2021 page 4

GHHP Gazette – August 2021 page 4

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.

New Library Hours

The Garden Home Community Library is reopening! Their new hours as of July 27, 2021 are Monday-Friday 10AM to 6PM, and Saturday 10AM to 3PM. Closed on Sundays.

Remember!

In 1881, T.A. Wood filed the original Garden Home plat with Washington County and concluded with “said Streets and said Lots numbering 43 in all are included and constitute all of what I hereby name and is hereby designated as Garden Home.” Named 140 years ago.

Discover Garden Home!

Bird condos at SW 61st and Garden Home Road.
Bird Condos, corner of SW 61st and Garden Home Rd

OPB Oregon Experience – Road to Statehood

We enjoyed the recent OPB Oregon Experience program on Oregon’s Road to Statehood. You can watch it free online on the OPB website.

OPB - Road to Statehood

OPB – Road to Statehood

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.

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Michael Gazeley-Romney obituary

Michael Gazeley-Romney

Michael Gazeley-Romney

July 29, 1989 to July 1, 2021

Michael was the first son of Barb Gazeley and Kent Romney, joined by brother Patrick in November 1991. Michael died mid-day Thursday, July 1, 2021 in a motorcycle accident.

Michael had an essential sweetness and was protective of Patrick. The brothers plotted adventures at Neskowin with cousins and friends, building sand castles, jumping in the waves and catching crabs. Michael enjoyed skiing, particularly during Christmas vacations with the Hammer family in Jackson, Wyo. He felt most peaceful in nature and cherished time with family while fishing and spotting bald eagles on Papa Gazeley’s boat in Desolation Sound, B.C., and backpacking in Utah.

Michael went to Hayhurst and Robert Gray schools and graduated from Catlin Gabel in 2008. He attended Claremont McKenna College for two years, and then periodically took courses at Portland State University, studying political science, economics, and environmental science and policy. Michael ran track and cross-country and especially liked soccer. He played on teams from childhood, serving as co-captain of the Catlin Gabel varsity soccer team. He loved Mock Trial, competed on Catlin’s team all four years and was co-captain his senior year, and considered becoming a lawyer.

Michael was drawn to the bagpipes and started lessons at age 10. From 12 to 18, he played with the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band. He was thrilled to be asked on his first official “gig” with the band, a post-9/11 trip to New York City to participate in a memorial parade of 10,000 bagpipers. Michael delighted in summer road trips to highland games, and served as co-Pipe Major during his senior year. Adventures in Glasgow, Scotland with the pipe band while competing in the World Pipe Band Championships in 2004 and 2006 were among the highlights of his life.

Michael had an exceptionally quick mind and enjoyed thinking in novel ways. His philosophy professor at Claremont commented that Michael’s mastery of the reading and insightful comments put him at the top of a class of very bright students. His middle school Spanish teacher who led the Europe trip he loved recalled, “My memories of Michael are always full of love, light, and laughter. He was such a gifted kid and was more than just a student to me. I remember his smiles and his laughter, his competitive spirit during classroom games and his attention to detail in his work. He was always a quiet but firm leader, and often was the one who intervened to help a classmate when things got difficult.” A friend’s mother recently recalled Michael’s high school backpacking trip with three friends on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Michael was the master organizer, distributing supply lists and assigning tasks for each day in a way that seemed capable beyond his years. A wicked sense of humor perfectly balanced Michael’s sweet spirit.

During college, Michael began to show signs of the bipolar disorder that came to dominate his experience. His many wild adventures during manic and psychotic episodes and periods of depression were blessedly interspersed with passages when Michael was very much himself. He continued to enjoy taking college courses at PSU and working at Zupan’s, OnPoint, Pastini, the Forest Service in John Day, the Ringside, and in construction. He had just applied for jobs with the Forest Service and at a Portland sushi restaurant at the time he died.

Michael sometimes used alcohol, marijuana and other drugs to help with the sleep problems and social anxiety he encountered due to his bipolar disorder. At other times, he attended AA meetings at the NW Portland Alano Club, where he was proud to discover a photograph honoring his great-grandfather Harry Marcus Gazeley, an early member.
Since 2018, Michael has been in the wise and loving care of his psychiatrist, Dr. Elizabeth Birecree. After years of struggling to find the right bipolar medications, Michael began to improve as Dr. Birecree quickly identified what worked best for him. At the time he died, Michael was clear and happy, trending in a good direction with a recent change of medication.

Michael loved his weird and beautiful city, Portland. Summer was his favorite season, when Michael spent sunny days at Sauvie’s Island and the Willamette River. All year around, Michael could be found hiking on the Wildwood and other trails in Forest Park, and walking and biking around town, especially in his beloved NW Portland neighborhood. He relished the occasional Portland World Naked Bike Ride and Bridge Pedal.

Despite being encouraged to give it up for safety, Michael loved riding his motorcycle. It gave him a sense of freedom and light-hearted joy that the rest of his life has lacked in recent years. Michael died in a motorcycle accident on the afternoon of Thursday, July 1, 2021. He was much loved and will be missed by many.

We expected to be proud of Michael’s success in traditional ways. Instead, he challenged us to stretch our hearts and minds, learn about mental illness and addiction and develop compassion instead of passing judgment. This may be one of his greatest gifts to us.

Michael was the first of six grandchildren of Patty and Bill Gazeley and the ninth of 21 grandchildren of Marge and George Romney. His parents divorced in 1993 and added step-parents Stacey Romney, David Abbott, Tim Evans and Mari Kynsi and brother Harrison Romney. Michael grew up close to Portland cousins Katherine and Jack Van Allen and Andrew and Lizzy Gazeley and their parents, Carolyn Gazeley and Brad Van Allen and Mark and Martha Gazeley, as well as Aunt Katie and Uncle Allan Twombly, and kept in touch with Romney and Puzey family members across the Western U.S.

Michael’s memorial will be held July 29, 2021, in the Hoyt Arboretum. Capacity is limited, so please contact Barb if you’d like to attend. You might want to remember Michael by donating to groups aiding the homeless and those affected by mental illness and addiction, or to your favorite bagpipe band.

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Ronald B. Lansing obituary

Ronald B Lansing

Ronald B Lansing

January 28, 1932 to May 28, 2021

Lawyer, professor, author, dedicated public servant, creative soul, and family man Ronald B. Lansing passed away May 28, 2021. He was 89 years old.

Professor Lansing had been teaching at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1967 and was one of the first five full-time members of the faculty. Professor Lansing was pivotal in helping the law school gain accreditation from the American Association of Law Schools and the American Bar Association.

“Ron’s dedication to the law school, to fellow faculty and to his students is legendary,” said Dean Jennifer Johnson. “He helped the school become the nationally renowned institution it is today.”

Professor Lansing has chaired the Torts Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a faculty member of the American Academy of Judicial Education, and Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Law School Faculty Liaison. As a member of the Portland City Club’s Research Board, he sat on several controversial studies.

Along teaching torts and evidence to thousands of Oregon’s lawyers, Professor Lansing published numerous books, including Skylarks & Lecterns: A Law School Charter; Juggernaut: The Whitman Massacre Trial 1850; Nimrod: Courts, Claims and Killing on the Oregon Frontier; and Crystalling the Legacy. Aside from his academic achievements and contributions to the legal field, Professor Lansing also leaves a humorous legacy –75 hand-drawn caricatures of Lewis & Clark faculty and staff members that line the halls of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Legal Research Center.

We will miss Ronald Lansing (husband/father/professor/friend) but will continue to celebrate and keep his spirit alive. Ron is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jewel Lansing (Portland), with whom he shared a deep commitment to public service; son, Mark Lansing (Grants Pass); daughter, Alyse Lansing Gass (and husband, Joe, Scappoose); daughter, Annette Lansing (Beaverton); five grandchildren, Tyler (Scappoose), Jade (Portugal), Emily (Portland), Matt (Indiana), and Shan (Portland); and his sister, Judy Lansing Hewitt (Bend).

The memorial service is open to all with RSVP and will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. There will be a celebration of life to follow. To RSVP and leave condolences, please go to go.lclark.edu/lansing

In lieu flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made “In Memory of Ron Lansing” to either: Lewis & Clark Law School at go.lclark.edu/give/law/now (or 10101 S. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219). Or, ACLU of Oregon ACLU of Oregon at www.aclu-or.org (or P.O. Box 40585, Portland, OR 97240-0585).

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June 2021 News

In this edition: OPB Oregon Experience – Road to Statehood, Garden Home Extension Group gavels, 1953 Community Church parsonage consecration, more historic names for local Garden Home streets, Remember series entry, Discover Garden Home series entry, April 2021 Gazette.

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.

OPB Oregon Experience – Road to Statehood

We enjoyed the recent OPB Oregon Experience program on Oregon’s Road to Statehood. You can watch it free online on the OPB website.

OPB - Road to Statehood

OPB – Road to Statehood

News from May, 2021

Garden Home Extension Group Gavels
Garden Home Methodist Church gavels 1955

Garden Home Methodist Church gavels 1955

Thanks to our local Garden Home Extension group for their donation of two vintage gavels to us. Otto Arndt gave these gavels to two mission groups at the old Garden Home Community Church. You may recall that Otto lived across from the church, on Garden Home Road. His daughter also gave us his excellent aerial photos of Garden Home.

The Garden Home Extension Study Group has been meeting for over 55 years. Oregon State University sponsors the Extension Program, which is available through the Land Grant College funds for the State of Oregon. They have sent the year’s curriculum to the organization for the officers to then select those subjects of most interest to the local members.

Four lessons that have been selected by the Garden Home Extension Group for 2021 are:

  • The Night Janitor” about our brain as we sleep;
  • Medical Cannabis…Benefits & Ill Effects;
  • Ireland, Green, Clean, Moist and Windy;
  • and (my favorite) It’s All About Me…Writing Your Personal History.

They will also host a summer picnic and an outing. For more information or wish to participate, please call Diana Anderson, 503-992-6946.

Parsonage Consecration at the Garden Home Community Church, August 16, 1953
Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 - cover

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 – cover

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 - inside

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 – inside

Old Community Methodist Church

Old Community Methodist Church

This church was located on the south side of Garden Home Road at SW 71st. The one hundred year old bell that was hung in the belfry there in 1918 now hangs in the grocery store and will be part of the new store. Many churches of this era wanted their ministers to live near nearby and thus worked to fund and develop a parsonage. This is the church program that the Garden Home Community Church used for the Consecration of the Parsonage on Sunday, August 16, 1953. The minister Reverend John Woods and his wife and four children used the new parsonage.

More historic names for local Garden Home streets
Judge Erasmus Shattuck

Judge Erasmus Shattuck

SW Shattuck Road sign

SW Shattuck Road sign

SW Shattuck Road (north off of Vermont at SW 65th): Judge Erasmus D. Shattuck was born in 1824 and raised in Vermont. He excelled in school, taught Latin and mathematics and then went on to study law in offices in Atlanta and New York where he passed the bar. With his new wife, Sarah Armstrong, they came to Oregon by boat, via the Isthmus of Panama in 1853.

He entered local politics, education and public life, participating in framing the Constitution of the State of Oregon. As a judge in the Oregon Supreme Court, he also served on the City Council and was an early trustee of the Portland Library. In 1872 he purchased land from the Patton estate “to establish a country estate for his later years.” Shattuck Station was a stop for the Red Electric which was on his property north of Vermont St., associated with a major train wreck in May of 1920, one-hundred years ago. (The Oregon Electric ran through Garden Home.)

Upon his death, Harvey Scott, Morning Oregonian editor, wrote: He is a studious reader, a profound thinker, and an earnest and logical talker. How aspirational!

*Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, Chicago, Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.

*Ancestry. *National Register of Historic Places, under Ole Oleson.

Scholls Ferry Tales book cover

Scholls Ferry Tales book cover

SW Scholls Ferry Road sign

SW Scholls Ferry Road sign

SW Scholls Ferry Road: In 1847, Peter Scholl was an early settler in the area now called Scholls, southwest of Garden Home. He “built a raft of cedar logs and operated it as a ferry across the river. The raft was operated by human power, having been pulled across the river by rope. This later developed to be Scholls Ferry—one of the most prominent ferries on the Tualatin River for many years.” It took the people of Scholls three days to take produce to Portland, traveling in groups of 3 to 5 wagons to cut and dig roadway as needed.

*Scholls Ferry Tales by Margaret Hesse, published by Groner Women’s Club, Scholls, Oregon 1976.

Remember!
Mt St Helens eruption May 18, 1980

Mt St Helens eruption May 18, 1980

Remember the Big Blast 41 years ago, Mt. St. Helens major earthquake May 18, 1980. Killed 57 people.

Discover Garden Home!
Beaver dam at Hideaway Park, April 2021

Beaver dam at Hideaway Park, April 2021 (photo Kevin Mistler)

Look for the beaver dam on Woods Creek just as you enter Hideaway Park (drive carefully at entrance). Note the chewed trees and backed up water. A tributary of Fanno Creek, Woods Creek, goes under Oleson and merges with Fanno Creek inside the Portland Golf Club. Fanno Creek crosses the Fanno Creek Trail near SW 86th Ave. We will update you with more information later.

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!

April 2021 Newsletter

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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.

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GHHP Gazette – December 2020 (PDF)

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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.

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Robert Grissom obituary

Robert Grissom

Robert Grissom

May 12, 1927 to May 7, 2021

Robert Eugene Grissom, 93, passed away from natural causes Friday, May 7, 2021 in Portland, Ore.

Bob was born May 12, 1927 in Syracuse, Kan., and grew up during the Dust Bowl. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Bob went to the University of Kansas on the G.I. bill, graduating with a degree in Business Administration.

He moved to Portland in 1950 for his first job as a furniture salesman with William Volker & Company. After 20 years, Bob and his friend, Bill Pendarvis, opened their first Hickory Farms store and expanded their business throughout the Northwest.

Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sybil Grissom; and their children, Carolyn Hostetler and her husband, John, Tom Grissom, and Doug Grissom. He is survived by six grandchildren, Jacob and Claire Hostetler, Lucy and Grady Grissom, and Thomas and Sam Grissom. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Calton Grissom, Jr. and Bill Grissom; and his grandchildren, Jake Grissom and Libby Grissom.

[Editor: Bob and Sybil Grissom lived on SW 87th in Garden Home for many years.]

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Samuel Laird Philip obituary

Samuel Laird Philip

Samuel Laird Philip

June 22, 1926 to October 20, 2020

Samuel Laird Philip’s ninety-four years were about quietly and craftily creating experiences for people. He was impressed by people. Sam ended his time with us on October 20th, 2020 at his apartment in King City, Oregon.

Sam was born on June 22, 1926 in Tigard, Oregon to Ruby and Samuel L. Philip, Sr. He grew up in Tigard with his sisters Hazel, Sherry and Midge. After High School, he joined the US Air Force, serving during the last year of World War II. He was again called into service for the Korean war, serving as Military Police on Guam.

He married Dolores Witte in 1948. Together, they had three children; Debbie (Philip) Millsap of Portland, OR, Mark Philip of Vancouver, WA and Jeffrey Philip of Poulsbo, WA. Sam loved his children, and his seven grandchildren Nathan Millsap, Amy Philip, Hillary Teeley, Nick Philip, Marina Philip, Lydia Philip and Archer Philip; and great-grandchildren Cora and Cameron Teeley.

Early in life, he worked as a mechanic, sawmill operator and other endeavors. Sam and Dolores began creating experiences for people in the community first by purchasing the Del Mar Club on Barbur Boulevard in Portland. Running a nightclub isn’t easy. Between fires, and road widening projects, the club lasted only a few years, before they opened the El Gato Tavern in Milwaukie, Oregon. While Dolores ran the tavern, Sam began a long career behind the scenes of events that would bring smiles to hundreds of thousands of people. Working for Cady Decorating, he was instrumental in building some of the most fabulous floats for the Portland Rose Festival Parade in the 1960’s. By 1972, he began working for the Multnomah County Fair and Expo Center. By the late 1970’s, he was Managing the Expo Center and the Multnomah County Fair and continuing to improve an urban county fair into a profitable and enjoyable experience. Sam would often look for old farm equipment while on vacation that could be placed on display at the fair, bringing that country feel to Portland. Sam retired after 17 years with Multnomah County in 1989, but continued to travel to county fairs throughout Oregon as a County Fair Commissioner.

That was the beginning of his next career. Less stress, but still creating good times working for DWA Trade Show & Exposition Services as a senior consultant, as well as Palmer, Wirfs and Associates, America’s Largest Antique and Collectables Shows, for another 25 years. He loved creating events, working with hundreds of people who knew him as a friend and coworker, and seeing the thousands enjoying themselves. Years after his full retirement, Sam would be recognized and greeted warmly by former co-workers and vendors everywhere he went.

Sam’s wife, Dolores, died in April of 2020. Through the years, Sam taught his children patience, the skill of fixing things, love of camping and the outdoors, humor and the importance of family. He will be dearly missed by family and friends alike.

[Editor: Sam and Dolores Philip raised their children on SW 84th near the Garden Home Park.]

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Dolores Winifred (Witte) Philip obituary

Dolores Winifred Witte Philip

Dolores Winifred Witte Philip

August 9, 1927 to April 17, 2020

Dolores W. Philip, 92, passed away on April 17, 2020 in Vancouver, Washington. Dolores (Dee) was born in Vernonia, Oregon to William and Theresa Witte on August 9, 1927. She graduated high school at Tigard Union High School. Dee married Samuel “Sam” Philip on June 9, 1948. She worked at the Joy Theater, Jones Lumber as well as other businesses until she and Sam ventured into business together. They opened their first night club, the Del Mar, in Southwest Portland in the 1950’s. Sadly, progress doesn’t wait for fun in a night club. The city condemned the building to construct an underpass.

Dee and Sam brought three children into the world between 1955 and 1963, Debbie, Mark and Jeffrey. They settled into a home in SW Portland’s Garden Home neighborhood where Sam and Dee would live for 60 years. A few years after the closing of the Del Mar, Dee and Sam opened the El Gato Tavern in Milwaukie, Oregon. The El Gato would become Dee’s legacy. While Sam went on to a career at the Multnomah County Fair and Exposition Center, Dee created a place for her customers to gather, laugh, sing and play darts. Her tavern had strict rules, no swearing and no funny-business. Her customers loved her for the atmosphere she created. She became a legend in the darts community over the decades.

After selling the El Gato in 1978, Dee became more involved in the Portland Area Darts Association and the American Darts Organization. She was an officer in both organizations, and loved introducing new people to the game of steel tip darts. She especially was fond of supporting youth in playing the game. She loved her children and grandchildren, hosting family gatherings, taking them on local outings and watching them grow. She loved to travel with her sister and her friends to destinations far and near.

Dolores’ husband Samuel Philip passed in October 2020. She is survived by her children Debbie Millsap of Portland, Oregon, Mark Philip of Vancouver, Washington and Jeffrey Philip of Poulsbo, Washington; grandchildren Nathan Millsap, Amy Philip, Hillary Teeley, Nick Philip, Marina Philip, Lydia Philip and Archer Philip; and great-grandchildren Cameron and Cora Teeley. She is also survived by her sister, Louise Tazer of Normandy Park, Washington; and niece Laura Gallinger of Normandy Park, Washington. Dolores lived life on her own terms. She was adored by her friends in the darts community. She remained close to her sister and will be remembered as a parent who loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

[Editor: Sam and Dolores Philip raised their children on SW 84th near the Garden Home Park.]

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May 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. This month its gavels, Extension, parsonage, Community Church, Shattuck and Scholls Ferry names, Mt. St. Helens, and a beaver dam!  We love to hear from you.

Garden Home Extension Group gavels

Garden Home Methodist Church gavels 1955

Garden Home Methodist Church gavels 1955

Thanks to our local Garden Home Extension group for their donation of two vintage gavels to us. Otto Arndt gave these gavels to two mission groups at the old Garden Home Community Church. You may recall that Otto lived across from the church, on Garden Home Road. His daughter also gave us his excellent aerial photos of Garden Home.

The Garden Home Extension Study Group has been meeting for over 55 years. Oregon State University sponsors the Extension Program, which is available through the Land Grant College funds for the State of Oregon. They have sent the year’s curriculum to the organization for the officers to then select those subjects of most interest to the local members.

Four lessons that have been selected by the Garden Home Extension Group for 2021 are:

  • The Night Janitor” about our brain as we sleep;
  • Medical Cannabis…Benefits & Ill Effects;
  • Ireland, Green, Clean, Moist and Windy;
  • and (my favorite) It’s All About Me…Writing Your Personal History.

They will also host a summer picnic and an outing. For more information or wish to participate, please call Diana Anderson, 503-992-6946.

Parsonage Consecration at the Garden Home Community Church, August 16, 1953

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 - cover

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 – cover

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 - inside

Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953 – inside

Old Community Methodist Church

Old Community Methodist Church

This church was located on the south side of Garden Home Road at SW 71st. The one hundred year old bell that was hung in the belfry there in 1918 now hangs in the grocery store and will be part of the new store. Many churches of this era wanted their ministers to live near nearby and thus worked to fund and develop a parsonage. This is the church program that the Garden Home Community Church used for the Consecration of the Parsonage on Sunday, August 16, 1953. The minister Reverend John Woods and his wife and four children used the new parsonage.

More historic names for local Garden Home streets

Judge Erasmus Shattuck

Judge Erasmus Shattuck

SW Shattuck Road sign

SW Shattuck Road sign

SW Shattuck Road (north off of Vermont at SW 65th): Judge Erasmus D. Shattuck was born in 1824 and raised in Vermont. He excelled in school, taught Latin and mathematics and then went on to study law in offices in Atlanta and New York where he passed the bar. With his new wife, Sarah Armstrong, they came to Oregon by boat, via the Isthmus of Panama in 1853.

He entered local politics, education and public life, participating in framing the Constitution of the State of Oregon. As a judge in the Oregon Supreme Court, he also served on the City Council and was an early trustee of the Portland Library. In 1872 he purchased land from the Patton estate “to establish a country estate for his later years.” Shattuck Station was a stop for the Red Electric which was on his property north of Vermont St., associated with a major train wreck in May of 1920, one-hundred years ago. (The Oregon Electric ran through Garden Home.)

Upon his death, Harvey Scott, Morning Oregonian editor, wrote: He is a studious reader, a profound thinker, and an earnest and logical talker. How aspirational!

*Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, Chicago, Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.

*Ancestry. *National Register of Historic Places, under Ole Oleson.

Scholls Ferry Tales book cover

Scholls Ferry Tales book cover

SW Scholls Ferry Road sign

SW Scholls Ferry Road sign

SW Scholls Ferry Road: In 1847, Peter Scholl was an early settler in the area now called Scholls, southwest of Garden Home. He “built a raft of cedar logs and operated it as a ferry across the river. The raft was operated by human power, having been pulled across the river by rope. This later developed to be Scholls Ferry—one of the most prominent ferries on the Tualatin River for many years.” It took the people of Scholls three days to take produce to Portland, traveling in groups of 3 to 5 wagons to cut and dig roadway as needed.

*Scholls Ferry Tales by Margaret Hesse, published by Groner Women’s Club, Scholls, Oregon 1976.

Remember!

Mt St Helens eruption May 18, 1980

Mt St Helens eruption May 18, 1980

Remember the Big Blast 41 years ago, Mt. St. Helens major earthquake May 18, 1980. Killed 57 people.

Discover Garden Home!

Beaver dam at Hideaway Park, April 2021

Beaver dam at Hideaway Park, April 2021 (photo Kevin Mistler)

Look for the beaver dam on Woods Creek just as you enter Hideaway Park (drive carefully at entrance). Note the chewed trees and backed up water. A tributary of Fanno Creek, Woods Creek, goes under Oleson and merges with Fanno Creek inside the Portland Golf Club. Fanno Creek crosses the Fanno Creek Trail near SW 86th Ave. We will update you with more information later.

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

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

– Elaine

Elaine Shreve

Elaine Shreve

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