Hello Friends and Happy New Year! This will cover the latest in Garden Home. Thank you for your generous donations, your nice comments, and hopefully, your good intentions to write us a story about your family!
If you wish to receive the printed Gazette in addition to your email Gazette, let us know your mailing address. The quarterly Gazette will likely be printed next month.
Opening Ace Hardware in Garden Home
Ace Hardware Opens! Owner Terry Cain and manager Ben Peck tell us that “Ace Hardware Garden Home will have a staff of helpful hardware folks, all cultivated from the Garden Home community they serve, willing and ready to help with all DIY needs. Supported by the best power tool names in the business, like Craftsman, Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Black and Decker we will have the power you need to get the job done. When it comes time to dust off the cold and snow and get outside, we will have you covered there as well with names like EGO, Husqvarna, Toro, and John Deere. And as we move into Spring, those long trips to find seed, fertilizers, soils, and mulches are over. Ace Garden Home will have a huge supply of everything.” Other supplies include paints, keys, and a several brands of BBQs which feature “free assembly and delivery, a hallmark of Ace service.”
See the Garden Home History calendars display in our library this month
These calendars feature the history of Garden Home in photos and text. Our 2012 calendar shows the Gertsch dairy farm portrait with the horses, wagons, barn, milk wagons, prize bull, and owners. Each month features GH in the early 1900s with the families, church, school, cemetery, cannery, and baseball team!
The 2013 calendar features the neighborhoods and businesses including Lamb’s Thriftwy, Frank farm, and many families. Events were covered in the 2014 calendar with our famous Dorothy Johnson memoralizing FDR’s death with a bouquet in front of our Post Office. The school opening in 1912 and closing in 1982, Library history, Oleson Road reconstruction, Fanno Creek trail, church, fire, and more.
The colorful 2015 calendars traced Garden Home down through the decades, including the WWII fighter plane crash, Thriftway, Rummer homes, school closure, and adult baseball teams. My favorite page is the November photo of the cutest young Library customer trying to carry her books.
The Garden Home History Project offered these calendars for sale in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The first four calendars were developed by Elaine Shreve and Delia Day. The 2015 calendar’s contents were developed by Elaine Shreve and the calendar designed by Gordon Melcher (they all sold!).
We have a few extra 2013 and 2014 calendars which can each be purchased for $10. Send requests for a mailing, to our Treasurer, Marie Pacella, 7240 SW 82nd, Portland, OR 97223.
Coming: We are working with the Library to share a resident’s collection of pop-up books along with the Library featuring a customer activity to make your own pop-up book. Have a collection you’d like to share? Let us know.
Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings (everyone is vaccinated and boostered). Current subjects include displays in the Library and bulletin board, Century Homes program (we have some 39 Century Homes in Garden Home), Historic Garden Home street signs, new businesses, our newsletters, program planning with the Garden Home Library and more! Web content for kids? Garden Home History walking tour? We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.
The White Store was located on the site of today’s Dairy Queen, and was the meeting place for the very first class of Garden Home School while the school was under construction. The store also included a barber shop, beauty salon, and the Garden Home Post Office. Dorothy Lois Upchurch’s family ran the White Store from 1936 to 1944. Read Dorothy’s memoir about growing up in Garden Home and operating the White Store.
Discover Garden Home!
The Nordia House has a new exhibit featuring the historic Fogelbo log cabin (the home of Ross Fogelquist). Built in 1938 by Henry Steiner, Fogelbo is a 2,000 square foot, two-story log cabin exhibiting unique craftsmanship. Tours of the Fogelbo home are also available (with fee and reservation). Nordia House is located at 8800 SW Oleson Road.
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.