In this edition: Ace Hardware grand opening, Garden Home Library historical display, remembering Dorothy Upchurch’s memoir of growing up in the White Store, and discovering the Nordia House new exhibit featuring the historic Fogelbo log cabin (the home of Ross Fogelquist).
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.
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.
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.