Hello to our Garden Home History Friends, this has been a very busy month, we’ll give you a brief rundown.
Join us for our first meeting since COVID at the Garden Home Recreation Center, our Board meeting, followed by the unique presentation by Andy Shreve. The Board was impressed with a shorter version!
The Search for Cora: Monday, May 8th at 6:30 PM at the Garden Home Recreation Center, Room 9, presented by Andy Shreve. The surprising and tragic tale uncovered while searching for lost relatives. The Board of Directors will be meeting from 5 to 6:15 PM (all are welcome).
The 40th Anniversary of our Garden Home Community Library will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Check out the details, outside attractions, maybe even goats??? And lots more. Our History people will also be participating since most of us volunteered to start the Library. Join us! We are so lucky to have our excellent Library!
The next guided Fanno Creek Trail History Walk will be in July, more details next email.
Garden Home News
I visited with the Hyslin family at their large wooded property on Garden Home Road.
Congratulations to Bob Pearson for coaxing his home into our Century Home Program. He continues to meet all the challenges of repairing and improving his interesting home up Garden Home Road.
We have been consulting with Ross Fogelquist regarding our shared concern that the Hansen house on his property may be demolished. We appreciate when an older house is preserved and we are able to share its unique history.
We hosted a visit in my home with the children of our Garden Home “Beauty Queen”, Dorothy Johnson, who died last year. Ward Nelson brought the famous organist daughter Dorothy Papadakos, her brother Peter Papadakos and his wife Barbara, and another brother Andrew White. Bob Day, Stan Houseman, Virginia Vanture, Mickey Lindsay and I enjoyed their visit and review of our photos and documents from Dorothy, who grew up in Garden Home.
New officers for our Garden Home History Project, meet them in our upcoming Gazette.
Website statistics: Just a note on our statistics from our website, GardenHomeHistory.com. Last year, 2022, we had almost 9,000 visitors. This year, 2023, we’ve averaged 735 visitors per month. We note that visitors are looking at the home page, of course, but then are reading 3 or more pages of our history.
If you wish to receive the printed Gazette (3x a year) in addition to your email Gazette, reply with your mailing address.
Read the memoir by Dorothy Lois Upchurch, daughter of George and Theresa Upchurch who purchased the White Store in 1936. Life in Garden Home in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The Oregon Electric Train. Attending Garden Home School. The White store and Red store. Meier and Frank.
Discover Garden Home!
Discover notable trees in your neighborhood. Send me a photo and an address. Blooming trees, unusual trees, important trees… GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.
Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings. Call to attend. 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! More Garden Home History walking Tours. We welcome new volunteers to our committees; let us know your interest. Call Mickey at 503-805-5518 or Esta at 503-246-5758.
Stay safe and well, from all of our dedicated Board of Directors: Mickey Lindsay, Esta Mapes, Sharon Vedder, John and Marie Pacella, Stan and Susan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler, and Elaine Shreve. Tom Shreve is our webmaster.