June 2022 News

In this edition: Fanno Creek Trail History Walk, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, Old Market Pub fire and re-opening, 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

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. To receive the free newsletter and email Updates, 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.

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

The next History Walk will be on Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM. Visit the library’s event page to register.

On our first History Walk of the Fanno Creek Trail on May 14, the weather cooperated for a nice day. Elaine Shreve, Garden Home History, and Heather Waisanen, Garden Home Community Library, conducted the 90 minute walk along the trail with the 12 registrants and a couple more History people. We noted the Aaron Frank Farm, Firlock Station, former Girl Scout campgrounds, Fredrickson bulletin board materials, Portland Golf Club trail to first club house, train wreck of 47 cars, conflict with the sewage pumping stations, trail art, Augustus Fanno, Fanno Creek, and concluding at Vista Brook Park checking out the ducks on the lake.

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek 2019 by Kevin Mistler

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The spectacular book, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, is available at the Nordia House gift store on Oleson Road! Beautiful colored photos on every page, a history of this remarkable person here in Garden Home. The book release was celebrated on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Nordia House. Attendees enjoyed nusic, refreshments, and tours of the grounds and Fogelbo.

Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

A Henry Steiner and Fogelbo Tour with Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo interior from loft

Old Market Pub fire and re-opening

The historic Old Market Pub has re-opened after the building suffered a kitchen fire and extensive smoke damage on March 28, 2022. The fire propelled them into a major reorganization, painting and repairs of the popular Pub at the convergence of Multnomah Boulevard and Garden Home Road.

We plan to have an event in the back room when it is available. Pizza and drinks! Presenting Garden Home of the early 1900s, rail station, Red store, Cannery, then Whitneys, Comellas, and finally the Old Market Pub!

Old Market Pub and Brewery

Old Market Pub and Brewery

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

We recently received a fabulous 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program, all the way from Hawaii, thanks to Cheryl Ames. She hated to throw it away. We hope that you’ll also offer us some unique Garden Home treasures when you clean house. We’ll do more of the Alpenrose story later this year. If you know any of the people currently working on this, please let me know. Visit our story on the history of Alpenrose to see the whole program.

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair - page 1

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair – page 1

Remember!

Seventy eight years ago this June, a WW2 fighter plane crashed in Garden Home. Visit our website to read the full story of Robert Young’s King Cobra plane crash near SW 82nd Ave near SW Washington Dr.

Snippet of the flight leaders report for update

excerpt from the flight leader’s report

Discover Garden Home!

It will bring a smile to your face! Check out the duck families swimming in the large lake formed by the beavers in Hideaway Park! Note the large beaver dam at the entrance to the parking lot. Use great caution turning into the park from the south, easier from the north. Bring a snack, sit and enjoy!

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. 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 Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about over 40 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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Dr. Shelley C. Reece obituary

April 19, 1936 to December 17, 2021

Dr. Shelley C. Reece

Dr. Shelley C. Reece

Oregon’s Arts and Education communities were diminished by the passing of Dr. Shelley C. Reece last Dec. 17, 2021. Shelley was a devoted husband, father, teacher, mentor, scholar, and poet. Born April 19, 1936 in Havensville, Kan., his Masters and PhD were from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1967). In 1969, he accepted a position as Professor of English at Portland State. During his 33 years at PSU he served six years as Director of Composition and six more as English Department Chairman. His young family accompanied him to Cambridge on sabbatical for the 1975 academic year. Shelley retired from teaching in 2002 after 43 years in education.

Shelley had many interests. He lent his lyric baritone voice to a multitude of local choirs, facilitated an informal group studying James Joyce’s Ulysses, and enjoyed getting away to the family’s beloved vacation home on Anderson Island. His greatest passion was writing poetry. He wrote daily, sharing his work in a front yard ‘poetry box’ for the community to enjoy. He met monthly with fellow poets for writing workshops, and served 13 years on the board of Friends of William Stafford, including five as Chairman. An advocate of lifelong learning, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Pacific University (2014). A collection of his poetry titled Nature’s Mind will be published this summer.

Shelley is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; his daughter, Lesley; and his son, Dan. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Shelley Reece Endowed Scholarship for poetry at: giving.psuf.org/campaign/scholarship

Please share memories of Shelley at: obits.oregonlive.com

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Donald Arthur “Smitty” Smith obituary

November 12, 1927 to April 20, 2022

Don Smith

Don Smith

Don Smith passed away peacefully at home in Tigard, Oregon, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, following a month of hospice care surrounded by his family.

Born in Portland, he was raised by his mom Margaret Scherner Smith on a farm in Garden Home in a house without electricity, studying by kerosene lamps. He graduated from the eighth grade in 1941 from Garden Home School’s class of five students then attended Tigard High School and Lewis & Clark College. He served in the Army during the occupation of Japan after World War II, playing the clarinet in the band.

Don lived a long and interesting life working hard doing what he loved, golf. He used to ride his bike with his pals to caddy at Portland Golf Club and worked there cleaning clubs, eventually becoming the Assistant Pro. He went on to become the long-time pro at Forest Hills Golf Club. He joined the local section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), serving as an officer in the Oregon branch, as President of the Pacific Northwest Section and served as a PGA National Vice President. Don also taught golf at Eastmoreland before he was recruited to become the PGA Tournament Director for the national PGA of America in Florida where he served for 21 years. He supported 20 PGA Championships, and in his role on the PGA’s National Rules Committee, officiated at two US Opens, 18 Masters championships, and 15 Ryder Cup Matches on both sides of the Atlantic. At his retirement, the PGA said Don developed a nationwide reputation for running tournaments and teaching the Rules of Golf. After returning to Oregon, he would still be called to officiate at golf tournaments and qualifying reviews for new golf pros. He was elected to the PNW PGA Hall of Fame in 1995.

Don Smith

Don Smith

In retirement, he also found more time for his other passion, fishing. He was known to pack a fishing rod to check out the water hazards on golf courses throughout his career, and especially enjoyed bass fishing and was quite proud of his first steelhead in Alaska on his travels with his good friend, Greg Snyder. He and his great-grandson Eman would go trout fishing at Hagg Lake with his son-in-law David supplying the coffee, cinnamon rolls and a customized chair with pole holder and umbrella. He enjoyed feeding the neighborhood squirrels, birds and had exceptionally large goldfish in his backyard pond. He liked to go to the coast to see “if the ocean was still there” and loved to devour fresh crab and steamers. He enjoyed all sports, attending the inaugural season of the Portland Trail Blazers and remaining an avid fan as well as for the Seahawks. He loved eating hot dogs watching the Mariners play baseball and was excited to watch the new Kraken hockey team. And of course, golf. He liked to watch the Seniors and the “ladies” LPGA events, as much as the PGA tour tournaments. He could tell us what was par and the approach to the cup for all the holes at Augusta while we watched the Masters in his final days. He wanted to live forever but told us that getting old was no fun. He leaves behind a legacy of outstanding service to the game of golf, a multitude of friendships, and a deep love of family and any animal that came into the Smith family.

Don is survived by his daughters, Julie Smith, Sue Lyster, and Jeanene Smith; and son-in-law, David Brandt and their family; his former wife, Anna; and stepdaughters, Debbie and Pam. He was preceded in death by his mother; his former wife of over 20 years, Alice Jean Smith whom he cared for in her later years; and his beloved son-in-law, Phil Lyster. The family is extremely grateful for the friendship and support of Pam Evans who provided superb home health care so we could fulfill his wish to age in place, and who could bring a smile to his face especially when they “danced” holding her hand from his hospice bed.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., June 25, 2022, at Forest Hills Golf Club, for friends and family. Memorial donations may be made to either the PGA REACH, the PGA’s charitable arm that supports access to golf for youth, military, and diverse populations (www.pgareach.org) or the Audubon Society of Portland (audubonportland.org)

Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits

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Remembering Gerry Frank

September 21, 1923 to March 13, 2022

We were sorry to learn of Gerry Frank’s passing on March 13, 2022, aged 98. Gerry was born on September 21, 1923 in Portland to Aaron and Ruth Frank. They lived in SW Portland and Gerry attended Ainsworth and Lincoln High School. In the 1920s, his parents bought the Frank Farm property here in Garden Home (now the Frank Estate condos) so that they could send their show horses to events around the nation. Aaron Frank had a siding developed beside the railroad tracks, near the Firlock Station train stop, now SW 78th Avenue. They could then load the horses into the special cars to travel to California or New York’s Madison Square Garden and elsewhere. The Frank Farm was part of the “horse culture” in Garden Home, along with the Hunt Club, and the two riding academies, all along SW Oleson Road, south of the school.

Our first interview with Gerry was in 2010 when Virginia Vanture and I met with Gerry in his two-room office in Salem. His walls were covered with photos of him meeting with various world leaders, part of his role as Chief of Staff for our U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield for twenty years. His family began the Meier & Frank Department store and he was the Manager of the first store in Salem. He served in Patton’s Third Army during WWII, and helped liberate the first concentration camp in Ohrduff, Germany.

Our Gerry Frank story tells the incredible story of Gerry’s life and his commitment to Oregon and to our nation. See our display memorializing Gerry in the Garden Home Community Library. He has honored us with the gift of 50 special horse photographs and the guest book with hundreds of names from the notable Frank Farm stables here in Garden Home.

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June 2022 UPDATE – Garden Home History Email

Hello Friends! Garden Home is busy! Even the ducks! Ross Fogelquist, Old Market Pub, Fanno Creek Trail Walk, and our duck families. 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 (3x a year) in addition to your email Gazette, reply with your  mailing address.

The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House

The spectacular book, The Life and Times of Ross Fogelquist and His Steiner Log House, is available at the Nordia House gift store on Oleson Road! The book release will be celebrated on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Nordia House, from 2:30 to 6:30 (advance registration required). Music, refreshments, house and grounds open, Swedish flag raising with singing. Many of you have toured Ross’ home, Fogelbo, at 8740 SW Oleson, we plan to have another visit there this year. Beautiful colored photos on every page, a history of this remarkable person here in Garden Home.

Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

A Henry Steiner and Fogelbo Tour with Ross Fogelquist YouTube video

Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo interior from loft

Fanno Creek Trail History Walk

The weather cooperated for a nice day for our first Walk of the Historic Fanno Creek Trail on Saturday, May 14. Elaine Shreve, Garden Home History, and Heather Waisanen, Garden Home Community Library, conducted the 90 minute walk along the trail with the 12 registrants and a couple more History people. We noted the Aaron Frank Farm, Firlock Station, former Girl Scout campgrounds, Fredrickson bulletin board materials, Portland Golf Club trail to first club house, train wreck of 47 cars, conflict with the sewage pumping stations, trail art, Augustus Fanno, Fanno Creek, and concluding at Vista Brook Park checking out the ducks on the lake.

We hope to hold the next walk on Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM. Check the library’s event page to register.

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Elaine guiding the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Jan Fredrickson describing Firlock Station on the Fanno Creek Trail history walk, May 2022

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek 2019 by Kevin Mistler

Original train bridge supports over Fanno Creek

Old Market Pub re-opening

The historic Old Market Pub building suffered a kitchen fire and extensive smoke damage on March 28, 2022. The fire propelled them into a major reorganization, painting and repairs of the popular Pub at the convergence of Multnomah Boulevard and Garden Home Road. They hope to open with a partial menu the first week of June. Lots of complications running a busy restaurant.

We plan to have an event in the back room when it is available. Pizza and drinks! Presenting Garden Home of the early 1900s, rail station, Red store, Cannery, then Whitneys, Comellas, and finally the Old Market Pub!

Old Market Pub and Brewery

Old Market Pub and Brewery

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program

We recently received a fabulous 1964 Alpenrose Country Fair Souvenir Program, all the way from Hawaii, thanks to Cheryl Ames. She hated to throw it away. We hope that you’ll also offer us some unique Garden Home treasures when you clean house. We’ll do more of the Alpenrose story later this year. If you know any of the people currently working on this, please let me know. Visit our story on the history of Alpenrose to see the whole program.

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair - page 1

1964 Alpenrose Country Fair – page 1

Remember!

Seventy eight years ago this June, a WW2 fighter plane crashed in Garden Home. Visit our website to read the full story of Robert Young’s King Cobra plane crash near SW 82nd Ave near SW Washington Dr.

Snippet of the flight leaders report for update

excerpt from the flight leader’s report

Discover Garden Home!

It will bring a smile to your face! Check out the duck families swimming in the large lake formed by the beavers in Hideaway Park! Note the large beaver dam at the entrance to the parking lot. Use great caution turning into the park from the south, easier from the north. Bring a snack, sit and enjoy!

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Duck families in Hideaway Park beaver pond May 2022

Get Involved

Our Board of Directors continues their monthly meetings, second Mondays at 4:15 in our homes. 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 Elaine 503-246-5879, or Esta 503-246-5758.

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022 crop

John Pacella, Susan and Stan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson, Kevin Mistler March 2022

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022 crop

Sharon Vedder, Esta Mapes, Elaine Shreve, Marie Pacella March 2022

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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March 2022 News

In this edition: Remembering Gerry Frank, March 2022 Gazette, and Ace Hardware grand opening.

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.

May 14 Fanno Creek Trail history walk

Fanno Creek Trail History Walking Tour 2022-05-14

Fanno Creek Trail History Walking Tour May 14, 2022

We will be conducting a history walk on the Fanno Creek Trail in conjunction with the Garden Home Library on Saturday, May 14 at 10 AM. Limited to 12 persons.

Please register through the library’s website.

Remembering Gerry Frank

September 21, 1923 to March 13, 2022

We were sorry to learn of Gerry Frank’s passing on March 13, 2022, aged 98. Gerry was born on September 21, 1923 in Portland to Aaron and Ruth Frank. They lived in SW Portland and Gerry attended Ainsworth and Lincoln High School. In the 1920s, his parents bought the Frank Farm property here in Garden Home (now the Frank Estate condos) so that they could send their show horses to events around the nation. Aaron Frank had a siding developed beside the railroad tracks, near the Firlock Station train stop, now SW 78th Avenue. They could then load the horses into the special cars to travel to California or New York’s Madison Square Garden and elsewhere. The Frank Farm was part of the “horse culture” in Garden Home, along with the Hunt Club, and the two riding academies, all along SW Oleson Road, south of the school.

Our first interview with Gerry was in 2010 when Virginia Vanture and I met with Gerry in his two-room office in Salem. His walls were covered with photos of him meeting with various world leaders, part of his role as Chief of Staff for our U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield for twenty years. His family began the Meier & Frank Department store and he was the Manager of the first store in Salem. He served in Patton’s Third Army during WWII, and helped liberate the first concentration camp in Ohrduff, Germany.

Our Gerry Frank story tells the incredible story of Gerry’s life and his commitment to Oregon and to our nation. See our display memorializing Gerry in the Garden Home Community Library. He has honored us with the gift of 50 special horse photographs and the guest book with hundreds of names from the notable Frank Farm stables here in Garden Home.

March 2022 Newsletter

The March 2022 Gazette (PDF) is now available. If you have not been receiving the printed Gazette via USPS and would like to receive it for free, please send us your mailing address. You can email us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879. We do appreciate all donations.

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.”

Fastener aisle - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Fastener aisle – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Tools - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Tools – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Drawer hardware - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Drawer hardware – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Kitchen goods - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Kitchen goods – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Paint - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Paint – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Remember!

President Biden writes that “March, Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people.”

Take a moment to remember the women in your life.

Discover Garden Home!

Our history displays in the Garden Home Community Library. You’ll enjoy and learn about our history, our collections, and retell your own stories.

2022-03 Display cabinet - Jerry Frank

2022-03 Display cabinet – Jerry Frank

Calendar exhibit - Library display case January 2022

Calendar exhibit – Library display case January 2022

Cooking display cabinet in the Garden Home Community Library

Cooking display cabinet in the Garden Home Community Library

Display case at Garden Home Library - vintage toys

Display case at Garden Home Library – vintage toys

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 over 40 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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February 2022 News

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).

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.

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.”

Fastener aisle - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Fastener aisle – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Tools - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Tools – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Drawer hardware - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Drawer hardware – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Kitchen goods - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Kitchen goods – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Paint - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Paint – Ace Hardware opening 2022

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.

Calendar exhibit - Library display case January 2022

Calendar exhibit – Library display case January 2022

top shelf - Library display case January 2022.jpg

top shelf – Library display case January 2022.jpg

third shelf - Library display case January 2022.jpg

third shelf – Library display case January 2022.jpg

Santa Maria - pop-up book for upcoming display

Santa Maria – pop-up book for upcoming display

Remember!

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.

Wilson’s Grocery (aka Throckmorton’s or Upchurch 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.

Nordia House, located at 8800 SW Oleson Rd next door to Fogelbo.

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

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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January 2022 UPDATE – Garden Home History Email

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.”

Fastener aisle - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Fastener aisle – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Tools - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Tools – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Drawer hardware - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Drawer hardware – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Kitchen goods - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Kitchen goods – Ace Hardware opening 2022

Paint - Ace Hardware opening 2022

Paint – Ace Hardware opening 2022

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.

Calendar exhibit - Library display case January 2022

Calendar exhibit – Library display case January 2022

top shelf - Library display case January 2022.jpg

top shelf – Library display case January 2022.jpg

third shelf - Library display case January 2022.jpg

third shelf – Library display case January 2022.jpg

Santa Maria - pop-up book for upcoming display

Santa Maria – pop-up book for upcoming display

Get Involved

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.

Summer booth and banner

Summer booth and banner

Remember!

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.

Wilson’s Grocery (aka Throckmorton’s or Upchurch 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.

Nordia House, located at 8800 SW Oleson Rd next door to Fogelbo.

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

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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December 2021 UPDATE – Garden Home History Email

Hello Garden Home History Friends,

Holiday Greetings! Thank you for reading and sharing our Garden Home history! These are historic times that we’re living through. Let us know how you’re doing. Best wishes to you from all of our volunteer Board for a safe and healthy New Year!

This month it’s Trader Joe’s opening, vintage toys, and an update on Red Electric wines. We love to hear from you.

Trader Joe’s opened on Oct. 29, 2021

They rang the hundred year old Garden Home church bell as the staff formed two lines to applaud the early crowd as they poured into the store. Customers entered through the bell tower area which featured music from a guitar player, new red carts, decorations, and the sparkling beauty of a new store! Fun large murals speak to our history with a dairy barn, train, golf green, and the elephant with Portland views. Trader Joe’s staff selected the smaller photos from our website for the hall near the restroom sign.

Watch for the ACE Hardware opening in mid-January.

Murals at Trader Joe's 2021 - dairy farms

Murals at Trader Joe’s 2021 – dairy farms

Murals at Trader Joe's 2021 - horses and Fanno Creek sign

Murals at Trader Joe’s 2021 – horses and Fanno Creek sign

Murals at Trader Joe's 2021 - Portland views

Murals at Trader Joe’s 2021 – Portland views

Murals at Trader Joe's 2021 - train and golf course

Murals at Trader Joe’s 2021 – train and golf course

What were your favorite toys?

Check out the History Display Cabinet in the Garden Home Library for vintage toys and play things from our Board members. Dolls, teddy bears, puzzles, trucks, Legos (still a great toy!) and more.

Display case at Garden Home Library - vintage toys

Display case at Garden Home Library – vintage toys

Display case at Garden Home Library - bottom shelf

Display case at Garden Home Library – bottom shelf

Update on Red Electric wines

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.

From Douglas (and Michele) Ackerman, owners of Red Electric Wines:

I spent some time learning about the history of the Northern Willamette Valley (the vineyard is a few miles west of Newberg), and I read numerous newspaper clippings from the early 1900s detailing the birth and growth of the electric trains that ran from Portland down to all the towns we know associate with Oregon wine (Sherwood, Newberg, Carlton, Dundee, etc). The Red Electric name really encapsulates the style of Pinot Noir that we love–refreshing wines with energy and tension.

The Red Electric Armstrong Vineyard label contains the word Interurban and three small red circles, a nod to the three round safety windows at the back of all the Red Electric trains. Esta Mapes remembers a Red Electric restaurant that used to be in Hillsdale. These wines are available in the Steward section of the Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer.

Red Electric train at Union Station

Red Electric train at Union Station

Red Electric wine

Red Electric wine

Thanks to Old Market Pub

Thanks to the Old Market Pub for hosting our photos of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial, our train reliefs, and our old postal safe. Take a look when you’re enjoying your Pub lunch or dinner.

2020 Old Market Pub - Garden Home Post Office safe

2020 Old Market Pub – Garden Home Post Office safe

Shelly Bigley in front of the Lewis and Clark Centennial photos at the Old Market Pub

Shelly Bigley in front of the Lewis and Clark Centennial photos at the Old Market Pub

Thanks for your generous donations

We are now able to send you both a free printed and an email copy of our newsletter, the Gazette. Send us a note if you so wish: GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com. Send donations to our Treasurer: Marie Pacella, 7240 SW 82nd, Portland, OR 97223.

Remember!

As we finish out 2021, write us a note about your family and friends and their history in Garden Home.

Discover Garden Home!

Look for the beautifully lit train hedge at the Wasserman home on SW Alden St east of SW Oleson Rd. Also look for the 50+ foot Christmas tree at Wade Willer’s new home on SW 87th Ave south of Garden Home Rd.

Train hedge on SW Alden St

Train hedge on SW Alden St

SW 87th very tall Xmas tree

SW 87th very tall Xmas tree

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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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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