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!

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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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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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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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Old Community Church Parsonage Consecration, August 16, 1953

This church had its beginnings in the community room over Chris Jager’s store at the Oleson/Garden Home Road intersection. Dr. and Mrs. Hetlesater donated the property south of Garden Home Road at S.W. Royal (now SW 71st). According to church records, the ministers were from the Methodist Conference with occasional use of the circuit rider ministers and neighbors, such as “Old Man McLoughlin.”

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 Reverend John Woods was the minister with the Methodist Bishop Raymond Grant also participating in the service. Rev. Woods and his wife and four children were the first family to use the new parsonage.

Note the small Kirk story on the front of the program. The Kirk in Scotland meant the church. The 1918 bell that hung in the belfry now has hung in the Garden Home Thriftway, the Bales Market Place since 1995 after the Garden Home Community Methodist Church closed on SW 81st. Colin Lamb assures us that the bell will continue in the yet-to-open new Garden Home grocery store.

In 1961, this Community Church had moved the congregation down to SW 81st and began the sale of the church and the Fraley house to the developing Unitarian Fellowship south up Oleson Road in a stand of timber. The parsonage remained in place and was sold with the property for funds used in developing the new Methodist Church on SW 81 street, south off of Garden Home Road.

Like many churches, the day was concluded with an Open House and Pot Luck Dinner!

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Cafeteria favorites

When the Garden Home School opened in 1912, students brought their lunches or went home for lunch. Later Mrs. Merrill made the main dish at home, loaded it into a little red wagon and pulled it to school. Later benches and tables were added in the woods for lunchtime enjoyment. Otherwise, the children ate in the basement (of the original school?) and below the gymnasium. (Mapes, Garden Home the way it was–)

Isolda Steele was the school cook for many years, followed later by Helen Winberg. We have Isolda’s recipe book, so beautifully developed by her grandson.

Louise Cook Jones loved Mrs. Steele’s cooking. “Her yeast rolls were amazing – you could smell them cooking all over the school. And she made wonderful homemade chocolate pudding, served in tall glass dishes.”

Mike Norris wrote: “the best meal was hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, spaghetti was also very good.” Several people noted the canned spinach was the least favorite.

Helen Winberg did double duty as the cook in the 1970s. She reports that some of the students liked silly baloney boats: a scoop of mashed potatoes on slice of baloney and heated in oven.

Once or twice a month in the 1970s, several young mothers from the community sponsored a dinner and social hour for the local senior citizens. We (myself, Jan Pinniger, others) picked up those persons unable to drive and helped serve the meal that Helen had specially prepared for older people. Checking blood pressures and visiting with each other followed. We noted that they especially enjoyed chatting with the young mothers. School classes occasionally presented music or displays for the group. Gertrude Jones would always have a new reading or poem to recite.

By Elaine Shreve, May 2021

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Donation of two 1955 Garden Home gavels

Garden Home Methodist Church gavels 1955

Garden Home Methodist Church gavels 1955

The Garden Home Extension Study Group has donated these two gavels from 1955 to our Garden Home History Project. Sandy McKiernan from the Extension Services purchased one gavel at a local estate sale of Gertrude Jones, a former member of the Extension and the Garden Home Methodist Church. The other gavel has been used by the Extension Study Group for over 50 years.

The two 8.5 inch gavels each have a silver band attached, with one of the following engravings:

  • Women’s Society for Christian Service, Garden Home Methodist Church, From Otto Arndt February 16, 1955
  • Helping Hand Circle WSCS, Garden Home Methodist Church, From Otto Arndt February 16, 1955

We believe “WSCS” stands for “Women’s Society for Christian Service”. Otto Arndt lived on the north side of Garden Home Road, across from the Garden Home Methodist Community Church, which later became the Methodist Church on SW 81st, and now is the Korean Society of Oregon. Otto Arndt took many of the aerial photos we have of Garden Home, from 1949 to 1983. He was listed as the President of the Men’s group at the church.

Garden Home Extension Study Group

In 1914, the Extension Services were developed as a nationwide program to disseminate the knowledge gained at the Land Grant Colleges to those living primarily in what were then rural areas. The study groups provided not only a chance to learn but became a means of those living in rural and small communities the opportunity to meet, share local information, and socialize.

The Garden Home Extension Study Group has been meeting for over 55 years. Oregon State University sponsors the Extension Services 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 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 include a summer picnic and an outing.

For more information or desire to participate, please call Diana Anderson, 503-992-6946.

Garden Home Methodist Community Church

In early Garden Home, religious services were held on the second floor of the Jager Store (also called the White Store) at the southeast corner of Rex (now SW Oleson Road) and Garden Home Road, (today’s Dairy Queen). This store was one of the first buildings in Garden Home. The Garden Home School also met on the second floor in 1911-12, while their school was being built across the intersection. The school opened in 1912, closed in 1982, and is today’s Garden Home Recreation Center. The church services continued from 1914 to 1918 and the development of the first church in Garden Home on property at Garden Home Road and Royal (now 71st Ave.) that Dr. and Mrs. Hetlesater donated.
In research done by Louise Cook Jones at the Oregon Methodist archives, the new church on the south side of Garden Home Road and Royal, (now S.W. 71st avenue) was dedicated on Dec. 22, 1918. In 1954, the sign on the front of the church was changed to Garden Home Community Church.

Planning for a larger new United Methodist church began in 1958. Property was purchased on SW 81st Ave., south off of Garden Home Road where the church was built and dedicated on Jan. 1, 1960. The former church (at 71st & Garden Home Road) was sold to the newly located West Hills Unitarian Fellowship who moved the sanctuary and the parsonage up to their wooded property on Oleson Road in 1961. This Methodist Church closed in 1994. It is now the Korean Society of Oregon.

Dr. Dan Nebert, an early resident and member of the church, writes that the old Community Church was the hub of youth activities in Garden Home. These activities, baseball, scouts, basketball, dinners, and other events were often included in the Garden Home School PTA newsletters.

By Elaine Shreve, consults with Sandy McKiernan, Louise Cook Jones, Garden Home Methodist Church documents. May 2021

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May 2021 News

In this edition: 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.

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.

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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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News from March, 2021

St. Patrick’s Day in Garden Home! Enjoy this front yard display on SW 84th!

St Patricks yard display on SW 84th Ave

St Patricks yard display on SW 84th Ave

Where did these street names come from? Here are a few names from the south side of Garden Home Road: (the north side next time)

  • Godwin Court (off of Alden): Jack Godwin grew up on Westgard, now SW 87th to become a builder in the area. Here is Jack as a boy on his pet burro, Babe.
  • Skyhar Street (west off of SW Oleson): The Skyhar family owned much of the area around Garden Home Park.
  • Holly Lane: Although the three early 1950s homes were built in a filbert orchard, Holly Lane was a short path in the newly platted Hollyhurst Addition, off of SW 87th.
  • Shirley Lane and SW 88th Avenue (originally Dorothy Lane): Shirley Johnson was the daughter of the 1950’s Gust Johnson service station owner at the SW corner of the intersection. Her sister, the famous Dorothy Johnson is shown here, circa 1955, with the SW 88th sign that was to bear her name. However, the U.S. Post Office decreed that certain street names be changed to numbers. Dorothy Johnson lives in Florida and we enjoy her notes and love for Garden Home.
Jack Godwin on Babe in front of Godwin home on Westgard

Jack Godwin on Babe the burro in front of Godwin home on Westgard Ave (now SW 87th)

Dorothy waving at street sign (now SW 88th Ave)

Congratulations to the Garden Home Gardeners for the new sign indicating their care of our many SW Oleson median gardens. This garden graces the middle of Oleson at Skyhar. The garden at Oleson and 80th has been cleaned up, ready for the spring and summer blooms covering the utility equipment.

Garden on SW Oleson Rd at SW Skyhar - Garden Home Gardeners 2021-03 by Stan Houseman

Garden on SW Oleson Rd at SW Skyhar – Garden Home Gardeners, March 2021

Garden Home Gardeners - Oleson at Skyhar

Garden Home Gardeners – Oleson at Skyhar

Garden Home Gardeners - Adopt-A-Road sign

Garden Home Gardeners – Adopt-A-Road sign

Firlock Lane: Although the street is now named SW 78th Ave., it was the route to the Firlock Station, a stop for the Oregon Electric train which also had an elevated platform for Aaron Frank’s horses to board for their trips to horse shows in California or New York. You may also have an old can of Firlock Paint, which was developed by Carlo Poutala in the 1970s.

Poutala, Firlock Paints

A Small Town Rises: A recently published book tells the fascinating story of a local girl who volunteered to go to Mississippi to work in the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s.  Mary Sue Gellatly, sister to Bill Gellatly of Garden Home, grew up in Multnomah Village and eventually married a Black volunteer with whom she worked in Mississippi.  A Small Town Rises was written by Bill’s wife, Lee Anna Sherman, and is available from Garden Home Library or bookstores. The book title adds: A Sharecropper and a College Girl Join the Struggle for Justice in Shaw, Mississippi.

February 14 Valentines Day and Oregon Statehood:  Oregon officially became the 33rd state just 162 years ago in 1859! Here is a valentine postcard sent to Miss Vivian Tigard with the 1915 Garden Home postmark and simple address (courtesy Steve Bauer).

1915 Valentine's Day postcard to Vivian Tigard - front

1915 Valentine’s Day postcard to Vivian Tigard – front

1915 Valentine's Day postcard to Vivian Tigard - back

1915 Valentine’s Day postcard to Vivian Tigard – back

Steve Bauer sent us a second vintage postcard photo from Ebay, with a 1913 Garden Home postmark from Hillsdale depicting a train wreck. The writer tells Alfred:  “I was over there March 1st. I went over with 2 horses from here. I rode them, it took me about 3 days. I stopped a day with Uncle & Auntie. I might be up sometime next month or July. Best regards to you all.  Andrew” The train photo is marked PRN for Pacific Railway and Navigation Company. Thanks to Steve Bauer for the postcards.

1913 train wreck postcard - front

1913 train wreck postcard – front

1913 train wreck postcard - back

1913 train wreck postcard – back

Old Market Pub is now open for limited indoor dining in addition to the great plastic encased seating outdoors. One of the best outdoor spaces around! When you are inside, take a moment to find Garden Home History’s big vintage postal safe and historic photos from Colin Lamb’s Thriftway store. Visit the Old Market Pub website. Read more about the history of the Old Market Pub.

2021 Old Market Pub and Brewery outdoor seating

2021 Old Market Pub and Brewery outdoor seating

GardenHomeHistory.com website statistics: During January 2021, we had 1,045 visitors with 2,621 page views. During the year 2020, we had 11,149 visitors and 32,999 page views.  The most popular articles generally are our stories on:

Our popular story on Mollie Miles had 102 views just in January 2021. We suspect many of those visitors were actually looking for the Mollie Miles from the Ford vs. Ferrari motion picture. Our Mollie Miles lived over near the Portland Golf Club and has a most interesting story.

Mollie Miles - Oregonian obit

Mollie Miles from Garden Home

New Housing Developments: You have probably noticed the two large housing developments on SW Garden Home Road. Both the Piper Ridge development at SW 87th Ave. and the Garden Home Estates between SW 81st Ave. and SW 78th Ave. will each have 9 new homes developed by Westwood Homes (plus the original homes on the respective lots). Both properties were previously large pastures with horses in the last century. Early Garden Home was platted with large lots for typical family needs such as a cow, chickens, fruit trees, pasture, and a garden.

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.

GHHP Gazette - December 2020 cover

GHHP Gazette – December 2020 (PDF)

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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Bruce Barrett obituary

Bruce Barrett

Bruce Barrett

March 12, 1935 to June 10, 2020

Bruce Eugene Barrett, age 85, passed away June 10, 2020 at his home at Edgewood Downs Independent Living while on Hospice Care. He was diagnosed with Atypical Parkinson’s Disease by several neurologists.

Bruce was born at home in Portland to Marie Peyer and Gene (W.E.) Barrett. He joined older sister Arlene Barrett Venner. Bruce attended Woodstock Elementary, Franklin High School, and Portland State College where he graduated with a BS in social work. He served in the U.S. Army in Butzbach, Germany. In 1962 he married Susan Dahl. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in April. Bruce worked at the Washington County Juvenile Department in Hillsboro as a counselor and often took the boys on fishing trips and to the beach. He later had a painting business (B & R) for homes and small businesses. He built a home in Tigard, a beach cabin in Rockaway Beach, and a retirement house in Garden Home.

Bruce played high school basketball and was an avid sports fan. He loved supporting OSU and Blazer teams. As a kid, he and his cousin Marvin rode bikes all over Portland and attended Beaver baseball games at Vaughn Street Park. John Tarnasky is the only surviving member of his grade school and high school buddies.

Bruce was an honest and loving man. He faithfully attended his daughters’ and grandkids’ sports and dance events. He made the best banana and apple pancakes, and a very special family popcorn! His favorite getaways were to the family cabins on the Clackamas River and at the beach. Fishing was a passion (trout, salmon and steelhead in area rivers, bass in the Pacific surf).

Bruce is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Lynn Holter (husband Scott) and Amy Christianson (husband Scott); and grandchildren, Katarina Hedgepeth (fiance Lawrence Carr), Jessie Holter, Jamie Holter (fiance Tyler Cach), Sierra Christianson, Rebecca Christianson and Cooper Christianson.

A Celebration Party will be held when safe, and his ashes will be scattered in the headwaters of the Clackamas and in the Pacific as he wished. His family misses him more than words can say.

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