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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Beaverton’s Biggest Party, 1980

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Beaverton’s Biggest Party, 1980

by Ann Koppy A new family-friendly endeavor began in fall 1978 as a City of Beaverton Open House that invited residents to familiarize themselves with municipal facilities and employees. Mayor Jack Nelson had earlier proclaimed July as Good Neighbor Days (GND), promoting the idea of block parties to celebrate neighborliness, build a stronger community, and […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Potato Starch Factory

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Potato Starch Factory

by Ann Koppy Spuds. Taters. Praties. Irish Potatoes. Murphies. American regional English has given many distinctive nicknames to this versatile tuber. The crew of a sailing ship made a short-lived effort in 1795 to grow potatoes on an island in the Columbia River, but a French-Canadian merchant is credited with launching the industry in Oregon. […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: A Ritzy Tea Time

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: A Ritzy Tea Time

by Byron Delaney Sporting about town in a brand new 1920 Velie Six Touring Roadster purchased at the Loslis & Schlottmann Highway Garage in Beaverton, a dame and her fella might motor right over to the Cady Building and grab some fine tea at Bishop Brothers grocers. Tea was the “bee’s knees” then, and Bishop […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: The “Black Friday” Blow Of 1880

| January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: The “Black Friday” Blow Of 1880

by Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian One hundred and thirty five years ago a devastating windstorm slammed coastal Oregon and made its way to inland valleys, causing unprecedented havoc and destruction. The January 9, 1880 event has since been called the “Storm King” and it may be the most damaging in the history of southwest Washington […]

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A Glimpse of the 1910s Beaverton Food Scene: Local History: Our Town – Our Story

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
A Glimpse of the 1910s Beaverton Food Scene: Local History: Our Town – Our Story

by Byron Delaney If one of us strolled into Beaverton in 1912 and asked a local resident about the Farmers Market, this enquiry would quite possibly be met with a chuckle. Such a response would likely be followed with directions to a nearby farm, since Beaverton was a farming community that was home to what […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Walker’s Department Store

| November 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Walker’s Department Store

By Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian When Donald Nelson Walker opened a department store on Broadway Street in Beaverton’s downtown commercial core, a few locals thought he wouldn’t succeed. They said the town of slightly more than 1,000 population was too small to support such a big establishment. The pessimists were wrong. His idea came at […]

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3 Organizations that Shaped our City: Local History: Our Town – Our Story

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
3 Organizations that Shaped our City: Local History: Our Town – Our Story

By Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian People come together in organizations for a multitude of reasons: friendship, religion, patriotism, business, or politics. Many are well-known and continue to function. Others have faded into the pages of history. Beaverton Commercial Club Businessmen and progressive citizens established commercial clubs nationwide to work for the common good and to […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Beaverton Then and Now… Now and Then

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Beaverton Then and Now… Now and Then

By Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is attributed to French journalist Alphonse Karr. Written in 1849, it has come to mean that current events thought to be new and different are very similar to what has happened before. It seems that history does repeat itself. NOW […]

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The American Thrift Movement In The 1920s: Local History: Our Town – Our Story

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
The American Thrift Movement In The 1920s: Local History: Our Town – Our Story

By Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian The Roaring 20’s were good times, an era of prosperity, strong economic growth, and consumer confidence. Social and political changes were everywhere in a time of an emerging culture of the consumption of goods. Employment was high as women transitioned into full-time jobs in retail, clerical, and teaching. Although some […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Do You Remember?

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Do You Remember?

By Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian Vintage newspapers are informative and entertaining treasure troves of town happenings, long-gone place names, obituaries, and reactions to significant events. We recently came across columns in 1921 issues of the Beaverton Times in which the writer asked several nostalgic questions. We have reprinted and answered four. When was the first […]

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