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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: The Beaverton Chautauqua Festival

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: The Beaverton Chautauqua Festival

By Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian Chautauqua (roughly pronounced ‘je-taw-kwa’) was a popular national movement that fused education and entertainment. Its origins lie in educational gatherings at Lake Chautauqua, New York in 1874 and organized by businessman Lewis Miller and religious educator John Heyl Vincent. Their objective: train Sunday school teachers in a pleasant summer setting. […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Bicycle Face, Wheelmen, and Bloomers

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Bicycle Face, Wheelmen, and Bloomers

By Ann Koppy Women and men in the 1890s encountered a new and frightening medical “disorder” that was said to cause long-lasting harmful effects to the body. Physicians warned the populace the condition, known as “bicycle face”, was especially harmful to females, although males weren’t immune. Clenched jaws, dark shadows under bulging eyes, flushed faces, […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: What a history detective can learn from a simple photo

| April 1, 2015 | 2 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: What a history detective can learn from a simple photo

By Ann Koppy A Man and His Dog in Front of a Shop, 1916 At first glance, this image of an unidentified man petting a dog while sitting on wooden steps isn’t unusual. But by looking closely at the photo, we can find an abundance of captivating local and regional history. The business is George […]

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Beaverton Historical Society Presents: Simple Living, How We Ate, 1843-1893

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Historical Society Presents: Simple Living, How We Ate, 1843-1893

By Ann Koppy Simple living in modern life is usually a choice. We can rethink consumer culture, slow the pace of everyday activities, and moderate what we eat. For most urban and rural Americans in the mid to late 19th century, it was a necessary lifeway. The majority lived on farms or in small towns […]

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Why is February 10th Named Beaverton History Day? The makings of a city

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Why is February 10th Named Beaverton History Day? The makings of a city

By Ann Koppy The road to Beaverton’s incorporation began in the valleys of the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers with the great westward migration of the 1840s. Settlers came overland via wagon train or around Cape Horn by ship to the fertile Willamette Valley, where they established farms amid dense forests and open prairies. The […]

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Remembering Beaverton 100 Years Ago

| January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Remembering Beaverton 100 Years Ago

By Beaverton Library Foundation Excursion came! First electric train over the PE&E tracks January 24, 1914 issue of The Owl Last Saturday morning, a large crowd of Beaverton citizens gathered at the S.P. Depot to welcome the first electric train excursion over the PE&E. tracks, and at 8:45am, mid the cheering of 400 throats, and […]

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Beaverton Historical Society Presents: Tall Tales

| January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Historical Society Presents: Tall Tales

By Ann Koppy They’re a part of American folk literature that we’ve heard from childhood. Some are based on the exaggerated exploits of real historical figures such as Annie Oakley or Buffalo Bill Cody. Others are real whoppers–Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan, among them. These are tall tales and Oregon has its share. Paul Bunyan […]

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The Owl Returns: EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it

| January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Owl Returns: EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it

By Sheila Rabun Thanks to the funding and partnership of the Beaverton Library Foundation and the Beaverton Historical Society, the Beaverton Owl and Beaverton Times are now available on Historic Oregon Newspapers online. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088375/ Quick history of Beaverton Beaverton is a community to the west of Portland, Oregon. Its name comes from beaver dams that […]

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Beaverton Historical Society Presents: Christmas through the decades

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Historical Society Presents: Christmas through the decades

By Ann Koppy This month we’re looking at Christmas traditions, everyday news, and other December happenings in the Beaverton area over the last several decades. Washington Independent, Hillsboro, January 1877 “The Christmas tree at Beaverton is a tree that never happened Saturday night the I.O.G.T. had a tiptop time, an oyster supper and initiated three […]

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Remembering Beaverton 100 Years Ago: “HOT FIRE” read the headline in December 1914

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Remembering Beaverton 100 Years Ago: “HOT FIRE” read the headline in December 1914

By Beaverton Library Foundation Early Friday morning, the big cow barn at St. Mary’s Home caught on fire by one of the lanterns being upset on the hay, while the boys were feeding the cows at 5:30am. Before the boys could do anything, the barn was a mass of flames. Joe Finta, with the aid […]

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