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Heavens to Murgatroyd, Don’t Touch That Dial! Words we seldom hear anymore

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Heavens to Murgatroyd, Don’t Touch That Dial! Words we seldom hear anymore

By Ann Koppy Every generation has phrases and slang words that are popular for a few years, then disappear as language evolves. Their origins are often murky and imprecise. Each, however, tells a story and enriches the way we communicate. Here are a few gleaned from past Beaverton High School yearbooks, local newspaper archives and […]

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Beaverton, This Decade 100 Years Ago: The Bank of Beaverton is Robbed… Twice!

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beaverton, This Decade 100 Years Ago: The Bank of Beaverton is Robbed… Twice!

By Julie Nielsen Woman Stops Robbery The Bank of Beaverton suffered its first robbery attempt in May 1911, just a year after it opened in a wood-plank building on Broadway Street. Conjuring imagery of the Wild West that is difficult to imagine on the streets of Beaverton as we know it today, three men stole […]

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Beaverton History: Twenty Millionth Ford Visits Beaverton

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beaverton History: Twenty Millionth Ford Visits Beaverton

Milestone car celebrations weren’t a new idea in 1931. Ford Motor Company commemorated production of their Ten Millionth in 1924 and Fifteen Millionth in 1927, but the Twenty Millionth was something special. It marked the end and beginning of an era in automobile production. In the early years of the 20th century, car ownership was […]

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Beaverton History: Paving Canyon, the Great Plank Road

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beaverton History: Paving Canyon, the Great Plank Road

In 1914, the Oregonian reported that every businessman in Beaverton agreed to close their businesses and “all hands” would work on the roads leading to Beaverton. Such was the effort to improve the roads through the city that “Every…man…agreed to take hoe, shovel…or whatever tool…that can be used in improving the roads.” It’s hard to […]

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Remembering Beaverton on July 4, 1912

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Remembering Beaverton on July 4, 1912

One hundred years ago, Beaverton was a small farming community, population about 400. The 1912 celebration exemplified the spirit of rural America: parade, sports, picnic, speeches, and buildings embellished by flags, streamers, and bunting. Parade Grand Marshal Floyd Allen was followed by the Beaverton Military Band that marched east on unpaved Broadway Street, led by […]

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Remembering Beaverton: Our Town – Our Story: The Woman Whose Life Spanned 3 Centuries, 1787 to 1908

| June 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Remembering Beaverton: Our Town – Our Story: The Woman Whose Life Spanned 3 Centuries, 1787 to 1908

When Mary Ramsey Lemons Wood died January 1, 1908 in Hillsboro, regional newspapers proclaimed her the oldest person in the United States, or possibly, who had ever lived. Although the Guinness Book of World Records has never verified the claim and federal census records provide conflicting data, this version has been retold and cherished for […]

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Early Beaverton Businesses: M.P. Cady and Monopole

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Early Beaverton Businesses: M.P. Cady and Monopole

A familiar photograph depicts the M.P. Cady general merchandise store in Beaverton about 1910. Painted on the facade of the one-story, wood structure is the word “Monopole.” This is the story behind the image. Mason Patterson Cady (1879-1953) was a member of one of early Beaverton’s most prominent families. Alonzo Brockway Cady, his grandfather, was […]

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Written in Stone: What a Simple Visit to the Cemetery Can Tell the Curious Visitor or Historian

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Written in Stone: What a Simple Visit to the Cemetery Can Tell the Curious Visitor or Historian

The search for local history often takes the researcher and heritage explorer into the field and far away from books, microfilms, and library shelves. The study of gravestones from the late 19th and early 20th century provides a wealth of information in addition to their purpose: to memorialize the deceased and family members often buried […]

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Cover Story: Remembering the Winter Snow Storm of 1937

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cover Story: Remembering the Winter Snow Storm of 1937

Editor’s Note: The snow storm we experienced early last month was about half that of what occurred 77 years ago. The winter of early 1937 was one for the record books. Across the Pacific Northwest, strong winds piled snow into waist-high drifts, closing rural roads and city streets. Highways were impassable when snow plows couldn’t […]

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Beaverton History

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beaverton History

A Criminal and His Crimes Chester Clark, alias Chester Conley, alias Leo Hartman had a reputation as a career criminal whose trail of felonies, misdemeanors, and assumed names spanned three states. It appears his first Oregon offense was stealing two men’s suits when he was 17. A Multnomah County judge in 1910 imposed a sentence […]

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