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Prohibition In Oregon: Wets vs Drys

| January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prohibition In Oregon: Wets vs Drys

By Ann Koppy Mountain Dew. Moonshine. Giggle Juice. Hooch. These popular slangs were used for alcoholic beverages produced illegally in the United States from 1920-1933. A national effort to disallow alcohol consumption had been underway for several years before Prohibition, however, and Oregon was at the forefront. As early as 1904, the Ohio-based Anti-Saloon League […]

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Beaverton Historical Society Presents

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Historical Society Presents

Christmas in Beaverton, 1933 By Ann Koppy Times were tough and getting tougher in 1933. The Great Depression was in its fourth year and the unemployment rate was 25%. The average annual income per family was about $1,525 ($27,600 in 2013). A devastating drought in the Midwest and Southern Plains continued, stripping surface soil and […]

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Beaverton History Center – Remembering the Santa Clara

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Beaverton History Center  – Remembering the Santa Clara

Shipwrecks occurred with alarming frequency in early coastal seafaring history. Violent storms, heavy seas, and hidden reefs plagued sea captains as they brought vessels across the mouths of rivers into port. One of the most tragic and documented maritime disasters on Oregon’s South Coast was the wreck of the 223’ Santa Clara. The wooden steamship […]

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History: Beaverton’s 1963 Building Boom

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
History: Beaverton’s 1963 Building Boom

The national and regional economy of 1963 produced strong growth, especially in the construction sector. Business was likewise booming in Beaverton–population 8,600–as several new structures went up. Among them were Riviera Motors Volkswagen dealership on Western Avenue and 5th Street, Burger King at the “Y” between Canyon Road and Broadway Street, and Royal Motor Inn […]

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Remembering Summer Fun in Years Past

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Remembering Summer Fun in Years Past

Jeannette Culver’s family has lived in Beaverton for generations and here are a few Summer highlights that her and her family members have done over the years: 1925: During the summer, it was fun looking for a good book to read at the Beaverton Library which was located in the city’s first brick structure, the […]

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Beaverton History Center: World War II and Beaverton

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Beaverton History Center: World War II and Beaverton

World War II was an opportunity for the United States to prove itself on a global scale, both on the battlefield and on the production line. Massive growth in industry during WWII manifested in the conversion of Ford factories to battle-tank plants, construction of multiple shipyards on the West Coast, and many other endeavors that […]

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Beaverton Historical Society: June is Golden Grad month in Beaverton

| June 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Historical Society: June is Golden Grad month in Beaverton

We celebrate our graduation from Beaverton High School over 50 years ago or more. We’re striking up the High School Band, bringing on the Rhythm B’s and the BHS Jazz Ensemble as we welcome Beaverton’s living history back to the high school cafeteria for lunch on June 19. What’s a Golden Grad? Beaverton High School […]

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History Center Presentation Death & Mourning Habits in the 1800s

| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
History Center Presentation Death & Mourning Habits in the 1800s

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (7:00pm) Rebecca Ross has been a Civil War reenactor for 22 years. Her focus has been on civilian life, with a primary interest in how death and mourning habits were handled by men and women during the 1800s. Rebecca has researched undertaking and embalming to do an undertakers impression at reenactments. […]

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Beaverton Historical Society: What Would $1.00 Buy in 1905?

| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Beaverton Historical Society: What Would $1.00 Buy in 1905?

By Ann Koppy The first “dollar stores” opened in the mid-1980s but the concept was pioneered decades earlier. The “five & dime” variety emporiums that originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries sold a little of everything for nearly everyone. Among them were Newberry’s, Sprouse Reitz, and Woolworth’s. Many readers will remember locally-owned […]

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Jesse Nathan Griffith, 1852-1942 The Man behind the Street & Park near City Hall

| April 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jesse Nathan Griffith, 1852-1942 The Man behind the Street & Park near City Hall

By Ann Koppy His name is memorialized by a Beaverton street and park. The Perkins-Kennedy school debate was held on the porch of his store. He married three times, fathered nine children, moved frequently, and found employment in an assortment of occupations. Jesse Nathan Griffith was born February 8, 1852 in Farmington, Washington County, Oregon […]

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