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Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Arthur Byron Clement, 1885 – 1959

| August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story: Arthur Byron Clement, 1885 – 1959

by Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian He was a business owner, farmer, municipal official, husband, father, and brother-in-law. His parents and siblings were distinguished residents of early Beaverton, but their story isn’t well-known in city history. This is what we have learned Arthur Byron Clement (usually identified as A.B. Clement) was born in Wisconsin in 1885 […]

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Local History: Our Town – Our Story, History of Law Enforcement in Beaverton

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local History: Our Town – Our Story, History of Law Enforcement in Beaverton

by Ann Koppy, BHSoc Historian Permanent organized law enforcement wasn’t a priority of early Oregon Country settlers. They knew how to take care of themselves, and besides that, establishing homes and proving up land claims came first. They did, however, want an imposing individual to protect neighbors from criminals and disorder. Mountain man, farmer, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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