THE EARLY RAILROAD

THE EARLY RAILROAD

“. . . passenger traffic made the route a paying one from the first day that a passenger coach was attached to the work train, and it is now necessary to carry two passenger coaches and a baggage car to accommodate the people wanting to travel that line.” The...
JOY MCCOURT

JOY MCCOURT

The 4-H Fairs were always held in July (the hottest month of the year).”The only respite was to keep one’s feet in cold buckets of ice water!” I looked forward to sitting with Joy McCourt for this Oral History interview with much anticipation. I was...
DEL PHELPS

DEL PHELPS

In 1885, “They came from Indiana with 5 children by train to San Francisco,then by schooner to Portland. This story follows an interview with Delbert (“Del”) Phelps for the museum’s Oral History Project. The project strives to capture an understanding of days gone by...
OLD WHISKERS

OLD WHISKERS

The following story appeared in the 1948 Siuslaw Pioneer booklet. No author was credited, and its authenticity may very well be questionable, but worthy of a chuckle. It’s as much a fishing story as it is about a ‘lucky day’ on the river. “ . . . Old Whiskers, so...
ROGER MCCORKLE

ROGER MCCORKLE

School Teacher and Community Leader A long-time resident of Florence for over 57 years, Roger McCorkle is someone who has devoted much of his life to community service and the history of Florence. Born in Vancouver, WA, his parents (Dean and Alice) moved to Oregon in...
A CHAT WITH A FORMER NEWSPAPER EDITOR

A CHAT WITH A FORMER NEWSPAPER EDITOR

“Life takes you to places, but you have to be open, flexible.” ROBERT (“BOB”) SERRA It was a chance glance at a picture of the Heceta Lighthouse on the back of a magazine that made a lasting impression on Bob Serra. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from...