The goal of the Historical Society is to preserve the history of the City of Myrtle Creek and the surrounding communities in the 97457 Zip Code area.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Black History Month


One of our local stories to spotlight for Black History Month is the story of Letitia Carson.   Letitia leaves Kentucky in the 1840s as a free woman, no longer a slave, She is on her way to Missouri where good things happen, including meeting Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant who treats her with kindness. But Letitia and Davey soon discover that freed blacks are not wanted in Missouri and they begin to make plans to start a new life in Oregon. a place where slavery had never been known.  And so they begin a treacherous journey by wagon train.

Years later, following Davey's death, Letitia is forced to sue for settlement of the estate.   She won the lawsuit and, when the Homestead Act was passed in 1862, Letitia was able to purchase nearly 154 acres on South Myrtle Creek.   She received one of the first 71 patents issued in Oregon,  The stream that runs through the land is now called Letitia Creek (aka "Tish" Creek). She is buried near her property now on private land.

A Light in the Wilderness  is a novel by Jane Kirkpatrick about Letitia and 2 other women she meets along the way.  A reader writes: "an informative read, historical fiction based on a true story that will simply touch your heart. This is the story of three strong women whose lives are woven together with unexpected events that changed their lives forever."

Another reader writes: "If you like to learn about history in a way that draws you in and makes you want to learn more this is a book for you."




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meeting Reminder



 


The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, Feb 27th at 1:30 PM in the Council Chambers, Myrtle Creek City Hall.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Membership Meeting This Week

page from our 2015 calendar


The Annual General Membership Meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, January 30th at 1:30pm in the Council Chambers of Myrtle Creek City Hall.  All members are encouraged to attend to discuss goals for upcoming year.  All those thinking about joining are welcome to attend and ask your questions about Historic Society and our planned projects.  Membership dues are only $10 a year and are due annually in January.

Funds raised by members dues, calendar and book sales are used, among other things, to collect, reproduce and preserve vintage photos such as the one shown above from our 2015 calendar.  This photo of the old Standard Oil Service Station (next to the Myrtle Creek Auto Court) was operated by Ed May during the 50s according to Bill Leming.  Attendant cleaning car window is quite possibly Ed May.  Do you have anything to add to history of this service station or the Auto Court?   Please share your knowledge by emailing us or attending one of our meetings (last Friday each month)....always open to public.

Because December is usually a very busy time for Historical Society members, there is no meeting in December.  At our last meeting in November we discussed the history of the Veterans Memorial in Millsite Park and the Lane open house event in December along with status of calendar sales and other routine business.  Becky Norton, Ruby Stephens Garmon and others spent time cleaning land around Leticia Carson's grave at the Stephens Graveyard on South Myrtle.   Read more about Leticia  at Douglas County Historical Society website.

Agenda for January meeting on Friday includes information about possible grants to restore buildings to original appearance and seminar for applying for grants.  Long list of proposed projects will be prioritized and, hopefully, update of City's Historic Inventory can be finalized.

Note: MCHS monthly newsletter is discontinued unless someone volunteers to help write it.



Friday, November 21, 2014

NEWSLETTER, October 2014

To keep you up to date with what’s happening with the Myrtle Creek Historical Society, a few months ago we decided to send out a monthly newsletter to all those that have an email address on file with Historical Society. A printed copy will be available at our regular monthly meetings and also published at MyrtleCreekHistory.com.

Each issue will summarize what occurred at previous meeting for those that were unable to attend. We would really appreciate hearing some feedback and suggestions from our readers.

At the last meeting held on Friday, October 31, 2014 the MCHS discussed the upcoming re-dedication of Veterans Memorial in Millsite Park with a presentation about it’s history to be made by MCHS member Al Helgeson.

Everyone was invited to the South Umpqua Historical Society potluck held on Sunday, Nov 2, hosted by Myrtle Creek members at Veterans Building in Tri City.

Al Helgeson shared a map of Pioneer Cemetery grave markers Darrell Bangs and Al Helgeson brought in some photos to scan.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

September Newsletter

To keep you up to date with what’s happening with the Myrtle Creek Historical Society, a few months ago we decided to experiment with sending out a monthly newsletter to some of our members. That seems to be doing well, so future newsletters will be emailed to all members with an email address on file. A printed copy will be available at our regular monthly meetings. It will also get published at MyrtleCreekHistory.com.
We would really appreciate hearing some feedback and suggestions from our readers.

At the last meeting held on Friday, September 26, 2014 the MCHS browsed thru some old newspaper clippings brought in by Nelda Bryant Jenson and discussed the upcoming re-dedication of Veterans Memorial in Millsite Park and it’s history.

Work continues on the Mayor’s Proposed Historic District Project: More “historic significance” data is needed for a number of the properties in the proposed district before application can be submitted to the State. High definition photos are also needed for many of the properties (showing then and now). If anyone has any photos (new or old) of the homes and businesses located downtown, please contact a member of the Historical Society so we can duplicate the photo.

Work also continued on selection of photos for our 2015 calendar, A work session was held following meeting in order to complete project and get calendars ordered in plenty of time for Christmas gifts. It was decided to dedicate this calendar to John Shirtcliff, who recently passed away.


Due to a lack of good historic district photos, the theme for 2015 was changed from historic downtown to travel & tourism photos. When Pacific Highway (Hwy 99) was constructed, it was the primary route from Canada to Mexico and brought thousands of travelers through Myrtle Creek...all needing gas, food & lodging. Service stations sprung up on nearly every corner along Main St. with tourist cabins north and south of town.

The 2015 calendar should be ready for sale by Nov. 1st.($15). Contact Darrell at 541-863-4762 to purchase or write to history97457@gmail.com.

OTHER PROJECTS

The Historical Society has many other projects “in work” or on the “to do” list. Volunteers are needed to help with these projects. Please contact Dora Dyer if you can help.

One project is the preparation of an informational brochure that will let people know what we’re all about, what our short and long-term goals are, why we need to do some fundraising, and why we need more active participation from residents that can tell us about days gone by. What sort of information do YOU think should be in such a brochure?

Other projects include organizing the City’s newspaper clippings; identify and inventory photo collection, documents and other items in archives: complete the indexing of Umpqua Trapper collection & Pioneer Days collection; collect recipes for a vintage cookbook; Identify origin of all street names in town and more.

NEXT MEETING

Meetings of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society are open to the public and are held on the last Friday of each month at Myrtle Creek City Hall (except holidays). The next meeting is this Friday, Oct 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm. As always, “Audience Participation” is open to anyone for “show and tell”. Please join us.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

July Newsletter

Seniors Escorting Seniors offered use of their bus for the historic tour


NEWSLETTER, Issue 2, July 2014

(Sorry for late posting of July Newsletter)
To keep you up to date with what’s happening with the Myrtle Creek Historical Society, we’ve decided to experiment with sending out a monthly newsletter.  This is our second issue.  We would really appreciate hearing some feedback and suggestions from our readers.  What topics would you like to see covered?

UPCOMING EVENT - HISTORIC SITE TOUR

It’s time again for the historical site tour during Summer Festival  (July 25-27, 2014).  Most of the June meeting of the Historical Society was devoted to organizing the tour.  Al Helgeson volunteered to be tour guide again this year.  Seniors Escorting Seniors has offered use of their bus for the tour. This summer, the tour will begin in Millsite Park instead of at City Hall.  Meet the bus at the park plaza at 1 PM on Saturday, July 26th....look for our signs.

JUNE EVENT - HISTORY DAY

At the June meeting, Al Helgeson recapped "History Day" at Elks Community Youth Center Summer Camp (held June 23-27).  Al made a presentation to youth attendees (kindergarten to grade 6).  He felt it was a success with about 20 kids present.  He tried to limit presentation to things that may interest the young group  Along with stories, he showed them kerosene lamps, an old flat iron and photos of the stagecoach that traveled this area.

HISTORY IN THE NEWS

Each month, members of the Historical Society have been taking turns writing a local history article for the Douglas County Mail.  The article for June was written by Maureen Butler about the infamous Brumfield Murder Case.  In July of 1921, a respected Roseburg dentist, Dr. Richard Brumfield, murdered William Dennis Russell near the Booth ranch (6 miles north of Myrtle Creek). If you missed it, check the June 26th issue of the Mail.  There is also a detailed account of this case in the latest issue of the Umpqua Trapper.  Rumors say story may soon be on TV.

PROJECTS

Work continues on the Mayor’s Proposed Historic District Project:   More “historic significance” data is needed for a number of the properties in the proposed district before application can be submitted to the State.   Members of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society will be contacting  current property owners in an effort to obtain more data.   High definition photos  are also needed for many of the properties (showing then and now).

Work has begun on selecting photos for our 2015 calendar, which should be available for purchase this Fall.  The theme this year is buildings in the proposed historic district.

The Historical Society has many other projects “in work” or on the “to do” list.  Volunteers are needed to help with these projects.  Please contact Dora Dyer if you can help.

The Historical Society is also working on preparation of an informational brochure that will let people know what we’re all about, what our short and long-term goals are, why we need to do some fundraising, and why we need more active participation from residents that can tell us about days gone by.  What sort of information do YOU think should be in such a brochure?

NEXT MEETING

Meetings of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society are usually held on the last Friday of each month at Myrtle Creek City Hall.   However, due to the Summer Festival happening on the last weekend, the next meeting will be held a week earlier…..on this Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm.

Items on the agenda for this Friday include final preparations for Summer Festival tour, collecting photos for proposed historic district and for 2015 calendar, plus working on some items in the long list of projects to do, such as the informational brochure.  As always, “Audience Participation” is open to anyone for “show and tell”.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Newsletter

Myrtle Trees
NEWSLETTER, Issue 1, June 2014

It’s been a busy year so far for the Myrtle Creek Historical Society. Starting with getting our “non-profit” status approved by IRS earlier this year.   To keep you up to date with what’s happening, we’ve decided to experiment with sending out a monthly newsletter.  This is our first issue.  We would really appreciate hearing some feedback and suggestions from our readers.
 
UPCOMING EVENT
 
At the May meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society, Paulette Jones,, representing the Myrtle Creek-Tri City  Area Chamber of Commerce, told everyone about  the upcoming  "History Day" during the week-long Elks Community Youth Center Summer Camp (June 23-27, 2014).   Historical Society.member Al Helgeson will make a presentation to youth attendees about local history on Wednesday