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, 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?


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.
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

Monday, January 27, 2014

When the South Umpqua Bridge Fell

Rare photo showing both bridges on South Umpqua in 1922

It was near quitting time on June 8, 1922, as Will Roupe drove his heavy truck onto the old wooden bridge over the South Umpqua River.   After a portion of the old bridge collapsed under him, the new concrete bridge across the South Umpqua River was rushed into service.

Click here to read the full story written by BILL MILLER for the Mail Tribune.

Monday, December 2, 2013

2014 Calendars are here

The Myrtle Creek Historical Society's 2014 calendar of vintage photos is available for purchase just in time for holiday gift-giving.   The theme for the 2014 calendar is the timber industry in and around Myrtle Creek.   Included are photos of vintage log trucks, landings and equipment, of the mill that was once located where Millsite Park is now and of Green Valley Lumber in full operation.

Calendars are available for purchase by contacting any Historical Society member or, for mail order, by emailing your order request to Historical Society at .   Calendars are $15* each plus $5 priority mail postage.  Click here for printable mail order form.

Calendars will also be available at Myrtle Creek City Hall and a few businesses around town.  Also, on
Sunday, December 8th at the Douglas County Historical Society Christmas Open House (Lane House) and on Friday, December 13th at the  Myrtle Creek Grange Christmas Craft Fair.

*Anyone purchasing a calendar along with the book "Images of America: Myrtle Creek" can get both for $30 (plus postage).   There is also a discount for members of Historical Society and large quantity orders.   Please email for more information.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Historic Lithographs of Early Residences

In the often quoted book Walling's History of Southern Oregon, first published in 1884, there are a few lithographs of local historic interest.  Shown above is the residence of James Burnett in Round Prairie and below is Henry Jones residence in Myrtle Creek (North Myrtle) and a bird's eye view of Roseburg from c.1884.

James D. Burnett, a prominent farmer and stock grower of Round Prairie, Douglas county, is a native of Blunt county, Tenn., and was born March 12, 1822. When 28 years of age he started for the Pacific coast and came to Oregon, first locating in Salem. In 1852 he came to Douglas county and settled on part of his present valuable farm, a view of which appears in this work, to which he has since added until now he owns some 1,200 acres of land. Mr. Burnett was married in Tenn., to Miss Margaret Love, by which union they had seven children.

Henry Jones was born in Preble county, Ohio, April 27, 1827, and there resided until 1852, when he came across the plains to Oregon direct to Douglas county and engaged in agriculture and stock raising on the farm where he resides, now consisting of 680 acres, located on Myrtle creek, three miles from the town of Myrtle Creek.  Mr. Jones is a gentleman highly respected in the community where he lives.

More illustrations can be seen at (Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project).

The full title of Walling's book is "History of southern Oregon, comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos countries, comp. from the most authentic sources (p,1884), Author: A.G. Walling and is available, for free, to read at Open Library.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Signing Tomorrow

Dan Oliver, author of "The Dust of Old Dole Road", will be at Ye Olde Art Shoppe on July 3rd from 1pm to 3pm for a book signing session.    Dan was raised in Myrtle Creek and is a local celebrity. Stop by Ye Olde Art Shoppe on Oak St to meet Dan and say hello.

Visit this link at Amazon for a book preview.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Historic Site Tour

The Myrtle Creek Historical Society will host a guided tour on July 27th during the Summer Festival.  A number of years back we had a walking tour of downtown area but this year we're reviving the tradition with a BUS TOUR instead of walking!  An air-conditioned bus!  Arrive early to secure a seat!  We meet at 1PM at City Hall!