The Oregon State Library has digitized and created an online access portal to the Oregon National Guard Newsletters from 1921-1962. The newsletters are chock full of interesting information about the Oregon National Guard and its members. The database has a search function. You can access it here.
The following information appeared in the Statesman Journal Newspaper, Sunday November 24, 2013. It is reproduced here with citations for reference purposes.
This past month the museum received a phone call from a gentleman who had located a piano with the phrase “Manufactured for Geo. C. Will, Salem, Oregon” embossed into the piano’s harp. Research into this piano offered glimpses into the interesting life of George C. Will, a piano and sewing machine merchant.
Will was born in Bethel, Missouri in 1859, the same year Oregon became a state. His parents were both born in Germany, and his father, John, worked as a stone mason. As a young boy, George and his family, including five siblings, made the long trip west to Oregon. Under the Homestead Act, the family claimed 141 acres in Clackamas County, just east of the present town of Aurora. It seemed like too much of a coincidence that this German family would move from one town known for its religious commune across Continue reading
This great little snapshot (WHC 2009.052.0003) of downtown Salem focuses on the rooftops lining State Street from High Street (at bottom of image) to about Commercial (top of image). The photo is taken from a rooftop east of High Street and the camera is focused in a northwestern direction towards the Willamette River. The image is notably lacking a finished Old First National Bank Building (a.k.a. Livesley Building) that now stands at the SW corner of State and Liberty Streets. Since this building was built between 1923 and 1927, we can date this photo to before 1927. The McGilchrist Building, (the short white building in the just to the right of center of the image) was built in 1916, giving us an early date of 1916.
In this great clip, Al Jones, former reporter for the Capital Journal in Salem, Oregon, remembers exactly where he was when he heard about the assassination of JFK. From the Willamette Heritage Center Oral History Collection, 2010.028.0006C
This poster, depicting the presidential campaign by Wendell Willkie and Oregon politician and Salem native Charles Linza McNary in 1940, was given to the WHC in memory of Elmore and Anna Hill. McNary should be a familiar name for most residents of the mid-Valley…McNary Dam, McNary High School, McNary Field were all named in his honor.
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We came across this little booklet today which included illustrated instructions for what to do in case of an Air Raid attack during WWII. We thought it was very interesting. (2010.026.0002). We especially appreciated the little hole in the upper … Continue reading