Category Archives: Archives Spotlight

Army Blanket Report, 1943

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Pliny F. Rumrill’s Death

While cataloging a new donation of Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) materials to the WHC today, we came across this document (2015.028) which includes a newspaper advertisement regarding the death of Pliny F. Rumrill.  The article describes the death … Continue reading

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Keep Your Money in the Circle, 1920

We got a kick out of this logo that came out of a Marion County Fact book published in 1920 and printed by N.D. Elliot in Salem. We especially liked the subtitle: Plain Facts with no Frills.

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Children’s Book, 2014.060.0001

This page is from a children’s alphabet book published by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (2014.060.0001). It belonged to a Thelma MacDonald. There is a Thelma MacDonald who worked as a school teacher at the Fairview Home for many years, … Continue reading

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Moonshine Down the Drain

This article was found in today by Volunteer Darrel in the personal papers of Elmer Daue he is indexing.  We thought it was interesting the penalties for getting caught making moonshine in Salem.  Unfortunately the article itself is undated and … Continue reading

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Old Photograph Tells a Tale

  Occasionally here in the archives a single photograph with a simple inscription can yield a fascinating connection into the history of Salem and the Pacific Northwest. One such opportunity presented itself recently when we found this photo of Adolph … Continue reading

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The Wise Sow, 1890

The following article was found by our volunteer George in a newspaper clipping saved by Al Jones.  We all got a laugh out of it.  It was printed in a local paper (probably the Oregon Statesman/Capital Journal/or Willamette Farmer) on … Continue reading

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Phez Advertisement, 2011.027.0205

Phez brand Loganberry juice was produced in Salem, Oregon and marketed as an alcohol substitute after prohibition laws were put into place in Salem (1913) and nationally (1919). It appears as if the Pheasant Fruit Juice Company began the production … Continue reading

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A Happy New Year to You, 2006.047.0012

This postcard was written to Marlin O. Muellhaupt who lived at 1066 Chemeketa Street in Salem by his mother, Maggie May Ramp Muellhaupt.  In the card she lets him know that his sister Mildred enjoyed her birthday present, some furs.  … Continue reading

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Mele Kalikimaka, 1942

This menu found in the Willamette Heritage Center’s collection s(X2013.021.0002) shows what was for dinner at Pearl Harbor‘s Naval Air Station 71 years ago today.    Mele Kalikimaka everyone.

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