An 1854 Letter from Oregon – by Orange Jacobs, Esquire

Pioneer Profiles – November 2017

In the mid-1800s, the promise of gold and free land lured fortune seekers, settlers, and merchants to the newly formed Oregon Territory. Carolyn Kingsnorth has stepped aside from our pioneer tales […]

Colonel John England Ross: Indian Fighter, Part 3 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – October 2017

The previous two installments of Pioneer Profiles recounted Col. John England Ross’ exploits as Indian fighter, treasure seeker, and entrepreneur. We left him in the Klamath basin escorting wagon trains across […]

Colonel John England Ross: Indian Fighter, Part 2 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – September 2017

When we left Colonel John England Ross in our August 2017 Pioneer Profile, he had barely avoided eating crow…literally. After finding gold near Sawyer’s Bar on the Klamath River in California […]

Colonel John England Ross: Indian Fighter, Part 1 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – August 2017

Ross Lane, which meanders through the Valley floor just north of Jacksonville, demarcates some of the former land holdings of Colonel John England Ross.

Ross, who gained his title and his reputation […]

The Glorious Fourth! – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – July 2017

Well into the 20th Century, the Fourth of July was a bigger U.S. holiday than Christmas. Long before Congress declared July 4th an official holiday in 1870, John Adams had written […]

Early Jacksonville Saloons – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – June 2017

Saloons and the spirits who linger there will be a recurring theme in Historic Jacksonville’s “Haunted History Walking Tours” this summer. Therefore, stories of beer, whiskey, and early Jacksonville saloons seem […]

Regina Dorland Robinson – A Lasting Impression – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – May 2017

Adapted by Carolyn Kingsnorth from “A Lasting Impression: The Art and Life of Regina Dorland Robinson” by Dawna Curler, with the permission of the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the author.

For […]

Jean St. Luc DeRoboam and Henrietta Schmidling – The Next Installment – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – April 2017

Although hotel proprietress Jeanne DeRoboam Laugier Guilfoyle Holt (see Pioneer Profiles, March 2017) was the most prominent of the DeRoboams to settle in early Jacksonville, her brother, Jean St. Luc DeRoboam, […]

Madame Jeanne DeRoboam Laugier Guilfoyle Holt: Hotel Proprietress – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – March 2017

The small, relatively plain, headstone in the Catholic section of the Jacksonville Cemetery simply reads Jane Holt—an ironic “grand finale” for Madame Jeanne DeRoboam Laugier Guilfoyle Holt, one of the larger-than-life […]

The Winter of 1852 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – February 2017

Although a close to record snow fall on January 3, 2017, had local residents digging out from under up to 20 inches of the white stuff, that “storm of the century” […]