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” […]

Paine Page Prim: Lawyer, Judge, Supreme Court Justice – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – December 2016/January 2017

With a Supreme Court position and numerous judgeships around the country sitting vacant waiting for U.S. Senate approval of Presidential appointees, this month’s profile focuses on local lawyer, District Judge, […]

Josephine Martin Plymale: Pioneer Feminist and Suffragette – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – October 2016

Where many states seem to be making voting as difficult as possible, Oregon keeps making it easier. Residents who are U.S. citizens can register to vote by mail or online. If […]

Silas Johnson Day: A “First Comer” to Southern Oregon – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – September 2016

With the move of Jacksonville’s City offices into Jackson County’s historic courthouse building on North 5th Street, it seems appropriate to focus this month’s Pioneer Profile on Silas J. Day, the […]

The McCullys Part 2: The Next Chapter… – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – August 2016

When John McCully took the stage out of Jacksonville in the winter of 1861, he closed the door on the town, his home, his marriage, and his family. He left his […]