Cornelius C. Beekman, Part 1 – “Mr. Jacksonville” – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – June 2015

Cornelius C. Beekman was arguably the wealthiest and most prominent of the pioneers who settled Jacksonville in the mid-1800s. From relatively humble beginnings as a carpenter and express rider, he built […]

Following the Flag – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – May 2015

Jacksonville’s lovely 1892 Queen Anne-style home on North Oregon Street is best known as the “Nunan House,” named after its original occupants, Jeremiah and Delia Nunan (profiled in the March 2015 […]

“Oregon’s Main Street” – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – April 2015

With spring and summer vacations looming, some of you will be driving over the Siskiyous to visit family and friends in California; others may be looking forward to guests making the […]

Jeremiah Nunan – An Irish Success Story – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – March 2015

Since March 17th celebrates St. Patrick and all things Irish, it seems appropriate for this month’s Pioneer Profiles to feature Jeremiah Nunan, one of Jacksonville’s Irish pioneers. Most people associate Nunan’s […]

Gin Lin – Prominent Mine Boss, Contract Labor Broker, and Businessman – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – February 2015

As Jacksonville celebrates Chinese New Year this month, we should not lose sight of the original “welcome” given Chinese immigrants when they first arrived in Oregon in the 1850s.

Jackson County greeted […]

Georgia Curran Scott Lind – 20th Century Pioneer

Pioneer Profiles – October 2014

This month I’m taking a break from the ongoing series of stories about 19th Century life in Jacksonville to pay tribute to a special person—Georgia Curran Scott Lind. On August 20, […]

Pioneer Profiles: Jacksonville’s German-Speaking Settlers – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

With Oktoberfest beginning later this month, it seems an appropriate time to celebrate Southern Oregon’s pioneer community of German-speaking settlers. Although comprising only a quarter of the Rogue Valley’s population, first and second-generation immigrants from […]

Pioneer Profiles: Peter Britt, Part 3 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

The past two Pioneer Profiles have partially explored the public persona of Peter Britt, the pioneer Swiss photographer famed for documenting Southern Oregon’s people, activities, and landscapes, and father of the region’s commercial orchard, wine, and ornamental horticulture industries.

Pioneer Profiles: Peter Britt, Part 2 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

In June, Pioneer Profiles highlighted Peter Britt’s renown as photographer, artist, and documenter of pioneer life in Southern Oregon. However, Britt was also an avid gardener and is considered to be the father...

Pioneer Profiles: Peter Britt, Part 1 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

It’s Britt season, so what better subject for summer’s Pioneer Profiles than Peter Britt, whose pioneer homestead is now the site of Britt Festivals, the Britt Gardens, and portions of Jacksonville’s Woodlands Trail System. Perhaps best known as the pioneer photographer who documented Southern Oregon’s people, activities, and landscapes from the 1850s to 1900, Peter Britt was also a visionary, a painter, a respected horticulturalist, a vintner...