The Journey West… – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – November 2015

California and the Oregon Territory seemed like the “promised land” to individuals in the eastern half of the United States dreaming of riches, adventure, or better lives. But first they had […]

J.C. Whipp – Artist in Stone – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – October 2015

As you tour Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery during “Meet the Pioneers” on October 9th or 10th, or wander among the tombstones on other occasions, you can’t help but notice the elaborate markers […]

Cornelius C. Beekman, Part 4 – Pariah to Patriarch – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – September 2015

Although Cornelius Beekman may have been the wealthiest and most prominent man in pioneer Jacksonville, wealth and prominence did not guarantee popularity. In fact, when the railroad by-passed Jacksonville in favor […]

Cornelius C. Beekman, Part 3 – A Man in His Prime – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profile – August 2015

Cornelius C. Beekman was arguably the wealthiest and most prominent of the pioneers who settled Jacksonville. Although most closely associated today with banking and the bank that bears his name, banking […]

Cornelius C. Beekman, Part 2 – Beginnings of a Business Empire – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – July 2015

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

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 […]