As It Was Stories

As It Was stories are created by volunteers who are interested in sharing the history of the mythical State of Jefferson. Each day Jefferson Public Radio presents a new As It Was vignette. On this website you can read all of the stories, or search for your favorites. Click on the Jefferson Public Radio links provided if you wish to listen to a podcast or read the full text of stories published before September 2013.

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Episode 3176, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, by Lynda Demsher

Episode 3175, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, by Alice Mullaly

Episode 3174, Monday, April 24, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3173, Friday, April 21, 2017, by Gail Fiorini-Jenner

Episode 3172, Thursday, April 20, 2017, by Emily Blakely

Episode 3171, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, by Luana (Loffer) Corbin

Episode 3170, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, by Lynda Demsher

Episode 3169, Monday, April 17, 2017, by Gail Fiorini-Jenner

Episode 3168, Friday, April 14, 2017, by Todd Kepple

Episode 3167, Thursday, April 13, 2017, by Alice Mullaly

Episode 3166, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, by Luana (Loffer) Corbin

Episode 3165, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, by Sharon Bywater

Episode 3164, Monday, April 10, 2017, by Lynda Demsher

Episode 3163, Friday, April 7 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3162, April 6, 2017, by ALICE MULLALY

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Episode As It Was Stories by Carol Barrett
189 Rock Point , John White, Post Office In the Early Days section of the As
188 Carrville Hotel , James E Carr, Trinity Center, resort In the Early Transportation section
187 Civil War , Gov. Whiteaker In the Early Days section of the As
186 U.S. Army Fort Umpqua , Fort Orford In the Early Days section of the As
185 Camp Lincoln , Elk Valley In the Early Days section of the As
184 Strange Funeral , E.J. Kuntz, untrained help In the Early Days section of the As
183 Fort Klamath Supplies , Col. Drew In the Early Days section of the As
182 Lt. Col. Maury , Camp Baker, Baker's Guards In the Early Days section of the As
181 Louis Remme's Great Ride , bank run In the Early Days section of the As
180 Shale City I , Ashland In the Business section of the As
179 Last Stage to Roseburg , 1882 In the Early Transportation section
178 One Eyed Charlie Parkhurst , 1870, woman in disguise In the Early Transportation section
177 Stage Ride , 1863, A.B. Meacham In the Early Transportation section
176 Billboards , 1863, In the Early Transportation section
175 Cole Station , 1855, OR-CA border, Rufus Cole In the Early Transportation section

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Apparently Emmerson “Doc” Kennedy was a creative man, not overly constrained by convention, propriety or laws.

He came to Oregon reportedly as a physician who had lost licenses in Oklahoma and California.  In 1945, in spite of lumber and labor shortages, he purchased a Cow Creek sawmill and built a dance hall south of Roseburg.  He partly constructed the dance hall with vertically-sawn, 8-foot peeler cores.  According to R. J. Duffy, who had been a bartender for Kennedy in 1947, Kennedy’s Dutch Mill was built with “no skilled labor, just a quart of hooch and some boys.” Together they constructed a huge dance hall with two restaurants.  A locomotive-sized diesel boiler consumed 100 gallons an hour heating the uninsulated building.

During Kennedy’s time, the establishment had an illegal gambling den and bedrooms rented by the hour. An employee later recounted how one night Kennedy broke up a gambling party with 40 friends just a half hour before the police arrived.  He had apparently been tipped off by a phone call.

In 1952, Kennedy sold out to Herb Linder, who named the place Lindy’s and changed the nature of the business, focusing on country music instead.

Source: Wyatt, Steve, “Lindy’s: the House that Hooch Built”, Table Rock Sentinel, March/April 1993, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 10-13.