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 3116, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, by Sharon Bywater

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Episode As It Was Stories by Carol Barrett
129 Lost Saddle Horn , 1870, Foots Creek In the Lost Gold section of the As
128 Old Frenchy Mine , 1863, abuse of Indian woman In the Lost Gold section of the As
127 Shasta/Scott Valley Turnpike , 1860, Yank Johnson In the From Trails to Roads section
126 Discovery at Gold Hill , 1860, Mr. X and James Hayes In the Gold Rush section of the As
125 Siskiyou Mountain Wagon Road , 1858, toll rates In the From Trails to Roads section
124 Big Ditch , 1856, for water for hydraulic mining. In the Gold Rush section of the As
123 Orleans Bar , 1856, claim dispute with Chinese In the Gold Rush section of the As
122 Curry County , 1855, A. F. Miller's tavern and ferry In the Government section of the As
121 California , 1854, In the Government section of the As
120 Lost Soldiers , 1852, Private Martin Manley In the Gold Rush section of the As
119 Happy Camp , 1851, hostile Indians In the Gold Rush section of the As
118 Gold Bluff , 1851, In the Gold Rush section of the As
117 Oregon Coast Roads , 1850 Vern Gorst, In the From Trails to Roads section
116 California , 1849, gold fields In the Gold Rush section of the As
115 Lost and Found Cabin , 1854, Charles W Owens, J. Howard In the Gold Rush section of the As

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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.