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 3161, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, by Todd Kepple

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Episode 3158, Friday, March 31, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3157, Thursday, March 30, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3156, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, by Maryann Mason

Episode 3155, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, by Sharon Bywater

Episode 3154, Monday, March 27, 2017, by Gail Fiorini-Jenner

Episode 3153, Friday, March 24, 2017, by Alice Mullaly

Episode 3152, Thursday, March 23, 2017, by Charles Ter Bush

Episode 3151, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, by Emily Blakely

Episode 3150, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, by Luana (Loffer) Corbin

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Episode As It Was Stories by Carol Barrett
174 Ogden at the Rogue River , 1827, Rogue River Valley In the Explorers and Trappers
173 David Douglas , 1826, Douglas Fir In the Explorers and Trappers
172 The Rock , 1815, Alexander Roderick McCloud In the Explorers and Trappers
171 Fort Ross , 1812, Aleuts In the Explorers and Trappers
170 BlackYork , 1804-6, Lewis & Clark In the Explorers and Trappers
169 Captain George Vancouver , 1792 In the Explorers and Trappers
168 Port Trinidad , 1775 In the Explorers and Trappers
167 Hudson Bay Company , 1670 In the Explorers and Trappers
166 Ferrelo , 1543 In the Explorers and Trappers
165 Ruggles Brothers' Holdup , 1892, Shasta CA, John Boyce, In the Early Transportation section
164 Oregon-California Stage Company , 1860 In the Early Transportation section
163 Randolph Gold , twon Randolph, Empire, Whiskey Run In the Gold Rush section of the As
162 Pre-Rush , Spanish, Indians, Mexicans In the Gold Rush section of the As
161 Fort Grant , Poenix, Oregon In the Lost Gold section of the As
160 Democrat , Pat O'Halloran, miner 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.