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 3146, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, by Sharon Bywater

Episode 3145, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, by Alice Mullaly

Episode 3144, Monday, March 13, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3143, Friday, March 10, 2017, by Gail Fiorini-Jenner

Episode 3142, Thursday, March 9, 2017, by Todd Kepple

Episode 3141, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3140, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, by Sharon Bywater

Episode 3139, Monday, March 6, 2017, by Sharon Bywater

Episode 3138, Friday, March 3, 2017, by Valerie Ing

Episode 3137, Thursday, March 2, 2017, by Lynda Demsher

Episode 3136, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, by Alice Mullaly

Episode 3135, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3134, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, by Alice Mullaly

Episode 3133, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, by Kernan Turner

Episode 3132, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, by Lynda Demsher

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Episode As It Was Stories by Carol Barrett
159 Gold Dividing Line , old and new formations In the Gold Rush section of the As
158 Family Non-support , Jackson County Law In the Government section of the As
157 Quartz Mining , 1859, , Indian Creek In the Gold Rush section of the As
156 First Car in Klamath Falls , Harry Peltz In the From Trails to Roads section
155 Women's First Vote , Grants Pass, Robert Smith In the Government section of the As
154 Whiskeytown , Blair, Schilling In the Gold Rush section of the As
153 Filing a Gold Claim , beginning of regulations In the Gold Rush section of the As
152 Lost Brother-in-law , Barney Tildon, brother Tom In the Gold Rush section of the As
151 Persistence , Barney Cummins, Hungry Creek, Hilt In the Gold Rush section of the As
150 Arrastra , grinding gold-bearing quartz In the Gold Rush section of the As
149 Gold in the Wash In the Gold Rush section of the As
148 Medford Firsts , 1983, list of Firsts In the Government section of the As
147 State of Jefferson , 1941, Route 99 barricade In the Government section of the As
146 Depression Gold , 1930's Sterling Creek, In the Gold Rush section of the As
145 Redwood Marathon , 1927, Jim McNeil In the From Trails to Roads 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.