Diggin' Lost History

Searching for lost or forgotten Oregon history.Combining my hobby of metal detecting and love of historic Oregon to share my finds with you.

Follow Tony Roberts as he discovers and shares forgotten or lost Oregon History. I combine my hobby of responsible metal detecting and love of Oregon history to find items from the past. I pour over old and current maps, combined with old articles for places to explore. I would love to hear your stories, share your old photo's or maps and anything else you might have. I am always looking for new places, if you have property that has had a long history, I would love to come out and explore.

My Gx4 Grandfather TM Ramsdell. Settled in the Jefferson area 1850's. Do you have a family member who settled in Oregon before it was a State in 1859? Let me know....

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if you like my video of Scio, please help our kids. Only $5 can go a long way. 100% goes back to our children.

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[07/20/16]   Im happy you all like my video. :)

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Jefferson Teen Connection | WCMF RAFFLE

Here is the link to purchase raffle tickets online, and more information about the show.
Teen Connection has 2 general admission tickets to Willamette Country Music Festival we are raffling off together. Tickets are $5. Right now, tickets can be bought at Saturday Nights Open Gym at the Jefferson Middle School. but we are hoping to set up places in town that tickets can be purchased through local businesses. We will hold the drawing the end of July. It is a $260 value. 100% of the proceeds go back to our teens.
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jeffersonteenconnection.com Jefferson Teen Connection is a non-profit dedicated to the development and engagement of youth in decisions that affect them and the well being of the communit

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Jefferson Teen Connection

Will You Help Us?

My name is Tony Roberts, I am Co-Coordinator and Co-creator of Jefferson Teen Connection. We are a newly formed nonprofit organization working under the umbrella of the Greater Jefferson Community Center. We are dedicated to the development and engagement of youth in decisions that affect them and the well being of the community. We have the support of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson 14j School District, Jefferson Together, Jefferson Community Center as well as some of the local businesses.

Teen Connection was created because of the lack of beneficial youth programs, positive incentives and alternatives dedicated to our teens to make proper decisions from destructive activities and behavior that affect them and our community. our goal to involve the youth in the community about issues important to them, promote healthy lifestyle and choices, enhance development, teach life skills, improve the community, and encourage a lifelong service ethic.

Youth benefit immensely, but communities are the ultimate benefactors of youth engagement in all its varied forms, as youth and adults connect and grow together, building and strengthen the community that they both have a shared connection with.

Teen Connection has taken that first step by sponsoring an event much like the old nite court program that was implemented years ago. It is a recreation activity that will be held every Saturday night from 8pm to 11pm for teens between the ages of 13 to 17. Admission will be $2 a night and we will have popcorn and bottle water at a nominal fee. We will have such activities such as basketball, Dodgeball, movies, karaoke, nerf battles and special events such as torments and dances. Sadly, we were informed that we would not be provided storage space as our predecessor did at the middle school in 2008. So we will need to store our pool table, foosball, air hockey machines.

What we require is a home, space for our youth to build, develop, and implement programs that are beneficial to them and the community. At the moment, we are calling this space a Jefferson Youth Center a place for our youth. This place will be a monitored, safe and friendly place that youth could come and socialize, play games, do homework, receive peer and adult tutors. We could work with the middle school and high school and the programs they provide to extend that to real world application and experience. It is our belief that if we, as a community invest in our children that the benefits we will receive, as a community will be immeasurable.

You can help us make this vision a reality. Please, will you help? Visit www.jeffersonteenconnection.com and make a much needed donation for our youth. Checks may be made to Jefferson Teen Connection and either mailed or dropped of at: Greater Jefferson Community Center- 107 N Main Street.We have posted a "wish list" that is also downloadable on our web page. Your gift will positivity touch and help a life.

I encourage everyone to come to our first recreation activity March 5th, 8pm to 11pm at the Middle School Gym. The event is FREE, we will have bottled water, all beef Costco hot dogs and popcorn. Bring your 13 - 17 year old! See your gifts at work , and the reward of the happy faces of our children.

jeffersonteenconnection.com Jefferson Teen Connection is a non-profit dedicated to the development and engagement of youth in decisions that affect them and the well being of the communit

Haven't got to spend much time here. Me and a friend started a nonprofit organization here in Jefferson dedicated to our youth. Needless to say, it has kept me very busy.

When the weather is better I plan to get out and metal detect and explore. If you want to plan something, let me know.

Lane County History Museum

This is an interesting read as we say goodbye to 2015!

Oregon-California Trails Association

This wagon was recently spotted when a reservoir in Oregon receded during a drought. A cast iron plate on the tongue of this wagon says its maker was the Milburn Wagon Company of Toledo, Ohio, which was the world’s largest wagon-maker in 1875. A historical organization in Ohio pegged a similar wagon’s age at 130 years old.

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Exploring the Oregon Trail - RV Life

rvlife.com Explore the fascinating history of the Oregon Trail. Information and things to do at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker's City, Oregon.

It seems I always find something that I find interesting. Even though I have lots of square nails, I get excited when I find one still. Anyone want a square nail, let me know. I have lots!

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IPANA TOOTHPASTE BUCKY BEAVER

Anyone remember?

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Dug this out at the old food bank a few days ago in Jefferson, Oregon. Ipana tooth paste, they stopped selling in America in the 1970's. In the 1978 movie, Grease the actress sings their jingle just before the Sandra Dee song.

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8 Ways Kids Can Give Thanks

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Historic Oregon Pictures

Historic Oregon Pictures

Greens Bridge Gardens

Portland Children's Museum

We took photos of the smallest ghosts and goblins at Baby's First Halloween and now it's your turn to place your vote.

"Like" your favorite costumes and the costume with the most will receive a grand prize!

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Oregon Ghost Towns | Travel Oregon

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Bales of hay stacked to look like the character “Mater” from the Disney movie “Cars” are seen alongside US-67 north of Monmouth on Wednesday. Created “just for fun” by David and Sarah Shike of Alexis, the roadside attraction has proven popular, with travelers stopping for photos and a page, “Hay Mater”. STEVE DAVIS/Review Atlas @reviewatlas @galesburg #HayMater #Mater #harvest

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Next year's centennial of Columbia River Highway declared statewide celebration

oregonlive.com The highway, known these days as the Historic Columbia River Highway, was the major commercial route between Portland and eastern Oregon for more than 40 years until construction of Interstate 84 brought a realignment.

[10/05/15]   Found this with my buddy Rob metal detecting at the food bank across from the fire department. 1900 Morgan Silver Dollar. How Cool

Took this when I was metal detecting on the other side of the river.

Digging for lost history in downtown Jefferson

Digging up lost history in Downtown Jefferson. Found pieces of burnt wood about 12 plus inches down. This could be from the fire of 1892 or 1894.

[08/29/15]   I want to thank everyone who has liked my page and the Scio video. I have to admit, I am SHOCKED at the interest of the video! Its was made just to try some new editing tools. Now that I know what you folks like, I'll work on more. BTW...the Scio video has been seen by around 3500 people...amazing!

I have been extremely busy these last few months. My wife was diagnosed with cancer and between the surgery and chemo successions in Eugene, I've had hardly any time to work on my passion. She is doing fantastic and 100% cancer free! I have also been working on bringing back Nite Court to Jefferson, Oregon. It is a recreation activity geared for children ages 13 to 18, Saturday night from 8pm to 11pm. We will have foosball, basketball, volleyball, board games, snacks available, and possibly a pool table as well. We are still looking to line up volunteers, and donations. This is breaking news and you heard it here first!!

Again, thank you all!
Tony

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Little remains of luxury spa at Wilhoit Springs | Offbeat Oregon History

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Robbers-Escapes-Deaths

Did you know, Jefferson, Oregon didn't always have a curved road. This is how it came about.

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Historic tree to get some TLC

gazettetimes.com A 139-year-old tree planted by one of Corvallis’ founding fathers will get some attention from a local tree care company on Saturday.

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2nd Oregon Volunteer Infantry

oregonencyclopedia.org Relations between the United States and Spain were already strained over Cuba when the battleship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. Spain had been accused of cruely crushing rebels in its Cuba and Philippine colonies, and newspapers across the U.S. clamored for r…

Seely(Seley) M. Cook

Minister Cook was a local Oregon Pioneer who help build Oregon into a state with dedication and hard work.

Seley M. Cook may have been the family wagon train Captain, if so he was responsible for possibly up to 200 wagons. Seley M. Cook family arrived in Oregon June 26, 1852. Lane County DLC # 1204 settled 25 Oct. 1852. This Land Claim was located in the Crow Vaughn area (also called Noti Valley in 1850's) of Lane County.

The family remained in Lane County until sometime after 1860, I show him still in Lane County in 1870. It is believed the family relocated to the Buena Vista/Jefferson area. Seley Mansfield Cook was a farmer and a minister. He performed several marriage ceremonies in Lane County between 1854 and 1866.

Seley M. Cook passed on Nov. 9, 1905 at Jefferson, OR. For 72 years he was a faithful minister of the Protestant Methodist church. He is buried at Jefferson, Oregon. His wife, Nancy B. Rice Cook, aged 57 years, passed away June 14, 1874, four months after her mother. She is buried next to her mother at the Buena Vista Cemetery in Polk County, Oregon.

This is Becca Cates Courtney desendent.

Minister Cook was a local Oregon Pioneer who help build Oregon into a state with dedication and hard work.

Seley M. Cook may have been the family wagon train Captain, if so he was responsible for possibly up to 200 wagons. Seley M. Cook family arrived in Oregon June 26, 1852. Lane County DLC # 1204 settled 25 Oct. 1852. This Land Claim was located in the Crow Vaughn area (also called Noti Valley in 1850's) of Lane County.

The family remained in Lane County until sometime after 1860, I show him still in Lane County in 1870. It is believed the family relocated to the Buena Vista/Jefferson area. Seley Mansfield Cook was a farmer and a minister. He performed several marriage ceremonies in Lane County between 1854 and 1866.

Seley M. Cook passed on Nov. 9, 1905 at Jefferson, OR. For 72 years he was a faithful minister of the Protestant Methodist church. He is buried at Jefferson, Oregon. His wife, Nancy B. Rice Cook, aged 57 years, passed away June 14, 1874, four months after her mother. She is buried next to her mother at the Buena Vista Cemetery in Polk County, Oregon.

This is Becca Cates Courtney desendent.

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William L. Finley (1876-1953)

oregonencyclopedia.org Oregon's birds have had few better friends than William Lovell Finley. As a biologist, photographer, writer, filmmaker, and public official, Finley spent his life tirelessly advocating for the protection of wildlife, especially birds. His efforts led to the creation of three National Wildlife Refuge…

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Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers

oregonsdop.org The Oregon Pioneer Association was formed in 1875 to create one central organization from the several pioneer groups that had been active since 1850 in various parts of the Oregon Country, including what are now the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, parts of Montana and the Province of British Co…

The Gettysburg Museum Of History

On exhibit at The Gettysburg Museum of History. A Civil War U.S. belt buckle struck by a bullet. This buckle was worn by Sgt. Michael Miller of Co. K 1st Pennsylvania Reserves. Co. K was recruited from Gettysburg residents and surrounding Adams County. They were known as "The boys who fought at home" because they were the only local unit that fought at the battle of Gettysburg. This is the only stuck buckle we know of that has a letter from the soldier describing the event. Miller writes to his wife in part "A ball stuck me on the plate on my waist belt. It bruised me a good deal, but I thank God it struck there for had it not hist the belt plate I would this day be in the ground for it would have went through my bowels". A very interesting artifact that saved the life of one of Gettysburg's local resident. Michael Miller's wife is the sister of Gettysburg Museum of History curator Erik Dorr's G-G-Grandfather. This artifact was formerly exhibited in the General Lee's Headquarters's Museum in Gettysburg. The 1st Pa reserves monument is near the Wheatfield in Gettysburg and the Company K monument is in the town square.

1871- Albany man in "pickle" for seducing Portland woman

Oregon Governor Abraham Lincoln? Almost Happened!

Lincoln was first offered the job of secretary of the Oregon Territory in 1849. Lincoln’s presidential secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay, wrote in their biography that Lincoln wanted to go west and some of his friends urged him to accept the appointment. They claimed Oregon would soon become a state and then Lincoln could return to Washington, D.C., as a senator. But Oregon statehood did not come about until 1859. He turned that down,then he was offered the job of governor of the Oregon Territory.Lincoln turned down that offer too in a letter to the Secretary of Interior. He probably turned down the offices because Oregon was decidedly Democratic, and his wife Mary wanted no part of the far frontier.After Lincoln turned down the governorship of the Oregon Territory, he went back to practicing law in Illinois. But he did maintain close relationships with several friends from Illinois who became Oregon politicians.

One of those friends was Edward Baker (Baker City, Baker County), one of Oregon’s first U.S. Senators after the state was granted statehood in 1859. Baker introduced Lincoln to the crowd at his 1861 inauguration.
Another friend of Lincoln's who made it big as a Northwest politician was Dr. Anson Henry. Henry helped Lincoln court Mary Todd. Henry was at the Whitehouse in 1865 when Lincoln was assassinated. He helped Mary Todd with her grieving before returning west. He died in a shipwreck off California later that year.

The fearless history hunter. Garrett should be paying me!

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Oregon governor to U.S. president: Drop dead | Offbeat Oregon History

offbeatoregon.com Governor Sylvester Pennoyer, an irascible populist and an unapologetic racist, was by far the most colorful chief executive the Beaver State has ever had; he especially relished feuding with sitting presidents in Washington, D.C.

A portion of a 1851 map of Oregon Territory which includes Albany, Marysville, Salem, Syracuse, and Santiam City. This was before the 1852 and 1853 survey so the map is a little off. These two towns predate Jefferson, Oregon, and only about 2 miles NW of Jefferson. The flood of 1861 destroyed much of these two towns and never recovered. This gave way to the creation and growth of Jefferson.

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