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July 24, 2024

Ashland Past Times

Ashland Past Times

Ashland Past Times: Briscoe Elementary School’s long history

The block on North Main Street between Laurel and Manzanita streets has been associated with education in Ashland for 150 years, since the Rev. Skidmore first started a college called “The Academy” in 1872. Briscoe Elementary was dedicated in 1949 and closed in 2004. The school is now owned by the city and leased to the Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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Ashland Past Times

Ashland Past Times: From Whittle Garage to Standing Stone

At the end of May, faced with the challenges of the pandemic and staffing shortages, Standing Stone served its last Oak Street Amber and closed its doors for good. Floyd and Margaret Whittle would probably be surprised their little leased garage building became a beloved restaurant.

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Ashland Past Times: A town of many mills

Originally called “Ashland Mills,” Ashland was founded around Abel Helman’s water-powered sawmill on Ashland Creek, later transformed into a flour mill. The Ashland Woolen Mill, on Helman Street, was one of the city’s major employers in the 19th century. As late as the 1950s, Ashland still boasted half a dozen lumber mills.

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Obituary: Patricia Ann Wixon

Obituary: Patty Wixon, 89, passed away peacefully July 17 at home with her children and Vince Wixon, beloved husband for nearly 50 years, by her side. She asked that those remember her by doing something kind for someone else in her name — from giving food to a homeless stranger to volunteering at an organization in your community or donating to a scholarship fund at a favorite school.

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Butler-Perozzi Fountain work moves ahead

The fundraising campaign for the restoration of the historic Butler-Perozzi fountain in Lithia Park is nearing completion following a $20,000 grant awarded by the State Historic Preservations Office’s Preserving Oregon Grant Program.  

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Poetry Corner: Where we’re from, where we live

Poetry Corner: Both of today’s poems speak to the importance of community and identity. Louise M. Paré’s poem tells how the connection to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine continues to shape her persona. Seth Kaplan’s recent move from the Applegate to Talent describes how he has easily become attached to his new place and discovered the “us” in his community.

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