Stories By Steve
Tales of Lost & Forgotten
(note: if you are
looking for my new stories on losing weight see the end of
Whiteley, Oregon's Nature Girl Genius
Enjoy The Magic & Mystery of Opal
Opal Whiteley Has Been Compared to
St. Francis of Assisi & Indian Princess Pocahontas
But, Some Say Opal was a Liar or a Madwoman
Discover ... "The Last Literary Mystery of the 20th Century
In 1915 Opal was the most popular teenager in
Oregon. She was a magnetic teacher blending science and faith in
lectures to thousands of kids everyone thought she would be a
great teacher or scientist. Instead, she became Oregon's most Controversial Author.
See dozens of historical photos of her life. Website of the Opal
Whiteley Memorial in Cottage Grove.
How Cerro Gordo Mountain Got Its Name
The Battle of Cerro Gordo, April
18, 1847 in our war with Mexico
Read the fascinating story of how Cerro Gordo, Oregon
got its name. There are at least seven other places around
the US named for the Battle of Cerro Gordo. This was the
deciding in the Mexican-American War of 1847. But, by the
1970s almost no one in Oregon remembered this often
forgotten war. Our American Civil War just 12 years later
has overshadowed the memory of our war with Mexico.
With the US victory a large
part of what was Mexico became the part of the United
States. By this war we gained the states of California and
most of the Southwest. A fact that strains our relationship
with Mexico to this day, This is my story of relearning that
forgotten history. By the way, popular writer Opal Whiteley
used to live near the base of this mountain & taught at
the Doolittle School.
The Ping Yang School Bombings 1895-1901
This is a
true story of the bombing of a school called Ping Yang, near
Marcola, Oregon. It was destroyed from an explosive
mix of social, religious and racial prejudices. Here is
a picture of the man reportedly behind the three
bombings. He used racist imagery and people's fears of
Chinese to fight against the school.
Forgotten Japanese Colony at Shotgun Creek
1915 - 1925
Read the forgotten story of the
Japanese Colony of Mabel, Oregon (near Marcola). The 1920 US
Census has almost 30 Japanese living where the BLM's Shotgun
Creek Recreation Area is today. There also is a 1925 article
that mentions an entire Japanese Colony and a 1916 list of
men drafted for World War I.
This photo shows one of the
world's largest railroad trestles, Much of the lumber they
cut and milled was sent back to Japan by the Robert Dollar
from India in Western Oregon
Here are several very rare photos and the
story of Punjab Sikhs from India working in a Crawfordsville
Oregon lumber mill. Sikhs and Hindus also worked in other
local mills. This photo is from about 1909.
Also, read the
story of a young Sikh who in was a student at Berkeley and worked
in a lumber mill to earn money for his tuition and PhD. His
immigration case later set a US legal precedent.
The Real Magi
You may have
sent and received dozens of Christmas cards with their images.
Yet, how much do you really know about the Three Wise Men?
This page is unique in telling the Magi's
story through their own culture.
The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy calls
Zarathustra "the world's first philosopher." They find echoes of his words in Judaism, Christianity,
Islam and Buddhism. It has a strong emphasis on protecting the
Quit Smoking AND Lose Weight!
If you or someone you loves smokes cigarettes, PLEASE show them
I have stumbled upon a fairly easy way to do what seems
impossible - quit smoking and lose weight.
It does not even require hard exercise or extreme diets.
Believe it or not, I have lost over 50 lbs!
You can see before and after photos of me from 240 lbs down to
180. It's my own research (and body).
By Steve Williamson
In 1994, Stephen founded the Opal Whiteley
Memorial in Cottage Grove. Opal Whiteley was a best-selling nature
writer in 1921 and grew up near Cottage Grove. Opal Whiteley was
fascinated with Asia. He was later asked by the University of
Oregon to assist in publishing Opal Whiteley's best-selling diary
online. He collected dozens of historical photographs of the
people and places Opal wrote about. The UO graciously provided
support for his work as research assistant through a courtesy
appointment. For over a decade he has shown his historic photos
and news articles at the Oregon Asian Celebration, held each year
in February. He is a member of the
Cottage Grove Historical Society and frequently speaks to
community groups and schools.
Stephen was born in 1951 and grew up near Shreveport, Louisiana.
He loved to read as a youth, often disappearing for hours into
the woods with his dog and books. He worked railroad
construction while at Louisiana State University. In 1975 he
moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon. Working as a "gandydancer"
made him appreciate the hard labor that the Asian railroad
workers contributed. His sense of justice inspired him to
research their stories.
Steve has worked for over 25 years with
people who have psychiatric disabilities. He has also been
been an advocate for the Association For Retarded Citizens
(ARC), and the Oregon Mental Health Association. Stephen has
also given trainings in abuse reporting and client rights.