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May-August Print Cover
Stage Route Passengers from Eugene, Oregon to Florence, Oregon (the coast)

We found this print cover photograph on eBay (an internet auction site).  We could not resist bidding because we have not seen many photographs taken on a local stage route.
Since we know very little about this subject we requested information from Louis Campbell, Director, Siuslaw Pioneer Museum in Florence, Oregon.   This is what he had to say about our cover photograph. 
“This photograph appears to be of Eli Bangs’ stage, taken at a place called Beecher Rock.  Eli Bangs operated a livery stable in Eugene and also ran the stage route between Mapleton and Eugene.   Florence residents picked up the stage at Mapleton.  Our museum’s 1996 issue of “The Siuslaw Pioneer”: “Tales, Tails and Trails” by Dale H. Pretzer refers to this location on page 45:
   “Beecher Rock on the ‘Old Stage Road’ with it’s overhanging shelf of rock could not be missed by any of the pioneers. It was a favorite place to stop and take pictures of the stage and passengers. The road, carved out of the rock along this stretch, was not far above the Siuslaw; and when driving beneath the huge shelf, one could reach up and touch the rock.
    Louis Campbell continued, “There were two rocks in the area and there may be some confusion between Tildon Rock and Beecher Rock. I’ve seen pictures of the same place, with either name. There were two different rocks, and lots of old timers told stories about them.
This Map of the Stage Route is from the 1996 “Siuslaw Pioneer” book “Tales, Tails & Trails to Florence, Oregon; 1850 - 1916.”  The book sells for $7.95 in the Gift Shop. 
  At the museum, visitors are shown  audio-visual presentations to help them visualize the local history. One is a short history of the area from the time of first settlement until the completion of the bridge in 1936. The other shows some of the shipwrecks in the Florence area. The research Library is a wealth of information about the areas early settlers and  local history. 
  Take a look at the museum’s web page at: 
http://winfinity.com/orgs/spm/spm.htm The web page states: “The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of historical artifacts and photographs specific to this area. We are organized and operated exclusively by dedicated volunteers as a non-profit community
educational facility. No admission fee is charged, however a donation of $1.00 per adult is suggested. The Museum is supported solely by fund raising efforts of its membership. We are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day except Monday. The mailing address is P.O. Box 2637, Florence, Oregon 97439.  They are located at 85294 Highway 101, (One mile south of the Florence Bridge)”
Thanks to Louis Campbell, Director, Siuslaw Pioneer Museum in Florence for the information on the cover photo. 
 

Feb- April Print Cover

Rosie The Riveters from Eugene, Oregon! 1943
Feb-April Print Cover



 Cover photo- November/December 1998
This photo is of Jack Benny and ?  We bought it at an estate sale in Eugene, Oregon. 
 The photographer's name was R.C. Freeman, and we have other photos by this talented photographer. 
We know it is Jack Benny, and we know it is WW2 era, but that is about all.  If you know anything about this photo, such as who is in it with Jack Benny, or about the photographer, please email us!  We are really interested!
Thanks to all of you who responded!  Many have said this is Jack Benny's wife (name?)  or a dancer named "Mary Carey" who danced with Jack Benny.

Photo used for May/June 1998 Cover


The May/June cover photo is of three darling children listening to a phonograph.  We believe that this photo, actually half a stereoscopic card, was taken around the turn of the century. Notice the old barn lantern hanging on the wall, and the ‘thunder pot’ that the girl on the left stands on.   The phonograph is what we believe to be a  Columbia, ‘Eagle’, which was manufactured from 1897-1906.    This double spring machine was remarkably sturdy, and the simple, robust design was widely copied by other makers, notably ‘Pathe’.  The Eagle cost an ‘Eagle’, a $10.00 gold piece.  To buy a case for the player, one would have to spend $2.00 extra.

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