Today seems like a good day for reflection... We are nearing the completion this spring of 7 complete years of happy little Jefferson Backroads Publishing... April will officially start our exciting 8th year, promising to be full of fun new ideas and local Old School American treats... "Who knows where the time goes?" Yes, this is such a heart-wrenching and hauntingly beautiful song title from … [Read more...] about Happy New Year 2017
Story by Hank Nelson of Wasilla, Alaska New Alaskan 1989 Reprinted with Permission From the beginning, O.K. Joe was born to be a logger. It is academic now but there was a time in Joe's youth when his fate might have been otherwise. Joseph Otteson Knutsen was born into a very wealthy Bostonian family. His mother, Elizabeth, was a pianist of some worth and her husband, Knute, was a first-rate … [Read more...] about A Christmas Story – O.K. Joe and J.C.
Photo: by Michelle Fain. Fun, whimsical hand-crafted Frog Box created by Gerry and Marlene Ludlow of Mt. Shasta City, California. You know that feeling you get when you walk into a home and all the decor and neat items the people have displayed are so cool you just can’t get enough? Well it happened to me again last week. I was honored to have been invited to the home of Gerry and Marlene … [Read more...] about Artists in our Midst
Featured Photo taken near Edgewood Contributed by Yreka Preservation It took from 1850 until December 16, 1887 before the railroad had the last piece of rail connecting San Francisco with Portland. It was with great angst that the railroad decided to bypass Yreka, the county seat, in favor of a different route via Montague. But, with determination and pluck Yreka set out to build a connecting … [Read more...] about The Shasta Route along the Southern Pacific Railroad
Historic Photo of Butte Creek Flour Mill located in Eagle Point, Oregon Well, very sad news... this lovely, historic and majestic place burned to the ground on Christmas morning, 2015... The history that you will read below was written and published just over a year ago........ there are already plans to re-build this amazing place... if you are interested in offering any support and/or … [Read more...] about Butte Creek Flour Mill, Eagle Point, Oregon
Photo of Modern Day Wilderville Store in Wilderville, Oregon was provided by E Clampus Vitus. In 2009 when I was Humbug of the Yreka Chapter of E Clampus Vitus, our Oregon Umpqua Joe Outpost was searching for a site to plaque. Glenn Hearrell, the founder of Umpqua Joe had recruited John “Dick” Tracey, owner of the Wilderville general store. After talking to John and his wife they hatched a … [Read more...] about Wilderville Post Office