MONDAY 8-26-2013

Aug 26, 2013 -- 11:45am

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VIDEO FROM LAST WEEK'S SHERIFFS GET-TOGETHER

I wish I could be more enthusiastic about the possibilities of the bipartisan timber bill. In my opinion, it's going to take stronger soup than this attempt to take half of the timber, cut that in half, and maybe get to log on one fourth. The issue is federal ownership of 60% of our lands here. County will ultimately have to "do an Apache County" and take a significant amount of these lands from federal dominion. Yes, it will be risky, and it will take political courage, and the feds could attempt to crush any move to generate wealth here. But, come to think of it, they're already doing this, so what do you counties have to lose? The bipartisan timber bill is simply the slaves begging the federal slavemaster and freeloader to "whip us a bit less".


GUEST INFORMATION 8-26-2013

6:15 Ryan Mauro, National Security Analyst for ClarionProject.org on the midlle east, Muslim Brotherhood issues in Syria and beyond.

7:10 1 New York Times bestselling author and a senior staff writer for WND.com, Dr. Jerome Corsi - Obama's brother connected with the Muslim Brotherhoot. Btw, His latest book, Who Really Killed Kennedy?: The Ultimate Guide to the Assassination Theories--50 Years Later is set to be released by WND Books on September 17, 2013.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present"

The Old Wood House

By Dennis Powers

 

Seen today from Highway 62 and nearly 1-1/2 miles north of Eagle Point, the “Old Wood House” is a testimonial to the hard, unsung efforts of historical preservationists. Owing to the continuing efforts of Skip Geear and other volunteers, this 1870’s homestead has preserved what life was like then. Due to its old, weathered condition and Mt. McLoughlin’s background, the Wood House easily is the most photographed and easel-painted pioneer house in the Pacific Northwest.

The story starts with Marvin S. Wood, who was a wounded Civil War veteran. With his brother Dennis, Marvin came to Southern Oregon in 1868 and established a homestead above Eagle Point. When Dennis Wood died in 1869, Marvin filed a land patent one year later and built the existing house. He married Susan Griffith in 1876, and the couple had three children: daughters Ora and Mayme, and a son, Walter.

Walter Wood was born in the house in 1881, and he lived there for his entire life and death in 1974. The Wood House was at risk of being demolished on different occasions. In 1946, Highway 62 was widened. With this in the way of the bulldozer’s blade, Walter Wood, as the last surviving descendant, fought the State of Oregon to save his home. He caused the purchase of the 38 acres across the highway and then moved the house to its present location, where it still stands today.

The house never had electricity or inside plumbing. Three lights then were installed inside with a sink and running water in the kitchen; an outhouse was still used. After Walter Wood died, the house was boarded up and abandoned. Although a California investor in 1983 bought the house and acreage, the home deteriorated and blackberry bushes and brush took over. Vandals removed nearly all of the doors and windows and set the house on fire several times; the house didn’t burn down.

The owner in 2000 donated the structure to the Eagle Point Historical Society. Although retaining the land, he gave the society a one-acre lease underneath the house at $200 per month. With donations of money and time, the society restored the weather-beaten place. The roof was re-shingled with old cedar shakes, doors and windows added, and the structure made sound. No improvements were made inside, so that the house still looks as it did in the 1870s.

Judson Parsons and Diana Gardener from Salem bought the property in 2006 and greatly helped the volunteers. They entered into a new lease on two acres, but at $1 per year, instead of the original $2,400 per year. When Jackson County discontinued the funding to all fourteen of the local historical societies in 2007 (taking the proceeds from a state-wide levy), the Wood House was again at risk. The Eagle Point Historical Society had no funds to continue.

The City of Eagle Point took title to all of its assets except for the Wood House and the historical society was dissolved. Skip and Charlotte Geear formed a nonprofit organization, the Woodhouse Preservation Group, which received title to the Old Wood House. Working throughout all of these travails was Skip Geear and his wife, who deserve the credit for preserving, maintaining, and exhibiting the house--improved inside and out--as it is seen today.      

Only donations and volunteer work maintain the property. There are no paid employees, nor any tax money used in this effort. Annual events to raise money are held, such as a Civil War reenactment, Farm Festival Show (including a photography and art show), and other events. Free tours of the Wood House are given during each event and by appointment otherwise.

As Skip Geear’s website concludes: “Since the beginning in 1870, the Wood House has fought heavy rains, snow, the Columbus Day storm, hail, fire, vandalism and county politics, and through all of this, the house still remains to welcome you to come and visit.” These volunteer efforts should also be congratulated.

Sources: Skip Geear, “The Old Wood House,” December 4, 2011, at The Old Wood House (With Images); Craig Stillwell, “The Wood House,” Jefferson Public Radio: As It Was, November 23, 2006, at Condensed Version.

  

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