My new book, The Mills That Built Coos Bay and the Men Who Made It Happen, has finally arrived. It is a history of the mills that populated the shores around Coos Bay, Oregon from the mid-1850’s to around 2020. It includes a 1923 base-map of the bay upon which each mill and their successors are labeled with dates of operation during this 170-year time frame. Without the map, documenting the Coos Bay mills would have been impossible. I needed the map in order to keep myself on track in describing those mills as they were built, burned down, went bankrupt, refinanced and rebuilt again during the cycles of the lumber, plywood and paper industries in our area.
I undertook research into the Pioneer Doctors of Coos County in order to capture the history of the trained medical doctors (and other “doctors”—since some never had a medical degree!) who found their way to Coos County in the early years of the area’s development. A few came to settle for the long term, making a career out of serving the communities of our county and retiring after decades of practicing medical science; while others came and then, for numerous reasons, left the region after a few short years.
Camps and Calluses
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southwestern Oregon
For most of us, the Great Depression that gripped the nation for almost 10 years in the late 1920's and '30's is only something that we vaguely recall from reading history books. In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the reins of the nation and created the NEW DEAL. One of the most successful programs of the NEW DEAL was the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Lansing Family Journey
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Gerrit Lansing was the progenitor of the Lansing family in America; but he never actually made it to the New Netherlands having died shortly after the birth of his sixth child in 1650. Gerrit married Elizabeth Hendrickse Ten Cate and was known by his profession as a baker.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Menasha Corporation and its one hundred year history in Coos Bay, Oregon – 1905 to 2005
Seeing the Forest for the Trees takes the reader through 100 years of timberland ownership and mill investments by the Menasha Corporation and other timber companies and Midwest timber barons who plied the woods of southwestern Oregon for its green riches. The book is filled with high quality old photographs of logging back then, supported by a superbly researched narrative.
Coos County, Oregon Schools 1850-1940
Remember When documents all the one-room school houses that were sprinkled around Coos County around the turn of the 20th century. Back then, there were 91 school districts and one county superintendent. Today there are six school districts, each with their own superintendent and staff. You will read about some of the school children who attended these one-room schools.
Cant You Hear the Whistle Blowin’
Logs, lignites and locomotives in Coos County, Oregon
Can’t you Hear the Whistle Blowin’ is one of a kind readable history of the railroads that helped develop the timber and coal resources of Coos County, Oregon from 1850 to 1930. It includes a 1919 map of Coos County with all the logging railroads shown. Each locomotive that worked the woods and coal mines of Coos County is fully described.
Honoring Our Past, Lighting the Future
(1961-2011) a 50 year history of Southwestern Oregon Community College – 2011
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Southwestern, the Foundation is offering one hard bound copy of “Honoring Our Past, Lighting The Future,” by William A. Lansing, to donors who contribute $50 or more. The 192 page volume with dust jacket has many colorful and historic photos with a rich tapestry of stories.