Valerie Ing

Northern California Program Coordinator | Classical Host

Valerie Ing’s history with JPR goes back to the stone age, when she volunteered to answer phones during the 1981 fund drive. She was still a teenager when she hosted her first music program on the airwaves, and while getting her degree at SOU, she was JPR’s Student Chief Announcer and the station’s first volunteer in the news room. After graduating, Valerie’s adventures included living on islands in Greece & Alaska, but she came back to the State of Jefferson in 2002 as JPR’s Northern California Program Coordinator.  As the sole staffer of the Redding studio where she hosts Siskiyou Music Hall, Valerie is the unofficial foreign ambassador of JPR. Valerie often serves as mistress of ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre, writes a music column for anewscafe.com, and plays second base on the Dirty Dozen co-ed softball team. She used to play bass in a punk rock band, drove a school bus for a few years and can cook Thai food like nobody’s business. Valerie adores her family, which includes husband Eddie, two teenagers and Casper the friendly white Westie.

Samuel Handsaker quit school at the age of 11 and emigrated from England to Alton, Ill.   He lacked a formal education, but was a gifted writer and observer.

For settlers along the upper Coquille River in the 1800s, mail delivery was tenuous.  The closest post office was in Empire City, a present-day district of Coos Bay, Ore.  The round trip took about four days, and generally depended upon the generosity of local farmers who sporadically sailed downstream to sell their produce.

George Vaughan grew up in North Bend, Ore., in the roaring 1920s.  From the stories he would tell his kids, he was a man who knew how to have a good time, but sometimes took it a little too far.

John William Fitzhugh gave new meaning to the phrase “going barefoot.”

In 1845, Hoy Flournoy emigrated from Missouri to Douglas County and a year later joined a Jesse Applegate survey party that slowly moved south for six months.

Explorer Jedediah Smith and his travelling companions nearly starved during the first documented land journey of American explorers up the California coast to Oregon in June of 1828.

Fred Colvin bought the Gold Beach Confectionary during Prohibition in 1921, so he sold soft drinks and near-beer, but no alcohol.  But according to his 8-year-old son at the time, Edsel Colvin, Prohibition didn’t stop anybody from buying moonshine.

The first railroad in Northern California got its start in Humboldt County in the 1850s. A tiny flat car  drawn on rails by an old white horse named “Spanking Fury” transported ship passengers and freight several miles from the Arcata town plaza to the end of the wharf.

Joseph Endert, his mother, stepfather and 11 siblings left Ohio for Del Norte, Calif., after hearing of its fruitful farmland.  They reached San Francisco and took a side-wheeler boat to Crescent City, arriving in 1871.

The sinking of the steamer Brother Jonathan in 1865 just north of Crescent City, Calif., resulted in a change of steamship shipping laws and the construction of the St. George Reef Lighthouse, one of the most costly and dangerous lighthouses in the United States.

In 1853, Ephraim Catching filed a donation land claim along the Coquille River in Coos County, Ore.  Soon 52 people lived in the village that sprouted there, named Myers after the man who platted the land, Henry Myers.  The town’s name changed to Myrtle Point in 1876 in recognition of a nearby grove of trees.

The devastating Japanese earthquake of March 11, 2001, killed nearly 20,000 people and hurled an 8 to 10-foot tsunami across the Pacific into Oregon and California ports, causing damage, one death and washing some people out to sea.

The Quinn Martin film company approached Siskiyou County rancher Gary Gragnani in 1977 about filming scenes for the TV movie titled “Standing Tall” on Gragnani’s Shasta Spring Ranch in Edgewood, Calif.

As a youth, Edsel Colvin said he gained an education by hanging out in the back room of his father’s candy store in Curry County, Ore.  In 1921, when Colvin was 8 years old, Frank Colvin bought the store, the Gold Beach Confectionary.  Besides candy, the store offered newspapers, cosmetics, tobacco, ice cream, guns and ammunition, and root beer. But no real beer; prohibition was in full swing.

In 1845, Hoy Flournoy emigrated from Missouri to Douglas County and a year later joined a Jesse Applegate survey party that slowly moved south for six months.

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