Dmitri Shockey

As It Was Contributor

Dmitri Shockey is a high school junior attending Logos Public Charter School. He has spent the past 14 years living in the Applegate valley and regularly listening to JPR, particularly enjoying As It Was stories.  Dmitri also attends Rogue Community College part time and after high school hopes to start a career as a foreign correspondent. With both of his parents already contributing to As It Was on a regular basis he started writing in the summer of 2013. Volunteering with As It Was has also given Dmitri a unique opportunity to glimpse what a career in journalism will be like. 

In the early 1960s two men decided that Oregon was in need of an outdoor music festival.


In late May 1916, the accidental shooting of a little girl by her brother shook up the little coastal village of Bandon, Ore.

At a time when newspapers didn’t always let facts get in the way of a good story, the San Francisco Examiner and the Roseburg Review published an interview in 1890 of fictional old miner Phil Maguire by Charles L. Mosher, grandson of Oregon’s first territorial governor, Gen. Joseph Lane.

There was a time when Jacksonville, Ore., was one of the rowdiest towns in the Rogue Valley.  With all the money flowing in from the gold rush, guns and liquor were always close at hand.

None of this intimidated Emily Overbeck and Emily Royal, wife of the Rev. Fletcher Royal.


For years Oregon’s summer fires have not only destroyed stands of valuable timber, but also damaged the regional economy.  In the 1960's, an average of 414 fires annually were burning 5,660 acres and costing some $243,000 to extinguish.

Eight Dollar Mountain has towered over humans for as long as they have lived in Southern Oregon. Only recently known by its name, the Eight Dollar Mountain is an important landmark for the residents of the Josephine County town of Kerby. 

In the early 1960s two men decided that Oregon was in need of an outdoor music festival. 

 Jackson County, Ore., began paying bounties to predator hunters in April 1910, responding to complaints from farmers that the “varmints” were eating their livestock.

 In 1916, Josephine County received federal money to build an automobile highway between Grants Pass and the Josephine County Caves, known today as the Oregon Caves.

 The native Pacific Northwest camas plant has long been associated with Indian tribes from Northern California to British Columbia, with its most diverse and abundant concentration in Southern Oregon.

 About 1,500 years before the South Slough near Charleston, Ore., became the country’s first national estuarine sanctuary in 1974, Miluk Indians began living in seasonal villages alongside the slough. 

Two Rogue Valley brothers ran away from their Phoenix area home in 1937, attracting nationwide attention after local newspapers dubbed them the “Tarzan Boys.”  


Graduating at the top of his class of 23 in 1896 at the Southern Oregon State Normal School in Ashland, Abraham Lincoln Savage would become over the next 54 years one of the most prominent citizens of Josephine County.


 By 1908 W.S. Barnum, president of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, had made a fortune providing public transportation in the valley.  

 French-Canadian Priest X.F. Blanchard, may have been about the only man of God that the hard-drinking miners of Waldo were happy to see. 

  In June of 1911, the city of Medford held a comically named and well advertised baseball game. For weeks the Medford Sun and Medford Mail Tribune promoted the game between the “Fats” and the “Leans.”  One newspaper declared, “If you're fat you'll get lean and if you're lean you'll get your money's worth.”

 Founded in 1936 by Kenneth Ford, with old equipment and 25 men, the Roseburg Lumber Company was poised for rapid expansion when the demand for lumber exploded during the post-World War II housing boom. Since then it has grown into the largest family-held forest products company in the country. 

 At a time when Grants Pass and the country as a whole was gripped by the Great Depression, the Grants Pass Entertainment Co. cheered up Grants Pass by commissioning the Rogue Theatre.

 Roseburg, Ore., attorney Binger Hermann emigrated in 1850 from Baltimore to Oregon, where he became a state senator, tax collector, judge advocate in the Oregon militia, and by 1884, Oregon’s sole representative in the U.S. Congress.

Lester Hulin came West during the spring of 1847 dreaming of the riches to be found in Southern Oregon and California. The first record of his being in Oregon was a job in Corvallis, and he participated in the Cayuse Indian War that resulted from the massacre at the Whitman mission near present-day Walla Walla, Wash.