Luana (Loffer) Corbin

As It Was Contributor

Luana (Loffer) Corbin was born and raised in Jackson County in the Phoenix area.  Her parents owned a farm and fruit orchard, and she spent her childhood in the country.  After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Medford, Corbin enrolled at Southern Oregon College, majoring in Elementary Education.  The summer after graduation she was hired to teach at Ruch Elementary, where she taught for 32 years.  She considered teaching at a small country school as a wonderful experience that helped her appreciate regional history.  After retiring, Corbin worked for Lifetouch School Photography and then returned to Ruch as an aide helping with reading instruction and at the library.  More recently, she has volunteered at South Medford High.

Children and learning are her passions.  She lives with her husband, Richard, and a black lab, Kelly, on a small farm outside Phoenix.

Growing up in Grants Pass, Ore., Jerry Allen loved sports, but only weighed 125 pounds in high school.  After school, he worked at a record store and radio station KAGI, gaining first-hand broadcast experience doing the weather report.  Within a few weeks he became the youngest DJ in Southern Oregon.

From the 1800s to the present day, Britt Hill in Jacksonville has created memories for residents as well as visitors to the historic town.

Winter activities were popular at Crater Lake and Fort Klamath during the winter months of the 1920s and 1930s.

People who came from states much older than Oregon despised the roads in the Rogue Valley in the 1800s.  They knew what it was like to have good roads and grew impatient with the Oregon Legislature for its neglect.

George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving in 1789 and Abraham Lincoln established in 1853 that Thanksgiving would be the last Thursday in November.

He had already been a Spanish American War volunteer lieutenant, world traveler and newspaperman, but Albert Cooper Allen sought new horizons in Oregon.

William Albert Massie settled with his family in 1885 on 100 acres on the Rogue River and moved the next year to 160 acres on Louse Creek in Merlin, Ore.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leased land for a park after constructing the Lost Creek Lake and Dam on the Rogue River in 1977.  The following year, the Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area opened as a campground with electric facilities and tent sites.

In June 1919, the Klamath Falls Evening Herald profiled Western author Zane Grey as pleasing, with a “glad to meet you” personality, who enjoyed talking to people.  Their conversations provided material for his novels.

An Olympic fencing competitor, Jan York, moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1984 when her husband, Charles Romary relocated his Water Systems company there.

The C. Fridiger building on North Central in downtown Medford was the site of several small businesses during the 1920s and 1930s.

A trick sharpshooter and fancy roper named Ruben Peyton grew up in the same town in Kansas as Buffalo Bill Cody, although Peyton was 11 years his junior.

The Medford, Ore., softball complex at Jackson Park is named after Ben and Helen Fagone.

The first automobiles came to Grants Pass in 1904, resulting in a declining number of horse-drawn carriages on the roads.

Born in Port Angeles, Wash., in 1946, Bill Warren grew accustomed to airplanes flying over his family farm beneath the flight path of the local airport.  When he was eight, the family moved to Medford, Ore., where Warren soon became a fixture at the airport.  Warren held the controls of an airplane for the first time at age 10, and by 15 he had earned his private pilot certificate.  He was headed for a career in aviation.

Brooklyn native Barney Murphy filed a 160-acre land claim on the lower Applegate River in 1854.  Most of the land lay south of the river and included the mouth of Gray’s Creek.  That is how Murphy, Ore., got its name.

One World War II soldier stationed at Camp White, Sgt. Jimmy Dunlevy, became a solid citizen of nearby Medford, Ore., after the war.

A nurse who went ashore on Normandy Beach immediately after World War II’s D-Day invasion of France, Florence Louise Platko Schilling, moved in 1946 to Ashland, Ore.

Raised in Beaumont County, Calif., Fred Warren Kelly was described as very modest with a ready smile.  In high school, he earned many honors in track and field competition before graduating in 1911.

Ancient people etched designs thousands of years ago on southwest-facing basalt boulders some five miles east of Adel, Ore., in the high plateau between Klamath Falls and Lakeview.