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Out Our Back Door

    Coos County Curious Crops


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Framed by displays of farm tools and historical photos of early-day Coos County agriculture, a Coos History Museum staffer holds a vintage wooden cranberry scoop used in Bandon bogs. Cranberries are just one of the unique products still produced in Coos County.

    By Tom Baake
    In celebration of the return of the Coos County Fair this week in Myrtle Point, let's have some fun looking back at a few of the colorful early-day highlights of local agriculture.
    For this endeavor, we're fortunate to have local history books that provide insight into some of the curious aspects of the "ag scene" through the years.
    For example, in O.O. Dodge's definitive "Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties," we learn of an intriguing silkworm experiment in Coos County, beginning with the 1893 founding of the Southern Oregon Silk Station in Coquille. The station experimented with 18 different breeds of silkworms imported from Asia and Europe. After three years of tests, "the result was the adoption of a new variety obtained from the cross-breeding of the O-Gon (Japanese) and the March (Italian) silkworms," writes Dodge.
    The eggs and an instructional handbook were distributed to those who wanted to experiment and had mulberry trees. The Silk Station also distributed 2,186 mulberry trees, and hundreds more were purchased from nurseries. "The trees are thriving well and in the course of a few more years, when they reach their full growth, will feed an enormous army of silkworms," the book states.
    Not counting the experimental crops, local farmers raised 228 pounds of cocoons by 1897, which translated into 76 pounds of raw silk "of the first grade," valued at $456. Wonder whatever happened to the silk "industry" in Coos County?
    Other experiments led to products still being produced, such as Easter lily bulbs. In Bill Mast's 2014 book "Coos County Agriculture," we learn that the lily bulb industry in southwestern Oregon owes its beginnings to Louis Houghton, who spent World War I in Coos County. After the war, he returned to Maryland and his job as a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture scientist, working to develop hybrid lily bulbs. He returned to Bandon in 1919 and planted bulbs, sharing some with friends and neighbors.
    The lilies did so well that one of his neighbors began selling them to tourists and locals. After being burnt out by the 1936 Bandon fire, he relocated to Brookings. Bulbs were still produced in Coos County – including a big farm along the east fork of the Coquille River below Dora -- and even on Valino Island in South Slough.
    Cranberries are another specialty crop that found fertile ground in Coos County beginning in 1885, and remain a highly visible part of the local economy.
    Dairying has always been strong, and in recent years has taken an unexpected turn. From the earliest days of settlement, local farms sent milk to local creameries that turned it into butter, cheese and condensed milk, which was loaded onto ships for San Francisco markets. In Nathan Douthit's "Guide to Oregon South Coast History," he writes that by 1914 there were 12 cheese factories that churned out 1.4 million pounds of cheese, 846,372 pounds of butter, and 30,000 cans of condensed milk. Those numbers suffered drastic downturns in later years, but some farms found renewed life with increased interest in organic food, with 90 percent of local dairies now organic.
    In previous columns I've mentioned Coos County's most unexpected crop, said to be its first commercial crop -- tobacco. It was grown by members of the Baltimore Colony, a group from Maryland who settled in the upper Coquille Valley around today's Broadbent. The colony's founder, Dr. Henry Hermann -- and other members -- were experienced gentleman farmers who experimented with growing everything from artichokes to flowers to flax to sweet potatoes, so "bountiful" was the local soil. The doctor also brought in the first honeybees on pack horses.
    As recounted in "The Baltimore Colony and Pioneer Reflections," written by his son Binger Hermann, the doctor grew tobacco from "Cuban seed (which) when properly cured made a good cigar of peculiar and agreeable aromatic flavor." He also tested the Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky varieties.
    The yield of "Coquille Leaf" was "more than usual, being from 1500 to 2000 pounds per acre," and sold by the ton to San Francisco cigar makers.
    In a 1996 interview for my book, "Out Our Back Door," Elton Schroeder, grandson of one of the founders of the Baltimore Colony, said many members of the group were descendents of the first settlers in America, who themselves had raised tobacco. "It was a natural thing for them to try," he said.
    Through the years it was claimed that there's never been a crop failure in Coos County. It would be interesting to find out if that's true. What we can say with some assurance, however, is that we live in a bountiful and beautiful part of the world, where even the silkworms thrive.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of local guidebooks available in bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Siuslaw River Glitters Among Our Coastal Gems


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A kayaker enters the Siuslaw River's north fork at the Bender Landing boat ramp east of Florence.
    By Tom Baake
    Recent columns have focused on the similarities and distinctions of the South Coast's half-dozen major rivers, with the Siuslaw River in Florence as a fitting conclusion.
    Like the Coos, Coquille and Umpqua/Smith rivers, the Siuslaw becomes a tidal estuary as it nears the sea. The ocean's influence extends 27 miles upstream, to one mile beyond Mapleton. And while the headwaters of the Umpqua and Rogue rivers can be traced to the distant Cascade Range, and the other coastal rivers to sources in the Coast Range, the Siuslaw is unusual as it springs forth in the mountains of southwest Lane County, about 10 miles west of Cottage Grove. No dams impede or divert its seaward progress.
    As with just about every other river, the Siuslaw gains volume from tributaries along the way. But in another unusual aspect, the Siuslaw gains a remarkable one third of its volume from Lake Creek, which is actually a 40-mile river famed for its dramatically turbulent winter water flows. Lake Creek enters the Siuslaw near Swisshome.
    As mentioned, the Siuslaw meets tidal water 1 mile up from Mapleton, near Farnham Landing, now a Lane County park. Just to confuse things, there's a little settlement called Tide, but it's not at the tideline.
    Not far downstream from Mapleton, the river splits into two channels -- creating what's sometimes called Duncan Slough – along with four-mile-long Duncan Island -- before reentering the main stem.
    Like all the other coastal rivers, the adjoining land was peopled for thousands of years by Indians, until their 1860 removal to a reservation near Yachats. Later freed, many returned to find the land occupied by settlers.
    And what about the name Siuslaw? Some sources say it means "far away waters," but linguist Patty Whereat Phillips of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians is quoted in several publications stating word was the local name for a small stream entering the river's north fork. A tribal blogger says the Indians called the river Ikatuu, "the big one."
    In his "Field Guide to Oregon Rivers," author and explorer Tim Palmer calls the 109-mile Siuslaw River "one of the more significant free-flowing rivers on the West Coast." Its fisheries must originally have been magnificent. In addition to Chinook salmon, steelhead, cutthroat trout, perch, ling cod, cabezon and other rockfish, the Siuslaw's coho salmon run was historically second only to the mighty Columbia River. Guidebook author Palmer points to subsequent erosion, road-building and logging to a decline in the coho population to less than 1 percent of early day runs. Even at that, the river's wildly popular during salmon season, with a flotilla of boats carrying sport anglers. The rest of the year, you'll have the river pretty much to yourself, should you venture out in a watercraft.
    Among other tasks, the Siuslaw Watershed Council promotes the Siuslaw's tidal waters as a recreational wonderland for paddlers, with more than 30 miles of interconnected waterways, braided channels and peaceful backwaters, with several islands to potentially land on for a bit of exploration on foot. (Some islands are off-limits. Don't trespass and respect private property.) In several places, the watershed council has restored the complex channels with backwater pools and wetlands.
    Did you know the Siuslaw has its own South Slough? Not as famous as the one near Charleston, this South Slough is about two miles from the main marina in Florence, on the south side (where else?) of the river.
    Public access to the Siuslaw is pretty much limited to boat ramps. Some are in scenic locations, sometimes with toilets and picnic tables. Most are Lane County parks, with a fee required even if just launching a kayak.
    Bender Landing up North Fork Rd. just east of Florence is the best known, set amidst of grove of spruce, cedar and firs that send their swooping branches right down to the waterline. The fishing dock is handicapped accessible and there are picnic tables. Even just a drive or bicycle ride up to visit the landing can be fun, with only occasional vehicles going by.
    So whether you explore by boat, paddlecraft, motor vehicle or bicycle, you'll have fun making your own discoveries in this land of "the big one" we call Siuslaw.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Scouting the Real Thing: Native Wild Blackberries


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Walls of wildflowers crowd the roadways just about everywhere in the South Coast region.

    By Tom Baake
    A drier than normal Spring might mean fewer wildflowers, or so you might think. But that doesn't seem to be the case, if you've noticed. They're popping up everywhere, even in places that don't usually have them. Maybe it's the stress of less rainfall.
    As usual, my neighbor Olive had an unusual take on wildflowers, as she again talked her granddaughter Pearl into a little drive. Pearl still has her learner's permit so she's up for just about anywhere Grandma Olive wants to go. But Pearl wasn't sure she heard her grandmother right when Olive said they were going after blackberries.
    Even young Pearl knew it was too early for berries, whether they were the elusive, highly prized wild variety or the scorned and seedy Himalayans. No, they weren't after Himalayans in all their tangled fury, rather the tell-tale flowers of the wild blackberry, trailing from under a tangle of vines and other grasses. They were scouting places to come back to in a couple of months when the blackberries were ripe.
    At first, Olive offered only terse commands. "Turn left up here" and "Get ready to slow down." As they got farther into the hills, Olive started scribbling occasional notes, and leaning over to note odometer readings. She even brought binoculars!
    "All plants can be identified by their flowers," she declared, ordering Pearl to stop so Olive could look over a particularly promising area. And sure enough, there they were, the tell-tale blossoms of wild blackberries.
    "A lot of these, the bears will get," said Olive matter of factly. She knew full well any mention of bears made Pearl nervous. But it was true about the bears. It was almost a sure thing that if Olive and Pearl were to return here in a couple of months, there would be some classic wallows amidst the vines where a bear had rolled and shifted around while delicately plucking the succulent tiny berries.
    So it was important to have some back-up patches. They ended up spending hours roaming the roadsides and woods. By the time they finally turned back, even Olive had seen enough.
    As usual, when they got home, Olive asked Pearl to stay for dinner. Although Olive didn't say anything about dessert, Pearl couldn't help recalling many previous dinners at grandma's house ended with her famous blackberry pie. But how could that be possible this early in the season?
    Pearl decided to go for it, and accepted her grandma's dinner invitation, and although Olive was trying to be a little furtive about it, Pearl heard the distinct sounds of the freezer being opened and Olive rummaging in the icy depths. You guessed it – the last little stash of wild blackberries from last year, good for one final pie in celebration of their successful trip to plot future berrying.
    The sounds of bowls and baking tools being taken out was too hard to disguise, though, and both grandmother and granddaughter were soon laughing about the treat that was soon to be baking away in Olive's oven.
    Before that, though, it was all about making the crust. Olive even said that, "a pie is all about the crust."
    Yes, yes, the crust on Olive's famous blackberry pies. When will we learn how to make it?
    "It's not so much a secret," Olive told me the other day when she was recounting the berry scouting. "But you have to do it right, right in the right order." Right right right, Olive, so what's the formula? Directions please!
    "Maybe one of these days I'll show you," she said cryptically. "Meantime I brought you the last piece." Wow! The last piece from the last pie of the season using the last of last season's crop! Wow again!
    Meantime, A Nettlesome Question
    It's entirely possible that one could spend a lifetime seeking out and enjoying the multitude of tantalizing wild culinary delights of our local woods and rivers and beaches and ocean. Deer and elk; salmon and steelhead; clams and cockles, crabs and crawdads; mushrooms and mallards, the list goes deliciously on.
    There are other more subtle players. I was asked recently where to gather nettles. Yes, these obscure but ubiquitous weeds are prized for a variety of uses, from teas to tinctures, even as a smoothie ingredient.
    Fortunately for nettle-pickers, they aren't nearly as elusive as some of the other aforementioned wild culinary delights. In fact, according to "Plants of the Pacific Northwest" by Jim Pojar and Andy McKinnon, they can be found in "meadows, thickets, stream-banks, open forest . . . (and) disturbed habitats such as avalanche tracks, middens, slash piles, barnyards, roadside . . . from lowlands to subalpine elevations." So go for it!
    You shouldn't need binoculars, and you won't have to share with the bears!

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Umpqua River Offers Lots To Do All Along the Way


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Framed by trees with wisps of Spanish moss hanging over the water, the Umpqua River flows toward the US 101 bridge in Reedsport.

    By Tom Baake
    Continuing our look at the remarkable diversity of South Coast rivers, the mighty Umpqua is one of two big rivers (the Rogue is the other) that finds its headwaters in the distant Cascade Range. The other coastal rivers rise from sources in the closer Coast Range.
    The Umpqua is a river of superlatives. At 266 miles, it's the longest undammed river in the West, and is the state's second-longest river that lies entirely within Oregon. Another interesting fact is that it's actually two rivers at its beginning and two rivers at its end. Its headwaters are referred to as the North Umpqua and South Umpqua. Bubbling out of the Cascades, the two meet about six miles northwest of Roseburg and continue on a seaward course ending at Winchester Bay. Along the way – near Reedsport – the Umpqua is joined by the smaller Smith River, and the two become part of the sprawling Umpqua Estuary, also sometimes referred to as the Umpqua River Tideways.
    The meaning of the word Umpqua is lost to time, although some speculate it was a tribal name, for this was Indian land for thousands of years. They mastered the nuances of this special land between the rugged Cascades and Coast Range, roaming its valleys, sometimes living closer to the coast.
    European explorers at first hoped the wide river would lead to the long-sought Inland Passage, but the river's limitations were quickly realized when one of the earliest ships was briefly grounded at low tide on a sandbar. The crew supposedly broke into the ardent spirits waiting for the tide to turn, inspiring the place-name Brandy Bar.
    In 1852 the schooner Bostonian wrecked not far from the river's mouth, with the crew salvaging cargo to a site that would become the settlement of Gardiner. As at the Columbia, a bounty of salmon spurred development of canneries and other commerce. The town of Reedsport overshadowed Gardiner when the railroad chose a route that bypassed Gardiner in 1916. In later years a large sawmill and paper plant operated until the 1990s.
    You could spend a long time enjoying all the recreational activities on and around the Umpqua, from camping and fishing to paddling and boating to hiking and waterfall watching, just to name a few. Days or even weeks can be spent exploring, especially in the upper reaches, while closer to home here on the South Coast, the lower reaches of the Umpqua/Smith rivers offer lots of possibilities as day-trips. You can do all sorts of things and easily make it home at day's end.
    Getting There
    The potential fun begins at the river's mouth in Winchester Bay, with a small harbor and popular Oregon Dunes access for all-terrain vehicles, and a long hiking beach closed to vehicles. The Umpqua Lighthouse offers tours, and an adjacent museum has absorbing displays. Museum admission is free.
    Heading north, US 101 swings away from the river, meeting it again in Reedsport. Visit the impressive Umpqua Discovery Center along the waterfront in Old Town Reedsport.
    At one of two boat ramps along the Old Town waterfront, one has a recently installed kayak launch.
    From Reedsport, head east on Highway 38 to follow the river's course. With soaring, deeply forested slopes on either side of the river, this stretch often reminds visitors of the Columbia River Gorge.
    In less than five miles is the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, offering a close look at the majestic beasts. The nearby Hinsdale House Gardens offers a seasonal showplace of rhododendrons and other plants.
    Continuing east, a historical marker relates the tale of the aforementioned Brandy Bar. There are a couple of boat launches along the way.
    Tidal influence ends about 16 miles upriver in the vicinity of Scottsburg. The river takes on a different appearance, with sections of rapids and many areas of wide, exposed bedrock slabs of sandstone eroded through to form fun channels, races, plunge pools and little waterfalls.
    River and road continue eastward, with public access areas and boat ramps. The recreational opportunities continue for more than a hundred miles, through town and countryside and on up into the high Cascades, but my allotted space has come to an end so we'll save some of those things for another day.
    Meantime, take the time to check out this wonderful treasure known as the Umpqua River, not far "out our back door."

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks on sale at bookstores, the Umpqua Discovery Center, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
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Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. 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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Watt — w Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt commercial — comm'l double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.