Archive for August 2018

Remember the Lunch Lady

The schoolroom clock turns 11:30 a.m. Chairs scrape back from desks, voices rise in a cheerful cacophony and suddenly, 450 schoolchildren begin parading through the doors of the cafeteria, what is today’s Courtyard Restaurant at the Kennedy School. From 11:30 a.m. ‘til 1 p.m., lunch was doled out to one child after another after another…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. 1. In the 1870s, this pub’s neighborhood acquired its unusual name when a lumber mill opened; the leftover log edges were a cheap source of heating and fuel for working-class neighbors. Hint: Its annual community festival is coming up Sat., September…

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The Mother of Oregon

In 1799 in Brimfield, MA, Tabitha Moffatt married the Reverend Clark Brown at the age of 19; the couple had three sons and a daughter. When her husband passed, she supported her family by teaching school until age 63, at which point her extended family decided to move west. So, in Spring 1846, three generations…

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The Lotus Bar’s Back Story

It’s a beauty – stunning in size, age and craftsmanship. Gorgeous cherry wood spanning 30 feet in length and 13 feet in height, believed to have been built in 1889 by Brunswick Balke-Collender Company, the famous bar and pool table manufacturer of Chicago. This lovely relic has certainly borne witness to many strange and wondrous…

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