Archive for September 2018

Elsie Isaacson Francis

“There’s no doubt about it. She was a perfectionist. She wanted everything right, and in order. With her life, and in her teaching. That’s the way she was.” —Bob Palm, Elsie’s nephew All told, Elsie Isaacson Francis taught 42 years at Kennedy School, from its very early years into the late 1950s, one of the…

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Harvey Hansen, Light Fixtures & His Hanburt Guitars

As you stroll around our Anderson School property – or any of our joints, really – you will notice a preponderance of two things: interesting lighting fixtures and interesting music. Without these two elements (among others), it simply wouldn’t be a McMenamins. And that is why we named a room for Harvey Hansen, a one-time…

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Artwork in the Making

This is a piece in process by artist Andy Eccleshall inspired by the Jolly Corks. In 1867, this rowdy group of theater menfolk, named for a parlor trick involving a champagne cork that they’d play on unsuspecting dupes, formed the basis for what is today the civic- and community-minded Elks organization. Artist Ryan McDonald depicts…

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Baseball in Slabtown

So why did the Slabtown Festival come about? It had its beginnings because of baseball. Back in January 2006, friends and fellow Slabtown history enthusiasts Mike Ryerson and Tim Hills organized a gathering for a number of the old Croatian residents of Slabtown, most of whom shared ties to St. Patrick’s Church, Tavern & Pool…

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