The Ping Yang School Bombings

The Ping Yang School Bombings

1895 – 1900- 1901by Stephen Williamson(C) 2005 – Updated 2015 On a hot July summer night in 1901, in a small community near Marcola, Oregon a school named Ping Yang was completely blown up by a bomb. It was the third bombing of the tiny school since...
Who Was Opal Whiteley?

Who Was Opal Whiteley?

Every town has its legends. Most are unknown to outsiders. However, our legend, Opal Whiteley, is known worldwide. Many visitors come to Cottage Grove each year to see where she lived and wrote about. People love to take selfies by her mural. In 1918 Opal was the most...
Opal’s Heroes

Opal’s Heroes

Thurston High School – Springfield May 21, 1998  Without Fred Ure may have been no Opal Whiteley Memorial.   Fred created the beautiful sculptures for the Opal Park exhibit back in 1994 (photo on left)  He has been my friend for 20 years. Fred’s two...
Opal’s Diary for Students

Opal’s Diary for Students

The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow By Benjamin HoffFor High School & College Students Benjamin Hoff – best-selling author of the Tao of Pooh has written a wonderful biography of Opal Whiteley. His book also reprints her original diary – in...
How Cerro Gordo Mountain was Named

How Cerro Gordo Mountain was Named

Our Forgotten War with Mexico The Battle of Cerro Gordo, 4/18/1847  By Stephen Williamson, (c) 2015 Cerro Gordo Mountain is located six miles east of Cottage Grove, Oregon.  It overlooks Dorena Lake.  Anyone in downtown Cottage Grove can see Cerro Gordo Mountain...