Category Archives: History

Joe’s Ideal Market

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Before there was Safeway, and before there was Bales Thriftway, there was Joe’s. In 1947 the store opened in the now-demolished two-story building at the southeast corner of Murray and Cornell. C&H Hardware was on one side, and Joe’s on the other.

Our Victorian lady

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Many neighbors have noticed a tall slim young woman strolling the area in Victorian dresses. She’s often called “Mary Poppins,” but her real name is Adelaide Beeman White, and we asked for her story!

The Bauer house

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Jim Bauer is a descendant of one of Cedar Mill’s early families. He shared his recollections of the Henry & Erna Bauer house that is slated for imminent demolition on Saltzman to make way for a new subdivision.

History in the News: Cedar Mill Historical Society is dissolved but our history lives on

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In July, I received messages from all the board members of the Cedar Mill Historical Society that they were resigning. Since that time, I learned that several of them were forming a new group to focus on the JQA Young House. Since I am interested in the whole story of Cedar Mill, I decided to dissolve the 501c3 and just focus on having fun with sharing our stories.

History in the News May 2021

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• Our heritage trees: In the iconic 1905 photo of the JQA Young House on Cornell, you can see a pear tree with a ladder leaning against it. That tree has survived along with its neighboring apple tree, but both of them were in bad shape.
• Website help wanted!

Heritage trees at JQA Young House

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In the earliest photo we have of the John Quincy Adams Young House on Cornell, you can see a fruit tree with a ladder propped up against it. That pear tree, and the apple tree next to it, still stand next to the house!

Were Portland’s founders drunk when they laid out the Multnomah/Washington County border?

Since lockdown, I’ve been using Google Earth to take virtual tours of the world. In so doing, I noticed that Multnomah County’s western border is quite odd. Zigzaggy, if that’s a word. Were our founders drunk when they laid it out or what? —Desktop Globe-Trotter

History in the News

The Cedar Mill Historical Society has a treasure trove of local stories, photos, and even a few artifacts, and we have wonderful plans for bringing them to the community. What we need are a few good folks—like you?—to join our Board of Directors to help us achieve our goals.