Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" - Daily Courier - Grants Pass, Oregon

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Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" - Daily Courier - Grants Pass, Oregon

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The Josephine County Historical Society's "Passport To History" program continues; The Daily Courier story is so fascinating that is deserves a follow up:  That's why they called him "Boss!" 

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Amos Earle "Boss" Voorhies arrived in Portland, Oregon in 1891 to apprentice in the printing business.  Walking five miles to work at 4:00 p.m. and walking five miles home when he got off at 2:00 a.m.

Voorhies came to Grants Pass as foreman for the Oregon Observer in August of 1895.

He returned to Michigan to marry in July of 1896.  His bride was the daughter of the newspaper publisher where he had served as an apprentice.

Times were tough when he returned to Grants Pass, and he lost his job at the Observer.  He planned to return to Portland, but the day before he was to leave, he made a bold gamble -- He rode a bicycle over 40 miles south to Ashland, Oregon to get the financial backing to buy out the struggling Rogue River Courier.

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Can you imagine pioneer Oregon, with only wagon ruts and trails for roads on the type of bicycle they had in the 1800's ?

This man had more guts than I can imagine!  Can you see anyone doing that, even today?  It's hard to get people to even shave for a job interview.

Well, he bought the Rogue River Courier, and his heirs are continuing his legacy.

No wonder he was "Boss."  He earned it!

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This home, built in 1929 was once the home of "Boss" Voorhies.  It was built in the "Colonial" style which was a popular architecture for its' time.  It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Please visit the Josephine County Historical Society's website Daily Courier for more information on the Passport To History program.

Below are the links to my earlier Josephine County Historical Society's Passport To History blogs.

Introduction        Caveman        Schmidt House

Blind George's Newsstand        Grants Pass Historic Homes Tour

Historic District Tour      Grants Pass Pharmacy      Rogue Theatre

Hugo Community Church      Haines Apple Tree      Ament Dam

Grants Pass Cemeteries      Pottsville      Sportsman Park

Griffin Park      Lake Selmac      Granite Hill Cemetery

Pleasant Valley Cemetery        Josephine County Bridges

Grants Pass Fire Department      Reinhart Volunteer Park      Wolf Creek Inn

Applegate Trail Interpretive Center        Golden Townsite

Grave Creek Covered Bridge        Robertson Bridge

Wilderville Store and Post Office        Wilderville Cemetery

Granite Tombstone Quarry        Merlin Park - Veterans Walk of Honor

Gotcher Cemetery      Provolt Store      Missouri Flat Cemetery

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base        Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside

Rough & Ready Lumber Co.      Pacifica, A Garden In The Siskiyous

Riverside Park       Daily Courier

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Patricia Kennedy
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Gary, I love to look at old photos.  You're inspiring a trip to the DC Historical Society when I get back to town.

Jul 24, 2010 03:42 PM #1
Jim Hale
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In the 1800's in Oregon - or elsewhere - the boys on bikes had the personalities of those who now sky dive, mountain bike and iron man.

Jul 24, 2010 08:08 PM #2
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