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