Get Your 2021 Hillsboro Historic Calendars Now

Boy oh boy, 2020 was a very historic year. The COVID-19 pandemic tipped the entire world upside down. We all had to learn to survive in a new normal that was challenging. People lost family and friends, their jobs, their homes, and more. Change was everywhere and for the most part, we all hung on and tried to support each other. Politics followed a similar path. Every aspect of our lives changed in 2020 and 2021 is continuing on a similar path. Like any organization, the Hillsboro Historical Society has had to pivot and find new ways to serve our community and our mission.

Kay Demlow, Founder and 20 year President of the Hillsboro Historical Society

We installed a new board and thanked our Founder, Kay Demlow, for two decades of service. Kay brought together the people of Hillsboro and rallied them to protect our historic structures and Hillsboro’s history. She continues to serve the Board as an advisor. As the current President, I have come to rely on her for sage advice as to our policies and procedures. We would not be where we are if it were not for Kay and our community owes her a great debt of appreciation. Our history has been lost in so many ways but without Kay, it could have been much worse. Her activism, lobbying, and commitment has done more than our citizens will ever know.

As 2021 begins the Historical Society is happy to announce that we have produced a fantastic Calendar featuring a total of 14 photos of our historic downtown area.  Each month reveals the evolution of our old town.  From the horse and buggy era with muddy streets to wood planks, asphalt, trains, and automobiles- we covered it all.  Most of these images came from the private collection of Mr. Earle McLain.  His father collected postcards and images of old Hillsboro for decades.  Earle picked up where he left off and acquired the big collection of Mr. Len Gratteri.  Without Earle this Calendar would not be possible, so THANK YOU, Earle!

We ask you all to purchase our Calendar and share them with your friends, families, and business clients.  The Calendar is loaded with fun facts and descriptions and is designed to be a teaching tool as well as a visual masterpiece!  All proceeds go to support the Hillsboro Historical Society in our mission to protect & preserve our history and to educate people.

     How Can You Get a Calendar?

We have a lot of plans for 2021 to host events and learning opportunities within our community.  The pandemic will keep us all on our heels and there is little we can do to change that.  But stay tuned for more from the HHS and in the meantime grab your calendars and enjoy!  We thank you all for your support.

ALSO:  Join Us Now- We are looking for new Members!


Dirk Knudsen

President- Hillsboro Historical Society

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Stories On The Street Will Bring Hillsboro History To Life & You Can Help

Hillsboro’s historic downtown reveals its stories

When you walk through downtown Hillsboro, you might notice the quaint historic facades, the inviting boutiques, the tantalizing restaurants, but the Hillsboro Historical Society (HHS) wants you to look beyond that cozy first impression. After years spent in dusty records rooms and leafing through old newspapers, HHS is nearly ready to invite you in to learn the story of our town—through all the colorful. inspiring personalities who built this community we love.

The first phase of Stories on the Streets project will install twenty-three signs on the buildings of Main Street between Second and Third Avenues, featuring a playful spin on Victorian silhouette art, coupled with quirky stories from the past.

Through the Stories on the Streets project, you will have a chance to get to know:

Orange Phelps – Oldest of the original theater men, semi-pro baseball catcher, and Hillsboro mayor.

Emma McKinney – Widowed mother turned newspaperwoman; namesake of a major national newspaper award.

Dr. F.A. Bailey – Pioneer doctor so dedicated to his patients that he would build rafts during flood season to get to them.

The historical society hopes to offer you the chance to connect with your community through the story of our shared Hillsboro heritage, the story we, ourselves, contribute to every day as we live, work, play, and endure an epidemic…together.

Our hope is that by sharing these tales of our collective past we can draw people together under a common bond, one of community pride and involvement. We hope, too, that this project will give travelers to the Tualatin Valley a similarly clear sense of place, a gorgeous town that has inspired generations of entrepreneurs and statesmen, organizers and artisans.

And, of course, we hope their stories will inspire you, too!

If you would like to sponsor a sign or get involved in the Stories on the Streets project, we would love to hear from you! You can reach our President, Dirk Knudsen, at You can also support our work with a membership at

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Learn the History of Oregon’s Historic Jackson School

History of Jackson School – By Ginny Mapes; local Historian

Today Jackson School Lavender farm stands where the old Jackson School once stood. The large trees are still there. Trees that once sheltered a pony while the owner, Vivian Weisenbach attended school.

Stepping back in time . . . . Jackson School was established in 1851 and named for the Jackson family since the land was part of their Donation Land Claim. This first building was a log cabin.

On July 1, 1885, a two-acre site was purchased from Robert and Amanda Newell for $100.

A second schoolhouse was built in the southwest corner with a board rail fence around the yard.

The building was 35 feet long, 23 feet wide, and 14 feet high with three windows on each side. There was a double door in front.

In 1901 a porch was built. In 1928 the porch as removed and a clock room added. A play shed was built around 1932 and a garage added at a later date.

There were a few trees in front of the school. Vivian Weisenbach rode her Cayuse pony to school and would time him to a tree. One day she was very surprised to discover her “Strawberry Roan” had headed for the hills without her. Vivan had to walk home.

When the old woodshed on the east side of the school was torn down a registered elm tree was planted. However, it never grew due to a lack of water in the summertime.

For some years around 1930 on, each child bought soup or stew in pint jars. At 11:30 a.m. a boiler was put on the stove and the jars were placed in it to warm. This was the “hot lunch program” of those days.

Joe Meek was clerk of the school from 1866 to 1873. Mail was received through the Glencoe Post Office.

Directors of Jackson School were: for 1876, Geo. Barrett, Sam Elliott and Geo. Ross; for 1884, John Freeman, J. W. Goodin, and John W. Jackson; for 1897, J. W. Jackson, J. W. Goodin, W. L. Batchelder, and Joseph Connell, Clerk. . . .

The county superintendent’s book states that a teaching certificate was issued to a Miss Olive Meek on April 7, 1864. She became a teacher at Jackson School.

In 1865 school was held for only one-fourth of the year, and the average daily membership was 20; and that 45 different students had been enrolled during the term. Children ages 4 — 20 years were eligible for school attendance.

By 1873 school was taught for two quarters and had an average daily attendance of 21 ½.

The water was not very good at the school as many students recall. Vivan Lucas remembered the students had to cross the road going over to the Jackson’s water pump at the end of their porch to get a bucket of water for the school each day. The bucket of water was poured into a crock and all the students drank from the same dipper.

In 1939 records state a “new well, but not yet approved as the water shows only a ‘B’ test.”

The building of homes continued in the area with many more families adding children to the rural schools which were already crowded.

There was an election on January 14, 1946, to consolidate all the smaller districts into West Union. West Union had a newer, larger building so Jackson, Shute, Roc Creek, and Helvetia were consolidated into West Union District #1.

In 1948 there was a new West Union School built and all the smaller schools became part of the West Union.

The Jackson School building was still standing in 1951. At some point in time after that, a new residence was built. It is now Jackson School Lavender.

Photo: 1889-90 Jackson School building with a fence around the schoolyard and logs at the side of the building for heating the woodstove. Privies were in the back, one for boys and one for girls.

Some children have lard buckets carrying their lunch.

Most of the girls on one side, boys on the other.

1889 Students: Gertie Pasley, Jeannie Connell, Lennie Pasley, Winnie Lincoln, Allie Connell, Edith Johnson, Mabel Jackson, Maud Johnson, Letitia Jackson, Annie Heath, teacher Annie Meacham, Frank Jackson, George Meacham, Clyde Lincoln, Will Joos, Stanley Riley, Oral Fowler, Jeffie Johnson, Will Meacham, John Connell, Frank Fowler, George Gibson,
Oral Meacham, Joe Shinn, and Ward Fowler. Annie Gibson Mary Joos


1908 Students

1st Row: Bert Walters, McKnight, Elmer Payne, Dayton Mays [crossed bats, mitt, and flowers], Ralph Payne, Eddie Krug

2nd Row: Gladys Lincoln, Tillie Krug, Dora Farnham, Emma Krug, Pearl Bettis, Ethel Kinser, Blanche Walters, and Dave Payne [hat on his knee, mitt, and flowers]

3rd Row: Lizzie Bettis, Elmer Batchelder, Ben Krug, Art Connell, and Edward Walters

4th Row: Cecil Van Kirk, Alice Hunchild, teacher, _________, Grace Jackson, Edison Kinser, and Paul Exline.

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The Methodist Meeting House On The Tualatin Plains Important To Pioneer Life

By featured Washington County Historian Ginny Mapes

Methodist Meetinghouse on the Tualatin Plains

The Methodist Meetinghouse built-in 1844 on the Tualatin Plains was essential to the civic and spiritual lives of the early pioneers.

This cornerstone of the settlement served multiple uses being a religious center for several denominations, including community meetings and elections, trials, and public complaints. It was also a gathering place for celebrations and picnics.

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It was simply a space to meet, for many of the small log cabin homes were filled with families. It had a belfry, but the members could not afford a bell.

We are not certain of the light or furnishing of the building, but we know it served the purpose.

Source: “History of the Methodist Church.” by Lester C. Mooberry, Historian Hillsboro Methodist Church

“Records of County Court of Tuality County, April 26, 1847” retyped by Verne Bright

Photo: Leste C. Mooberry with students, 1898.

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Illustration: The first commercial typewriter was manufactured in 1873; the Remington No. 1 was very archaic. It only typed in capital letters and the user could not see the line they were typing.

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Bonus Feature

Here is a video from Hillsboro Historical Society member Dirk Knudsen which will help you understand more about Methodist Meeting House in Hillsboro, Oregon and why the recent controversy and planned memorial mattered to us all so much.  The legal case of preservation has been resolved.  Final archaeological work has not found the bones of the Meek children but that was not an unexpected outcome.  At this point, despite serious protests by family and friends of the Methodist Meeting House and associated gravesites, the developer will be covering the site with a building.  History did strike a big win with the requirement that a Monument be built and HHS members Dirk Knudsen and Judy Gates Goldmann prevailed.  A very significant monument will be built to remember the Children and the Methodist Meeting House.  See the photos below.  Look for that to be built in 2021.  Outcomes like this keep our members energized and active in the community when our History demands it.  Just one was we serve our community and our rich story.

Agreed Upon Monument Designs

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Learn More About the Historical Timeline of Hillsboro, Oregon

For those of you seeking a primer or beginner’s guide to the history of Hillsboro, Oregon we have you covered.  This is an amazing place to live and we truly believe that your experiences and lives here will be richer if you understand the past.  It is a big story, a great story, a story that now includes you.

Have a look at this wonderful piece of work that the City of Hillsboro put together.  Stay tuned for more posts and stories about Hillsboro, Oregon, and the surrounding farm communities.

Hillsboro HistoryTimeline

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Understanding the Atfalati People Of Oregon

This story by guest historian to the Hillsboro Historial Society – Ginny Mapes

Atfalati . . . was the approximate name that they and their ancestors gave themselves. The name the mothers and fathers called themselves, like the old ways, like the land itself. The Atfalati people developed a successful civilization for many millennia before the Euro-Americans arrived.

Artifacts from the Atfalati have been uncovered and are still being discovered showing achievements of an early people who flourished.

The Indigenous people who lived here had their “Atfalati” name mistranslated or mispronounced by the trappers, explorers, missionaries, and others who had early contact. [Work in 1834, Faladin; Himes, Twha-la-ti; McLoughlin, Falatine; also Twality, Tfalati, Fallatahs, Fwalitz, Quality, Nefalatine, Wappatoos, and Twalaties.]

So, the official name became Tualatin —the name that this group was identified as in the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, a name of modern unity. That name was subsequently vested in the Grande Ronde Indian Reservation.

Atfalati had been managing their landscape for at least 4,000 years primarily by lighting well-timed fires. The Atfalati used these controlled fires to burn the fields in the fall. Open meadows were dotted with small groves of huge Oregon White Oak trees. These hardwoods can withstand both flooding and drought. Fire had little effect on them. Fire actually helped increase the acorn production by destroying the competing brush and insect pests. By burning the undergrowth, future acorn gathering would be easier. Forests and other trees grew in the foothills. In order to ensure an abundance of plants and animals essential to their diet, fire was used to maintain the grasslands. The burning encouraged the growth of camas, bracken fern, tobacco, and the fire kept the forests from taking over. So it went for years.


A circle of Oregon White Oak trees stood as a landmark for the Atfalati. “Chatakuin,” translated as a “place of the mortar & pestle.” It was a place where the Atfalati gathered under the oak trees for celebrations. The mortars and pestles were used to prepare many of the foods the Atfalati enjoyed. Camp meetings held here. It was a gathering place, a powwow time for storytelling, drumming, singing, dancing, and perhaps spiritual ceremonies. Gifts were shared, marriages arranged, and resources traded. Cooking fires and pits were readied, food would be shared. Most likely gambling and gaming was also enjoyed. Horse racing competitions were held.

An epidemic known as “fever and ague” or “intermittent fever” hit in the 1830s and almost completely eliminated the entire Pacific Northwest Indian population which included the Tualatins.

By 1840, many Atfalati people were gone. Some survivors continued to make their seasonal rounds. They continued to burn the meadows in the fall, as early settlers witnessed. Others integrated into the white community.

At the historic Five Oaks, horse racing competitions that had been started by the Atfalati people, continued when the American settlers started arriving in the 1840s. Some of the Indigenous people joined in the races during those early years. The Five Oaks were also referred to as “The Place of the Big Trees” or the “Gathering Place” by the white settlers who followed.

Tribal members today continue to celebrate their heritage —the culture, both past and present, as it is remembered, honored, and experienced today. Actors, artists, writers, musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, chefs, and leaders —pay tribute to the trailblazers who came before and the groundbreakers who are making a new impression. Classes teach youngsters the history and language. Their artwork, some in the form of painting, basketry, beadwork, weaving, woodworking, music, and drumming, are keeping some of the age-old skills alive.

Photos: Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center – Grand Ronde, OR . . . . by Ron Mapes

Carving: “Owl brings his gift to Creation”

Thanks to David Gene Lewis for the correct translation of “Chatakuin.”


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Historic Desk of Prominent Hillsboro Doctor F.A. Bailey Comes Home

This story is the work of Dirk Knudsen, a member of the Hillsboro Historical Society and guest author to the HHS Site – Updated:  See the Hillsboro Tribune Story Here

One of the oldest pieces of furniture in Washington County has come home to where it perhaps best belongs today.  The desk of Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey has returned home this week to Hillsboro, Oregon; the place the good Doctor came to practice medicine, open a pharmacy, raise his family and lead the people.  But before we discuss the desk let us have a quick historical look back at the life of the man that makes this desk so very important.

Doctor Bailey was born in Tennesse in  1839 and at the age of 18 headed out into the world to create a life of his own.  He made it as far as St Louis, Missouri before stopping to enroll in college and study Medicine at  Popes College in about 1857.  The record shows that he was assigned to a Confederate Army ship in 1862 under General Price where he served along the Missouri River on a medical ship.

General Sterling Price

General Sterling Price of the Confederate Army – WikiMedia

Now the story has a bit of gap as to what our young Doctor was up to but in 1862 he left the ship and headed West.  Most of the information leads one to conclude he jumped shipped and deserted.  Bailey’s life after this leads this Author to concur with that fact given his love of life, people, and his sincere character.  None the less he left and headed out West where he landed near Gaston, Oregon in the Scoggins Valley (now flooded and primarily covered by Henry Hagg Lake) in about 1864.  While there the records show he was a teacher at a small log school.  This makes sense as Oregon joined the Union in 1859 as a “free state” siding with neither Union nor the Confederate States.


Our Doctor was a very popular teacher but he made no secret of the fact that he was a man of Medicine and if the need was great he intended to go into the medical practice once again.  Now about 26 years of age he was a man at his prime and in 1866 he married one of his students, 17-year-old Letitia Chambers.  She was the daughter of J.W. and Mary A Chambers- esteemed early Oregon Pioneers who settled in 1845 about 6 miles north of Hillsboro.   Miss Chambers was a student at West Union school as a young girl and her family included the Scoggins family where Bailey was teaching when they met.

Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey

Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey

From that marriage came many adventures and connections for our enterprising Alonzo.  The couple lived in the Scoggins Valley but eventually moved to Centerville, Oregon (just North of Cornelius and West of modern-day Hillsboro, Oregon) where they lived for several years.

During these years the good Doctor attended Williamette University (Oregon) and Cooper College (now Stanford) and by 1872 he had Medical degrees from both schools.  He later received a degree from Popes College in St. Louis giving him 3 fully credential degrees.

Mrs. Bailey reported in some of her memories to the newspaper that they lived in Centerville for 6 years before moving to Hillsboro in 1873 where the family moved after the Doctor built them a beautiful home at 2nd and Baseline.  That home would serve the family well supporting 8 children to adulthood and the happy couple their entire lives.

The Home of Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey and his wife Letitia Chambers Bailey in Hillsboro, Oregon; circa 1873. Courtesy of Washington County Museum.

The family had 3 Doctors rise from their ranks and the children thrived in Hillsboro and beyond.  The work ethic of their Father and pioneer strength of their Mother no doubt played a huge role in their success.  In 1873 Doctor Bailey opened the Hillsboro Pharmacy making it the first pharmacy in the area and ran it to great success for many years; it is important to note that this business is still in existence to this day and you can visit any day for prescriptions, a fountain experience like no other, and to see history in the back where signage and photos still grace the walls.  Bailey also partnered with JJ Morgan, a local railroad man, to build the Morgan and Bailey building among others; both significant brick business buildings to lead Hillsboro from a past of wood structure and persistent fire damage.

Doctor F.A. Bailey and Family

Doctor F.A.Bailey and his wife Letitia Chamber Bailey – photo courtesy of

His medical skills became the stuff of legends and there is not a family from that era that the good Doctor would not have served or known in some capacity.  He was constantly out working to help others as was his wife.  They were involved in the schools, the Masonic Temple, the Eastern Star, and many other things to help create Hillsboro into a true community.  He also co-founded the first free public library in Hillsboro.  More importantly, he was elected to the office of Mayor of Hillsboro 4 times and at one point was asked to run for Governor of the State of Oregon which he promptly declined as it would not provide him to serve and care for the people here in the greater Hillsboro area.  A staunch Democrat he was a great statemen.  A show of that is the fact that he maintained a lifelong friendship with legendary Republican Thomas H. Tongue who was the most powerful lawyer and politician in the region in those days.  Tongue served in the United States House of Representatives for 3 terms and was an equally big influence on the Hillsboro community and Washington County at large.  The Bailey and Tongue families were neighbors and friends and the record shows they all stayed close for years to come.

Doctor Bailey 1920 Oregonian

Doctor Bailey died in 1920 17 years after his friend Thomas Tongue did.  His imprint on the people of Hillsboro was so great that it is still felt to this day.  The Oregon Journal wrote an obituary opinion piece which stated that it was the character and qualities of Doctor Bailey that defined the spirit of Oregon and what it meant to be an Oregonian.  Characteristics of selflessness, service, and leadership with a fair hand and caring heart.   This is why we must never forget Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey and the impact he had on our communities and the State at large.

The Desk Comes Home

Doctor Francis Alonzo Baileys Desk

The 1800’s desk of Doctor Alonzo Bailey has returned home to Hillsboro and sits at Le’Stuff Antique Mall for all to see!

The desk of Doctor Bailey came into my possession in 2019 as the result of a phone call I received from Hillsboro native Albert Waibel who is a fine man and a local history expert himself.  It seems the good doctor’s desk was owned by a collector in Lake Oswego who bought it a number of years ago.  The desk is a hand grain painted two-piece desk with a cupboard designed for the doctor.  It has a storage cupboard above and a fold-out writing surface that is designed to be used while standing or sitting upon an elevated stool.  The desk has been authenticated as being from the mid-1800s by furniture experts and is made of clear Douglas Fir and Ash.

The desk came with paperwork that confirms it was owned by George and Mary Mooberry and it was left in a home in Gaston, Oregon that they purchased in 1890.  The desk was, according to a Mrs. Ball whom they bought the home from, built specifically for Doctor Bailey.    I have researched the Mooberry and Ball families and the timelines and their storylines up with the history we have on Doctor Bailey as he was living in the Gaston area in the mid and later part of the 1800s.

Once I saw the desk I knew we had to have it for our City.  The owner agreed to sell the desk for $850 which for me was still a lot.  So the cost was an issue as was the fact that I do not collect and hoard away items but prefer to share.  The day after I saw it I was sipping coffee at the Hillsboro Pharmacy where the “Coffee Shop Boys” were wrapping up their morning session.  One of them, Bill Warren, heard me rambling on about the desk and had to know more, after all, we were sitting in Doctor Bailey’s main haunt and it seemed appropriate.   So I told him I thought the desk needed to come home to Hillsboro and needed to be on public display.  He agreed and the following day he and his pal, Warren Schumacher, had a plan for them to pay the $700 of the cost if I could get it here to Hillsboro and put it on public display.

Hillsboro Pharmacy Coffee Shop Boys 2020

These men, who meet every morning for coffee and conversation at the Hillsboro Pharmacy, donated money so Dirk Knudsen (center back) could purchase the historic desk at the Le’Stuff Antique Mall in Hillsboro, Ore., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (PMG Photo: Christopher Oertell)

The Hillsboro Historical Society does not have the space as of right now to display this historic artifact but when and if they do it will reside there.  As a member that is my wish.  In the meantime, I lobbied the City of Hillsboro, the Mayor, and others to give this a home but to no avail.  Finally, a year after we started this project we had a break in the situation!  Jeff and Sandie Nelson, owners of Le’Stuff Antique Mall, stepped forward to help.  Jeff carefully cleaned the desk as Sandie and the staff cleared valuable floor space for the Desk to reside and be on display for at least the month of January 2020.    Around the desk, you will find photos and boards I had printed up as well as fitting historical items to support the setting.  Even more importantly you will find the story of the Bailey’s and the Tongues.  In our unveiling ceremony this week the local media came and a nice crowd gathered to welcome the desk home.  As I stood there looking at all the people who helped to make this happy I found hope in the fact that our rich past can continue to be a part of our future.  If we could all learn about Doc Bailey and be a bit more like him wouldn’t that be a fitting way to pay tribute?  Wouldn’t that be the best way to keep history alive?  I think so.

Jeff Nelson of Le'Stuff Antique Mall

Dirk Knudsen and Jeff Nelson remove the sheet covering the historic 1850’s desk at the Le’Stuff Antique Mall in Hillsboro, Ore., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (PMG Photo: Christopher Oertell)

If you read this article and enjoyed it I hope you join me in these sorts of projects.  

If you read this article and want to help I hope you join the Hillsboro Historical Society and get involved in 2020 and beyond- we need you all very much!

History got a win this week in Hillsboro, Oregon and that is something that is very hard to do in one of the fastest-growing places in the US where growth and the future have filled all the chairs at the table in recent years.  Our organization exists to preserve our rich past.

Look for more projects that our members and the HHS are taking part in as 2020 comes along!


Read a quick fact sheet on Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey

Doctor Francis Alonzo Bailey

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1890 Map Of Historic Hillsboro Shows Exquisite Detail

In the 1890s the town of Hillsboro, Oregon was beginning to grow into a Regional power in the Pacific Northwest. Located about 15 miles West of Portland the community had begun to spread its wings so to speak. Hillsboro began from primarily agricultural roots with some of the very earliest history in the entire territory. Those sturdy Mountain Men and their Native wives had laid the groundwork (1835-1845) for the waves of settlers who flooded into the region with the opening of the Oregon Trail in 1847.

By the time this map was made in 1890, the land grab brought on by the Donation Land Claim Act was played out. This was the era of expansion and of landowners who began pressing their fortunes ahead by selling off portions of their land and completing large land partitions, subdivisions, and Additions. The Morgan and Barnard Company were exquisite Mapmakers and this beauty sits on the wall down in City Hall. No one at that time knew that 130 years later it would remain as one of the best and only early maps of our town from that time nor that it would provide historians with so much great information. Mapmaking is a noble profession but we must appreciate the amount of work it was back then and the skill by which the design, measurements, and designs were put together. Like fine art this map will be given a new life this year, we hope, as our Hillsboro Historical Society is attempting to obtain a copy that we can reproduce for all of you to enjoy and share.

Sharing our stories, maps, photos, artifacts, and our voices are all ways we have and will continue to preserve our town and our history. This is our mission and what we are intent upon doing!

Care to Join Us? Let’s make Hillsboro History together!

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New Year Brings New Opportunities For Hillsboro History Lovers!

1955 was a time to shine for the City of Hillsboro and the people!

Greetings visitors! We wish to welcome you all to the new decade. Your Hillsboro Historical Society is busy at work looking to make a historic splash in this new decade and we want you to join us! We have some new board members and new ideas to help energize our mission.

protect and preserve our historic properties and to educate and engage the public in appreciating the value of our heritage …

Now, more than ever, we are experiencing rapid growth as a community. Groves of ancient trees are being cut, the homelands of our Pioneers and settlers are being developed, and we must work for education and memorialization of the Native people. Historic homes in Hillsboro face many challenges as we look ahead and resources to preserve them are stretched thin. We are at a historic crossroads and yet we are confident that we can make a difference for all of our citizens especially our youth. The torch of history must be carried high and we are going to do that as a Historical Society. We need you with us and ask for your support.

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