“Preserving Historic Hillsboro” Awards - City of Hillsboro

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Newsletter of the                                                            Spring / Summer 2011
H     LAC was created in February 2008 by
      the Hillsboro City Council and is
composed of seven members. The committee’s
                                                                                                   walking tours, participating in the HLAC
                                                                                                   information booths at city events, and
                                                                                                   interviewing people whose families have long                                                               Hillsboro Landmarks
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responsibility is to advise the City Council on                                                    histories in this city. You do not have to be an                                                           Advisory Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (HLAC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Third Annual “Preserving Historic Hillsboro” Awards
programs and policies relating to historic                                                         expert (although that would be nice) but have
preservation of buildings, places, trees, objects                                                  a great interest in preserving Hillsboro’s                                                                                                                                    By Debbie Raber and Genny Bond
etc. within the City of Hillsboro                                                                  history. HLAC welcomes your assistance.                                                                     150 E Main St., 4th Floor
     Members of the committee quickly                                                                  Or perhaps you would prefer to become a                                                                   Hillsboro, OR 97123
realized that there was more to accomplish
than seven people could manage. There are
                                                                                                   member of HLAC. Presently, there are two
                                                                                                   openings on the committee. For more                                                                        Staff: Debbie Raber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (503) 681-6155
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A    t their May 17th meeting, the City Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      presented the third annual “Preserving His-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 toric Hillsboro” Awards. The awards are intended to
many city residents that have information                                                          information regarding becoming a member or
that needs to be recorded, saved, shared, and                                                      becoming a volunteer, contact Genny Bond at                                                               debbier@ci.hillsboro.or.us                                          recognize the efforts of property owners, residents
documented for future generations. There are                                                       503- 681-6246.                                                                                                        or                                                      and contractors for preservation and restoration
buildings and places to be preserved.                                                                  All HLAC meetings are open to the                                                                          Genny Bond                                                     of historic resources in Hillsboro. This year, four
Conclusion, volunteer help is required!                                                            public and input is welcome. So come join us                                                                   (503) 681-6246                                                 awards were given for outstanding stewardship of
     Would you be interested in supporting                                                         on the second Monday of every month; time                                                                 gennyb@ci.hillsboro.or.us                                           historic properties:
the team by sharing your time, talents and                                                         6:30p.m.; at the Civic Center, room 113C.
expertise to help us complete various projects                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For stewardship of a residential structure
that would help preserve our city’s history? A                                                     Please join us!                                                                                      the Hillsboro Landmarks                                                                     in original condition:
few projects are filing to place homes,                                                                                                                                                                    Advisory Committee                                                            Sewell House I, 135 SE Sixth Avenue
buildings, and city districts on the National                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Brons House
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kay Demlow • Judy Goldmann •                                                                                                           Imbrie Estate
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Register, raising funds and writing grants for                                                                                                                                                        • Bonnie Kooken • Joan Krahmer                                                         For stewardship of a non-residential
money to complete projects, conducting                                                             Bonnie Kooken, Chair                                                                                        Vicki Knapton                                                                   structure in original condition:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pan American Building, 164 NE Third Avenue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For restoration of a residential structure:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Brons House, 273 NE Edison Street
City of Hillsboro
Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     For retention of a historic structure through
c/o planning Department                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         remodeling and adaptive reuse:
150 E Main, Fourth Floor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Imbrie Estate, 4045 NW Cornelius Pass Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A fifth award, the “Chair’s Award,” is a non-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 structured category that recognizes efforts outside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the strict definition of “historic preservation” but still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 substantially contributing to the historic fabric
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the community. The 2011 “Chair’s Award” was                                   t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sewell House I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 presented to the Main Street Neighbors, a group of                               q
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pan American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 residents who have provided support and assistance                               Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to preserve the character of historic homes in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 downtown Main Street corridor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Special recognition was also given by Mayor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jerry Willey to former Hillsboro Landmarks Advisory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Committee Chair Neshia Cameron for her leader-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ship in leading HLAC and her volunteerism and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 energy with a variety of other committees and activi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ties in Hillsboro.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mayor Jerry Willey also proclaimed May 17 to 21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 as “Preserving Historic Hillsboro” week, noting the
This publication receives federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 slogan of the National Trust for Historic Preserva-
discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, or handicap in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of federal assistance, or if you desire   tion: “Old is the New Green”.
further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, PO Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013.


The activity that is the subject of this publication has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, as provided through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. However, the contents and
opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of any trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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                                                                                                                Volunteer Hero:
Ransom the Druggist                                                                                             NESHIA CAMERON
By Judy Goldmann                                                                                                By Debbie Raber, edited by Barbara Simon


A     hard cover scrapbook filled with clippings of
      poetry, playbills and other memorabilia was
kept by by C. W. Ransom of Hillsboro from the 1870s
                                                                                                                Neshia Cameron started volunteering in our community
                                                                                                                back in 1997 when she was appointed to the Citizen
                                                                                                                Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC) and the
through about 1900. The clippings showed that Ransom                                                            Pedestrian and Bike Pathways Task Force. In January
was interested in the arts, drama and music, as well as                                                         2001 she added the Planning Commission to her volunteer
his business. He played the tuba in a small group that                                                          portfolio where she served for four years. During that time,
performed in Hillsboro minstrel show style. He was an                                                           she also volunteered at the Hillsboro Historical Society,
organizer of a baseball club in Hillsboro in May of 1879.                                                       which led to her appointment in 2008 to the newly formed
The show bills give his name as “character performer”                                                           Hillsboro Landmark Advisory Committee (HLAC).
in minstrel shows.                                                                                                  “Volunteering benefits everyone. While I was donating             Above: Neshia (second from left) surrounded by some of her
                                                                                                                                                                                      friends from HLAC.
   C.W. Ransom was a local product; he grew up                                                                  my time to the community, I gained so much in my own
in Forest Grove, and likely attended the Tualatin                                                               life; I felt involved and connected with people who shared        Neshia Cameron is a native Oregonian and graduated
Academy. Born in 1857 in Pennsylvania, to parents, Otis                                                         my interests. I had the privilege to work alongside some          from Cleveland High School and attended Portland State
and Martha Ransom, he came to Oregon by 1862, so his                                                            amazing staff at the City, elected officials, and incredibly      University majoring in Business. Neshia’s familiarity with
schooling was in Oregon. The Civil War was rumbling                                                             knowledgeable and tireless volunteers. I also discovered a        Hillsboro stems not just from her residency and community
through many states by 1862.                                                                                    great deal about myself as well as the community, while           activities, but also through her professional experience
   He studied medicine with Dr. F. A. Bailey in                                                                 gaining an education in many areas Volunteering is a “win-        with KPFF Consulting Engineers which she joined in 1985
Hillsboro. He soon became a businessman and man                                                                 win” for everyone,” said Cameron.                                 as their Administrative Services Manager.
about town. In 1879 he married a Hillsboro girl,
Mary E. Gibson, daughter of pioneer James Gibson.
   He came to Hillsboro in the early 1870’s where he                                                                                 Did you Know?
opened a Drug Store on Second Street near Main. The
                                                                                                                                      r “Celebrate Hillsboro” is taking place this year on July 23rd in Historic Downtown
ads say just south of Weatherred’s; no house number is                                                                                Hillsboro. HLAC will have a booth and there will be a Historic Walking Tour at 11:00 AM.
given. Later he was in partnership in a Drug Store with
William L. Weatherred. That association was dissolved                                                                                  r The Schulmerich Building was the very first Commercial Brick Building in Hills-
                                                                                                                                       boro. It was built in 1890, shortly after the City passed a new building code requiring fire-
by 1888, and he went on the road as a salesman for drug                                                                                proof materials for commercial buildings. In 1911 it was remodeled, having the entry corner
companies. The Argus reported in 1906 that Ransom                                                                    removed and the exterior covered with the more modern stucco finish. Today many people know it as “The
                                                                                                                     1890 Building.” It still stands at the southwest corner of Second and Main.
had struck it rich with investments in the Southern
Oregon Mines.                                                                                                        r The Hillsboro Historical Society’s second annual Time Travelers Marketplace and Ball takes place this
   Ransom was always referred to as C. W., He must                                                                   year on November 12. It’s an indoor Marketplace during the day followed by a costumed Ball in the evening.
                                                                                                                     For more information visit timetravelersball.com.
not have cared for the first name of Carson. He died in     Above: A playbill from 1888.
1914, while residing in Portland. His wife Mary lived on                                                             r David Hill, one of the early settlers in the Tualatin Plains, was present at the 1843 vote at Champoeg.
until 1944.                                                                                                          The vote was 52-50 in favor of an American-style Provisional Government. Hill was one of those voting in the
                                                                                                                     majority. He became one of the earliest government representatives, donating 40 acres of his land claim to
                                                                                                                     the newly formed Washington County government. The first post office was in a log cabin on his claim, very
                                                                                                                     near the center of today’s Downtown Hillsboro. He called it “Columbia.” When he died suddenly in 1850 his
                                                                                                                     neighbors renamed the county seat “Hillsborough” in his honor.

				
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