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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
Hillsboro Landmarks Advisory Committee Volume 1v, Issue 1
responsibility is to advise the City Council on histories in this city. You do not have to be an Advisory Committee
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Kay Demlow • Judy Goldmann • Imbrie Estate
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
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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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.