[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2013-07-03

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Wed Jul 3 08:27:38 PDT 2013

In this Issue:
1. Historic Trails Council to meet in Gresham
2. Moser Barn and Soderberg House of Silverton listed in the National
3. Tamm honored for advocacy work 
4. Butteville Store celebrating 150th anniversary 
5. Book commemorates 100th anniversary of Oregon Cattlemen’s
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council (OHTAC) will meet in
Gresham at 8 a.m., July 14 at the Howard Johnson, 1572 NE Burnside Rd.,
Gresham. The meeting is open to the public. Visit the Historic Trails (
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/ohtac.aspx ) portion of the Oregon
Heritage website ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/index.aspx ) to
view a meeting agenda. The Council will invite public comments. Meetings
are accessible to people with disabilities. To make special
accommodations up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting, call (503)
986-0690. For more information about OHTAC and the upcoming meeting,
email Cara Kaser ( mailto:cara.kaser at state.or.us ) or call (503)
In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice
on Oregon’s16 historic trails. Consisting of nine governor-appointed
volunteer-citizens who work together to advise the Governor and to
locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by
Oregonians and visitors to our state, the Council meets three times a
year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails.
Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council
members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities
for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails.
The Joseph Henry Moser Barn and the Peter & Bertha Soderberg House are
Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
Already a successful farmer, Joseph Henry Moser moved to the growing
town of Silverton and opened a blacksmith shop in 1885, and later a
livery. Often located in urban areas, liveries provided a vital service
before the advent of the automobile by boarding horses and renting
wagons, carriages, and other vehicles. Built in 1910, just north of
Moser’s home, the Moser Barn served as a secondary stable to store
wagons, animals, and supplies not immediately needed at the downtown
livery. Of German descent, Moser constructed a wood-framed three-story
bank barn of traditional German design. Building the structure on a
slope allowed for access on several levels. The multi-story design
allowed for easy offloading of wagons filled with feed at the top floor.
The feed then dropped to the lower level, which housed livestock.
Constructed with efficiency and cost-effectiveness in mind, inexpensive
pre-sawn lumber created a “light” frame that maximized interior open
space, in contrast to agricultural barns constructed of heavy posts and
beams. By 1914, automobiles became the preferred method of
transportation, and shortly thereafter, the family business shifted to
moving buildings, a task still largely accomplished by draft animals.
The Moser Barn is the last remaining urban barn within Silverton’s city
Silverton’s 1921 Soderberg House is a representative example of a
side-gabled Craftsman bungalow, a popular architectural style throughout
the country in the first part of the 20th century.  After moving with
their families from Sweden to the Unites States in the late 19th
century, Peter Soderburg married his wife Bertha in 1882. The couple
farmed in Nebraska before purchasing the Silverton property in 1920. The
bungalow originated in the English Arts and Crafts movement and became
popular in America through the designs of brothers Charles Sumner and
Henry Mather Greene in southern California. These designs, among many
others, quickly spread throughout the country through the publication of
plans in architectural journals, popular magazines, and plan books
making the Craftsman the dominant style in America until the 1930s.
Typical of the Craftsman Bungalow style, the Soderberg House has a
rectangular footprint; open, wide eaves with knee braces; full-width
front porch under the main roof; broad shed dormer; exposed rafter
beams; a short projecting (also called cantilevered) bay; and
multi-light wood windows, among other details. 
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended
the nomination of the Moser Barn and Soderberg House at their February
2013 meeting. The properties join 13 Silverton properties listed in the
National Register, including the downtown historic district. The
National Park Service maintains the Register under the authority of the
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Visit Oregon Heritage (
) for further information about the National Register and recent Oregon
Betty Tamm, who has led projects to rehabilitate two derelict historic
hotels as affordable housing, has received a distinguished leadership
award from the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association.
Tamm, the executive director of Umpqua NeighborWorks (formerly the
Umpqua Community Development Corp.), was give the Betty Niven Award for
Distinguished Leadership in Affordable Housing Advocacy. The award
recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding
contribution to the planning field’s ability to help communities more
effectively meet the housing needs of Oregonians with limited means. 
Tamm has grown NeighborWorks from an organization of one with no budget
20 years ago to an organization with 55 staff that has rehabilitated 150
single-family homes, created 418 units of affordable rental housing and
led construction on 36 single-family homes built by the people who live
in them. The efforts have included historic hotels in North Bend and
Friends of Historic Champoeg and the Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department (OPRD) will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Historic
Butteville Store from July 19 - 21. The store is Butteville’s the only
surviving commercial building from the 1860s. Festivities, which will
kick off at 1:30 p.m., July 19, include presentations about the history
of the store, speakers from OPRD and the opportunity to share memories
and personal connections. For further information email (
mailto:events at champoeg.org ) Corinne Flake, call (503) 678-1605 or visit

During a recent celebration in Baker City, the Oregon Cattlemen's
Association released a book titled “Oregon Book of Ranching” to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the organization. The book features
the stories and color photos of over 80 Oregon ranches; the history of
the organization (founded at Baker City in 1913), its challenges and
accomplishments; and Oregon's cattle ranching heritage. Historian,
artist and Jordan Valley rancher Mike Hanley wrote and illustrated the
ranching history section of the book. 
For further information about the book, visit www.orcattle.com, call
(503) 361-8941 or email oca at orcattle.com. To learn more about the Oregon
Cattlemen’s Association contact Kay Teisl by email (
mailto:kayteisl at orcattle.com ) or (503) 361-8941.
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