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In this collection of vintage-photograph postcards, Tom Fuller, Christy Van Heukelem, and the Mission Mill Museum explore the cityas past.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ooligan Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932010270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932010275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,826,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oregon at Work transports the reader back in time as they learn about what it was like to work in the 1850's, the 1900's, the 1950's and today. The authors skillfully weave personal stories and photographs of 20 pioneer families with historical research and economic statistics to give readers an accurate picture of the life of working Oregonians. Meet the founder of the town of Carlton, a farmer/legislator from 1862, an End of the Trail resort owner, the one room schoolhouse teacher, and the blacksmith. Then jump ahead 50 years and meet their descendants. As the reader moves through time they see a reoccurring theme, Oregonians are strong and resilient people. This book offers readers an opportunity to be encouraged by where we were and hope for where we are going. I strongly recommend it.
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In many ways Oregon has a unique work history. Unlike cities on the East coast with their three hundred plus year histories, Oregon, like much of the West coast has had less than half that time to build economies and a work force. While the Lewis and Clark expedition left Missouri on May 14th 1804, they did not reach the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River until November 18th, 1805. Even though Oregon was heavily populated by Indigenous Peoples long before Lewis and Clark made their famous Corps of Discovery expedition, it was not until the years 1811-1840 that the Oregon Trail was opened by fur trappers and traders. From 1846 to 1869 some 400,000 people traveled to Oregon via the Oregon Trail.

"Oregon at Work" starts its history at 1859 and continues up through 2009. Though this book ranges to cover a lot of ground in just a few pages, it manages to do a very thorough job describing the hows and wheres of Oregon’s diverse work history. _Oregon at Work_is loosely divided into three sections. Section one covers the years from 1859 to 1900, section two covers the years from 1900 to 1959, and section three covers the years from 1959 to 2009. From the initial cultivations of the rich farmlands of the Willamette Valley, through the intense battleship production of World War II, and right up through today’s modern technology boom, the so-called silicon forest, "Oregon at Work " is a great resource for anyone looking for Oregon history. Authors Fuller and Ayre not only include many, many photos, but do not shy away from taking about the role of women, minorities, and the Indigenous populations. I found "Oregon at Work" both insightful and filled with useful information.
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I learned that Tom Fuller receives no proceeds or royalties on this book. Proceeds go back to fund services that benefit the people of Oregon. As a life long Oregonian who loves to learn about our state, I really appreciate this book and that it was written to inform us AND help others. Helping others is part of the Oregon personality. Thank you Mr. Fuller and Mr. Ayre.
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Fuller and Ayre not only wrote a history of occupations in Oregon during two hundred years, but also added stories of people involved. These personal histories, including about several generations of certain families add greatly to the readability of a well-written book. The authors chose a good mix of jobs found in Oregon during those years. Oregon at Work will interest history buffs and also regular readers of good books.

The 8.5 by 11 inch pages allow clear pictures of certain occupations, scenes and workers over the decades. Brief charts of various costs and wages from different ages bring the conditions of life alive and add to the pleasure of the accounts.
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