Thursday, April 07, 2011
"The Oregon Climate, west of the Cascade Mountains, is unusually mild and equable...To persons suffering from nervous strain and those troubles incident to higher altitudes it in unsurpassed..The warm Japanese current which washes the Oregon shore tempers the climate, even in winter time, to a gentle spring warmth. To the east the Cascade Mountains form a natural barrier, guarding and conserving this warmth. This explains why it is a land of such noble forests and unrivalled game preserves; why its streams are rich in the finny tribe, making it the fisherman's paradise; why its fruits reach a perfection unknown in other States...; why its crops never fail, but always yield full harvests."
-- North Pacific Dental College, Annual Announcement, 1899/1900
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Pictured above is a conceptual drawing for the University of Oregon’s Medical School produced by Lawrence and Holford Associates and Architects (a little guesswork on the names was required as the detail when zooming starts to degrade). The drawing is undated, however according to the Wikipedia article on Ellis F. Lawrence, he was partnered with Holford between 1913 and 1928, which gives us a nice date-range for the production of the design. Lawrence was known for founding and being the first dean of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts from 1914 until his death. His works, which one can still find in Eugene, OR, include the Knight Library and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.-- Max Johnson, HC&A Student Assistant
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
"Ray Matson died a tragic death. Perhaps it was fitting. Several centuries ago he would have been the beau ideal of Dumas's Musketeers. Graceful, handsome, well-groomed, ever alert and self-assured, exquisitely poised and with a characteristic 'swing' to every movement, incisive and decisive, always up for adventure and a hazard, he indulged this sheer joie de vivre in fine horses and steeple-chasing and later in aeroplanes, -- now, that modern convention has sheathed the sword."This 1935 tribute in the American Review of Tuberculosis goes on like this for quite some time.
Archival dream date Ray W. Matson, UOMS M.D., 1902. I think he looks a little like William Powell.
Matson died in an automobile accident in 1934. Sara wrote several posts on her research about Ray and his twin brother Ralph - including the mystery of which brother is depicted in this dashing portrait.