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Holmer, Freeman

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  • Person
  • 1917-2009

Adolph Freeman Holmer was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1917. He graduated from high school in Fargo, North Dakota. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1939. He then came to Eugene, Oregon, where his family had moved some years earlier, and he studied at the University of Oregon. While a graduate student, he met Marcia Kathleen (her surname prior to marriage is unknown). They married in 1942 and later had two children. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he completed his master's degree at the University of Oregon in 1946, then pursued a doctorate at Columbia University in New York City, but never completed his dissertation. Instead, he returned to Eugene in 1949 to accept a position as professor of political science at Willamette University, where he taught until 1959. It was during his tenure at Willamette that he met Mark Hatfield. Holmer held numerous governmental positions in Oregon, including director of elections from 1957 to 1959 and director of the Department of Finance and Administration from 1959 to 1966. He was also Wisconsin's director of environmental protection from 1966 to 1968. He then returned to Oregon, where he served as vice chancellor of the state System of Higher Education, based in Eugene. He served on the Eugene City Council from 1983 to 1991. He died in 2009.

Sprague, Charles A. (Charles Arthur), 1887-1969

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Charles Arthur Sprague was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on November 12, 1887. He attended Monmouth College in Illinois, where he was editor of the college newspaper. After his graduation in 1910, he became superintendent of schools in Waitsburg, Washington. He and Blanche Chamberlain were married on August 8, 1912, and they later had two children. In 1915, Sprague purchased the local paper, the Ritzville Journal Times. In 1925, he moved to Oregon, where he was business manager for the Corvallis Gazette-Times. In 1929, he purchased a two-thirds interest in the Oregon Statesman in Salem and was its editor and publisher for 40 years. He was a Republican and was elected governor of Oregon, serving from 1939 to 1943. He died in 1969.

Bimrose, Art, 1912-

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  • Person
  • 1912-1998

Arthur Sylvanus Bimrose was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1912. Early in his childhood, his family relocated to Portland, Oregon. He was interested in art from an early age and after graduating high school he spent a year studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. During the Depression, he used his artistic skills to make a living doing sign painting and showcard work for retail businesses, including Fred Meyer, Inc. In 1937, he began working for the Oregonian newspaper as a photo-retoucher and occasional cartoonist. In 1937, he and Olga Ann Frances Radilovich were married; they later had one child. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge, he returned to the Oregonian newspaper. In 1947, he became the paper's political cartoonist. He retired in 1983. He died in 1998.

Edwards, Cecil L.

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  • Person
  • 1906-1995

Cecil Leroy Edwards was born in Salem, Oregon, in 1906. He began working as a secretary for the Oregon Legislature in 1933, serving as chief clerk of Oregon House of Representatives in 1963, secretary of the Senate from 1965 to 1975, and legislative historian from 1975 to 1993. He died in 1995.

Straub, Robert W.

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Robert "Bob" W. Straub was born in San Francisco, California, in 1920. He grew up in Los Altos, a town south of San Francisco. He studied liberal arts at Dartmouth College, earning a bachelor's degree in 1943 and a master's of business administration in 1947. While in college, he met Pat Stroud on top of a mountain in New Hampshire. They married in 1943 and later had six children. Straub served as a corps master in the Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II. After the war, he worked as a supply clerk for various lumber companies, and he eventually started a business as a building contractor in Springfield, Oregon. He was a Democrat and a Lane County commissioner from 1955 to 1959. He represented Lane County in the Oregon Senate from 1959 to 1963, was Oregon state treasurer from 1965 to 1973, and was Oregon governor from 1974 to 1978. After leaving politics, Straub turned to farming and ranching. He died in 2002.

Newbry, Earl T., 1900-1995

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  • Person

Earl T. Newbry was born in Colorado in 1900. His family moved several times during his childhood; they lived in Kimberly, Oregon; Chewelah, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; then finally Ashland, Oregon, in 1920. He briefly attended Washington State College (now Washington State University) in Pullman, Washington. His family started an orchard, Newbry Orchards, which Newbry later bought and ran himself. In 1922, he and Ruth Johnston were married; they later had two children. Newbry was active in local Jackson County politics in the 1930s. He was a Republican and represented Jackson County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1939 to 1942, and in the Oregon Senate from 1943 to 1948. He was also appointed as Oregon's secretary of state by Governor John Hubert Hall, serving from 1949 to 1957. After leaving the Legislature, he continued to run Newbry Orchards. He died in 1995.

Goodwin, Alfred T. (Alfred Theodore), 1923-

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  • Person
  • 1923-

Alfred Theodore Goodwin was born in Bellingham, Washington, in 1923 and grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduating from high school in the eastern Oregon town of Prineville. Goodwin served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, and attended the University of Oregon, earning degrees in journalism (1947) and law (1951). Goodwin was appointed to the Oregon Circuit Court for Lane County in 1955, to the Oregon Supreme Court in 1960, to the U.S. District Court in 1969, and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1971. From 1988 to 1991, he served as the Ninth Circuit Court's chief judge. He took senior status in 1991. Judge Goodwin's professional activities have included the Oregon Constitutional Revision Commission, Alpha Tau Omega, the Oregon Bar-Press Broadcasters Committee, where he showed an interest in promoting cooperation between the bar and the media, and the American Bar Association, particularly its committees on relations between bench and bar and on legal education. His support for his alma mater, the University of Oregon, earned him several distinguished service awards.

Crookham, Charles S.

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  • Person
  • 1923-2004

Charles Sewell Crookham was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1923. He attended Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) from 1941 to 1943. He was enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and was called to active duty in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army in France during World War II. After his discharge, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1948. He began studying law at Stanford University, then completed his law degree at Northwestern College of Law in Portland. He and Elizabeth Pruden Kelley were married in 1950; they later had three children. After passing the Oregon Bar exam in 1952, Crookham practiced law in Portland before being appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Governor Mark O. Hatfield in 1962. He served as a trial judge on that court until 1988, serving as presiding judge from 1978 to 1985. In 1992, he was appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts to serve as Oregon attorney general. He chose not to run for re-election the next year. He died in 2004.

Brodie, Jessie Laird, 1898-1990

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  • Person
  • 1898-1990

Jessie Laird Brodie (1898-1990) was the first executive director of Planned Parenthood in Oregon. She graduated from Reed College in 1920. She established family planning programs throughout Oregon and Latin America during her career. She was an important figure in getting landmark legislation in favor of birth control passed in Oregon.

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