Rogue River Valley, Oregon - Southern Oregon is divided into three main river basins; the Umpqua River, the Rogue River, and the Klamath Basin. The Umpqua meets the Pacific at Reedsport, the Rogue mouth is near Gold Beach, and the Klamath empties at the Redwoods National Park in Northern California. All three rivers have their headwaters in the Cascade Mountains on the slopes of Crater Lake, Oregon's only national park. The Rogue River is a designated National Scenic River, and formed much of the backdrop for the Meryl Streep movie "The River Wild." Jet boat trips and white water rafting are very popular.

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Rogue River Valley, Oregon - A beautiful place to visit, a wonderful place to live. Come and find a place to call your own. Southern Oregon is a great place to own a home and grow your family.

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Touchdown Willie Heston


and the team ran roughshod over a highly touted Stanford team 49 to 0. The game was played on a sandlot in Pasadena California on New Years Day, 1902.
In 1950 the University of Michigan picked it's all time All American to mark the end of the half century, they first wrote down Willie Heston of Grants Pass and then pondered the other ten selections. Willie Heston's accomplishments on the Field of play are well documented but no awards were greater to him then when he won his first case as a lawyer in 1906.

His reply to the Michigan press was," I am vindicated at last," after the jury had given its verdict."It was the most pleasant sensation I have ever felt, because it sets me right in the eyes of those people who had come to believe that I was an uneducated ward of the State University. " Rest assured, William Martin (Willie) Heston of Grants Pass Oregon used his searchlight, and jumped over all the obsticles in his way to a position of greatness as an athlete, and scholar.

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Willie was also instrumental in getting his nephew, Leroy Heston, a 1926 Grants Pass High School graduate to his alma mater. Leroy also played football for the wolverines but flying was in its infancy and Leroy, like so many, found it the most enjoyable experience he had ever experienced. Leroy cut short his college education, and pursued a career in the Air Force. After his retirement, Leroy returned to Grants Pass, passing on in the 1970's. Willie always returned to Grants Pass every year visiting old friends and families till illness forced him to stay put and travel less. Willie Heston was the first sports hero from Josephine County that received national recognition. He made not only ... Continued - Page 11

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Rogue River Valley, Oregon - The Siskiyou Mountains stretch between the Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range at the California border. The entire area is more vertical than most other parts of the state, which leads to numerous waterfalls, lots of whitewater rapids, and some spectacular scenery. Rogue River Valley is outside the main population centers of the state and the area has a very rural flavor. Major industries are tourism, wood products and agriculture. The climate is generally milder and more Mediterranean than North Western Oregon. Average rainfallis about 20 % lower and the temperatures are a bit higher.