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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singing in the high school male quartet and sang first tenor. Martin's skin was fair and thin with the result that he was florid in complexion. His coloring came to the notice of a fellow student, Laura Thomas, who gave Martin the name of "Rosie Posie" which stuck thru his high school days. It was shortened to "Rosie" his final two years.

In 1898, Martin's senior year at Grants Pass, he tied Josephine Stites for a grade of 96%. Because of the tie, they didn't have a valedictorian for the graduation exercises.

After living on the Mitchell farm about a year, Martin persuaded his father to purchase forty-acres of O&CRR land priced a $6.50 an acre. The land was located next door to the east of Shelby Mitchell where Gaffney way is today.

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J.W. Heston and Martin cleared five acres of timber to get enough lumber to build a small house during Martin's summer vacation. Martin was also working at a sawmill and made arrangement to take lumber for his wages.


The high school course of study at the time Martin entered was only three years. After Martin's graduation from Grants Pass high school in 1898, Aunt Minnie, Martin's mother's younger sister came for a visit.

She, her twin sister, and a brother had graduated from the San Jose State Normal School in California and were teachers in that state. After talking to his aunt, Martin also decided to make San Jose his college of choice and teaching would be his career. Martin had saved a few dollars ... Continued - Page 5

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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.