• Sunday June 12th

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    The OAHS will host Dr. Edward Hopkins and Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 at the Oregon, WI Senior Center. Ed is with the State Climatology Office. He will be talking about Wisconsin weather and climate. Bob is a local TV personality and he will be speaking on the weather side of TV.
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  • Saturday August 6th

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    For all who attended school in this building, or wish they had! (and their spouses). 11am - 2pm at Jaycee Park, South of OHS on N. Perry Pkwy. Please bring a dish to pass, eating utensils, beverages & memories. Help us spread the word! For questions call 608.835.3768.
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Family Genealogy, Business History, our Projects and Activities, the Oregon Area Historical Society (OAHS), Weather History, Business MembersHistory of the Museum, Military History, How to Become a Member, our Upcoming Events, Church History, Highlighted Areas of interest (the areas on this Welcome page will be regularly changing, so visit often), Rural Schools Near Oregon, Biographies of Early Settlers, and so much more!  To get back to this Main page, just click our logo in the Upper Left-hand corner.  Enjoy!

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Biographies of Early SettlersPowers Grocery wagon

Read about the lives and careers of some of Oregon’s early settlers.

Contribute of Oregon’s Historical Archives!

Help us collect & preserve the history of the Oregon area.  Share your history with us.  Please call us at 608.835.8961 or email us at info@oregonareahistoricalsociety.org.

Ernest H. Tresch:  A Hero Next Door

Presidential Pilot for General Eisenhower 1945 – 1948.

Family Files Project

Family Files serve as the core for our genealogical resources. A file may include genealogical charts, family histories and memories, obituaries, newspaper clippings, census records, photographs and other documents pertaining to the life of your family and ancestors.

Family Genealogy

Do you know family history or stories of the past?  Do you have family photographs that you can donate to the Oregon Area Historical Society?  You are an important part of the history of our area!  Please call us at 608.835.8961 or email us at info@oregonareahistoricalsociety.org.

Historic Photographs

View Historic Photos from our collection.

Native Indians: the Ho Chunk

The Native Indians in our area were the Woodland Indians, the Winnebago, who now use their original name, the Ho Chunk.

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Rural school displayEmigrants from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Ireland started to settle in this area in the 1840’s. After clearing the land and building shelters for their family and livestock, they then established the schools. It was the custom of farmers to deed an acre of land to the school district. Schools were often named for the donor or the topography of the land.

The OAHS has placed markers where all the rural schools were located.

Read about the Rural School House project

 

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Early Settlers displayLEAD TRAIL

Early trails, often based on Indian trails, became stagecoach and mail routes. As the lead industry in southwestern Wisconsin expanded in the 1830’s following the Blackhawk War, trails were developed over the highland ridges eastward across to Milwaukee and Racine. Two of these Lead Trails, which passed through our area, influenced the development of our early settlements. The lead ore was transported by canvas covered wagons pulled by teams of 4 to 8 oxen.

EARLY SETTLERS (1840’s)

The first settlement in the area can be attributed to Bartley Runey who built a log cabin in 1841 just south of the present day Village of Oregon at the junction of Union Road and Old Stage Road, located along the “Old Lead Trail.” The tavern that he established there became a favorite stopping place for teamsters hauling lead from Mineral Point to Milwaukee. It was also located along the mail route from Janesville to Madison.

Robert Thomson, the first settler in what was to become the Village of Oregon, built a log cabin in 1842 along the banks of what is now Thompson’s Creek, near Janesville and S. Perry Parkway. A large Victorian farmhouse, built on the property in 1889 by Robert’s nephew, George Thomson, has since been moved to a site outside the village.

C.P. Mosely was one of the first settlers in the Village of Oregon. He built a part log, part frame house and tavern in 1843 near the site of the present day water tower on Janesville Street. It served as a place for religious and business meetings for the early settlers and became the nucleus of the central village area. It was later purchased by I.M. Bennett and operated as a country general store and tavern. The initial meetings organizing the Presbyterian Church were held there.

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