• August Timeline

    Each month, the Historic Timeline, written by Jerry Neath, examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Click 'Read More' to find out who took over as the OHS Football Coach 10 years ago.
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  • July Timeline

    Each month, the Historic Timeline, written by Jerry Neath, examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Click 'Read More' to find out what action items took place at the Annual School Board Meeting 100 years ago.
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  • June Timeline

    Each month, the Historic Timeline, written by Jerry Neath, examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Do you remember what store had no products over $5.00?
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A. T. STEVENS, of Oregon, was born December 25, 1830, in Bradford county, Pa. His parents were A. B. Stevens, a native of Connecticut, and Lucy (Taylor) Stevens, who was born in New York.

Mr. Stevens was a farmer and moved to New York when the subject of this sketch was about two years old; that remained their home until their death. They had three children, A. T. Stevens; Luman (deceased); and C. G. Stevens of Albion, N. Y. Mr. Stevens received his education in the town of Lima, N.Y., and started out for himself when he was twenty-one years of age; when he was twenty-six, (1856) he came to Dane county and established himself on a farm in Rutland township; on this farm of eighty-five acres he lived for over fifty years, putting upon it most of the improvements.

About two years ago he retired from active work and purchased a home in the village of Oregon, although still retaining the ownership of his farm.

He and his wife, to whom he was married February 3, 1852, are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Stevens was Miss Melissa Bixby, daughter of George Bixby (deceased), who came to Rutland in 1852.

Mr. Stevens has always been actively interested in the affairs of his community, having served as town clerk for the long period of twenty-three years; he has also held the office of assessor and has served on the school board; during the active life of those organizations, which began the agitation of those questions which have since become national in their influence, he belonged to the Good Templars and to the Grange. In politics, he is a Republican.

1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 846.

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CATHERINE CHRISTENSEN FLINT, Enke (widow) was born March 27, 1853 in Skrobelov, Langeland, Denmark. She was baptized in Skrobelov Church by Pastor Steen and confirmed in 1867 by the same minister. She was married May 7, 1876 in Rudkobing, Langeland to Rasmus Hansen Christensen Flint.

They came to America in 1886 and settled in Rutland, WI. On May 26, 1890 her husband died. They had two children: Carl Christensen (born Nov. 24, 1886) and Alma (born 1889). She was active in organizing the congregation in Oregon in 1896.First Members of the Congregation-1896. St. John’s Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary, 1896-1996, Oregon, WI

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– photo by Chad Wachtl


Oregon’s geologic/glacial history – Oregon/Brooklyn are located in the area of the terminal moraine of the last major glaciation. See Oregon-specific maps.

Native American exhibit – artifacts and history of the first inhabitants in the area. Also, we have a hands-on “dig” for the children.

Lead Trail history – early trails where first settlements were established (under construction).

Oregon’s Early Settlers – Runey, Thomson, etc. (under construction).

Railroad history – the railroad establishes the focus of settlement in Oregon. A model depicting the early 1900 Oregon train depot and area is now on display.

Railroad Employee Clothing

Oregon’s Schools – featuring items typical of an early rural one-room school- house. Did you know that the OAHS has placed markers on the locations of all the rural school in the Oregon area?

Oregon’s Library – table and bookcase from first library, The Oregon library is celebrated its 100th year in 2010. Dress Exhibit at the Oregon Area Historical SocietyMusical Community – Oregon has always had a strong tradition of music from the early community bands to present.

Bedroom – vintage bedroom with Victorian furnishings.

Living room – vintage parlor, with a stereoscope for viewing photos.

Sewing – with some information about Nealy’s millinary shop.

Women’s fashions through time – selection of vintage wedding dresses, other dresses, and many accessories on display.

Historical Greeting Cards

Children’s toys – perhaps you will remember some of these toys.

Dollhouse Display

Beauty/barber shop – our permed lady is a big hit!

Boy Scout exhibit – Alexander Molzahn earned his Eagle Scout award in 2010 by developing this permanent display at the OAHS.

WISCO exhibit – an Oregon business celebrating 60 years in the community. Did you know that WISCO makes the UW’s Memorial Union terrace chairs? See all the many other items made by WISCO.

Early Oregon Businesses – large collection of business memorabilia compiled by Ray Lawry.

Farming tools – included is a fanning mill that was used to clean chaff, dirt and other light impurities from grain; a variety of field tools used to hand cut and shock grain; as well as a large variety of tools that the late 19th and early 20th Century farmer would find indispensable for his daily chores.

Dairy – equipment used in times past for the production and processing of dairy products including a cream separator; articles and photos from early Oregon dairies and a machine developed by Professor Babcock of the University of Wisconsin that for the first time accurately tested the butterfat content of a farmer’s milk.

Old-time Kitchen – vintage kitchen items, an old icebox and photos of where the ice came from (cutting ice on Lake Harriet); imagine cooking and baking on a wood cook stove. Just beyond the kitchen is the washroom where you will find a variety of early methods for keeping your clothes clean and in good shape from washboards to wringer washing machines.

Banking exhibit – a variety of forms and equipment from the former Bank of Oregon illustrate what it was like banking prior to today’s automation and computerization.

Military –Oregon residents who served in the Civil War, WWI, and WWII. and some of the memorabilia from their time in service

Oregon sports/band – early sports teams, sport’s equipment, and OHS band material. A cutter/sleigh – how did you travel comfortably in the Wisconsin winter and at the same time keep your feet warm? You may find the answer here.


Oregon yearbooks

Class photos

Family Files/family histories




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