Otis Cody grew up in Kinzua, a logging company town in Wheeler County. Before it closed in 1978, it was the largest town and largest employer in the county.

Otis Cody grew up in Kinzua, a logging company town in Wheeler County. Before it closed in 1978, it was the largest town and largest employer in the county.

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  • The Cottonwood School in southwest Portland emphasizes place-based learning, but when Sarah Anderson started teaching civil rights to her middle school students, she discovered that materials about Oregon’s civil rights history were scarce. She set out to remedy that. A curriculum called “Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: The Black History of Portland, Oregon” is the result of her efforts, and Anderson is sharing it in a teacher workshop for the second time this summer. She hopes to empower educators from across the city to use it in their classrooms. We hear from her as well as Darrell Millner, professor emeritus of African American Studies at Portland State University, who helped develop the curriculum.

 

  

  • Asher Community Health Clinic is the sole health care provider for all of Wheeler County, Oregon. Dr. Robert Boss, health officer for Wheeler County, has been working in the clinic for decades. He tells us about health care in rural Oregon.

 

  

  • Before the company town of Kinzua closed in 1978, it was the largest town in Wheeler County. At its peak, the logging town was home to about 700 people, a golf course, a lake full of trout, as well as grocery and department stores. Fossil, Oregon, resident Otis Cody and his father worked for Kinzua before it closed. Cody tells us about life growing up in the company town, and the lasting effects it’s had on the county.

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