Active Years: 1937 – 1990’s Ralph W. Wilson (owner/operator from 1937 – 1950) 1932 – Ralph Wilson and biz partner open small music store on W Broadway 1937 – Re-opens under Wilson Music House at 39 E 10th Ave. 1950 – Ralph retires and his son Bob Wilson continues business 1970’s – Moved to 806 […]
Popular music venue in Glenwood. Advertised to UO students.
1914 – 1950’s Original Name of the Store: M.C. Hammitt General Merchandise Original Owners – M.C. and Kathleen Hammitt The legendary dance hall was located upstairs of the Mohawk General Store at the intersection of Donna and Hill Road, east of Springfield. The hall included a bar, stage and small band room. Dances were held every Saturday night. […]
Celebrating 100 years of supporting live music and professional musicians! Local 689 is a chapter of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. Local 689 was granted charter in 1914, making it one of the oldest organizations in Eugene. The Local had its own building at 2489 Portland Street in Eugene between […]
First fraternal organization in Eugene. Location: Originally at 47 W 8th Ave, downtown Eugene, then moved to 992 Olive St.
Location History Prior to 1919 – Ninth Avenue east near Willamette Street, downtown Eugene Oregon 1919 to 1935 – Friendly Building on Willamette Street – 960 Willamette Street Owner: Seth Laraway
Vern Minkler was an baseball player, musician and music venue owner in Lane County. Background: 1916 – Born in Oklahoma 1932 – Name in RG Vaughn News Notes – attending a social 1937 – Worked at the Vaughn Store 1939 – Lived in Oakridge, Oregon 1938 – Baseball player for the Public Market (center fielder for local team) […]
Art Holman (?-1961) Art Holman was a popular musician and band leader in Eugene, Oregon in the mid 1930’s to late 1940’s. He went to the University of Oregon and was a UO Track Star in the early 1930’s. According to Duck track coach Bill Bowerman, Art Holman was “a very fine quarter-miler, a pretty good low […]
Archie Parrott and his orchestra played for many dances up and down the Willamette Valley and often traveled with many instruments. In the photo to the right, they are playing in a musical bandstand built of lattice work with a stylish decorative backdrop in Eugene’s Willamette Park in 1936. (Oct 17, 1936 RG article) Archie (standing) […]
The Eugene Armory, located in downtown Eugene on the northeast corner of 7th and Oak, was a popular music venue attracting both local and national acts. aka: the Eugene’s National Guard Armory or The Armory. Address: 125 E 7th St., Eugene, Oregon Building History The Armory was built in 1914 and designed by a notable local architect John […]
Wayne Ryan was a popular Dixieland Jazz musician in the Eugene area between 1935 and 1953. His primary instrument was the trumpet but later went on to play the organ and the accordion. Wayne Ryan and his Dixieland Band frequently played at the Swimmer’s Delight Saturday night dances. Wayne Ryan was born and raised in Grants […]
Vera McAdams (piano) Early 1930-40s – She was in the Winter Garden Orchestra (9 piece) for 12 years, house band for the Wintergarden at 8th & Charnelton in Eugene, Oregon. Mid 1940s – 1968 – Vera McAdams Orchestra for WOW Hall for 22 years at 8th & Lincoln St. 1968 – Vera McAdams started The Harmony Notes […]
The Ten Commanders were a popular big band based in Eugene, Oregon in the 1930’s. Music Events Jan 12, 1935 – Willamette Park June 1, 1935 – Willamette Park
Maurie Binford’s Orchestra 4/7/1939 – Maurie Binford, University of Oregon maestro will lead his orchestra through the rhythms of the day. Swimmers Delight
Accomplished musician, Herschel Davis, was well renowned in the Northwest for his swing and big band music. He directed his own orchestras and played piano and the organ in the Eugene area from 1921 – 1974. Herschel was born to P. Waldo Davis and Lizzie DeMoss, of the famous musical family, The DeMoss Family Bards of […]