Everyone has a story and every story matters! Story Catchers records and preserves personal stories by people from every corner of our community. What’s your story? We would be happy to assist you in recording and preserving a story that can be shared with your family and friends and preserved for future generations.

Story of the Month

Connie Van Flandern & Mitra Chester talk about what it means to be SLUG Queen

The SLUG Queen pageant has been a Eugene tradition since 1983, but the office of SLUG Queen hasn’t always been so involved in the community. Connie Van Flandern or Queen Marie Slugtoinette sat down with her friend Mitra Chester to talk about Connie’s role in shaping the meaning of being SLUG Queen.

Image credit of Eugene Weekly

This story will air on KLCC 89.7 FM Thurs, July 17th at 8:30 & 10:30am. Find more stories here.

Eugene@150 Project

Throughout 2012, in honor of Eugene’s 150th birthday celebration, Story Catchers  partnered with the City of Eugene to offer 150 Eugene residents the opportunity to record and preserve their stories, memories, and reflections. We completed 120 forty minute recordings, involving more than 200 people from a broad range of our community. This project was a wonderful experience for us … and we look forward to bringing forth more stories as Story Catchers moves into new directions. 

We are now working on archiving and broadcasting these stories.

Our deepest thanks to all of you who participated and helped to make the Eugene@150-Story Catchers project a success!   

Sincerely,
Clare and Marsha

You may contact us at StoryCatchers.Marsha@gmail.com  or 541-579-4096

9 Responses to

  1. Gary Mertz says:

    Why not a register for people living in Eugene today who are descendants of Eugene ‘s 150 years ago Pioneers?

    • A REGISTER FOR DESCENDANTS OF EUGENE’S PIONEERS IS A WONDERFUL IDEA.
      I invite you all to leave information about your Eugene ancestors here. I will see if I can find a way to compile it. I may need the assistance of some of you genealogists out there!
      Thank you Gary….are you a descendant of said pioneers? If so, I hope we can record your story…if not you are a descendant of someone and that makes your story unique…let’s record that!

  2. Roger Ness says:

    I delivered the Eugene Register Guard from 1942 to 1948. My route started at 13th and Alder and ended at 15th and Agate. In 1943 I built the route to 186 customers in University area and
    in 1948 when I graduated from University High School the route was about 30 customers. I saw
    many large homes moved from the campus on large solid wheels that caused the considerable loss of customers. I remember going downtown to Willamette street to get our papers and sometimes watching linotype operaters preparing pages for current newspaper. Also we were amazed to watch Dick Strite type very fast with two fingers about current sports news.
    We lived at 1542 Columbia St. and our back yard would now go into new law building.
    Many friends parked in our long driveway to attend football games at Hayward Field.
    Condon grade school was across the street and I went to Roosevelt Junior High School when it was on Agate street.
    Roger Ness
    3079 Stapp Dr.
    Eugene, OR 97408
    ph. 541-683-3359

    • Great story Roger…
      As a paperboy…you were no doubt intimate with the landscape, with each repeated toss of a paper. It is amazing how our landscape is changed over time, and how we are surprised at some point to consider the impact of the bulk of change.
      I have a faint memory of seeing typesetters arranging individual letters in trays at our local newspaper in the 50’s…and I ask myself now as I push the keys of my computer…was it possible that the whole paper was set in this way? Do you know?
      Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you will consider letting us record it and other memories for you to preserve and share.
      I’m sorry that it took me so long to reply…I’m just getting the hang of this social media thing…

      • Roger Ness says:

        Back in 1942 all of paper was done by typesetters. Computers sure changed this. If my story is worthy I give you permission to publish it. I chose Eugene to retire many years ago because it has all we have wanted. We are season ticket holders to VLT and enjoy the many great productions. My son has purchased football season tickets since I retired twenty years ago. 12 of us friends and family sit together at all home games.
        Roger Ness

  3. Alva Good says:

    Roger, Thank you for pushing some of my memory buttons. My first grade teacher at Fall Creek Grade School, Opal Doty, lived on Onyx St and her son Steve also had a paper route near Edison School. Mrs Doty lived with my grandparents in Crow while she attended the University of Oregon. My first name, Alva, was taken from my grandfather. So, on my first day of school in 1942 Mrs. Doty asked me what my grandfather’s name was and I answered ‘Grandpa’.

    • Roger Ness says:

      Thanks for memory. One family reunion in Washington with the Ness clan. One of the cousins asked one of our daughters which one was her Grandpa. Out of 12 in my dads family she pointed out hers was Grandpa Ness.

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