Mendonholm Villa and Charles Glafke

Photo of Glafke House today

Charles Glafke house today – on Oak Grove Blvd and Linden Lane (photo from Oak Grove Observer)

A month ago the Oak Grove Observer posted a photo of “Mendonholm Villa”, once a stately residence in Oak Grove owned by C. E. Glafke. Though the original property has recently been developed with numerous homes, the house still exists at one corner of the original property. OLHD felt that such a stately residence in Oak Grove was worthy of more research:

Charles Edward Glafke

One of the earlier residents of Oak Grove was Charles E. Glafke, who’s residence he called “Mendonholm Villa” was located at the S.E. corner of today’s Oak Grove Blvd. and Linden Lane.

Born in New York in 1865 to Frederick (Fred) and Catherine (Kate) Glafke, both born in Germany, the family settled in Wayne Co., NY until 1865. They then removed to Mendon in St. Joseph Co., Michigan when Charles was still young. It seems likely that the name “Mendonholm” was derived from his Michigan home town’s name. Charles had five siblings – William B., Frederick, Elizabeth J., Nettie and Kate. The Glafke family appears living in Mendon in both the 1870 and 1880 censuses, and in 1886 Charles married Carrie Glendening in Chicago.

Led by Fred Jr. in 1890 the rest of the family moved to Portland, OR. in 1892 and were enumerated in the 1895 state census. Fred Sr. was a carriage and wagon maker by trade and it is clear that the sons entered into the business world and politics at an early age. William established the W.B. Glafke Co. – later the Interior Grocery Company – and even ran for Portland mayor in 1905. Fred Jr. managed a branch of the same business in Walla Walla.

By 1900 Charles and Carrie had moved to Los Angeles where the census states that he was a “Cracker Box Manager in Portland”. By 1905 Charles had moved to San Francisco where he became President of “The Glafke Co.”, manufacturers of Oil Burners. Charles and Carrie divorced in 1910 while in San Francisco, but by 1912 he had remarried in San Francisco, to Elizabeth Nerod, the daughter of Christ J. and Sophie Nerod of Salem, OR.

Mendonholm Villa

By late 1912 Charles and Elizabeth had returned to Portland, and by 1916 he had apparently removed to Oak Grove where he built his Mendonholm Villa estate.

During their years in Oak Grove the couple did a lot of entertaining at their home, as evidenced by articles in the Oregon Journal and Oregonian newspapers.

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But in 1917 Charles put up the home for sale, citing a business need to remove from Oregon. For whatever reasons the home was not sold for several years, and Elizabeth died there from cancer at the age of only 42 on Oct. 18, 1922. One could speculate that Elizabeth’s cancer was the reason he didn’t sell the home, but we’ll probably never know for sure. Charles’ still lived there when he died on Mar. 2, 1924. At the time of his death Charles was owner/manager of Loggers Oil Equipment Co. The home was eventually sold a few years later.

Image of sales flyer for Mendonholm Villa

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End of the Oatfield Legacy

During the week prior to Christmas, the 1903 Phil Oatfield house on Oatfield Rd. succumbed to the wrecking ball.

Photograph of the demolition of 1903 Philip Oatfield house

After 114 years of being a home for the Oatfields and subsequent families the historic building was demolished as a result of major neglect by more recent owners.

Goodbye old friend. Perhaps, with some luck, we can at least save your trees.

Photograph of the demolition of 1903 Philip Oatfield house

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OLHD December Meeting

THURSDAY DEC. 14th 7:00 P.M.
Oak Lodge Water Services Bldg.
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.

Greetings:

Based on last month’s vote to limit the number of meetings we will hold in 2018 our December meeting will be the last one until February 2018.

This meeting will be another opportunity to renew lapsed memberships, and because no one has yet come forward we will be accepting nominations for OLHD Co-chair. This is a 2 year term.

We will also have committee updates, and if time permits we will take a stroll through the OLHD Digital Archives.

Please send me your requests for items to be placed on the agenda by Dec. 11th.

See you Dec. 14th.

Mike Schmeer

Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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OLHD November 2017 Meeting

Greetings:

Our November meeting will be a continuation of our October “Annual Meeting” when we re-elected our Treasurer and solicited nominations for Chair and Co-Chair. Thus far no one has come forward to serve as Chair or Co-chair and we need to fill those positions. We’ll also be discussing numerous subjects that came up at our last meeting, including options for membership renewals, by-laws, volunteer tasks and others.

We’ll conclude our evening with the program “TEBOS a la Carte”, presented by Virginia Foster and Lisa Bentley which will be followed by refreshments of Tebo’s Pies.

Join us this coming Thursday, renew your membership, and help us celebrate the history of Oak Lodge.

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

Flyer for OLHD November 2017 meeting

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OLHD October 2017 General Meeting

THURSDAY OCT. 12th
Oak Lodge Water Services Bldg.

14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple
7:00 P.M.​

Greetings:

As announced in early September, OLHD’s September meeting was substituted by “Reminiscing the Past and Assisting the Future” — a joint program with Metro at Rose Villa on Sept. 12th. This was a very enjoyable and successful program with over 90 people in attendance.

OLHD AT A CROSSROADS

Our October meeting will be our annual “General Meeting”, as prescribed by our by-laws. It is at this meeting that we will be discussing how we want our organization to function as we move forward, and elect officers. OLHD has four Board positions: Chair, currently held by Mike Schmeer; Co-chair, currently held by Baldwin Van der Bijl; Secretary, currently held by Mary Smith Piper; and Treasurer, currently held by Pat Reinert. The terms of three positions have expired: those of Chair, Co-chair, and Treasurer. The Secretary’s position is at mid-term.

Baldwin Van der Bijl has indicated that he will NOT be running for Co-chair again. Pat Reinert has indicated that she WILL run again. Having been Chair for 6 years straight I do not want to run for Chair again, but would be willing to serve as Co-chair under a new Chair.

​I am 100% devoted to OLHD but would like to take on a lesser role. I currently also serve on The Concord Partnership and Oak Grove Community Council boards, and am involved with the Oak Grove Historic Trolley Trail Association — all very worthwhile endeavors. I would like more time to do work on the OLHD website, do research, do interviews, and pursue my own hobbies. But I find that I can do few of those things while still serving as chair of OLHD, and performing functions that could be done, and ought to be done, by others within the organization. The success of any organization depends on a division of all the necessary duties. A dependence on two or three people is a recipe for failure.

I have drafted a list of “perfect world” volunteer positions that I feel OLHD ought to have. I encourage you to bring a copy of this list with you to our meeting so we can discuss a strategy for moving our organization forward with a change in leadership, and I encourage you to consider volunteering.

OLHD has become a community building fixture in Oak Lodge over the past 6 years, and indeed throughout Clackamas County. It would be a shame to see it flounder due to a lack of people willing to help out. Please join me on Oct. 12th to help OLHD develop a new strategy for moving forward.

Mike Schmeer

Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

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Genealogy at Oak Lodge Library has started up again!

Beginning Genealogy logo

Conducted by Laurel Smith from the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, this series of Beginner’s Genealogy classes will help anyone wanting to do their family genealogy get started, and will open the doors to an exciting adventure of discovering your family’s past.

At the last meeting the group talked conceptually about getting started, looking for resources to begin, organizing what you find, and the importance of documenting every fact you uncover–even if that source citation simply reads simply, “personal knowledge of . . . ”

The group decided that they wanted Laurel to teach about resources by doing actual research. So at the next session she will take one person’s parent or grandparent and enter them into her software. The class will then start with the U.S. Census and be taken through where to find them, how to search for your family in them, the differences between them, and how to analyze what you find in them.

Classes have already begun! So don’t fall behind.
Mark your calendar NOW for Thursday, October 19th .
The classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Lodge Library. Contact the Oak Lodge Library if you have questions.

http://www.clackamas.us/lib/

 

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OLHD featured in this week’s Clackamas Review

The recent ‘Reminiscing the Past and Assisting the Future’ event on Sept. 12 at the Rose Villa Performing Arts Center got a positive and lengthy write-up in the Clackamas Review this week.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this well-attended event!

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Tonight: “Reminiscing the Past” – a substitute for OLHD’s regular meeting

NO REGULAR OLHD MEETING THIS MONTH

​Instead, OLHD is excited to be celebrating the end of summer with a community gathering at Rose Villa on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.

Please join us at Rose Villa for “Reminiscing the Past and Assisting the Future” ​at Rose Villa’s Performing Arts Center, at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have slides of long forgotten (or not?) businesses up and down McLoughlin Blvd. and Oak Lodge, maps, refreshments, and good company. We are working hard to invite as many long-time residents of Oak Lodge as possible to help us identify what businesses there used to be in Oak Lodge and where they were located. SPREAD THE WORD and help us grow the list of Honored Guests that were in Oak Lodge prior to 1970. Get them to come, and send us their names – -they’re bound to see old friends at this gathering.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12TH
6:30 — 9:00 PM

ROSE VILLA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
13505 SE River Rd

We could use more volunteers at this event. Please contact us if you would be willing to arrive early and help out.

Mike Schmeer Gennutt@gmail.com
Grover Bornefeld citizengib@gmail.com

Flyer for the "Reminiscing the Past and Assisting the Future" Event

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives​
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“Reminiscing the Past and Assisting the Future”

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12TH
6:30 — 9:00 PM

ROSE VILLA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
13505 SE River Rd

OLHD is proud to announce a joint history project to be held on Sept. 12th. OLHD invites you, your families, community elders, and newer and long time residents to ‘Reminisce the Past and Assist with the Future’. We need your help remembering what businesses used to be here and WHERE they were located.

This special event is being held in lieu of the OLHD regular monthly meeting for September.

Join us Sept. 12th for the opportunity to share your recollections, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the refreshments.

Image of flyer for 'Reminiscing the Past Flyer' event

Mike Schmeer
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives​
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Oak Grove Trolley Trail Fest – – – – Five days and counting!

Greetings:

The Oak Grove Fest is only five days away!!!!!

Please join us for music, eats, games, beer, and more – – and learn about the history of our old Trolley line from Motorman Keith.

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