LOCAL HISTORY: Salem’s unlikely undertaker-turned-poet

Portrait of Winfield Taylor Rigdon (1849-1942), Salem undertaker turned poet and lyricist. Portrait printed in his 1927 book of poems “Truth in Pleasant Rymes” (Willamette Heritage Center collections 91.27.1) This summer at the Willamette Heritage Center we are celebrating music in conjunction with the June 21st National Make Music Day.[Read More…]

COLUMN: A backyard chickadee photoshoot

A chickadee spotted in Salem on May 4, 2022 (Harry Fuller/Special to Salem Reporter) I have an unwritten rule connected with my bird obsession. Never leave the house without a camera in my pocket. Now I have finally written it down. Here’s why: (All photos by Harry Fuller/Special to Salem Reporter) I[Read More…]


SALEM HISTORY: The volunteer fire crews who (sometimes) kept downtown from burning

This antique fire apparatus is decked out with flags as for a parade in front of the Marion County Courthouse in Salem in this undated photo (Ben Maxwell collection/Salem Public Library) Sue Bell (1932-2019) for many years until her passing, wrote numerous local historical research articles for local newspapers and numerous[Read More…]

COLUMN: Medicare eligibility can mean losing employer-provided health coverage

Volunteer Medicare counselors talk with hundreds of Salem-area Medicare beneficiaries each year, usually with good outcomes. But occasionally the results can only be described as temporarily disappointing. This individual had turned 65 several months before, and had elected to skip Medicare enrollment because he had health insurance through his employer.[Read More…]