Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Local History, 1905-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Kafton, Janis
Title
Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Local History
Dates
1905-2000 (inclusive)
Quantity
25 linear feet , (47 boxes and 1 audio cassette cabinet)
Collection Number
SHL012 (collection)
Summary
The Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Local History is organized by family, location, business, and organization. This series is made up of documents, photocopies, newspaper clippings, hand written notes, audio cassette tapes, card files, sketches, maps, and photographs covering the period 1905-2000. Janis Kafton was a Klamath County educator and amateur historian.
Repository
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries, Shaw Historical Library
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR
97601
Telephone: 541-885-1772
Fax: 541-885-1777
libtech@oit.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Researchers should contact the library in advance of their visit if they wish to use the audio-visual materials in this collection.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Janis Kafton was a Klamath County educator and amateur historian. She and her husband William were active volunteers and supporters of the Klamath County Museum and the Klamath County Historical Society. In 1988 William and Janis Kafton received the National Community Service Award from the American Association of Retired Persons due to their outstanding volunteering and contributions to the community.

Janis Blackman was born April 15, 1919 in Weleetka, Oklahoma. Her family moved to the Klamath Basin in Oregon to take up farming when she was very young. She and her five siblings attended Henley grade school and high school. After graduation in 1938, Janis attended Ashland Normal School and in 1940 began teaching in Klamath Falls, Oregon where she met William Kafton. They were married in December of 1940. Together they had two daughters, Sharon and Linda, and a son, Eddie. Janis was a stay-at-home mother and a homemaker until 1955 when she resumed teaching.

After William’s death in 1988, it became Janis’s passion to continue volunteering and collecting extensive research in several areas regarding Klamath County. She served on the Klamath County Museum Board, Klamath County Historical Society, and the Landmark Commission Board. Janis Kafton died on February 6, 2002.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Local History is organized by family, location, business, and organization. This collection is made up of documents, photocopies, newspaper clippings, hand written notes, audio cassette tapes, card files, sketches, maps, and photographs.

Series I: Klamath County Local History consists of materials documenting many Klamath County, Oregon families, businesses, organizations and events. Many of these topics correlate with one another.

Series II: Audio-Visual Series consists of 93 audio cassettes. Some cassettes document Klamath County Historical Society programs, and others contain interviews by Janis Kafton. The contents of some cassettes are not documented.

Series III: Janis Kafton Papers consists of information on Janis Kafton and her family. This includes her autobiography, personal journals, photographs, drawings, paintings, and poetry.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Before materials from the Shaw Historical Library may be quoted in print or otherwise reproduced in whole or in part in any publication, exhibit, broadcast or other manner, the user must obtain permission from the owner of the physical property and the holder of the copyright. Copyright status for collections in the Shaw Historical Library varies. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Janis Kafton Collection on Klamath County, Oregon Local History, The Shaw Historical Library, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Klamath County Local HistoryReturn to Top

23 linear feet, 46 boxes
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
People A - B
George Ager Family
Gilbert Anderson Family
Gilbert Anderson
Applegate Family
Wm. F. Arant
Audrieu
Wallace Baldwin
Dan Barry
Ludwig Biehn Family
Biehn - Klamath Falls
Brown - Olene
Brown - Crystal
Daniel Brown Family - Crystal Creek
Browns
Bunnell Family
Burleighs - Merrill
Burton Robinson - Autobiography - Klamath Falls
2
People C - G
George L. Chase Family
Ray Chase - Fort Klamath
Chase Family
John and Dan Colwell
Miscellaneous Andy Collier & Judge Siscmore - Fort Klamath
May Deboy - Ragtown
Glenn Dehlinger
Diridon
Thomas and Percy Dixon
Dixons
Bailey - John Donnell Families
Donnell, Bailey and Hildebraud - Dairy
Dorris Family
Henry Duncan Family - Langell Valley
Pres Dorris & Family
Si Dotch
Josiah Doten Family
Emmitt
Fairchilds - Langers
H.G. Fairclo and J.A. Fairclo
Fairclos
Martin Frain Family
Giacomini Family
Sam Dixon - Galbreath Family
Shur - Tokk - Hattie Gay - Keno
Louis Gerber Family
John F. Goeller Family
Goellers - K. Falls
Ed Gowen
Grigsby - O.T. Brown
John B. and Stephen Griffith
3
People H - O
Ichabod Hall
Wm - Hall
Hamaker Brothers
Hamakers
Hanks and Lenz - K. Falls
David Haynes - Henry Bussey Families
Helfrich Families
Henleys - Steeles
Hammonds - Merrill
Louis Hessig Family
Louis and Bill Hill
Hill Family
Henry Hoagland Family
Wm. Horton Family
Howe - K. Falls
S. Kendall
Levi and Chas. Kester Family
Silas Kilgore Family
Van Landrum - K. Falls
LaPrarie Family - K. Falls
Liskeys Family
Merle Long - Tule Lake
John Loosley Family
McCornack Family
Melhase Family
G. Neubert Family
Joseph and John Nichols
M. Nitschelm
"Capt" Nosler
Wendolyn Nus
Obenchain Family
Philip Oden Family
George Offield
4
People P - Z
Paugh Family
Catherine Prehm
Roberts
Vinnie Shadler
John A. Short Family
Shorts Henley Turners
James Shreeve Family
Stukel Family
O.A. Stearns
Alonzo Storey Family
Stukel Family
Sam - Joseph Taylor
Keith Charles (Red) Wells - Jackson and Josephine Counties
Wests
ElKanah Whitney Family
Simpson Wilson - Langell Valley
5
Malin
Malin - Events and Places
Malin People
Malin Modern Times
Malin
6
Keno/Plevna
Old Keno Families
John Chapman, Flowers, McCollum, Rambo
Dotens and Whittles
Fulkersons
Gays of Bear Valley
Howards - Keno
Thomas McCormick Keno
Prentiss Ruckett - Keno
Pucketts of Keno
Spencers
Sterns - Agers
Notes on Keno
Early Keno
Keno
Keno Historical Material
Keno after 1930
Maps
Klamath River Canyon
Round Lake
Keno Schools
Keno Store
Plevna
Stagers, Steamers
Kena - Plevna
7
Klamath County
Weather History
Weather Records
Klamath General History
Baldwin Museum
Subject Cards - re Klamath County History
Oil Wells
Early Explorers
Magazine Articles
8
Klamath County
Newspaper Articles
1947; 1952; 1960s
Nespaper Clippings
1970s
Newspaper Articles
1980s
Altamont
Hager Homedale
Letter from George Nurse Desk
1979
Bootlegging Days
Journals and Articles
Altamont - Summers Ln
9
Klamath County
Chemult
Northern Klamath Co. - Odell - Crescent
Historical Resource Survey
Upper Klamath - West Side
Town Wood River V. - I
Town Wood River V. - II
Population
Williamson R. Church
Klamath County
Mt. Laki - Klamath County
10
Klamath County History
Mt. Laki, Spring Lake, Lone Pine
Russian
11
Klamath County Places
Stages - Topsy Grade, Teamsters
Merganster
Rogue Valley Ashland
Olene
Historical Overhead Material - Crater Lake
Miscellaneous Crater Lake
Pine Grove
Bly - Beatty
12
California
Picard
Tulelake Town - People
CCC Camps - Tulelake
Bloody Point
Willow Creek
Pot Hole Springs
Dorris - Picard
Lava Beds
Shasta, Lassen, Weaverville, Weed
Oklahoma Valley/Dorris
History of Winnemucca
Newspaper Clippings - Undated
13
Klamath County History
Midland Worden
Lower Lake
14
Merrill
J.F. Adams
Van Brimmer Family
Potatoe Festival
Lairds
Merrill Miscellaneous
Merrill Questions
Merrill Obituaries and Anniversarys
Merrill (more modern) Newspaper Clippings
Newspaper Clippings Miscellaneous for Merrill
Sharon Massey as an 18 yr old won History Contest
Elkanah Whitney
Merrill Cattlemen and Sheepmen
15
Merrill
Merrill and Bonanza Newspaper Clippings
Merrill Ranchers 40, 50, 60, etc
Photos and copes - Merrill and area
The Merrills
Merrill Roads
Telephones
Miscellaneous copies of articles, etc
Mills - Merrill area
Church and Library
Merrill Cemetary
Merrill Photographs
Merrill Sports
Merrill Maps
16
Klamath County Places
Chiloquin - Willianson River
Applegate Bros. Swan Lake
Tennant - Bray
Pokegama
Crater Lake
Miscellaneous Families Swan Lake
Upper Lake - West Side
Upper Lake - West Side Maps
Sprague River
17
Swan Lake
Swan Lake 1
Swan Lake Notes 2
Swan Lake 3
Swan Lake 4
Swan Lake 5
Swan Lake Tid Bits 6
Lincoln Gabriel (lived in Swan Lake)
Miscellaneous Swan Lake
18
Other Places - Lakeview
Lakeview Co. 1
Lakeview Co. 2
Lakeview Co. 3
Lakeview Co. 4
Lakeview Co. 5
Lakeview Co. 6
19
Modoc War, Tribes, Ben Wright
Indians Generally
Modoc War I
Klamath Indians
Modoc War II
Modoc War III
Ben Wright
Klamath Agency - Yainax
Winema
20
Klamath County History
Early Explorers
Fremont Explorers
Miscellaneous Odds & Ends
Note Cards
Autos
Landmark Commission Committee Papers
Oregon Art
WWII (1940's) articles
Veterans World War II
Drawings
Calandars
Evening Shadows - poem by Janis Kafton 1999
"Harper" the play
Material to be re-filed in better location
Green Springs
21
Bonanza
Bonanza - Pictures, articles, photos
People of Bonanza
Bonanza Hotel
Bonanza as of the 1950s
Bold Family - Bonanza
Note Cards - Bonanza
South Side Bonanza
North Side Bananza - Bank, Bolds, Horn House Hotel
Roads - Bonanza
Shootings, Feuds - Bonanza
Livery Barns - Bonanza
Sherriff Sam Walker
Hickman Hotel - Bonanza
Black Bridge - Bonanza
Nichols Cabin
Sewell House - Bonanza
Big Springs Hotel - Bonanza
After Fire 1910 - Bonanza
Market Street P.O., Bank, etc
Bonanza
Miscellaneous information on Bonanza
Bonanza OR. Newspaper Clippings
22
Poe and Langell Valleys
Hildebrand
Freuers
Poe Valley General
Shook Brothers
Ira Oream
Algoma
Yonna Valley
Hildebrand (2)
Poe Valley/Hildebrand
Miscellaneous Notes
23
Merrill
Merrill School
Merrill Miscellaneous
Merrill Agriculture
Merrill newspaper picture copies
Merrill Disasters and Fire
Merrill news
Merrill - the story of our town
24
Klamath County History
1900-1920
1920s
1930-1940
Early Newspapers
Auto Tours
Court House
Early Business Establishments
25
Klamath County History
1960s
Mt. St. Helens
Theatres
Stevens Hotel
Miscellaneous Hotels
Sanitation Street Work
Miscellaneous
Algoma/Modoc Pt
Pioneer Society
Citizens before 1920
Airport History
Libraries
Earthquakes
26
Klamath County History
White Pelican
Early Homes in K-Falls
Lodges/Clubs
Lairds Landing
Trains
Weyerhaeuser
27
Klamath County History
Miscellaneous Lumbering Mills
1950s
1970s
1980s
Churches
Klamath Falls Views
Flour Mills
28
Klamath County History
1952
Fire Departments
Ronald Reagan's Visit to Klamath Falls
Klamath Falls Churches
Klamath People and Places
Upper Lake - East & West
Space Shuttle
Complete Main Street
1936
District 20: 82-1930
Klamath County Historical Society
Christian Church
29
Poe Valley
Poe Valley
Poe Valley
Poe Valley
30
Poe Valley
Langell Valley
Langell Valley Churches
Main Street
1936
Langell Valley Schools
Creamery
Electric Power
Horton
Chapman
Galbreath
Kester
Casey
Webber/Holzhouser
Rightmeir/Breithaupt
McFall
Roberts
Barton
Museums
Spud Harvest Camps
Tule Lake
Inquired Info. From Carol Barrett
Klamath Falls History
Algoma
Landings
31
Poe Valley
Poe Valley Continued 3
History of Klamath County
Miscellaneous
Masten
Bradbury
History of Early Midland
Horton
Courthouse Controversies
Hagelstein
Bord
Tipton
Marshall
Van Riper
32
Maps
Americana Catalogues/Nations of the World Map
Klamath Falls maps and info
State Maps: Oregon, Nevada, Pennsylvania, California
33
Miscellaneous Box
Various
Janis Kafton
Ernest Burnham
Miscellaneous card Riddle
Poe Valley
Merrill
Deschutes Country (yesteryear)
Cutouts/Miscellaneous
Card file/newspaper index
Perry Shellburne Recollections - Helfrich
Klamath Falls Past Laws
Klamath/Linkville Jails
Miscellaneous (to look through)
34
Baldwin Family
Miscellaneous Baldwin
Baldwin Hotel
George T. Baldwin
Baldwin Family
Maud Baldwin
Miscellaneous Pictures
Baldwin Museum
Baldwin Businesses
Baldwin Museum 1991 Tour Guide
35
Klamath County History
Henry Duncan Family
Lorella Family
Miller Family
Cheynes Family
Celia Dromgoole Reference
Swingle Family
Langell Miscellaneous
Langell Family
Bussey/Dillard
36
Langell Valley
Miscellaneous Klamath Falls
Miscellaneous from Langell Valley Collection
Poe Valle Miscellaneous
Langell Valley Miscellaneous Continued
37
Langell Valley
Feuds - Langell Valley
Griffith
Algoma
Florence Horn
Kilgore
Kilgore - Malone Area
Fulkerson
Viwson
Wilson - Galls - McDonalds
Wilkersons
Campbell's Continued
Campbell's
J.O. Hamaker
Barnes Valley - Gerbers - DeVauls
Langell Valley Miscellaneous
38
Early Doctors & Early Hospitals in Klamath County
Lightfoot Hospital
Miscellaneous Hospitals/pictures
Blackburn Sanitarium
Miscellaneous
Klamath's early physicians
Miscellaneous Doctors
Klamath County Infirmatory
Meryl West Medical Center
Intercommunity Hospital
39
Klamath County History
Miscellaneous
Carol Barrett Correspondance
Early Linkville/Klamath Falls
Klamath History
Linkville Newspaper/History
Miscellaneous stores/jobs/hobbies
Early views of Linkville
Rodeos
Lost River Ranch
Sports in Klamath Falls/County
Hunting in Klamath Falls/County
40
Early Klamath County
George Nurse
Pickett Family
Baldwin Museum Finances
Baldwin Museum
Baldwin Museum Continued
Arounds Klamath Falls Miscellaneous
Linkville to Klamath Falls
Hot Springs/Geothermal
41
Miscellaneous Files 2
Newspaper Clippings, 1990s, 2000
Pelican Bay, OR photo negatives
Newell Relocation Center
Crawley Cabin - Stone Bridge
Jacksonville - Yreka (Siskiyou County)
Crossing the Plains - The Applegates
42
Klamath County History
Street Car
City Government
Early Planes
Law and Order
Parades - Entertainment
Link River
Telephones
1940s
Post Office
Boating
43
Early Agriculture/Ranches
Ranchers, Eastern Oregon, Sheemen
Carr Ranch
Arant Ranch
Early Ag. 1
Early Ag. 2
Unidentified Ranches
Local Agriculture, 1940
44
Merrill
Merrill Index
Stone Bridge - Merrill's Beginning
1946-1883
Van Brimmer Ditch to Early Merrill Settlers
1882-1892
Jesse Carr Ranches of fields in Merrill
1893-1900
Stone Bridge Families to Dr. Patterson
1901-1904
Merrill Area
1905-1907
1908-1909
1910-1913
1914-1919
1920-1925
1926-1931
1931-1940
1941-1955
1956-1989
History of Merrill Book 1-5
Notes
45
Places in Klamath County
Henley I
Henley II
Dairy/Clover Leaf
Mt. Pitt and Mt. McLoughlin
Area Cemetaries
Clippings on roads in K-Falls Co.
Roads in Klamath Co. II
46
Agriculture & Logging
Lumber Mills
Logging and Logging Camps
Sheep/Cattle
Homesteads: Tule Lake/Klamath County
Reclamation
Potatoes

Series II:  Audio-Visual MaterialsReturn to Top

93 audio cassettes

Klamath County Historical Society programs, interviews by Janis Kafton, and untitled cassettes

Series III:  Janis Kafton PapersReturn to Top

1 box, 0.4 linear feet
Container(s) Description
Box
1
Poems by Janis Kafton
1
Janis Kafton Family
1
Janis Kafton's Writing
1
Klamath Falls Riddles
1
Janis Kafton Collection Creator
1
Evening Shadows
1
Janis Kafton

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Kafton, Janis--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Klamath County (Or.) -- Biography
  • Klamath County (Or.) — History