The following are books and publications written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Curry County history or communities in Curry County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [pdf ] version.
This listing is merely to inform people of some of the available history books. It is not an endorsement of any or all of the publications.
Douthit, Nathan. Uncertain Encounters: Indians and Whites at Peace and War in Southern Oregon, 1820s-1860s. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2002. Maps, photographs, bibliography, index, notes. 248 pages.
Investigates the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur-trade relations with southern Oregon Indians, white exploration, early Indian-white encounters, their war, and the ultimate removal of Indians to reservations. Highlights development of middle-ground relationships between Indian women and white men during and after removal.
Douthit, Nathan. A Guide to Oregon South Coast History: Traveling the Jedediah Smith Trail. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 1999. Photographs, appendixes, bibliography, index. 208 pages.
A brief history covering Coos and Curry Counties in a tour-book format centered around the travels of Oregon pioneer Jedediah Smith. Topics include archaeological sites, historic buildings and shipwrecks, and other areas of interest to tourists. Although aimed toward the modern traveler, a wealth of historic information is provided in brief narrative format.
Glancing Back: Pioneer Lore. North Bend: Coos-Curry Pioneer and Historical Association, 1972. 34 pages.
A typed manuscript of “stories” based on talks given at the Coos-Curry Museum in North Bend. Topics include the Rackleff family, the lower Coquille River, Empire and Tichenor Cemeteries, and a history of Allegany, early residents of Northern Curry county. The book is part of a series. The provided information is primarily based on oral histories and first-person experiences. No references given.
Schroeder, Walt. Curry County Agriculture: the People and the Land. Kearney, NE.: Morris Publishing, 1998. Photographs, notes, appendixes. 177 pages.
This unique topical study of the agriculture Curry County spans the history of the industry from settlement through the mid-20th century. Author, and former extension agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Walt Schroeder, divides his topic thematically by agricultural products and offers a history of that particular industry as well as insights into the daily working life of farmers and ranchers. Specific attention is spent on identifying and explaining broad trends. The book is well-illustrated and uses a variety of resources including a variety of government documents and oral and written histories.
Schroeder, Walt. They Found Gold on the Beach: A History of Central Curry County. Kearney, NE.: Morris Publishing, 1999. Photographs, maps, notes, appendixes, bibliography, index. 343 pages.
A thorough and well-documented history of central Curry County by an amateur historian. The text is divided thematically into five main sections and discusses in turn Native Americans and Euro American settlement, industry, government, and events and activities. Each section is divided into several chapters that discuss specific topics. A timeline of county history is provided as an appendix as are lists of public office holders and other information.
Stone, Boyd. The Way it Really Was in Coos & Curry Counties. Coquille: Coquille Valley Sentinel, 1993. Photographs. 71 pages.
A collection of brief stories revolving around historic events, persons, and local towns based on oral histories and local lore, many written in first person. Often good general information is included in stories that are otherwise anecdotal.
Stonecyper, Lee L. Those Fast Changing Times: Coos and Curry Counties. Privately Published, 1981. Photographs. 135 pages.
A personal autobiography of the author’s life in Coos County during the 20th century. Some references made to larger community trends and events, but largely based on personal stories and anecdotes.