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Catalog Number OH0120 Julius Benham
Object Name Oral Histories
Scope & Content oral histories; transcription

REMARKS: This interview is with Julius Benham and takes place at his home in Roseburg, on February 26, 1979. The interviewer is Valerie Sonnenberg.
Julius Benham was born in 1899, in Brewsters Valley near Reston. His parents were Caroline Mast and James Benham. The Benhams were from Tennessee and settled in Fairview on the Coos Bay Wagon Road. The Mast family came from North Carolina and settled in McKinley, also on the Coos Bay Wagon Road. William Benham kept the stagecoach station at Sittkum and Julius Benham was raised in Brewster Valley where his family farmed. His father drove a bull team and worked with loggers. Julius Benham married Mildred Laird. He began logging in 1930 in Douglas County when stumpage could be bought at two dollars a thousand board feet. He tells logging experiences and talks about a forest fire on Cannons Creek in 1929. Ivan and Kevin Laird and Mr. Benham created a logging company called LBand L and logged Port Orford cedar, which they boomed down the river to the Smith-Woods Mill. In 1950 Julius Benham and several other men created the Round Prairie Lumber Company. They logged out of Canyonville and the Round Praiurie Mill was a stud mill.
Title Julius Benham oral history
Imagefile 101\OH0120.JPG
Accession number 2011.1