The Grange Store
Tuesday May 10, 2005
By Dawna Curler
Welcome to As It Was: Tales from the State of Jefferson
Buildings tend to be stationary. They don't often go wandering around the countryside. The old Grange Store from Applegate, Oregon, is an exception.
William Pernoll (pehr-NOL) built the hand-hewn, one-room structure behind his house in the early 1870s. He ran it as a farmers' and miners' cooperative, stocking the shelves with staples, clothing, and hardware. The Grange store closed when another store opened near by.
For nearly a century, the old building sat neglected until George McUne (mik-YOON), acquired it in the 1960s. McUne, a history buff, assembled a collection of pioneer era buildings and relics into what he called "Pioneer Village" in the historic town of Jacksonville. The store was dismantled; every squared timber was numbered and then reassembled at McUne's village.
When McUne died, his collection was auctioned off. The building was bought and donated to the Southern Oregon Historical Society. The Grange store then moved down the street to the Jacksoville Museum. The Southern Oregon Historical Society, in turn, gave the building to the Applegate Valley Historical Society when it formed in 1989. The old Grange store returned home and now sits across Highway 238 from the current Applegate Store, just a mile from its original site.
Today's episode of As It Was was written by Dawna Curler, the program engineer is Raymond Scully. I'm Shirley Patton. As It was is a co-production of JPR and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. To Share stories or learn more about the series visit asitwas - dot- org
Historic Discovery Drives: Your Guide to Jackson County's Past, published by the Southern Oregon Historical Society, 1997, second revision 2001, p. 10 and Lewis, Raymond, editor. "The Pernoll Grange Store," The Table Rock Sentinel, Vol. 6, No. 2, February 1986.