Neighborhood History

If you have pictures of the Roseway Neighborhood that you can contribute, please send them along to add to our gallery.

Sandy at FremontFor now, here are some shots of Sandy Blvd and Fremont before Safeway and the soon to open Walgreens.

The photos show the Rose City Fred Meyer before Safeway took over the property. Fred Meyer - HouseNotice in the lower image, the store was built around a home whose owner refused to sell his property to make way for Freddy’s. They had one heck of a fenced back yard! A photo of the house as the store was under construction is found under “More Roseway History”

ParkBlocksThe park blocks along NE 72nd Ave.  Date uncertain, but it’s a few years ago…



9 thoughts on “Neighborhood History”

  1. For about 20 years before I moved from Roseway, I served as RNA’s historian. I still have many photos, but have also shared them with many of your current members. I’m surprised that no one has posted more of them.

    Also, I did three oral histories for neighbors in Roseway that have now passed. I wrote up the interviews for your newsletters and have kept copies. I would like to see them posted on this history section. Please let me know how I can get them to you and post photos here too.

  2. I would be very interested in having access to the oral histories and historical photos of this neighborhood. I recognize that Bonnie posted in 2015, but I think oral histories/historic photos are invaluable and would greatly add to the richness of this website.

  3. Hello, Emma. I heartily agree. We need to add some more photos, featured businesses and histories. As it turns out, I recently came into possession of a box of stuff about Roseway that I haven’t gotten around to sort through yet. I hope to find some additional photos to upload to go along with the ones here on the pages you’ve already found. Also, Bonnie sent me a few oral histories awhile ago. Thanks to your reminder, I’ll see what I can do to get them posted. Thanks for your interest and your suggestions. By the way, you may notice that I’ve changed the label on these pages from ‘Photo Galleries’ to ‘History’ to help visitors know what is here. Blessings!

  4. I still have lots of old neighborhood photos and am will to share (most have been scanned). Just let me know how I can post to the site or how you’d like me to get them to you.

  5. Roseway Heights Middle School (starting 2018-19), previously Roseway Heights K8 (2007-2018), previously Gregory Heights is going to go through another name-consideration process. There are many people at the school who want to know more about the history of the neighborhood and, in particular, WHO the namesake of the school is. Any links or resources that we can access through this neighborhood association site?

  6. George Denfeld’s Book “65 years Lives and Legends” – 1985 has this to say about Gregory: “The first home built in Gregory Heights addition was built by the Weatherall family on 81st street.. Norman Gregory was the promoter and had his office on 72nd and Fremont St.”

  7. Post the pictures!! I would love to see old pictures of my neighborhood. We’ve been searching for a picture of our house near 69th and Fremont, between Beech and Failing!

  8. Gregory Heights Name Origin

    Lately I’ve had several conversations about the name origin of Gregory Heights School in northeast Portland. My siblings and I attended the school through the 1950’s and 1960’s and I ended up teaching there during the 1980’s. Curiously, it’s namesake has remained a mystery to most of us. On April 25, 2019, I dropped by the Oregon Historical Society hoping to get some clues. The staff there are very helpful and within a couple of minutes, I was handed a copy of “Portland Neighborhood Histories Vol.1: A-L” by Rod Paulson which was already opened to a section titled “Gregory Heights.” This book is loaded with details regarding land ownerships, deeds, property dimensions, dates and much more AND, I would add, that a lawyer would be needed to verify my understanding of the text. If my understanding is correct, here’s what I learned: From 1908 through 1912, the Gregory Investment Company (N.C. Gregory, Mollie Gregory and E.F. Gregory) through the transfer of deeds from the Louis Fleishner heirs, acquired the “rights to handle the real estate” now known as the Gregory Heights neighborhood. Sadly, attached to the final deed transfer in 1912 of 322 lots from the Fleishner heirs, were some blatantly racist conditions that stated “for a period of 25 years from February 1, 1909, … no chinese could live there except as employees of the residents, on the threat that the property would revert to the sellers upon failure to comply.” Apparently, the Gregory Investment Company had no problem with these conditions and accepted the deed transfer. Of course, at the time, this made very good business sense for the Gregory’s. There’s been a lot of discussion in the neighborhood regarding the recent renaming of Gregory Heights School to Roseway Heights School. Until I read this, I was on the side of returning the name back to Gregory Heights, after all, it’s engraved in huge letters on the front of the building. But now I’m not so sure that it makes good civic sense to continue honoring the Gregory family name with a public school building; a realty investment family that was clearly in sync with the racist norms of the time.

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