Washington County – Arthur Sommers

Washington County, Oregon is a visual history of Washington County with over 200 black and white images. Each image has a brief, informative, and accurate caption of approximately 40-100 words. The book has 9 chapters and covers timeframe of 1840s through 1960s with emphasis on turn of the last century.

Arthur Sommers was born and raised in northern California, and earned a B.A. in History 1972 from San Francisco State College. Enlisted in Navy 1972-1976. Federal Government Civil Servant from 1978-1999. Many different jobs as civilian employee with the U.S. Air Force. Collects old photographs and uses them in visual histories of Placer County, California and now Washington County, Oregon. Living in Hillsboro, Oregon 2015-2019. Has also published three volumes of family history.

Local Author Gregg Coodley

Join us for a reading from The Magnificent Losers by local author Gregg Coodley!

The Magnificent Losers tells the stories of twenty of history’s greatest reformers and fighters for freedom from injustice, who were seemingly unsuccessful in their battle to improve the world. Yet perhaps they did not lose after all, for the ideas they fought for lived on. The stories sweep over two thousand years of history, from the Roman Republic to the 20th century, and across the globe from the Russian steppes to the jungles of Peru and from the streets of Boston to the mountains of the Philippines. Despite their apparent defeat, these heroes and heroines helped create a better world.

Gregg Coodley graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics before attending the University of California School of Medicine. He has been a practicing primary care physician in Portland for 27 years. He helped found and manages the Fanno Creek Clinic in SW Portland, where he continues his internal medicine practice.