Notable people that put Hillsboro, Oregon on the map

Hillsboro, Oregon has been one of the fastest developing states in the US. Ever since they opened doors for big companies like Intel and Nike, they have indeed proven their pride for the enterprising and cooperative approach to serving their residents.

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But before all their current success, of course, they owe it to some people who have helped their once small town grow. Just like any other city, some people have made a mark in their history and will forever be remembered by the people who live in it.

Here’s a list of people who helped put Hillsboro, Oregon on the map

1. DAVID HILL (1809 – May 9, 1850)

First of all, Hillsboro wouldn’t have its name if it wasn’t for this man; the person whom the city was named after. Mr. David Hill was among the first people to enter and settle in the area which is now known as Hillsboro, Oregon.

He had served in both the legislative and executive branches of Oregon’s provincial government before he became a legislator in the first Oregon Territorial Legislature. Furthermore, it was known that he had sold a part of his land for the location of the Washington County Courthouse.

A school was established in honor of him and was named David Hill Elementary School. Unfortunately, the school had closed back in 2008. On a brighter note, his name was memorialized in the frieze at the Oregon State Capitol, together with 158 other people.

Mr. David Hill died on May 9, 1950, of unknown causes and was buried at Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery on TV Highway near Dairy Creek.

2. MARY RAMSEY WOOD (May 20, 1787 – January 1, 1908)

Another American pioneer, Mary Ramsey Wood was also called the “Mother Queen of Oregon.” It was also said that she was the oldest living person in the US before she died at the age of 120 years old. Although, it has been found that she may have been between 96-98 when she had died.

A child of a brickmaker, Richard Ramsey, and Catherine Gann; who were both from England and migrated to North America when they married. Hence, Mary Ramsey was initially from Tennessee but later on moved to the Oregon territory when she was 66. She then married John Wood in May 1854, in Hillsboro, where they lived and died together.

Mary Ramsey Wood was crowned “Mother Queen of Oregon” by a former senator from Oregon, George Henry Williams. She was also the president of the Oregon Pioneer Association, and was also titled the “oldest Methodist in the world.”

She died on January 1, 1908, and was buried at the Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery. Her death and age were reported across the whole country.

3. SAMUEL ROYAL THURSTON (April 15, 1816 – April 9, 1851)

Also considered an American pioneer, Samuel Royal Thurston was a lawyer and a politician. He served in the US Congress where he was the first delegate that came from the Oregon Territory. He also made a significant contribution to the passage of the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850.

Samuel Thurston was originally from Maine where he attended in Dartmouth College and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1843. He was a model student and graduated with honors. Then after studying law under another American pioneer, Robert Dunlap, he got married and moved to Iowa.

He moved to Oregon in 1847 and settled and practiced law in Hillsboro. And just after one year, in 1848, he was then elected to the Provisional Legislature. The proceeding year after that, 1849, Samuel Thurston was chosen to represent the Oregon Territory in the United States Congress.

Samuel Royal Thurston died in April 1851 from the effects of tropical fever at a young age of 34 years old.

4. ADOLPH RUTSCHMAN (October 30, 1931)

Also called Ad Rutschman, he was a former baseball coach, an American football coach, and college athletics administrator. He worked as the head baseball coach of the Spartans for 13 seasons, the head football coach at Linfield College for 24 seasons, and the athletic director of Linfield College for 25 years.

He was an athlete at his alma mater, Hillsboro High School where he was a running back in 1940. Although, after finishing high school, he turned down a contract with NFL’s Detroit Lions and decided to teach and coach. After getting his degree in Physical Education, he taught at Hillsboro High School in 1954, where he became the head of the baseball team in 1956. Three years after, he became the head football coach and won the state championship in 1966.

During his time as the baseball coach of the Spartans, he led his team to a co-state championship in 1962. After that, he led the lead the team to 1966 and 1968 AAA state titles, which was the top division in the OSAA at that time.

After his service of 13 years at Hillsboro High School, he was offered head coach for the football team of Linfield College in 1968. His teams won fifteen Northwest Conference championships and three NAIA National championships. He led Linfield’s team to an all-division national record streak after winning 61 consecutive seasons.

Ad Rutschman is the only coach to have won national titles in both baseball and football. He was awarded as man-of-the-year of the state of Oregon’s Slats Gill five times, football coach of the year (Division II) five times, was an NAIA Hall of Famer in 1988, hall of fame of Oregon Sports in 1993, and enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

But like all good things, his football coaching career ended in 1991. He retired, saying he was burned out, being a head coach for so long. Although, he still helps out at McMinnville High School.

5. SCOTT JOHN BROW (March 17, 1969)

Another graduate of Hillsboro High School, Scott John Brow was a baseball pitcher in the Major League from 1993 to 1998. He played college baseball and graduated at the University of Washington (Huskies, 1988-1990). He then won the World Series in 1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

His professional baseball career started with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993, followed by the Atlanta Braves in 1997, and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998. His playing stats are featured on ESPN’s website.

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Ana Lucia Pinheiro
Ana Lucia Pinheiro
02:18 20 Oct 17
This place is amazing. I am so happy I found Stride Strong PT. Alice pays attention to all of the details, she watches every single move I make, my posture, and the way I move through every exercise. She is very knowledgeable, she was able to pin-point the problems in my back and she has a plan to help me become stronger where I need. The place is brand new, huge, and has nice exercise machines. I tried a few physical therapists in the area, and Alice is TOP, second to none, and I feel super lucky to have found her. Highly recommended!!
Prashant Gupta
Prashant Gupta
01:00 02 Oct 17
Dr. Alice at Stride Strong is one of the best PTs I have come across. Her attention to detail and assessment of the root cause of injury is very good. She is excellent in evaluating pain patterns and giving a training schedule for a rehab & injury prevention, she is extremely knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend Stride Strong to anyone looking for PT. It is easily the best PT clinics in Hillsboro area.
steven zollin
steven zollin
20:57 14 Sep 17
Highly recommend Stride Strong Physical Therapy , Alice showed me proper form to assist in recovery with my shoulder and is very knowledgeable.
Lindsay Nied
Lindsay Nied
23:33 18 Dec 17
I recently had a massage from Joel at the Hillsboro location. He was able to work on an ongoing issue I have been experiencing with my back after a sports injury, and I left feeling so much better. The whole facility looked incredible, and everyone I met was friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Stride Strong for massage and physical therapy.
JoAnn Hatch
JoAnn Hatch
08:20 08 Nov 17
Dr. Sydney is by far the absolute best physical therapist I've worked with ever! Her expertise in designing highly effective and efficient exercise plans is beyond compare. I feel so much better as my strength and function increases. She comes up with the most brilliant and fun ideas to motivate. To my delight she even offered to come to my home in Vancouver and work with me on my own equipment including a Stott Pilates Reformer. Talk about going above and beyond! Couldn't be more grateful I found her!!!
Clare Perry
Clare Perry
21:58 23 Oct 17
A full hour of a dedicated PT professional's time without aides or techs? That's just one of the things that sets this clinic apart from others. Competent, professional, and amiable, Dr. Alice Holland and her team are the best in the area. While I generally see them at the Cedar Mill Clinic on Cornell, situational constraints took me to their new Hillsboro clinic today near Intel Jones Farm. Beautifully furnished, spacious with easy parking and access. May you continue to grow and thrive, Stride Strong!
Joyce Heideman
Joyce Heideman
08:28 11 May 18
After foot surgery I went to Stride Strong for therapy with Alice Holland. She helped me reach my full mobility again by continuously introducing new and challenging exercises. The entire staff is friendly and professional. They are always on time and do not rush. I look forward to doing 1/2 marathons again and riding my recumbent trike. Thank you Stride Strong for your care and high level of expertise.
Suad Daher
Suad Daher
20:48 28 Feb 18
The best physical therapy ever. Both JP and Sydney were a great PT, they helped me understand how I can help treat my injury and how it may have caused. And also they informed about so many techniques that I can use to help my injuries or any other injuries I get in the near future. They are both friendly and nice to talk too, and verbunformative. And there is also Krystal, she is the best front desk receptionist ever, she is nice and friendly and can easily manage your schedule based on the patients comfort if they want to schedule or not. She can help and she replies fast to any patients email. And she is easy to talk to. Thank you Stride Strong Physical Therapy.
Amanda O'Rourke
Amanda O'Rourke
21:38 15 Jun 18
In just a month I've seen great progress! I've been incorporating the exercises taught to me into my daily workout routine. Im very happy with my continued results.
Albert Szal
Albert Szal
23:43 10 Jun 18
Mary Szal here: I've had three sessions with Brittany at the Hillsboro location. I can say that she has been the most effective and instructive physical therapist I've ever experienced. Her personality, energy, knowledge and results are top notch.
Osa Phiangdae
Osa Phiangdae
00:05 22 Mar 18
Awesome place for PT. Hillsboro location has plenty of parking and very spacious. I had the pleasure to work mostly with Dr. Alice Holland and JP. I came in with a shoulder injury and thank goodness they understood what I was going through. They are the best of what they do, I would recommend Stride Strong to anyone who needs PT.
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