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Photograph of Bob Straub at about age 5 sitting with his grandmother Tulley.

Straub made this backpack in 1939 when he was working on Moosilauke Mountain in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, where he worked for three summers while he was at Dartmouth. He was wearing the backpack when he met his future wife, Pat, on a trail.

The pack is made of steamed sycamore wood, canvas, leather straps and small metal buckles. It is approximatelyt 40” high, 21” wide and 5” deep. The leather has deteriorated and only one buckle remains.


Straub Campaign Poster and Bumper Sticker
Signed 1964



Photograph taken in 1938 of a logging camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, near the American River, where Straub (not shown in photo) worked for two years after high school for the Pino Grande logging company.Workers rode the tracks pictured to work in Placerville.

Mrs. Straub and her infant son Mike returned to the American River area in northern California in 1946, so that he could work in logging for three months before school started.




Robert Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, and Bob Straub on the beach near Fort Stevens State Park. In the background are the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck.

Photograph of Mrs. Straub in 1975, when she ran in the first Governors’s Trophy Run in Salem



Oregon Human Development Corporation gave the governor this plaque in recognition of his service to the community in 1989

Aubrey R. Watzek Award
Bronze Indian sculpture given to Bob Straub in 1996 by Lewis and Clark College


Photograph of Bob Straub as a young man with coworkers in 1936.He worked on a crew digging trenches in California for Pacific Gas and Electric to help pay for his education.


Needlepoint of the Straub farmhouse in West Salem done by Mrs. Straub’s cousin, Lana Crawford, in 1982


Study for the official state portrait of Governor Straub “Guardian of the Willamette” By Paul Missal


Bob Straub and Robert Kennedy strolling on the Oregon coast. The photo was taken on Kennedy’s visit to Oregon for the 1968 Oregon primary election shortly before his tragic assassination.



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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 November, 2004 9:30 AM