History: This Craftsman Bungalow was built in 1906-1910 by banker and real estate developer Oscar Mindrup. Its most famous occupant was Hollywood legend Ginger Rogers. Ginger was born in this home on July 16, 1911.
The owners, Gene and Marge Padgitt, restored the home and had it open as a museum for two years, until COVID hit and forced a shut down. The house was sold to a big Ginger Rogers fan. The museum is being reimagined as a virtual online museum and will be open soon.
Lela Owens-Rogers worked nearby as a stenographer. She then became a newspaper writer for the theater, served in the Marine Corps, and later, a scriptwriter for Vaudeville, and a Hollywood screenwriter and producer. Lela was an amazing woman, as she also served as Ginger Rogers manager and agent.
Ginger Rogers was an extremely talented actor, singer, and dancer. She made 73 films, and starred in 10 with Fred Astaire. She starred on Broadway and in London, and in her traveling "Ginger Rogers Show". Ginger was also a talented artist and tennis player. She owned a ranch in Oregon, and raised dairy cattle.
The Owens-Rogers Museum is dedicated to both of these amazing women.