By Patricia Ann Edwards
Originally published in 1987 as Sawdust and Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley, this book is a major revision. Published in September 2006, From Sawdust and Cider to Wine has grown from 165 to 269 pages. It contains over 230 black and white photographs, 100 family histories and 6 maps from the community of Lorane, Oregon, located southwest of Eugene in Lane County, Oregon.
“But, if I’m not from the Lorane, Oregon area, why would I want to read your book?”
You don’t have to have any connection to Lorane or, for that matter, Oregon, to find this book of interest. For the “Baby-Boomer” generation, it will evoke memories of the days before television, computers and cell phones, when communication came across the airwaves of the family’s wonderful Zenith radio or via the crank telephone’s party lines. It will bring forth memories of vacations taken in the family car when “getting there” was half the fun! You’ll remember how you and your friends picked daisies and watched propellered airplanes fly overhead as you lie on the lawn during long slow days of summer vacation, dreaming of adventures that you would encounter when you “grew up.” It will bring back the realization that the “good old days” were not always easy or untroubled, but they were far less complex.
For many, it will bring back the stories told to us by our parents and grandparents of the World Wars, the Depression, the “horse and buggy days” and the pioneering spirit that formed our great nation.
Yes, this book is based on the little community at the south end of Lane County, Oregon – a former timber community now internationally known for its production of fine wines. But it also chronicles the fairly recent history of the pioneers who braved the elements and the unknown and traveled the Oregon Trail and the Applegate Trail to carve out – hopefully – better lives for themselves and their families.
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