Author: paedwards

Sweet Lorane Community News, August 4, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 4, 2022
By Pat Edwards

Can it be August already? With all of the stress, worry and health issues that Jim and I have been facing recently, I guess we haven’t been paying much attention to anything but ourselves. There’s not much time or desire to heap worries about world and national events or even local concerns onto the load we’ve been carrying, even though they are important to us both. I have turned most of the administrating of the Lorane Facebook page over to our other admins and am thankful that I had the foresight to step down as the publisher of the Groundwaters annual anthologies this year.

It’s strange how life’s pathways can take abrupt turns and occasionally drop off the side of a cliff so that we are forced to either change direction or figure out a way to claw our way back up to the smoother roadway once again. Fortunately, Jim and I haven’t hit too many cliffs or detours during our 58 years of marriage. I’ve always said that we’ve been blessed for much of our lives and despite everything that has gone wrong these past few months, I feel, more than ever that we are. Despite a major surgery and three runs to the emergency room for Jim and a back procedure for me in the past month and a half, we’re looking forward to a future that includes some travel and activities with our big family.

Jim’s surgery was successful, and he’s working with Home Health physical therapists this past week to strengthen muscles and balance to improve his mobility. When instructed to do the homework exercises 10 times each, twice a day, he does them 15 times each, three times a day. He’s taking walks to the end of our rather long blacktop driveway and began the first day by taking “50 steps” uphill on the rural road that runs beside our house and back. Yesterday, he took 75 steps, and today, 100. So, I think that by late September, when our “New England Fall Foliage” tour is scheduled, he’s going to do just fine.

My back procedure, called a rhizotomy, was successful as well, and the lumbar pain I was having has diminished to the point where I can now use our weedeater and push lawnmower in short stints. (I just need to get myself some goggles.)

So, life is good. We’re back on smooth pavement once again and looking forward to the future.

And, we’re planning to attend the Lorane Community Potluck at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, August 13 (noon), and the Lorane Ice Cream Social the next day, on Sunday, August 14 (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.) in front of the Fire Hall. I’ve been asked to remind our Lorane residents that donations of more pies are needed this week for the ice cream social. Contact Betty Willoughby at 541-942-7539 for instructions.

I hope to see many of our friends and neighbors at both!

Sweet Lorane Community News, July 28, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
July 28, 2022
By Pat Edwards

One of my very favorite things these days is having my interest piqued at the mention of some local history that I had not been aware of until now. It’s fun to have the time and energy to delve into research that might help me to understand a bit better what happened in our local communities many years ago. Life has changed so drastically in the last 100 years. I’ve witnessed almost 80 of them myself.

When I was born, there were cars, but many farmers were still using teams of horses to harvest their crops. The man-in-the-moon was something we looked for as kids when the full moon was shining down on us. (I always saw a rabbit more than the man’s face, though.) But, the thought of someone actually traveling there and walking on the moon was sheer fantasy in those days. Airplane travel was available to us when I was a child. I remember that my first airplane ride was on a plane which took off from a small airport on Catalina Island where my family had gone by boat, enjoying the sea spray and watching flying fish sail along beside the boat. The airplane take-off was the highlight of the trip, however, when the runway went right off the top of a steep cliff. We were suddenly airborne.

There was no internet or cell phones even dreamed of in those days. We had party-lines on our home phones where we had one special ring (i.e. 2 shorts) and the neighbors had a short and a long; or 2 longs or some other combination. There were no secrets in those days if you mentioned them during a phone call because the neighbors were usually listening in. I actually tend to miss those days before technology took over. I dislike automated answering systems and having to press 1 or 2 or try to convey what I am calling about to a robotic voice that has no idea what I’m needing to say; I like to talk to real people who are local… many of whom I knew their names.

Anyway, back to my love for new and interesting bits of history that I haven’t heard about until now… Recently, I was contacted by a gentleman who had come to the Lorane/Crow area from out-of-state in search of a boulder with petroglyphs on it that was described in a history book I was unfamiliar with. The author of the book mentioned that he had seen the boulder in 1967 in the community of Hadleyville, located between Lorane and Crow, on what was the Briley Ranch. Hadleyville once had a post office and a school in the early 1900s. The school was at the junction of Territorial Highway and Briggs Hill Road south of the Sweet Cheeks and Silvan Ridge Wineries.

While visiting, he drove all over the area that surrounds the former Hadleyville community on maps, but could not find the boulder. I have never heard of it; it was never mentioned to me or my co-authors in interviews we did in the 1980s for our book on the history of Lorane. So now I’m curious. If any of our readers has heard of any petroglyphs (Native American drawings) in Lane County… and especially in the Lorane/Crow areas, I would like to suggest that they contact the Department of Antropology at the University of Oregon. If there is such an artifact in the area, it most likely is on private property and its whereabouts should probably not be publicized. The University of Oregon has, in the past, done studies on Oregon Petroglyphs and if a property owner is not comfortable with it being on their property, steps should be taken to contact the UO in order to protect it.

In the meantime, I just want to remind everyone of the upcoming Crow Grange’s Chicken barbecue that will be held on August 6. Full details were in last week’s column, on my webpage ( or contact Connie at 541-556-2609. A reminder for Lorane’s upcoming events will be in next week’s column.

I hope everyone enjoyed the hot weather we had this past week; I’m afraid that we didn’t. Our 18-year-old heat pump with AC gave out on us just in time for the heat wave.