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Sweet Lorane Community News, July 11, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle

Sweet Lorane Community News
July 11, 2019
By Pat Edwards

This week I want to share with you not only an exciting upcoming event, but the story of a special organization that I have had the privilege of being closely affiliated over the past 10 years or more.

I have mentioned my work with the non-profit Applegate Regional Theater (ART, Inc) and the events in which I’ve been involved in this column quite a few times, but many don’t realize how the strength and perseverance of the founders, Vicki Sourdry and Marti Byers, and the dedicated board of directors have worked to give the West Lane community a quality performance and event venue. 

My readers in Creswell have long had an exceptional performance center—the Cottage Theater—close by in neighboring Cottage Grove, but those living in Veneta, Elmira, Noti, Crow, West Eugene and other neighboring communities, have had to travel to other parts of Lane County to enjoy live theater. 
After many difficult years of trying to establish a permanent theater and two major moves to build one replete with stage, tiered seating and velvet theater curtains donated to them, the dedicated group finally found a permanent home when they purchased the campus and buildings of the former Central Elementary School on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads (north of Crow; west of Veneta and south of Fern Ridge Lake off of Highway 126).

In the past several years, they have sponsored and/or hosted drama workshops for all ages, plays, readers’ theaters, holiday “sing-a-longs,” TED talks, and so much more. They’ve rented their facilities to local organizations to put on fundraisers, auctions, graduation parties, author readings and other meetings and events. 

ART, Inc. has proven to be a huge supporter of art and creative writing over the years and I am very proud to be affiliated with it.
Recently, my days have been filled with working to organize and plan the Oregon Authors’ tables that are to be part of the 2nd Annual Art in the Country Fine Art and Authors Festival to be held on the ART, Inc. campus on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28. We had a very successful one-day inaugural event last year. This year looks to be even better.

Jennifer Chambers and I have lined up 25 very talented Oregon authors to present their talents at the Oregon Authors’ tables and 12 of them will be reading from their books in the theater every hour, both days. 
There will also be almost 30 professional and amateur artists displaying a wide variety of artwork and demonstrating their particular talents on both days, as well. 

Other features include dramatic readings and mini-plays interspersed with the author readings, a kids’ zone, a beer and wine garden, food vendors, and some of the best live music in the area. The festival and parking are both free to the public.

We hope that you will spread the word about this event and join us on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28. The proceeds of the festival will help benefit artists and authors in Lane County and will allow the Applegate Regional Theater to continue to grow and provide its special gifts to the residents of all of Lane County. 

To see our tremendous line-up of artists, authors and musicians, check out the Art in the Country Facebook page. We are featuring some each day until the event.

For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry at

The Lorane Historian – Volume 1 Issue 6, Monday, May 09, 1994

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By Pat Edwards

Living in a 20′ trailer throughout an Oregon winter cannot be all that much fun. But, Jim and Shirley Reuscher feel that, although it’s been a long haul, it’s been worth it. The Reuschers moved into the trailer in December, 1993, in order to be closer to the project that they began in October–the restoration of the former Schaffer house located just south of Gillespie Corners.

The "David Zumwalt House" near Gillespie Corners, 6 miles north of Lorane (PLEASE NOTE: The house and barn are now called "The Blue Rooster Inn Bed and Breakfast" and is now owned by Nancy Pelton)

The “David Zumwalt House” near Gillespie Corners, 6 miles north of Lorane
(PLEASE NOTE: The house and barn are now called “The Blue Rooster Inn Bed and Breakfast” and are now owned by Nancy Pelton)

Jim Reuscher

Jim Reuscher and the newly restored front porch

Reuscher house

The front of the historical house before the front porch was added

The house stood vacant for 16 years before they purchased it, the barn, and 68 acres of land in August, 1993. According to Shirley, “The only tenants have been pack rats, flies, barn swallows, and ‘bats in the belfry’ in the time since 1978. Despite this, the house was in remarkably good condition.” The house, built by Doak (David?) Zumwalt in 1850, has been given historical status by Lane County. It is considered to be one of the best examples of Type II architecture in the county. It’s of English design featuring two identical front and back doors with a central fireplace and bedrooms at opposite ends of the house . According to Shirley, “a remarkable feature of the property is that the original barn, built in 1898, still stands. There are only a few existing historic home/barn combinations or operating farms left in Lane County.” The property is referred to by local residents as the “Schaffer place”, but historical records refer to it as the David Zumwalt house (see “Making a Plea for the Past”).

The farm was purchased by Charles and Rose Schaffer in the 1920’s from the Stroup family and added to the Schaffer land holdings. The Schaffer’s 1,700 acres of land was divided among family members after Charles’ death in 1950. Sons, Charles (“Spike”) and Harvey Schaffer logged their share, the present Reuscher property, and later sold off the part of it that eventually became the Easy Acres development. The house was called home by a succession of renters until 1978, when it was abandoned because of deteriorating conditions that made it unsafe and uninhabitable.

The process of restoring a home with historical status requires considerable work and much enthusiasm. Jim and Shirley, who formerly lived on Briggs Hill Road before moving onto the property, have done much of the work themselves. Lane County’s requirements for the restoration of a historical home puts certain restrictions on what may be done to the dwelling under its preservation policy. These restrictions include a minimum of disturbance to the outside of the house; maintaining architectural integrity; no additions; and keeping the materials used as close to the original as possible. When they first began working on the house, there were blackberry vines growing inside the house, and trees, three inches in diameter, were growing horizontally from underit. Jim admits that one of the hardest tasks he’s faced in the restoration was removing the floors in the house and literally digging up all of the blackberry roots growing beneath it. The foundation had to be replaced, and the house had to be completely rewired. After the jungle of vegetation was brought under control around the house, a new front porch and back deck were built on, replacing those that had long ago deteriorated. The county allowed them to build a covered walkway between the house and garage, extending the kitchen area. It is expected that the Reuschers will be able to move into their home by late May. They have had many visitors inquiring about the progress and the history of the home since beginning the restoration project, and they plan to host an open house later in the year “after mud season” for those who wish to visit the property.

Jim and Shirley have owned Crow Mercantile in the neighboring community of Crow for the past 3+ years. Shirley was born in England and moved to the United States in the late 1960’s to work as a nanny, caring for the children of Beverly Garland of My Three Sons television fame. “I loved working for Beverly! I became a member of her family and worked in, out, and around her home for 3 1/2 years. She and I are still good friends. The children who are now grown still keep in touch, as well. Then, I went to work as secretary in the hotel that she and her husband built in North Hollywood, California and worked there for 8 years.” It was there that she met Jim, who holds an accounting degree from Arizona State, and who was, at the time, working for Howard Johnsons. Says Jim, “I went to check out a complaint she had about the dance floor. She said, ‘Rather than tell you, let me show you what the problem is.’ She grabbed me and hauled me out on the dance floor where we danced a few dances. That did it! I was hooked!” They were married on May 3, 1980, in Grand Junction, Colorado where they lived for 3 years before moving to Texas. They eventually moved to Oregon where Jim worked for Taco Bell before he and Shirley bought the feed store in Crow. They love animals and have a menagerie including horses, cows, goats, chickens, pigs, dogs, cats, birds, fish, ducks, and geese. “We bought Crow Mercantile because, with all of these animals, we needed a wholesale outlet for feed!”

And soon, if the Reuschers have their way, all of the animals and their owners can spend their days in contentment in the serene pastures and green woodlands that encompass what will eventually become “the Reuscher place,” knowing that they have done their part in preserving the past for the benefit of the future.”


In a letter written on September 16, 1992, by Prof. Philip Dole, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of Oregon, to Ken Howe, Associate Planner for the Lane County Planning Department, Prof. Dole expressed his concerns for the future of the historic David Zumwalt home, knowing that the property was in the process of being sold.

Prof. Dole was concerned that “the new owners may ask for permission to demolish the house and replace it by a new home. Such an action is foreseeable because of rural residential zoning restrictions and the building’s condition, and perhaps because of ignorance of the building’s unusual history and actual and potential merits.

”The house is part of a very early historic farm group with both house and barn, a spring and old plants and orchard. Beautifully sited, prominently located, the Zumwalt farm group is a major visible feature for public using the Territorial Road. The adjacent county road alignment was variously known in the 1850’s as the Territorial Road, the Oregon and California Trail, the Old Trail, the Stage Road. This is the only remaining house which was part of this historic road’s setting in the late 1850’s.

“The farm is connected with the 1850’s Overland Migration on the Oregon Trail through members of the David Zumwalt family covered wagon trip in 1852 from Pike Co., Illinois. Solomon Zumwalt was a leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the locality. The 1859 bridge built at Gillespie Corners to cross the Coyote Creek was the (Lane) County’s first.

“This long, one and a half story house, begun around 1854, standing by 1859, belongs to that set of earliest wood structures in the County and in Oregon, of which few remain. (Rear kitchen ell is an addition of ca 1875.) After log homes, the first lumber houses in Lane County were built in the 1850’s but of the hundreds built, only a dozen remain, most now in urban areas. Of Lane County’s few 1850’s houses remaining in an agricultural setting, the Zumwalt house is one of two still within an active farm.

“The building shape, symmetry and detail (doors, windows, mantle piece) of the David Zumwalt house express the Classical Revival style, fashionable in Oregon from the 1840’s to the 1860’s. In contrast, the dining room-kitchen ell (wainscot, doors, chimney, windows, etc.) represent the Gothic Revival Style of ca 1870-1880.

“A very important cultural feature is the plan with two separate, identically placed front doors into identical rooms. This plan, with the enclosed, winding staircase beside the central chimney can be traced back to East Coast colonial houses and across to sixteenth century farmhouses in Suffolk, England. This house type was found in many Southern States and, as such, carried by the Zumwalts to the Oregon Territory, a wonderful cultural phenomenon.

“Material and assembly in the main (1854) building represents hand work methods perfected over hundreds of years, useful to the conditions of pioneer settlement into the 1860’s in the Oregon Territory. Wood probably came from the farm. In contrast, the ca 1875 Zumwalt dining-kitchen ell represents the earliest phase in Oregon construction of the change over to ‘modern’ machine-produced materials and parts.

“A remarkable technological characteristic is the hand-hewn mortised and pegged wooden frame. Members include subfloor 8″x 10″ sills and cross girders, corner posts, 5″x 7″ intermediate posts, second floor girders, 6″x 7 1/2″ wall plates. Between hewn posts are walls of rough-sawn studs of two by five inches. This very early surviving example of balloon frame, and found in combination with a hewn frame, is nothing less than remarkable.

“Rough boards from a simply equipped sawmill (a muley saw?) probably at the site were recut and hand planed for all ca 1854 boards on the doors, the exterior and interior walls, ceilings, the inch-and-a-half partitions, mantel piece moldings, window sash, and most of the interior flooring.

“The entire front chimney is original and characteristic of the 1850’s, from the stack on the roof to the two fireplaces and the brick base beneath the house (except for some modern patching). The handmade bricks and the “mud” mortar, almost pure clay, perhaps came from nearby Coyote Creek.

“A barn sits a few hundred feet back of the house. This vertical board, end opening structure is also a significant historic building and an imposing element on this site. Its mortised, tennoned and pegged frame is of rough-sawn material except for six hand-hewn beams. The date “1898”, drilled above the main door, is appropriate. It is unusual in Oregon to have both an early house and an early barn still remaining on the same site. This building group, house and barn, is not on the National Register, although it is an outstanding candidate for that recognition.”

In summary, Prof. Dole continued, “The quality of structure and materials of the 1850’s work was excellent, carefully and substantially designed, assembled, and finished.

“As architecture of the 1850’s (and 1870’s ell) this building is unusually intact. Minor interior wall changes have hardly affected the historic characteristics of the spaces. Some hardware and a mantel are missing.

“To make this home suited to late twentieth century living, technical improvements and some spatial changes could be made and with minimum effect on the historic features and the significance of this remarkable house.

“I wish that the further parts of this Lane County code (16.233 Historic Structures) contained at least one paragraph that was definitely encouraging to the owners of historic properties. And more helpful about the kinds of alterations which (can be made to a) historic building to accommodate modern amenities. The code as it stands presents the owner with disincentives rather than helpful guidance. If the purpose of the code is to ensure that historic buildings are preserved, the code should strongly promote their continued use. And so should each step of each application review.

“Code emphasis on the severe, confusing term ‘integrity’ is unfortunate and naive. ‘Integrity’ from Websters is… ‘an unimpaired condition…adherence to a code of moral, artistic, or other values…the quality or state of being unimpaired or undivided.’

“While ‘integrity’ in historic buildings is an objective, it is a relative one requiring some sort of balance with an equal objective–which is to continue the ‘historic’ building as part of present twentieth century life, and of the lives to come.”

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I wish to thank Marna and Bob Hing for their willingness to contribute information and their interview with Lincoln and May Diess to The Lorane Historian. I am hoping that others will be inspired to do the same. You don’t have to be considered a “good writer” to do interviews and submit material. All it takes is a willingness to interview your friends and neighbors who are probably even more interesting than you realize. If you get an article started for me, I’ll follow up on the information that I think needs to be added. The interview that Marna and Bob gave me was beautifully done and I had to do very little to complete it. The words are almost exclusively theirs. It is this “flavor” that I would like to add to The Historian.

Family Portrait

By Marna and Bob Hing

May and Lincoln DiessYesterday, March 21, 1994, Bob and I went over to May and Lincoln Diess’ home to interview them for an article in The Lorane Historian.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and we heard a lot of stories of years gone by.  We have known May and Lincoln since we moved to Lorane, and we had interviewed them when we wrote Sawdust and Cider, but every time you talk with them, you find out something you didn’t know before.  As I sit at my computer going over my notes from yesterday’s interview, it is snowing like crazy outside, and the ground is white.  All my bright yellow daffodils are covered with snow.  Oh well, maybe next week we will have spring!

Lincoln Diess was born in the community called Hadleyville.  The Hadleyville School was off Territorial Road on Briggs Hill Road (between Lorane and Crow). Lincoln was born on the property on Territorial Road located on the north side of Territorial Road, south of Briggs Hill Road.  Lincoln’s sister, Opal McDaniel , still lives in the house that is now on it.  Lincoln’s father, Benjamin Franklin Diess, was also born in Hadleyville in about 1879 in a house that was on the ridge behind and between the Ellis “Hap” Rackleff home near Gillespie Corners and the Mike Atkinson home located across Territorial Road from Powell Road. Lincoln’s grandfather came to the United States from Germany, and Lincoln is not sure when the family originally settled in the Hadleyville area.  Lincoln remembers as a young boy that there were a lot of jack rabbits but not many deer in the area.

Lincoln graduated from Crow High School in 1931.  He went to the University of Oregon and graduated in 1937 with a degree in accounting.  He was also the 1934 Light-Heavyweight Boxing Champion while at the University of Oregon.  At one point during the “hungry 30’s”, tuition dropped to $21.50 a term, with an optional $5.00 student body fee if you wanted to attend any athletic events.  While in college, Lincoln and two other Crow boys “batched” together. His first job was working for Weyerhaeuser in Washington where he worked for one year.  He came back to the Eugene-Lorane area and worked as a farmer and logger.  He never used his accounting degree after the first year.

May moved to Lorane with her parents, Rose (Streiff) and Charles Schaffer when May was nine years old.  After May’s grandfather, Louis Schaffer, died in 1920, her father bought the family’s original 600-acre farm near Lorane in 1921 (see Sawdust & Cider).  The farm had been in the family since 1905.  May attended the Green Door School and graduated from Lorane High School in 1929. She went to the University of Oregon for two years and then went to work cleaning houses for some wealthy families in Eugene.  May and her sister, Pearl, drove a 1929 Model A back and forth to Eugene for a year while they were going to college.  The two girls raised pigs to earn enough money for their college tuition which was, at that time, $25.75 per term with an added $10.00 lab fee.  With all of the traveling and tending of the animals, it did not leave much time for studying.  After one year of traveling back and forth they rented a room and stayed in town.

May and Lincoln started going together in 1933 when May was working in Eugene.  May told us that she would not marry Lincoln until he graduated from college because she figured if they got married before he received his degree, he would not continue with his education.  They were married on June 8, 1937. They moved back to Lorane in 1944, renting the original Schaffer place located on the west side of Territorial Road about a mile south of Marlow-Jackson Road from her parents.  They eventually purchased the 500+ acre farm.  Lincoln and May again moved from the area for a time and returned in the early 1950’s, buying another 500+ acres on which they built their present home in 1953.  They raised two boys, Frank and Floyd who attended Lorane Elementary School and graduated from Lorane High School.  Floyd lives in the Salem area and is retired from his job with the city of Salem.  He and his wife, Clare, have two children and no grandchildren, as yet.  Frank lives in the Eugene area and works for Eugene Sand & Gravel and is thinking about retiring soon.  He and his wife, Judy, have three children and no grandchildren.

Lincoln is an avid hunter and fisherman.  May is one of the best cooks in Lorane and is seen almost every day during the spring and summer, working in her garden.  They have always been involved in community affairs.  May has been a volunteer for the Lane County Blood Mobile program when it used to come to Crow on a regular basis.  They have been active members of the Lorane Grange #54 for 43 years.  Lincoln served on the Lorane School Board for several years and was a substitute school bus driver for the district.

I asked Lincoln and May what has been the biggest changes in the Lorane area and they both agreed that it is the way people make a living.  When they were growing up, everyone made a living by farming.  The more land you had, the more farming you could do.  May remembers what a big event it was for the threshing machine to come to their place to do their fields.  Everyone knew when it was time for their fields to be done.  Elmer Crowe did the work for the Lorane area people.  His crew would go from one farm to another until all of the fields were done.  Lincoln remembers it as being a lot of hard work, but the food was great.  He never ate so much fried chicken in his life as he did during the time he worked on the threshing crew.  There were always plenty of pies and cakes, too.  He remembers that May was considered one of the best cooks by the threshing crews.  Any time that they would hitch a wagon to go the considerable distance to Eugene for supplies, they would take something to the market to sell to make the trip worth their while.  That could mean vegetables or livestock of some kind.

May and Lincoln have had some rough times over the years, but are enjoying their retirement in Lorane with all of their good friends.  May told me, “If we had our life to live over, we would want it to be the same.”

I have been very encouraged by the recent number of submissions that I have been getting, and I want those people to know that everything that I receive will be included in future issues. Thank you for your participation.


Jim and I and the Edwards family would like to thank all of you who sent cards, food, and expressions of condolences following the death of Jim’s  mother, Mae Rose, on May 1.  It was a rough week for a close family.  Mom was the matriarch of the Edwards family and the remaining parent.  The grief we felt, however, was for ourselves because, at almost 83 years of age, Mom “did it right.”  She never had to spend a day in a hospital except for the births of some of her 8 children.

It helped to know how many of you were thinking of us in our grief.  Thank you so very much from each of us.

The Lorane Historian – Volume 1 Issue 3, January 10, 1994


By Pat Edwards

Imagine nodding “Good morning” to Yassar Arafat or Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Egyptian Secretary General of the United Nations, as you pass them in the hall; or riding in an elevator with Nelson Mandela; or watch as President Bill Clinton, surrounded by secret service agents, walks down the hall ahead of you. It’s not something most people from a small community on the West Coast of the United States even think about. These are newsmakers, world leaders, figures that the history books will tell our great-grandchildren about.

A former long-time Lorane resident who recently moved from Lorane to Eugene, saw these people, talked with some, and took part in the world community at the United Nations in New York in the latter part of 1993.

Ron Thomas lived for many years with his wife, Carolyn Moravek, and daughter, Sierra, in their home on Siuslaw River Road. He is an executive with MCI and took a four month leave-of-absence from his job to volunteer his services to the U.N.’s Center for Human Rights and its Department of Telecommunications and Political Affairs where he worked for the Security Council and Peacekeeping. When asked how he would describe his uncommon experience, Ron stated that “It was exciting every day! There was something exciting and interesting happening all of the time! The United Nations is the world’s greatest social experiment, and it’s only 48 years old!”

Is it accomplishing the goals that its founders envisioned?

“It’s coming closer to accomplishing the goals than it would have if it never existed,” says Ron.

Because of recent events in troubled countries like Somalia, it’s presently having to undergo adjustments to its policies. Never before, until recently, have United Nations peace-keeping forces been fired upon. There has always been a strict agreement among nations that representatives of the U.N. would be respected and safeguarded. That has changed dramatically. But, Ron states strongly that “there are many many more positive things happening at the U.N. than is reported in the media.”

Ron’s personal experience at the U.N. centered around his research of the methods used in its Human Resources training program. He found that there is a massive difference in the “work place cultures” of the U.N. and that of corporate America. He spotted areas where communications, especially, were out of sync with the times and mired in bureaucratic paperwork, reflecting an old-school management style. Memos were still circulating from office to office, piling up on the desks of those who must dictate responses, sign letters, and fill up file cabinets with tons and tons of paper. Large corporations just across the river, however, have adopted computer systems and electronic mail systems that allow their members to communicate electronically to others within the company as well as those across the U.S. and in other countries. Using vast computer network systems, one memo can now be sent from one computer to dozens and even hundreds of others in moments, eliminating the reams of paper that would have been used with the older methods.

Ron made observations and came up with some suggestions for change while he was there. He suggested that members of the U.N. staff take “field trips” to various corporations, visiting their Human Resource departments; he also suggested that they be allowed to sit in on training sessions at these same corporations to observe and learn how to move the United Nations into the electronic era. He was not with the U.N. long enough to draw up any definite proposals, but managed to pique the interest of members of the Ford Foundation who would like him to explore his suggestions further and possibly present a formal proposal to them at a later date.

The Chief of the New York office of the Center for Human Rights, and Ron’s boss, was Elissavet Stamatopoulou from Greece. Other staff members were from Haiti, Sweden, Italy and Bolivia. On another project, he worked with people from Italy and Germany. It was truly an international experience for him.

He became especially interested in UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, while there. He asked that I share some information gathered by UNICEF with his friends in Lorane.

* There are 20 million children alive today that wouldn’t be alive this year if not for UNICEF.
* $25,000 are spent each second on the world’s weapons; $18 billion are spent each year on the world’s military.
* $380 per child are spent each year on the education of the world’s children; $20,000 per soldier are spent each year on the world’s military.
* One-fifth of the world’s annual arms expenditure would abolish world hunger by the year 2000.

Ron felt that he personally benefited from his experience at the United Nations. It enriched his life and temporarily extracted him from “his daily life environment,” but it is not something he would want to do on an everyday basis. The intensity and magnitude of work being done at the United Nations is a heady experience, but Ron feels that he can use his experience and expand on it from his home environment on the West Coast. He’s once again back at work for MCI in Eugene, although the big city life might have rubbed off on him a little bit. He may possibly transfer to a position in Seattle soon.

His friends wish him well.

I am a stranger here.

I wanted to help
So I came.

Full of the Spirit of Cooperation
Hoping to make a small contribution
to Lasting Peace for ALL people.
I walk these Sacred Halls, with you.

With deep Gratitude I greet you.
Public Servants of the world.
As you work for social change,
or keeping this house beautiful.
Feeding us, protecting us, answering the phones and
Delivering the mail–
the list goes on and on….
I Salute You All.

The beautiful and musical sounds of languages from
All around the World fill these halls, and my heart
with Joy and deep satisfaction

.I pray that we hold the Spirit of Cooperation
dear to our hearts as we work at our daily tasks,
and also that we never let petty struggles
undermine the Mission of
The Organization of Hope.

Let us become Friends,
and promote Goodwill.

~ Ronald G. Thomas, 1993
United Nations

(The following information was included in a letter from Joyce Coons Fasano, address withheld, Portland, Oregon.)

I am researching my husband’s family which settled in that area in 1853. Anderson Barlow and his wife, Melissa Melvina Lane, lived in the Siuslaw area until Anderson’s death. They had six children. One of them, Joseph, died in The Dalles at the age of 24. Another, Andrew Jackson Barlow, remained in the Siuslaw for some years after his father died in 1879. He then moved on to Gold Hill, near Medford and then to Port Stanley, Washington (in the San Juans). Two of the other sons, Andrew and Charles married Salem girls and moved to the Spokane area ca 1890. Charles was Gary’s (her husband) great grandfather. There were two daughters. One, Mary “Mollie,” married Reverend Joel Martin and they had one son, Charles E. Martin. I do not know what happened to Joel or the marriage, but Mollie later married Isaac McClung and moved first to California, then to Republic, Washington. The other daughter was first married to an Emerick and had twin daughters. Again, I do not know the circumstances, but she later married a Welsh and had another child. All three children (Ada and Ida Emerick and Ava Welsh) were living with Joel and Mollie Martin, their son, Charles E. Martin, and Melissa Barlow in the 1880 census of Lane County. They were right next door to Andrew and Ellen Barlow, son Charles, and stepson Harvey Hazelton. I find no trace of Virginia Welsh and her husband.

I would like to inquire as to any additional information you might have on any of these individuals. I have a tremendous amount of information of Melissa Melvina Lane’s family since her father, General Lane, is the subject of much material at the Oregon Historical Society. I have never been able to find anything on Anderson Barlow except that he was born in Harrison County, Kentucky in 1810. I have searched the records of that county but have never located Anderson’s parents or any siblings. There is mention in the Eugene Register-Guard of Anderson’s illness in June, 1879, but no mention of his death a few weeks later nor any obituary to provide any clues to his ancestry.

The following are some records on this family that I was able to find for Mrs. Fasano. The names that we know to be Lorane-ites are in bold type.

Lane County, Oregon Marriage Records, 1870-1879, Volume II
A.J. Barlow married E.C. Hazelton, 1 Sept 1878, at the home of Nat. Martin; witnesses, Joel R. Martin and Amanda Cathcart; William N. Crow, Justice of the Peace; Sur: Frank Whipple.
Joel R. Martin (over 18 years) married Mary E. Barlow (over 18 years), 17 Nov 1878, at the home of A. Barlow by W.N. Crow, Justice of the Peace; witnesses, Jesse Martin and E.A. Jackson; Sur: S.B. Eakin, Jr.; consent filed.
J.M. Emerick married A.J. Barlow, 25 May 1870, at house of William Barlow; witnesses, A.J. Barlow; Minister: Samuel Dillard; Sur: Andy Barlow (not recorded until 20 May 1872).
Frank Welch married Virginia Emerick, 1 July 1874, at house of A. Barlow by Mathew L. Mann, minister; witness, James S. Ozment; Sur: G.B. Dorris.

Volume III, 1880-1889
J.S. Martin married Mary A. Doak, 19 Oct 1884, at house of A.J. Doak by Hiram Wingard, Justice of the Peace; witnesses, J.A. and W.S. Leonard; Sur: T.M. Doak.
W.H. Martin married V.I. Doak, 4 Nov 1880, at house of A.J. Doak by Hiram Wingard, Justice of the Peace; witnesses, L.F. McPherson and George Landreth; Sur: T. Doak.

Lane County Cemeteries, Volume III
Anderson Barlow (born Harrison Co., Ky, 23 Jan 1810) died 6 June 1879, Lorane Grange Cemetery.

1880 Lane County, Oregon Census
    age    occupation    born    father/born    mother/born
Barlow, Andrew    37    Farmer    Indiana    Kentucky    Indiana
Ellen C.    28    Keeps house    Missouri    Indiana    Indiana
Nellie M    10/12        Oregon    Indiana    Missouri
Hazelton, Harvey    10    at school    California    Illinois    Missouri  (stepson)
Martin, Joel R.    22    Farmer    California    Indiana    Indiana
Mollie E.    25    Keeps house    Oregon    Kentucky    Indiana
Charles E    10/12        Oregon    California    Oregon
Barlow, M.M.    59        Indiana    N. Carolina    Kentucky (mother-in-law)
Emerick, Ida    8        Oregon    Missouri    Indiana  (granddaughter)
Ada    8        Oregon    Missouri    Indiana  (granddaughter)
Welsh, Ava    4        Oregon    Illinois    Indiana  (granddaughter)

1870 Lane County Census
Barlow, A.    60    Farmer    Kentucky
Andrew J.    26    Laborer    Indiana
Mary E.    15    At Home    Oregon
Charles W.    13    At Home    Oregon
Edwin M.    11    At Home    Oregon


I find that it would be very difficult for me to be totally committed to any issue, idea, or belief. There are so many areas of grey attached to the black and white. I am presently filled with so many conflicting emotions these days as I gaze out my kitchen window at the much-loved view that our family has had for the past 27+ years. That view has been part of our life, our existence. It’s home, it’s security, it’s family, and soon, as I understand it, it will be altered beyond recognition. The timber has been sold and the logging crews will soon be moving in to harvest the bounty from the slopes where we have frequently ridden horseback through the dappled shade. There is no one I can honestly blame for what is to be a great sadness for our family when the first chain saw begins it’s roar. I can’t blame the previous owners; they are friends and selling their land was their right. I can’t blame the new owner. He bought it as a business venture. He does not live in the valley and does not have any emotional connection to it. I can’t blame the loggers. They are making a living and supporting their families in a business with a proud and respected history. I can’t blame the ecologists. They share my love for that “dappled shade.” I guess, if I really need to blame, I can blame the excesses of any belief in an issue…the rigid “in your face” inability to compromise that permeates so much of our lives. It’s that type of mentality that ties up our lives and livelihoods awaiting court decisions that end up hurting everyone and helping no one. Our family will be joining all of the others who are paying the price for it.


I was greatly interested (in Sawdust and Cider) because my mother was born in Lorane in 1878. Her younger brother was born there in 1880 and possibly the youngest sister. I am not sure about that.

Their parents were Madison Nordyke and Eleanor Willis Foley. Madison’s oldest sister, Harriet, was married to Michael Crow. I am anxious to find out if the community of Crow (Crowe?) was named after that family. According to census data, the family of Richard Crow must have been neighbors to my grandparents. The census also shows Harriet to be in Douglas County in 1870 and 1880. So it doesn’t appear that Harriet’s family was ever in Lane County.

Katharine F. Smith
(address withheld)
January 26, 1988

GONE FISHING – Lincoln and May Diess

I had intended to include a profile on two of my favorite people in Lorane, Lincoln and May Diess. Bob and Marna Hing have even volunteered to do an interview on tape for me.  But, alas, it will have to wait till next month… the fishing has been great, according to Marna, and it has been impossible to get either Lincoln or Bob to stay home long enough to do an interview!


The answer is, “Not if I can help it!” If people like Mike Jenks and Bob and Marna Hing continue to offer to take pictures and do interviews for me, I can keep these issues coming. But, I only have enough material on hand now to print maybe one more issue. I need your help with the information-gathering process. My “Roving Reporters” listing was done with “tongue-in-cheek” knowing how involved my daughters are in their own lives. So, if anyone wants to do interviews or gather information that can be used in the Historian (on a volunteer basis), I’ll make them honorary “Roving Reporters.”

Thanks to my very generous husband, the Lorane Family Store is underwriting the printing costs, so there are no charges to you. Please help keep the newsletter going!

New Kids on the Block

Dave & Carol JohnsonNEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Dave and Carol Johnson

Were you someone, like myself, who watched with fascination as the remodeling crew transformed the former Seales’ family homestead on North Territorial into a showcase home? You’ve probably been wondering who the new people are who have moved into it. Because they both work in Eugene, they haven’t had the chance to meet many of their neighbors yet. So, I’d like to introduce you.

Meet Dave and Carol Johnson. They moved into their “new” home on August 8, 1993 when they purchased it and about 20 acres of land from Otto t’Hooft who bought it from the Welmer Seales’ estate. It was he who had the house completely remodeled.

Dave and Carol own Keeper Import Service in Eugene where he is the owner/mechanic. They opened the import car repair shop 10 years ago. While Dave runs the business, Carol has been working in the classified advertising department of The Register-Guard for 8 1/2 years.

Before moving to the Lorane area, they lived in Eugene for 14 years. In fact, Carol grew up in Eugene. Her father owned and operated Little’s Market near the University of Oregon for about 25 years. Dave lived, as a young boy, in Idaho where his family still lives. He went to high school in Grants Pass. Both continued on to college; Dave at the University of Washington and Carol at Linfield College in McMinnville.

The Johnson’s have two sons. Jeff, 25, lives in Portland and works for an advertising agency. David, 23, and his wife, Valorie, have a 10-month-old daughter. They live in Eugene.

The Johnsons love their new home and the valley where it is situated. They describe Lorane as pretty, clean, and quiet, and profess to love the slower country pace. They both enjoy “just about anything that involves being outdoors. We would like to have a big garden and a few animals,” Carol says, “but we’re not sure what, yet. We had some geese, but they flew away – over to our neighbors’ (the Hansens’) place where they seem to be happy. I hope the Hansen’s are happy with them!”

When I asked Carol and Dave what they specifically enjoyed doing for recreation, they seemed to flush and confessed, “We’re cyclists. I know that people in rural areas don’t like cyclists much because of the narrow roads. But, we follow the rules of the road and don’t ride in ‘packs’ or races. We just enjoy riding our bikes for exercise and a way to enjoy the beautiful scenery up close.” I reassured them that we don’t shoot cyclists in Lorane (although we have had problems in the past) and that we can certainly appreciate their love for the Lorane countryside.

In addition to cycling, the Johnsons love to go fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. Collecting antiques, cooking, and traveling are also on their list of favorites.

“We would both just like to retire and stay home because we love our new place so much!”

Welcome Dave and Carol!


Mrs. Vida (Richardson) Bullis shared some of her memories of Lorane and gave more information on some of the pictures that were used in Sawdust and Cider in a letter that she wrote to Tiny and Monte Ramp of Crow in 1988.

“How kind of you to send the book, Sawdust and Cider. I have enjoyed it so much. Sure brings back a lot of memories. Of course, some of the people mentioned we did not know, but were schoolmates or neighbors. I have the school picture on page 84 with Winford and me in it. I am second from the end in the back row, and Winford is 4th, back row. The picture on page 79 was our school. Then on page 142, either Winford or I took the lower picture. My dad is pitching; Mrs. Auld, batting; Joe Schneider, catching; Otto Buntrock on 1st base; and I think, Josie Jackson on 2nd. This big open field was in back of our place and the neighborhood had many pleasant picnics and ball games there. Early in the spring, I road my horse back there and picked the biggest and most luscious strawberries! The largest wild berries I ever saw! My mother made jam and canned from what I picked. Others reported seeing bears gathering berries, too, but I never saw any. Range cattle were sometimes pasturing here.”