Category: The Lorane Historian

The Lorane History newsletter that I wrote and published from 1993-1997

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

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PRESERVING THE PAST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FUTURE

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.”


ZUMWALT HOUSE: MAKING A PLEA FOR THE PAST

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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FROM THE EDITOR

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

LINCOLN AND MAY DIESS
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.


THOUGHTFULNESS APPRECIATED

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

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FORMER LORANIAN VIEWS HISTORY IN THE MAKING
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.

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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.

Hello.
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.
Always.

~ Ronald G. Thomas, 1993
United Nations


BARLOW FAMILY HISTORY
(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


FROM THE EDITOR

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.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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!


IS THIS THE LAST ISSUE OF THE HISTORIAN?

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!


RECOLLECTIONS

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.”


The Lorane Historian – Volume 1 Issue 2; November 8, 1993

Lorane Historian Volume 1 Issue 2 - headerMORE MEMORIES

By Maxwell S. Doty
(continued from Last Issue)

Dating the Lorane Orchards packing house construction: Harvey Currin (married to W.W. Jackson’s eldest daughter) hired my father to build the packing house on the upper side of the territorial road. As a young man of perhaps 5 or so, I “helped” put the tar paper roof on it. So, it was in the early 1920’s and perhaps five years after the Currins had moved from south of Drain (from a large apple orchard) to the Lorane Orchard. So, this construction must have been done in the first half of the 1920’s. My feeling is that it was after all Doty’s had moved away for the Lorane Valley.

Is Stony Point essentially at the north end of the Siuslaw Valley as determined by Farman and Hawley Creeks? That is, north of the old William Hawley ranch and a mile or so north of the old Scott Jackson place? If so, then the north side of Stony Point slopes steeply down to the headwaters or a branch of Coyote Creek? Up this latter was the first Scott Jackson ranch, perhaps a homestead. It appears a road now runs through it to Creswell. I hauled gravel from Eugene and graveled that road up as far as the site of a sawmill on the Jackson place…and worked in that sawmill…but that is another story for sure. Over the ridge, to the south and, thus, sloping into Lorane Valley was a large farm owned by a Charles Emery. I worked there, too.

I’m confused about “Stony Point” for getting up out of the Long Tom (Coyote Creek) drainage in going to Eugene, some miles further north was a long climb up around a “Stony Point”. This was, upon leaving the Lorane Valley, on the right fork of the road, the left fork of which led to Crow and so on. From this Stony Point, one looked down from the cliff side road onto a fair-sized valley, probably Fox Hollow. From here on into Eugene, roads seem to have changed greatly: they don’t match with my next northern quadrangle or, for that matter, my memory, either.

Where is Gillespie Corners? I think I used to know about 60+ years ago when the “water grade” road was put in that bypassed the hill on which “downtown” Lorane sat. (Editor’s note: I believe he is thinking of the “corner” where Old Lorane Road meets Territorial Road, just north of Lorane.)

George Buddington was a real friend to us kids. In addition to reciting or reading us poetry, he made very long shavings in his carpentry shop out back and adorned our ears with them as “long curly hair”. Many, many of the names of people in your delightful book are well known to me, but who they were or what they were, I no longer know. Through high school, we lived on a ranch out Eugene’s West 11th Street; father, H.M. Doty, became deathly ill, so I went into the Civilian Conservation Corps for a year during which he died. After that year, I went to the University of Oregon. The ranch was sold. Mother moved to town.

(Regarding frontispieces (photos) across from Introductory page in Sawdust & Cider..)…Who now lives in the big white house on the right in the middle photo?…or at that place? It also shows in the top photo. I think I remember remnants of the grandstand showing in the bottom photo. This would have been in the 1920’s, some years later after the Siuslaw Road was put in.

This lowest photo of the Frontispiece must have been taken before the Siuslaw Road was begun. In doing so, they apparently got rock from a little point of high land that protruded toward the camera from a cut made for the road. I remember climbing the remaining rocks, and looking up to see what Phyllis Addison and, perhaps Virginia, were doing, I fell off backwards, lit on my head, and was stunned, out cold, for a while.

Do you know when the Siuslaw Road was begun? It was years before the water grade road beginning from opposite the Territorial Road ran in a broad curve generally bordering the creek (or Siuslaw River) to the Cottage Grove Road, across it and a mile northward to where it rejoined Territorial Road.

Do you have any record of who lived in the house on the southwest corner of the junction of the Siuslaw Road and the Territorial Road? I’m interested in the period of ca 1907 to 1922. Any information on where H.M. Doty lived during 1908 through ca 1921 (when he and family moved to Eugene) would be appreciated. Or, for that matter, what he or my mother did those years, etc.

My last visit there, on a drive through in ca 1987, revealed two blackberry patches just on the Cottage Grove side of the little bridge at the bottom of Lorane hill on the Cottage Grove Road. They were favorite haunts of we kids who used to pick blackberries in them 60 to 70 years ago.


Lorane Library signTHE LORANE LIBRARY: a Community Effort

By Pat Edwards

The thirst for knowledge, relaxation, and expanding one’s horizons does not halt at the boundaries of metropolitan, or so-called “cultural”, areas. This has been evidenced in Lorane by the amount of interest shown in the various libraries that have been provided for the community over the years. During most of the past 20 years there has been some type of library available for those who read for enjoyment or are seeking ways of making their lives simpler and more productive. At one time, community members set up a free library in a previously unused room of the Lorane Elementary School. A book drive was conducted, and the room was filled to capacity. Volunteers kept it running until sometime in the 1970’s when the room was needed for a classroom. Later, the Lane County Bookmobile made semi-weekly runs to the area until the budget crunch hit Lane County and the Bookmobile was discontinued

Friend of the Library, Barbara Dare, and "browser;" 1993

Friend of the Library, Barbara Dare, and “browser;” 1993

Thanks to Viki Meyer and a sizeable group of supporters, Lorane once again has its own community library. When Viki moved to Lorane in 1990, she had a desire to make a contribution to her new home. The method of doing so was presented to her when she decided to obtain a library card from the Eugene City Library. When she discovered that it would cost her $60 annually, she became determined to see if she could round up support for an on-site and affordable library for the people of Lorane.

In researching the idea, Viki discovered that there were small collections of books in the Grange, Rebekah’s, and at the Lorane Famly Store that were seldom being used.  She spread the word around the community about her interest, and found that many others were willing to support her idea to establish an actual library.  When he heard of it, Jim Kelly, who, at theBook clipart time, owned the Lorane General Store, offered the use of the garage adjacent to his store as a site for the library.  Donna and Bernie Moulton built the shelves, and those attending a community party painted the building.  Once the physical preparations were finished, a call for books was made via word-of-mouth, newspaper, and television coverage.  Books began coming in from all parts of the country.  Well over 6,000 books have been collected so far, with over 2,000 in storage at Mel Keep’s until a larger place can be found for them.  Bob and Fran Balmer, the present owners of the Lorane General Store have continued to allow them use of the building.

The Friends of the Library who have contributed their time and energies on a regular basis include Alix Mosieur, Barbara Dare, Peter Crawford, and Curt Mitchell.  Those who have agreed to be on call are Barbara Robertson, Connie Clark, Sandy Maxwell, Norman Hammar, Richard Miller, and Pete Gass.  Approximately 200 families have registered, so far.

There are no fees charged to those using the library, and according to Viki, “we have a library that is good for research, information, and entertainment.”  The current hours are: Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment.  Viki says, “We have a good little library and we could use a few more helpers on a regular basis so that we can open again on Thursdays.  We accept all donations, and what we can’t use, we sell or pass along.”

Please give Viki a call at 942-5424 if you are willing to contribute time or books to a very worthwhile community effort.  Regardless of what type of education or interests each of us have, we can all benefit by what Viki and the Friends of the Library have been able to accomplish so far.  Let’s support them in anyway possible

And, to quote Viki, “Good reading to all!”


From the Editor…

Something that I have discovered since beginning The Lorane Historian, is that people are reluctant to tell me anything that might seem like “bragging.” One of the goals of this newsletter is to stress the positive in the community. I want to provide a forum for expressing the pride we have in ourselves and our families. If the historians, 100 years from now, want to “dig up the dirt” that is tucked in the corners of our lives, then that is their right. But in this day and age of so much negativism, I want to point out that there is something special about each of us, and we need to acknowledge it, not only to ourselves, but to each other as well. If you’re proud of your family, an accomplishment, a talent, anything in which you genuinely take pride, whether it be that your children have done something special, or you can grow white cauliflower, or your chocolate chip cookies won a prize at the county fair, or you have withstood hardship and triumphed, etc.– then, I want to write about it.

Sure, our community has its share of the problems of the world, but I sincerely believe that even the most negative among us has positive qualities, as well, and I don’t want anyone to feel that they should withhold something because it might be considered “bragging.” Let’s express our honest pride — I don’t mean the false boastful kind that comes from personal insecurities, but the kind that can only build self-esteem and respect. There should be no shame in that.


Family Portrait

Mike and Linda Jenks

By Pat EdwardsMike and Linda Jenks

Mike and Linda Jenks have some advice for new people moving into the community who want to meet their neighbors but don’t quite know how…invite them to a field fire! About 2 days after moving to Lorane 23 years ago, a horse knocked over their electric fence, starting a grass field fire. A telephone installer spotted the fire and called it in. Their neighbor, Mark Annett, arrived to help, followed closely by a Western Lane truck being driven by Jim Rothauge. Joe Brewer soon arrived to disk a fire break around the fire, and others pitched in to extinguish it before it got out of control. The Jenks took some good-natured teasing from people in the community who claimed that they probably started the fire in order to get to know their neighbors. Linda is quick to point out that “we learned quickly how the neighbors in Lorane pitch in to help each other in times of need. This hasn’t changed.”

Mike and Linda (Bartgis) Jenks were both born in California…he in Long Beach and she in Los Angeles. They were married in 1962 in Downey, California. Mike had just been discharged from the U.S. Navy when he was offered training and a job with IBM. They lived in California for the first seven years of their marriage while being transferred for several months at a time to a variety of locations during Mike’s training period. He attended IBM schooling in San Jose, California, Rochester, Minnesota, and Poughkeepsie and Kingston, New York while they lived in Saugerties and Wappingers Falls, New York, respectively.

During that time, two children were born to them. Colleen, age 30, was born in Downey. She is now in her 9th year of teaching high school English after graduating from Oregon State University. She is currently at Wahtonka High School in The Dalles.

Mark, age 27, was born in Kingston, New York. He is presently a Captain in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He also graduated from Oregon State University where he had an ROTC scholarship.

They eventually moved from California to Longmont, Colorado where Mike was transferred. They lived there for a year. According to Linda, “we were in Colorado when IBM was ready to send us back to the Los Angeles area. We had always wanted to live in a small rural community.” Mike and Mark travelled to Oregon to check out a position that was open with IBM in Salem. What they saw, they liked. When Mike applied for a transfer to Oregon, he was awarded a position in Eugene where he worked until his retirement in 1991.

“We arrived in Eugene on the 6th day of July, 1970, and started looking for a house with some acreage. We looked at about four farms around the area, and after eight days, put our earnest money on the Brewer’s 65-acre farm on south Territorial Road, says Mike.” (The house that they chose for their future home was built by the Addison family over 100 years ago. More of its history can be found in Sawdust & Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley.) “We didn’t really know anything about the area or the people, but we did like the house and land. After looking back on the 23 years that we have lived here, we don’t think there is any place in Oregon that we would rather live than Lorane.”

Mike laughs when he tells of the day that he and Linda placed their earnest money down on the farm. After leaving, they talked of how beautiful the house was and that the white picket fence around the front yard really set it off. When they went back to see it the next day, they discovered that there never was a white picket fence at all. “Oh, how the mind can play tricks on you!”

After they settled in Lorane, another child arrived. Ewing was born in the Cottage Grove Hospital almost 22 years ago. He is presently attending his 4th year of college classes at Oregon State University. (The Jenks raised a family of Beavers!) All three of their children graduated from Crow High School where Colleen was valedictorian and Mark the salutatorian of their classes.

Mike is now retired from IBM and is a full-time farmer. (Neither he or Linda believe that “retired” is an appropriate word to describe him.) He had a variety of jobs before his stint in the Navy including newspaper boy and working in the oil fields. He’s presently a volunteer fireman and enjoys such hobbies as metal working, computers (naturally), photography, electronics, woodworking, and farming.

Linda has been a homemaker since Colleen was born. Before that, she was a registered nurse. Linda loves teaching “Bible Club” Release-Time to Grades K-3, and has been teaching it for over 15 years. She says, “It isn’t long compared to the many years that Lorena Mitchell, who teaches the upper grades, has been teaching!” Another thing that Linda loves is doing all kinds of handwork. Her specialty is tatting and she has adorned some beautiful pieces with it. Linda also headed the Lorane Centennial quilt project, and it was mainly through her efforts and supervision that the community quilt became a reality. She also loves to garden and has a large vegetable and flower garden to tend.

Both Mike and Linda are long-time members of the Lorane Grange. In the past, they have been actively involved in Lorane P.T.C., Lorane 4-H, Crow High School Booster Club, and the Lorane Centennial Committee, as well.

Linda said, “As you can see by where we have lived, we have traveled across the U.S.A. a few times! The most fun that we have had was on vacation one summer in a houseboat with my parents on the Sacramento River. Michael was always doing things to keep it lively–like throwing mops overboard and almost getting us run down by a freighter.” Their last family vacation consisted of camping out in tents for 3 weeks while visiting friends on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.

The Jenks are the type of family that represent the backbone of the Lorane community. Whenever there is an activity that requires community participation, they are always there. Whenever there is a community need, they are willing to contribute. They are always busy, but never too busy to give of themselves. It’s that willingness on the part of families like the Jenks that make Lorane the special place that it is.


SAWDUST & CIDER CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Editor’s note: The following excerpts are from a letter from Frances R. Anderson that was written to Nancy, Marna, and I in 1987, following the publication of Sawdust & Cider. The portions in italics are my responses to her concerns.

I’ve recently finished reading the “labor of love” you, Marna Hing, and Nancy O’Hearn have so ably provided the rest of us. All of you are to be congratulated for your fine work which surely will be considered a valuable addition to anyone’s collection of local history. And, again, thank you for undertaking the task.

However, my appreciation of your book is being tempered somewhat by the ‘ghost’ of my mother (Winnefred Currin Anderson) whose memories and those of her sister (Ruth Currin Spaniol) did not and do not square with those of your book in four different instances. Our passion for historical accuracy prompts the following additions and corrections and are in no way intended as criticism of the book itself. These modifications would be especially important to consider in the event you initiate any sort of follow-up project:

(1) In the discussion of the Addison family (page 28), you speak of the marriage of Blaine C. Addison and Maud Jackson and throughout the remainder of the book Aunt Maud is referred to as “Maud G. (Mrs. Blaine Addison)” (page 33) or as Maud Jackson Addison–all of which may leave your more genealogically-minded readers with a false impression. Following a divorce from Blaine, Aunt Maud married John (Jack) Crawford in 1930, moved to California, and died there in the 1940’s.

(A member of Maud and Blaine’s immediate family provided the information which was used. She read the copy which appeared in the book before it went to the publisher and apparently did not feel that it was necessary to discuss the divorce. (You will note that I did mention in the book that Blaine lived by himself for the last several years that he was in Lorane).

(2) On Page 33, you refer to the four Jackson (W.W. and Della) children, including Helen who is further identified as Mrs. Herbert M. Doty. Aunt Helen married Mr. Doty around 1910 and later they adopted a son, Max. In the Doty family biographical account (page 30) there is no reference to Aunt Helen or Max, and I believe there should be.

Just before the book was ready to go to press, I reviewed it to see if I had left any big gaps. One which I found was the absence of much information on the Doty family except for brief references to their lumber mill in the Lane County Directory; the house fire which destroyed not only their home, but the Grange records, as well; and records that they owned part of the Lucas Donation Land Claim according to Bob and Marna Hing’s property abstract. I felt that there should be more than that on the family as they appeared to have been a fairly prominent family in the area for some time. We were never contacted by any Doty family members, nor did we know of anyone to contact for an actual history of the family. For two years, we distributed questionnaires to anyone who would take them, to be filled out and returned to us so that we would be able to have factual information on each of the families. Because of the vast number of families who lived in the Lorane area over a 150-year period, there was no way that we could try to trace descendants of each one, and so we were relying on them to contact us, or by following leads given to us by others. No one ever emerged as a Doty family informant, so I had to go with what we had.

(3) In speaking of the King family (page 52), you write of two teachers, Kay West and Mae Masterson, who in 1936 are reported to have lived with the Currin Family. These women may well have lived on Lorane Orchard Road, but the likelihood of their having lived with the Currins is remote. Ruth Currin Spaniol has no knowledge of her parents ever taking in boarders and tells me that H.W. and Laura Jackson Currin were no longer living in the area in 1936, having left in 1934 or 1935 at the latest.

Kay West King Smith was the lady who provided me with the information about living with the Currin family. In her letter to us dated December 1, 1986, she wrote, “When I first came to Lorane to teach, I lived with Mr. & Mrs. Currin in a large brown house above the pear orchard. The high school teacher, Mae Masterson, lived with me and she had a Model A Ford which we drove over weekends…”

(4) Your reference to the introduction of Scotch Broom to the Lorane area by the Currin family (page 151) seems unnecessarily argumentative. We do not know your source for this information (you’ve chosen to use that uncertain phrase “It is believed…”), but we do know you did not talk to the only people (H.W. and Laura Jackson Currin) who might have been able to confirm or deny your suggestion. Both have been dead for over 20 years. Surely you did not intend to end an otherwise credible chapter with a 60-year old rumor. Your book, your readers, and the Currin family deserve better. In any case, as most of us know, Scotch Broom has long been common throughout Western Oregon and only blind chance can account for it’s possible absence in the Lorane area prior to the 1920’s. It was really only a matter of time before the shrub made it’s appearance in your community and no human assistance would have been necessary.

If I had known that this would have caused embarrassment to the family, I wouldn’t have included it. The formula I used when I wasn’t sure if I would use an item or not was…”would I want it to be written about my family”. After spending many years in researching my own family history, I have always been excited about finding a bit of information about my family which made it stand out a little from all of the others whose members seemingly were always farmers who owned so many acres of land in Illinois or Kentucky, had large families and went to the Methodist Church. In this case, bringing in the Scotch Broom, I felt, was a very reasonable thing to do if one didn’t know what a culprit it would eventually become. It’s a beautiful shrub when it’s in bloom. If your family was, indeed, the one that brought it to the Lorane Valley for the first time, there should be no shame attached to it. They didn’t try to do anything other than beautify their yard. To me, it was a humorous account. There was no shame or illegality involved…We were told about it by someone who lived all of his life in the area and is past retirement age now. His father reportedly told him that the Currin family introduced it to the area. We have heard the same from others, so I felt safe in saying “it is believed…”. We should have checked on this with a member of your family to see if there was some sensitivity pertaining to it. I am sorry that we did not, and if there is a Part II to Sawdust & Cider, I’ll try to rectify it.

Aside from the aforementioned points, the over-all quality of Sawdust and Cider is excellent, and I wish you equal success with future publications.

Thank you, Mrs. Anderson ,for caring enough to write. Your comments have been taken in the light that they were intended.


It's Our Business logoAre you toying with the idea of selling a piece of property that you no longer want to pay taxes on? Or, is your home no longer big enough to contain your growing family?  Maybe the house is now much too large for a family whose young ones have declared their independence and have left to build their own lives? On the other hand, maybe you want to finally find that very special home of your own so that you can begin paying taxes instead of rent? If so, Lorane is fortunate to have two qualified and dedicated residential realtors among its residents.

LINDA SCHAFER, RealtorLinda Schafer business card

Linda Schafer, a relatively new member to the Lorane community, would like to help you in your real estate goals. Linda, who bought Jim and Pauline Sudut’s mobile home and 15-acres at the top of Stony Point in July of 1992, is a licensed realtor who specializes in rural properties and wishes to work for her neighbors in the Lorane area.
Linda lived in Cottage Grove all of her life before moving to Lorane, and it has always been a special dream of hers to move to the Lorane area where she could ride and raise her horses. She has always lived on a ranch and is a member of the Quarter Horse Association, the Paint Horse Association, the Shorthorn Breeders Association, and now, the Lorane Grange.  Besides her love for horses, Linda’s other interests include sports, snow skiing, and plays. She also likes to knit, sew, and work in her garden. Before becoming a realtor, Linda worked in the medical profession.

She has two adult sons, Jeff Elliott, age 26, who lives in Seattle, and Chris, age 25, who is married and lives in Eugene.  Both graduated from Cottage Grove High School and the University of Oregon.

When asked what she likes most about Lorane, Linda lists her neighbors first. These include Arnie and Helen Christofferson, James and Christine Whitmire, Beth Booth, and Chris and Katie Bartels.  Next on her list is the terrain and beautiful valley.  Says Linda, “I never want to leave it!  I love it!”

SHARON MALCOLM, Realtor

Being a “country girl” at heSharon Malcolm business cardart and having lived in the country most of her life, it only seemed natural to Sharon Malcolm that when she entered the real estate profession, she specialize in what she knew and loved.

After working for some years as a bus driver for the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District, Sharon  was awarded her real estate license in 1990.  Since then, she has worked with Rams Realty, Inc. out of their Eugene office. “I love showing and selling country property. I have a good knowledge of zoning laws and have found it valuable for my clients.  I give 100% to all of my clients and friends whether they are buying or selling.”

Sharon, her husband, Bruce, and their children, James Everett and Ashley Louise, live at 79555 Fire Road, where Bruce’s family has lived for over 43 years (see “Schuger family in Sawdust & Cider). Their neighbors on Fire Road include Jim and Judie Brantley, Corky White, Ron and Marla Norton, Clint and Sandy Rhodes, and Mike and Nancy Dresser.

Sharon has been involved in various community activities, most centering around her family’s interests, including Lorane P.T.A. and the Crow Booster Club.

The Malcolms enjoy camping, swimming, and traveling. They love Lorane and its feeling of community. When asked what she thought would make it a better place to live, Sharon said, “straighten out a couple of curves”, and her advice to the teenagers in the area includes “drive carefully, enjoy life, and get a good education.” That’s good advice for all of us.