Category: Newspaper Columns

Newspaper columns that I have written for the Fern Ridge Review in Veneta, Oregon and the Creswell Chronicle in Creswell, Oregon. I began writing them for the Fern Ridge Review on August 4, 2010; on December 6, 2012, the Creswell Chronicle began printing them, as well. I am still the Lorane columnist for both papers.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 23, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 23, 2020
By Pat Edwards

vector happy birthday 100th celebration gold balloons and golden confetti glitters. 3d Illustration design for your greeting card, invitation and Celebration party of hundred 100 years blackI only found out this week that a special event had been scheduled for Saturday, January 25 at the Cottage Grove Community Center; by the time you read this, it will have already occurred. I’m so sorry that I didn’t know in time to let people know about the 100th birthday celebration of a remarkable young man who I had the pleasure of meeting while researching Jo-Brew’s and my books on the history of U.S. Highway 99.

Chuck Booher

Charles W. Booher

Charles “Chuck” Booher never actually lived in Lorane, but his daughter, Debbie Booher Davis, and her husband Stan Davis, raised their family in Lorane and are much loved by many.

Chuck raised his family in neighboring Curtin, Oregon, and was able to provide me with some wonderful historical information on not only Curtin, but Anlauf and Comstock, as well. His maternal grandparents, Charley and Alice Turpin, had settled in the area in 1915 and it was where Chuck was raised.

He also had strong connections to his paternal Booher family who were early settlers in the Yoncalla area. The delightful interview I did with Chuck was rich in stories of the early days of U.S. Highway 99 before the I-5 freeway was built.

Many people will recognize the Boohers as a well-known musical family from the Yoncalla area. The family of Chuck’s son, Mike, and his wife Delores formed their own group called “The Booher Family.” They sang and played old-time fiddler, gospel and country western music. Their lively, foot-stomping music became very popular and they were asked to appear in shows all over Oregon, including Lorane’s Centennial in 1987. From 1993 to1998, they toured with their only daughter, Meriwyn, and their three youngest boys, Ben, Brendan and Gabe, performing in Canada, and spending five seasons at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Brendan toured internationally and played fiddle, guitar and mandolin for the Asleep at the Wheel band, George Strait and Johnny Gimble, among others. The family also opened a dinner club—the Diamond B Chuckwagon—in Tumalo, near Bend, Oregon, where they provided the entertainment.

For several years, Chuck and his wife Dorothy ran the Curtin Store which they leasedfrom her parents, Albert L. and Flora Holt, in the 1940s. Dorothy’s brother, Harry, and his wife Bertha of Creswell made history themselves by forming the Holt International Adoption Agency that specialized in adoptions from Korea.

One of the interesting stories Chuck told me was of a day in the 1940s when he and Dorothy lived on Curtin Road. A circus caravan was passing in front of his family’s home when suddenly the load shifted on the trailer of one of the trucks and it rolled onto its top. Until they could get it righted, they had an assortment of horses, llamas, a couple of camels and two or three zebras lounging in the pasture next to their house.

Circus Wagon rollover - Booher

I’m not surprised that Chuck has made it to the “100″ mark. When I interviewed him that day in 2014, he was a vibrant, articulate man in his mid-90s. He’s seen many advancements and changes take place over those 100 years and he’s lived an interesting and successful life. His love for family is evident as is his respect for this area’s history.

Happy Birthday, Chuck!!

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 16, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 16, 2020
By Pat Edwards

Life right now is rather mundane following the “busy-ness” of the holidays. For Jim and me, the days are filled with doctors’ appointments, yoga classes, and trips to town to run errands for the store… with one exciting exception…

We have season tickets to the 2020 UO women’s basketball games along with our son, Rob, daughter, Michele, son-in-law, Brian, and the Steve and Renee Grube family. Last night had to be one of the best games I have seen played—anywhere. University of Oregon Duck, Sabrina Ionescu, who is considered by most to the be the best college basketball player in the nation—set records last night for highest UO women’s career scoring and her own single-game scoring at 37 points.

What is so amazing about this team, is not only the supreme player it has in Sabrina, but the standards that each of the team members represent. Regardless of whether kids today are even interested in athletics, the unselfish team play and work ethic on the floor make them ideal role-models for today’s youth—both girls and boys.

I’d much rather our grandchildren’s role models come from the high school and college ranks rather than the professional levels of any activity or career because those who are succeeding are doing it for the pure love of working towards a goal, whether it be athletics, music, science, agriculture, business, education or any other endeavor that has caught their interest. Just doing it for the monetary rewards should be secondary. Good game, Ducks!

As for current activities and news of the Crow Middle/High School, here’s some information passed on to me by Lil Thompson.

The 2020 version of the Ukulele group is once again meeting every Thursday at the school’s music room from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. They have a wonderful time learning to play these instruments and perform at various events around the area. If you’re interested in joining them, just show up at one of the practices.

In addition, the Crow High School welding classes are selling decorative wall-hanging metal hearts made from horseshoes in various colors. They have a hanger welded on them where hats, backpacks, necklaces or other items can be hung on them. To see and/or order them, call the office at 541-935-2227. Proceeds go to help fund the welding class.

The Applegate Regional Theater is also recruiting people for their Reader’s Theater group which reads scripts and acts out skits for area audiences. They perform not only at the ART, but also for senior groups in assisted living centers around the county. Rehearsals are kept to a minimum and there is no memorization involved. They are fun to watch since many of the readers really get into their parts and tend to really “emote” while reading, using different voices and accents. If you’re interested, contact Vicki Sourdry or Marti Byers at the Applegate Regional Theater, 541-935-3636 or

Well, we made it through this past week’s snowstorm warnings with little (if any) “white stuff” on the ground. Here’s hoping we escape the remaining winter and early spring without any extreme weather, as well.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 9, 2020


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Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 9, 2020
By Pat Edwards


Well, we’ve made it into the new year without any major weather inconveniences, but most of us are still preparing ourselves for the possibility of another snow/ice storm that caused us to be without power and water last February. I’ve always considered that the more prepared we are, though, the less likely it will happen… something similar to Murphy’s Law.

Jim and I feel we’re much more ready to deal with another spate of bad weather than we were last year. Thanks to Brian and Michele—our daughter and son-in-law—we now have a large generator that should help us with water, lights and heat should the power go out for several days again, and if our water lines freeze, I have about 6 five-gallon containers of water stored away that we can use. Those measures should ensure that we won’t need any of it this year.

With the new year also comes tax-season. At least the normal cold and rainy days of our Oregon winters can be spent in a warm house while going through all of the unending paperwork and records-retrieval that is required to make sure that Uncle Sam has all of the information needed that will hopefully net us a refund. Of course, that’s generally proven to be wishful thinking, but miracles do happen sometimes.

The Lorane community has been quiet lately. Most of us have been so immersed in the holiday festivities and the adjustment back into whatever we consider “normal” in our lives that we are content to enjoy the quiet for awhile before we get back into the swing of things. So, there is not a lot to report right now.

The regular “1st and 3rd Saturday” Crow Grange bingo nights have already resumed for the new year (bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. and bingo at 7:00 p.m.); the Lorane Grange will be having its Spaghetti and Bingo night on Saturday, January 25, (dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m.); and the Crow Grange will be having its first bingo of the year on Wednesday, January 15 (games start at 7:00 p.m.)

The Crow Middle/High School art class has a new project and needs your help. Teacher, Pat Dixon, is asking for donations of old and/or worn books you don’t want, postcards, games with missing pieces, jigsaw puzzles, cloth, buttons, costume jewelry, etc., that can be used in their “Altered Art” project. Contact Pat at to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up time.

Lil Thompson asked me to let anyone know that the next Lorane Grange meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. They welcome new members and have lots of ideas to discuss.

As for me, personally, I’ve resumed my yoga class with instructor, Jen Chambers, at the Applegate Regional Theater, and actually welcomed the stretching and workout of my muscles and joints following a couple of weeks without it. I’ve found the small classes are not only beneficial, but very enjoyable, as well. It’s something I look forward to each week, now.

2020 has begun on a positive note for all of us in our family and we’re hoping that it has for your family, too. Now, if we can just get the scary and unsettling national and international concerns under control, it might begin a trend of lots of positives in all of our lives!