Tag: A Bit of Lorane History

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 10, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 10, 2020
By Pat Edwards

I am struggling to come up with a column this week. Life amidst the pandemic stay-at-home protocols is pretty mundane and there’s not a lot to talk about, I’m afraid. Jim and I continue to make town runs each week to pick up groceries for the store. We used to have lunch in town in restaurants where we felt safe and socially distanced when we could, but eating in the car is not a lot of fun and the food not nearly as varied or good.

This week, I decided to search my local history files and see if I could come up with something interesting that occurred this time of year that my readers would enjoy. One of my favorite pieces of research for our From Sawdust and Cider book, about the history of Lorane, Oregon, popped up in my search. It includes two letters that were written in 1883 by Jerusha Petrie to her son, Chan (Channing), who lived in Wisconsin. Jerusha and her husband Jost had moved from Wisconsin to settle on a 1,200 acre ranch south of Lorane the year before. I’m including the letters as written—misspellings and all.

“Cartwright Lane Co. Oregon December 23th 1883″ (from Jerusha Petrie) “My dear Son and deaughter

“I have received two letters from you since I wrote you. Pa wrote you about a month ago so I thought I wait awhile before writing to you. We are all well and it is almost Christmas again. Time often rools around fast. Ellen and her children came and spent Thanksgiving with us. They came on Wedensday eavening got here at five Oclock. They came with the four horse team and the big Wagon. Watkin looked grand sitting up on the high seet driving his four horse team. They staid till Sunday. We all had a good time together and nice weather. We all thought it would have been better if Chan, Mary and Winnie had been with us. Harley went home with them to go to school. He is boarding with Ellen and going to school to Eugene him and Watkin. They go to the public school, he was home a week ago to day. Him and Watkin came with some more Cows to paster. They staid over night and went back the next day. They like the school very much. One of the cows they brought is giving milk so we have two cows to milk now. They give a nice quantity of milk. I am making more butter now than I have at any time this season. The Syuslaw people are going to have a Christmas tree at the school house two miles from here. The Syuslaw Cornett band are going to make their first exhibition in public. They are going to play Christmas eave at the school house. Well Mary we are so land poor we cant aford to by carpets. I hope to get enough by spring to make one. I have commenced a rug. I am doing pretty well withe it for the first one I am drawing it on sacking.

“Flees are the worst pests we have here in Oregon. They have them all a long this cost in the Summer. They wer very bad here on this place last summer. Mr. Kennedy had so meny hogs on the plac. Pa is cleaning up all around to get rid of them as much as we can but they will trouble more or less in warm weather. I suppose Pa wrote you abut the new Cornett band started here in the Syuslaw Valley. Irving is getting along with his finely. Have you made up your minds As come to Oregon. You see I am anxious to know for misery likes copany. I hope to heare from you soon from your loving Mother. J.F. Petrie

“December 30the.” As I did not get my letter mailed last week I will write you some more. This week it stormed so last Monday on Christmas day no one would go for the mail. We have had a big rain the last week. It rained so on Christmas night. The Cornet band had to stay all night to the School house and wade through the water in the morning home. Irving was wet to his middle and had to strip himself and put on dry cloths. The streams have been full and runing over so the Salmon have come up into the small streams to spawn and the folks have been Salmon hunting last week. Irving has caught 20 Salmon. He went three days came home weet all over every time, and haved to stripe for dry cloths. I have not seen Harley nor heard from hime for two weeks. Pa and I staid at home for our Christmas. We had a pretty good time. He was reading and I was working on my rug. None of us get preasents. We are so poor we could not aford it and another thing we could not go any where to get anything. We live so far from market. That is the most I dislike this place for it is so far from market. Chan, Pa wanted me to tell you if you would send him the Interocean. He would send you a paper regular that is if you take it. Chan I wish I knew how you and Mary would like it here but that cant be told until you see it for your selves. To tell you the honest truth, I like the looks of Wisconsin the best. One thing is I lived there long. As I have told you Wisconsin did not look good to me when I first saw it. Folks can get use to amost any place. We do not have such feareful stormes here as they do in the eastren stats. We have read of a good meny since we left there. We have not had any very cold weather yet. Nothing more then fall frost. It has snowed some but melts right away. Well how do you all feel since Christmas Eve. All well and harty. Write soon for I am anxious to heare from you. This paper is some of your brother Josts. Kiss Winnie for grandema. I want to see her. Tell us all about what Carp done in and thinks of this country if you know. 26̊ above zero today Dec 31st. From your Mother”

Thank you to the Petrie family who shared 14 letters written to Chan by Jost and Jerusha with us. They include a wealth of information on the Lorane area at the end of the 19th century.

Sweet Lorane Community News – April 13, 2017

Fern Ridge Review                        
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 13, 2017
By Pat Edwards

A group has made plans for a Community-Wide Yard Sale to be held in the Lorane area on Saturday, May 20. The organizers would like to meet prior to the sale (date to be determined) with those who want to be included on the map of participants and promotion of the event. In addition to private yard sales, the Lorane Grange will have tables available for rent that day at $10 per table as they have done in the past. I am also making the open grassy area around the Dew Drop Inn, next to the Lorane Family Store, available for those who want to put up tents/canopies to sell their merchandise.

For promotion, the organizers will be listing the sale with local newspapers and on Craigslist. In addition, they will have flyers with maps showing the location of the registered sales available at the Lorane Family Store and the Lorane Deli.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the community-wide promotion and maps at a sale you’ll be holding at your home, register with Terrie Johnson Morris, 541-913-3825. If you wish to rent a table at the Lorane Grange, contact Pam Kersgaard, 541-214-0261. Leave your contact information at the Lorane Family Store if you are interested in setting up a tent at the Dew Drop Inn.

As planned, the Crow Booster Club has set up a committee that will be dedicated to the oversight and support of Applegate Elementary School needs, events and parental concerns.

According to Ali Cheers of the Crow Booster Club, “The Booster Club supports athletics, academics, arts and so much more for students at all levels throughout the district. However, parental involvement at the elementary level has decreased. This committee has been formed to help fill this gap…”

Parents and community members are asked to lend your support in giving the Crow-Applegate-Lorane students of all ages the best possible education and life experiences. If you are interested in getting involved with the elementary school group, please email them at applegateboosters@gmail.com.

For information on how to join the Booster Club itself, contact Linda Lay, Crow-Applegate-Lorane Booster Club President (541-844-5840), or one of its members.

REMINDERS: The Lorane Christian Church will be having a bake sale on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lorane Family Store.

The Annual Crow-Applegate-Lorane Grandparents’ Tea will be held on Thursday, April 20 at Applegate Elementary beginning at 12:30 p.m. There will be entertainment, art displays and snacks… and you don’t even have to be a grandparent to attend.

I haven’t included any excerpts of Lorane history for quite some time, so here’s a short one that goes with the beginning of baseball season.

A Bit of Lorane History:

“Baseball was a very popular recreation in the Lorane area as well as throughout Lane County. Ballparks were set up in pastures near the “rabbit barns” on north Territorial Road (south of Stoney Point) and in the large field at the junction of Siuslaw and Territorial roads and behind the present Lorane Family Store in the pasture now owned by the Doughty family.” (From Sawdust and Cider to Wine; 1987; 2006)

Sweet Lorane Community News – February 4, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 4, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Yuck! Three weeks ago I came down with a cold, and I’ve still got it! It’s like a group of waves that roll in on the beach. When it first hit, the symptoms began to ebb after a few days and then, Wham! I was hit with a few more waves carrying with them an assortment of coughs, sneezes, eternal congestion and now eye infection. Yesterday, I finally broke down and visited the Cottage Grove Walk-In Clinic since my doctor was booked up and they put me on some antibiotics and an inhaler. I’m feeling better today, but I’m holding my breath that there’s not another breaker heading my way. The nurse at the clinic told me that I was not alone… that record numbers of people were experiencing the same type of long, drawn-out upper respiratory infection this winter.

With all of my whining out of the way, I am hanging my head in shame because I’m truly one of the lucky ones. I am blessed with much better health than many others. How can I complain when such beautiful people around me have so much more to deal with, health-wise, than me?

Today, we got word from former Loranian, Stan Davis, that his wife – our wonderful, beautiful, beloved Debbie Davis – is having to undergo a second craniotomy to remove a brain tumor. Stan’s message, while extremely sobering, carried a signature bit of humor passed on from Debbie, herself. In his message, he said, “…It is in the speech center, and she is wondering if I would, maybe, prefer a mute wife?? Hmmm…” The tone is typical Debbie who has always brought sunshine into all of our lives. Our love and prayers are with you both, Debbie and Stan! I’m sure they’d love to have some others sent their way, too.
The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board is still looking for members for the district’s budget committee. The committee met for the first time last Thursday, February 4, but there will be two more meetings. If you are interested in serving the school district in this way, please call the district office for further information (541-935-2100).

The Crow Middle/High School students who want to play a spring sport (baseball, softball or track) is required to attend the upcoming Spring Sports Sign-Up and Parent Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 at the high school. Parents will need to attend with the students.

Don’t forget the Friendship Dinner hosted by Lorane Christian Church at Sizzlers on Gateway Blvd. in Springfield on Sunday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Also, mark your calendars for the next Lorane Grange Dinner and Bingo Night which will be held on Saturday, February 27. They are going to try something besides spaghetti this time – possibly an assortment of finger foods as well as those yummy desserts. The blackout bingo pot is up to over $300. Bring the whole family. It’s so much fun.

A Bit of Lorane History (honoring Stan Davis’ family):

In the early 1900s, Frank Davis lived on his homestead, due west of the former Delwin Doughty homeplace. The farm buildings were situated on top of a hill with the barn perched right at the edge of a canyon. One evening about dusk, Chancy, who lived on north Territorial Road where the former Cliff Stevens’ place is located, heard the sound of distant yelling coming from the direction of his brother’s homestead, some two miles away. Because Frank’s wife Elma was due to have a baby at any time, Chancy feared that she might be having complications. He hurriedly saddled a horse and galloped full speed in the direction of his brother’s homestead. Every few minutes he heard a loud yell. Upon arriving, he leaped from his horse, just as another full-throated “holler” rent the air in the direction of the barn. As he ran towards the barn, he was met with the sight of Frank Davis standing next to his barn with his back to the canyon. He was bent at the waist with his head tucked between his knees yelling into the canyon beyond – listening to his own echo. (From Sawdust and Cider; 1987; 2006)