Tag: Lloyd Porter

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 10, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 10, 2018
By Pat Edwards

There seems to be lots of news to report this week. For these columns it seems to be either a deluge of things I need to tell you about, or I have to dig deep.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about the Taco Dinner and Fandango dance event held at the Lorane Grange until it was too late to include in last week’s column. It was sponsored by the Rural Art Center. If you missed the event, they will be performing at the Crow Grange (May 16), Crow High School (May 23), at the Applegate Regional Theater (TBA), and at the Blue Rooster Inn (TBA). This is part of their summer dance series. Check out the poster displayed on the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages and in businesses around the area for more details.

The music is provided by El Taller de Son Jarocho, a Eugene-based community group and everyone is encouraged to join in. They will teach the basic dance step, a simple tap dance style.

The Lorane Grange will be having a work day at the Lorane Grange Cemetery on Monday, May 14. Volunteers are encouraged and welcome to come. Everyone should meet at 10 a.m. and bring garden tools and equipment to use, if possible.

The Celebration of Life for Lloyd Porter will be held at Lorane Christian Church with a potluck following at Lorane Grange. The Grange doors will be open at 11:30 am to receive food. Jeri asks that everyone wear Western or at least casual attire in memory of Lloyd.

Mark your calendars, Crow High School Senior Recognition night, is May 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS gym. This is always a fun time to honor the seniors and their accomplishments.

The Lorane Community Association (LCA) held a recent meeting and Mina Knittel provided very detailed minutes. They held election of officers and the 2018-2019 include President, Pam Kersgaard; Vice President, Marissa McNutt Cooper; Treasurer, Mina Knittel; and Secretary, Heidi Langstraat.

It has been decided to unveil the Lorane Mural at this summer’s Ice Cream Social! Kevin, at the Lorane Family Store, will be building a protective awning and seating area in front of where it will hang. The mural will include an interactive game for people to spot local birds, insects and wildlife within the mural!

For those who haven’t seen the prototype, the mural will be a beautiful scenic and historical landscape of Lorane that includes a map of points of interest in our community! Donations are needed to complete the project. If you have a winery, farm or local business and would like to be included on the map, please contact Pamela Kersgaard.

The Lorane Community Church is collecting cans and bottles for their annual women’s retreat on the Oregon coast on September 5-8. Donations of recyclables can be dropped off at the deli or Heidi Rusten Langstraat can come pick them up! Please contact through the church for details.

We are approaching the Growers Market season! Visit the beautiful produce stand in front of the deli. Anyone can place their fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, and wares there for donation/sale to the community. Any funds received for these goods goes to LCA projects!

More things from the minutes will be included in next week’s column. I hope that everyone is enjoying our sunshine. One of these days, I’m going to catch up on everything that needs doing!

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 26, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 26, 2018
By Pat Edwards

After a glorious week of sunshine and 70 to 80 degree weather and busy, busy days, I am taking a quiet day today as the spring rain falls outside. I need to get my column written and to work on a fascinating new book project I’m writing. I’ll at least get this written and sent off, but the weekend promises to be even busier than usual with a craft/bake sale, a baby-shower, a dessert and bingo evening, a fire prevention program, and a birthday dinner for our granddaughter on my schedule. By the time you read this, the weekend will have passed, hopefully our nice weather will be back, and I’ll have survived.

Sadly, Lorane has lost another one of our favorite residents. After suffering several major strokes, Lloyd Porter, passed away this past week. Lloyd is remembered by many for his ever-present cowboy hat, jeans, boots and western shirts, and frequently, when he was still riding, his horse would be tied up at the Lorane Family Store while he went in to get a snack. He always had a bright and sunny disposition and enjoyed making friends, of which he had many. His wife, Jeri, asked me to let everyone know that there will be a Celebration of Life in Lloyd’s honor on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lorane Christian Church. A potluck will follow. Everyone is invited. Our condolences go out to Jeri and his family.

I’d like to tell you a bit about the new book I’m working on.

Cover first draft - promo

Captain John O’Brien homesteaded 160 of land west of Lorane in the Letz Creek Road area in 1873, following his 4 years of service in the American Civil War. I have been very fortunate to connect with a descendant of his who is allowing me to include excerpts from the almost 50 letters that Captain O’Brien wrote to a favorite cousin during the war years. An Irish immigrant, he enlisted as a private in 1861 in the first volunteer regiment formed in the Union army from Connecticut and by the end of the war, he was honorably discharged as a captain by brevet. His letters are so very interesting and full of stories about the battles he was involved in with the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery regiment, as well as the conditions he lived under and his reflections on his love for his adopted country and the honor he felt to serve.

After his military service, he went back to his home in New Haven, Connecticut, where he tried working in the trade he apprenticed for before the war—a printer—but after his years in battle, he felt the need to explore the west. In doing so, first in Helena, Montana and later Sacramento, California and then San Francisco, he became involved in helping to form typographical trade unions to benefit the working men and, later women. He was soon active in the Federated Trades Assembly… a collection of trade unions that worked together for reform that eventually morphed into the American Federation of Labor (AFL) that was headed by Samuel Gompers. John soon ended up in Portland, Oregon in the early 1880s where he was president—and on the executive committees—of both the Multnomah Typographical Union #58 and the Federated Trades Assembly of Portland. He also founded the Portland Daily Sun newspaper there.

As often as possible, Captain John O’Brien would retreat to his property in Lorane where he was respected as a gentleman who cared about his neighbors and friends. It was there where he retired in 1907 and where he lived until his death in 1931.

I’m completely enamored with his story and I hope that I can do him justice in this new book which I will probably be calling The Life and Letters of Captain John O’Brien. I hope to have it in print by the end of June.

I’m always looking for photos and/or stories of any of our early Lorane residents. I’ve found that each of them had their own special stories that I would like to tell.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 21, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 21, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Whew! We’ve rounded the corner on winter and are heading towards a much-looked-forward-to spring. Sadly, for me, the holidays seem to be more stressful each year. I love being with our family to celebrate all that we share, but the preparations and busy-ness tend to wear down my reserves of energy. The rest of my year is spent with normally quiet days at home with the dogs and cats as my companions and the afternoons and evenings reserved especially for Jim.

Oh, this past year was more active than usual with the number of presentations that Jo and I were asked to give, culminating with the Holiday Market booth to sell our books, but my comfort zone is at home where I spend the mornings working on book projects and, when the weather is nice, spending some time outside. I acknowledge that I’ve become somewhat of a recluse.

It didn’t help, either, that I had a bout of stomach virus before Christmas and a sinus infection and respiratory congestion this past week. They seem to have gone through about 90% of our whole extended family… sometimes more than once. We jokingly place the blame on our designated little “Typhoid Mary” who seemed to be the center of both maladies in not only our family, but the in-laws, too.

So, in the next month or two, I’ll be looking for some sunny breaks in the weather and gentle showers instead of downpours to indicate that spring is on its way. Turning that corner into a new year always brings a renewal of optimism and a reawakening of life’s promises as it always seems to.

The Lorane Christian Church is hosting a special 6-week taped study with popular nationally-recognized Pastor Rick Warren called “Purpose-Given Life” from his “Daily Hope” series. Those interested in participating will watch video presentations each week that are supplemented with a textbook and workbook. It’s described as a study in “What Am I Here For?” They are being held each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The first introductory session was held last Thursday and the next class will be on January 28, so new participants are welcome and encouraged to get on board right away. There is a $7 charge for the workbook.

Lloyd and Jeri Porter have asked me to express their appreciation for all of the community support that has been given to them during Lloyd’s recovery from a major stroke last year. Jeri stressed that Lloyd’s motor skills have returned and he is no longer having physical therapy; he is also making progress with the remaining after-effects. They feel that they live in the most caring community possible and send their thanks to everyone who has helped them over the obstacles they’ve faced.

A group of local people are interested in putting together a resource directory of people with Lorane businesses, services and special skills. I have offered to host the directory on my personal website (http://allthingslorane.com) and put together a printed version when it’s complete. For those interested in being included, please send me your contact information and a description of your business, service or skill. Anyone else wanting to help can gather the information and send it to me at paedwards42@yahoo.com or send me a Facebook message. The information can also be left at the Lorane Family Store. If you nominate someone for inclusion, however, be sure that they have given their permission.

The Lorane Christian Church will also be hosting its annual Friendship Dinner at Sizzlers on Gateway Blvd. in Springfield on Sunday, February 21. Be sure to mark your calendars.

Also, the next Lorane Grange Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night will be held on Saturday, February 27.

The sun’s peeking out behind a cloud right now, so the dogs and I are going to head out for a walk… Talk to you next week!