Tag: Pat Dixon

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 21, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 21, 2019
By Pat Edwards

This past week has been a really strange one for Jim and me. For one thing, we had more doctors’ appointments to go to and errands to run than usual, but the most bizarre part of the week was that we only had one car between us. Jim had to take his pickup into town for some much-needed repair work and I had to delivery my car to a body shop to repair damage it sustained when the portable canopy I keep it in collapsed in the recent heavy snowfall. Fortunately, our insurance covered a rental car. We have always run our own errands with Jim doing store business in the early-morning hours—I’m talking 4:00 a.m.—two or three days a week, and me doing my own “thing” during the day in my car.

Fortunately, he agreed to cut out the early-morning trips to town. We did them while we were in town anyway for doctors’ appointments, and I became the designated driver in the rented mini-van, making several trips to take him to the store at 6:30 a.m. to open, picking him up again when he either needed to go to an appointment or when it was time to go home. Consequently, I have put all my writing and publishing projects aside and we’ve had a bit more “together time” than usual. In a way, it’s been kind of a nice change of pace.

Pat Dixon, the art and band teacher for the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District is asking for help from the community for an upcoming class project in art. He’s planning for the class to make a “soft sculpture” that requires the use of LOTS of wire coat hangars and white or light-colored bed sheets. He is needing at least 100 coat hangars and a dozen or more sheets.

According to Pat, “If you have any amount of these things and are willing to donate them, I will even come by your home in the Crow area and pick them up personally.”

Earl Ford obit pic

Sadly, I have just learned that another of Crow’s life-long community members, Earl Ford, has passed. Earl and Mary Ford have been fixtures in Crow for as long as I have been involved with the school district and much longer. Earl and my husband Jim served together for many years on the C-A-L School Board and Mary was the district’s much-loved secretary during the time our kids were in school. They both were regulars at all of the sports events that their kids and ours participated in.

We saw Earl and Mary last month at this year’s alumni basketball tournament at Crow High School. It’s the first time I had seen them in a long while, but they both looked good. Earl stopped by to comment to Jim about old times. It will seem strange to know he’s gone.

Our daughter Gloria wrote a message of condolence to Earl and Mary’s daughter, Laurie, and expressed our collective family’s thoughts:

“Your parents have always been amazing pillars of the community and the news of your father’s passing absolutely breaks my heart! I feel so blessed and grateful to have been able to spend a bit of time with them at the alumni basketball tournament last month! This life is far too short and we need to embrace and hold dear those we love! You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a loved, respected, and admired man who will be missed by many…”

Earl Ford’s Memorial Service has been scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. It will be held at the Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 5300 W. 11th Ave, Eugene.

Earl Ford obit

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 15, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 15, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I know that my last column was heavy-duty, but I wanted to share my brother’s experiences with you. Jim and I went to see him again yesterday (last Wednesday), and Jimmy is in a hospice care center. Although he was visibly more frail, his spirit was as strong as ever. I’m not sure that he will still be with us by the time you read this, but he has taught me so much about how important it is to be open with your loved ones and share this final journey with them. We will grieve when he has gone, but he has instilled so much of himself in our lives these last days, that letting go will be much less traumatic. I have been blessed to have him for a brother throughout my life and, oh, how I will miss him.

Now to get back to some community matters that I need to share with you…

The Grange Thanksgiving community dinners for both Lorane and Crow have already been held, but knowing how good they are each year, I’m sure there was a nice turnout for each. I didn’t get word of their dates until it was too late to include them in my column. I apologize if some missed out who hoped to participate.

The 9-member Crow High School Band has returned from its trip to Washington, D.C. It had the distinction of being the only band in Oregon to be invited to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade of Heroes on Saturday, November 10, and a ceremony at the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Corps Memorial on Sunday, November 11.

Band member and trumpet player, Mark Simonsen, was given the honor to play “Taps” at the memorial ceremony in the nation’s capital.

I’m told that despite the very cold weather, the band members and its director, Pat Dixon, represented their school and state admirably. They not only fulfilled their obligations at the events, they all worked very hard for months to raise the needed funds to pay for their travel expenses while they were there. Thank you to Band Director, Pat Dixon, the Crow High School band and the community members who helped make such a fantastic experience happen. We are proud of each of you.

Several video recordings are posted on the Lorane and Crow Facebook pages for any of you who want to experience snippets of their performances.

Collection boxes are being placed in many of Lorane’s businesses and organizations for donated canned and non-perishable food items. These will be used for holiday baskets and provisions for those in our community who need them. Let’s all be generous enough to fill them multiple times during the holiday season so that each of us can enjoy our own celebrations with family and friends. Contact Marissa McNutt Cooper or Roberta Pietila Miller if you have questions or suggestions about what might be needed most or to nominate a person or family who would benefit.

I hope that each of you enjoys a warm and happy Thanksgiving Day this year. We really need to take time to stop and reflect on all the good things in our lives that we sometimes take for granted.

Blessings to each of you.

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 5, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 5, 2018
By Pat Edwards

We got the news yesterday that the Crow High School band, led by Music Director Extraordinaire, Pat Dixon, has been selected to represent Oregon in the “Parade of Heroes” in Washington, D.C. over Veterans Day weekend. According to our daughter, Michele Kau, Teacher Extraordinaire at Crow, the band is desperately needing help with funding to make the trip happen. They are accepting cash donations and have begun a fundraising effort by selling really great-looking t-shirts to commemorate the trip. The t-shirt order link can be found on the Lorane, Oregon and Crow Community Facebook pages and more information is available by calling the school at 541-935-2227. Let’s show our pride and help make this happen for our local student/musicians!

Speaking of Crow Middle/High School, we also got word that last week – sometime between Friday, March 30 and Sunday, April 1, someone broke into the auto shop at the high school and stole multiple items that belong to the school. It has been so exciting to see our schools providing vocational classes again for our students and to have this one crippled by tools and equipment being stolen over Spring Break, is very upsetting. If anyone has any information on the theft, please contact the sheriff’s office and the school.

Once again, we don’t have a lot of news to report this week. This time, I’m going to tell you a little about when the stage route that went through Lorane was changed…

A Little Bit of Lorane History:

The Divide landmark is located at the I-5 exit 170. It marks the little-noticed pass that divides the Umpqua River watershed from the Willamette River watershed—Southern Oregon from Northern Oregon. It is here where a traveler can return to U.S. Highway 99, now called the Goshen-Divide Highway, to visit the towns where the highway once brought prosperity.

At one time, there was a post office called Divide that was established on May 31, 1900 and was closed on January 15, 1921. It may have been moved across county borders, or its county designation may have changed in a boundary shift between Lane and Douglas counties.

After 1865, the stagecoaches no longer used the steep Territorial Road to cross the Calapooya Mountains, past the Cartwright House/Mountain House Hotel and Lorane on their way to Eugene City. Instead, they were rerouted by way of an old road which wound through Pass Creek Canyon. The road was poor, soft and muddy along the creek bottom and the canyon passage was narrow.

Robert H. Ward, who lived at the southern end of the new route, built a corduroy road by laying 8-foot cedar logs side by side across the road through the pass. This road became known as Ward’s Toll Road, with Ward collecting a toll from northbound travelers and Ira Hawley collecting the southbound tolls.

On the stage route, Hawley’s Station was located 10 miles north of Estes Ranch on the Ira B. Hawley Donation Land Claim. It provided a rest stop and a horse-changing station there.
“The passengers found food and overnight accommodations at the house and a big barn sheltered the team of horses on the large 4,000 acre cattle and sheep ranch. There was also a small community school on the property that served the surrounding area.

Today, U.S. Highway 99, south of Cottage Grove passes the red ranch buildings and barns which belong to the present Hawley Land and Cattle Company on the site of Ira Hawley’s Stage Station.

(From OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Folk History” [2014] by Pat Edwards)