Dorena Historical Society

Old Dorena Photo

Another look at the old town of Dorena. This is probably from around 1910 or so because the old water tower is still there. The original Kirks’ store is the white building on the left behind the two-story house. The town was located where Rat Creek met the Row River. Of course, all of this land is under Dorena Lake now.

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Dorena Wildflower Census

After not seeing an ookow for many years, all of a sudden I find a hillside of them where there was a burn last summer. According to Wikipedia “Grasslands that have been burned may exhibit thousands of plants where none have appeared in recent years.” The corms can lay dormant for as long as ten years.

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A May Queen for May Day

A sweet, old tradition at Dorena School back in the day. The original photo and the back listing the Queen and her Court.

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Miners with Veggies

There was an impressive vegetable garden at the “Warehouse” on the way to the Bohemia Mines. ┬áThe produce was hauled up to the mines to help feed the many men working up there.

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Old Disston Store and Post Office

The old Disston Store and Post Office, back in 1963. The building is still up there, but barely standing.

 

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The Wicks Farm

A descendant of the Wicks Family sent us some great old photos. This is a very early photo of the Wicks Farm. The Barns are no longer there, but the house, and a newer barn now on the other side of the house, still exist about a half mile upriver from Dorena School. The early buildings of the Star Ranch can faintly be seen in the upper right hand corner.

Here is the Wicks Family with one of their prize cows in front of one of the old barns.

The Wicks Family from left to right..Fairy, Alvis, Roland, Ida, Iva, Lesley, Miles (young boy) Joseph Wicks, and Raymond.

 

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53 Years Ago

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Big Party for Opal!

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More Row River Valley Faces and Places

The Jennings Family in their yard in old Dorena. The old Dorena School is behind them.

 

Baby Donna Jennings and her proud parents.

 

 

Grandma Land at her house in Dorena

 

Katy, Isaac and Andrew Land, all early Dorena residents. Thanks go to Donna Jennings Brandt for these wonderful old family photos.

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Back to School at Dorena 100 Years Ago

Dorena School in 1917. There were four teachers that year, including the beloved Aunt Jakie Dean. Love the spiffy knickerbockers and suspenders on the boy in the front row!

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