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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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Opal and Ruth

A photo of Opal Whiteley on the left and her friend Ruth Stewart taken in 1915. Not to be confused with the Ruth Stewart who was the long time Dorena Postmistress, she was not yet born when this photo was taken. Steve Williamson, a noted Opal historian, told me this story from about that time. John Wilson and Charlie Teeters were a couple of local scamps. Opal kept butterflies that she collected in a cage and the two boys snuck over and opened the door to watch the butterflies fly away. Opal came bursting out of her house in just her bloomers screaming bloody murder at them. Do not mess with an amateur naturalist!

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A Wedding in Dorena

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This photo from a 1917 wedding in Dorena is from the Oregon State Special Collection. No clue as to the identity of these women but the photographer may have been A.L. Monroe of Cottage Grove.

 

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Dorena Wildflower Census

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A wildflower walk on the first day of summer led us to the aptly named Farewell-to-Spring.  These beauties can be found in sunny meadows like those at Bake Stewart Park.

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More Cute Row River Valley Kids of Yore

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Another cute kid photo. This one comes from Kevin Violette. He says “These are all Violette family children. This is a family photo of my dad’s siblings and cousins taken in the 1930s in the Culp Creek area.. From left to right — Donald, Helen, Nancy, Marilyn, Frances, Jim, Carol and Vera Lee Violette. Jim (my father) and Frances were the children of Robert and Jean Champie Violette; Donald and Helen the children of Glenn and Florene Violette…the others are Violettes, but I’m not sure whose!”

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Adorable little Ava Lee Bales of Rat Creek Rd in 1942

 

17352025_1653576148279826_1358767128826531403_n  Some kids from the town of Wildwood with their Moms in 1911. Yes, the town of Wildwood was near Wildwood Falls on Lower Brice Creek Rd.

 

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The kids of Dorena School in 1917. Love the spiffy knickerbockers and suspenders on the boy in the front row!

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Another Rujada photo.

Lane Co. Rujada 1912 Water Tank

We just received a copy of this old photo of Rujada.  Back in the old days, the railroad tracks ended there. Rujada survives today as a beautiful park with campsites and some nice hiking trails up the creek and through the woods.

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A New Picture of Old Dorena

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I saw this postcard of Old Dorena on EBay. It shows the Dorena Store (the white building in the center) and a cool, old water tower. This photo dates from circa 1910, give or take a few years.

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The Blue Goose

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The Cottage Grove Historical Museum has this copy of the Bohemia Lumber Company Newsletter about the first trip of the Blue Goose Excursion Train.  The Goose started its run in 1971 on tracks owned by Bohemia.

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Pages 5 and 6 of the newsletter give lots of info about the train.  The Goose stopped running in the late 1980’s as it was no longer profitable to maintain the track. The BLM converted the tracks to a paved walking/bike path that is still in use.

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Winter Barn

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The Wicks Barn on Row River Rd near Rocky Point on a snowy day.  Joseph and Ida May Wicks and their six children settled here in 1894. The barn was built circa 1900. An old blacksmiths forge from the barn is on display at the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum at 308 S 10th St, Cottage Grove.

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