Dorena Historical Society

More Row River Valley Faces and Places

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This is a 1901 photo of the Van Schoiack house in old Dorena.  An old family story says that while moving into the house, the family put the toddler into a huge old hollowed out tree stump nearby, which served as a temporary play-pen.  This kept the little one out from underfoot, and out of harms way.

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Sadie and Cage Van Schoiack

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Another Van Schoiack family photo with Sadie and Cage.

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Steven Broadwater Mayben farming the old-fashioned way.

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The Kirk family farm with Cerro Gordo in the background.

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The Kirk family farmhouse in old Dorena.

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A Kirk family portrait with Clara, Fern, Bertha, Emit, John and Neva Merle.

 

Thanks go to Katie Kirk and Nancy Van Schoiack for sharing these photos.

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Farms

Early settlers in the Row River Valley were primarily farmers.  Most of the farms were subsistence only but there was some commercial farming in the area.

The England Farm at the base of Cerro Gordo.

The Doolittle and Bales families on Rat Creek both had commercial orchards. They shipped their fruit by railroad to Portland and from there to points east including New York.  High shipping costs put these two ventures out of business.

Members of the Bales and England families, old Row River Valley farmers.

The Stewart Farm further up the valley was mainly a cattle operation but was also known for its gooseberries.

The Stewart Farmhouse in the 1930s.

The Stewarts on the road in front of their farm.

This Grain Display by the Currin Farm won 1st place at the Lane County Fair in 1911.  The Currin Farm was where the Dorena Grange is now located.  This entry was probably part of the Dorena Grange’s exhibit. This photo is courtesy of George Currin.

Barn at the old Wicks farm.

There is actually more commercial farming going on in the Row River Valley today than at any other time.  Check out rowrivervalley.com to catch up with our local farmers.

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