History

A Brief Overview of My Schooling Years by Reuben H. Schrock answering questions posed by Nestucca Valley Middle School students in 2002 about his schooling years. Note that Reuben went to school in Kansas and the Sheridan, Oregon, areas before moving the Blaine Road area east of Beaver, Oregon.

A Christmas Memory by Lea CHOPARD Miles - The Chopard family lived, I believe, just past the 5th bridge on Blaine Road east of Beaver on what is now called Blankenship Road. I think that their farm was the only farm on that road. This is a short story, but it's very enjoyable reading about what it was like at Christmas time in 1919.

A Letter About East Beaver Creek School written by Nora Treadwell who shares stories her mother, Nella Grace HOLGATE Coop told about living on East Beaver Creek Road and attending East Beaver Creek School. There is also information about the John and Ovilla Holgate family and how they ended up living on East Beaver Creek Road north of Beaver. Note that this letter was typed by Brittney L., a student at Nestucca Valley Middle School in 2002 or 2003 as part of her technology class.

Across Hebo Mountain, written by Leonard Whitmore in 1977 is a short well-researched history of a trail over Mt. Hebo beginning during the winter of 1853 - 54. At the time of writing this history Leonard's position at the Hebo Ranger District of the US Forest Service was Cultural Resource Technician. Leonard loved stories about the history of our area including the rich Indian history. He was a very kind man, a terrific storyteller and with his seemingly permanent smile loved people Here is a scanned copy of a newspaper article about the "Original trail to valley 'proved' by resident" that written about Leonard and his research of the early trail. Note that the scan of the newspaper article had a flub at the end of the article, but readers can still understand the story.

(I will note that on the 2nd page of this brief history Leonard tells that the original name given Mr. Hebo was Mt. Heavo. I've read that account before, but I encourage you to check out local history for yourself in the Tillamook Pioneer Museum as I know that I've read another account of the naming of Mr. Hebo that was given by a man who states that he knew the person who named the mountain the name Mt. Nebo taken from the Bible. The assumption was that because the person who named the mountain had poor handwriting the person who officially recorded the name for the state of Oregon thought the N was an H. Whichever is correct enjoy the reading and learning about this history of Mt. Hebo. db)

Answering Questions about Wolf Creek & Boulder Creek Schools by Drusilla MEASOR Fern - Drusilla Wolf Creek and Boulder Creek schools and briefly answers questions about those schools.

Answering Questions - Comments about Beaver School Taken from Students Notes Interviewing Mary Jane RICHARDS Widenoja - Mary Jane's grandparents came from Ohio on a train in 1885 because her mother's brother lived in Beaver. Her mother's brother and wife, Christopher and Samantha Mills, are the people who deeded the town of Beaver. Mary Jane's father, R.O. Richards later became a Tillamook County Commissioner. Mary Jane attended Beaver School beginning in 1924. She also attended high school Beaver for 2 years before going to Tillamook High School. Note that this article was typed by Dean Bones from found notes taken by students of Nestucca Valley Middle School who interviewed Mary Jane.

Answering Student Questions about Living in South Tillamook County and about Hebo School by Howard Brassfield - Howard answers miscellaneous questions about living in Tillamook County past and present along with a few questions about Hebo school.

Autobiographical Information about Golda Faye HAMMELL Fabian is a detailed list of answers to questions Nestucca Valley Middle School students about Golda Faye HAMMELL Fabian's childhood and schooling. Subjects include the town of Cloverdale where her parents owned businesses, Cloverdale and Nestucca Union High Schools and her life growing up in Cloverdale. Note that Golda was a Woman Marine and very proud of that fact.

Autobiographical information written by Patricia Jo Balmer Lynk - Pat's parents were Bill and Jo Balmer who lived in Hebo for many years. The Balmers moved to Hebo in 1951 when Pat was a junior. She shares brief information about her parents' lineage and then shares her memories of Nestucca. See also "Journey of the Ripley Family 1889," a typed copy of a journal that the Ripley family (William [Bill Sr.] Balmer mother's family) kept during a 1889 covered wagon crossing from Missouri to Oregon.

Blaine, a Tillamook Headlight Herald article published January 28, 1981 and written by Michael Hofferber - This is an interestingly written article with random facts, comments by a variety of people and  interviews with some of the residents of the Blaine area in 1981. 

Blaine School Information Sheet written by Robert Browning. Robert remembers so many details about Blaine School and life near Blaine. He was a terrific source of information about the Blaine area. A Nestucca Valley Middle School student typed this information in May of 2003 as part of technology assignments.

Brief history by Anna CALL Bones of the Call/Dawson family's trip to Oregon by covered wagon in 1908 They came to Oretown from Grand Junction, Colorado.

Brief Owens' History by Ruth Louise OWENS Lobb Louise answers a few of the questions asked by Nestucca Valley Middle School.

Cloverdale Lodge No.126 A.F. & A.M. Our First 100 years 1904 - 2004 This very detailed history was written by Robert T. Reed, November 2004.

Dolph, written by Lloyd McKillip about the town of Dolph

Early Days in Sandlake The Old House - written by Maude WEBB Sherwood - Maude has written many wonderful details about growing up in the Sandlake area and about her family. This is a great read that contains much information! 

Early Days of Meriwether, excerpted from writings of Ken Wells. This is a scan of the 1976 50th Anniversary Program for Camp Meriwether including historical information. Camp Meriwether, a Boy Scout camp, is located just south of Cape Lookout.

Early Experiences in Tillamook, Oregon by Mabel NOYES Falks
, Mabel writes about the Oretown area about dairy farming, the cannery, fishing, school in Otis and boarding on Slab Creek Road with the West family.

Family and Military History of Eugene D. Hayden, I.D. 39-328-200 is a wonderful detailed history of Eugene's life in South Tillamook County especially in the Hebo area with connections to the Sandlake and Beaver areas. He went to grade school at Hebo Grade School and high school at Nestucca Union High School. He also details much of his military experience as well as other work experience and family life. Eugene's paternal grandparents were the parents of Emma Hayden Saling who was a postmistress in Beaver and of Edna Hayden Woods who with her husband operated what is now Woodstock Dairy just east of the 1st bridge on Blaine Road. Emma and Edna were two of the sweetest ladies I knew as a kid.

From John R. Blalock about the Chopard Family in a Letter to Tamara Hulburt - The Chopard family lived just past the 4th bridge on Blaine Road on what is now Blankenship Road. The Blalock family lived across the Nestucca River on Borba Road. (This letter was typed by Nick G., a student at Nestucca Valley Middle School in 2002.)

Gerald Bauer's Thoughts About South Tillamook County in the Early Days is about the Neskowin area during the 1930s - until about the 1960s

Golda's Story: Adventures of a Woman Marine in WWII - In this scanned copy of an article that appeared in 'Nouncements, a publication of the Women Marines Association, Vol. 1, 2011, Golda HAMMEL Fabian, a 1941 graduate of Nestucca Union High School is featured.

Gram's Story by Mabel DUNN Groskey especially about the Meda area is chock full of memories! Wilma DUNN Hagerty Rowland gave me the email address of a granddaughter of Mable DUNN Goskey's. I contacted her to ask if I could post "Gram's Story" on SouthTillamookCounty.com, and she very graciously gave her permission. db

Hazel Bend written by John Blalock about the community that existed in the early 1900s between the 5th and 6th bridges of the Blaine Road area east of Beaver

Hemlock School by Bill Westley is a remembrance of the physical features of Hemlock School which was located 3 miles north of Beaver as well as selected memories of experiences of attending Hemlock School. Bill is also the author of Answering Questions About Growing Up in South Tillamook County, a mini autobiography of growing up iespecially in the Hemlock area.

Hemlock School and East Beaver Creek School by Margaret CREECY Derting - Margaret CREECY Derting was the daughter of Edith MYERS Creecy who taught school in the area including Hemlock School and East Beaver Creek School. Margaret very briefly shares memories of East Beaver Creek and Hemlock Schools.

History of the Blaine Sunday School written by May DETWILER Larrew in 1952 - This article appeared in the Missionary Evangel in 1952 telling about the start of Sunday School in the Blaine area and culminates with the building of Blaine Mennonite Church which was dedicated in 1952.

Jones, Lucia Madora DUVALL a brief history of a family that moved into the Upper Nestucca River area about 3 miles into the forest from the current milepost 13 on Upper Nestucca River Road. There are several brief paragraphs about 4 kids ages 9 - 12 whose mother died. Their dad had a job in Salem and would leave the children alone for months at a time. The kids attended Silver Falls School. Lucia, at 9 - 10 years old did the cooking while another brother hunted for food.

Leta BONES Williams Mentzer Brief History was written by Leta BONES Williams Mentzer mainly answering questions about her schooling years in Meda, Beaver with a brief mention of Nestucca Union High School.

In Letter From George Porter, 1986, George Porter, who grew up on East Beaver Creek Road near Hemlock answers questions posed by a person named Lyle. I'm guessing that Lyle was a student at Beaver Grade School. George's letter is short only addressing the questions asked, but it has some interesting facts and a glimpse of George's great sense of humor. Note that in the letter when he is referring to the mink farm he is thinking of the, in 2015, Pengelly property just south of Beaver on the north side, the Texaco station referred to is currently Shell station in Beaver, the farm his parents owned is currently the Roos Dairy on East Beaver Creek Road, the school on his parents' property was East Beaver Creek School, Helen Phelps' farm was the last home and barn on the road, and the new school of Hemlock he refers to later became the Masonic Hall just north of the Artichoke Farm.

Letter from Nora HOLGATE Carlson about the History of East Beaver Creek School Nora attended East Beaver Creek School in the early 1900s. She details some of her experiences and what the school was like.

Memories of Raising, Gathering and Preserving Our Food at Home When I Was a Child by Janella JONES FLATT Janella lived on Tony Creek off of Blaine Road and attended Wolf Creek and Boulder Schools as a child.

Miscellaneous Information about South Tillamook County by Eugene Hayden - Eugene wrote briefly about Hebo, Dairy farming, cheese factories, lookouts, logging, sawmills, fishing, a local doctor and Nestucca Union High School. Eugene was in the graduating class of 1941.

Moving to Tillamook County From Washington by Adella BAYS Jensen - This article was written by Adella Jensen when she ws 91 about the move her family made in 1890 from Washington state to the Beaver and Blaine area in 1890. Information is included about the William Napoleon Bays family, William Smith family and the Mark Curl family. In Pioneer Story of Fannie Smith - Blaine , Fannie Smith writes about the same trip.

My Life, the autobiography of Bob Vogel, 1937 graduate of Nestucca Union High School who lived near Oretown during his school years. Bob also writes about his wife, Virginia Bauer Vogel, who grew up in the Neskowin area. Look in Interview Transcripts for a transcript of an interview with Virginia's brother, Gerald Bauer.

My Life on the Gehrke Homestead by Harry Beerman about moving onto a homestead in the Upper Nestucca River Road area when he was about 12 years old.

My Memories and Acquired Knowledge of Sandlake School by Mildred BRODE Wilkins - Using her very interesting style of writing Mildred gives us a wonderful word picture of Sandlake School and includes related stories. Mildred also filled out answers to questions that Nestucca Valley Middle School sent to her. You can read her comments here!

Our Lady of the Month, Bettie Elizabeth LARSEN Grewell This is a one page article published by Tillamook Care Center about Bettie Grewell who had recently moved to the care center from the community of Cloverdale where she lived for over 50 years. At that time she was in her 90s. Bettie and her husband Pern, Pernel Pearl Grewell, lived in the home that Dean & Laura SCHROCK Bones currently live in in Cloverdale. Note that the article states that Bettie's husband was "Parn", but that is incorrect.

Partial History of the Virgil Coleman "VC" & Marjorie Henrietta EPPERSON Cole Family living in South Tillamook County written by Ruth Ellen COLE McWayne - Ruth explains how her parents and family ended up east of Beaver from originally living in Kansas.

Pioneer Days in Nestucca Valley, written by Bert Ray about the Cloverdale area. Mr. Ray was born about 1875. (Part of this story is missing. I will find the entire story and update the link soon. June 11, 2022 db)

Pioneer Story of Fannie Smith - Blaine written by Fannie Smith in an unknown year about the William Smith family, William Napoleon & Sarah Elizabth Bays family and the Marcus Curl family traveling in 1890 from Spokane County, Washington, to the Blaine area. Adella BAYS  Jensen writes about the same trip in Moving to Tillamook County from Washington.

The Principle Events in the Life of Harry Beerman, written by Harry George Beerman who moved with his step-father, mother and sister to the Upper Nestucca area about 11 miles east of Beaver and two miles south in a remote area of the forest near the confluence of Niagara Creek and Beulah Creek later known during the 50s and 60s as the Gehrke place. This article is about Harry's remembrances of Silver Creek Falls school and a brief history of his life. Read his other story, My Life on the Gehrke Homestead for some interesting stories mostly about life on the homestead.

Ray Bones' Writings

Remembering My Schooling Years at Wolf Creek and Beaver Schools by Janella JONES  Flatt.

Remembrances of Meda School by Wilma DUNN Hagerty Rowland includes a description of the physical layout of Meda School and other memories of some of the school events including Halloween.

Rembrances of Oretown and Surrounding Areas by Edna C. KIRBY Redberg

Sandlake School and Community by Grace ATKINSON Lane

School and Kids on the Little Nestucca by Audrey McClane mostly about schooling in Meda and Dolph

"Short History of the Little Nestucca River Valley and Its Early Pioneers" written by Alexandria LEY Rock mainly about the area around Oretown. Mrs. Rock completed this writing in 1949. Note that the copy that was used by students to type this history for the web was done on typing paper by a woman who thought she had the only copy of the writing. She typed during her lunch hour at work and graciously shared a copy of her typing with us.

Silver Falls School written by Dorothy BROWNING Pieren

The Siuslaw National Forest in 1910 - 11 As I remember It by C. P. Cronk who worked for the Forest Service in Hebo in 1910 - 1911. (Note that there is a small area torn off the last page. If anyone has a better copy of this document I would love to scan it to fill in for the tear.)

Steve Bauer, The Old Homestead, about the Steve Bauer family who lived 6 miles up Neskowin Creek which was better known as Slab Creek east of Neskowin

South Tillamook County Memories by Bud Johansen, with rich stories of living south of Hebo, Hebo School, Nestucca Union High School and other topics.

Tales of Oregon, written by John Blalock of a series of events of the Blalock family including a house fire in the 5th bridge area of the Blaine Road

Tales of Oregon Country, written by John Blalock of life between the 5th and 6th bridges of the Blaine Road area in the early 1900s

Way Back When Highlights written by Bertha POWELL Monroe Kase, mother of 10 children, mostly about her life in Tillamook including traveling into Tillamook on the boat Sue Elmore in about 1910 and running businesses in Tillamook. Also included is some information about living in Hebo and running a business there as well. Towards the end of her story she tells about owning a tavern in Beaver, The Green Parrot, before it sold to Clare Ekborg. And she reveals that she "fed the children at noon before they got the cafeteria there" at Beaver Grade School. Then she and her husband owned and ran the Beaver Cash Grocery for a few years.

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