Ron and Jewel Lansing

Ron and Jewel Lansing moved to the Garden Home area of Portland in August 1961, where new daughter Annette joined siblings Mark and Alyse. The Lansings purchased a house overlooking Multnomah Boulevard at 7930 SW 62nd Place and lived there for six years. Ron was a recent law school graduate and Jewel worked part-time as a substitute sixth grade teacher at the Garden Home School. (Their new home was only five blocks east of a house Jewel’s maternal grandparents, Dan and Stacy Syla, had lived in from 1948 to 1951 before they moved back to Nebraska. Their two or three acres contained thirty fruit trees. Stacy dried apples in their attic and Dan milked two goats and kept a hive of bees.) A giant walnut tree fell against the Lansings’ roof in the Columbus Day storm of 1962 and neighbors all along the street joined together to repair storm damage. By 2011, Ron had retired as a law professor at Lewis and Clark College and Jewel had served as the elected Multnomah County and City of Portland auditor for twelve years, later to write a history of Portland and co-author another of Multnomah County.

Jewel Lansing

By Jewel Lansing Oct 2011, in consultation with Elaine Shreve.

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