Category Archives: People

Rod Harmon obituary

Roger “Rod” Harmon, April 2, 1927 to May 22, 2020 [Editor: Our local Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s Harmon Swim Center on Scholls Ferry Road was named after the highly esteemed long-time coach Rod Harmon.  He recently died at … Continue reading

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Mark and Leona Whitney and the Whitney Cannery, 1950-1976

[Update: Leona Whitney, 1920-2015. Read her obituary here.] Historic Photos of Whitney’s Cannery Thanks to Shelly Bigley, Old Market Pub and Brewery, for most of these photos collected from Leona Whitney. They help to tell the story of Whitney’s Cannery … Continue reading

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Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell obituary

Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell, January 26, 1951 to March 29, 2020 Carolyn was a 4th great-granddaughter of one of the first folk hero frontiersmen, Daniel Boone. She graduated from Multnomah Elementary and Jackson High School. Carolyn retired after 31 years … Continue reading

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Harold Gjerman

Harold Gjerman has lived in Garden Home since 1970, along with his daughter Juli and two grandchildren. They live in the Whitford Park development at the west end of Garden Home Road. Yes, Gjerman is spelled correctly, reflecting Harold’s Danish … Continue reading

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Memorial benches on the Fanno Creek Trail

People on the popular Fanno Creek Trail enjoy the three memorial benches placed along the trail, the first one at the beginning, near the Recreation Center’s playground. Steve Mapes bench Steve was known in the community as a runner and … Continue reading

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Harry Pinniger obituary

Harry Garfield Pinniger II, October 21, 1937 to March 19, 2020 Harry Garfield Pinniger II passed away peacefully March 19, 2020 after 82 years of hard work and adventure. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice; their children, Stephanie, … Continue reading

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Shirley Gertsch Bartels on Peter and Pete Gertsch

Peter Gertsch, his wife Katy Tannler and his brother Fred (known as Fritz) came to Garden Home from Switzerland and settled on property off of Oleson Road sometime in the 1890’s. This property was on the west side of Oleson … Continue reading

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Barbara Kiggins Green memoir

By Barbara (Kiggins) Green, 2019 (age 87) I was born in 1931 and we moved to Garden Home around 1934 or 1935. We lived in a small two room house with an outside toilet located down a dirt road which … Continue reading

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Glenn and Isolda Rooper Steele

Glenn (1895-1989) and Isolda Rooper Steele (1896-1986) In 1937, Glenn and Isolda Steele relocated to Garden Home from Antelope, Oregon. Isolda worked at the Garden Home School preparing lunches for the children and staff in the late 1930s, 1940s and … Continue reading

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Dean Erwin Day obituary

Dean Erwin Day, November 28, 1936 to March 6, 2019 Dean Erwin Day passed away on March 6th at 82. He was born November 28, 1936, in Kelso, Washington, a few months later he moved to Salem, Oregon. In first … Continue reading

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