Arley Grant Boyce obituary

Arley Grant Boyce, July 29, 1923 to July 27, 2020

Arley Grant and Mary Boyce

Arley Grant and Mary Boyce

Arley Grant Boyce passed from a non Covid-19 related cause, “the old ticker very peacefully just gave out.” Very happy, loved and coherent – right to the conclusion.

Born in Cross Lake, Minn., to Windsor Lansing Boyce (Babe) and Melitta Seekel. Arley married Mary Maxine Gildow from Pine River, Minn., who preceded him in death.

Arley first came west at age 15 by himself working in the CCC’s, building trails out of the Ranger Station at Oak Ridge, Oregon. He was a graduate of Willamette University in business, Pacific University teaching degree, and a Master of Education Administration U of O.

Arley loved education. He was at Beaverton High School teaching business and retail selling, Athletics Director and Vice Principal for 28 years. When he retired the Beaverton Police Dept gave him a badge for being so helpful with kids. He was especially proud of convincing BHS to have business courses, connecting kids with local businesses. He loved to come home and tell fun stories about work or make plans with Mary for another Boyce “Big Adventure” traveling and camping about Oregon or going back to Minnesota with six kids in a Mercury station and a flatbed trailer full of camping gear in tow – singing, “We ain’t got a barrel of money, maybe we’re ragged and funny – but we’ll travel the road sharing our load, side-by-side!” The six kids at one point were all teenagers at the same time.

Arley loved hunting and fishing especially out of Halfway, Ore., in Hell’s Canyon where the girls spent time raising their families when young and Sandy (Kennedy, Brumnette) still lives. Arley and Fritz started “Wildwood Products of Oregon” – making bird houses which became very popular. Arley helped Sandy by supporting her business of “Wildflowers of Oregon” – which gained N.W. fame receiving the Governor’s award for best small business in Oregon, appearing in displays on 5th Avenue in New York City and being distributed as far as Japan. Robert also has his own business, Control Systems West (Instrumentation).
Arley, the great disciplinarian, believed in hard work at any age. When the children were small, he would post the chores schedule for the week. The reward was a silver dollar which he got at Harold Freece’s Shell Station on Canyon Road where he worked on Saturdays to make ends meet. All seemed so organized, solving arguments among the six kids – until Fritz resorted to bribing his younger sisters to do his chores with candy and treats – then all chaos reigned again! The offspring and all who knew Arley will recall with fondness his jovial attitude, interest in others and his remembrance of the past fun stories of friends, relatives, coworkers and cohorts that he and Mary shared the road with along the way.

Arley has six children, Sandy, Robert, Allen, Fritz, Marilyn (deceased), Beverly and their spouses; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arley served in the South Pacific on the Atu – an aircraft carrier that he helped build as a welder in Vancouver, Wash. Arley will be laid to rest with Mary, the love of his life, with a graveside Covid-19 service [only 10 allowed] in Willamette National Cemetery with Navy Honors.

[Editor: Many former Beaverton High School students from the 1970s era will recall Arley Boyce, vice-principal under principal Bill Logan. Arley lived off of east Garden Home Road into the Multnomah area. We enjoy the photo below of Arley with Don Dunbar, former principal of Garden Home school, taken at our October 20, 2012 Centennial Celebration of Garden Home School opening event. ]

Don Dunbar and Arley Boyce, 2012

Don Dunbar and Arley Boyce, 2012

 

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Albert Charles Azar obituary

Albert Charles Azar, April 8, 1925 to July 19, 2020

Al Azar (veteran)

Al Azar (at the Garden Home History Armed Forces Day event May 17, 2014)

Our hearts are saddened at the passing of our father, Al Azar. He passed away at age 95, surrounded by his family.

He was an honest man, a good husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was born to Charles and Affifi Azar and was the second of four children.

Al served in World War II, and enjoyed a 33-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers. There he met our mother, Lou Anne Hickman, and they were married April 21, 1951.

Dad was an avid bowler, golfer, and fisherman. In his golf career, which spanned 71 years, he won 41 tournaments. He will be greatly missed!

He was preceded in death by his half-sister, Victoria Obeid; and his sisters, Alice Gilmore and Rachael Siri. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lou Anne; his son, Richard Azar (Lona); his daughter, Kay Freeman (Doug); his grandson, Cody Freeman (Liesl); his granddaughter, Baylie Freeman-Nelson (Zak); two great-granddaughters, Lyra and Etta Rose Freeman; and sister, Jean Miller.

He will be laid to rest in Willamette National Cemetery in private services due to COVID-19. Those of you who wish to contribute in his name may do so for the “Youth Golf Program” at Heron Lakes Golf Club, 3500 N. Victory Blvd., Portland, OR 97217.

[Editor: read more about Al’s World War II European combat tour in our story about Veterans of Garden Home.]

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July 2020 Update – Garden Home History Email

Hello Garden Home History Friends,

As we are looking back at some of our favorite stories and photos during this 10th anniversary year, this July Update features summer fun in Garden Home. Horses and baseball were popular choices. We’d love to read about how your family or neighborhood is having fun during this historic time of the COVID-19 virus.

Although we’ve had to suspend our monthly meetings, our History Board continues to work to research, preserve and share our history: Elaine Shreve, Esta Mapes, Marie and John Pacella, Sharon Vedder, Stan and Susan Houseman, Jan Fredrickson and Kevin Mistler.

Read more about Garden Home with hundreds of photos and stories at GardenHomeHistory.com. Send us a note about your summer: GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com.

Stay safe and well,

Elaine Shreve

Garden Home History Project 10th Anniversary

Thank you for your interest, participation, and support over the past ten years. We are looking back at some of our favorite stories and photos during this anniversary year. Please send your stories, photos and memories of Garden Home to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com!

Check out these photos and stories about Garden Home summer fun!

The Hunt Club, “Memories of Horsing Around Years”

In her story about the Hunt Club, Patti Ransom Waitman-Ingebritson recalls:

We rode English style around and around in a large indoor riding arena. Bill would shout out instructions as we circled the ring putting our horses through their paces. On one occasion, I decided to switch my little stick/crop from my right to left hand and immediately got stick and reins tangled. [My horse] Airway took off and we raced around the arena, occasionally leaping over little fences not for our level of riding skill. As I rounded the gallery area, my father shouted instructions which I could not understand. Airway and I were making good time as we raced around the arena and by now everyone was shouting instructions. Read more…

Hunt Club track on SW Oleson Rd, viewed from the NE (Garden Home School in upper left of photo)

Baseball in Garden Home

In her story about baseball in Garden Home, Louise Cook Jones writes:

The Garden Home field was always busy. Second and third generation Garden Home folks found themselves on the field once more, with their kids and grandkids – coached by people who used to play ball with them when they were young.

One local baseball star was Jim Partlow. He and his wife Yvonne lived in Garden Home on Firlock Lane [today’s SW 78th Ave]. His children, Dede and Jim, went to Garden Home School. Jim [Sr.] had played for the Grant Generals in high school, went on to Linfield College and was on the all-American basketball team. He was drafted by the Boston Redsox as pitcher, but declined the baseball draft for the army draft. Read more…

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).
Courtesy Don Smith. See Don Smith story.

Letha (Kidd) Lane and daughter Jacki (Lane) Wisher

In her story about about growing up in Garden Home, Jacki Wisher recalls her summer fun at Alpenrose with her two Shetland ponies and pony-drawn cart:

People came from far and wide to fill the Alpenrose grandstands and enjoy the 4th of July Pageant for several evenings which included many costumes, wagons and ponies. They also enjoyed the Alpenrose Western frontier town buildings and other animals, all for FREE. One chapter of the Pageant portrayed each signer of the Declaration of Independence; the huge draw at the end of the Pageant was the awesome Fireworks for the 4th of July!

Jacki and the fifty or more kids participating in the extravaganza all stayed in large tents on the Alpenrose property. Their ponies stayed in the pony barns. They ate their meals in the Alpenrose owners’personal home. Carl and Virginia Cadanou’s home is still on the property. Read more…

Glory, the pony, with Jacki Wisher's sister Kathy Lane as the driver with two neighborhood girls, Nikki and Mari. Probably 1964 or 1965.

Glory, the pony, with Jacki Wisher’s sister Kathy Lane as the driver with two neighborhood girls, Nikki and Mari. Probably 1964 or 1965.

History of the Alpenrose Dairy

Kids from Garden Home frequented the Alpenrose Dairy to participate in baseball, bicycle riding in the velodrome, go-kart racing, Dairyville shops, petting zoo, and annual July 4th extravaganza and fireworks display. Read more…

Quarter midget go-kart racing at Alpenrose

Quarter midget go-kart racing at Alpenrose (source: The Oregonian – 100 years of history at Portland’s Alpenrose Dairy)

New Stories

History of the Portland Golf Club

Established in 1914, the Portland Golf Club is a prestigious private golf club in the Garden Home/Raleigh Hills area. We’ve begun collecting photos and stories about the Portland Golf Club, we hope that you’ll share your stories with us.

Portland Golf Club - original club house

The Portland Golf Club’s original clubhouse stood about where the 7th hole tee is now.

New vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery

Shelly Bigley of the Old Market Pub and Brewery provided us with a large gallery of vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery. To view the full gallery, see our story on Mark and Leona Whitney and the Whitney Cannery, 1950-1976. Thank you, Shelly!

Recent News

Sale of the Alpenrose Dairy

Smith Brothers Farms, a Seattle-area competitor, finalized a deal to purchase Alpenrose on Oct. 14, 2019. The deal did not include 52 acres of community space, where Alpenrose has maintained three Little League baseball fields, a velodrome track, 4-H Discovery Farm and “Dairyville” replica frontier town. Alpenrose will continue producing milk, cottage cheese, and sour cream at the dairy’s facilities on SW Shattuck Road.

Alpenrose Dairy from above

Alpenrose Dairy from above

We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.
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July 2020 News

In this edition: History of the Portland Golf Club, celebrating summer fun in early Garden Home, sale of the Alpenrose Dairy, and more.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find well over two hundred stories, and over two thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.

Upcoming Events

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we will not have slide programs until the Garden Home Recreation Center re-opens. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.

Garden Home History Project 10th Anniversary

Thank you for your interest, participation, and support over the past ten years. We are looking back at some of our favorite stories and photos during this anniversary year. Please send your stories, photos and memories of Garden Home to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com!

Check out these photos and stories about Garden Home summer fun!

The Hunt Club, “Memories of Horsing Around Years”

In her story about the Hunt Club, Patti Ransom Waitman-Ingebritson recalls:

We rode English style around and around in a large indoor riding arena. Bill would shout out instructions as we circled the ring putting our horses through their paces. On one occasion, I decided to switch my little stick/crop from my right to left hand and immediately got stick and reins tangled. [My horse] Airway took off and we raced around the arena, occasionally leaping over little fences not for our level of riding skill. As I rounded the gallery area, my father shouted instructions which I could not understand. Airway and I were making good time as we raced around the arena and by now everyone was shouting instructions. Read more…

Hunt Club track on SW Oleson Rd, viewed from the NE (Garden Home School in upper left of photo)

Baseball in Garden Home

In her story about baseball in Garden Home, Louise Cook Jones writes:

The Garden Home field was always busy. Second and third generation Garden Home folks found themselves on the field once more, with their kids and grandkids – coached by people who used to play ball with them when they were young.

One local baseball star was Jim Partlow. He and his wife Yvonne lived in Garden Home on Firlock Lane [today’s SW 78th Ave]. His children, Dede and Jim, went to Garden Home School. Jim [Sr.] had played for the Grant Generals in high school, went on to Linfield College and was on the all-American basketball team. He was drafted by the Boston Redsox as pitcher, but declined the baseball draft for the army draft. Read more…

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).

Garden Home baseball team in the Sunset Basebase League. Uncle Duke Scherner (right front), Uncle Carl Rehberg (left rear) and Albert Erickson (center).
Courtesy Don Smith. See Don Smith story.

Letha (Kidd) Lane and daughter Jacki (Lane) Wisher

In her story about about growing up in Garden Home, Jacki Wisher recalls her summer fun at Alpenrose with her two Shetland ponies and pony-drawn cart:

People came from far and wide to fill the Alpenrose grandstands and enjoy the 4th of July Pageant for several evenings which included many costumes, wagons and ponies. They also enjoyed the Alpenrose Western frontier town buildings and other animals, all for FREE. One chapter of the Pageant portrayed each signer of the Declaration of Independence; the huge draw at the end of the Pageant was the awesome Fireworks for the 4th of July!

Jacki and the fifty or more kids participating in the extravaganza all stayed in large tents on the Alpenrose property. Their ponies stayed in the pony barns. They ate their meals in the Alpenrose owners’personal home. Carl and Virginia Cadanou’s home is still on the property. Read more…

Glory, the pony, with Jacki Wisher's sister Kathy Lane as the driver with two neighborhood girls, Nikki and Mari. Probably 1964 or 1965.

Glory, the pony, with Jacki Wisher’s sister Kathy Lane as the driver with two neighborhood girls, Nikki and Mari. Probably 1964 or 1965.

History of the Alpenrose Dairy

Kids from Garden Home frequented the Alpenrose Dairy to participate in baseball, bicycle riding in the velodrome, go-kart racing, Dairyville shops, petting zoo, and annual July 4th extravaganza and fireworks display. Read more…

Quarter midget go-kart racing at Alpenrose

Quarter midget go-kart racing at Alpenrose (source: The Oregonian – 100 years of history at Portland’s Alpenrose Dairy)

New Stories

History of the Portland Golf Club

Established in 1914, the Portland Golf Club is a prestigious private golf club in the Garden Home/Raleigh Hills area. We’ve begun collecting photos and stories about the Portland Golf Club, we hope that you’ll share your stories with us.

Portland Golf Club - original club house

The Portland Golf Club’s original clubhouse stood about where the 7th hole tee is now.

New vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery

Shelly Bigley of the Old Market Pub and Brewery provided us with a large gallery of vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery. To view the full gallery, see our story on Mark and Leona Whitney and the Whitney Cannery, 1950-1976. Thank you, Shelly!

Garden Home Road Safety Path

The bike and pedestrian path that runs along the north side SW Garden Home Road was built in approximately 1965. Prior to development of the walking path along Garden Home Road, children and others had to walk on the road, dodging cars and endangering their lives. It is remembered that one child was killed on SW Oleson Road. It took several years to fight for and win the approval to build the path. Read the story about the development of the safety path in our story on the Garden Home Road Safety Path.

Construction history of Garden Home School

Don Dunbar, former principal of Garden Home School (1968-1974), provided us with this very interesting diagram explaining the sequence and dates of the various additions to Garden Home School (now the Garden Home Recreation Center). Note the area outlined in black dotted lines is the location of the original school building that was built in 1912 and taken down in 1967. View photos of the school over the years in our work-in-progress story on the history of Garden Home School, 1912 to 1982.

Garden Home School - construction history diagram from Don Dunbar

Garden Home School – construction history diagram from Don Dunbar

1912 Newly constructed Garden Home School

1912 Newly constructed Garden Home School

The Garden Home junction of the Oregon Electric Railway

Read our story on the history of the Garden Home station of the Oregon Electric Railway to view our gallery of vintage photos of the station, including 1936 aerial photos that finally put to rest the exact location of the station. On the photo below, you can clearly see the station building on a raised platform (note the shadows).

1936 Army Corps of Engineers Aerial Photo - Garden Home Railroad Station detail

1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo – Garden Home Railroad Station detail

Garden Home train station - rear

Garden Home train station – rear

Garden Home train station

Garden Home train station

1936 aerial photos of Garden Home area by Army Corps of Engineers – Update

We’ve updated our collection of six 1936 aerial photographs of the Garden Home area taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers to include detailed annotations of landmarks and road names. The annotated versions of the photos make it easier to get your bearings when viewing the 1936 photos.

SW Garden Home intersection and train station - 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)

SW Garden Home intersection and train station – 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)
View the collection of 1936 aerial photographs

Colin Lamb and the history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway – Update

We’ve added some additional vintage photographs and news updates to Colin Lamb’s history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway.

Recent News

Sale of the Alpenrose Dairy

Smith Brothers Farms, a Seattle-area competitor, finalized a deal to purchase Alpenrose on Oct. 14, 2019. The deal did not include 52 acres of community space, where Alpenrose has maintained three Little League baseball fields, a velodrome track, 4-H Discovery Farm and “Dairyville” replica frontier town. Alpenrose will continue producing milk, cottage cheese, and sour cream at the dairy’s facilities on SW Shattuck Road.

Alpenrose Dairy from above

Alpenrose Dairy from above

New display cabinet in the Garden Home Community Library

Garden Home Cooks! When the library re-opens, see our history display in the Garden Home Community Library: Garden Home recipe books by the Garden Home School’s Parent Faculty group, two recipe books from the Methodist Church, Isolda Steele and Shirley Bernard’s wonderful recipe books. The vintage kitchen appliances include the coffee grinder, churn, toaster, chopper and more!

May 2020 Newsletter

GHHP Gazette - May 2020 cover
Thank you for the great comments on our May 2020 Newsletter (PDF). It covers the 10th Anniversary of the Garden Home History Project, COVID19, Garden Home Cooks! display in the library display cabinet, 1936 aerial photograph updates, blooming of the Oleson Gardens, photos of the Garden Home History Project Board of Directors, excerpts from some of our favorite stories from the website, and Garden Home History Through The Years in photos.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We often begin with slide show presentations. All are welcome to attend our meetings. We’re an active and fun group, we have lots of opportunities to get involved!
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter ($140) for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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Portland Golf Club

Portland Golf Club - original club house

The Portland Golf Club’s original clubhouse stood about where the 7th hole tee is now.

Established in 1914, the Portland Golf Club is a prestigious private golf club in the Garden Home area. You can read more about the club’s history on the their website.

From the Portland Golf Club’s description of the 15th hole (Firlock Station):

Players will stand on the tee in fear of the large fir approximately 140 yards off the tee with OB to the left. Two good shots are required to set up a short shot into a green which is only 11 yards deep in some areas. A railroad originally bordered this hole. An entire engine and half the car turned over opposite the green in the mid forties. In later years it was a bridle path for The Nicol Academy and Hunt Club (Meyer Estate). Firlock Hole… this was the site of Firlock Station on the old Oregon Electric- the only way to get to the Portland Golf Club prior to 1916.

There are also several stories on GardenHomeHistory.com that discuss the Portland Golf Club.

March 14, 2014 Oregonian article about the history of Portland Golf Club

[source: PDF of the entire issue of the March 12, 2014 Oregonian (warning: 67 MB)]

Historic aerial photos of the Portland Golf Club

We highly recommend reading our wonderful story Portland Golf Club by Joanne DeHaan to learn about the early greens-keepers (1920s to 1950s) and their recollections of the development of the back nine, altering the course of Fanno Creek, improvements to the front nine, and a collection of vintage photos.

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June 2020 Garden Home History Email Update

Hello Friends, we hope you are all well, safe, and finding moments of pleasure in each day. As you have probably noticed, we are trying out a new format for our Email Updates. We hope you like it.

We’d love to include your memoirs and photos of your time in Garden Home, even a single memoir about the school, games you played, your family, etc. Send your comments and memoirs to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com. Please let us know the names any of the Garden Home people shown in the Whitney snapshots (see story below).

As a history organization, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic is history in the making. The recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism involve thousands of demonstrators here in Portland, and millions of people in the U.S. and around the world. We value, support, and celebrate the diversity in our culture, and particularly in Garden Home.

Thanks to Andy and Shelly Bigley, owners of the Old Market Pub and Brewery, the vintage Garden Home postal safe and the large collection of photos we recently acquired from the former Lamb’s Thriftway (courtesy of Colin Lamb) will soon be on display in the pub.

Visit us at GardenHomeHistory.com.

Tenth Anniversary of the Garden Home History Project

Thank you for your interest, participation, and support over the past ten years. We are looking back at some of our favorite stories and photos during this anniversary year. Please send your stories, photos and memories of Garden Home to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com!

For some great stories about early Garden Home, we recommend you enjoy:

1905, Von Bergens: Magdelana, Andreas holding Frieda, Ida and Elsie standing and Andreas parents

1905, Von Bergens: Magdelana, Andreas holding Frieda, Ida and Elsie standing and Andreas parents.
Courtesy Richard Roth and Madeline Benner.

Andreas and Magdelana Von Bergen Dairy – Recollections of Madeline Benner of the Von Bergen Dairy:

The Von Bergen farm home in the 1920s and 30s was a big two-story house. I slept in a little room on the main floor when I visited. When I would stay overnight with Grandma, I would hear scary noises at night. Finally I learned that walnuts were put upstairs on the floor to dry and I was hearing mice chase the walnuts around. The family received the farm through a donation land claim.

1910 Garden Home baseball team

Late 1920s Garden Home baseball team. #1 Duke Scherner in back.
Courtesy Don Smith.

Don Smith – Don was in second grade when he and his mother, Postmistress Margaret Scherner Smith and his grandmother, Maria Scherner moved back to Garden Home in 1935. Margaret had grown up in Garden Home and is pictured in the 1911 first school class who met overhead in the Nichol’s store. Don caddied at Portland Golf Club as a young man. As caddies, they got to play for free on Monday mornings and on slow days could sneak onto the back nine for a little more time. Don retired as a golf pro.

Fanno Creek Dairy business card

Bob Feldman – Bob grew up on the Fanno Creek Dairy, which was located on the north side of Garden Home Road new SW 92nd Ave. Back in the 1940s, you might have seen young Bob Feldman riding his bike home from Garden Home School precariously toting a pail of slop from the cafeteria to feed his new baby pigs. He sold his first set of 10 weiner pigs and hoped for a new business. “Weiner pigs” are sold young for pork.

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Ross Fogelquist – Ross Fogelquist’s lovely home, called Fogelbo, is next door to Nordia House, the Nordic cultural center on SW Oleson Road. Ross served in different positions at the Swedish Consulate between 1992 and 2007, and retired as the Honorary Swedish Consul for Oregon in 20007.

New Stories

New vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery

Shelly Bigley of the Old Market Pub and Brewery provided us with a large gallery of vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery. To view the full gallery, see our story on Mark and Leona Whitney and the Whitney Cannery, 1950-1976. Thank you, Shelly!

Garden Home Road Safety Path

The bike and pedestrian path that runs along the north side SW Garden Home Road was built in approximately 1965. Prior to development of the walking path along Garden Home Road, children and others had to walk on the road, dodging cars and endangering their lives. It is remembered that one child was killed on SW Oleson Road. It took several years to fight for and win the approval to build the path. Read the story about the development of the safety path in our story on the Garden Home Road Safety Path.

Construction history of Garden Home School

Don Dunbar, former principal of Garden Home School (1968-1974), provided us with this very interesting diagram explaining the sequence and dates of the various additions to Garden Home School (now the Garden Home Recreation Center). Note the area outlined in black dotted lines is the location of the original school building that was built in 1912 and taken down in 1967. View photos of the school over the years in our work-in-progress story on the history of Garden Home School, 1912 to 1982.

Garden Home School - construction history diagram from Don Dunbar

Garden Home School – construction history diagram from Don Dunbar

1912 Newly constructed Garden Home School

1912 Newly constructed Garden Home School

Memorial benches on the Fanno Creek Trail

Read about the three memorial benches placed along the Fanno Creek Trail honoring Steve Mapes, Peter Herman, and Jeanette and Vernon Fredrickson. There’s a fourth bench located in the memorial garden at SW Oleson Rd and SW 80th Ave memorializing Terry Moore, who led the Garden Home Gardeners and their involvement in the remodeling of SW Oleson Road following the infamous 2007 chainsaw massacre (widening of SW Oleson Road).

Harold Gjerman

Read our story about Harold Gjerman, who has lived in Garden Home since 1970. Harold spent 45 years working for the railroads, and retired in 2004 as a conductor. He is a member of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society, and has provided us with important print information about the Oregon Electric and the Garden Home Railroad station and rail lines. These were most helpful in writing captions for the colorized train photos given to Garden Home History by Colin Lamb. We are pleased to have Harold added to our Advisory Board, Garden Home History Project.

The Garden Home junction of the Oregon Electric Railway

Read our story on the history of the Garden Home station of the Oregon Electric Railway to view our gallery of vintage photos of the station, including 1936 aerial photos that finally put to rest the exact location of the station. On the photo below, you can clearly see the station building on a raised platform (note the shadows).

1936 Army Corps of Engineers Aerial Photo - Garden Home Railroad Station detail

1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo – Garden Home Railroad Station detail

Garden Home train station - rear

Garden Home train station – rear

Garden Home train station

Garden Home train station

1936 aerial photos of Garden Home area by Army Corps of Engineers – Update

We’ve updated our collection of six 1936 aerial photographs of the Garden Home area taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers to include detailed annotations of landmarks and road names. The annotated versions of the photos make it easier to get your bearings when viewing the 1936 photos.

SW Garden Home intersection and train station - 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)

SW Garden Home intersection and train station – 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)
View the collection of 1936 aerial photographs

Colin Lamb and the history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway – Update

We’ve added some additional vintage photographs and news updates to Colin Lamb’s history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway.

Upcoming Events

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we will not have slide programs until the Garden Home Recreation Center re-opens. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.

We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.
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Rod Harmon obituary

Roger “Rod” Harmon, April 2, 1927 to May 22, 2020

Rod Harmon 1927-2020

Rod Harmon 1927-2020

[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 age 93.]

Rod Harman passed away at the age of 93, May 22, 2020. Rod was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; and daughter, Karen.

Rod had an immense passion for working with students and athletes and dedicated his life to serving others.

Rod was recently featured in The Oregonian which includes many of the accomplishments he achieved in his 93 years of life.

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2020/05/beaverton-swim-coach-rod-harman-whose-name-graces-an-aquatic-center-dies-at-93.html

In honor of Rod’s memory, and to continue his legacy, the family has established the Coach Rod Harman Memorial Scholarship Fund on GoFundMe. This fund will bestow scholarships to graduating student athletes at Beaverton, Aloha and Southridge High Schools. The family hopes to bless many passionate and dedicated student athletes for years to come, just like Rod would want!

Rod is survived by his sons, Mark (Rhonda) Harman, Scott Harman and Brian (Lucy) Roark; and his seven grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor, Tori, Alex, Evan, Pagie and Max.
Due to the Pandemic, a celebration of life for Rod will be scheduled at a later time.

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June 2020 News

In this edition: New vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery. History of the pedestrian path on SW Garden Home Road. Detailed information on the construction history of Garden Home School. Fanno Creek Trail memorial benches. Harold Gjerman, and more.

Welcome to our website about historic Garden Home. In the People and Places pages, you’ll find well over two hundred stories, and over two thousand photos of vintage Garden Home and residents attending our events. We love hearing your memories about Garden Home! Let us know yours. You can contact us at GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com or call Elaine Shreve at 503-246-5879 or Esta Mapes at 503-246-5758 or Stan Houseman at 503-679-3691.

Upcoming Events

Due to the current public health recommendations in response to the COVID-19 virus, we will not have slide programs until the Garden Home Recreation Center re-opens. We have interesting programs planned for the future. Take good care of yourselves.

Garden Home History Project 10th Anniversary

Thank you for your interest, participation, and support over the past ten years. We are looking back at some of our favorite stories and photos during this anniversary year. Please send your stories, photos and memories of Garden Home to GardenHomeHistory@gmail.com!

For some great stories about early Garden Home, we recommend you enjoy:

1905, Von Bergens: Magdelana, Andreas holding Frieda, Ida and Elsie standing and Andreas parents

1905, Von Bergens: Magdelana, Andreas holding Frieda, Ida and Elsie standing and Andreas parents.
Courtesy Richard Roth and Madeline Benner. See post.

Andreas and Magdelana Von Bergen Dairy – Recollections of Madeline Benner of the Von Bergen Dairy:

The Von Bergen farm home in the 1920s and 30s was a big two-story house. I slept in a little room on the main floor when I visited. When I would stay overnight with Grandma, I would hear scary noises at night. Finally I learned that walnuts were put upstairs on the floor to dry and I was hearing mice chase the walnuts around. The family received the farm through a donation land claim.

1910 Garden Home baseball team

Late 1920s Garden Home baseball team. #1 Duke Scherner in back.
Courtesy Don Smith. See post.

Don Smith – Don was in second grade when he and his mother, Postmistress Margaret Scherner Smith and his grandmother, Maria Scherner moved back to Garden Home in 1935. Margaret had grown up in Garden Home and is pictured in the 1911 first school class who met overhead in the Nichol’s store. Don caddied at Portland Golf Club as a young man. As caddies, they got to play for free on Monday mornings and on slow days could sneak onto the back nine for a little more time. Don retired as a golf pro.

Fanno Creek Dairy business card

Bob Feldman – Bob grew up on the Fanno Creek Dairy, which was located on the north side of Garden Home Road new SW 92nd Ave. Back in the 1940s, you might have seen young Bob Feldman riding his bike home from Garden Home School precariously toting a pail of slop from the cafeteria to feed his new baby pigs. He sold his first set of 10 weiner pigs and hoped for a new business. “Weiner pigs” are sold young for pork.

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Fogelbo, home of Ross Fogelquist

Ross Fogelquist – Ross Fogelquist’s lovely home, called Fogelbo, is next door to Nordia House, the Nordic cultural center on SW Oleson Road. Ross served in different positions at the Swedish Consulate between 1992 and 2007, and retired as the Honorary Swedish Consul for Oregon in 20007.

New Stories

New vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery

Shelly Bigley of the Old Market Pub and Brewery provided us with a large gallery of vintage photos of Whitney’s Cannery. To view the full gallery, see our story on Mark and Leona Whitney and the Whitney Cannery, 1950-1976. Thank you, Shelly!

Garden Home Road Safety Path

The bike and pedestrian path that runs along the north side SW Garden Home Road was built in approximately 1965. Prior to development of the walking path along Garden Home Road, children and others had to walk on the road, dodging cars and endangering their lives. It is remembered that one child was killed on SW Oleson Road. It took several years to fight for and win the approval to build the path. Read the story about the development of the safety path in our story on the Garden Home Road Safety Path.

Construction history of Garden Home School

Don Dunbar, former principal of Garden Home School (1968-1974), provided us with this very interesting diagram explaining the sequence and dates of the various additions to Garden Home School (now the Garden Home Recreation Center). Note the area outlined in black dotted lines is the location of the original school building that was built in 1912 and taken down in 1967. View photos of the school over the years in our work-in-progress story on the history of Garden Home School, 1912 to 1982.

Garden Home School - construction history diagram from Don Dunbar

Garden Home School – construction history diagram from Don Dunbar

1912 Newly constructed Garden Home School

1912 Newly constructed Garden Home School

Memorial benches on the Fanno Creek Trail

Read about the three memorial benches placed along the Fanno Creek Trail honoring Steve Mapes, Peter Herman, and Jeanette and Vernon Fredrickson. There’s a fourth bench located in the memorial garden at SW Oleson Rd and SW 80th Ave memorializing Terry Moore, who led the Garden Home Gardeners and their involvement in the remodeling of SW Oleson Road following the infamous 2007 chainsaw massacre (widening of SW Oleson Road).

Harold Gjerman

Read our story about Harold Gjerman, who has lived in Garden Home since 1970. Harold spent 45 years working for the railroads, and retired in 2004 as a conductor. He is a member of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society, and has provided us with important print information about the Oregon Electric and the Garden Home Railroad station and rail lines. These were most helpful in writing captions for the colorized train photos given to Garden Home History by Colin Lamb. We are pleased to have Harold added to our Advisory Board, Garden Home History Project.

The Garden Home junction of the Oregon Electric Railway

Read our story on the history of the Garden Home station of the Oregon Electric Railway to view our gallery of vintage photos of the station, including 1936 aerial photos that finally put to rest the exact location of the station. On the photo below, you can clearly see the station building on a raised platform (note the shadows).

1936 Army Corps of Engineers Aerial Photo - Garden Home Railroad Station detail

1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo – Garden Home Railroad Station detail

Garden Home train station - rear

Garden Home train station – rear

Garden Home train station

Garden Home train station

1936 aerial photos of Garden Home area by Army Corps of Engineers – Update

We’ve updated our collection of six 1936 aerial photographs of the Garden Home area taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers to include detailed annotations of landmarks and road names. The annotated versions of the photos make it easier to get your bearings when viewing the 1936 photos.

SW Garden Home intersection and train station - 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)

SW Garden Home intersection and train station – 1936 Army Corps of Engineers aerial photo (annotated)
View the collection of 1936 aerial photographs

Colin Lamb and the history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway – Update

We’ve added some additional vintage photographs and news updates to Colin Lamb’s history of Lamb’s Garden Home Thriftway.

Recent News

Closure of the Garden Home Marketplace grocery store

The Garden Home Marketplace grocery store (formerly Lamb’s Thriftway) closed in October, 2019. Colin Lamb has given us seven of the large colorized early Garden Home photos that hung on the wall of the store, in addition to the three very large train reliefs that also hung near the deli counter. We are working to place all of these historical artifacts in the Garden Home Recreation Center, the Garden Home Community Library, and the Old Market Pub & Brewery.

With Colin Lamb’s approval, the historic church bell, bronze plaques, and vintage post office safe remain in place inside the now closed grocery store. The Old Market Pub & Brewery has tentatively agreed to host the historic post office safe.

We want to acknowlege Colin Lamb’s long-term support of the Garden Home community and of the Garden Home History Project. Read more about Colin Lamb and the history of the grocery store.

We do not yet know the future of the liquor store or other businesses previously located inside the Market Place. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more developments.

New display cabinet in the Garden Home Community Library

Garden Home Cooks! See our history display in the Garden Home Community Library: Garden Home recipe books by the Garden Home School’s Parent Faculty group, two recipe books from the Methodist Church, Isolda Steele and Shirley Bernard’s wonderful recipe books. The vintage kitchen appliances include the coffee grinder, churn, toaster, chopper and more!

May 2020 Newsletter

GHHP Gazette - May 2020 cover
Thank you for the great comments on our May 2020 Newsletter (PDF). It covers the 10th Anniversary of the Garden Home History Project, COVID19, Garden Home Cooks! display in the library display cabinet, 1936 aerial photograph updates, blooming of the Oleson Gardens, photos of the Garden Home History Project Board of Directors, excerpts from some of our favorite stories from the website, and Garden Home History Through The Years in photos.

Get Involved

You are invited to our Board meetings which are held the second Monday of most months, 6:30 pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. We often begin with slide show presentations. All are welcome to attend our meetings. We’re an active and fun group, we have lots of opportunities to get involved!
Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street sign

Historic Garden Home street signs: We currently have about 35 of the Historic Garden Home street sign toppers in our community. Each sign was purchased by a friend or family member to honor their loved one. Click here to view photos of the signs and for information about sponsoring a sign.

Our generous donors permit us to print and mail this newsletter ($140) for our non-e-mail people and for the Garden Home Recreation Center. We also replace the Historic Garden Home street signs once for signs that disappear, current cost for each sign, $60. With our latest order, we’ll have about 35 signs out in our neighborhoods. We also have website costs, printing, paper, plaques and many other costs of an organization. Donor names are listed on our History Bulletin Board at the Recreation Center. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of our volunteers for their time and skills.

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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 from 1950 to 1976. Most of the aerial photos are by Otto Arndt. Today, the cannery location is the Old Market Pub and Brewery.

Aerial photos of Whitney’s Cannery

Whitney’s Cannery at 6959 SW Garden Home Road, 1950 to 1976

Cannery operations

Church ladies

The “Helping Hands Circle” ladies from the Community Church made daily sandwiches to sell at the cannery to raise funds for a new church organ.

Building the apartment

Winter Christmas tree operations and 1969 big snow

What came after Whitney’s Cannery

Frank and Steve Comella opened Comella’s Produce and Flower Center in 1978. It later changed names to Comella & Son Produce and Flower Center, then Comella & Son & Daughter Produce and Flower Center, closing in 1992. Today, it is the Old Market Pub & Brewery.

Cannery to Pub Timeline

  • 1944: A Cooperative Cannery was being used in a building in the Progress area.
  • 1945: A new Garden Home Cooperative Cannery was built by community members in a more central location for Garden Home families and people from the whole southwest area. It was located at the junction of what would become Multnomah Boulevard and Garden Home Road.
  • 1950: Mark and Leona Whitney purchased the Cannery and continued the business, adding flowers and produce until 1976.
  • 1978: Frank Comella purchased the Whitney’s Cannery in 1978 labeling the store as “Comella & Son Produce and Flower Center” with a large sign over the top of the building. Later he added “& Daughter”. Frank had been the produce manager at Angelos grocery in Progress. He retired in 1992 and sold the building to Andy and Shelly Bigley.
  • April 13, 1994: Grand Opening of the Old Market Brew Pub! Building and remodeling to create a popular pizza and full service restaurant and brew pub in the building previously housing the Garden Home Cooperative Cannery, Whitney’s Cannery, and the Comella & Son & Daughter Produce and Flower Center.
  • April, 2020: Oregon public safety rules for the COVID-19 pandemic forces Old Market Pub to limit service to takeout and telephone orders until the number of cases decreases and the Governor opens such businesses to return to in-store service.

Leona’s memories of Whitney’s Cannery

By Virginia Vanture, November 28, 2010

The following is from a phone interview with Leona in March 2010.

Mark Whitney at the Co-op Cannery, 1950

Mark Whitney at the Co-op Cannery, 1950

Before coming to Oregon, Leona and Mark Whitney were living in Las Vegas.  Mark was working for the Union Pacific Railroad on the Streamliner, but the older son developed allergies and the family felt it would be better to move to another climate.  With this in mind Mark made a trip to Portland and was able to get a job with Portland General Electric. During this time he made a friend who worked for the American Can Company who had heard about a small cannery in Garden Home that was up for sale. This was 1950. He told Mark, “You may never get rich owning the cannery but you can make a good living at it.” Mark and Leona visited the Cannery and bought it not knowing much of anything about the business. Leona said she had to learn fast!

The Cannery was located on the north side of Garden Home Road at the junction with Multnomah Boulevard. The building subsequently housed Frank Comella’s fruit and vegetables, a forerunner of the current farmers’ markets. Old Market Pub is now in this location, a portion of which is the original cannery building.

Whitney's Cannery whole purple plums label

Whitney’s Cannery whole purple plums label

Aside from canning fruits and vegetables that were brought into the cannery, The Whitneys began selling preserves under their own label. It happened this way. Mark had picked up a load of apricots from The Dalles which looked pretty good as he examined the top layers of the boxes. But once back in Garden Home and getting a better look at them he discovered the lower layers in the boxes were all overripe. Needing to do something with the fruit and do it quickly before the apricots spoiled, Leona made up batches of apricot and pineapple preserves, which turned out to be a hit with the locals. They used the smallest cans they had on hand, those usually used for canning fish, and sold the jam for 19 cents a can. Consequently, what might have been a business setback became an opportunity.

Whitney's Cannery, 1950, Mark Whitney in foreground

Whitney’s Cannery, 1950, Mark Whitney in foreground

The Whitneys expanded that line of the business, canning every kind of fruit jam and selling it in gallon cans. The local schools operated their own cafeterias at that time and the Whitney Cannery built their year-round trade on providing canned jams and fruits to the schools.

Leona kept the books and was in charge of the payroll. Anywhere from eighteen to twenty women were hired to work full-time during the busiest periods. During peak canning time, late summer through fall, the employees worked nights canning the Whitney’s fruit while those in the area who wished to have their own produce canned were accommodated during the day. Produce would be brought in the morning and run through the canning process. Applesauce was made by first cleaning the apples, then steaming them in a 40-gallon vat and then putting them through a strainer. At this point, the owner of the apples could choose to add spices or flavoring as they wished. The applesauce was then placed in the cans, sealed and stamped with the owners stamp. Individuals were asked to pick up the canned items before closing that day otherwise they were taken to the warehouse and charged extra to keep until picked up. The warehouse was small so space was limited and rather than pay the extra cost for storage most people picked up their canning the same day.

Mark was in charge of just about everything including selling the canned goods to the schools during the winter months. But Leona admits that they all did a little of everything and there was seldom any down time for the family. This meant that the Whitney boys, Doug and Richard, who were still in school at this time also worked in the Cannery. Their job was to manage the warehouse where they did a lot of lifting and carrying!

The women in Garden Home that Leona knew best were those such as Mildred Stevens and Lois Day and Mrs. Singletary who worked in the cannery. Working gave her little time to engage in community activities but she did belong to the Garden Home Community Church’s “Helping Hands” committee, which is how sandwiches came to be sold at the Cannery.

Ad for Comella & Son Produce & Flower Center

Ad for Comella & Son Produce & Flower Center

Needing to raise money to buy a new organ for the church the group came up with the idea of selling sandwiches at the cannery. The Whitneys agreed. The “Helping Hands” women then began taking turns making 10 or 12 sandwiches each day and taking them to the cannery to be sold. And the idea caught on. Locals who came thinking they would be able to finish with their canning by lunch only to find they were running late provided a ready market for the project. The sandwich sales continued until enough were sold to pay for the new organ.

The Whitney family operated the Cannery for 26 years quitting business in 1976. The building was sold to Frank Comella, who operated a fruit stand there for many years. The building now houses the “OLD MARKET BREW PUB.” When I asked Leona why they sold the cannery she said, “Well, I guess we were just tired. It was a lot of work.”  Which I somehow felt, in listening to her, was an understatement. Leona now lives in Nevada with her son.

Leona Whitney’s Chalkboard

By Elaine Shreve, 2017

Oregonian April 28, 1972 article about Leona Whitney

Oregonian April 28, 1972 article about Leona Whitney

This unique Garden Home attraction was featured in an April 28, 1972 article in the Oregonian by Andrew Mershon.  The Whitney’s cannery, purchased in 1950, and plant nursery was located at the junction of Multnomah Blvd. and Garden Home Road.   As the article says (and is still true today): Mrs. Whitney has seen many accidents over the years. “Slow Down! You’re Making Me Nervous,” her chalkboard read one morning.  Next day, she followed the stick with a carrot, “You’re doing much better.  Thanks!”

People honked and waved as they drove by.  Salesman would try to sell Mrs. Whitney a modern reader board but she liked the charm of the simple old chalkboard. No one ever bothered the board.  She used quotes or commentaries on the weather, the traffic or current events.  “Caution, pheasants crossing” alerted the traffic and then followed by “Joggers crossing” for a group of neighborhood men.

Mrs. Whitney tried to put a different message on each side of the board in the early days but she was horrified to watch people crane their necks while driving to read both sides of the board.  For safety, she began putting the same message on both sides.  She felt that the chalkboard brought in lots of new customers.

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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 as a Food and Nutrition Manager at Oregon Health Sciences University. She was a Charter and Life Member of The Boone Society, Inc., a Kentucky Colonel, Life Member and past Co-President of Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers and a member of Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society. She was a past member of Multnomah Historical Association and Lincoln County Historical Society.

Carolyn passed away following over 10 years bravely battling serious illnesses. Carolyn spent 69 selfless years putting others before herself. Her determination and clarity of mind were an inspiration to all.

She was preceded in death 11 weeks prior by “the love of her life” for nearly 40 years, Rodney Bickham. She is survived by her daughter and loving caregiver, Richelle Fitzgerald; her grandson, Payton Fitzgerald; her granddaughter and husband, Marijane and Zach Stafford; Rodney’s four daughters; 10 grandchildren; and her sister, Janet Boone McGarrigle.

A private burial at sea is planned for Carolyn and Rodney.

[Editor’s note: Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell was a colleague and best friend to Jan Fredrickson of the Garden Home History Board. Living in Multnomah, she was interested in all kinds of history, including Garden Home. In 1847, Alphonso Boone, grandson of Daniel Boone, began the Boone’s Ferry service for crossing the Willamette River. Boone’s ferry operated near Wilsonville until 1954, when a bridge for I5 was built over the Willamette River near the ferry site.

Boones Ferry Road is named after her family. She was there with her parents to take the last ride on the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River.]

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