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Mary Gaither, of Dallas, celebrates her 100th birthday on Nov. 17. She was born in Fort Morgan on November 17, 1920. Mary has lived in Dallas for over 28 years. Her children include Joy Kelley and Carol Luczycki. Mary has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Ann and David Hurd were married in Seattle on October 24, 1970. The wedding was held in Ann’s family home attended by family and friends from Oregon and Washington. They moved to Dallas in 1971 and raised three sons here, John, Steven and Michael. A memorable event during the ceremony was th…

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The Pedee Women’s Club has been meeting again, on the first and third Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or so. They have plenty of room to keep our distance, plus they generally have fewer than 10 at this point.

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Polk County Historical SocietyFor more than 50 years, the highlight of the year in Polk County was the annual hop harvest.It centered on Independence. The town – which had a year-round population of about 1,000 – saw an influx of between 10,000 and 50,000 pickers, family members, peddlers an…

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Pat Yancey hosted Pedee Women’s Club’s first get-together since March at her home, to say goodbye to Doris Bodin who is moving with hubby Bert to Texas in a few weeks. Doris grew up in Texas and has family there, which she looking forward to seeing often. At this point, the club is planning …

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The Polk County Youth Auction on Saturday, Aug 15, is now history and the kids in Pedee were happy with the results. Rylee Shockey had the reserve champion market turkey in the show, which was bought by Old Mill Feed Store in Dallas. Tryoneers 4-H Club members Kailey Traglia and Alex Russell…

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Jenae Traglia celebrated her 13th birthday with a small party on April 28. She is now a “quaranteen.” The Traglias recently moved to the old general store in Pedee, which is officially 100 years old as it was built in 1920. It still has the gym upstairs, which was originally a dance hall whe…

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On April 8, 2020, Harlan and Bessie Skelton, long-time residents of Philomath and Corvallis, celebrated 75 years of marriage. They have been residing for the last twelve years at the Dallas Retirement Village, Dallas, Oregon. Harlan was a rural letter carrier out of Philomath for 23 years. B…

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So what are you doing at home? Pedee neighbors are somewhat used to being isolated, but this could get old! Many, though, are getting creative.

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Audrey Cameron was delighted to have son Clayton Cameron and his wife Jenny and their son Noah come to celebrate Noah’s 14th birthday. They drove up from Weaverville, California, and spent the weekend. They brought along their two dogs, a boxer and a German Shorthair, so with Audrey’s little…

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One of the more interesting stories of Polk County’s economic development is the 55-year birth, life and end of Black Rock, one of Polk County’s two self-contained logging towns.

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For more than 50 years, the highlight of the year in Polk County was the annual hop harvest.

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The kids in the Tryoneers 4-H Club have been gearing up for the county fair by planning their animal and other projects. Alex, Allana, and Abby Russell; Jenae and Kailey Traglia; and Topaz Wilcut are increasing their sewing skills by making flannel pajamas for the fair.

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Eric and Rebekah Schwanke reported that with your help, they provided over $16,000 to help feed starving people in Dukana, Kenya. People that were hungry came and were able to eat a simple breakfast and participate in a Bible study. It started with just a handful of people and now there are …

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Christmas comes around so fast — and goes so fast! I wish we celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas (ending Jan. 6) like the Germans and other countries do. On the other hand, my tree needed to come down.

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The Pedee Women’s Club had their last meeting and potluck of the year, since both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Wednesday. It was a festive affair with 30 people attending, including four guests from the area. Audrey Beyerle Warburton came from the Smithfield community beyond Dallas…

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LaVerne Bennett and her friend Teresa O’Neill recently visited LaVerne’s granddaughter Amanda, and Jon Wilson and their daughter Evie in Germany. While they were there, Evie celebrated her first birthday, a miracle since Evie started life at 13 ounces. While there, LaVerne and Teresa took th…

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“QueenMum” celebrates her 100th. The family of Dorothy Applegate, of Dallas, will be hosting an informal afternoon of friends, family and memories on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2 until 6 p.m.

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The Luckiamute Charter School students, parents, teachers, and friends were thrilled with a presentation from Portland Opera To Go on Oct. 15. Actors taught a classroom segment to grades four through eight, then treated the kids to a live performance of excerpts from La Boheme. The Pedee Sch…

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The first white settler of Polk County traveled by horse and wagon. Heavy goods were carried by river boats.Starting in the late 1870s, railroads began to extend into the county. Over the intervening years, there were six railroads that spanned the county in one way or another.They were:The …

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Pedee Homeschool COOP students will be presenting their first short play and open house on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. at the church. Students have been learning about Native American culture through reading and hands-on activities.

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At the time of Oregon’s statehood in 1859, our pioneers made their own entertainment. There was no television, no radio, no internet. And many of the early Polk County pioneers didn’t read much.

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You can rest easier knowing that 15 people recently received first aid, CPR, and AED training from Marcia Gilson and hosted at Pedee Church. One of the goals of this training was to ensure that people were trained to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator) that Pedee Church recently ac…

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The following article was written about 1971 by Alta Savage Cerny, of Dallas, and published in Volume II of “Historically Speaking” in August 1974.

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The Pedee Women’s Club is all set for their fabric sale this Saturday, Oct. 19. They had been given a substantial amount by a friend so they are selling it to help themselves and her out. The fabric is good quality and there are many large pieces, perfect for backing a quilt. In addition, He…

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The Luckiamute Valley Charter School at Pedee is back in session for a new and exciting school year. They hit the ground running with Western Day, a fun day of food, dancing and getting to know each other. On Oct. 3, (this Thursday!) Pedee School will hold their fall open house from 5:30 to 6:30.

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In spite of what the calendar says, summer is mostly gone and kids are back in school. Some of the Pedee crowd did do some interesting things before school started.

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Pete and LaVerne Bennett had a good time in Grants Pass last week. They went on the dinner excursion on the Hellgate jet boat ride. The dinner was good and they had a great time, especially since the weather was not as hot as predicted. Pete even stopped (without LaVerne asking) at the quilt…

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I’m sad to report that Dorothy McBeth, 98, passed away on Aug. 19. She had been failing for several weeks now, but it’s still a shock. She was one of the first people I had met when I moved to Pedee 40 years ago. She’d belonged to the Pedee Women’s Club since she was a young woman and was a …

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MONMOUTH – Leading tours at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and interning for a congressman for the summer sounds like fun, right?