This week's Sepia Saturday photo is of McNeil School, also known as Panther Creek School. It is located near the Drain, Oregon area in a community named Gunter. Click here to learn more about Gunter, Oregon.
The children who attended McNeil/Panther Creek school in the photo below were from four families: The Gunters, The Haneys, The McNeils and The Traylors.
Albert Traylor is my great-grandfather (my Grandpa Floyd's father). His brother, Boyd, grew up to serve in World War I. As Boyd was on his way home from the war, he was struck by a street car and died. Dang, he made it almost home without injury and then that happened. Later, Albert was killed in a logging accident when my Grandpa Floyd T. was a young boy.
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- Marion Gunter
- Albert Traylor
- Homer Haney
- Merle Gunter
- Jassie Haney
- Loretta Traylor
- Daisy Haney
- Sylvia Traylor
- Arnie Haney
- Nannie Haney's by the teacher
- Johnny Gunter
- Paul Gunter
- Boyd Traylor
- Victor Gunter
- Asburn Gunter
- Ina Gunter
- Cecil Gunter
- Frances Gunter
- Leila McNeil
- Mary Gunter
There are other pictures of Gunter and Smith River at this link: Curtis Irish Collection, Flicker
Okay here we go. The following notes were taken when I was in high school and interviewed our great aunt Gail. I hope that they are accurate!
John then moved his family to Portland. One of his sons, John Craig, Jr., found work in Oregon City, with a family named Mattoon. The Mattoons had a daughter named Lillie. When she was 16, and John was around 20, the two were married. (Click here to see the post about Oregon City and the Willamette River.)
When she was 16, Mary Elizabeth Gartlets married Mr. Matoon and they had Lillie, in Drain, Oregon.
If you have more info on the McNeil (Panther Creek) school, or on any of my ancestors, please make sure to leave me a comment or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
July 24, 2012 from Stanley Buck:
"I did see your picture of the Panther Creek School. It's not exactly as I remember it though. It had either been replaced, or altered somewhat. It was a very modest and old Grange Hall when I lived on Smith River. It had no indoor plumbing. We kids carried the water from a spring about 50 yards down the road from there. There were two out houses. The old school even had a belfry with the bell and a rope hanging down at that time. We kids could not enter when the adults, nearly everyone on Smith River, were having a meeting. But we were there for social events like parties and dances. There was great gayety, goodwill, and friendship. There was also much good food, and games. Ina (Gunter) Johnson was a marvelous cook, and brought homemade breads, coffeecakes, and even main course dishes. Other ladies brought good things, too."
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