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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Video of Our Family Memorial Day 2011 Cemetery Hop:

* Please click here to go to Chubby Mommy Running Club and view the video that my sister Julie made of our day on Saturday. She also did a wonderful blog post. 


* And, please click here for the post that I did about our day.


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Watery Wednesday #142: The North Fork of The Willamette River, Oakridge OR

Welcome!  I took all of these on Friday on my way to Eugene:

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews



Bonus Shots:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

This is a Watery Wednesday post.  Please CLICK HERE to see beautiful water shots from around the world!




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The Dreaded Scotch Broom:

My Grandma T. hated, really, really hated Scotch Broom.  She said, "It's taking over the valley."  Whenever she saw it on a distant hill, she would just say, "That damn Scotch Broom.  It doesn't belong there.  It is a weed." 

Grandma T. died nearly 11 years ago, and she would seriously be upset about how much of it there is now.  The Scotch Broom really jumped out at me this past weekend when we were doing the cemetery hop.  It is all over the place in the Willamette Valley. 

“Some people may look at the golden hillsides resulting from Scotch broom and think it’s a pretty wildflower that belongs in (the Pacific Northwest). That’s the farthest thing from the truth. Scotch broom costs the state of Oregon about $47 million each year by its impact on natural resources, particularly on timber production.”


Tim Butler, supervisor for the Oregon, Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed Program 


Source: Broombusters.org (please click here for tons of info and more links about Scotch Broom).



Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
True, the bright yellow color is cheerful and friendly.



 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
But, it takes over whatever is in it's path.  It truly is invasive.  I took these pictures at the Analauf/Compton cemetery near Curtain, Oregon.



 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The photo below was taken at the Yoncalla Cemetery.  The Scotch broom is right outside of it, on the neighboring property:


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

And, this is the worse to me, it is right inside the small graveyard on top of the knoll at the tree farm in Hardscrabble.  Right there!  Boy would Grandma T. be annoyed at the nerve of it.  If we don't spend time getting rid of it, it will eventually consume that little cemetery.  Hopefully the people that live there and operate the tree farm will remove it, or their trees could be at risk, I would think.




See the pretty red plant?  Poison Oak.  It isn't only ghosts that we have to watch out for anymore, I guess.



Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The Scotch broom is back a bit behind the girls in orange.




You can see it across the road from the barn here.  Please do what you can to help remove this obnoxious weed if you come across it.  The links at the top of this page will let you know just how you can help.  It usually needs to be dug out, because it contains a creosote type of substance that makes burning it yucky.

~ Kathy Matthews




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Monday, May 30, 2011

Drain, Oregon's Historic Homes #2: "The Drain Castle"

Source:  Wikipedia


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The "Drain Castle" was built by Charles Douglas "Charley" Drain and his wife Anna Kent Drain.  Construction began in 1893 and the home was completed in 1895, costing $2,600 to build.  The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings.  It is a home designed by architect George F. Barber, and the plans for the home were ordered by catalog.   

Charley Drain was the son of Charles Drain and Nancy Gates Ensley Drain.  Charles and Nancy had arrived in Oregon via wagon train in 1852, and Charley was born in Drain in 1861.  The town was named Drain when Charles, Sr. and his older son John, donated 60 acres of land for the railroad to build upon.  After he was grown, Charley became partners in the family mercantile business with his father and brother.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
For many years, the home has been used as offices for the school district.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I did get a picture of Charley and Anna's headstone when we were at the Drain Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend, 2011. Charley died young in 1910 due to a hunting accident when he was only 39 or 40.  Anna, however, lived in this house until only a few months prior to her death at the age of 96, in 1959.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I also took these two photos.  The first one is of Charles and Nancy Gates Ensley Drain's headstone:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


This one is quite grand.  It belongs to John and Lucy Krewson Drain.  They both died in 1891, and left behind six young children.  Charley and Anna took them in to raise as their own.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

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history of Drain, Oregon.



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Drain, Oregon's Historic Homes #1: "The Hasard House"

Photo Source:  Wikipedia.com

Please allow me to introduce you to John and Myra Wagner Hedrick of Drain, Oregon.  They are my great-great Uncle and Aunt.  John's parents are John and Louisa Hedrick, and John is brother to my great-grandfather Ben Hedrick.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


John and Myra are buried in the North Drain Cemetery.  John was born in 1866 and died in 1937.  Myra was born in 1873 and died in 1957:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


The Hassard House was built in 1902, but not by John and Myra.  The photo below is of John and Myra in another home that they owned prior, where they rented out cabins near the intersection that "y"'s in town.  After John died, Myra bought the Hassard House and used it as a boarding house for awhile, and at one point in time this home was the local funeral parlor.

My Grandma Florence Hedrick Traylor, Uncle John Hedrick and Uncle Homer Hedrick (Ben and Litha's kids) used to run around and play in the very yard of both homes when they were little.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Here is what the Hassard house looks like now.  It has been beautifully restored by Ame and Jim Beard.  Thanks, you guys, you did a great job!

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews



 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

These are Grandma Florence Hedrick Traylor's girls, Sondy, Mardelle and Jody, standing in front of the house where their Aunt Myra lived:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

And, here are the rest of us who visited it on Memorial Day Weekend 2011:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

If you enjoyed this story, I think that you will enjoy these too: Memorial Day Weekend 2011:  Annual Cemetery Hop

Drain, Oregon's Historic Homes #2: "The Drain Castle"
City of Drain ~ The History


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Memorial Day Weekend: Annual Pioneer Cemetery Hop

One of our family traditions is put flowers on the graves of our family members on Memorial Day Weekend.  On Saturday, we go to the Drain area and visit the 7 pioneer cemeteries where our ancestors are.  Whoever can make it does, and always my Mom and her two sisters, Mardy and Sondy are there.  Guys are welcome, but they are infrequent.  After they grow up, they usually drop out of this special event.

I left Mayberry at 10:45.  I stopped by work first, getting some gas money and a kiss from my Cary.  I drove the two hours to Springfield and picked up Casey at his daycare, and then went over to my friend Sandy's house. 

Mike, Sandy and Kathy ~ Kathy Matthews
Sandy and I haven't seen each other for probably 10 years.  It was so nice to catch up!  I love that lady.  Casey was good, even though he was pretty bored.  We visited for over 3 hours.  Mike came home near the end, and Casey took our picture.


Kari, Kristin and Casey's yard. ~ Kathy Matthews
When Kari and Kristin got home from work, we went back home.  Isn't their yard pretty?  I couldn't get enough of the lush greenness of the valley, even though it rained the whole time so I was reminded what it takes to get it looking so pretty.


Grover greets Kari with a kiss as Casey watches on. ~ Kathy Matthews

We visited, watched "Modern Family",  and Kari made us a yummy dinner.

Meat and Cheese Cups with Green Bean Casserole ~ Kathy Matthews

You take biscuit dough from the store, put one slice in each muffin pan spot, put a cube of cheese in the bottom, fill it with meat filling and then bake.  Easy, yummy and creative!


What a handsome boy. ~ Kathy Matthews


Another handsome boy.  This was the first time that I had met Grover. ~ Kathy Matthews


Casey is in the plaid shirt in the top row, next to the boy in the hat. ~ Kathy Matthews

We also watched Casey's school musical that they performed last week about Lewis and Clark.  Boy, it was so well done!  I was really impressed.  Casey was singing the songs and doing all the motions as we watched the video, you could tell that he really enjoyed it. Kudo's to that music teacher.  Casey told me that the CD cost $15.00, because it was very rare.


Kathy Matthews
In the morning, Casey went out into the rain and cut a bunch of flowers to put on the graves.  He is quite helpful and gets stuck with lots of jobs that we don't really feel like doing.




Those of us from Eugene met at Mom's and drove to our first stop, Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove.  Here is our route:  Cottage Grove, Analauf, North Drain, Drain, Yoncalla Pioneer Cemetery, Hardscrabble (inside the tree farm) and Tin Pot (Putnam Valley).


Grandma Jody ~ Kathy Matthews
Mom brings extra flags just in case, for the veterans.  The cemetery peeps are good about putting flags on the graves, but sometimes they miss somebody.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I still think that my sister resembles Sarah Palin.  See that little video camera in her hand?  She was doing a documentary.  On us.


Nanny, Jen and Kristin ~ Kathy Matthews

Our part of the group got there early.  We walked around, shared the stories and took pictures and notes.


This year's group. ~ Kathy Matthews
We came from Portland, Eugene, La Pine and Sutherlin.

Busy at work. ~ Kathy Matthews


Orange girls rock!  ~ Kathy Matthews

We stop in Drain and go to the store.  This year, we did a photo shoot in front of this awesome old house.  It used to belong to Great-Great Aunt Myra and Great-Great Uncle John Hedrick.  For awhile, Aunt Myra used it as a boarding house and then later it was a funeral home for a while.  I'm going to do a whole separate post on it soon.

The Traylor Sisters ~ Kathy Matthews
 Sondy, Mardy and Jody

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

After leaving Drain, we went to the Yoncalla Pioneer Cemetery and ate lunch.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Done with that stop, we drove to the tree farm in Hardscrabble.  This is a 600 acre ranch that John and Louisa Hedrick homesteaded in the mid-1800's.  It is now a working tree farm, and we have permission to go in and visit the graves there each year.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Photo Source: Julie Anderson


See the red plant behind my hand?  Posion Oak.  I hope nobody will break out with a rash.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
We are training up the next generation, just as we were trained up.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Julie made a video of the day, and will be posting it on her blog as soon as she's done editing it.  It is going to be so cool, and I'll post the link to it when it's up. 

Please click here to go to Chubby Mommy Running Club and view the video that my sister Julie made of our day on Saturday. She also did a wonderful blog post. 


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I told Nanny that she looks like the Morton Salt girl in this picture.  She thought that was funny.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
This as we were getting rained on and leaving the very last cemetery, Tin Pot (Putnam Valley).  Then we hopped in our cars and drove back home.  It was a wonderful day!

How did you guys spend your long weekend?  I hope that you enjoyed it very much.


~ Kathy M.


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