A few words regarding the inspiration for this website. Growing up in Walnut Creek I remember my father hanging in the family den, a large 4’ x 8’ panel of plywood covered with a burnt orange-colored burlap stretched over the surface. He had glued old family photos on it along with a printed double page family tree posted right in the middle. This wall-sized family collage was peppered with various duotone images of long gone bearded patriarchs and turn of the century Oregon family farms. It planted within me a desire to learn more about my family history. Starting with my father’s Xerox copies, scrapbooks, letters and handwritten notes along with the endless megabytes of data provided by the Internet, I have been able to further his endeavor and continued this undertaking for most of my adult life. With great joy and admittedly great pride, I've come across some amazing stories, that I believe are worth sharing.
Davidson Farm, Josephine County, Oregon circa 1870