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Presentation of the women of Polk County, Oregon, presented August 15, 2009.

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  • Mom—welcome attendees.
  • Rinda--intro
  • Another report has Jason Lee establishing his Methodist Mission in The Dalles in 1834. Not sure how both could be. The Wheatland mission was on the east side of the Willamette River.
  • The Organic Laws of Oregon organized land claims for the region in 1843. Married couples were granted, at no cost except for the requirement to work and improve the land, up to 640 acres, and unmarried settlers could claim 320 acres. As the group was a provisional government with no authority, these clais were not valid under the US nor British law, but they were eventually honored by the US in the Donation Land Act in 1850. This latter gave married settlers 320 acres and unmarried settlers 320 acres.The Great Migration of 1843 found an estimated 700 to 1000 emigrants leaving for Oregon.
  • The Oregon Treaty ended the Oregon boundary dispute, signed by the US and the British.
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  • MomBorn July 4, 1923 in Harrison County, IndianaMarried Henry Helmick, a German immigrant (one account says Prussia), who was a farmer, wagon maker, and blacksmithLeft for Oregon the day after their wedding. On a rafting portion of the trip, all their belongings but their oxen were lost in a rafting accident, including all of Sarah’s wedding gifts and finery.In the spring of 1846, they filed on a donation land claim on the Big Luckiamute south of Monmouth.Remember, Monmouth wasn’t founded until 1852.Sarah and a sister-in-law were left to work the farm while their husbands went to California. During this time, their previous kindness to the Native Americans paid off as they allowed no harm to come to the women.Three of their five children lived to maturity.Henry Helmick: September 11, 1822 to June 1, 1877
  • MomSarah and James had the historic distinction of being the first Oregonians to donate land for state park purposesA granddaughter and her husband, Mary and William Wiest, donated the later gift of 1.7 acresFormal dedication was September 12, 1924 when Sarah was 101 years old. She died later that year.http://www.sos.state.or.us/archives/state/odot/series/pdfs/helmick.pdf
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  • RindaFlorence Wolfe was a charter member of the Christian Churchhttp://ncbible.org/nwh/OrPolk2.htmlThe daughter of William and Ruth Ruble.
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  • RindaBorn in Brookfield, NYMarried to F.H. Morrison, an architect and builder, in Dunkirk, NY 1877Charter member of the original Chautauqua--is an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day.Memberships: Daughters of the american Revolution, AlmirahRebekah Lodge of Dallas, Methodist Episcopal ChurchWhen the original Dallas Elementary School was torn down and the new one built, they named it after Sarah Morrison
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  • Polk County Women 2009

    1. 1. Polk County Women<br />All sections to appear here<br />
    2. 2. Polk County Women<br />Rita Montgomery<br />Rinda Montgomery Conwell<br />August 17, 2009<br />
    3. 3. Where Did We Begin?<br />pptPlex Section Divider<br />The slides after this divider will be grouped into a section and given the label you type above. Feel free to move this slide to any position in the deck.<br />
    4. 4. Before the trail<br />The first white settlement<br />1834<br />By Jason Lee<br />In Wheatland<br />A Mission<br />
    5. 5. Willamette Valley Settlers<br />The Organic Laws of Oregon<br />Donation Land Act<br />The Great Migration<br />
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    7. 7. The Oregon Trail<br />Established 1843<br />After trappers had come.<br />After missions had been established<br />The Oregon Treaty signed in 1846<br />
    8. 8. 1800-1850<br />pptPlex Section Divider<br />The slides after this divider will be grouped into a section and given the label you type above. Feel free to move this slide to any position in the deck.<br />
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    12. 12. Sarah SteeprowHelmick<br />Born July 4, 1823<br />Married April, 1845<br />Trip to Oregon, 1845<br />Donation land claim, 1846<br />Gold Rush<br />Lewis, James, Mary Catherine<br />Henry died in 1877<br />
    13. 13. Sarah SteeprowHelmick<br />Land Donation<br />1922<br />5.46 acres<br />A later gift of 1.7 acres<br />September 12, 1924<br />Died December, 1924<br />
    14. 14. From the dedication speech:<br /> “Through those [early] years, they enjoyed the fellowship of frontier days, a fellowship cemented by a common danger and enriched by sympathy coming from isolation and, hence, abounding in the genuine milk of human kindness. It was Grandma Helmick’s privilege to see the passing of those days, abounding as they did in those experiences that try the souls of women and test the temper of men.”<br />
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    16. 16. Florence Ruble Wolfe<br />Born in 1850<br />Walked to Oregon in 1853 <br />Father a horticulturalist<br />Came to Falls City in 1888<br />Farm in Tater Hill<br />Developed Property<br />Handled fair exhibits<br />Lewis & Clark Exposition 1905<br />Blue ribbons for peaches<br />Wife, mother, musician, linguist<br />Died, Falls City, 1939<br />
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    19. 19. 1851-1900<br />pptPlex Section Divider<br />The slides after this divider will be grouped into a section and given the label you type above. Feel free to move this slide to any position in the deck.<br />
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    23. 23. Sarah Eliza Morrison<br />Born May 15, 1856<br />Married 1877<br />To Oregon 1888<br />Charter member of Chautauqua<br />One son, two daughters<br />Memberships<br />Taught over 30 years<br />Died August 14, 1935<br />
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    27. 27. Phoebe Ward<br />Born in 1874<br />Arrived at age 16<br />Best remembered for caring for the sick<br />Falls City home a hospital/ maternity home<br />Helped organized Free Methodist Church<br />Sunday School Superintendent <br />Taught music, played, sang<br />Wrote articles <br />Died in 1956<br />
    28. 28. FREE METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 10:00 a.m.Preaching 11:00 a.m.Class meeting 1:00 p.m.Evening service 7:30H. A. Walter, Pastor. <br />Falls City News<br />City Marshal Lewis arrested two Austrians Monday for fighting, each were fined $5 in police court. One man was fined $5 for being drunk.The Parent Teachers meeting will be held Tuesday evening April 13th. All patrons of the school are invited to attend as there will be subjects of interest to be discussed.<br />April 3, 1915<br />
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    32. 32. Ednelle Collins<br />Born 1875<br />Bright, well educated<br />Family care giver<br />Niece, Margaret (pictured), still alive<br />Rich letter-writing life<br />Extensive correspondence collection<br />
    33. 33. Ednelle Collins<br />Trip to Mt. Hood with students from ONS<br />Monmouth photographer C. C. Lewis<br />Survived TB<br />Teacher, Poet<br />Friend of the first president of the State Department of Education, C. Leonard Starr<br />Died in 1936<br />
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    36. 36. Irene Hazard Gerlinger<br />Born <br />Came to Oregon 1903<br />Daughters Georgiana, Irene, and Jean<br />Wrote Mistresses of the White House pub. 1950<br />Portland’s Woman of the Year, 1957<br />Died April 5, 1960<br />
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    38. 38. 1901-1950<br />pptPlex Section Divider<br />The slides after this divider will be grouped into a section and given the label you type above. Feel free to move this slide to any position in the deck.<br />
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    43. 43. Ruby Stafrin Irwin<br />July 24, 1904—Born in Dallas<br />Daughter of Conrad and Millie Elliott Stafrin<br />Dallas High School<br />Oregon Agricultural College’s School of Pharmacy (Now OSU)<br />June 1926—Passed the pharmacy boards<br />
    44. 44. Ruby Stafrin Irwin<br />February 14, 1926 Married Andrew Irwin Jr.<br />Staffrin Drug Store/Rexall Drugs<br />Order of the Eastern Star, October 18, 1924<br />Dallas City Park Board<br />Dallas Library Board<br />Dallas Planning Commission on Housing<br />Dallas Women’s Club<br />Polk County Republican Women<br />First Presbyterian Church, Easter, 1918<br />October 30, 1989—passed at age 85<br />
    45. 45. MildridStafrin<br />February 15, 1906, Born in Dallas<br />Conrad and Millie Elliott Stafrin<br />Pharmacist, historian, collector<br />“there are so many unanswered questions about the past, things people we knew would have been able to answer if we had only asked.<br />January 10, 1994, passed at age 87<br />
    46. 46. The Stafrin Sisters<br />Both passed pharmacy boards in 1926<br />Ran the Stafrin Drug Store on Main and Mill<br />Qualified to teach First Aid<br />Ambulance Drivers<br />World War II Airplane Spotters<br />Charter and life members of the Polk Historical Society<br />Collectors of historical objects<br />1969 First Citizen Award<br />
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    49. 49. Evelyn Sibley Lampman<br />Born in 1907<br />OSU 1929<br />Radio work<br />Wrote for Chet Huntley, Mel Blanc<br />KGW daily broadcast<br />Children’s books<br />Died 1980<br />
    50. 50. Evelyn Sibley Lampman<br />Evelyn’s books were often based on personal family stories and pioneer life.<br />Cayuse Courage<br />Bargain Bride<br />The Bounces of Cynthiann<br />
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    54. 54. Maurine Brown Neuberger<br />January 9, 19061922—Bethel School <br />1922-24—Oregon College of Education<br />1929—University of Oregon<br />1932 began teaching<br />1936-37—University of California<br />1945—Married <br />1950—Oregon House of Representatives<br />
    55. 55. Maurine Neuberger<br />First married couple in U.S. history to serve together in a Oregon legislature.<br />Maurine battled the state&apos;s then-powerful dairy industry over a law forbidding the sale of yellow margarine in Oregon. <br />
    56. 56. Maurine Neuberger<br />1955—To Washington D.C.<br />1960—Widowed<br />1961—Elected to U.S. Senate<br />1964—Remarried<br />Professor in Boston<br />1967—Marriage ended<br />
    57. 57. Maurine Neuberger<br />1969—Returned to Oregon<br />Continued Service<br />February 22, 2000—Passed on, aged 94<br />Popular, consumer advocate, women’s rights, health and welfare<br />Scholarship<br />
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    60. 60. Rita Wacken Montgomery<br />1936—Born in Salem, Oregon<br />Granddaughter of pioneers—Pudding Creek<br />Raised in Salem and Portland<br />1954—Franklin High School, began at Oregon College of Education<br />1957—Married<br />1959—Graduated Oregon College of Education<br />
    61. 61. Rita Wacken Montgomery<br />1960-62—Bethel School<br />Two rooms<br />Rural community<br />All school functions<br />Teacher, bookkeeper, librarian, lunchroom monitor<br />Five grades<br />1962-68—Daycare Facility, up to 30 children daily<br />
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    63. 63. Rita Wacken Montgomery<br />1968-70—Scio Elementary<br />1970-97—Perrydale<br />1982-1990—No Nonsense School<br />1984-97—Polk ESD/Willamette ESD Board<br />Professional/Community Memberships<br />1974—Spoke before the Oregon Legislature on “Old Folks Program.”<br />
    64. 64. Rita Wacken Montgomery<br />Wife, mother of three<br />Teacher of over 1,000<br />Public servant<br />Musician<br />Historian<br />Volunteer<br />Polk County Resident for 54 years…so far<br />
    65. 65. 1950-2009<br />pptPlex Section Divider<br />The slides after this divider will be grouped into a section and given the label you type above. Feel free to move this slide to any position in the deck.<br />
    66. 66. And…<br />
    67. 67. Where Will We Go<br />From Here?<br />pptPlex Section Divider<br />The slides after this divider will be grouped into a section and given the label you type above. Feel free to move this slide to any position in the deck.<br />
    68. 68. Where Will We Go From Here?<br />Who are among the next generation of prominent women of Polk County?<br />Who do you know contributing to the community?<br />Who is mentoring our young leaders?<br />