Nickell family homesteads in Lake Creek

    Pic: Will Nickell and his horses on ranch Salt Creek Rd. The following are remembrances of William A. Nickell written by his Nephew, Hawthorne Garrison Rebensdorf of Woodlawn, Oregon in 1977: William Alexander ‘Will’ Nickell was born on Nov. 3, 1873 in Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska. Will emigrated at age 6 to Portland,…

We were not the first here.

Caption:The ‘Forks’ from Hwy 140.   In 1951, I came to “The Forks” or the old Zundel place at the forks of the South and North Fork of Little Butte Creek. I grew up there for the next 12 years. In that time, I found, through boyhood wanders, many native sites showing how the land…

MEMORIES OF MOM

  MEMORIES OF MOM (Garrel ‘Charley’ Millard by Daughter Hazel ‘Millard’ Siebrecht My mother was a character. She had a sneaky sense of humor and a mischievous way about her that was endearing. The boys in our family didn’t get their orneriness from Dad; he was pretty serious and businesslike. There was no meanness in…

Amber Owen

AMBER ’COHRON’ OWEN By Kathleen Berryman From Dan Berryman’s recollections. Amber Owen was one-quarter Choctaw Indian and grew up in Texas. Her family was very poor and she picked cotton as a young girl. She married Jack Moses Owen, who was Dan’s grandfather. Jack and Amber had five children, one son Kenneth, and four daughters,…

Lost Creek Covered Bridge

Another one of Ralph Wehingers major achievement was the restoration and preservation of Lost Creek Covered Bridge.  When Ralph began the project, the bridge needed major restoration.  Ralph put together the funding required to completely remove the bridge from its footings, and make all the needed repairs.  Today the bridge is visited by thousands of…

Ralph Wehinger, 1954-2002

In December 2002, Lake Creek lost one of its modern day pioneers, Ralph Wehinger.  He was a man of vision and boundless energy.  His contributions to Jackson County and the State of Oregon were many. Ralph saw the need to preserve our rich Lake Creek heritage and went to work.  He formed the Lake Creek…