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For hundreds of years, French Prairie was the playground and home of the Kalapooya Indians, members of the Bannock Tribe. By the time pioneers started arriving on the Oregon Trail, the Indian population was diminishing due to exposure to diseases brought by earlier settlers. Jesse Settlemier had a vision of a nursery business and a town that could supply its workers, and he purchased property and began clearing it. Ultimately, the development of a railroad, along with fertile soil, hardy pioneers, an ideal climate, and a favorable location (between the large cities of Salem and Portland) produced the formula for a thriving city.
ISBN: 9780738576060
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 203
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Beverlee Jory Koutny comes from pioneer stock in the Salem-Silverton area. She has been a teacher in many settings and still tutors area students who are learning English. She has developed classes for senior citizens at Chemeketa Community College and currently manages the North Marion Senior Center. Koutny is active in many local organizations, including DAR, American Legion Auxiliary, and Business and Professional Women. The pictures in this book have come from many sources, including the Woodburn Berry Museum, Daniel's Photography, the Oregon State Library, and private individuals.