Champoeg DAR dedicate memorial to Madame Dorion

May 10, 2014, just one day before the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day, the Champoeg Chapter of the Oregon Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a headstone to mark the final resting place of Madame Marie Dorion, one of Oregon’s truly amazing mothers. 

(Dorion was the only female member of the famed 1810-12 Astor Expedition, among numerous other accolades.)

After three years of tireless work by Champoeg DAR members Lois Streimer, Diane Root and Kris Nelson and the combined help of St. Louis Catholic Church members, the marker became a SUBMITTED PHOTO - On May 9, the Champoeg Chapter of the Oregon Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated this headstone to mark the final resting place of Madame Marie Dorion.

The dedication took place in the lovely St. Louis Catholic Church with about 190 people in attendance. 

The day was marked by noted speakers; Ellen Hopkins, Oregon State Regent for the DAR; Connie Lenzen, a member of the Genealogical Council of Oregon, Genealogical Forum of Oregon and the Oregon Catholic Historical Society; Diane Root , Kris Nelson and Lois Streimer, all from the Historical Preservation Committee of the Champoeg Chapter DAR; Jennifer Gobin-Bailes, the third great granddaughter of Marie Dorion; and Jane Kirkpatrick, Oregon author of “Tender Ties,” a story about Marie Dorion’s life. The event ended with a blessing by Father Jeffrey Eirvin from Sacred Heart — St. Louis Catholic Parish in Gervais.

Following the dedication was a reception of refreshments and music provided by the Corral Creek Bluegrass Band.  Authors Kirkpatrick and Lenora Rain-Lee Good also signed their books featuring Dorion.  A complimentary wine tasting of their 2011 Cuvee Marie Dorion was provided by Lady Hill Winery. 

The tall nature stone historical marker that was dedicated reads: “In honor of Madame Marie Dorion, courageous pioneer, devoted Ioway mother, early Oregon Settler at this her final resting place, September 6, 1850. Placed by Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. May 10, 2014.”

If you would like to visit the marker, it is located near the front door of the St. Louis Church at St. Louis Road and Manning Road outside of Gervais.

The Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites any woman over the age of 18 years who thinks they have a patriot who fought in the American Revolution and are interested in membership in the DAR to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The DAR is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

 We meet in Sherwood Senior Community Center September through May on the second Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.

— Submitted by Jan Burrows, vice regent for public relations and media chairwoman for the Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Broadhurst completes medical scientist training

Jana Broadhurst, a 2001 Sherwood High School graduate and a 2005 graduate fo the University of Oregon, has completed the medical scientist training program at the University of California San Francisco, earning both her M.D. and Ph.D in biomedical sciences. 

For her doctoral research, Broadhurst investigated the role of chronic inflammation in the pathogenesis of HIV and common parasitic infections, authoring three articles based on this work.

During this time, Broadhurst taught medical microbiology and immunology courses.  She also volunteered as a biologist with Future Scientist, helping implement a practical science education program in a Peruvian Amazon community. She plans on pursuing a career in pathology. 

Trashpalooza a big success

Numerous residents volunteered for Sherwood’s Trashpalooza, a town-wide litter clean up held April 26 at Cannery Square Plaza. This is the second year for the event, which included a contest to collect as much litter as possible. All supplies, including gloves, were furnished for the event with Sherwood City Councilor Krisanna Clark judging the winner of the “strangest piece of trash.” Activities also included recycling education and creating art from recyclables.

by: COURTESY OF NAOMI BELOV - Volunteers sort through an array of interesting object discovered during the annual Trashpoolza held April 26 at Cannery Square Plaza.

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