Oral 'Brick' Hagedorn was a long-time drug store operator
Oral O. "Brick" Hagedorn was born Sept. 11, 1897, in Cherokee, Iowa. When he was a young child, his family moved to Salem.
He attended grade school and high school in Salem. After high school, he attended Oregon Agricultural College (later Oregon State University) in Corvallis and graduated with a degree in pharmacy. He enlisted and served in the Navy during World War I.
He married Margueritte Hansen in Portland on Sept. 7, 1928. They spent the first few years of their marriage living in Portland with Brick working at a drug store.
An opportunity developed for owning a drug store in Prineville, and they moved to the community in 1935 and purchased and operated what became the Brick Hagedorn Drug Store. He operated the drug store until 1967. They had two children, a son and daughter.
Brick was active in local affairs and was very well known in the local community. He was always helpful to community members and served on several local social and fraternal organizations. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion.
Margueritte was also active in local organizations. They were frequently seen at major and minor community events. Brick was also a long-time member of the Prineville Chamber of Commerce. He became active in thoroughbred horse training and racing. His horse won the Oregon Derby in 1960.
After his retirement in 1967, he continued his involvement in local affairs and was prominent in his leadership of civic activities. He spent the rest of his life in Prineville. He died in June 1969. Margueritte lived on for several more years and died on Feb. 1, 1978. Both Brick and Margueritte are buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville.
Steve Lent is a local historian and assistant director of the Bowman Museum. He can be reached at: 541-447-3715.