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Early pioneer Louisa Cowherd Tucker moved west from Kansas with her husband and two daughters

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 - Louisa Tucker and her family took the wagon road to Central Oregon in the early 1900s.

Louisa Cowherd was born on Oct. 11, 1847. She met John C. Tucker, and they were married in 1874. John Tucker was born on March 18, 1845.

They left their home in Wichita, Kansas, and headed west by train. They were accompanied by their daughters, Pearl and Frances. They traveled by train to The Dalles and settled not far from Pendleton. John worked in the farm country near Pendleton, and their daughters worked in private homes. Louisa maintained the family home.

Early in 1902, the Tucker family traveled by wagon to The Dalles and met with Louisa's brother and her widowed sister. They all then took the wagon road to Central Oregon. They first camped at the old Osborn Place near Haystack Butte. Three families lived in a barn that they had built in the vicinity. They survived on beans, bread and jackrabbits.

John filed for a homestead near present Culver, and he and Louisa farmed there for the next several years. He patented his claim in 1908. John died from typhoid fever in 1910. Their daughters, Frances and Pearl, were over 21 at the time, and they both filed for homesteads nearby. The daughters both married Peck brothers. Louisa lived in a small house near her daughters and was well known in the Culver vicinity.

Unfortunately, in her later years, Louisa was declared legally insane and was moved to a facility in Portland. Her daughter, Frances, was designated as her guardian. Louisa struggled with her mental condition for a few years before passing away in Portland on June 10, 1920. She was buried next to her husband in the Culver IOOF Cemetery.


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