Emily Marchbanks Cline: A pioneer on the Deschutes River
Emily Marchbanks was born April 19, 1868, at Twelve Mile, south of The Dalles. Her parents had come west by wagon train, and her father operated a livery stable and stage line at The Dalles.
When Emily was 12, the family moved to Silverton in the Willamette Valley.
She met a young dentist, Cass A. Cline, and they soon became inseparable. They were married on Nov. 20, 1885, in Salem.
The young couple moved to Central Oregon in 1887 and lived in Marsh Awbrey's cabin at Picket Island, now the site of Tumalo. The family moved to Prineville in 1889, where her husband practiced dentistry for about one year.
In 1890, they filed a homestead claim at a series of falls on the Deschutes River west of current Redmond. The site became known as Cline Falls.
They lived at the homestead site for five years, and Dr. Cline continued his dental practice in Prineville. While her husband was in Prineville, Emily and her two young daughters managed the homestead.
Dr. Cline traveled long distances to serve patients, and occasionally Emily and the girls would accompany him. They would travel by a wagon in which Dr. Cline loaded a dentist chair and equipment. They frequently spent time camping, fishing and hunting on their journeys.
The Clines raised horses, and Emily and her daughters frequently helped take the horses across the Cascade Mountains to the Willamette Valley for sale, and they made the long trip on horseback. The trips often took several days, and they enjoyed the fresh mountain air and hardly noticed the rigors of the long trip.
They also raised race horses, and Dr. Cline had one of the more famous race horses in Central Oregon.
In 1904, they sold their Cline Falls property to an emerging local power company and filed a homestead claim near Lower Bridge in 1904. Their claim was located at the site of the later Oromite Mining operations. Emily fed and housed travelers who passed through and used the bridge across the Deschutes River near their home.
In 1909, the family moved to Redmond, where Dr. Cline practiced dentistry until his death in 1926.
Emily continued to make her home in Redmond after his death and worked in the Lynch and Roberts Department store for many years. In 1937, she moved to Prineville to live with her daughter Winifred Jordan. She was very active in church and social affairs.
Emily passed away on Oct. 15, 1942, and was laid to rest beside her husband in the Redmond Cemetery.
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