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Jere Hudson retrieves female doll he found lying in the street in Wood Village just after Christmas

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Jere Hudson displays the vintage doll with a yellow crocheted dress he and his wife found on a Wood Village street on Friday, Dec. 27. Hudson is seeking the dolls owner. A couple of days after Christmas, Jere Hudson risked his and his wife's safety to retrieve a female doll with an intricately crocheted dress they saw lying in the street. Now the Gresham couple would like to reunite the doll with its rightful owner.

Hudson and his wife, Roberta, were driving on Friday morning, Dec. 27, near the Wood Village Town Center, when they saw something unusual lying in their path.

"We were on our way to deliver posters in Portland for the Portland Old Time Music Gathering," Jere said on Tuesday, Dec. 31. "As I was driving, I saw something colored bright yellow in the middle of the street. Other cars were swerving to avoid it."

With Roberta cautioning her husband to exercise care, Jere (pronounced "Jerry") pulled the car to the side of the road and strode quickly to the middle to retrieve what turned out to be a doll lying there.

"I couldn't tell until I picked it up what it was," he said. "It was an old doll but had a brand new crocheted dress that was bright yellow. Immediately, I thought it was probably a Christmas present that was perhaps crocheted by a family member and given to a child."

Jere lingered by the car with the doll for a moment or two to see if someone might return looking for it, but no such luck.

"After several moments, I put it in the car and took it with me," he said, adding he would very much like it to get back to its owner. "I want the person to be able to have it returned safely because I think a lot of effort went into crocheting the dress."PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - A doll Gresham resident Jere Hudson found a couple days after Christmas in Wood Village is notable for its intricately crocheted yellow dress.

The doll is that of a little girl with baby blue eyes and dark hair wearing a wide, light yellow crocheted dress. The doll has no visible markings or identification information.

Jere said he will gladly return the doll to the person who emails him or calls The Outlook and is able to describe other key details of the doll's appearance.

"I imagine if this were a dress crocheted for a child's doll, that if it were my own child or grandchild, it would be extremely important to have it returned," Jere said. "I just hope someone notices it in (The Outlook) and it catches someone's eye."

Anyone who lost such a doll in or around Wood Village on Dec. 27 is asked to email Jere Hudson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call The Outlook at 503-492-5106.


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