Preserving the vestiges of history
With the help of grant money a local group will preserve history.
The Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) received the grant from the Oregon Commission of Historic Cemeteries in May to preserve the Goodrich/Worden family cemetery near Dayton. The grant will be augmented with funds from the DAR chapter and the Worden family.
"The funds will be used for headstone repair and cleaning, grounds clearing and an interpretive sign," Jan Burrows, registrar and project chairwoman for the Champoeg Chapter of the DAR, said in a release.
She added that the chapter will coordinate with the firm NW Historical Preservation to repair five of the cemetery's pioneer grave markers and blackberry bushes will be professionally cleared. In addition, the interpretive sign will be "added to the grounds to share just how important these pioneer families were to the local history of Oregon," Burrows said.
History runs deep at the tiny cemetery near town. The headstones of Carmi and Peggy Goodrich were adorned with the words "Real Son and Real Daughter of the American Revolution" by the DAR in 1935. Carmi Goodrich and his family joined with Sam Barlow to forge the famous Barlow Trail across the Cascade Mountains into the Willamette Valley more than 150 years ago.
"Joel Palmer was also on that first wagon train adventure to explore the southern route around Mount Hood," Burrows said. Palmer founded the town of Dayton in the 1800s and his house, now the site of a restaurant, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In October, the DAR chapter's members will gather to install the historical sign and "perform gentle headstone cleaning," the release said, as part of the DAR's National Day of Service effort nationwide. The event is in celebration of the DAR's founding in October 1890.
"The goal of DAR is to preserve history, provide education and promote patriotism," Burrows said. "We are an organization open to all women, 18 years of age and who have a patriot who aided in our country's independence."
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