Great granddaughter of Dr. Edward McLean is married at McLean House

TIDINGS PHOTO: PATRICK MALEE - June McLean, left, and Anne McLean admire family keepsakes at the McLean House during a reception Nov. 12. In the early days of planning her wedding, April Shoemaker was having trouble deciding on a locale.

She considered staying in her home state of Alaska, or perhaps opting for a beach wedding somewhere a bit warmer. Then, during a family visit to Oregon this past summer, Shoemaker — the great-granddaughter of Edward and Anne McLean — had an epiphany.

She wanted to get married in West Linn’s historic McLean House, where her great-grandparents had lived and, perhaps even more importantly, where her beloved grandparents had also been married back in 1946.

The ceremony took place Nov. 14, and on Nov. 12 family members and community volunteers alike gathered for a celebratory reception at the McLean House. Though April could not attend due to wedding-related obligations, it was a chance for others to reflect on the institutional and familial history of the famed McLean House.

TIDINGS PHOTO: PATRICK MALEE - Photos and historic documents were on display during the reception held for April Shoemaker, the great granddaughter of Dr. Edward McLean and his wife, Anne. Shoemaker decided to have her wedding at the McLean House to honor her grandparents, who also married at the McLean House back in 1946.

Built in 1927 by Dr. Edward McLean, the McLean House is a three-story, 17-room home surrounded by carefully groomed gardens and overlooking the Willamette River. Though the house was originally built for the McLean family to live in, it now serves as a event and meeting venue.

Among the first of those weddings was that of Shoemaker’s grandparents, just before Christmas back in 1946.

“(April) was very close to my parents,” said Anne McLean, April’s mother and a grandchild of Edward and Anne McLean. “She was my only child, and my parents babysat her. ... She feels a real connection with them and wanted to share where they got married. She just thought it was an honor.”

Though Shoemaker’s grandparents, Charles and Rose, passed away, several generations of the McLean family were still represented at the wedding. Among them were two of Shoemaker’s great-aunts, Reggie and June.

“(Reggie) was here for my mom’s wedding, and she was telling us she remembers my mom coming down these stairs,” Anne McLean said.

June, meanwhile, still lives in West Linn and was delighted to view old family photos and keepsakes at the Nov. 12 reception.

“This was so last-minute,” said Diane Harju, general manager of Friends of McLean Park and House. “We just kind of thought it would be fun to get the folks together that have worked so many years on preserving the house and memories.”

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TIDINGS PHOTO: PATRICK MALEE - Longtime McLean House volunteer and former board president Mike Watters shows June McLean historic photos gathered by the Friends of McLean Park and House.

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