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Originally called Camas Swale, Sutherlin was incorporated on June 24, 1911, and renamed for Fendel Sutherlin at the behest of his daughter, Anne Sutherlin Waite. What started as an agricultural community of orchard homesites later transitioned into a timber boomtown during World War II. Although the Sutherlin valley had its share of visionaries, most of its people were basic, hardworking folks who persevered despite the roadblocks in their way. They survived floods, fires, destruction of the timber industry by the spotted owl conflict, wholesale unemployment, and the 1989 shutdown of the city for lack of funds. Today’s residents are also hardy people, even the newer senior citizens who, in great numbers, are making the town their retirement home.
About the Author
Tricia Dias is a reporter, feature writer, and columnist for the Douglas County News. A retired health physicist and an avid research historian, she has written two other books. She was ably assisted in obtaining the photographs included in this book by the staff of the Douglas County Museum and the members of the Sutherlin 100 Committee (which was formed to make the celebration of the Sutherlin centennial an exceptional event).
Table of Contents
1 In the Valley of Camas Swale 9
2 When Farming Wasn't a Hobby 15
3 Camas Swale Becomes Sutherlin 25
4 Gaslights and a Growing City 37
5 When Timber Was King 53
6 Fires and Floods, Oh My! 79
7 Pastimes and Simple Pleasures 87
8 A Bountiful Valley 103
9 Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives 109
10 Then and Now 119