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The Woodards

Lawson Woodard, having lost his wife, brought his young family west to Oregon from Rice Lake, Minnesota. They settled in the Pleasant View area on a farm where the children grew up. Mr. Woodard grew prize onions, rhubarb and asparagus and had all the trials of marketing that farmers experienced in those days.

His son, Edward William, born at Blue Lake, Minnesota June 18, 1865, worked for Mr. Robert Graham on his dairy ranch. The daughter, Edith, twin of Edward, taught school and was the first teacher in the then new district of Springdale. She later married Frank Hubbard. They had a daughter, Harriet.

When Ed married Olla Emily on January 13, 1895 at the Emily home in Hurlburt, he brought his bride home to the Woodard farm where they spent the rest of their lives.

Ed continued with the onions and other farm produce as his father had done. Mr. Woodard was in poor health for many years and lived on with his son until his death in the fall of 1902.

Ed and Olla Woodard had 5 children: Bernice Hope, born June[?] 30, 1896, married William B. Morton July 3, 1920. Donald Ellsworth born November 29, 1897, married Marion Hardisty, one son, Donald Marion. Frederick Keith, born January 31, 1902, married Lucille Frommelt, three daughters: Judith, Sandra and Joan. Dorothy Lucile, married William V. Gebhardt, one son, Roher and one daughter, Janet Maxine.

Ed Woodard passed away at Troutdale, April 2, 1942 and his wife, Olla, June 2, 1944. Their son Keith has operated the family farm for many years.


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[Source:  Submitted by Dorothy Keefe, from a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 173-173.]

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