Yamhill Chapter History and Officers
by Marcella Rawe
Yamhill became an Oregon Chapter on January 6, 1922. Mrs. E. C. Apperson was Organizing Regent. She also served as Oregon State Regent in 1929 and 1930. The new chapter had spent much time choosing a name. One that would reflect the pioneer history of their valley was what they wanted. In earlier days a tribelet of Calapooian Indians used to come from Bald Mountain to dig roots, to fish in the amber streams or to steal into the pioneer settlementsor and to gaze at all the wonders there. The settlers couldn't quite pronounce the name of the tribelet as the Indians did. It was simplified to "Yamella" or "Yamhill." The river that began in the Coast Range, flowed east to the Willamette was given the same name and when the Provisional Government took over at Champoeg, the more settled land was divided along both sides of the Willamette into four counties, Yamhill being one.
Because of the Indians and the river and the historic county in which they lived, Yamhill Chapter chose its name and has worn it proudly and purposefully for ninety-two years.
Chapter Officers 2014-2015
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