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PA6E 14 IT he New Era I AuEust 30, 2017 From page 8 busy to weave so the children never wore homespun. The best Polly Ann could do was knit stockings. Richard Finley helped or- ganize the Methodist Church in CrawfordsviUe, but when he kept the mill running on Sunday, church members complained, so he and Polly Ann switched their allegiance to the Christian Church which was more con- cerned about the question of baptism - whether complete im- mersion was best or a symbolic sprinkling would do - rather than sabbatical issues. Where the firs now grow thick at the end of the Craw- fordsville Bridge was the location for a sash mill, a slow process in which lumber was cut vertically. This was another mill in which Richard Finley had an interest. With two partners, he also built another flour mill down the Calapooia east of what is now Shedd. That mill still stands as a historical site, the Thompson Flouring Mill (see page 13). It's really a second building, with ad- ditions, the first having burned. Timbers for both projects were felled and hewn in the Craw- fordsville area. That mill was established in what was hoped would be a town called New Boston, usu- ally known only as Boston. For a time it thrived, but the expected railroad stayed two miles back from the Calapooia River and the town of Shedd grew up and siphoned businesses away from Boston, including Capt. Frank Shedd's blacksmith shop. Meanwhile, Polly Ann want- ed a new home, away from the mill below Crawfordsville. She had a houseful of girls and she meant to keep them away from the goggles of rough miners who came to buy flour. She did get a new house, a painted one, below the hill north of where the Finley Cemetery would be. When first reaching the new house, the children kicked at the locked door, scarring the not yet dried paint and gaining a spank- ing from their angered mother, as remembered by daughter Eli- za Braden Finley. Richard Finley had been born in Tennessee in 1814 and Polly Ann in 1827, also, in Ten- nessee. They were married with two daughters when they came to Oregon Territory. According to a family record, they had 11 children in all, some of whom did not survive child- hood. After Polly Anne died, at age 39, Richard married again. His second wife, Elenor, has only her first name and middle initial on the tall obelisk marking the Fin- ley graves in the family cemetery. A guess was made suggest- ing she may have been a Robnett. Richard C. Finley died in 1882 and Elenor in 1909 at the age of 89. Polly Ann appears to have been the mother of all of the little Finleys. Yet, at the East Linn Mu- seum, gratitude must be offered for those WPA books on Linn County. Accurate or not, they supply information otherwise unavailable. After Richard's death in 1882, the flour mill continued in operation, bought by a Canadian family from Manitoba, the Mc- Kerchers. Of the family, two broth- ers, Daniel and John, eventually operated the mill. Their father was also named John and their uncle, Duncan, was involved in the mill's ownership for a time. Initially, John farmed up Courtney Creek while Daniel, generally known as Dan, handled the mill. Then in 1895 Dan died tragically and John W. became manager of the mill. Dan's loss came as a great blow to his family. It holds inter- est now because of the tale of a triple murder found among the East Linn Museum files. To be continued From page 7 to eastern Oregon, where their daughter Lisa was born in Baker. Eventually, they returned and she got a job at Hewlett- Packard in Corvallis, where she spent "20-some" years, she said. Meanwhile, Sam had started working as a handyman for the owner of three rustic cottages built along the South Santiam River in the 1940s, one of them on a tree stump. "Sam expanded them and fixed them up," Henthorne said. Sam also developed a strong friendship with the owner who, when he decided to sell them, gave the Henthornes first chance at the property. They moved there from Sweet Home in 2004, rented for a few years, then "scraped together the money" and bought the place in 2007. "Then we tried to decide what to do. Somebody suggested a bed and breakfast but I said I didn't want to do that. They decided to rent two of the cottages, which they called Red and Green, out to vacation- ers. They're now called the South Santiam Cottages. Meanwhile, things changed for Claire, who decided to take a company offer of early retire- ment from HP in 2009. The package induded alternative education at Linn-Benton Com- munity College, from which she graduated in 2012 with a degree that qualifies her to be an educa- tional assistant. "She finished what she'd started years before," Lisa Chase, her daughter, said. Claire hasn't pursued that, though, because the cottages have kept her - and Lisa - busy, particularly after Sam's death in 2015. "Housecleaning is not my passion," she told a visitor. "However, she does a mar- velous job," Lisa added. Over the years they've worked on the cottages. On the walls are paintings by Lisa, a pro- fessional artist who has taught art at the college level. The cottages are self-suffi- cient, with everything guests need except their own personal necessities. Perched directly above the river, they give guests easy access to the water. The wa- ter is ankle-deep below the cot- tages and guests often tether their floatation devices so they can float in the current, or set up their lawn chairs out in the middle of the stream. Downstream there's a swim- ming hole and a lot of guests like to kayak on the river. The cottages are also pet- friendly. ~hus far, they've had dogs, cats "and a bunny," Lisa said. "It's a lot of fun," Claire said - a phrase she repeats often. AVA M E RE A ~AM~LY~ COMPAP4~E$ 950 Nandina, Sweet Home 541-367-2191 "It's pretty chill here," said Lisa. Many are regulars as well and most stay for three or four days. "I could list 20 sets of people who make regular visits," she said. One couple visited for "prob- ably years in a row," Claire said. The husband was a dedicated fisherman who loved the river and they began house hunting on their visits, finally settling in a "nice place" in the Courtney Creek area. They're careful, when taking reservations, not to impose on regulars' favorite dates, Claire said. The cottages are particularly useful for people headed to the mountains for skiing or other- wise. "They're good for wife cot- tages for hunting season," Lisa said. The cottages offer such a secluded feeling, once a visitor is inside, that it's easy to forget that Highway 20 is only yards away. "A lot of (guests) wonder what they've gotten themselves into when they come through the gate," Claire said. "What you see on the other side is pleasant." "When they come through the door, they're always amazed in some way," Lisa said. "So cute!" The two said they frequently switch d6cor around, which gets guests' attention. "Sometimes people bring little things themselves," Lisa said. "Sometimes you find little homemade souvenirs." Claire said her enterprise has gotten a lot of local attention as well. "I did not expect the amount of people who were wondering who the heck I was and how I came up with this," she said. exercise can wen, here we are at Septem- ber again. Being that I have school-age children, I am thinking about get- ting them ready and back in the groove of learning. It seems like they have to re- learn because so much is lost over the summer, that the first few months of school is just review. As we age, we also lose a lot of what we have learned. Ag- ing takes a toll on the mind. The brain shrinks up to 10 percent of its size, so we all need to do what we can to keep it healthy and Dr Hichae[W Stoner Monday- Toesday 8am- 4pm IJJednesday - ThursdaIj qam- 4pro 2nd Friday of the month 8am-12pro ftdLJanced Family Eyecare MichaeLUJ. Stoner. O O 224SLongSfreel. SuJeelHorne 541-]67,2188 A: Once again spring is upon us and the amount of pollen in the air is increas- ing daily. When pollen gets in the tearfilm of the eyes a reaction occurs that causes the eyes to become irritat- ed, itch. For most people simply putting cold water on the face or a cool wash cloth will relieve your symtoms. For others more is required. Start with over the counter allergy drops. Use as direct- ed on the bottle. Most allergy type drops will sting when put in. If no relief occurs then try an oral type antihista- mine such as Claritin. Some have found relief with an allergy nasal spray also. Always use as directed on the box. If these do not help our office is here to help you determine the appropriate prescription allergy drop for relief. "There are so many people who have known 'so-and-so who once lived here.'" "They tell us, 'I used to come here all the time to visit my friend,'" Lisa said. The clientele is growing steadily, with guests coming from all over the world, Claire said - Russia, Germany, Austra- lia, New York, "and a lot from California." One comes from Virginia for a month at a time each year. "She has family and friends in the area," Claire said. "They come to visit her." She said the customers are what have made it a pleasant experience, running the South Santiam Cottages. When she took them over, "I wasn't expecting anything spe- cific. I just didn't want to go back to work." working. Here are 10 ways to keep your mind sharp, whether it be over the summer or over the years: 1. Bxercise: It's well-known that the mind and the body are connected, and what is good for the body is good for the mind. 2. Read a book: Reading builds connections within the brain as wen as giving you new information. 3. Eat right: Foods like nuts, fish and red wine especially help with brain health. Overall, a healthy diet keeps the mind healthy. 4. Maintain good posture: Good posture improves blood flow to the brain. 5. Get a good night's sleep: Getting enough sleep helps the mind, especially your memory. 6. Paint, draw, or doodle: It may not be a masterpiece but this is exercise for the mind. 7. Learn something new: This keeps the mind active and alert. Sign up for a class or teach- ing video. 8. Listen to music: Mu- sic can build connections in the mind. 9. Do puzzles: Any kind of puzzle can exercise the brain. 10. Write: Email, notes, or even a book, writing helps with your hand and eye coordination. Sarah Redfern, RN, is clini- cal services director at Samaritan Wiley Creek Community in Sweet Home.