Monday, July 1, 2013

July 4, 1854 - Pioneer Women Provide an Unforgettable "Fourth" in Lafayette

Oregonian, August 12, 1900:

"...I recall the celebration of the Fourth of July at Lafayette, Yamhill County, Oregon, in 1854.  Some weeks before, the women of the village...engaged to make a flag and present it, through the orator of the the Masonic lodge of that place.  The beauty of the banner, as it was given to the breeze with eloquent, patriotic and appreciative words, stirred the latent spark of patriotism in the hearts of all present, and kindled into a glow of enthusiasm, as the speaker concluded, that rent a shout in unison from the lips of the motley little host.  The flag was a handsome one, and as fine a sample of "hand sewing" as our grandmothers could have desired.

Following the oration and the presentation of the flag, came an invitation to a public dinner.  Rude, improvised tables were set in the grove; cherished linens from grandmothers' looms, that had been brought by ox team express across the plains, covered the unsightly boards; sprigs of fir and cedar, bouquets of hollyhocks and pinks, with now and then a bunch of sweet "mission roses" garnished them, and over all the new old flag floated."
-Catherine Amanda Scott Coburn

(Catherine was a writer for the Oregonian, a respected historian on Oregon history according to her obituary, and sister to Abigail Duniway.)