Then and now

rich/ February 26, 2010/ Farm/

A while back we made contact with a woman who grew up on our property in the 1950s.  Renee was kind enough to share some pictures, and I’ve finally gotten around to scanning a couple of them, as well as found the approximate point that they were taken from in order to do a photopoint comparison.  While I was doing that, I tracked down a couple of pictures that we’d taken early in our tenure here, for further comparison.
(click them all, preferably in a new tab/window, for the full view)


This was taken in March 2003 from a ladder near a spot where the laying hens had just moved from.  Note the small green patches to the left of the English Hawthorne in the midground…


and this was taken in Feb 2010 (but without a ladder).  The knee high firs are looking pretty good.


This was from the same spot as before, on the ladder in March 2003, now looking east.


and in Feb 2010


Here’s a shot looking SE, up the “Low Pass” of Old Moore’s valley road


and here’s the shot from Feb 2010 from my guesstimate as to where it was taken. A lot more trees in the valley these days.


and a 50’s-era shot to the south of South Moore’s Valley.


and the closest approximation to the location.

It’s neat to see how a landscape can change, both in under a decade, and then over the decades.

While I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, what finally sparked me to get it all organized was this article in the local paper by a local historian. The money quote:

Puckerville, in Moore’s Valley area, tried also to become a town. In the late 1880s and ’90s, Puckerville items in Yamhill County newspapers reported talk of a new store “in our berg,” the organizing of a literary society, and this confident item: “Puckerville has more get up and go than any other town its size in Yamhill County.” But Puckerville’s “get up and go” never “got up and grew.”

It looks like my next historical investigation will be finding out where this Puckerville town was. Moore’s Valley is a very small place, so it can’t have been more than a few miles from us, but I haven’t heard anything about a town site around here. Add it to my list…

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  1. Me and my wife have some space on our property that we want to use to keep some chickens. My wife is all on about how we’re going to eat our own eggs and give them to friends and all haha! She thinks it is romantic to get up in the morning and get our own eggs and what not haha. Other than eating and giving the eggs we think it is a great way for our oldest child to experience some responsibility taking care of the chickens! I am building a coop myself now and will post some pictures on the progress and final thing when it’s done. Check out our FACEBOOK page

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