Know Home: Abodes, Residents and Colorful Characters of Central Oregon

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  5/5/2014

Steve LentCentral Oregon is renowned for its outdoor majesty—from the mountains to the high desert. But what many people don’t know is that Central Oregon has seen its share of residents—and residences—that rival the physical landscape in terms of uniqueness. Join Steve Lent, assistant director of Prineville’s Bowman Museum, for a look at some of these “Abodes, Residents and Colorful Characters of Central Oregon.” These presentations are part of the Library’s Know Home series of programs throughout May; they are free and open to all.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • 1:00 p.m.
Sisters Library

Thursday, May 15, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

Lent’s presentation will include historic photos of early homes, settler and residents in Central Oregon. As Lent notes, this place we call home has seen its share of eccentric people over the centuries—people such as Farquar McRae. “McRae was a crusty old sheep rancher on Muddy Creek,” says Lent. “He was widely known for his extended rounds of hard drinking and vulgar language. Many early homestead women dreaded a visit from Farquar, as custom of the day made hospitality a must and Farquar would often arrive at a homestead in the evening drunk and plop into a bed in his clothes that were covered with sheep manure.” Despite all this, Farquar was known for a heart of gold with children.

Steve Lent is the assistant director and historian of the Bowman Museum, located in Prineville, Oregon. A lifetime resident of Central Oregon, he has been associated with the Crook County Historical Society for many years, has written extensively on local history, and presents historical programs throughout Central Oregon. He is the author of three books in the Images of America historical series: Crook County, Prineville and Madras.

For more information about these or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Tina at 541-312-1034.

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