MAHS Genesis

The MAHS has a long and meaningful history brought to future generations by dedicated and passionate people who donated their time, money, and skills in making it all happen.  MAHS was founded in 1969 by local folks and their desire to preserve the past history of the community.

 

And now, you can relive the exciting moments of first formation meetings by reading the actual minutes of the society during this critical period.

October 11, 1969

 

The Organizational meeting of the Molalla Area Historical Society was held in the recently renovated Eby School with thirty six interested individuals in attendance. After a tour of the building, refreshments were served by the Molalla Audubon Garden Club.

 

Arden Eby, as temporary chairman, conducted the meeting and it was decided to appoint a committee to prepare a constitution and bylaws, and nominate permanent officers. Those serving on this committee are; Mrs Steve Eyman, Chairman; Steve Eyman, Mrs Harold Ridings , Mr Oliver Buxton, Arden Eby, Jim Nordbloom, and Mrs Herbert A Smith.

 

Slides were shown of interesting homes in the Molalla Area. Wayne Herring described views of the Ogle Mine and there was discussion of the purchasing a permanent structure for local items of historical interest.

 

Those attending the first meeting were as follows; Mr and Mrs Harold J Ridings, Dr and Mrs Fred W Johnson & daughter Nancy, Mr & Mrs Oliver Buxton, Mr and Mrs Maurice Buxton, Audrey Henriksen, Mrs Gib Wells, Mrs Ruth Kaylor, Mr and Mrs Carl Novak, Mr and Mrs Donald Daniels, Mr and Mrs Steven Eyman. Wayne Herring, Virginia Gooding, Mr and Mrs Elmo Ettstad, Mr Donald Hilton, Mr and Mrs Clyde Eby, Lyle Orem, Jack Deeters, Mr and Mrs Arden Eby, Jim Nordbloom, Mr and Mrs Richard Garley, Elmer Dunton, Henry Schoenborn, Mrs Herbert A Smith and daughter Becky.

 

The next meeting will be held at the Eby School on November 8 at 7:30 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Mrs H A Smith (Eva Mae) Secretary Pro Tem

 

 

 

 

October 23, 1969

 

The Executive Board met at the home of Steve Eyman to prepare a constitution and bylaws to be presented for approval at the next regular meeting on November 8. The proposed name of our organization is Molalla Area Historical Society.

 

The list of nominations for officers are as follows:

President – Arden Eby

1st Vice President – Marian Hilton

2nd Vice President – Lyle Orem

Secretary – Eva Mae Smith

Treasurer – Duane Robbins

Historian – Roberta Daniels

 

The members of the board of directors will be:

Judge Ralph Holman, Audrey Henricksen, Oliver Buxton, Dorothy Del Ridings and Bill Ireland.

Respectfully Submitted,

Eva Mae Smith

Sec'y pro tem

 

 

 

November 8, 1969

 

After refreshments and each individual introducing himself, the meeting was called to order  by the Chairman, Arden Eby. Mrs Albert Powers was introduced and talked to us regarding historical places in Oregon and some of the homes that she has purchased and restored.

 

Steve Eyman read the constitution and bylaws as proposed by the Executive Board. A motion was made and passed that they be adopted.

 

The time of the meetings has been set as the second Saturday of the each month at 8:00 PM starting in October, with the annual meeting being the last regular meeting in May.

 

A unanimous ballot was cast for the following officers:

President – Arden Eby

1st Vice President – Marian Hilton

2nd Vice President – Lyle Orem

Secretary – Eva Mae Smith

Treasurer – Marie Hardy

Historian – Roberta Daniels

 

A unanimous ballot was cast for the following for the Board of Directors:

Audrey Henriksen, Oliver Buxton, Dorothy Dell Ridings, Jim Nordbloom, and Neta Garley.

 

The group decided to assist Mrs Powers with the cleaning of the Dibble House at some future date, and Arden said the occasion would be covered on TV.

 

The December 13th meeting will be a pot luck dinner at the Eby School, with Mrs Elmo Ettestad  in charge of the arrangements.

 

Those paying dues and thereby officially becoming members of the Molalla Area Historical Society were:

Mr & Mrs Harold Ridings

Mr & Mrs Arden Eby & Arden L Eby Jr

Mrs Virginia Gooding

Mrs Virginia Tierel

Mr & Mrs Herbert A Smith

Mrs Marian E Hilton

Audrey E Henrickson

Mrs Marvin E Dixon

Lyle Orem

Mrs Walter Warrick

Mr & Mrs Oliver Buxton

Henry Kyllo

Mr & Mrs Maurice Buxton

Mrs Gilbert Wells

Dr & Mrs T F Johnson & Nancy

Mrs Albert Powers

Mrs&Mrs Steven Eyman

Mr&Mrs Richard Garley

Mr&Mrs Walter Hardy

Mr&Mrs Frank Dicken

Mr&Mrs Don Hepler

Mr&Mrs Elmo Ettestad

Wayne Herring

Mrs Dean Sandgsen

Mr&Mrs Clyde Ramsay

Mr&Mrs Eldon Austin

Aleta Mautz

Loren P Steiner

Mr&Mrs Fenton Harless

Mrs Otto Hudrlik

 

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

 

November 18, 1969

 

The Board of Directors met at the Eby School with the following members present: Arden Eby, Marian Hilton, Lyle Orem, Marie Hardy, Dorothy Del Ridings, Audrey Hendrickson and Oliver Buxton.

 

A motion was made by Mr Buxton that amendments #1 to our constitution should read – the Molalla Area Historical Society will be a not-for-profit corporation.

 

The board decided that the secretary be authorized to purchase supplies necessary for her office.

 

Committees appointed were:

Finance – Oliver Buxton

Membership – Mrs Elmo Ettestad & Dorothy D. Ridings

Historical Sites – Mr and Mrs Maurice Buxton

Building Chmn – Don Hepler

 

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

November 13 1969

 

The December meeting of the Molalla Area Historical Society preceded by a very festive and delicious pot luck dinner. The meeting was called to order by the president Arden Eby. The Minutes  of the last meeting and the Board of Directors meeting were read and approved. The treasurers report was given. It was announced that the next meeting of the Board of Directors and the building committee would be at the Eby School on December 30, 1969 at 6:30 PM. Arden announced that Mrs Albert Powers will give us a land grant on the back part of her property if it is so approved. The members of the building committee will be as follows: Don Hepler, Chairman; Sid Gasser, Tom Lancaster, Elmer Ettestad, Lyle Orem, Walt Walden and Wayne Herring.

 

The articles of Incorporation were read by the president and he states that we have to register with the Attorney Generals office. A motion was made by Marie Hares(?) and seconded that we register as a not for profit organization. The motion carried.

 

The terms of the Board of Directors shall be as follows:

Audrey Hendricksen, three years;

Dorothy Dell Ridings, two years;

Jim Nordbloom, two years, and

Nita Garley, one year.

 

Wayne Herring presented a tape from the Willamette Valley Historical Tape Library relating some of the early history of the Molalla area.

A vote of thanks was given to Mrs Elmo Ettestad and her committee for the well planned dinner.

The next meeting of the Society will be January 10, 1970 at the Eby School.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Eva May Smith

Secretary

 

 

December 30 1969

 

The December meeting of the Board of Directors was called to Order by the President. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer reports a balance of $125.57 with 6* active members in our organization.

 

Steve Eyman was present to review the Constitution and bylaws. Under  Section VI, Disposition of Collections #2 now reads:

It is hereby provided that in case the Society fails in three consecutive years to have a quorum at it's annual meeting , which will be interpreted as the cessation of an effective working organization, then all of the aspects of the MOLALLA Area Historical Society will become the property of the MOLALLA Public Library.

Mr Don Hepler explained _ proposed buildings that would be erected as a museum if we decide to accept the land grant from Mrs Albert Powers. A motion was made by Mrs Hardy and seconded that----- .

 

Resolve that we the Board of Directors are in favor of pursuing the idea of building a museum on the land grant property as offered by the owner Mrs Powers with advice by competent legal council and subject to the approval of the Molalla Area Historical Society.

 

James Nordbloom resigned as a member of the board of directors because he is now also working nights and feels that he is unable to attend or help as he would like to do. The board appointed Mr Frank Dickens to fill the two year term vacated by him.

 

Mr Lyle Orem was named chairman of the Ways & Means Committee for a proposed auction and other fund raising events. February 22nd was suggested as a date for the auction.

 

Things to be discussed more fully and with the advice of legal counsel were an easement on her property for a driveway; the disposition of her building in the event of her death; option to buy her building from her heirs.

The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served.

 

Respectfully submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

January 10, 1970

 

The meeting was called to order by the president, Arden Eby and the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurers  report was given. Due to the severe fog and cold weather the meeting was not too well attended.

 

Mrs Albert Powers will give us an easement on the back half of her property, Lot 10, for a museum society or a similar group (****) get the house – so that it will be maintained and be open to the public.

 

Arden showed the model of the proposed museum to the group. He also told us that he had received our articles of Incorporation from the Attorney Generals Office and we are officially a non-profit organization.

 

Mr Frank Dicken made a motion that the present officers and Board of Directors unanimously be re-elected to conform to a legal point in the articles. The motion was seconded and passed.

 

New members were Mr and Mrs John Steininger, Lenore Haggard and Ida Norns (Noons?)

 

It was suggested that the Board of Directors meet with Mrs Powers to hear her suggestions for the house

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that the Molalla Area Historical Society accept the conditions set forth buy the Board of Directors in accepting the property of Mrs Powers. The motion carried.

 

Lyle Orem and his committee suggest that the planned auction be held in conjunction with Spring Opening in Molalla. In the Meantime, things can be stored by Marian Hilton. It is planned that coffee and refreshments will be sold during the auction.

 

It was suggested that as many of our group as possible travel to nearby museums and places of historical interest to obtain ideas for our proposed museum.

 

Wayne Herring presented Mr Allen Gribble who gave a most interesting talk on the history and journeys of the Old Oregon Trail.

After the meeting was adjourned the 7th birthday of our youngest member, Arden Eby Jr, was observed with a lovely cake.

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

January 27, 1970

 

The January Board of Directors meeting was held in the home of mr and Mrs harold Ridings. It was called to order by the president Arden Eby – the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. We have a balance in the treasury of $135.57.

There was considerable discussion regarding the Dibble Building.

A motion was made by Oliver Buxton to accept the title to the property “ Lot 10 Block 14, Metzler and Hart addition to Molalla” as defined in the deed prepared by Gordon Price – subject to final approval by Mrs Powers.

 

It was decided that the Board of Directors would meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month unless notified otherwise.

A card was sent to to Neta Garley who recently fell and was hospitalized.

 

The next regular Society Meeting will be held  on February 14th, Oregon's birthday and it is hooped that it an be held in the Dibble House.

 

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

Feb 14 1970

 

A very impressive meeting was held on Oregon's 111th birthday with many ladies dressed in beautiful costumes of a bygone era. The meeting was called to order by our president Arden Eby, dressed as a Molalla Indian. There were about 75 people present. Mrs Albert Powers welcomed everyone to the Dibble House and signed the deed to “Lot 10 Block 14, Metzler and Hart addition to Molalla”. Mr Sid Gasser, as Notary Public, Witnessed the signing and placed his notary Seal on the document. The deed was given to us with the provision that the property is to be used as a historical site. The president called onhhis vice president for comments. Lyle Orem asked that everyone bring an article for the auction to the next meeting. Marian Hilton said the Dibble house was a “real gem” of a house and she enjoyed working on it.

 

The minutes of the previous meetin wee read and approved. The treasurer reported a balance of $125.57 with a total of 73 charter members. New members are Dorothy Waite, Mary Tiffin, Mr & Mrs Clifford Mitts, Mr & Mrs Roy Palmer, Justce Ralph < Holman, Mrs Albert Eyman, Ida Davidson and Mr & Mrs Donald Daniels.

Troop 257, Boy Scouts of America, led us in the flag salute.

Museum and Historical houses in our area to bne visited in the spring were discussed.

 

Dorothy Dell Ridings introduced our speakers for the evening, Judy and Ralph Holman, a former Molallan who was reared in the house next door to the Dibble House, and Mrs Holman.

 

Judge Holman chose as his subject “The Love Life of Abraham Lincoiln”, which proved to be a very interesting and often humerous tale.

 

After adjournment of the meeting, Mrs Elmo Ettestad and her committee served very delicious and colorful refreshments in keeping with the Valentine birthday of your state.

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

(Date not included in copy – assumed to be last Tuesday in February, 1970)

 

The Board of Directors met at the Dibble House. The meeting was called to order by the president, Arden Eby. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer reported a balance of $124.37 plus the donation of $33.60 for paint by the people at the Feb. 14th meeting. We now have 82 members.

 

A letter was read from the Internal Revenue Service and Lyle Orem was instructed to seek the legal advice of attorney Gordon Price and report at our next meeting.

The property value on the price deeded to us by Mrs Albert Powers is listed on the deed at $3800.00.

 

The treasurer is to prepare a budget and also a financial expense sheet.

 

Lyle Orem told  of plans for the auction with the date to be May 2nd, 1970. Advertising, Liability Insurance, etc relative to the auction were discussed. Lyle made a motion that we allocate $50 for advertising expenses for the auction. The motion was seconded and passed.

 

Mr Frank Dicken will help Lyle in the preparation of handbills to be lift door to door and at business houses.

 

Discussion regarding an offer to pay part of the electric bill for the Dibble House was tabled until we have more money in the treasury. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1970

 

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Molalla Area Historical Society was called to order by the president, Arden Eby. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

Four Original sea chests from the USS Constitution were on display. Melissa Heckard gave an interesting and informative talk on the USS Constitution or “Old Ironsides” as it is more affectionately called.

Mr Allen Gribble presented a beautiful accordian for our auction and Mrs Don Hepler entertained up by playing the Tennessee Waltz.

Our speaker, Mr John Nieland, president of the Canby Historical Society, told of the early history of Oregon – pertaining to the land grants and donation land claims.

The Canby members had floral maps of the United States for sale and presented one to us for our Society. New members for the evening were Sally Hevkard, Eunice Smelse, and Henry Johnson.

Guests from Canby and Gervais were in attendance. The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served.

Respectfully Submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

March 1970

 

The March meeting of the Executive board met at the Dibble House with Marian Hilton conducting the meeting. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, and the treasurers report was given.

Lyle Orem reported that the papers from the Internal Rewvenue Srevice had been completed and and sent in.

Ways of obtaining articles for the auction were discussed. It will be held May 2nd at 12:30 at the First National Bank.

There is to be a work Party at the Dibble House on April 5 to paint.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted

Eva Mae Smith

Secretary

 

 

 April 1970

 

An especially interesting meeting of the Molalla Area Historical Society was held in the Dibble House, Saturday evening, April 11, with Arden Eby Presiding. Minutes of the March meeting, and the treasures report showing 85 paid members and a balance on hand of 4131.16 were accepted.

 

Our organization will host a Washington County Historical Society visit to the Dibble House lster this month with that group bringing their picnic lunch.

 

Allen Gribble contributed a hand-made wrought-iron buggy step (given) to him in 1897 when he was 10 years old, by Indian Henry, last chief of the Molalas. Mr Gribble had treasured the gift, taken from his buggy by the chief, &

 

A fine map was presented by Wayne Herring showing the origin, homes, migrations and habitat of the Molala Indian tribe, and a booklet, Molalla Indians Legend of the Coyote.

  Mrs Orin L Hammond gave the society a number of pioneer tools including wooden planes and a wood hinch vice (sic). These will be added to auction items, together with other items brought to this meeting.

Mrs Hammond also gave a book containing the complete record of the Glad Tidings Dchool district no. 5 from 1873-1889. Peter J Ridings was first clerk of the District and served in that capacity and as Board Chairman many of those year. The book had remained in the Ridings family possessions since that time.

Arden Eby showed a map which may be purchased from the Bureau of Land Management. It shows this area during pioneer times.

A tour by bus is being arranged for members by Marian Hilton, as chairman

 

 

 

April 29, 1970

 

The April meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Dibble House with Arden Eby presiding.

Gary Day, Auctioneer, was there to discuss the plan and pros and cons of our forthcoming auction.

 

On June 28th the Washington County Historical Society will visit the Dibble House.

Mrs Louise Wilson, Vice President of the Tualatin Valley Heritage Society will  be speaker at our next meeting.

June 14th is the proposed day for our group to tour the Ainsworth House and other historical sites.

Dorothy Del made a motion that the Charter be closed following the May meeting. The motion carried. The  motion was made by Marie Hardy and seconded that we purchaese a display case from the Molalla Library for $15.

 

Mrs Marvin Dixon (Beatrice Tubbs) will be glad to speak at a meeting at some future date.

Mr Dicken reported that the decision of the nominating committee was to re elect this years slate of officers. The meeting was adjourned and all were urged to attend the auction on 5-2-70.

 

Respectfully submitted

Eva Mae Smith, Sec'y

 

May 9, 1970

 

The May meeting of the MAHS was called to order by the president, Arden Eby. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer reported $744.60 was made at the auction.

 

A letter of appreciation and a Life Membership Card to the MAHS will be sent to Gary Day for donating his time as our auctioneer.

Thank you notes will be sent to the FNB for use of their building and parking lot and to Dicken's Thriftway and Ideal Market for dispensing flyers on our auction to their customers.

 

June 14th is the date for the tour. We are to meet at the Dibble House at 9 am & bring a  sack lunch. The  bus transportation will cost $1 per person.

A hamburger stand on the 4th of July was discussed and voted down. Marian Hilton is in charge of a quilt show to be held at the Dibble House on the 4th. It was suggested that next year the May meeting be changed so as not to conflict eith the annual Molalla High School Alumni banquet.

 

May 26, 1970

 

The members of the Executive Board, some husbands and wives, and Mrs Albert Powers were guests of Arden and Carol Eby for a delightful buffet dinner prior to our May executive board meeting.

Arden has submitted papers to the Internal Revenue Service so that donations to our Society can be tax deductible.

On June 28th the (- City) Historical Society will bw visiting the Dibble House.

The minutes were read and approved. The treasurer reported a total of $844.55 in the bank and $117 cash on hand.

A motion was made and passed that outstanding bills to Molalla Builders Supple and Molalla Variety be paid up.

Dorothy Del Ridings made a motion that we buy 24 historic markers made of marine plywood for one dollar each to be placed at historical sites in our lacal area.

A motion was made and passed that Doris Greig and Geneva Hardman be included as charter members  of our group.

Lyle Orem showed pictures of an old log cabin in Eastern (Oregon?) and will write to get more information about obtaining it.

We still need a large cast iron kitchen stove for the Dibble house.

There will be work parties at the house each Thursday night.

Liability Insurance on the house was discussed with Mrs Powers.

Sid Gasser is holding auction for our benefit on July 18th. Any donations will be appreciated.

The next board meeting will be held at the Dibble house on June 23rd.

Respectfully Submitted  Eva Mae Smith, Sec'y

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