Favorite Photos–52 Ancestors, Week 2

It’s hard to choose a favorite photo and for this post I’ve got two.

Paulina, Oregon is the small eastern Oregon town where my mother–Bette MILLER–was born and raised. The town was named for a Paiute Indian. Chief Paulina led a band of Paiute Indians in the 1850’s and 1860’s to attack and rob settlers in central and eastern Oregon. He was shot and killed in 1867. Many landmarks in central and eastern Oregon carry his name.

The town’s first post office was established in 1882. Paulina has always been a very small community. Today the town has about 65 people, but when my mother lived there I think there were probably a lot fewer people in the town.  Even though the town was small lots of people homesteaded in the area so the town was there to support them with groceries, mail, school and a place to socialize.

Paulina, Oregon about 1909

As you can see from the above photo this is an isolated and quite bleak setting. The general store my grandfather owned is the large building on the right in the rear of the photo.

Bette Miller sitting on barrel behind general store, about 1926

This is one of my favorite childhood photos of my mother. She’s sitting on a barrel behind her dad’s general store and even though she didn’t have a yard to play in she seems very happy!

Do you have favorite photos of family or places?


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