Linn County Pioneer Association

Linn County Pioneer Association The Linn County Pioneer Association started in 1887. We host the Linn County Pioneer Picnic, Oregon's Oldest Continuous Celebration, the third Friday in June.
The Linn County Pioneer Association operates the Pioneer Picture Gallery and hosts the Linn County Pioneer Picnic .
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Pioneer Picture Gallery-- is a unique photo museum. IT housese a collection of donated photos that date from the late 1800's to present time. The subjects of the photos feature Linn County communitiesm schools, people, buildings, hones, and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic. Brownsville is featured.

Mission: Thanks to the generous donations of our Sponsors, the Linn County Pioneer Assocation continues to honor our commitment to perserve the history of Linn County, to educate anyone interested in our proud heritage and to help local non-profits that serve our community. The object of this organization shall be the preservation of this orgnaization shall be the preservation of history, goodwill, landmarks, and any facts that will prove interesting, helpful, and inspiring to our prosterity, concerning Linn County and our great state of Oregon. To promote fellowship and goodwill among our people, and any who may take an active interest in the Association.

Check out the Kiddies Shoe Box Parade information.
07/28/2020

Check out the Kiddies Shoe Box Parade information.

Linn County Pioneer Association
07/27/2020

Linn County Pioneer Association

2020 Linn County Pioneer Picnic Grand Marshals Floyd and Betty Jo Smith.

07/27/2020

Picnic Marshalls: Floyd & Betty Jo Smith
Courtesy of The Times, By Vance Parrish
Photo by Kristi Crawford Photo

This year’s Pioneer Picnic Marshalls are Floyd Smith and Betty Jo Smith (Hover). Both Floyd and Betty Jo have deep roots in the area and have been part of Farming legacy in this area that goes back 8 generations. “The same family is farming this property, of John McCoy, for over 150 years,” said Betty. Floyd and Betty have 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren (the 20th great-grandchild is on the way). Some of this most recent generation, the great-grandchildren, have reached the age and skill level to begin helping to work the land, including driving combine, windrowing, and flailing. Floyd and Betty Jo both started farming on their parents lands when they will still pretty young, at least in comparison to a lot of children that aren’t growing up in a farming family.

Both Floyd and Betty Jo can trace their ancestry back to Washington Maley and his wife Margret (McCoy). The Maleys arrived, by wagon train, in the fall of 1845 and settled along Muddy Creek, now Oakville. This settlement was where the present day cemetery is now. Margret’s brother John McCoy and his wife Sarah settled on land next to the Maleys. Betty also shared that in 1848 John McCoy was appointed as a judge in Brownsville. You can find a picture of John at the museum in Brownsville. In that same year (1848) Washington Maley was elected as a senator.

Three families, the Maleys, McCoys, and Hamiltons officialy established the Oakville Presbyterian Church in 1850. According to Betty Jo, “It is now the oldest still active Presbyterian Church, west of the Rockies.” Betty Jo also made note of the efforts of Reverend T.S. Kendall. He had also arrived with the wagon train and was instrumental in helping to establish several churches in the area, including Oakville Presbyterian and the church at Union Point. Floyd and Betty Jo still attend the Oakville Church.

Floyd started first grade at Oakville School in its last structure, the original Oakville School building having been constructed in 1847. Floyd later went to school and graduated from Corvallis High School. During high school Floyd became very involved in the FFA (Future Farmers of America) program. He was one of the earliest chapter members of the FFA organization. Betty Jo also shared that that Floyd became president of his chapter. When Floyd’s children got into FFA, he continued volunteering with the organization as a parent helper during field trips.

Betty Jo graduated from Shedd High School. One of her found childhood memories is of being grade school age and riding her horse to Brownsville to be in the Pioneer Picnic Parade for the first time. She has also been active in the agricultural community, serving with Women in Agriculture. She helped with Field Days at booths at the fair. This organization also sponsors Ag In The Classroom. In this program volunteers go to 4th grade classes and read agriculture related books to students. This organization also works to put in books into schools. Betty Jo served for approximately two years as a president for Women in Ag.
Betty Jo shared that in 1847 one of the first crops which was planted was wheat. When Floyd and Betty were kids most farms in the area grew vetch, oats, wheat or barley. However, sometime around 1940 growing grass seed began to take over and has largely replaced the more traditional crops. The grass seed crops thrived in the valley’s relatively cool and moist seasons.

Today the family farms mostly turf and forage grass seeds, clover and meadowfoam. Meadowfoam is grown for the oil that can be produced from its seeds. Small amounts of this oil are frequently used in cosmetics. As some grass seed varieties are more susceptible to temperature changes, I asked Betty if she has noticed a warming trend from years ago to now. However, she said that she felt the fluctuation from year to year seemed about the same as far as she could tell. She noted that slugs and mice seemed to be much more of a problem for their crops. Betty Jo feels that the ban on burning fields has been a pretty big factor in why slug and rodent numbers have gone up, noting that these pests began to be more of an issue after the first field burning ban in 1969. There are baits that can be put out to help control the mice and slugs but she said that they don’t seem to be very effective. In spite of all the challenges over the years Betty Jo is proud to say “and we’re still farming.”

2020 Linn County Pioneer Picnic Grand Marshals Floyd and Betty Jo Smith.
07/27/2020

2020 Linn County Pioneer Picnic Grand Marshals Floyd and Betty Jo Smith.

Have you signed your home or business up for the Pioneer Picnic's Reverse Parade? The deadline is August 2nd, so hurry t...
07/26/2020
2020 Reverse Parade | Mysite

Have you signed your home or business up for the Pioneer Picnic's Reverse Parade? The deadline is August 2nd, so hurry to their website and get your entry form submitted. Then get creative and decorate your yard/storefront per the "Pioneer Farming" theme! On August 15th, folks will drive around town enjoying all of the displays. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

https://www.pioneerpicnic.com/2020-reverse-parade

In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions make it impossible for the Pioneer Picnic to have its traditional Grand Parade through town. In an effort to celebrate Pioneer Picnic, which is the oldest annual continuous celebration in Oregon, the Linn County Pioneer Association and Central Linn Lions Club are invit...

Have you stopped by Brownsville Pharmacy & Gifts lately? The selection of thoughtful gifts, home goods, and life essenti...
07/26/2020

Have you stopped by Brownsville Pharmacy & Gifts lately? The selection of thoughtful gifts, home goods, and life essentials is extraordinary and, of course, they continue to serve all of our pharmaceutical needs in town. We are thankful for everything they do in our community and for their sponsorship of the Pioneer Picnic. Each year, they wow us with their generosity, and we are proud to call them a locally owned business.

Shout out to the Brownsville Senior Center for sponsoring the Pioneer Picnic this year! They do so much in our community...
07/25/2020

Shout out to the Brownsville Senior Center for sponsoring the Pioneer Picnic this year! They do so much in our community and we are thankful that they have joined us to support the Picnic yet again. Please join us in thanking them in the comments!

For Kirkpatrick Dental, giving to our community is like flossing - It's just what you do. We are immensely grateful for ...
07/24/2020

For Kirkpatrick Dental, giving to our community is like flossing - It's just what you do. We are immensely grateful for their sponsorship of the Linn County Pioneer Picnic this year and we highly recommend them for your dental needs!

We are used to Norm's Electric Inc. saving the day when we're in an electrical pickle, but did you know they are also su...
07/23/2020

We are used to Norm's Electric Inc. saving the day when we're in an electrical pickle, but did you know they are also superheroes when it comes to supporting our community? We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU for their sponsorship of the Linn County Pioneer Picnic. 💡

07/23/2020

Today July 23 from 5-6pm
Pioneer Picnic Raffle ticket sales in front of the Brownsville picture gallery.
Stop by and buy your chance at a raffle prize for only $1.00.
Thanks for supporting us and good luck!

An early Warehouse — Farming History
07/22/2020

An early Warehouse — Farming History

We couldn't put on the Linn County Pioneer Picnic without the incredible support of the City of Brownsville, Oregon 9732...
07/22/2020

We couldn't put on the Linn County Pioneer Picnic without the incredible support of the City of Brownsville, Oregon 97327. We are thankful for all of their help throughout the process every year.

07/21/2020

Please share !!
Kids- get your shoe box and get creative. Check the comment for ideas.

2020 Pioneer Picnic Kiddies Parade

Parade Theme: Pioneer Farming
Shoebox Float: There are no size restrictions for floats, but all floats should be decorated and homemade. Shoebox floats must depict the “Pioneer Farming” Theme. All entries must be brought to the Legion Hall on Main Street, Brownsville, between 11 and 12 on August 14. Judging will begin at Noon. The Floats will be judged and grouped in the following categories:

Kindergarten and Younger
First and Second Graders
Third and Fourth Graders
Fifth and Sixth Graders

Everyone will receive a participation ribbon. First, Second and Third Place will be awarded in each age group.

A Grand Prize will be awarded to a float and selected from any age group.

Shoe Box Floats will be displayed at the Legion Hall and Senior Center on August 14 and 15. They must be picked up at 5:00 on August 15.

Thank you, Pollyanna Club, for sponsoring the Linn County Pioneer Picnic again this year and for everything your group d...
07/21/2020

Thank you, Pollyanna Club, for sponsoring the Linn County Pioneer Picnic again this year and for everything your group does in our community. Your kind hearts and generous sponsorship are much appreciated!

Dollar General is all about improving literacy in communities, and this year they joined us as a sponsor of the Pioneer ...
07/20/2020

Dollar General is all about improving literacy in communities, and this year they joined us as a sponsor of the Pioneer Picnic to contribute to the annual Spelling Bee. While we had to cancel the Spelling Bee this year and scale back the event quite a bit, we are so thankful to have their support and we look forward to the Dollar General Spelling Bee next year!

Our furry and feathered friends agree that Lebanon Animal Hospital is one fantastic business! They offer our community w...
07/19/2020

Our furry and feathered friends agree that Lebanon Animal Hospital is one fantastic business! They offer our community with preventative, medical, surgical, and dental care for all animals, large and small. PLUS they take the time to sponsor the Pioneer Picnic. We appreciate everything they do!

Every year, businesses and organizations come together to sponsor the Linn County Pioneer Picnic to ensure that it conti...
07/18/2020

Every year, businesses and organizations come together to sponsor the Linn County Pioneer Picnic to ensure that it continues to be Oregon's oldest, annual, continuously held event. This year was no exception, and one of those incredible businesses was Fisher Funeral Home Inc in Albany. Thank you so much, Fisher Funeral Home Inc! We couldn't do it without you and we appreciate you more than you know.

Shoebox Float Craft - Enchanted Learning Software
07/17/2020
Shoebox Float Craft - Enchanted Learning Software

Shoebox Float Craft - Enchanted Learning Software

Shoebox Float Neklace Craft. These Heart in Hand Valentine cards are very easy to make - even young children can make them (with a little help in cutting out the paper).

The Central Linn Lions CLUB does so much our community, including sponsoring the Pioneer Picnic! We are so grateful for ...
07/17/2020

The Central Linn Lions CLUB does so much our community, including sponsoring the Pioneer Picnic! We are so grateful for everything they do and for their generous hearts. Thank you, Central Linn Lions CLUB!

07/16/2020

Today July 16 from 5-6pm
Pioneer Picnic Raffle ticket sales in front of the Brownsville picture gallery.
Stop by and buy your chance at a raffle prize for only $1.00.
Thanks for supporting us and good luck!

Check out this. Linn County Pioneer Picnic shoe box floats!!
07/16/2020
Shoebox Float Craft - Enchanted Learning Software

Check out this. Linn County Pioneer Picnic shoe box floats!!

Shoebox Float Neklace Craft. These Heart in Hand Valentine cards are very easy to make - even young children can make them (with a little help in cutting out the paper).

07/16/2020
Linn County Pioneer Association

Linn County Pioneer Association

We would like to thank the following local businesses for their raffle raffle prize donation.

Randy’s Main Street Coffee
Shedd Market and Deli

We appreciate you for supporting us!

07/16/2020

We would like to thank the following local businesses for their raffle raffle prize donation.

Randy’s Main Street Coffee
Shedd Market and Deli

We appreciate you for supporting us!

Not only does Lifetime Vision Source Of Lebanon provide the utmost care to their parents every day, but they generously ...
07/16/2020

Not only does Lifetime Vision Source Of Lebanon provide the utmost care to their parents every day, but they generously support our community. Now that's a business worth celebrating! We are so thankful for their sponsorship of the Linn County Pioneer Picnic. Their continued support means the world to us and helps more than they know. THANK YOU!

07/15/2020
Thank you, Pioneer Villa Truck Stop and Resteraunt, for your kind donation to this year's Linn County Pioneer Picnic! Ge...
07/15/2020

Thank you, Pioneer Villa Truck Stop and Resteraunt, for your kind donation to this year's Linn County Pioneer Picnic! Generous businesses like yours are the reason this event continues each and every year. We are so grateful to have you in our community. If you haven't stopped by the restaurant in a while, be sure to stop in to show your support and have a yummy meal.

Dr. Kirt M Glenn, DMD is in the business of making people smile, and he and his team have given us plenty to smile about...
07/14/2020

Dr. Kirt M Glenn, DMD is in the business of making people smile, and he and his team have given us plenty to smile about with their donation to the Pioneer Picnic. With so much going on in our world right now, they still found it in their hearts to donate to our community event and we are extremely grateful. Be sure to check out all of their expert services and support this local business.

Leisa Keyser posted these. Last day of field burning. Aug 2009Farming history
07/14/2020

Leisa Keyser posted these. Last day of field burning. Aug 2009
Farming history

Linn County Pioneer Association's cover photo
07/13/2020

Linn County Pioneer Association's cover photo

07/13/2020

2020 Pioneer Picnic Kiddies Parade

Parade Theme: Pioneer Farming
Shoebox Float: There are no size restrictions for floats, but all floats should be decorated and homemade. Shoebox floats must depict the “Pioneer Farming” Theme. All entries must be brought to the Legion Hall on Main Street, Brownsville, between 11 and 12 on August 14. Judging will begin at Noon. The Floats will be judged and grouped in the following categories:

Kindergarten and Younger
First and Second Graders
Third and Fourth Graders
Fifth and Sixth Graders

Everyone will receive a participation ribbon. First, Second and Third Place will be awarded in each age group.

A Grand Prize will be awarded to a float and selected from any age group.

Shoe Box Floats will be displayed at the Legion Hall and Senior Center on August 14 and 15. They must be picked up at 5:00 on August 15.

The information for the 2020 Reverse Parade is on our website. You can signup from there. https://www.pioneerpicnic.com/...
07/13/2020
2020 Reverse Parade | Mysite

The information for the 2020 Reverse Parade is on our website. You can signup from there.
https://www.pioneerpicnic.com/2020-reverse-parade

In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions make it impossible for the Pioneer Picnic to have its traditional Grand Parade through town. In an effort to celebrate Pioneer Picnic, which is the oldest annual continuous celebration in Oregon, the Linn County Pioneer Association and Central Linn Lions Club are invit...

Linn County Pioneer Association
07/10/2020

Linn County Pioneer Association

Check the Press Release !! Reverse parade information.

Linn County Pioneer Association
07/10/2020

Linn County Pioneer Association

Reverse Parade application!!

Address

258 N Main St
Brownsville, OR
97327

General information

President- Debie Wyne Vice President- Linda McCormick Secretary- Holly Gosda Treasurer- Leisa Keyser Directors: Edd Farwell, Betsy Ramshur, and Karen Grant

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday 13:00 - 15:00

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(541) 466-5656

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Pioneer Picture Gallery-- is a unique photo museum. It houses a collection of donated photos that date from the late 1800's to present time. The subjects of the photos feature Linn County communities, schools, people, buildings, hones, and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic. Brownsville is featured.

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Here's a link for the Linn County Pioneer Picnic 2020 Event https://www.facebook.com/events/573255326411709/ Come join us again next year!!!
I can't find the event schedule anywhere. When is the spelling bee?