Archives & Museum

371 SE Main Street, Sublimity, Oregon 97385

We're in the old convent building across from St. Boniface church, the second oldest original church building in continuous use in Oregon. Sublimity is 12 miles SE of Salem on Highway 22.  Sublimity map  Area map (zoom in)
Open (free) 9:00-noon on Tuesdays, or call 503 769-5381. Welcome - share our history and yours!

Our mission is to discover, preserve, and share the history and heritage of Sublimity and its environs:
- 1847. First settlers arrived - Darst, Denny, Hobson, Hunt, Morley, Porter . . .
- 1850s. Wagon train pioneers settled Sublimity and the Waldo hills.
- 1852. (Sept) Sublimity was made an Oregon Territorial post office. (Oregon became a state in 1859.)
- 1857. United Brethren's Sublimity College was founded. Its president was Milton Wright, father of Wilbur and Orville.
- 1870s. Railway immigrants from the midwest founded St. Boniface church in 1879, Fr. Peter Juvenal Stampfl pastor.
- 1886. The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon religious order was founded in the former college building.
- 1889. The present St. Boniface church was built on the former Sublimity College site.
- 2004. 125th Anniversary of Saint Boniface church
We follow church and community history up to the present in this place uniquely named Sublimity.

Scroll down and explore. It's vast and growing, loosely organized by subject headings, like a magazine.

The St. Boniface Community Archives & Museum, founded in February, 2006, is managed and supported by an association of volunteer historians.  Who are we?    Questions/Suggestions?

An Illustrated History Of Sublimity from the 1850s on  by Henry Strobel, 2003 . . .
(A separate web page in chronological order; can also help relate the items on this main page.)

THE ARCHIVES RECORD  (Read our weekly newsletter)    alt Reflections & Directions   
alt 2014    alt 2013    alt 2012   alt 2011   alt 2010   alt 2009   alt 2008   alt 2007   alt 2006

Simply scroll down, clicking on what you like, or "jump" to these sections.  Stayton  Miscellaneous  Military  Settlers  Ssmo  Ochs  Other  College  Reference  Cemeteries  Family

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Large property map of north Sublimity area. This detailed old map is still interesting and useful, showing most of the early pioneers' donation land claims and settlers' farm locations.
Large descendants chart of Nebuzaradon (born 1790) and Elizabeth (Easley) Coffey, The Downings and several more families - including that of Daraleen Philips Wade, thanks to Ralph Fisher, Sublimity, March 2014.
Upper half property map of Sublimity area, Nov 1929, by Charles F. Metsker
Lower half property map of Sublimity area, Nov 1929. by Charles F. Metsker

The earliest photo of St. Boniface Church in Sublimity, at its dedication in September 1889. (Thanks to Dr. Raymond Heuberger). The 1908 rear extension is of course not shown. Note the twin stove chimneys and the upper sashes of the windows lowered for ventilation. A man and a child can be seen in the choir loft through the rightmost window. Click on the photo to magnify it; explore the congregation!

The Historical St. Boniface and his Times  Saint and Martyr, "Apostle of Germany," 680-754 AD

alt What's in the Archives? by Evangeline Ripp  A simple list; browse or search.
Album-1   Album-2   Album-3   Browse through captioned photos of sample artifacts, documents and people, in no particular order. (Click on any photo to enlarge it.) These may be interesting to both locals and expatriates of the community that collected them, and to its descendants and neighbors. To ask about historical items, family histories, or to contribute such things, email the Archivist.

Some founders, members, and guests at a typical meeting. L-r front row: Francis Hendricks, Tony Beitel, Elmer Etzel, milddle row: Charlene Pierce, Carol Zolkoske, Henry Strobel, Donald Porter, back row: three visitors from Washington state, Evangeline Ripp. Photo by Joseph Spenner, August, 2011. (Rest in peace: Tony and Elmer 2013. )
pdf Sublime at 103, Tony Beitel marks another year of country living, by Denise Ruttan, StatesmanJournal, May 2012.

alt Early Stayton Newspapers, 1889-1910 - Great stories!  Eight selected Issues reprinted gratis by St. Benedict Press, Mt. Angel, Oregon at the dedication of the rebuilt Stayton Church of the Immaculate Conception in 1952.
The Town and the Catholic Church in Stayton, Oregon:
pg 1  pg 2  pg 3  pg 4  pg 5  pg 6  pg 7  pg 8  pg 9  pg 10 from the Souvenir of Dedication, June 22, 1952
alt The Hobson-Gehlen building in Stayton, Oregon  Nomination (accepted) for the National Register of Historic Places Excerpts for readability and interest. Fascinating for it's Stayton history as well as architectural details.
alt History of Stayton by Mathilda Siegmund-Jones 1955 The classic and the best.
alt Santiam Heritage Foundation: The Charles and Martha Brown House, Stayton, Oregon 1902, Story by Carol Zolkoske
"Who were born in the Brown House when it was a hospital?"  A near complete list by Carol Zolkoske, 2013
alt Brief biographies of Abner Davis Gardner, alt W. H. Hobson and alt and Uriah Whitney Portrait and biographical record of the Willamette valley, Chicago 1903. Business pioneers of the area.
alt The Stayton history you've never seen! Told by family members who were there. See if you can match up the narrators with these alt Stayton, alt Gardner and alt Thomas family trees compiled by Henry Strobel July 2013.

The Stayton (or Farmer's) Hotel, Stayton, Oregon, a turn of the century photo essay:
1- Large view of the Farmers Hotel, Stayton, Oregon (built ca. 1885?, later renamed the Stayton Hotel), photo courtesy of Elmer Etzel. Point to a face and click to magnify it; read the notes on the photo.
A. J. Richardson, 1834-1907, was the owner. The Richardsons were noted for (at least) two things - patriotic names (Andrew Jackson?, George Washington, Mary Washington, and R. E. [Ralph Emerson ?] Richardson), and involvement in the local area Churches of Christ. The family burial plot is in the Wisner Cemetery on the Kingston Road, just SE of Stayton.
4- Stayton Hotel, ca. 1908, Frank Lesley, hotel owner, and his Ford runabout, Stayton's first automobile which he purchased in 1906. Note the steering wheel on the right hand side.
5- (The Star Theater was built later in the same year.) from a 1978 Stayton Mail clipping.
6- Stayton Hotel and Star Theater, 1920, from a 1978 Stayton Mail clipping.
alt 7- Stayton Hotel and Star Theater, a note about the previous photo (no. 6) by Sharon Barnes, Stayton, 2011
alt  The Richardsons (See Farmer's Hotel above.) Portrait and biographical record of the Willamette valley, Oregon, 1903.
alt The Spaniols of Stayton Why is this article here? It seems that George Spaniol was also an owner of this hotel of several names, as well as the founder of an important Stayton family.

Clarence Hill's Stayton School Autograph Book from 1887. Completely filled by his classmates and teachers with rhymes, greetings, or sayings typical of the time (1887-94). You have to read this great stuff! Click on a page; back arrow to return; click another page . . .   
Front  Title  W. Jones  Mattie Jeter, Teacher  Adelbert Balsley  Chester G. Mack  Herschel L. Mack  Albert B. Lathrope  C. A.  E. A. Bennett (teacher)  Abe ? Stayton  Leila E. Copeland  Annie Queener  Ollie  Maude  Deane Kitchen  Eva Landrum  Clyde Peebles  Bud  Bertie Adams  Edith Caspell  Addie Peebles  Maud Worley  W. ? Ledgerwood  Miss Eva Decker  F. Gesner  Earl Landreth  Pearl Hunter  Mable Hendershot  Minnie Shepherd  Hattie Beard  Fred Landreth  Harry Hunter  Maude Hargrove  Edgar Watters  Grace Hargrove  Ina Smith  Sarah Miller  George Darby  Edna Queener  Frank Jones  Millard Hill  (erased)  Betty Saunders  Arthur Elder  Mummie Mangle  Eddie Jarman  Glen Mangle  Allie Henline  Warren Richardson  Prof. Roy E. King  Mattie Peebles  Bill Jarman  Gert Cartwright  Ethel Rickey  Your Teacher, Lottie French Ethel Gardner  Gilbert Graham  Wade Thomas  Claude Darby  Daisie  Jessie Gisner  Arthur Ward  Sena C. Whitney  Alice Balsley  Ella Balsley  W. D. Hill  Nora Jenkins  Eva Cooper  Bertha Keene  Elsie  W. F. Smith  Back (contributed to the Archives and © Henry Strobel 2011)
alt The Stayton Cornet Band, 1890  Image courtesy of the Oregon State Library.

Bean Pickers in West Stayton, Oregon, Aug 3, 1933,  Brown's Studio, Salem. You have to see this. Summer work for school kids. Nowadays the workers would likely be Hispanic. These are not necessarily locals, however; in those days they might be mobile children from the Midwest. But let us know if you recognize someone!

  Photo 1  The original cross and ball (world)
  Photo-2  Removing the original cross and ball
  Photo-3  The metal bottom of the ball shows holes from the rifle bullets sent heavenward by the pastor in the 1920s to discourage roosting birds, but later providing access for bees. The center wooden shaft of strong Douglas fir is the base of the cross.
  Photo-4  The new cross and ball begins its ascent.
  Photo-5  The new cross and ball is attached.

A black bear of Stayton Shall we eat him or grieve him?
The stage pulls into Prang's Store, Sublimity
A Sublimity post card to Miss Fannie Pratt of Illinois.
alt A Statesman Journal feature artcle on Sublimity by Virginia Green and Thomas Green Jr. 2013.

RECORDING - Virginia Green explores Sublimity in the studio with Sam Brentano, Carrie Adams Corcoran, Carol Zolkoske, and Henry Strobel, KMUZ FM, 2013, 1 hr.
RECORDING - 100th Anniversary of St Boniface Church, Sublimity, Oregon, Archbishop Cornelius Power's address, 1979
RECORDING - Tim Bielenberg of the Annual Dinner and Carol Zolkoske and Henry Strobel of the St. Boniface Archives interviewed on the air by “Radio Ray” Pietz of KGAL Albany, Oregon, 2006
alt Community Thanksgiving Service, November 19, 2006 Ecumenical Service and hyms at St. Boniface church

Charcoal Drawn Portraits from the Ripp-Odenthal family of Sublimity, Oregon. Such were normally the work of itinerant anonymous artists. Ann and Peter, at least, were by the same artist, identified on the back as "Lot 1, No 7197, 7199, Artist 18." Courtesy of and Copyright © 2012 Evangeline Ripp
Anna Gertrude Schauff b. 1825 Stommeln, Germany, d. 1882 Sterling, Illinois
Peter Joseph Odenthal b. 1825 Butzheim, Germany, d. 1913 Columbus, Nebraska. Anna and Peter are Fred Ripp's great grandparents, parents of his grandmother Elizabeth Odenthal Ripp.
Theodore Ripp b. 1851 Blatzheim, Germany, d. 1918 Sublimity, Oregon Fred's grandfather and husband of Elizabeth Odenthal Ripp
Theodore Odenthal b. 1851 Stommeln, Germany, d. 1903 Sublimity, Oregon Fred's great uncle, son of Peter Joseph and Anna Gertrude Odenthal and sister to Elizabeth Odenthal Ripp
James Ripp (Fred's father)'s eighth grade graduation diploma, 16x21 inches! Signed by pastor Anthony Lainck and teacher Sr. M. Imelda. In the fine print we read: Pantagraph Ptg. & Sta. Co. Bloomington Il. Interesting that it's still in business, as is The Pantagraph newspaper, founded 1837, also in Bloomington.

pdf Peter Joseph Ripp's Sublimity Diary (1904-1920)
pdf A Katie VanHandel memorial that tells of life on their self sufficient farm.
pdf William W. Van Handel.
Portrait of Peter Joseph Ripp Drawn from his photo by Raven O'Keefe, Stayton, Oregon in 2006, her copyright.
St. Boniface Church, Sublimity, Oregon, The Treasure Within, by Claire Susbauer Rohan
The Wedding of Peter J. Etzel and Bertha Hendricks, Sublimity - A wonderful early 19th C. picture. Point to a face and click to magnify it. The bride and groom have been labeled. We will label as many others as we can, with your help.  Email us
Turner Tabernacle, Turner, Oregon, large photo courtesy of Henry Strobel Jr. Point to a face and click to magnify it. ("fit to width" in your browser must be off.) Do you see the boy in the front row holding his cat?
Photos inside the Shrine built in 2009 beside St. Boniface church   
Videos:     How it began, part 1     How it began, part 2     Credits
alt St. Boniface Church History Project, Sublimity, Oregon by Diane Welter, 2005

("Oral history" - We have recorded the stories of Jenny Riesterer, Genevieve Hendricks, Vera Boedigheimer, Tony Beitel, Fred Schwindt, Doris Owen, Joseph Spenner, and Rita Young, etc. These are valuable and fascinating. Watch them at the DVD viewing station in St. Boniface Archives.)
Velma Lulay Russell Photos This is only an experimental sample. We have in the archives many more scanned family photos. (This is a handy viewer, with several commands - Show all, Lightbox, Album view, Previous, Next, or click on any photo to magnify. Click it again to unmagnify.)

A remarkable panoramic photo of Company A, 1918 Oregon Guard  Thanks to the Santiam Historical Museum, gift of Leonard Thoma, Adeline (Thoma) Rainey, Luella Jacoby, & Donald Thoma Point to a face and click to magnify or move it. ("fit to width" in your browser must be off.) Or use the arrows or scroll bars depending on your browser.) Thanks to Carol & Gary Zolkoske for adding the names per "Whitey" Dozler's notes to the photo.
Did you know that the men in this photo were not lined up in a straight line. The antique panoramic camera rotates in an arc from left to right. The men are arranged along a corresponding arc, so in the photograph they appear to be standing in a straight line.

1918 November 11, Armistice Day   Stayton joins Salem in celebration, courtesy Statesman Journal
alt 1918 Stayton Mail Guard-related articles
alt About National Guard Company A as reported in Peter Joseph Ripp's Sublimity Diary ca. 1918

WWII Memorial in the Sublimity park. Rear left is the Archives & Museum building.
alt  The phenomenal Servicemens' Bulletin, May Neitling, Editor; Ed Bell, Publisher 1942-1945 introduced by Henry Strobel

alt The Servicemen's Bulletin Excerpts, 1943-1945 Many more servicemen's letters and local news items selected and presented by Sharon Barnes, a life long resident of Stayton who knew many of the families.
alt The Stayton Mail 1945, List of local men who died in WWII Thanks to Charlene Pietrok Pierce.

alt Paul Darst, Early Settler in the Sublimity, Waldo Hills area Portrait and biographical record of the Willamette valley, Oregon, 1903. Arrived with his brother William Darst and John Morley in 1847, was a veteran of the Abiqua Indian "war" and twice Marion Cty Assessor.
alt John Denny, Early Settler, Credited with Naming Sublimity by Grace Ditter in the Stayton Mail, about 50 years ago.
alt 1850 Wagon Train Census and genealogy of the Heater-Scott and Cooley-Jones pioneer families to the Sublimity-Union Hill area, courtesy of Sublimity pioneer descendants and Archives committee members Dick and Mary Hottinger Heater.
alt A History of the Hunt Family from the Norman Conquest, 1066 A.D, to the year 1890, George W. Hunt, Sarah Hunt Steeves, McDonald, Gill,& Co., 1890. Settled in the Waldo Hills - Sublimity area. Note connections with An Oregon Trail Diary, the Glovers, Stantons, and of course the Hunts. Read page 29.
alt An Oregon Trail Diary, 1852   A great story with a Sublimity connection.
Another Oregon Trail Diary, 1852   (Not our publication, but it seems to belong here.) Crossing the Plains, narratives of the scenes, incidents and adventures attending the overland journey of the Decatur and Rush county emigrants to the "far-off" Oregon in 1852 by Origen Thomson and Sutherland McCoy. This is a much more extensive diary with many "appendices" telling in detail of the same wagon train as the previous. (Mary Jane Watkins is in both diaries.) Peter Thomson of Boston, MA told me (Henry Strobel) it was "written by my great grand uncle Origen Thomson with an introduction by my great grand aunt Camilla Thomson Donnell in 1852 and published by my great grandfather Orville Thomson in 1896 in Greensburg , Ind., Decatur County."
pdf Notes on the Glovers (and Stantons) of Sublimity   An informal compilation by Henry Strobel, 2010-2011.
alt "Philip Glover's Sublimity Family" This is one of the 150 or so family histories in Sarah Hunt Steeves' Book of Remembrance - How little we would know of many of these early pioneers had she not written their stories down! She describes here Philip Glover Sr, Philip Glover Jr, Charles Peyton Glover, and Travis Johnson, Colored Slave. The Glover home place and cemetery is a mile north of Sublimity. See also Notes on the Glovers (and Stantons) of Sublimity above.
alt A Portrait of Sarah Hunt Steeves, author of the Book of Remembrance of Marion County Pioneers 1840-1860, The absolute best writer and resource on early Sublimity area settlers. An abbreviated index is included (Beaver Briefs, Vol. 29 No. 2). Wish we could put the book here! (Image courtesy of the Oregon State Library)
pdf 1848 Letter from William Porter on the Oregon Trail to his father, David Porter, in Illinois "How to run a covered wagon" Thanks to Donald Porter of the St. Boniface Archives & Museum
alt The Porters and Coffees, Pioneers of 1848 by Daraleen Philips Wade. The author, a prominent Marion County historian, notes how she is also connected with this migration.
alt 1872 Letter from Oregon Settlers to their Home in Iowa (contributed to the Archives and © Henry Strobel 2011)

History of Aumsville, Oregon  "In April 1848, a wagon train left Illinois bound for Oregon. In that train were Stephen and William Porter and their families. Their trip is documented because of the diary kept by William Porter."
Pre-1900 Pioneer history of Churches of Christ in Marion County, Oregon  Northwest College of the Bible, Portland, Oregon
Church of Christ, Stayton, Oregon, 1881-1981 ". . . in 1856, a group of these Marion County pioneers organized the first church in the proximity of Stayton, then the territory of Oregon."

pdf The Waldo Hills begin nine miles east of Salem and extend from Sublimity on the south to Silverton on the north, ranging in elevation from 400 to 800 feet. With a biographical note by Danielle Strom, Willamette
The Country Boy, by Homer Davenport,The illustrated, true, funny and evocative story of his youth. Read it here.
Homer Davenport, Oregon's Great Cartoonist, by Walt Curtis, Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission
The following three pages are courtesy of the Silverton Country Historical Society, Silverton, Oregon
Silverton Number - Oregon Magazine, Homer Davenport, front cover drawing by Murray Wade, who was a well-known newspaper cartoonist in California and Oregon and published the Oregon Magazine for 45 years
Silverton Number - Oregon Magazine, Homer Davenport, by Frank S. Bowers, 1872-1955, born to pioneer parents, Phillip and Samantha Geer Bowers on the Geer donation land claim. Was a political and historical cartoonist for papers in San Francisco and Indianapolis, p.15
Silverton Number - Oregon Magazine, Homer Davenport, by Frank S. Bowers, continued p.16

pdf Sublimity: Shared Visions in a Rural Community  Thesis at Willamette U. 2008 by Beth A. VanVeen

The John Bender Family of Jordan, A fine photograph! Left to righr: Sylvester, John, Aloysius, Josephine, Theresa, and August.
pdf History of Jordan - Scio detailed in two new books  reviewed by Ed O'Meara, Books, Catholic Sentinel, June 14, 1985
pdf 100 years in the "promised land"  by Lewis H. Arends of the Statesman-Journal, Salem, Oregon
pdf Trappists recall the monastery that was  by Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel, October 22, 2004

alt A New Year's Memory by Mary Owen in Our Town Monthly, January 2014. This is history to touch your heart. Zoom in to magnify the pdf.
pdf Foundation of the Sisters of St. Mary at Sublimity, Oregon, excerpt from the Souvenir of Golden Jubilee 1886-1936, by Sister Mary Eugenia Eberhard, SSMO, Beaverton, 1936, an excerpt from These Valiant Women, History of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, 1886-1986, by Wilfred P. Schoenberg SJ, which describes the celebrations of the Jubilee Year in 1936, in particular the Queen of the Valley Historical Festival and Pageant, and the dedication of the new chapel.
alt History of our Community Bell Poem by Sister Fidelis Kreutzer SSMO 2009
alt Founding members of the SSMO Most of these ladies came from Sublimity and/or Jordan, Oregon by way of Minnesota.
 Transcribed February 12, 2003

And So It Happened, And Not by Chance  by Sr. Pulcherria Sparkman SSMO The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon began right here in Sublimity in 1886. Here is their story in two parts. Most of the founding sisters were from Jordan or Sublimity. You will see a couple of pictures of sisters in the photo Album-1, above. One is of Sr. Ruth Etzel vigorously ringing the angelus bell. This bell was given to the sisters by alt Bruno and Maria Boedigheimer, whose daughter was Sr. Cecelia, one of the founders, and whose grandson Raymond Boedigheimer is the husband of our own town historian Vera Hassler Boedigheimer. The other picture is of Sr. Fidelis Kreutzer, the archivist at Beaverton, who has been very helpful to us.
pdf Book One    alt Book Two

Handouts from the 2009 Oregon Catholic Historical Society Spring Event, Hosted by St. Boniface Archives & Museum:
alt St. Boniface Archives and Museum, Sublimity, Oregon by Henry Strobel, Oregon Catholic Historical Society Newsletter, Fall 2008
pdf About Our Namesake by Charlene Pietrok Pierce
by Henry Strobel, on two sides of an 11x17in page used as a place mat for church dinners. It includes a brief history and an illustrated "Walker's Guide" to historic Sublimity. Available in the Archives office. Displays here in 8.5 x 11 in. pdf pages.


alt Marian Estates owner remembered by Denise Ruttan, the Stayton Mail, June 13, 2012
(Ed: In 1955 the pastor of St. Boniface church established a home for the sick and aged in the peaceful setting of Sublimity. Minnie Hassler who had been looking after elderly folks in the old college/convent building donated it for Fr. Scherbring's Marian Home, run by a staff of six Servite nuns from Austria. Non-sectarian Marian Auxiliary, Inc. was incorporated in 1957 as a non-profit and was dissolved in 1975. Maurice Reece bought it and made it what it is today.)
'Time Capsule' discovered at Sublimity's St. Boniface by Carl Sampson, The Stayton Mail, Feb. 16, 2000
The Waldo Who sired America, by Pat Wilkins, West Side Newspaper, November 2011 (click to enlarge)
alt Mill City's century old church reborn by Denise Ruttan, the Statesman-Journal, Salem, Oregon, July 1, 2010
pdf Fr. Dernbach by Ed Langlois, the Catholic Sentinel, Portland, Oregon, February 11, 2010
Class Explores Oregon's Catholic Roots   Fall 2010, Santiam Catholic Schools Newsletter
George Susbauer   A regular member of St. Boniface Archives & Museum
pdf William O'Malley SJ   Obit. from the Spokesman-Review, Spokane. During his time in Sublimity Bill was everyone's friend, none better.
alt Cates' family cafe and bakery   by Denise Ruttan, Stayton Mail, February 4, 2009
Vera Boedigheimer, Town Historian  Obituary, Stayton Mail, 2009
alt Backdoor Bentgrass by Pat Wilkins, the Independent Press, Mill City, Oregon, November 2009
alt Last Wish a Divine Legacy from the Oregonian, September 2009
alt Last Day of the Historic Kintz House Stayton Mail 2007The Kintz Family Photo and Note has been moved into An Illustrated History Of Sublimity, Oregon. (Scroll down to June 2007.)
alt The future of Sublimity's history is here by Clarice Keating, The Sentinel, 2009 
alt St. Boniface' 130th Birthday Party by Henry Strobel, The Sentinel, 2009
A Sublime Little Community by Lisa Daniels, The Oregonian, 2009
alt The Once A Month Band, Our Town Monthly
alt Catholic Roots Deep in Stayton, Sublimity by Dan de Carbonel, Statesman Journal, 2005
alt Something for the Soul by Mary Owen, Our Town Weekly, 2005
alt Towns' Histories Keep Debate Brewing by Capi Lynn, Statesman-Journal, 2004

alt From clarinet to lariat (Elmer and Shirley Etzel) by Ron Oburg, The Stayton Mail, August 1988
alt Rev. Anthony Lainck, where did he come from? The Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912 Illustrated Vol. 2, by Joseph Gaston, Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1812, pages 301-302
pdf Program, St. Anthony Council 2439 Knights of Columbus   Dec.23, 1923. ("St. Anthony" was in honor of Fr. Anthony Lainck, pastor of St. Boniface church in Sublimity, Oregon for 32 years)
pdf Blackberries   by Grace Ditter, Stayton Mail, Dec.3, 1974
alt Hobson-Whitney Cemetery Up-date, by May Neitling  from Beaver Briefs, October 1977
alt Canyon Timeline History from 1844 to 1971.  Canyon Life Museum, Mill City, Oregon
alt Spelling Out The Past by Courtney Dunham, The Stayton Mail, 1994
alt Russian Relief from Sublimity   The Stayton Mail, Stayton, Oregon, 1921-22
alt New Buildings Add to Stature of Valley City,   The Statesman, Salem, Ore., December 27. 1949
alt Looking Back, The Old Downing House, from a 1961 Stayton Mail column
pdf Looking Back, Harvest Dinners (Silverton, Stayton), from an old Stayton Mail column
pdf The Way We Were, Rural Mail Carrier, from a 1946 Stayton Mail column

alt Who's where in the Archdiocese of Oregon City ?  Pages from Hoffmans Catholic Directory 1888 with added notes
alt Old & Offbeat  ca. 1900. Stayton Mail, Capital Journal, etc. Curious and amusing articles cited by Sharon Barnes

alt An Act to establish a College at the town of Sublimity in the county of Marion, Laws of the Territory of Oregon, 1858 (We also have a copy of the original manuscript from the Oregon State Archives.) Additional notes on the Trustees by Henry Strobel.
alt Diaries, 1857-1917 by Bishop Milton Wright  published by Wright State University Libraries, Dayton, Ohio, 1999. Printed by Thompson-Shore, Inc, this is a massive 850 page book in very fine print. We have excerpted a modest five pages here, from the Sublimity period. You will want to read at least this much, and will be surprised to see how many of the names you recognize. (You will also appreciate the computer for magnifying it!)
Historian Vera Boedigheimer displays a door, perhaps the last remaining piece of Sublimity College.
alt A brief excerpt from Sublimity, The Story of an Oregon Countryside, 1850-1950 by Mark Schmid The Library Bookstore, St. Benedict, Oregon 1951. Written by a Sublimity native, the scholarly Mark J. Schmid OSB of Mt. Angel Abbey, it is easily the best (if not the only) book on Sublimity.
alt Sublimity has claim to Wrights' fame The Oregonian, Associated Press, 2003
alt About Milton Wright  Excerpts from The Bishop's Boys by Tom Crouch 2003, and Wikipedia
alt More about Milton Wright   Excerpt from FlightLines, Spring 2003 The Wright Family Album & Oregon's Little-known Connection
alt Trials and Triumphs, History of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ Edited by Dr. Paul R. Fetters, Huntington, Indiana 1984  Everything one might want to know about this first American born denomination.
alt Early Oregon Colleges   Excerpt from Part 2 of 30: The Birth of Corvallis College by George Edmonston Jr. and Tom Bennett

While working to establish Mt. Angel, those busy Swiss Benedictines (Adelhelm Odermatt, Nicholas Frei, Barnabas Held, Anselm Wachter, Bede Horat, and Wernher Ruettimann) were also administering the St. Boniface church at Sublimity, riding there horseback from Gervais, preaching in German and English, and helping found the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon there.
alt 1976 Catholic Sentinel Article on Mt. Angel by Graham Hogan in three parts, March 12, 19, May 28. Thanks to Louis B. Schwab Jr for preserving this in The Schwab Family, chapter 7.

Mount Angel, Oregon 1848-1912  by Sister Ursula Hodes, University of Oregon Thesis Series No. 20, 1932 (Reproduced 1940 by the WPA) Rich in details and perspective on Mt. Angel's beginnings, town, abbey, schools, people. Copious citations.
(Click a page; click to magnify if needed; go back; click another page, etc.)  
Title Page  Printing  Table of Contents  Introduction  2  3  4  5  Beginnings of Settlement  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  The "Narrow Gauge" Ushers in Change  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  Arrival of the Benedictines  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  Mt. Angel Attains Adulthood  42  43  44  45  46  47  Economics and Social Conditions, 1893-1912  49  50  51  52 53  54  Conclusion  56  57 Bibliography  59  60  61  62 
alt 28 photos (front and back) of the Paris Woolen Mill, with descriptions by Greg Etzel, 1981
alt Guide to the Paris Woolen Mills Records circa 1911-1990, Oregon Historical Society cache in Portland, Oregon
alt City of Stayton Inventory of Historic Sites Context Statement, February 1993


Biennial report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Inspector of Factories and workshops of the State of Oregon 1914-1916 Don't let the title put you off. E-book format; hover the mouse over the navigation symbols to learn to magnify (zoom), turn pages, etc. For example, search for "Sublimity." Apparently 1914 was not its finest hour. The cities of Marion County are all described in pages 171-179.

Books of Biography
The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912 Vol.1 by Joseph Gaston Monumental work, numerous biograpies. Illustrated. Excellent E-book format; hover the mouse over the navigation symbols to learn to zoom, turn pages, etc.
Portrait and biographical record of the Willamette valley, Oregon, containing original sketches of many well known citizens of the past and present .. (1903) Chapman Chicago 1600 pages. Another indispensable source of good biographies and portrait photos. No author is listed - interviewers visited the subjects, who are generally pampered.

Willmette Valley Heritage Highlights Introducing St. Boniface Community Archives & Museum.  "That's us."
Oregon Heritage Commission at "Connecting to collections"
Historical Commission of the Archdiocese of Portland's Bishop Leipzig Award
Oregon Museums Association Web Site, Museums listed by location in the Willamette Valley. We are a member.
Search for Early Oregonians (prior to 1860), Oregon Public Records Database
Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Oregon Donation Land Claims
pdf Oregon State Library Oregon Trail Emigrant Resources, Oregon Trail Bibliography by Sandra Graham and Evelyn Gatlin, Oregon State Library Volunteers, November 2008
Orego State Archives Historical Marion County Records Guide   Includes fine Marion County scenic images
City of Sublimity  Web site
Marion County Historical Society,  part of The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in Salem, Oregon
Aumsville Historical Society Web site Silverton Country Historical Society, Silverton, Oregon
St. Paul Mission Historical Society, St. Paul, Oregon  Church established in 1839 at St. Paul, Oregon Territory
alt The Catholic Church at St. Paul, Oregon by Rev. Msgr. Gregory Moys, President, Oregon Catholic Historical Society. French Canadian Catholic settlers built a log church here in 1836. On January 6, 1839, Father (later Archbishop) Blanchet celebrated the first Catholic mass in Oregon at St. Paul. St. Paul Roman Catholic Church was built in 1846 and is the oldest brick building in the Pacific Northwest. In comparison, the Methodist mission of Jason Lee near Salem was built in 1840.
Mt Angel Historical Society, Mt Angel, Oregon
Scotts Mills Historical Society, Scotts Mills, Marion County, Oregon

Interactive Walk through the the Old Cemetery at St. Boniface Church. Find and see the graves and markers close up, mapped and photographed by Carol & Gary Zolkoske, 2009

St Boniface Catholic (Sublimity) Cemetery - Marion County, Oregon (presumably from the above)
Historical cemetery gets a little TLC Catholic Sentinel April 2011
Marion County Tombstone Transcription Project See especially the local readings by Daraleen Philips Wade and Benita Jones Sharp, such as:
      Some Small Cemeteries and Miscellaneous Burials
      Introduction To Lone Oak/Stayton Cemetery Records & Genealogical Notes: Marion County, Oregon  And many others
Linn County Tombstone Transcription Project See especially the Jordan area cemeteries mapped by Cathy Morgan. See next.
Bender Catholic Cemetery, Jordan, Oregon Spelling not corrected. Were the errors in transcription or on the stones?
Hobson-Whitney Cemetery, Sublimity, Oregon
Mt. Hope (Hunt) Pioneer Cemetery,
Rocky Point / Anderson / Lone fir cemetery (Darst, Downing, Simpson, Humphreys)
Marion County, Oregon Cemeteries
Cemeteries near Sublimity, Oregon  Good - In addition to Places here, see Books, Images, Blogs
Death Records by name, place, SSN, cemetery, etc.

We are not involved in genealogy as such except as it relates to community history and heritage, but we gladly assist those interested in discovering and sharing theirs, as part of our story. email the archivist. The following, and more, are in the archives building in Sublimity; they vary widely in content from a few photos to extensive trees; some are digitized.

Boedigheimer Family History
Ditter, Peter, from 1654-2002
Doerfler Family
Duckart Family, 2008
Etzel Family History, 2007
Hartmann, Romanus 1832
Hassler 1710
Hendricks Family History begins in Germany in 1800
Hendricks, Heineman (Henry) and Anna Elisabeth Schulte born in 16-- and 1707-8-3 in Germany
Hottinger, Blasius SR 1572-2005
Kerber - Gross Family History-7-31-2007
Kintz Family History begins in Pennsylvania 9-27-1752
Lambrecht Family 2008
Mutschler Family History begins in Germany in 1560
Odenthal Family History begins in Germany in 1796
Pendleton Family 8-2-2008
Pietrok Family History
Schwindt Family History 2008
Smith Family 8-2-2008
Steinkamp Family History by Catherine Busch 2007
Susbauer Family History, Rita Young and Doris Owen 2007
Ripp Family History begins in Germany in 1792
Roeser, Peter 1780-90
Trimbor, John Joseph Ancestry from 1820-2003
Wolf Family History begins in Germany in 1755

Some family histories to read here on the web
alt The P.C. Freres Farm at Fern Ridge, by Junetta Freres Pietrok and Charlene Pietrok Pierce Dec. 2005. Charlene is an active board member of the St. Boniface Community Archives & Museum. She is also connected to several other notable local families as Freres, Etzel, Forrette, Silbernagel, Gehlen, Parrish. The area of Fern Ridge, about 7.5 miles N.E. of Stayton had originally been settled by Jacob Siegmund. It even had its own registered Post Office within his house, later occupied by the Heater family. This account is most interesting for its detailed description of daily life and work on the farm.
Large descendants chart of Nebuzaradon (born 1790) and Elizabeth (Easley) Coffey, The Downings and several more families - including that of Daraleen Philips Wade, thanks to Ralph Fisher, Sublimity, March 2014.
alt Two visitors and some Steinkamps by Henry Strobel, 2014, Catherine Steinkamp Busch.

The Beitel-DeAngelis website was a good example of a family history web site. It's no longer online, but here are some of its Sublimity-related pages, thanks to Elizabeth Beitel DeAngelis. Some of these documents ask for a password. Type the word sublimity into the box.
alt Albracht Family Tree
pdf Album 1 Beitel Reunion 2001
pdf Album 2 Beitel Reunion 2001
pdf Cecilia Beitel's Trip to Austria
pdf Descendants of Jacob John Allmaras
pdf Descendants of Alois Beitel
pdf Frank Allmaras Family Tree
pdf Group Photo Reunion 2001
pdf Koenig Family Tree  Also Beitel, Weiser, Keimig, Hamling, and Bernt families.
alt Krantz Pedigree
pdf Descendants of Ludwig Allmaras
alt Mom's 1930 Canada Trip
pdf Old Sublimity scene
alt Schiebel Family Tree

alt Ancestors of Glen Walter Morley by Linda Morley, 2003. John Morley arrived in 1847, traveling with Paul and William Darst. Includes the Morley, Heater, Carter, Patten, Scott, Given, and John Wheeler Thomas families and many more. Goes back to the 1840s "covered wagon" pioneers to the Sublimity area, who, like the Porter, Downey, Hunt, Glover, King, and Stanton families, preceded the Catholic railway immigrations of the 1870s ff.
More Photos from Linda Morley

Germans from Russia in Marion County, Oregon, from
Descendants of Peter Ditter Also Trimbor, Steffes, Hottinger, Roeser, Leverman, Susbauer

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