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8/8/2017 11:53:00 AM
Reunion recalls pioneer history
The McKinley Ellsworth Family gathered at Camp Sherman for a reunion in honor of one of the original Camp Sherman pioneers. photo provided
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The McKinley Ellsworth Family gathered at Camp Sherman for a reunion in honor of one of the original Camp Sherman pioneers. photo provided

By Jim Cornelius
News Editor

In the early part of the 20th century, wheat farmers from Sherman County, Oregon, would seek respite from the hot, backbreaking August work of bringing in the wheat harvest by trekking west in wagon and buggy to the banks of the Metolius River.

There they would camp, relax, fish and play, much as people do in 2017. So popular did the destination become for those wheat farmers that the area came to be known as Camp Sherman - the name the community retains to this day.

One of those early visitors to what would become Camp Sherman was McKinley Ellsworth, a blacksmith by trade. On Saturday, August 5, the descendants of his clan gathered in Camp Sherman for a family reunion and cribbage tournament. Jeff Snyder is the elder of the clan these days, the son of McKinley's daughter Patricia. He owned an A-frame cabin in Camp Sherman and vacationed here every summer for more than 20 years. His daughter Katie, a photojournalist in Boston, was the farthest traveled of the family, flying across the country for the reunion.

And she wanted it to be known that she was doing pretty well in the cribbage tournament, too.

Cribbage was central to the gathering - and another legacy of "Grandpa Mac."

"Grandpa Mac, he was a cribbage player," Jerry recalled. "He taught everybody (and) we taught our kids."

It's the family game, played with considerable passion. Tim Ellsworth, who lives with his wife, Heidi, in Camp Sherman full time, was the leader in the tournament on Saturday afternoon - the guy with the target on his back.

Four generations were on hand for the event, held at Camp Sherman's historic community hall. And despite the passage of more than a century, McKinley Ellsworth would have felt right at home.







Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Article comment by: Georgie Ferguson

I think the oldest person that attended the reunion was Aunt Pat's husband, Jerry Snyder. Almost 90 years young. He still plays a game of golf once a week. He resides in Thousand Oaks, California.

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Article comment by: Georgie Ferguson

I don't know if this was known but my cousin, Michael,is the oldest grandson in the clan. He and his wife Barbara also live in Camp Sherman. He is the oldest son of Russell Ellsworth who was the oldest child of grandpa and grandma Ellsworth. (Just for your information.)

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Article comment by: Georgie Ferguson

Thank you for the article. I am the oldest granddaughter of Grandpa Mac. Only one thing: Jim is aunt Pat's son.



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