High Desert Heroines: Grace Cyrus Aitken


Last updated 4/2/2024 at 1:02pm

Photo courtesy United States Forest Service

Cyrus family, circa 1900. Grace Cyrus at the left end of front row.

She was quick-witted and ethical and it ran in the family. Grace Cyrus Aitken came from a long line of pioneer innovators who believed in new ideas and working well with others. Her grandfather William was a County Commissioner, Oregon State Senator, and early adopter of new farming approaches in Scio.

In 1882, her father Enoch migrated east with his wife Mary and five sons to a sparsely settled area near Gray Butte, northeast of Terrebonne. Daughters Grace and Annie were born in 1886 and 1889 and the large family workforce built a successful ranch with three apple orchards and gardens full of...

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