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Ross Dickinson – Baker City

I am a descendant of the lost wagon train of 1853, both rescuers and rescued.

Ross Dickinson

I’m a deeply rooted Oregonian. My parents’ families both came to Oregon in 1847 via different routes and settled in different areas. I’ve been studying my genealogy recently. Here’s a little about my family history. Colonel John E. Ross (1818-1890) is my great grandfather. He was born in Ohio and came to Oregon in 1847 with a 40-wagon train. He led volunteer forces from Oregon in the Cayuse and Modoc Wars and served in the Oregon Territorial Legislature and the Oregon State Senate. I am a descendant of the lost wagon train of 1853, both rescuers and rescued. Most emigrants to Oregon traveled on the Oregon Trail and settled in the Portland area. Just a few moved south to Eugene. Some explorers tried to find a southern shortcut to the Willamette Valley. They started from the east and traveled west through Central Oregon. When that didn’t work, others tried to develop a route by starting in the west and going east. They weren’t successful either. In 1853, Lycurgus Davis and others from the Eugene area went to rescue a missing wagon train. His family had been neighbors of the Butlers in Ohio and Elizabeth Amanda Butler was with the missing group. Elizabeth (rescued) married Lycurgus Davis (rescuer) on Christmas 1861.

I grew up in Medford and spent most childhood summers with paternal grandparents on the last of the donation land claim in Eugene. I followed family, being the third to graduate from the University of Oregon. My degree was in Recreation and Park Management. When it was time to “settle” in an area it was Florence, Oregon. I used my education to get the Activity Director’s position at the local skilled nursing facility. It was at that job that I really got to know the community, the local flavor and rich history. Then Safeway started building a new supermarket and I worked for Safeway and bought a 17 acre farm out near Canary, Oregon. I sold raw milk for a handful of years. I ended up reeducating myself in my mid-forties with a degree in computer programming and then worked for Spectra-Physics in Eugene for 10 years.

Why am I here in Baker County you wonder? As is often the case in a long move, there is a love interest at work! Much to my delight, I have managed to reverse immigrate to perhaps the most beautiful area of Oregon. I like exploring new places and digitally capturing their beauty. You can see some of my work on my website (rossdickinson.com). I got here in December 2019 just before the pandemic so life in Baker started out slowly for me, but now I am ready to get involved with my new community. I look forward to getting to know you all and to develop a sense of US and what we can do together!