Cindy Thomas was born and raised in Woodburn, Oregon, graduating from high school in 1972. She attended college in Monmouth, Oregon; Tokyo, Japan, and Corvallis, Oregon, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1977. Returning to Woodburn to live with her husband and children in 1983, she became interested in learning more about the historic Settlemier House and started volunteering to decorate for Christmas celebrations. By 1991, she was asked to be a Board Member. Today she serves as a tour guide and Vice President of the French Prairie Historical Society which owns and maintains the Historic Settlemier House.
Jesse Settlemier (1840-1913)
Jesse Holland Settlemier, one of Oregon's pioneer nurserymen, was born in Alton, Illinois, on February 5, 1840. He traveled west to California and then to Oregon with his parents and eight siblings in 1849. He made his first money, $1.60, from the sale of fruit trees that his father had encouraged …