Charlene Brown is the co-founder and curator of the Willamina Museum of Local History and the author of eight books on local history. For six years, she researched and shared history through a weekly column, Slivers of History published in The Sun newspaper. In 2009, she received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award for her efforts on behalf of the Willamina museum and the community's history.
The South Yamhill River divides the city of Sheridan, a town of about 4,640 people in Yamhill County. In 1847, Absolom “Ab” Faulconer settled on the north side of the river, and his relatives, William Chapman and the Graves family, settled on the south. A few years later, someone nailed …
Willamina, located in the northwestern Willamette Valley, is in both Yamhill and Polk Counties. The town was named for the river that flows through it. The river was named in honor of pioneer Willamina Craig Maley Williams, who, in 1846, was reportedly the first white woman to cross the …