Jan Leininger is a sixth generation Oregonian and fourth generation Mosier, Oregon resident. In 2009, she and her family celebrated the 100th anniversary of the John E. and Matilda (Roos) Proctor family coming to Mosier from London, England. The Proctor family, guided by Harrison Porter Locke crossed the Oregon Trail in 1845, and homesteaded in Polk County. The Leiningers came later in 1886 to Wasco County. Jan is a retired educator.
Located in the Columbia River Gorge between Hood River and The Dalles, Mosier is both a town and an agricultural valley. The population of the town of Mosier is about 468 people, in 2020 with more than a thousand people in the valley. Mosier's white settler history dates to …