Melissa Swank earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Portland State University in 2009. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in Public History at Portland State University, with an emphasis in Oral History and Native American Studies. She is the first Gordon Dodds Endowed Fellowship recipient (2012) as well as a research assistant for both the Confluence Project and the Oregon Encyclopedia. She expects to complete her studies in Summer 2013.
The City of Orenco, known as the Garden Spot of the Willamette Valley, is located in the Tualatin Basin, west of Portland. Canadian immigrants Malcolm McDonald and Archibald McGill established Orenco as a company town in 1908 and named it for the Oregon Nursery Company (Ore-N-Co). The company, …