Rita Gardner received an A.A. from Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC), where she also worked in the news office, and a B.A. in Arts and Humanities from Linfield College. She is the author of a history of the Mayville Ladies Society, The Will of the Women, and has had works published in the SWOCC student publication The Southwester, as well as in Fame and Good Old Days magazines. She has published cartoons in two Oregon weeklies and has self-published three family biographies.
Prior to its being named Mayville, the settlement along Route 19 between Condon and Fossil was called Clyde, after a local blacksmith, whose last name is unknown. The town had sprung up to serve freighters and stages headed south to gold mining camps and established ranches. The town had a …