The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, June 28, 2017, Page PAGE 18, Image 38

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    rant C ounty F air
Grand Marshal
Jean Kline
in memory of her husband, Dave Kline
ur introduction to Grant County was in 1952 when
Dave took over the management of the Bridge
Creek Ranch in the north end of Silvies Valley. We
arrived in the fall and moved into the old stage stop.
We soon found out what winters were like in this
area. However, Dave enjoyed our time spent there
as everything was done with horses – feeding with a
team and a wagon, and all the cattle work was done
on horseback. Dan and Nancy joined our family while
we lived there. In 1957 the owners leased the Flying
Hat Ranch in Mt. Vernon and we moved there. Dave
continued to manage both ranches, moving the cattle
to Mt. Vernon for the winter and back to Silvies for the
summer. The move was the old-fashioned cattle drive
with two nights
camping out and
a chuck wagon
with a cook who
made his biscuits
in the top of the
flour sack. (Rusty
remembers those
cattle drives). Susan
joined the family
while we were in
Mt. Vernon. We
always attended
the Fair and Nancy
and Dan rode in their first parade in 1960. The ranch
also had a team and wagon in the parade.
In the late 1960 the ranches were sold and we moved
back to Ontario. We spent 7 years there before we
found our way back to Grant County. In 1967 we
moved to Prairie City with children Dan, Nancy and
Susan and so this makes my 50th consecutive year of
attending the Grant County Fair. We immediately got
involved in 4-H, horse show and parade activities and
thus began my long history of sitting in the bleachers
and grandstands. I spent many years cheering my own
children and other 4-H members, then grandchildren,
and now great-grandchildren. Dave became the
leader of Prairie City 4-H Livestock Club in 1967 and
enjoyed helping many young 4Hers with their projects
over several years. In those days we spent many hours
helping young people in the poultry, pig and sheep
and beef barns during the Fair. Dave also spent many
years instructing with the horse show and Jr. Rodeo.
I was a leader of the Prairie City 4-H Sewing Club for
a few years. I also entered pies, cookies, vegetables,
fruit and flowers throughout the years.
Dave opened a real estate office in Prairie City in 1970
and retired in the late 90’s, but he always preferred
the ranching activities, owning an interest in a ranch
on the Middle Fork and a small acreage in Prairie
City. In 1977, Dave built a cabin on Vinegar Mountain
and spent many years packing and hunting with his
beloved mule, Molly.
He served on the Grant County
Planning Commission, the Prairie
City Council, and many other
community activities.
I am thrilled to be Grant Fair
Grand Marshal to honor Dave’s
contribution to the Grant County
Fair and the community.
– Grand Marshal Jean Kline in
memory of her husband, Dave Kline