Union Community History Project

  About: The Union Community History Project began after the closer or the Union United Methodist Church.  The closure forced past parishion...

Monday, January 18, 2021

Glenna Keiser Fuller


I'm trying not to let myself get too traumatized over this letter writing about the memories of the (Union United) Methodist Church.. I can talk all day long.  But, putting my thoughts down on paper….Not so much...So, here goes, 

My earliest memory was me standing on stage to recite an Easter Poem in 1942-43. I got stage fright and my mom had to come and get me.  I was crying. 

I went to Sunday School there when I was a toddler.  Mrs. Miller was my Sunday School Teacher (Karen’s grandmother).  She gave everyone a lollie-pop. 

My sister in law (Pan Spain) was married there.  I was her matron of honor.

The reception for my father-In-law’s  funeral ( Gene Fuller) was put on by the Church ladies.  One being Ruth Mitchel. 

I remember going to Richard Erwin grandmother’s funeral.  I might have been 2 1/2 years old.  I was standing in the pew next to my mom.  

Glenna Keiser Fuller

Friday, January 1, 2021

Main Street Union


Union's Hsitory by Caroline Davis Young

 Carolyn Davis Young 


One of my most fond memories about the Methodist Church in Union is of our Primary Sunday School class.  My Great Aunt, Elida Miller was the beloved teacher.  She truly loved the children. 

Each Sunday we had a lesson from the Bible.  There was a large picture in front of the room.  Each child got a smaller version, perhaps 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 to take home.  Mrs. Miller made those stories come alive. 

My favorite day was “Pioneer Day”.  We all dressed up in what we thought a pioneer would wear.  My Uncle Tex Knight always turned our old wooden wagon into a “Covered Wagon”.  We trudged North on Main Street to the Miller home for a picnic and our Sunday School lesson.  

The long low pale green tables we set at Sunday School were in the Church for years.  Each child had a little chair.  We used the North Room of the Church. 

Another special time came later when we were in high school, even a little younger.  The M.Y.F. (Methodist Youth Fellowship) met Sunday Evening.  We had a lesson and often played volleyball inside the Church.  This was before the Fellowship Hall was built. 

My earliest memory was of Rev. White and his 7 sons.  Perhaps Mr. Fortune was next.  They had a son and daughter ( who were very nice looking). 

Dr. Virgil Bolen, from Eastern Oregon College was the Minister in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.  Mrs. Bolen played the piano.  She was always so gracious.  Leon Bolen, the oldest son had a marvelous voice.  My heart just stopped when he sang. Especially at Easter and Christmas.  The Bolens had several sons. 

Dr. Bolen officiated at my wedding on January 6, 1951 when I married Ronald E. Young from the neighboring ranch out of North Powder.  In those days you sent out formal invitations and had a reception in the Church Parlor, which consisted of punch, coffee, tea, nuts, and a large wedding cake.  Your sisters and best friends were your attendants.  Doctor Bolen did a good job “tying the knot”. Because we were married 65 years! 

Lee Graham and Bette Courtright were also married in the Church about the same time.  Also Jeanne Scroggin and 

For 40 years my mother Eleanar Hall Davis sang in the choir and for funerals and weddings.


Mrs. Edith Phy played the piano (1930-1940’s and 1950’s).  Olga Smith, a 4th grade Teacher in Union also played the piano in that era.  Later Mrs. Bolen played Freida Stauffer also.

My father Merton A. Davis served on the board for 40 years.  He was instrumental in getting the Fellowship Hall built in 1955.  In 1969, my folks had their 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration there.  The Fellowship Hall has served many people in many ways- for weddings, receptions and after funerals and it has been an important part of Senior Meals.  

The Beautiful Silver Tea Service was donated to the Union County Museum. It is on display there.  The Church women helped serve at many weddings through the years. 

Union is a wonderful town where some people are born there, live their whole lives there and are buried in the old Victorian Cemetery, when they die.  The Methodist church has been a part of their lives since it was founded in 1863. 

The first Methodist Church in Union was founded by a group of sturdy pioneers.  The building is now owned by the Union County Museum and is fondly known as the “Little White Church”.  It is presently used for a few Museum activities and may be rented for private use.   The Museum is making every effort to maintain and preserve it. 

The Union Methodist Church was served by, and served, many members of my family.  My great Uncle Conrad Miller and Great Grandfather Simond MIller banned together to hold services in the Methodist Faith in the 1960’s  the first church ( The Little White Church) was built on Union’s Main Street in 1873 and by 1904 they has “overgrown: this Church and the new brick Church with its magnificent stained glass windows was built.  The dedication service was held Dec 3rd 1905 with the board of directors, G.F. Hall, Mrs. W.T. Wright and DR. W.H.Ewin in attendance. 

It is my hope that this dedicated group of volunteer citizens can be successful in turning this beautiful church into a Community Center for the entire area to use and enjoy.  

A new life awaits this building with your help.

Carolyn Davis Young

Monday, December 28, 2020

Union Ranger District Compound



The Union Ranger District Compound is owned by The City of Union.  The Union Historic Preservation Committee in collaboration with The City of Union is in the process of renovation.  Their goal has been to renovate to maintain the historic accuracy of the compound.  

To date, the pump-gasoline house has been restored.  The City is currently renovating a second building on the property with the goal of making this building available for overnight stays by 2021.  



The Union Ranger District Compound is a group of administration buildings constructed for the Forest Service in the 1930's by Civilian Conservation Corps workers.   

The Union Ranger District Compound at Union Oregon was formerly called the Eagle District Compound before the District was renamed in 1947.   The Cpuopound is located at the intersection of Oregon Hwy 203 and North First Street (locally known as Weaver Lane), NE 1/4/ of Section 18, T4S, R40E, near the western city limits of Union.

The complex is situated on approximately 4.5 acres of land.  A small stream flows through it from east to west, in a generally northwesterly direction.   The complex of eight buildings includes an office building, a rangers residence with a garage, a guard residence with garage, an oil and gasoline house, a warehouse, and an equipment storage shed.  

Historical Overview:

In 1935, the Eagle Ranger District had been formed by merging the Eagle District Headquartered in Medical Springs and the Grande Ronde District headquartered in Cove Oregon.  a new compound was planned for Union to headquarter the new Eagle Range District.  By the time the announcement appeared in the local newspaper late in 1937, then, plans were well under way.

On February 18, 1939, J.B. and Mina M. Weaver sold a parcel of land approximately 4.7 acres in size to the United States government for the sum of $1.00.  The found drive chaired nu G.I. Hess announced in the local newspaper, had raised the money needed to pay back taxes on the Weaver Property (W. Roe and L. Almquist, personal communication) with the agreement that the Weaver would donate the land to the Forest Service. 

An advanced detail of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) personnel from Company 980 arrived in Baker, Oregon, in April of 1935.  They established a winter camp, call "Camp Baker", No-F-113.  This was one of seventeen winter camps in the Lewiston, Idaho District of the CCC.  Company 980 was a Forestry Company from its inception in April 1933.   All work done outside camp was under the Forestry Section, Department of Agriculture, and was done in the Whitman National Forest.  The work consisted mostly of truck-train building, roadside clearing, range and water improvement, timber stand improvement, building rustic furniture for park and camp sites and construction of ranger stations and telephone lines.  Most of the personnel were from Oregon with a small number from Montana. 

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