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Pioneer Association appoints king, queen

Others are honored for community service, historical society work
by: Sharon Nesbit, Newly crowned king and queen Carlos Anderson and Ethel Kirkham are all smiles at the 91st meeting of the East Multnomah Pioneer Association.

You can't be a king or a queen in Corbett unless you confess your age.

Ethel Kirkham, 90, and Carlos Anderson, 88, were crowned queen and king of the East Multnomah Pioneer Association at the organization's 91st annual meeting Sunday at Corbett School.

The pair was the oldest man and woman present at the gathering of old-timers who had not previously been crowned.

The advantage of being royalty at the event is that the king and queen and their families get to be first in the buffet line.

Also honored for their contributions to the organization and the community were Shio Uyetake, who received the community service award, Edith Faught, who was given the president's award by President Joan Benner, and Stephanie Rickert, who received the Bea Graff award for her work with the Crown Point Country Historical Society.

The annual pioneer meeting, which remembers longtime families in the area and shares their stories and history, this year featured historian Clarence Mershon discussing farms in the area.

Mershon told stories of some of the area's early agricultural entrepreneurs, J. Ward and Rae Evans, who canned fresh corn so good it was sold in the Meier and Frank store in Portland, and Murray Evans, who hybridized daffodils, selling some bulbs for $200 apiece.