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Cowboy fans welcome at Heritage House in March

by: REVIEW PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - A cowboy mannequin will greet people this month at the Oswego Heritage House. The exhibit now on display will revisit a colorful part of Lake Oswego history.If your heroes have always been cowboys you must stop by the Oswego Heritage House for Cowboy Month during March.

Jude Graham, OHH executive director, has gathered an assortment of cowboy stuff that will show how Lake Oswego was once cowboy country. Folks even parked their horses at a stable that was on the site of what later became Wizer’s Fine Foods.

Graham was not expecting such a big response when she began telling people she was planning to have a cowboy exhibit.

“When I mentioned that I wanted to have a cowboy exhibit here I started getting cowboy items from people I would never have expected to have any,” Graham said.

People like Brenda Trainer-Huber, whose father, Cecil Trainer, was quite a cowboy in his younger days. Not only did he work closely with cows but he even made his own gear. In fact, he made his own wooden guitar carrier. Trainer later became one of the earliest patrolmen for Lake Corps, but he lovingly preserved a lot of his cowboy gear for his family.

Trainer started out earning 50 cents a day, but he worked his way up to $1 a day after a couple of years.

“He must have been a pretty good cowboy,” noted Trainer-Huber.

Patrons of Cowboy Month will practically be able to smell the trail dust as they view donated saddles, blankets, reins, cowboy hats, chaps, vests, a cowgirl suit for a little girl and shirts, plus lots of cowboy photos. There are sweat-stained, genuine hats worn by real cowboys, and there is a hat similar to the one worn by Hoss Cartwright, the amiable giant on “Bonanza.” There is even a poker table on display.

All of this display was made possible by Graham, who has thought of a lot of really cool subjects over the years, but this exhibit is one of the closest to her heart. Her grandfather Harry Graham was such a skilled cowboy that he won a saddle in competition at the famed Pendleton Roundup. Graham contributed a couple of Harry’s bandanas from Pendleton to the exhibit.

The cowboy exhibit is open to public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Oswego Heritage House is located at 398 10th St.

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