Attorney behind seat 'stealing'

To the Editor,

I wanted to respond to the articles in the Bend Bulletin (April 2014) and Sageland on Jefferson County stealing of the county seat where Jerry Ramsey was quoted as saying: “If you were to go to the old-timers (I think he means us) in Culver right now, they would go, ‘Yeah, (they) stole the county seat.’ But legally, Madras was in its right. Pretty unmistakable, but high-handed, tactless, pushy…”

Well, he got that right! The lawyer during that time (the pushy one) was one Lewis “Turk” Irving. First I will say that he had a clear conflict of interest to begin with.

Steve Lent (historian) in his new book Central Oregon Place Names, Volume II, Jefferson County, says this about Lewis Harvie ‘Turk’ Irving: “He (Turk) was active in the Madras Rod and Gun Club. He purchased land along the old Oregon Trunk Railroad right-of-way in 1926 after the line was abandoned. He acquired the area near Cowles Orchard and the Vanora Tunnel and later transferred ownership of Cowles Orchard to the Madras Rod and Gun club in 1928 ...

Lewis was born on Jan. 27, 1876, at Amelia Courthouse, Va. He attended college and received a Bachelor Degree in 1898. He practiced law in Virginia before coming to Albany, Ore., in 1909.

In 1910, Lewis came to Madras and opened a law office. He later became active in the grain business and owned a chain of warehouses from 1916 until 1947. He married Louise Rumbar at Wenatchee, Wash., on March 22, 1937. He served as the mayor of Madras during World War I. Lewis died in late November 1945.”

So what did I find out? Turk was one of five children born from the family of Charles Robert Irving and Ann Maria Archer. Charles Irving was a physician and served in the civil war (Confederate side) and was promoted to lieutenant colonel on March 15, 1865, in Virginia as the Civil War ended. Charles then married and raised his family. To say Turk might have been raised with a silver spoon in his mouth may not be too far of a stretch and appears to be one of the good-ole-boys once he established in his Madras law practice.

Turk arrived in Jordan, Linn County, Ore., about or before 1910 at the age of 34 and by 1920 census was already established in Madras. He was married March 22, 1937, to Louise Rumohr at the age of 61, Chelan, Wash.

His wife, Louise, was 25 years younger than Mr. Irving. He is listed as arriving in New York, New York, on April 12, 1937 (foreign honeymoon?). In the 1940 census he married and the value of his home is $5,000, income reported $500 and he has a 20-year-old live-in maid.

When he died Nov. 28, 1949, at the age of 73 in Deschutes County, he had been married about 12 years. He was laid to rest in the Wenatchee City Cemetery. What I found interesting (my own observation) is that if you look at his tombstone it is a very “humble” looking stone, possibly made of cement and very poorly done (craftsmanship); so his grieving widow did not spend much of his wealth on his gravestone.

Sandra Ihrig


Editor’s Note:?Part two of Jerry Ramsey’s story on the birth of the county is in the upcoming Sageland, to be in next week’s Pioneer. It will focus on the county seat “battle.”

Seeking information on accident

To the Editor,

In June 1968, I was 5 years old and lost my right arm by a riding lawn mower accident on Ivy Lane in Madras.

I am seeking information regarding this matter as to when I was admitted and discharged from Mountain View Hospital. They have no records on that day my arm was amputated. Anyone who might remember anything regarding this, please contact the Madras Pioneer and they will forward the information to me.

I’m begging anyone who might know something to please come forward.

Cori Casey

Kennewick, Wash.

Local sources for therapy

To the Editor,

In a recent Madras Pioneer, there was an advertisement for St. Charles bringing an out-patient therapy program to our community. I am happy to see this program will include speech and occupational therapy, as it will save our community members from having to drive to Redmond and Bend for these services.

However, for orthopedic therapy, I am hoping the members of our community and surrounding areas will continue to support and take advantage of the two locally owned and outstanding physical therapy businesses which have been in operation in Madras for a number of years. I am referring to APEX Physical Therapy, located downtown, and Madras Physical Therapy, located in the South Y Complex.

If your physician refers you to this new St. Charles Therapy for orthopedic therapy, please remember that you do have the right to request to use one of our local businesses. Let’s continue to support our locally owned businesses.

Eva Montee


We're all valuable people

To the Editor,

Hi, many of you may know me or my family. I’ve lived here most of my life. My name is Tammy Rohde. I am also sure many of you know I also have a mental illness I deal with daily to the best of my ability.

It’s this I would like to address not only on my behalf, but for the many other people who struggle with a mental illness. Many do it in silence, I have chosen to own it.

Here is why – it is only a small part of who I am. This may surprise many of you. Many times I have been judged and quickly dismissed as “Crazy Tammy.” I have something to say to that. I feel sorry for all those that don’t deal with this issue. Especially the ones so ready to write us off.

Forgive me if you find this vain; that is not at all where I’m coming from. I just humbly would like to say to those that do look away, avoid and write us off: I think you’re being ignorant and simple-minded. Think about it just for a minute. Try to hear what I’m saying. My mental illness is just one small part of what makes up who I am, sure not my favorite part, but it is what it is.

Perhaps if you would stop, talk to me, listen to me, even give me the common courtesy that just like those who don’t struggle with what I do, I still count for something, I matter, we have value, take a chance and be brave. I dare you; if you took the time to listen or really see me you might be surprised because there are parts of me that are beautiful and if you listened with an open mind there may even be something you could learn from me. You may even walk away feeling you have benefitted from our encounter.

I also must add most of my life I’ve felt like a round hole trying to be put into a square peg. Thanks to God’s love for me, he gave me a place where I know I fit in. I’m cared for, even loved, listened to and not judged.

I’d like to thank the congregation of the United Methodist Church, (the green one by the hospital) where so many are blessed with the help they give. Food boxes, to mention only one of the few things this great church does for the whole community. I don’t think they realize just what they’ve done for me. I hope that it comes through these words. I now have a place I fit in, am valued, nurtured, taught many things and with their patience and kindness I’m saying proudly a better person than I once was.

I hope some of you have heard what I’m trying to say. Try to withhold your prejudgments and urge to dismiss us mentally ill. I know it may make some of you feel uncomfortable. Believe me, we are uncomfortable too, because of the many times we have been written off.

We are people too, just like you with the inconvenience of a glitch in our head we daily struggle with. Yes, I know some better than others.

I just want to say it loud and proud, we are as real as you – matter just as much as you, no matter how you choose to treat me.

Thank you, Pastor Dan, for the day when I asked you why you cared. I’ll never forget what you said; beautiful words I’d always hoped to hear. “You matter because you’re God’s child and he loves you.”

Tammy Rohde


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