Centennial speaker series continues
Joe Bernert to talk about his familys history on the river
The story of West Linns fabled river clan will be told Sunday at the West Linn Adult Community Center.
Joe Bernert has a big family and big stories to tell about the early days in West Linn when his relatives and their relatives piloted tugs, populated the neighborhoods and had the boat ramp at Willamette Park named after them.
Bernert will present a digital slide show of old photos dating back to the homesteading days. His discussion will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and will describe the Bernert familys nearly century-old marine business interests and tugboat history.
I also want to spend some time discussing family in a small community, Bernert said. After the Bernert family moved into the Willamette area a large number of relatives also lived nearby (including the Volpps, Moehnkes, Failmetzgers, Goldades and others), working and playing together in a pattern that was common on the river and in the mills. These family relationships led to many interactions. For instance, in the early 1920s the Dollowitch sisters married the Bernert boys and lived two blocks apart in Willamette (and combined had 11 children named Bernert).
Bernert is the ninth speaker in the monthly series, organized by the West Linn Centennial Committee to honor 100 years of West Linn history. Free parking will be available at the West Linn Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Road.Add a comment