Adoline Ceciliani and her husband, Charles, operated the popular east Portland dance hall from 1948-1979


Adoline “Addie” Emily Ceciliani, the matriarch of Division Street Corral, died Sunday, Jan. 5. She was 92.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Portland.

In its heyday, “D-Street” Corral was a popular dance hall with one of the largest dance floors in the country. Adoline and her husband, Charles, built the east Portland hall in 1948 and ran it until 1979, when a fire (suspected arson) destroyed parts of the building.

D-Street Corral garnered top national acts such as Johnny Cash, The Temptations, Hank Williams, Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison, Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Kingsmen, along with many others.

The Ceciliani family home was located on the 10 acres of corral grounds, and D-Street was a family affair, with everyone participating, from the playpen through high school.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JOANNA CECILIANI - Arkie and the Jolly Cowboys was the first band to play at D-Street Corral in 1948 and became the house band for the first several years. Adoline and Charlie Ceciliani, center, operated the dance hall from 1948-1979.

After the 1979 fire, the Cecilianis renovated and eventually leased the corral to renters, including an evangelist, bingo group and flea market.

“Mom never stopped working,” said daughter Joanna Ceciliani. “She did all of the accounting and bookkeeping, saving every single receipt from contracts with the bands. She continued to run D-Street after my dad died in 1995. She was such a good business woman.”

In 2006, Adoline sold the corral and moved out of the neighborhood she called home for 63 years. Now the D-Street site is a housing development for Habitat for Humanity, Division Street Corral Estates.

Adoline was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Portland to Emily Hulda and John Augusta Seifert. She graduated from Girls Polytechnic High School.

As a seamstress, Adoline won national recognition for her tailoring skills. She won numerous trophies through the Dogwood Garden Club for her floral arrangements that she donated weekly to banks and libraries.

A cook, baker and canner, Adoline epitomized hospitality, providing meals for her family and many others who stopped by her home.

Adoline and Charles met at Flanagan’s Restaurant in the early 1940s. They married and together raised four children, all of whom still live in the Portland area.

She loved music, singing and playing the guitar, instilling a love of entertainment in the next generation.

In an Aug. 23, 1973, story about the Ceciliani children’s involvement with New Oregon Singers, they called Adoline their greatest promoter.

“None of us ever remember her ever raising her voice,” Joanna said. “She was just the sweetest person.”

Adoline is survived by her four children, Arthur, Joanna (married to Doug Beckman), Carl and Jeannie (twins) Ceciliani; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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