History illustrated

Sean C. Morgan

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society, in connection with the East Linn Museum, is asking the public to copy old photos of Sweet Home for a new book.

As a fund-raising tool, the society wants to publish a pictorial history book “to show the heritage of this community and surrounding communities,” said Corky Lowen, a member of the Genealogical Society and the book committee.

They would like to publish photos that aren’t normally seen, said Helen Trukositz, vice president of the Genealogical Society Board of Directors.

“My idea is to get some of the oldest pictures of the community and show what’s there now,” Lowen said. She compared the idea to one about Oregon, with old photos side by side with new photos of locations around the state. “We just want to make it something people want to have because of the history.”

The book will include short captions about the photos in a coffee-table style.

The community still has many people who are relatives of the people who made the initial donation land claims, Lowen said. She is hoping they’ll have access to many photos.

The group also hopes to gather logging photos, from the earliest days through the present, Lowen said.

The group already has many logging photos, along with photos of schools and houses.

The members would like to do more work on churches and cemeteries, she said. “We need to find people with snapshots around town, of the parades, the bigger events.”

The book will include a section dedicated to Sweet Home’s soldiers, those who fought and those who didn’t make it home, Lowen said. Many veterans and their families from as far back as World War II are still living in the Sweet Home area.

Some days, seven or eight Sweet Home area men would enlist together, she said, and some of them stayed together during the war.

The book will include areas around Sweet Home, Lowen said, including Crawfordsville, Holley, Foster and Cascadia.

The group has already scanned a large collection of photos, including 1,000 glass slides that were donated to the East Linn Museum.

“It’s going to be fantastic,” Lowen said. “I think it’ll be a wonderful keepsake of the town.”

People can bring photos to the Genealogical Society Library, at the intersection of 13th and Kalmia, across the intersection from the Sweet Home Public Library.

Generally, the photos won’t be scanned instantly, Lowen said, but the committee will get them back to the owner as soon as possible.

The committee members understand that people don’t want to lose the photos, and if necessary, they can arrange a time to scan them and get them back immediately, Trukositz said.

Even if someone doesn’t have photos, he or she may know others who do, Lowen said. The committee would like to hear from them as well.

The price of the book has not been set yet, Lowen said. That will depend on publishing costs.

“We’ll do a lot of the setup ourselves, so it keeps the costs down,” Lowen said.

The society hopes to publish by the first of November, she said. “We’d like it to be Christmas gifts.”

Anyone with questions or photos may call Laura Mather at (541) 367-5081, Lowen at (541) 367-3864, Trukositz at (541) 367-5812, Mardy Hufford at (541) 367-2714, Terri Lanini at (541) 543-5455 or Gladys Seifer at (541) 466-5027.