All about Sweet Home since 1929

Former forest ranger's local history a go-to for stories of old

Roy Elliott's 1971 book, "Profiles of Progress," ranks high on the favorite book list at the East Linn Museum.

The best history of Sweet Home in the museum's research room, it includes sketches of prominent families who settled here and shaped the town and general vicinity. Among those profiled are the Ameses, the Barrs, Russells, Pickens, Weddles and Whitcombs – 22 in all. Quotes from this book enliven numerous articles on Sweet Home history.

Having grown up here, Elliott knew many of those about whom he wrote, or their descendants. He served 34 years in the Forest Service, and from hunt...