The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

'Shooting anvils,' medicine shows and a cold murder case


September 29, 2021

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Henry Slavens' blacksmith shop is shown in this undated photo.

At the East Linn Museum, it gladdens the researcher to come across an anecdote-filled history about a family that settled here in 1852 (and its descendants).

Alvin and Polly Morris homesteaded on Fern Ridge about two miles west of town. Like Sweet Home's founders, the Ames family, they were Mormons who left Missouri in search of religious freedom and did not believe in polygamy. Their descendent, Garry M. Morris, wrote of them and other generations in a 1994 compilation that included and cited recollections from different family members.

In these we find reference to "shooting anvils" and a...

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