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By | November 13, 2022

Presumably certainly one of Oregon’s first pioneers to look in movie, 84-year-old Artinecia Merriman, wearing black and sitting in a wicker chair, pretended to inform tales about early Jackson County. Tales she knew so effectively.

It was April 1915, and arborist AC Allen had begun filming a silent movie that will promote Rogue Valley on the Panama-Pacific Worldwide Exposition in San Francisco. Jackson County commissioners approved $600 to cowl Allen’s bills.

Born in 1830, just a few miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio, Artinecia Riddle was simply 6 years outdated when the household moved to Sangamon County, Illinois. At 18, she married James Chapman, a 21-year-old farmer from Kentucky. John William, their son, was born on June 15, 1850.

In December, the lure of gold and free land within the West caught the creativeness of virtually everybody in Sangamon. Households, together with the Riddles, started placing their farms up on the market.

Intending to depart early the next spring, the household started preparations for the lengthy journey. A group of oxen skilled to tug a cart was wanted and a protracted checklist of provides needed to be collected.

Within the midst of all of it, James Chapman instantly fell in poor health. He died in March 1851, simply weeks earlier than the beginning of the transcontinental voyage.

Within the second week of April 1851, women and men strolling alongside coated wagons, adopted by free-roaming cattle guarded by the households’ youngest kids, all started the lengthy march to Oregon. Artinecia’s child was solely 10 months outdated.

On the Missouri River they joined a wagon prepare. Nearly six months later, their journey would take them on the Applegate Path to Canyonville in Douglas County.

Artinecia’s youthful brother George recalled a time when the wagon reached Humboldt County, California, an space the place vacationers have been continuously attacked by native Indian tribes. Despatched to observe for hassle to come back, a person was attacked at shut vary and a bullet badly shattered a bone in his left arm.

“Nobody on the prepare had any surgical ability,” George stated, “my eldest sister was referred to as in to decorate the wound. Her fingers being slender, she may really feel and extract the damaged bones.

“I witnessed the operation, and it made such an impression. My sister, Artinecia, was a courageous woman.

By November 1851, Artinecia and the household had settled on a land declare west of Canyonville within the Cow Creek valley. A city referred to as Riddle quickly started to develop.

A yr later, William Merriman, an outdated acquaintance from Illinois, arrived within the county. William had misplaced his spouse on the trek west and buried her alongside the Oregon Path. Three months later, William’s toddler son additionally died after ingesting dangerous milk. This left William alone along with his daughter Auletta.

William staked a land declare close to the Riddle household, and he and Artinecia married on February 10, 1853, and began a household. George, their first son, was born the next Could.

In 1857 they moved to Jackson County and bought a farm close to Central Level. In 1860, 5 different kids joined the household. Finally, along with Auletta and John, Artinecia and William would have 15 kids collectively. Their final child was born in 1874, three years earlier than William’s demise.

Through the years, she was typically requested about pioneer life and the early days of Jackson County. She was the apparent selection to look in that 1915 movie, “Gracie’s Go to to the Rogue River Valley.”

Two years after her movie debut, Artinecia joined William and a few of his kids on the Jacksonville cemetery.

Author Invoice Miller is the writer of six books, together with “Silent Metropolis on the Hill.” Historic cemetery in Jacksonville Oregon. Contact him at [email protected]