At the Museum: Myrtle Point Authors spin a 57-year yarn
Authors Linda Kirk, Carolyn Prola, and Mary Ellen Robertson will spend the afternoon at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum, Saturday, May 3, starting at 1 p.m. They’ll be discussing their new book, Myrtle Point and Vicinity: 1893-1950, just out from Arcadia Publishing.
The town of Myrtle Point, incorporated in 1887, was platted in a grove of myrtle trees overlooking the South Fork of the Coquille River. Within a few years, it had grown into a thriving commercial hub of 600 people, with a riverboat landing and two hotels.
From the arrival of the telegraph and train, the book takes a journey through six decades. Family photographs, many published for the first time in the book, reveal glimpses of a world where logging was king; the Coos County fair was the biggest event of the year; and farm families traveled by horse team and riverboat to shop in a bustling Myrtle Point.
After growing up on a dairy farm in Tillamook, Oregon, Linda (Milne) Kirk now lives in the upper Coquille Valley in the community of Sitkum. She currently works at the Myrtle Point Library. She’s also a volunteer firefighter for the Dora-Sitkum Fire Department.
Carolyn (Whitney) Prola has published three earlier books based on her family history. She is one of the founding members of the Coquille Valley Genealogy Club and has a long-time interest in preserving the history of Myrtle Point and the Coquille River Valley.
Mary Ellen (Davenport) Robertson lives on a Catching Creek farm established by her father’s aunt, DeEtte (Davenport) Slingsby, in 1900. After earning a teaching certificate at Oregon State University, she taught primary grades in Myrtle Point for many years.
The talk and book signing is free and open to the public. The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum sits under shady trees in Simpson Park on Highway 101 at the north edge of North Bend.