DeWitt Museum. Gail DeWitt in front. Photo taken Oct. 6, 1961.

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Record 621/2101
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Collection Hawley, Brooks
Date of photo 1961-1961
Description DeWitt Museum. Gail DeWitt in front. Photo taken Oct. 6, 1961.

Brooks Hawley note: I had always heard o DeWitts and never got there until Sept. 24, 1961, and was so glad we goth there when we did, and then Bruce Wilkinson and I went again Oct. 6, 1961, for him to make an article for the Democrat-Herald. Then hardly two months later Gail DeWitt died, November 30, 1961.
The ranch house [on North Fork of John Day River near Susanville] was built by Thomas McEwen [of Sumpter] in 1900 for a stage stop on the Austin-Galena route. In recent years Gail and Peacha DeWitthad let the ranch out to the Oxbow Ranch and only kept the farmstead for summers, and had a house at Prairie City for winters.
When we were there they were getting ready to move to Prairie to stay and the museum was to be set up at Prairie, where it is now.
The musem was originally started for their rock collection. Their agates are the finest I have ever seen, collected locally, and Peacha is an expert at polishing, especially in forming perfect ovals.
Object ID 1992.1.825
Place Susanville area
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