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After eight years of research, interviews and studying years of newspaper archives and maps I am ready to announce he release of my first book.  The absolutely true story of Hope Nance, the last surviving member of Grandview in the Lower Desert of Central Oregon. 

I spent one day a month with Hope for three years.   Born in homesteaders cabin, she tells of her birth, her loss of a mother, the memories of her siblings and her coming of age in a remote farm in the Central Oregon desert.   It was also drawn from six years of researchmg newspapers, interviews with relatives and friends, and the internet.   When she asked me if I could write her her story, how could I say no !

This is her story !

6" x 9"

145 pages

2 Maps

17 Vintage family photographs

This book is self published and is available in limited supply. Locally copies are only available in Madras, Oregon, at


Blackbird Tea and Tales bookshop.

Art Adventures Gallery

Jefferson County Historical Society

or by calling Meg Cummings at 541 419 3036.

You can view the scrapbook of the project


Read a sample chapter HERE


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