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I still perform a lot. In the summer, there are festivals that provide an opportunity for talented young artists to work with older established ones - festivals like the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where I've played for many years. Next summer, Sir James Galway will be performing with a group of us, and the concerts are the very same day as our reunion! So I can't be with you to share what I know will be a lot of fun.
It's been a rich musical life, concerts in Europe, Russia, Peru, Vietnam and many times in forbidden Cuba (on cultural exchange). I still play about 25 or 30 concerts a year with various groups and on my own. Someone posted a few tracks from my Soler CD on YouTube (Kathleen McIntosh) if you'd like to hear how a harpsichord sounds. Greetings to all - and I hope to be around for the next reunion!
After graduation I joined the Marine Corps in January 1963. After boot
camp and 2nd ITR, I went to the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa. 13
months later I came back stateside August 1964 to around September 1965.
Then the 1st. Marine Division moved to Okinawa because the 3rd Marine
Division was now in Vietnam. November 1966 I was transferred to Vietnam.
I worked in the Headquarters Battalion in the Combat Intelligence and
Aerial Photo. Interpretation Section. Keeping track of Viet Cong and
Chinese troop activities. Stood a little guard duty and went some night
patrols including night time swift boat patrols. Left Vietnam in late
September 1966 with 3 months to go. I was discharged on December 16,1966
and came home. Became a State Trooper in September 1997 went to Medford
Patrol Office. Ron Jones was also assigned to the Medford Office. About
2 years later I resigned my State appointment. and moved to Scottsdale,
Arizona. Did a couple of years of drafting for engineering firms and
others. I got a job with the City Of Scottsdale, Arizona Traffic
Engineering for 7 years. I finally got tired of the inescapable heat. So
on July 31, 1979 at 3:00am I left Phoenix and drove back to Oregon. It
was 93 degrees at 3:30 am when I left Arizona. My 2nd wife and 2 kids
flew and I drove. After some small jobs I was hired by ODOT and stayed
there until retiring in 2004. My Vietnam duties left me and all the
other veterans exposed to Agent Orange. I have been designated as 100%
disabled by the VA. I still walk but have a walker and canes and a
wheelchair when needed. The VA takes care of all my medical stuff
including dental. I have 2 kids a boy and a girl, Jason, 34 and Megan 33
. They are in Arizona going to ASU. My 2nd wife passed on. My 3rd wife
and I both worked for ODOT. She has 2 kids a girl and a boy both in
Salem area. Only one grandchild with my 2 kids and she is Emma and 7
yrs. old living in France. We have 7 grandkids and 2 great grandkids on
wives side. I'm living in NE Salem near PGE in Jan Ree 2. My wife
Beverly is my care giver and she is a life saver. I do a little leather
work such as belts and purses.
Special Publications: Home & Garden Monthly | "Last of the neighborhood farmers" | The Register-Guard
Lots of people long to live in a quaint, late-19th century farmhouse with 2 acres for growing fruit, produce, chickens and plump pigs. A wee-wee-wee taste of the “Green Acres” lifestyle, and they’re good. But that was just enough to whet the appetite for Dick and Maryanne Severson. Since moving into their white-washed, 1893 farmhouse on Thurston Road some 25 years ago, the couple have revived a full-fledged farming lifestyle sadly lost in this half-rural, half-suburban neighborhood just east of Springfield. At first the Seversons worked their own 2 acres of old river-bottom land from the meandering McKenzie. Hog farming and weekly hauls of produce to the Saturday Market helped the couple’s two daughters, Jenni and Angie, earn money for college. But the closer Dick got to retiring from his career work in fisheries technology and agricultural management, the more his inner Jolly Green Giant stirred to life. Or more likely, his family roots. Though raised in Oregon, Dick often worked summers as a youngster on his grandfather’s Iowa farm. “It’s just in Dick’s blood,” enlightens Maryanne. “That Iowa farm gene runs deep in his blood. He grew up in the city, in Salem, without any farming experience at all. But it just amazes me ... he can just do anything when it comes to farming.”
Today the Seversons lease nearby fields — about 80 acres in all — for grazing a 50-head herd of Angus cattle, growing shrubs and plants for local nurseries, and keeping Jerry’s Home Improvement Centers in Halloween pumpkins and Indian corn. Half-time farmhand Pablo Burcara pitches in with the year-round chores. They brand calves, lay fence, bail hay, build corrals. Their roadside produce stand — pay on your honor, now — brims with homegrown corn and fruit. Dick welds farm tools and parts in his shop, puts three tractors through the paces all year long, and nurses pregnant cows on cold winter nights. Maryanne, a retired teacher, sells the eggs from her chickens, but always saves some of the farm’s bounty for their use. “Everything we raise fresh is frozen, and pretty much lasts through the winter,” Dick extols. “We’ve usually got a quarter beef in the freezer, and, oh, gosh, she put up pears this year. We can sit down at a meal, and we’re often amazed: You look at it (and realize) you’ve raised everything on the plate.”
Holding their ground
Time has passed by the other few original farmhouses on Thurston Road. Neighboring homes have sprouted from about every era over the past century, and in fact even the Seversons must run their tractors across the road to reach open farm fields. None of their neighbors appear to farm anymore, in keeping with all-too-familiar agricultural trends. While Oregon still has about 40,000 farms, more than half of those — some 25,000 — gross less than $10,000 per year, Dick says. Another 10,000 farms, including Severson Farm, fall into the middle ground with gross incomes of up to $100,000 per year. Yet even at $100,000 gross per year, a farmer usually nets only about $17,000 after expenses. “They (farmers) are not able to generate a family-wage income off of that,” Dick elaborates. For every small farm that bites the dust to more lucrative urban development, another family loses its bond with the land. And that saddens this farmer. “All we know about agriculture, some of us, is we go to Safeway and buy a carrot in the cooler,” Dick says. “We really don’t think about it: where it came from, what it takes to grow it, how that seed had to be harvested even to begin to plant it.” A little like growing their corn, the Seversons sow seeds of education. The couple welcome schoolkids for tractor rides around Severson Farm, where the youngsters can marvel at everything from “baby pears” to easygoing cows. “I always say, ‘If you eat, you’re involved (with agriculture),’” Dick says. “For the younger generation to understand that, I think is important.” Especially here in the lush Willamette Valley, the rainbow at the end of the Oregon Trail.
“In some ways Oregon is blessed, because we have something like 250 commodities — everything from blueberries to nurseries to grapes,” Dick says. “If you go to the Midwest, they’ve got maybe 25 or 30 commodities.” In fact the pay dirt at Severson Farm is nursery crops, namely hedge and border plants: laurel, arbor vitae, Leyland cypress, photinia, boxwood, burning bush and others. “Right now, the nursery is carrying everything, basically,” Dick says. “The cattle aren’t making their way. Specialty crops (pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn) are marginal, close to breaking even. We’ve often said, ‘If Dick didn’t have a love affair with cows, we’d be doing OK.’ And that’s true.” Yet this farm has always been more about passion than money.
Love at first sight
After meeting on a blind date and getting married in 1967, the Seversons followed career life to various Oregon towns. They had long yearned for an old farmhouse, and hoped to find one upon moving to Eugene. Maryanne, who was raised on a small farm near Portland, was scouting properties with a Realtor when she first saw her future home in the late ’70s. “We drove down Thurston Road one day and I saw this house and said, ‘STOP THE CAR!’” she reminisces with a laugh. “I said, ‘That’s what we’re looking for.’ Of course it wasn’t for sale.” Actually the home would come on the market twice before the Seversons finally bought it in 1981. Built in 1893, very little of the original house still shows — mostly the main gable, a small patch of lap siding and a few interior doors. But even with multiple additions and layout changes over the years, it’s ideal for the couple’s longtime collection of antiques and older-style furnishings. It wasn’t until 1998, or five years before Dick “retired,” that the Seversons leased the first of their nearby farm fields and became true-blue farmers. One pasture borders the McKenzie River. “It’s our farmland, but it’s like our little haven, too,” Maryanne says. “We go down there and have picnics on the riverbank, and drive our ATV around.” Even the work, exhausting as it is from dawn to dusk, is rewarding. “You know, you look at it, and I’m probably working harder at times than I ever have,” Dick admits. “But it’s kind of a labor of love, I guess.”
HI EVERYBODY--GIGS & GOINGS ON: Scott O'brien,(my Sebastopol bud and songwriting compatriot from way back in Berkeley Grad days) and Cori Wood (Whattanincredible voice) and moi will be at Two Crows roadhouse, 9890 Bodega Hwy, Sebastapol, for the swan song evening Sat. April 12. $30 great dinner, all included. ph: 829-5898. Original Americana, Folk, Country, with a taste of Jazz, Blues, and Pop...and cool covers like "Angel from Montgomery" and "Oh Lonesome Me". Call for Reservations, hope to see you there. This is the last date at Two Crows as the place has been sold. Should be crazy fun nite with lottsa laughs. We got da harmonies goin' good.
Other good news: May 1-4 I'm off to Tucson for the Tucson Folk Festival competition, as one of the top tenners from around the country. Should be blazin' hot fun. They apparently liked "The Ballad of Poker Alice" and "Home to Oregon." Funny...I'll be a Californio in Arizona playing a song about my beloved early home Oregon. Sounds like I could be in an altered state, no?
...my social protest songs "Snake Oil" (co--writers Scott O'Brien and George Merill) and "I'm American Too" (from All things Considered album) and "Against the Grain" (From Shape of Things to Come album) were all featured on Thom Hartmann's Air America KPOG Portland Progressive Talk Radio show on April 2. I got some calls from all over the country on that day from people who knew my tunes. Wheeo. Maybe Thomas Jefferson was right about the power of the pen. (and music) ! I guess we gotta believe it makes a difference. If you're so inclined, it helps to call and/or inquire about the songs at KPOG.(866-303-2270) (Laurie Hartman)
Three other songs, "Since Then" (for new album release Nov. 08) and "I'm American Too" and "Snake Oil"are apparently a part of the top 40 of the Public Domaine Foundation (Peter, Paul, and Mary) Songs for Social Change Competition based in Vermont. There's a Christine Lavin radio show being planned for XM radio soon and I guess I'm in it as I had copyright queries from SDF. More later on that. If I get in top ten I'm goin' to Kerrville Folk Festival.
KRSH FM 95.9 Wine Country Radio continues to play my new tune "Hometown Hardware" on fairly regular playlists, and occasionally "Hats" as well. (the latter from A.T.C. album). KRSH welcomes requests from either of the albums. Frank Hayhurst of Zone has a great radio show 9 A.M. on Friday mornings on local musicians and doings from Sonoma County. A strong and wise voice in the wilderness of Indie Music and a great encourager of all things melodic.
CD baby's having a big push on CD sales this month in case you want to stock up for Christmas presents or time capsules. However,"Shape of Things to Come" is all sold out and, as it's being digitally remastered and re-released in July, there ain't no more of them thar albums right now. If any of my friends out there want to punch up CDBaby/L.K. Potts to make a postive comment or two about either album they can be posted on the CD baby website . My albums are also at Indierhythm.com in Georgia.
SAVE: June 7 for Studio E: Scott, Cori and I will be doing a set as fundraiser along with three other acts. June 21 Trolley-Trestle Extravaganza at the Yellow Barn..I won't be hosting this year, but it's in Chris Samson's able hands. Some extraordinary musicians there...and 200 people or so...special guests including Teresa Tudury. Scott, Cori and I again. Don't miss this one!
FINALLY: I've been invited to do a music video at BAY6, Harwood Productions new professional studio in Martinez: check it out! Kevin Harris, legendary Bay Area producer, teams up with son Cameron, video genius, to film plays, music, concerts, and more! This is a beautiful, large building with everything you need for youtube and websites/electronic press kits. Enough Already! Peace and Love from America's home town Petaluma.
I finally took time to read your reunion letter and our class web site! Roses to my classmates who take the time and effort to keep us together.
Since I moved from Salem after my graduation from Willamette in '66, I really have lost total touch with everyone from Oregon. I spent about 6 years in the Bay Area and then moved to St. Louis in '72. I have just retired from Maritz, Inc (Maritz Travel Company) after spending 35 great years.
I finally married my high school sweetheart, Nancy Ahrendt (class of '63) and did attend her reunion (probably the 35th). We've been married 30 years and have two sons.
We live in beautiful Lake Sherwood, a private gated community about 35 miles from St. Louis. Certainly not a large lake by Oregon standards, but large enough to ski, fish and enjoy the natural beauty of the hills, trees and sounds of nature.
St. Louis is not on the map as a tourist attraction but as with most of the Midwest, she's a fun city full of fun activities. Although baseball is the staple in the area, I still prefer football and attend the Rams games (it is officially all about the tailgate). Should any of my classmates wander through the area, Nancy and I would love to see you!
Best wishes and good health to my classmates and I'll try to make the next reunion!
Dear Reunion Committee members and classmates,
What a wonderful 45th reunion we shared! Marralene and Rodney , thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into giving us all a terrific time together, by providing such a beautiful, comfortable location. It was fun to become reacquainted with so many of you, whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. I wish I had had more time to visit with many of you longer! Darwin, the food from Alaska was a special treat for us all!
I’m happy to help in any way in the Seattle area in finding folks etc. Hard to believe we have had a 45th reunion and are looking forward to the 50th.
It was a fantastic venue, with very dedicated organizers and I think Marralene said it all very well in her email. Everything was wonderfully organized from the food, the displays, the check in, the welcoming atmosphere. The committee members are to be thanked for all their work before and after the reunion in preparing for a great evening and cleaning up on Sunday after most of us had left to return home.
If anyone is coming this way, or is here, would love to see you! Thanks Marralene and Donna for keeping the list and would appreciate being a part of it.
Marilee Watts McCorriston
10544 SE 28th St.
I missed the reunion this year after planning for so long to be there. The photographs taken at the reunion were wonderful!! Hope to make the next one!! My husband and I are both retired....he LeRoy) from the Salem Police Department, and Dyncorp, through the auspices of the United Nations working in Kosovo on the Macedonian border checking for weapons, drugs and illegals. I retired from Salem Hospital after working different areas of admitting, the Emergency Room, Nuclear Medicine, Ultra Sound and some part time work in Personnel.
We've done some traveling, plan to do more...longest trip (air miles) were the Cook Islands in the South Pacific (not that far from New Zealand).
We live on ten acres in Redmond, Oregon. We horseback-ride, camp and sight see with friends. We recently join the Porsche Club of Central Oregon after LeRoy acquired his dream car(a 911 turbo). No, he hasn't acquired a ticket........yet!
I am a breast cancer survivor after a major scare during Christmas of last year. Six weeks of radiation following surgery is no fun!!
Karen Shrum (Thompson)
I was unfortunately unable to come to the reunion again this August. I really do hope to come to the 50th. I have been retired from an HMO similar to Kaiser since '01. I have a daughter, Jennifer, 39, who is married with a 10 yo son, Dylan. She & her husband both work for the State of Wa. My son, Tyler, 33, is a marine biologist for the Alaskan fishing fleet. He's stopped in to see Darwin a couple of time but hasn't run into him yet. He was also living on the edge of the beach in Khao Lak, Thailand for 5 mo and literally outran the tsunami so I am very thankful for that miracle. My husband, Bill, passed away last November after a very fast progressing dementia. I live in Olympia, Wa but am spending about half my time in Reno, half way up Mt. Rose towards Tahoe. I am going to Germany, Holland & Turkey in Oct for a month and am very excited. We also plan on an extensive trip to Australia in about a year. I play duplicate bridge online and have gone to a few tournaments and get-togethers in person over the last few years.
Would love to hear from anyone visiting either Olympia or Reno, cell phone 360-870-2871. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reunion pictures look like everyone had a blast (even though I didn't recognize most of you.) I attached a picture taken at Crater Lake this past August so you can see me too.
Sharon Decatur Bafus
John and Mary Jo Keortge and Rob and Jan Robinson couldn't make it to
the 45th reunion so they went out to dinner on the evening their
classmates were meeting in Salem. They toasted the Class of 62 at
a fine restaurant near San Francisco. They promise to come to the