Here they raised five children, teaching them to sing and play a variety of musical instruments. The family began playing and entertaining at mining camps and cow towns in Eastern Oregon. They traveled by wagon and camped out under the stars at night.
A group of Portland’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens decided to attract attention to their city by having an international fair, with the theme built around the 1905 centennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Funding was acquired from federal and state governments, as well as from local businesses and citizens.The extravaganza featured the largest log structure in the world, over one hundred thousand light bulbs outlining the many temporary buildings, and extensive exhibits on topics ranging from agriculture to technology. The Lewis and Clark Exposition was a huge success with attendance of more than three million visitors.