Monday, April 1, 2019

New Beginnings in the Fall!

As many of you know, I had plans to interview Leroy Smith and then write "Leroy's Corbett Stories" for my blog. Just days after our first two meetings, Leroy had a stroke. This was a shock to many, if not all. As he recovers, I have decided to wait on posting any of his stories. I will "put up my pen" to focus on my real estate business this spring and summer, then check back with Leroy in the fall. Please continue to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He is an amazing man that has a real zest for life. I look forward to better days ahead, hearing many more of his stories!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Queen of the Kitchen!

Ruby Ancheta is the Kitchen Director at the Senior Lunch held on Mondays at the Corbett Grange. Ruby's mom knew how to bake and cook just about anything, so Ruby often uses her recipes.
In 1942, Ruby was born in Portland, Oregon and was raised as an only child. Her half brother and sister were raised in Michigan. Her youngest half brother had died when he was just four years old. Ruby's parents, Emmett and Louise raised her in the Portland area, moving often due to flipping houses to make money. Her Michigan siblings would come out to visit in the summers. Ruby says her mom cooked and baked nearly every day and so she was a "chubby child!" She felt very loved by both her parents, but when Ruby was just 13, her world completely changed. Emmett died unexpectedly from a heart attack and his death was devastating for both Ruby and her mom. Her mom used the insurance money to purchase a bar on Belmont called "The Gay Time" and Ruby was never allowed to visit or even go in. She began to see less and less of her mom as Louise began working long hours at the bar. Ruby ended up attending three different high schools prior to graduating from night school. Ruby met her husband Paul when she was a car hop in Portland, working at Yaw's restaurant. He was home from the Marine's and they fell in love. He was a skydiver, so he took Ruby on several sky diving dates. Paul proposed and they married July 31, 1964, in Portland. In 1968 they moved to Corbett with their children, John and Paula. Paul was working at Home Town Hardware in the warehouse and Ruby was waitressing at The Prime Rib. They met Raymond Smith who offered to sell them five acres in Corbett to build a house. They built the house for just $9K! Their builder quit before it was completed, so they finished it on their own. One day in 1983, Ruby rode her bike to work (Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins) and spotted a home for sale on the Sandy River. She and Paul rented out their Corbett home and then moved to the river house, living there until 2000. The 1996 flood had a major impact on their decision to move back to Corbett.  Daughter Paula ended up marrying a local man, Paul Granberg, and they purchased 80 acres.  Paul and Ruby bought half of that land and built a house, still living there today. Son John lives in Corbett and has one son. Paul and Paula have one son who is married and they will be making Ruby a great grandmother this summer! Ruby has been the Kitchen Director at the Grange for the last 12 years and she loves to go crabbing at their beach house, hike and ride bikes when not in the kitchen!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Walking Library

Stephanie Zimmerman Nystrom was born in West Virginia as the oldest of three girls and a boy. When Stephanie was 14, her mom and stepdad moved the family to Texas for better schools and jobs. It was a complete culture shock for everyone in the family! Moving from a small rural town in West Virginia to big city Houston, Texas was a difficult transition. The family moved back in less than three years. Stephanie graduated from her original high school and then the family again went back to Texas for a great job opportunity. They moved to Waco, Texas this time and Stephanie began attending community college. When Stephanie was a child, she was a self-proclaimed tomboy. She played the trumpet, and math, science, and writing were her favorite school subjects. In third grade, her world "opened up" when a brand new library was built just two blocks from the family home. Stephanie proceeded to read EVERY book in the children's section of the new library. Then, Stephanie read every single book in the young adult's section before she tried tackling the adult books. She literally read HUNDREDS of books. In the eighth grade in West Virginia, Stephanie received an award for each academic subject she studied. When the family moved to the much larger city of Houston, she received a math award. This made her feel validated, being that she was now in an extremely large school. Her world opened up once again when she began living in the city and was now exposed to a variety of people and lots of them! Growing up, meals and clothing were sometimes hard to come by for Stephanie's family. She worked hard to get into the community college in Waco, Texas. The Pell Grant and Veteran's benefits helped her as well as Work Study. She also lived at home the entire two years to save money. After graduating with her Associate's degree, she began attending the Univ. of Texas at Arlington. While at the community college, she met Pat, her husband. They both shared a love of science and math. They shared classes and studied together. The Challenger Space Shuttle exploded on Jan. 28, 1986 and as a result of being shocked and overwhelmed, Stephanie invited Pat to have lunch to talk about it. They have literally been together ever since. Pat and Stephanie finished community college and began attending the University of Texas at Arlington together. They married in 1987 in Waco, Texas despite hesitations from all of the parents. They eventually moved to Dallas where Pat got a job. Stephanie began classes at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas. In 1987 their son Parker was born. Stephanie was juggling school, work, and motherhood. The family moved to Gresham, Oregon just before second son Marshall was born in 1991. Stephanie wanted to live somewhere that reminded her of West Virginia. In 1993 daughter Zoe was born. Stephanie was still taking college classes and working a variety of jobs as she was raising the children with Pat. In 2003 they longed for a larger home for their family. A Gresham neighbor mentioned a home for Corbett that was for sale and they drove out to take a look and fell in love. They have lived in the same home ever since. Stephanie homeschooled all three kids, so none attended the Corbett Schools except two ended up participating in band. They also had a homeschool band, and Stephanie started book groups, game days, rock wall climbs and Eastside Park Days for the homeschoolers. In 1994  she finished her Bachelor of Science degree in math from the Univ. of Texas at Arlington. In 1999, Stephanie began working at home with Pat on a business they started together. Nystrom Engineering does industrial and scientific product design. All three children graduated from Portland State University with honors and all live in the PNW. Pat and Stephanie are enjoying the empty nest as they share favorite TV shows together, hike and spend time together at the beach. They previously had gone years without any TV in the home! Today Stephanie is the facilitator and organizer for the Corbett Ladies Who Read book group, is on the Budget Committee for the Corbett School District and is the district leader for the House District 52 Democratic Party. She loves yard work and also cooking. She is a vegetarian.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Forever a Pastor

"Bud" Derwood Wright Davis has seen a lot of life! Bud was born in Bronte, Texas on January 6, 1925. Bud was the fourth of eight children born to his mom. The last three children were with his mom and stepfather. Bud's family lived on a farm where he lived his entire childhood. His parents always had plenty of food available with their gardens and Bud loved to fish. All of the children were expected to work hard and Bud was especially close to his brother Frank and sister Gertrude. When his parents had divorced, Bud was only two years old and he did not see his father again until he was 17 years old. It was at that time that he moved away from the farm and moved in with his dad in Los Angeles. He stayed for the summer and then enlisted in the US Navy in Sept. 1942. After boot camp in San Diego, he attended the Univ. of Minnesota to study "all things electric." Bud was always a strong student and he caught on quickly. After four months at the University, he was sent to submarine school in New London, Connecticut for three months. In those days, everything was diesel-electric. Bud was then assigned to Bermuda to a submarine base on Ordinance Island as a maintenance electrician. He was later transferred to a new sub in New London. WWII ended August 1945 and his enlistment was up in January 1946, so he was shipped back to San Francisco to become a submarine instructor. After completing his commitment, Bud was free to travel and he did! In 1947 Bud attended school in LA for refrigeration, then moved to Portland to live with his dad and work in Longview, WA. He eventually left and traveled to look for other jobs. No luck! He came back to Portland and met his wife Midge through a mutual friend. They had dinner in December 1948 and he thought "She is the prettiest girl I have ever seen." Bud and Midge married in May 1949 and soon were a family of six! Barbara, twins Stan and Gary and then Russell. After a few years they ended up in Astoria where Bud worked for Radio Electronics Company, building the first ever TV Cable System west of the Mississippi. The company eventually went bankrupt and so the family came back to Portland, with Bud working as an electronics technician. In 1958, Bud and Midge made the decision to be baptized into Christ after friends had invited them to church at Duke Street Church of Christ in Portland. This was a strong turning point in their lives. In 1966 Bud went to work at Sears as an electronics technician. In 1973 Bud and Midge both went to Pakistan for a short time to help a missionary with electronic repairs in their recording studio. While working at Sears, Bud also began doing pastoral work at the Duke Street Church. He also began attending NW College of the Bible, taking a few classes at a time to earn a diploma. He attended over several years and even taught there. Bud left Sears in 1973 and went into business with Dick Fritzler, doing all types of repairs. He once got his hand stuck in a pizza roller and had to dismantle the machine one-handed to get his other hand out! Duke Street Church eventually asked him to come on staff full-time and he did. He started a bus ministry at the church,  bringing several busloads of kids to church on a regular basis. In 1973 Bud and Midge moved to Corbett. They came to care for elderly relatives and ending up staying nine years until the relatives both passed. They then decided to stay and care for Midge's mom and her brother as well as a foster child. They ended up purchasing a 1980's mobile classroom from the Corbett School District and converted it into an additional home. In 1989 Bud retired from Duke Street Church because he fell off his barn roof and broke his pelvis and wrist. While healing at home they began attending Corbett Christian Church. He served there as an elder and then an interim pastor. In 1996 they transferred to Harvest Community Church in Troutdale and have been attending there ever since. Bud and Midge did extensive volunteer work on the missions committee and recently stepped down from that due to Bud's health challenges. They are still living in Corbett and stay in close contact with their family which is now FIVE generations! Bud writes Midge a poem EACH day and has for the last 50 years. She has kept every single one. In May of this year, they will celebrate SEVENTY years of marriage!