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Lookingglass, Douglas Co.... A newspaper clipping was found recently and notes from the following article are submitted. Wed. May 6, 1981.The News Review, Roseburg, Oregon."Zertia Ollivant recalls last Wild West Show"by Dennis Roler, News Review Staff Writer
Zertia Ollivant was born in Flournoy Valley in 1893 as Zertia McKay, daughter of John H. and Virginia Caroline (Hartin) McKay.When she was five years old the family moved to Portland, Oregon for about four years and then returned to Flournoy Valley.In the next nine years she spent two years in Tacoma and one year in Portland.The rest of her life was in Flournoy Valley and much of it spent with her Grandmother Hartin.
Her formal schooling was in places other than Douglas County.Flournoy Valley students attended school at a one-room schoolhouse at Brockway (on Oregon Highway 42, about 3 miles west of Winston).They had to walk three or four miles from Flournoy Valley to Brockway.The school had one teacher for eight grades.Valley girls were not allowed to attend school in bad weather because swollen creeks required longer and tougher detours."A girl was kind of delicate in those days and I didn't get to go that far" said Mrs. Ollivant.She did finish eighth grade.
Zertia McKay was 18 years old and living with her Grandmother Hartin when George Ollivant came calling.He was a young man whose father came from England to settle at Lookingglass. They were soon married and lived three years in Flournoy Valley before moving to a ranch near Olalla, about ten miles south of Flournoy Valley.They lived on the ranch at Olalla for 54 years.After her husband's death in 1968, she moved to Winchester, Oregon a few miles north of Roseburg.In 1980 she had 19 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 10 gr-gr grandchildren.(George Ollivant was the child of Elijah and Lucretia Thankful [dau of Linus Bushnell) Ollivant, early pioneers in Lookingglass).
(Children notes from personal files George and Zertia Ollivant children were 1. Mildred Virginia Ollivant, b: Abt. 1912 in Lookingglass, d: Nov 13, 1914 in Lookingglass, Douglas Co. OR 2. Elijah E. Ollivant, b: Aug 24, 1912 in Douglas Co. OR d: Apr 17, 1968 in Lookingglass, Douglas Co. OR 3. Elva M. Ollivant, b: Abt. 1917 in Douglas Co. OR)
In May 1980 Mrs. Ollivant was the Grand Marshal of the Cleanup day activities for Lookingglass.Mrs. Ollivant said she hadn't given to much thought to being Grand Marshal, as they didn't ask her if she wanted to be one.She wore her Grandmothers black dress cape and gray bonnet.She asked her granddaughter in Lookingglass what she should do, as she had never been a Grand Marshal.Her granddaughter told her "to wave."
When Zerita Ollivant was 19 years old (1913), Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show came to Roseburg for the last time.Mrs. Ollivant and her grandmother, Mary Jane Hartin, packed their lunch, hitched up the horses and set out before sunrise for the eight mile journey from Flournoy Valley to Roseburg to see the show.
Mrs. Ollivant recalled that her "grandmother went down and talked to the Indians.""They had quite a conversation and it was the last time Buffalo Bill was in Roseburg.
Grandmother Mary Jane Hartin "was known all over the country.She went to places where people were sick, as there weren't many doctors. She delivered many babies, including me." Said Mrs. Zertia Ollivant.Mrs. Hartin had been part of the Flournoy Valley since her father Hoy Bernard Flournoy, moved in 1850, from Missouri to the Douglas County Valley that bears his name.
Mrs. Ollivant recalled that on the mountain northwest of town (Lookingglass), Mr. Hoy B. Flournoy supposedly stood when he named Lookingglass.That day he stood above the fog and remarked 'that it (the fog) looked like a looking glass and the name stuck.'
Mr. Flournoy first entered the valley in 1845, apparently part of a crew exploring what is now Oregon and Washington.He returned to Missouri, loaded his family and returned by way of the California Gold Rush to the valley. While in California, miners panned for gold and Flournoy earned $8,000 baking bread for the miners.With that money they moved to Oregon.
According to Mrs. Ollivant, Hoy B. Flournoy and two of his sons, Jones and Roland and a son-in-law with the last name Newton each got 360 acres of land from the federal government to homestead.Another son, Roy, was shot and killed with an arrow shortly after the family arrived in Oregon.Mrs. Ollivant said the Flournoys suspected it was a white man trying the wreck the family's good relations with the Indians.
She also recalled that Jones Flournoy was said to be somewhat of loner and lived in a forest over a hill from the others.He occasionally left his home riding a cow.
The Flournoys tamed a herd of elk for meat.One day they decided to ride one and finally got the saddle on.The elk run away and neither the elk nor the saddle were ever seen again.
In 1980, Mrs. Ollivant said the Ollivants are growing and Flournoys are disappearing. A son of Jones Flournoy lives in Springfield and is the only one she knows that still bears the Flournoy name.