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Carrie Luella Dixon (b. 03 Mar 1874, d. 1952)Carrie Luella Dixon (daughter of Ralph Benton Dixon and Nancy M. Livingston)16274, 16275, 16276, 16277, 16278, 16279, 16280, 16281 was born 03 Mar 1874 in Douglas County, OR16282, 16283, 16284, 16285, 16286, 16287, 16288, and died 195216289, 16290, 16291, 16292, 16293, 16294, 16295, 16296.She married Robert Connor on 10 May 1899 in Roseburg, OR16297, 16298, 16299, 16300, 16301, 16302.
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Carrie Luella Dixon, Dixonville, OR --A personal interview, October 14, 1938
Carrie Luella Dixon was born on Sunshine Ranch, Douglas County, OR March 3, 1872.
Father --- Raphiel Benton Dixon (Rafe Dixon)/Mother --- Nancy Livingston
Brother and Sisters --- William Irving, James Thomas, Raphiel, Seth.
Married --- On May 10, 1899 to Robert Connor at Roseburg, OR-Children: None
Miss Dixon's father, Raphiel (Rafe) Dixon, was born in Savannah, MO. He came across the plains in 1852 via the Old Oregon Trail and spent the first winter in the Waldo Hills near Salem, OR. In the spring of 1853 he went to Umpqua Valley and located on the old Dixon ranch on the North Umpqua River about 10 miles northwest of the present Rafe Dixon ranch at Dixonville. In the emigrant train coming across the plains with her father, was her grandfather, James Dixon, who had made his first trip to Oregon in 1850, but had returned to Missouri to get his family. James Dixon was the train captain. Plenty of plains Indians were seen but there was no trouble with them as Captain Dixon had always tried to be fair and honest with them. He had the reputation of being a very just man.
Carrie Dixon first went to school at Roseburg, OR at the age of 6 . She visited at the home of her grandfather, Livingston, while schooling at Roseburg.Her first teacher was Miss Harriet Gilillard who later m: Gene Hanan. She next went to a school held at the ranch home of Mrs.
Anna Short. There were 6 or 7 children in this school and the teacher was Miss Abbie Burt, an aunt of Mr. O. C. Brown of Roseburg, OR.
Then six years she went to the grade school located on the ranch of Rafe Dixon, her home, just east of Dixonville. She later spent one year at the Wilbur Academy at Wilbur, OR. There were three teachers at the Wilbur Academy; Henry Benson, later in life an Oregon Supreme Court Judge; Frank Benson, later Secretary of State and then Governor of Oregon; and Miss Helen Holman of Salem, OR. Carrie Dixon next went to the same school, which she formerly attended on the Rafe Dixon ranch at Dixonville, OR. Here she schooled for six years and then returned to Roseburg where the late Bro. J. B. Horner was her teacher. She continued here for 2 years until her mother's death in 1888 after which she returned to her home, which required her time and attention.
Her father, Rafe Dixon, was a stockman, dealing in both cattle and sheep . He followed this work during his entire life and an average of his annual operations in the stock line would be about 500 to 700 head of beef cattle and from 2000 to 4000 head of sheep. He owned the home ranch of 2700 acres at Dixonville, and in addition he rented acreage amounting to about 8000 acres, being the present ranches of George Kohlhagen, R. B. Oliver and Mrs. Charles L. Beckley. The stock business was Rafe's life. He knew it from A to Z, and he made a success of it. He was a frequent visitor at Roseburg where he was well known and had a host of friends. The town of Dixonville was named in his honor.
The U. S. Forestry Service was first established in Douglas County, through the efforts of Hon. Binger Hermann, of Roseburg, OR, at that time Land Commissioner at Washington, DC. Through the efforts of Hon. Binger Hermann, Mr. Rafe Dixon was appointed the first Forest Supervisor of the Service at Roseburg, OR. He held this office for about 6 years and resigned in order to better attend to his personal business. He was succeeded by his Brother, Enos Dixon, who was later succeeded by S. C. Bartram. Rafe Dixon was in office during the exciting days of the famous "land fraud cases" which prosecutions were under the guidance of Mr. Heney, U. S. Prosecutor, who turned things upside down for months.
Carrie Dixon says that her father was considered a "crank" when it came t o the management of his ranch. During the record storm and
high waters of 1861-62, his was the only ranch that did not suffer serious loss of livestock by not having plenty of feed on hand to feed the
stock. His barns were always filled with hay and grain and his straw was always properly stacked. There was nothing lax or shiftless
about Rafe. Every fall he would "burn" his ranch and especially those places that needed it from bush or weed growth. His grazing land was never allowed to deteriorate but was always kept right up to standard. When he burned the range, he would employ plenty of help to
control the fire and keep it from going out of bounds. He used every precaution and effort to keep fires from getting beyond control and he never had any trouble from his burns.
Carrie Dixon says she has many memories of the old days on the home ranch, all of which were not of pleasure. As a part of her ranch
duties, of which every member of the Dixon family had his or her share, she took the chief part in the drying of fruit for the winters use.
Considering that they did not can or preserve, but used mostly sun-dried fruit, and in great quantities for the large family and the hired help
(which ate with family) it was some big job. It included among other fruit, apples, plums, peaches, pears, blackberries, raspberries and
loganberries --- bushels and bushels. First the fruit was all cleaned, then pared and sliced or prepared, all handwork and her work, which
would take hours and days of time. Then it had to be spread out on some clean sheets or covers on the roofs of the surrounding low
buildings and covered with mosquito netting or cheesecloth to keep the flies and insects away. This was also hard work. Being on the roofs, gave it the heat and direct suns rays and also kept it out of the dirt and dust below. The length of time of the drying varied and depended on the weather. The fruit had to be examined often, watched carefully and turned when necessary, at least every other day. There were no picnics or trips away from home and the fruit for the two or three weeks that the fruit was being dried. Finally, when the fruit was properly cured, it was gathered and stored away for the winter's use. Very little canning, preserving or jellying was done. The dried
fruit was the main and almost only sweets that they used for the table and for pies.
Another job that fell to her lot was the caring for the ash-hopper located out of doors to the rear of the ranch home. In this hopper was
first placed a bed of straw to act as a sieve for the lye water. Then oak ashes were dumped into the hopper and when ready to operate it, water was poured on top of the ashes and allowed to seep through. She kept the ashes covered with water and saw to it that the resulting
flow of lye water, which was the main ingredient of the ranch soft soap, was collected. This soft soap was used in quantities all over the
ranch and in many ways. She says that no ranches bought "store soap". Any ranch woman who did not make her own soap was considered a spendthrift open to criticism . All of this work was in addition to her regular house work and cooking as well as the care of the chickens.
West of the present Dixon home is a small creek known as North Deer Creek , which runs across the Dixon property. In the old days an Indian village was located on the Dixon ranch on this creek. It remained there as long as the Indians were allowed to remain in the country. They were the Umpqua Indians and never bothered the Dixons.
Religion was very deep-seated among the old settlers. The younger crowd were for dances and for a good time, very much the same as are the youth of the present day. Miss Dixon says it was natural in those days as it is at the present time for the older people to become
more deeply interested in religious matters and the hereafter. Youth had the dances and the gay times and the elders considered more
serious things. She says the dances of the younger set were usually held at schoolhouses but at times at the ranch houses. The
schoolhouse known as the North Deer Creek School was paid for entirely out of the proceeds of dances held there. She says the dances
were usually held on Friday night, ran all night and did not end till five o'clock or after Saturday morning. Talk about night owls and nightclubs, the old time youngster also kept late hours. However, the "old-timer" kids did not keep it up every night but only once in a reasonable while. They always had to work the next day.
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Marriage: 10 May 1899, Roseburg, OR.16303, 16304, 16305, 16306, 16307, 16308