Florence Elisabeth Olson Garrison


Born December 18th, 1910. Birth was at her grandmother's farm in Riverview, about 5 miles from Junction City, Oregon.

Florence lost her dad to a car wreck at age 3. Her grandfather passed from a heart attack when she was 12. Florence grew up on her grandmother's farm and was driving a flatbed Model A truck delivering produce to as far west at Triangle Lake from the Junction City farm, at ag 16.

She met her husband when he hired in on the farm. Together they raised 2 children, a daughter Janice Zustiak, and a son Norman Garrison. She has 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Always a hard worker she helped her husband fall small timber the old fashioned way, using a 2 man hand falling saw. She also worked in a box factory with several other women in the late 40's to early 50's. Florence also served on the school board for a number of years.

She liked to trout fish in streams and caught many. She also liked to deer hunt and killed several nice bucks, using a .270 caliber rifle.

Florence liked to sit and watch the ocean waves. She and her husband bought a piece of property 5 miles from Yachats and put a 40' trailer on the property. They spent may weekends and vacations enjoying the property. After the age of 100 Florence said her body would no longer let her go to the coast.

Her great-grandmother was the first person to teach school in Lane County. Her great grandmother came to Oregon by covered wagon at the age of 14. Her parents were the Blachly's that the town is named after.

Her grandmother was known by many. The Eugene Hotel would bring many of their hotel guests out to the farm for banquet dinners. They were all served banquet style, with lots of farm fresh food on the table.

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