David and Mary Lane

May 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm (Lane Roots) (, , )

David and Mary Lane by you.

David and Mary Lane in 1914

[CAUTION: Data in this genealogy has NOT been checked against official records for accuracy.  Do not make public on the Web/Internet nor republish without this warning or the inclusion of references verifying data from other sources.]
Descendants of David Alva Lane
A note about prominent locations cited in this family history:
            Nebraska: Ogallala is a city located on Interstate 80 and the county seat of Keith County, which also includes the rural communities of Keystone and Lamoyne along Lake McConaughy.  At the west end of Lake McConaughy is the rural town of Lewellen.  Lewellen is located in Garden County, which has its seat at Oshkosh.  This area is near the eastern beginning of the pioneer Oregon Trail. The post office at Lewellen now serves the portion of Arthur County where David Alva Lane’s ranch was located.  At its height, the ranch encompassed about 4,000 acres, acquired a section at a time.  The ranch was divided among the children and over time much was sold off.  By 2007 the only portions still in Lane ownership were 1,040 acres owned by Charles T. Lane and 1,000 acres owned by Mary Lane, widow of Oral Lane.  As Charles wrote in the fall of 2006: “It was there in the Sand Hills of Arthur County where David decided, all things taken into consideration, was a good place for cattle ranching.  His original plan was to expand and acquire a cattle ranch and a home for each of his five living children.  It appears he made advance agreements with his neighbors to buy their property if and when they decided to sell.  A number of the neighbors were living on the “section” of land they had acquired through the federal Homestead Act.” [A section is a square mile, totaling 640 acres.  In those early days, one section of each 36-section township was reserved in public ownership for the county school system, but often leased out to the adjacent rancher.]
            The normally small town of Arthur, county seat of Arthur County, would swell many times over on an August weekend once each five years at the “Arthur County Reunion.”
            Oregon: The city of Sandy is a rural town within Clackamas County.  Oregon City, the western terminus of the Oregon Trail, is the county seat of Clackamas County.  Gresham is a metropolitan suburb of Portland, both in Multnomah County.  The 10-mile stretch of rural farmland, once mainly berry crops, between Gresham and Sandy is on the county line but primarily in Clackamas County and served by the Post Office in Boring.
            There was frequent travel by the descendants between the Nebraska and Oregon locations.  Many of the “first cousins” felt equally at home in either location during childhood years.
Level 1:
  David Alva Lane, born 2 Mar 1868 at Marysville, Kan., the son of Robert Byron and Mary Jane [Baker]
Lane.  He had four brothers and three sisters.  David married on 23 Dec. 1892 at the bride’s family’s farm in Corning, MO to Mary Drenda “Dee” Thieman.  She was born 16 Aug 1869 about 2.5 miles south of Corning, Union Township, Holt County, MO, the daughter of Louis (also Lewis) Christian Thieman and his wife Eda Artisima (also Artemisia) Matheny.
The family moved to several areas around Nebraska, first near Barada in Richardson County, just across the Missouri River from Holt County, MO.  The next westerly move was to Hayes County in south-central Nebraska where, on 12 June 1911 David A. Lane was issued an ownership patent to 646.52 acres under the federal Homestead Entry Act.  That patent was recorded in the general land office under the seal of then-President William H. Taft.  From there the growing Lane family moved northward, purchasing tracts of land in Lincoln County, NE in 1916 and 1918 before beginning to develop the ranch.  It was in western Arthur County (and one 40-acre parcel westward into Garden County) where David developed the cattle ranch, eventually acquiring several thousand acres.  Charles said the ranch was developed as “old bachelors” on adjacent sections of land were ready to move elsewhere and sold their acreage to David.  The ranch property was inherited by his children.
But the family didn’t always live at the ranch, since it was located so far from public facilities.  Charles remembers at one point the ranch was leased out and a rooming house was purchased at Broken Bow, so that Oral and Annie could go to high school there in Broken Bow, and David and his wife operated the “Never Close Cafe” there in Broken Bow for a time.  The family moved back in the early 1920s to be closer to the ranch, purchasing a large home with a basement on a hill overlooking Lewellen, NE (Charles recalls there had been a home right in Lewellen available at the time but his father was concerned that it might be in the floodplain, so chose the house on the hill.)  So Oral and Annie finished high school at Lewellen.
It was while living in Lewellen that David signed up as a traveling salesman for W.T. Rawleigh Co.  He outfitted a Dodge panel vehicle with shelves and long slide-out boxes for the product line of flavorings, spices, “tried and tested Medicinal products” and small household items which the firm merchandised.  Charles recalls that this was about the time he was in fifth and sixth grades; his father would be out for a few days selling and than come home and the youngsters would have to help him restock the vehicle from the products stored in the garage there in Lewellen.  Though some roads had gravel strips, most of the sales territory was accessed only by “dust tracks.”  [Rawleigh products still are available over the Internet, advertised with comments such as: “Two of Rawleigh’s original 1889 products, the `Antiseptic Salve’ and `Medicated Ointment’ have become a household name…”]

The Sandy Rose Cafe by you.

The Sandy Rose Cafe

Eldest son, Louie R. Lane, had moved to the Boring, OR area in the late 1930s, so the family moved West in  their 1939 Plymouth coupe and in about 1940 purchased the Rose Cafe on the corner of Proctor and Alt Avenue in Sandy [the location is where the Leathers Oil Co. station was located by the late-20th century.  The cafe had been moved to Hood Street, where it remained in use as a home in 2007].  About 1942 they sold the cafe and purchased acreage on Dunn Road northwest of Sandy so that David could have “a little stock” around [According to a Gresham Outlook news story on the couple’s 60th anniversary in 1952, David at age 84 was still milking two cows daily].  All of this was within Clackamas County, OR.  David died 17 Jun 1958 at the state TB hospital in Salem and is buried at the Gresham Cemetery.  “Dee” died 3 Nov 1957 at Boring, OR and is buried at the Gresham Cemetery.
Son Oral David Lane, in 1986 recalled: “Dad and Louie came to the homestead near Maywood, Nebraska about 1905 from near Falls City in eastern Nebraska [Richardson County].  They came by team of horses and a buggy.  Don’t know what time of year, but I would guess it was in the spring.  They burned a lantern under the lap robe in the buggy to keep warm.  Mom, Anna and Frank came a short time later.  I think they came to Maywood on the train.  Guess I don’t need to think, I know it was on the train, with a coal fired steam engine.  That was the only way they could have come ─ no buses, no cars, no planes, just the railroad ─ not one paved road in the U.S. at that time … ”  [Maywood is in Frontier County, but would have been the closest railroad stop to where the homestead land was located, about 20 miles to the West in Hayes County.  These locations are about 100 miles southeast of the eventual ranch location in Arthur and Garden counties.]
Granddaughter Jean [Lane] Jones remembers hearing stories such as these:
“Grandpa Dave would tell of the times he needed to hide from unfriendly Indians.  One such time he was out on the prairie and he dropped to the ground and lay VERY still.  He began to itch, but knew he didn’t dare move ─ when he was out of danger, he would get up to discover that he had been laying on an ant hill!
“Another time when he needed to hide from the unfriendly Indians, he went into a cave.  The Indians came by, stopped, looked in, but because there were unbroken spider webs across the cave, they did not enter.  The Indians knew that if someone had recently entered the cave the spider webs would have been broken !  (Grandpa Lane was a praying man.  Even spiders can be used in God’s miracles.)”
A recollection of Melvin Quick was that “Grandpa Lane thought it was a sin to buy anything new” so the “entertainment” for the extended family was to buy things at the Saturday auctions.

David and Mary Lane by you.

David Alva Lane and Mary Drenda "Dee" (Thieman) Lane

David and Mary Lane by you.

Mary Drenda "Dee" (Thieman) Lane and David Alva Lane

1 Comment

  1. Byron Renner said,

    This is nice to find additional information on my cousins!
    David Alva is my Great-g-Uncle as I am descended from Robert Franklin Lane and Effie Bernette Waggoner. Effie, as you may know, was the daughter of Jacob Waggoner and (the other) Mary Derenda Thieman (1841-1917). I and my 1st cousin (1R) Ron Lane (MO) have been researching our family for years. I believe there are other Lane related cousins currently in Oregon from Robert Lane’s half-brother John Jasper Lane (1840-1916). Thanks, Cousin Byron

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