Embracing a Western Identity + The Jewish Oregon Story

Pioneers and Native Sons

One March 26, 1896, Gervais, Oregon, "was enthusiastic over the arrival home of her native son, McKinley Mitchell," after his nomination to the state legislature as a Republican. "The people en masse met him at the depot and welcomed him with addresses and the firing of anvils," reported the Daily Capital Journal. Although Mitchell's journey had been short -Gervais is located only fifteen miles from the state capital in Salem- "a procession was formed and he was escorted home amid much enthusiasm." - Ellen Eisenberg

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