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Macpherson Family History, 2010

Scope and Content Note

This family history consists of the monograph, The Macpherson Family Through Four Generations, written by Hector Macpherson, Jr. and edited by his daughter, Janet Macpherson Wershow, and granddaughters, Eleanor Wershow and Kate Rosson. The book describes the author's childhood in Corvallis and growing up on the family's farm; his student years at Oregon State College and service in World War II; farming in the Willamette Valley near Albany and Corvallis; his public service in county planning and the development of Oregon's land use planning system; and his work as an Oregon state senator and member of the Land Conservation and Development Commission. Also of note are descriptions of his father's education and career as a faculty member at Oregon Agricultural College and his participation during the 1920s and 1930s in the re-organization of higher education in Oregon and establishment of the Oregon State System of Higher Education.

The monograph also describes the activities and family of of Hector's great-grandfather, Hector Macpherson, who lived in Scotland, as well as his own children. Others included are Hector Junior's sister Miriam Macpherson Holman and his mother Margaret Dupee Macpherson. Recollections and remembrances written by Hector Junior's wife, Katharine (Kitty Brownell Smith Macpherson) are also part of the volume.

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