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By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

The Western Oregon Opry, part 1


January 31, 2019

I spent a delightful rainy afternoon at the home of Annie Manning and Neil Fain surrounded by newspaper articles, photo albums and golden memories.

Additionally, Larry Barkemeyer, Bob and Sharon Stratton, and Tootie Williams gathered ’round the kitchen table and took turns reminiscing over a truly special community treasure known as the Western Oregon Opry.

“Those were great times” is the comment that I heard over and over again. The Opry, from the beginning, was planned as family entertainment that was good, clean and wholesome. It started off upstairs in the old Dorena Grange in 1...

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