Archive for the Category ‘This is Keizer’

Mabel Claggett

Mabel Claggett

What with Claggett Park, Claggett Creek, Claggett Street and Claggett Cemetery, the name “Claggett” is almost synonymous with Keizer. The Claggetts were among Keizer’s pioneers, arriving in Oregon in 1852. Charles and Mary Irvine Claggett were natives of Kentucky who migrated to Missouri where their son William was born in 1840. The family left for […]

Keizer’s first families, Part 1: The Keizurs and Pughs

Keizer’s first families, Part 1: The Keizurs and Pughs

Bounded on the west by the Willamette River, on the east by the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks, on the north by Clear Lake and Buena Crest, and on the south by the City of Salem is the community of Keizer where about 20,000 people make their home. In the early 1850’s only 18 families laid […]

Keizer’s first families, Part 2: The Rest of Keizer’s First Families

Keizer’s first families, Part 2: The Rest of Keizer’s First Families

The northwest quarter of Keizer was settled by the Alexander Spongs, Aaron Purdys, Alvis Smiths, James Smarts, and the Nimrod and John Fords. Alexander Spong came from Ross County, Ohio in 1851, with his wife, Margaret Ann, and settled his donation land claim of 307 acres on the east bank of the Willamette River in […]

A short history of Keizer School

A short history of Keizer School

The first schoolhouse in the Keizer-Clear Lake area was a small log cabin at the intersection of the present North River and Wheatland Roads, about where the Bonny Dell apartments are located. No one knows when it was built but the remains were still on the site in the early 1900’s. In 1866 Hugh McNary […]

A brief history of Keizer

A brief history of Keizer

Keizer’s first known white settlers began to anive in the 1840’s. By the mid-1850’s 18 families had laid claim to 7,655 acres. Members of two families, the Keizurs and Pughs, had the largest total holdings: 2,415 and 1,912 acres respectively. The community took the name of Thomas Dove Keizur, patriarch of the family which came […]

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