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tmulmimj. II[lllllnl/lllgllUglllllillnll Page 2 I The Coquille Valley Sentinel September 23, 2009 you know lh|8' orothg Taglor The Reuben Mast family - ( courtesy Dan Mast and moth- er Ann Mast) Jamie Mast, mother Lola Mast, Leta Mast Leslie - Judge Reuben Mast, Dr.Reuben (Bucky) Mast It is always so rewarding to be able to interview rela- tives of a younger generation who have stayed in the area and have known the history of their family. Dan Mast who worked with Farm Home Admn and his sister, Joann Mast who was a Coos County extension agent before her retire- ment, have lived here all of their lives, as their father, Hollis Mast did. Hollis's father Webb Mast was born in North Carolina but from 1873 on he lived in the same place• Dan, Joann and Bill Mast have been involved in the original Lt. William Mast homestead, where brother Bill lives, and the adjoining land, owned by their father Hollis (and wife Ann) Mast. Hollis is deceased, but Ann still lives on the original homestead land. The Hardee Mast family, (brother of Reuben and Webb, ) Mary Ann, John, Mary Kay, and Jim's widow Mary Beth also own and operated part of the origi- nal farm. In the family of Judge Reuben H. Mast, Leta Ray the oldest child and only daughter, married Spike Leslie a well known Coquille high school coach and teacher• His son Reuben, known as "Bucky," became a doctor and started Mast hospital in Myrtle Point which is now a nursing home. It is behind the Safeway store in Myrtle Point• Judge Reuben, son of Lt. William Mast, farmed, taught school, did bookkeeping and was one of the organizers of the Farmers and Merchants Bank (now housing the Broiler!) where he worked as a cashier. He was elected a judge in 1921 at the age of 67 and was a county juvenile officer. He built a large family home in Coquille on the.hill behind McKay's Market which remained in the Mast family until daughter Leta died. Judge Reuben Mast died in 1949. Dan Mast (retired and still a Rotarian) said that the Mast family came originally from Switzerland and left because of religious persecution, The family arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 where they could practice their Amish faith. In 1760 the forbearer of the local Masts was banished from the church and went to live in Watauga County, North Carolina. Lieutenant William Penn Mast born 1834 in North Carolina, after serving in the Civil War on the confederate side, decided to go Nacogdoches, Texas for a brief time in about 1860 (Reuben had been born in North Carolina,) then returned to North Carolina from Texas where he's found in the 1870 census already back in Watauga Co. In the spring of 1873 he came to Oregon with his family and "about 66 other people" according to Peterson and Powers, forming the North Carolina colony. William had married a cousin, Charlotte Helen Mast, in about 1852 in North Carolina. Their children were: Reuben H. (the judge) born 1854, William L. born 1863, James W. born 1865, Webb born 1868 (Dan Mast's line) and Hardee born 1873. All of the children were born in North Carolina except Hardee who was born in Douglas County shortly after the family's arrival there. They first came to Douglas County and when the Coos Bay Wagon Road opened during the summer they came to Coos County using the wagon road. It was a total wilderness. The Masts were about four miles from the road over a rough mountain trail. A quote from Reuben" we had to carry all of our household goods, and father's blacksmith shop on the backs of our horses who weren't used to that type of terrain or usage. It was so funny to see a horse loaded with trunks half their size hanging over each side, perched on top and all tied with a network of ropes!" The family was composed of hard workers. They managed to clear and raise a crop the first year they were there, living in a board shanty built from logs they cut and fashioned into living quarters. After placing the claim to their land, the sons also later purchased additional land and developed a large dairy, and started the post office at Lee, Lt. William Mast was a Coos County commissioner in 1884. He died in 1889. The original homestead is still owned and occupied by the Mast family. 1913 Champions- Front row from left, Cliff Kern, Clay Knowlton, and George Oerding. Back row from left, Dr Reuben Mast, Spike Leslie, Coach Harry Oerding, Pete Miller and Irvin Watson. Editor's desk Survey deadline extended There has been such an overwhelming response to the survey circulated by the Merchants Association that the deadline for turning them in has been extended. The draw- ing for prizes donated by Coquille merchants will take place on Saturday, October 17th on First Street, in front of the Sentinel office. Turn in your survey by Friday, October 16. If you have not filled out a survey and would like to, they are available at the Sentinel or Truffles! The thing I like most about the surveys coming in is we are all on the same page. It is gratifying to see how much everyone cares for Coquille and is willing to work for the best future we can possibly create. Thank you to each and every one who has taken the time to respond. We hope to see you on the 17th. There will be a lot going on that day. We are expecting a special guest.•• plus music, dancers, dunk tank, vendors, food•.• Have happy days, Jean Ivey Pioneer Coquille Community Garden Grand Opening The Grand Opening of the Pioneer Coquille Community Garden, 180 N. Baxter St., in Coquille (behind Pioneer United Methodist Church & the Auto clinic) is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the ribbon cut- ting at 1:15 p.m. You won't want to miss the First Annual Tomato Taste-Off with prizes given for the best tasting homegrown tomato - results at 2:30 p.m. There will be refreshments and Raffles and Games for gardening "kids" from 1 to 100. Join the community for a tour of the Garden and comes'ee What the Buzz is about! ........ For' more information, please contact Darlene at 541-404-7519 or visit our website at Ross Signs 529 Maple Street Myrtle Point, OR 9458 541-572-5137 RouDelC( "Where only the Appearance is Expensive" Letters Dear Editor, I want to comment on the recent article regarding the use of the Coquille High School grounds for a reli- gious event. A democracy thrives on the concept of separation of church and state. When a public facility such as the Coquille Community Center has an event that a religious group wants to use, they rent the space and pay a fee. Therefore, if my organiza- tion, say, Atheists for America wants to utilize the facility we go through the correct channels to do so. Now if my organization, Atheists for America, wants to use the Coquille High School parking lot to erect a tent, have a meeting and not pay any fee, does that seem ok? I do not think so. We have a community center for this purpose. So the question is not based on Christian bias or anti-Christian prejudice but on the fact that we have a clear separation in a Democracy that determines we all have the right to wor- ship or not worship as we choose• We do not however have the right to use our educational facilities to cele- brate our individual reli- gious beliefs. Being a tax- payer does not override the clear distinction between personal religious practice and use of publicly funded educational facility to prac- tice your beliefs. A pravaty owned school can decide if such an event is appropriate. I thank you for your cov- erage of this issue and sup- port :such efforts in the ..... future. Regards, Another equally concerned Coquille Citizen To the Editor, Sunday morn at five I was joked awake. I mentally traced the steps to my .45 while straining to wring a clue from the darkness. Why was I awake? I heard surf. I heard wind. That was all. Then my neighbors Rooster let loose again. Mystery solved. I wondered, not idly, when that fool was going to quit playing with his food, and eat it. There is nothing new here. I quoteShakespeare :"Woke to Cocks Crow. Prayed to God, If we could not have the chicken without the crow, could I at least have that one for dinner?" It is not that a rooster is like an alarm clock you cannot turn off. Rather, it is an alarm clock that is like a Rooster you CAN turn off. And I have not owned one of those since I moved to this very quiet address to recover from being tortured to Deaths' Door by the police• Eleven years ago. A person becomes used to the silence that pervades here, at five in the morn. Comes to expect it. To rely upon it. And notice when it is broken.., at five in the morn. And notice why. And want it to stop. Shakespeare may not have had his way, but for the past hundred years we have all been able to. Anyone may order any number of any breed of any fowl delivered anywhere at any time guaranteed live, healthy and female. For chicken feed. As I have explained to my neighbor. In writing and again, Sunday, at his door, at Dawn. It seems my neighbor would rather fight me for my sleep than eat. And threatened to misinform the Police. Sic'em on me. This is an irritation, and meant to be. And not what the police are for. As I said when I called them, to remind them how easy I am to talk to. And that my neighbor is thinking of using them as a weapon. To enforce his right to wake me. At five. On Sunday. It seems to me the law was invented to address pointless contention, such as this is. I bring to the attention of the County Commission that until very recently the chicken was not in evidence any- where along Seven Devils Road. I am not saying it wasn't here, I am saying it WAS, but you could not hear it, because they were all Hens. Now there are Cocks as well. I surmise the economic upset inspired some to take up the hobby. And I encourage this. But I object to the Rooster; it is the Jackass of the avian world and for the last centu- ry hasn't had even the figleaf of necessity to par- don its ability to break the silence over twelve hundred acres with its' challenge throughout the quietest hours of the morn. This acre figure is based on observing the Bird 3/4 mile North of me, not the one at the end of my drive- way. Between these two food-animals, Seven Devils Road is covered from mile post 3 to the end of the pavement, while another ...... pair at mile post 1 covers • everything from the Hi,way, to the Golf Course. This amounts to four rude people imposing on about four hun- dred, for hours, starting 2-3 hours before Dawn, daily. Did I mention the Golf Course? Excuse me, Golf Courses, PLURAL? Quiet is part of their stock in trade. And did I mention the other chicken coops in the area that DO NOT have Roosters, because they are not needed? There are those who pre- fer NOT to get along with their fellows. Claim a right to be loud when and where it is quiet, a place called MY HOUSE. Even after being informed of the more profitable alternatives. This particular form of Vandalism provides a com- pelling public interest in removing the weapon from the miscreants hands. I am suggesting that the Rooster : Useless, Loud, and without an "Oft" switch : Be Banned From Coos County : in order that the rest of us may have our rest despite those few of us who are fools. (Or deaf, or passive- aggressive, or something.) I do hope the Paper will inform the public I have made the request, so we can all talk it over. Thank you. Kertis Engle Bandon Editor's note." See Police log. Page 12.