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Friends of Mildred Kanipe Park Contributions


Sip & Savor Fundraiser

Thank you everyone who attended and contributed at our Sip & Savor Fundraiser in October.
A fun time was had by all and
we were able to add to our coffers!


A Big Thank you to the Cattle Leaseer, Sam Campbell, for the hawthorn removal at the park!


Look at what Douglas County employee, Amber, discovered! Flagstone walkway in front of Mildred's House.


Picnic Tables get a new make-over!

Roseburg OET make-over of Equestrian Pavillon Picnic Tables

Make-over of picnic table at Day Use Pond by The Friends.


Historic Manure Spreader added to Farm Machine display at Day Use Area


New Signs posted by the County makes
finding the park easier!


Recent Work on School House

Before Ceiling removal

After Ceiling removal

After Floor Removed


Interior Work on School House

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from The Kinsman Foundation, work was done in 2019 on the interior of the school as well as exterior work to seal up the many holes and missing boards.  A temporary door and steps were placed on the back of the school.  The hope had been to shellac the interior, however, it soon became obvious that trying to remove all the paint from such old board would have ruined the boards.   Decision was made to place primer on the inside with plan to do additional painting in the future.  Z. Terrell and Sons stuck with this project thru the many months it took to obtain legal documents required by county!


Bees Relocated from Schoolhouse Floor!

Saturday August 18: Mike Burke, Steve Kennerly and Midge McGinnis of The Friends met with Phil Moulton and other wonderful members of Beekeepers Association at the park to relocate honey bees that were living in the floor of the schoolhouse. The floor was cut and trays of bees and honey combs were successfully removed to be relocated. Bees also living in a duck box in tree next to the schoolhouse were also removed and relocated.   Such an amazing group of folks working on those bees. 

We are getting ready to start work on the interior. We have received a $20,000 grant from Kinsman to continue restoration of the schoolhouse!

Hawthorn Party January 2017


Adopt -a-Highway

Working with Douglas County Dept. of Public Works Adopt-a-Highway Program Elkhead Road along the park is earmarked for litter clean-up. Rita Prothero (of Tempa, Temporary Assistance of Sutherlin) has stepped up as project leader from 2013 to the present. Below are pics of September 21, 2016 trash pickup. In 2014 The Friends received A Certificate of Acknowledgement from the Douglas County Commissioners in recognition for our dedicated service! Thank you Rita for your leadership!

Trash pickup Sept 2015
Volunteers on Adopt-a-Highway day September 2016

Hawthorn Work Parties!

Rocky Houston, County Parks Director has organized Volunteer Work Parties to remove invasive Hawthorn. During your next visit you will notice the cleared pasture and trails along the creek. Individuals are still working on this project!

Hawthorn Party January 2017Volunteers Midge McGinnis, Holda Carter & Susan Rodan happy to be at the work party January 2017.




Thanks to Tyee Outdoor Experience!

Visit and search for caches at the Park!


Mildred Kanipe's House makes Restore Oregon's Most Endangered Places list.

Restore Oregon identifies important structures in Oregon that everyone agrees is important and must not be lost. Restoration projects have value in terms of preserving our history and culture, creating jobs, tourism, and Oregon as a travel destination. Finished restoration projects help to revitalize the surrounding areas and benefit business development. We are so pleased to have been choosen to receive help from Restore Oregon in preserving Mildred's childhood home.

Read Press release >>



Pioneer Cemetary - Ground Penetrating Radar Research Project Completed

The final report of the ground penetrating radar survey by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History in October is now finished.  The survey established the boundaries of an historical cemetery and identified graves within the cemetery located in Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park, located on Elkhead Road, Oakland, Oregon. 
Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park Association, the Douglas County Genealogical Society and the Douglas County Prospectors Association also participated in the survey work.  Friends of Mildred Kanipe applied for and is grateful for the Oregon Heritage Grant from the Heritage Conservation Division of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation. 
With the survey’s completion, Friends of Mildred Kanipe will begin the process of securing grants and donations to build a fence around the cemetery to protect and honor the graves of these early Oregonians. 
The cemetery preservation is a major priority because of its high archeological and historical value.  The cemetery provides evidence of settlement in North Douglas County and is a record of the area’s economic development, early population and settlement activities, and how our ancestors’ survivors organized our present day landscapes and preserved social values. 

When Mildred purchased the land she took her cat and bulldozed the grave area, obliterating the evidence, "because she didn't want people snooping around on her property." Mildred had asked that the markers be restored after she died.

The location of the historic gravesite  could not have been accomplished without the generous help of the Douglas County Chapter of The Gold Prospectors Association of America. Five members from the organization conducted a through search of the area using metal detectors. They concluded that this was undoubtedly the location of the burial site. Members conducting the search were Gary Sturgill, Chapter President, Carl Stone, Gary Grass, Michael W. Taylor and Robert L. Pace. The Friends would like to express our thanks to these individuals for their time and efforts, in helping solve one part of the mystery surrounding this burial site. 


English Settlement Schoolhouse Update

Look at that ROOF!!! Isn't it beautiful!? A grant from C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust was used to replace the roof on the Schoolhouse. The Friends are extremely grateful for the continued support from the C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust. Another grant from Preserve Oregon – Oregon Heritage Commission in the amount of $7,500 was also used for the roof and window restoration. 

English settlement schoolhouse
Schoolhouse with new roof and ready for winter 2014

English settlement schoolhouse
Oct 2014 old roof removed and ready for new

English settlement schoolhouse
Work crew cleaning up around schoolhouse after roof replaced

English settlement schoolhouse
Schoolhouse Winter 2012


In 2013, the windows were repaired. In the fall of 2011, the schoolhouse was lifted 5 feet in the air and a new foundation was installed, in addition to shoring up the bottom beams and floor.

english Settlement Schoolhouse

Grants from the Kinsman Foundation, the C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust and Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation emabled us to complete this work. We are in the process of requesting more grant money to continue work on the Schoolhouse Restoration which will include cleaning and restoring the inside walls, floors, windows and doors. A restroom and parking area will be the last items needed.

Preliminary Schoolhouse Renovation Plans

Click here to see the preliminary Schoolhouse Renovation Plans from Tom Rodgers - Engineer from Roseburg.


$65,000 raised in 3 months for Campground Project

On April 27, 2014, to help build an equestrian and non-equestrian campground project, The Friends announced that they reached the $65,000 Fund raising goal for in less than three months. In January 2014, Douglas County officials proposed a 20 acre clear cut in the Park to raise an estimated $150,000 for the project.  Citizens and organizations asked the Douglas County Commissioners to let Friends of Mildred Kanipe raise private funds to avoid the logging.  The Commissioners agreed, and gave Friends of Mildred Kanipe six months to raise $65,000 to be matched with additional funds for the project, including $65,000 from the Mildred Kanipe Trust.
“We are so grateful to every donor, large and small, from individual citizens, businesses, foundations, trusts, and civic organizations throughout Douglas County and beyond, for helping to meet this goal in such a short time,” said Karen Roberson, Founding Board Member.  She also pointed out “This campground will help make Douglas County a recreational destination, and help attract tourism dollars to our economy.” 

Another Founding Board Member, Debra Gray, expressed her gratitude “for the generosity and  leadership from individuals, businesses, foundations and civic organizations in a project that has forged a strong working relationship and participation in our community’s decision making process to help enhance a diversified economy.” 

Board members show off, we did it!!

Board Members happily standing next to "We did it!" thermometer in Oakland.
Left to right: Landa Baily, Steve Kennerly, Deb Gray, Midge McGinnis, Celia Scott and
Karen Roberson. Not pictured: Leslye Wing, Debbie Levings and John Robertson.

Friends/Douglas County Campground Agreement Read it here >>


New Hiking and Nature Trail signs

Nature Trail

The additional mile or so of trail has been cleared on the 40 acres on the other side of Elkhead Road (and yes, it is part of Mildred's park). New signs to direct people to the trails have been installed by Volunteers from Umpqua Hiking Club. This trail will be for hikers/walkers only. No horses.

Installed Summer 2011: Benches on the nature trail and at the top of the hiking trail, in memory of Richard Sommer, who loved nature. Thanks to Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club, Ray Jensen, John Mallone and the Wolf Creek Job Corps.

Wolf Creek Job Corp, Ray Jensen and John Malone installing new bench on Nature Trail   View and Bench at top of Hiking Trail   











Plans to revive Apple Orchard Started

Celia Scott is heading a project to work with Gregory Flick to clone the old trees in the apple orchard in the day use area. Stay tuned for more info on grafting clinics and progress! Young heritage apple trees have been obtained for planting in the fall. They are the following kinds: Star King, Yellow Transparent, Winesap, Baldwin and Pippin.

Dairy Barn Update

Sadly, the Dairy Barn was pulled to the ground in September 2011 by Douglas County. The metal roof was collected and recycled. Some wood has been salvaged but the rest was burned by the county. Jim Dowd had taken the photos of exterior and interior for reference and historical purposes.