Rediscovering a Lost Oswego Family
The Pomeroy family, who brought the legacy of Cornish mining to Oswego and lived here for thirty years, had vanished from local memory by 2008 when Lake Oswego librarian Claire Kellogg saw a small diary advertised on the website of an East Coast book dealer. The diary was written in 1883 by Will Pomeroy, the 14-year-old son of the Superintendent of the Oswego iron mines. Local historian Susanna Kuo will talk about the journey of discovery that ensued when she and co-editor Kellogg began exploring the contents of the diary. One of the first steps was to locate surviving members of the Pomeroy family. Will’s granddaughter, Laura McKeon Scholtz and her husband Robert A. Scholtz, have provided invaluable help in reconstructing the saga of the Pomeroy family. They will be special guests at the program on Wednesday October 2nd.
In 2009 the Lake Oswego Public Library published The Diary of Will Pomeroy: A Boy’s Life in 1883 Oswego, Oregon. A revised edition of the book was published last year. It contains additional information that has come to light since 2009. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Oswego Heritage House.