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Werner Published in Historical Account


Elizabeth Werner, Director of the CCC Library, was recently published in a history book entitled, Josephine’s Daughters: Women’s Stories from Josephine County. (Grants Pass, Oregon: Josephine County Historical Society, 2009.) Published by the Josephine County Historical Society, the book included a chapter about two of Mrs. Werner’s ancestors, Lyvia Stephens and Caroline Briggs.

The chapter tells about how her ancestors left their home in New York state to settle with her great-great grandfather in southern Oregon during the 1850's. Lyvia Stephens, a widow in her 60's, her daughter-in-law, Caroline, and four grandchildren made the trip via ship and mule train over the Isthmus into Oregon in a time when transportation was difficult at best. The youngest child became Mrs. Werner’s great grandmother and namesake.

Eventually, the family home built by George E. Briggs became a refuge for the family and other settlers during Indian uprisings of the late 19th century. Lyvia Stephens died in 1871 and is one of two daughters of Revolutionary War soldiers known to be buried in Oregon.