Ina Pursel (Gary West's grandmother)
taught school for over 50 years in the Applegate area. For
many years she rode to the one-room schoolhouse on horseback,
and then chopped wood to build a fire in the tiny wood stove
before the children arrived. In this photo (circa 1906) she
had to pull the children across the Applegate River in a trolley
to get to school. She was truly a Pioneer "Lady."
We never heard her say a bad word, and she always wore a dress.
Gary's Grandpa, Nelson Pursel, was
born in Jacksonville in 1883. Here he is in the designer baby
buggy of the day.