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Eleanor Dooley



Eleanor Dooley was born December 21, 1913 at the family home in Pleasant Valley, Wash., to Andrew and Amanda (Kwam) Amundson, who both came to the United States from Norway. Eleanor attended school at Pleasant Valley for six years to complete the first eight grades and graduated from Goldendale High School in 1931 as an honor student.

In 1929, she joined the Goldendale Grange and remained a member for the rest of her life. In 1930, she became secretary of the Goldendale Grange, the Pomona Grange 5 and secretary of the Wool Growers Auxiliary.

Eleanor married Paul Dooley Sept. 9, 1933 and they moved to the ranch six miles south of Goldendale, where she lived for 61 years. During the World War II years, Mrs. Dooley worked at the Grange Supply and the Feed Store. Mr. and Mrs. Dooley purchased a ranch at Dallesport and from that time on, Eleanor’s life was devoted to farming and livestock.

In 1938, she and Paul purchased their first acreage in the Simcoe Mountains and from then until 1965 they drove their cattle the 50 miles from Dallesport to the mountain pasture for summer and back to Dallesport for the winter. In 1966, they began operating the Maryhill Museum Ranch and their cow herd continued to grow. The Dooleys semi-retired in 1982 and Paul passed away on October 5, 1987. Eleanor lived on the ranch until 1994 when severe age problems forced her to move to Goldendale.

In 1945, she attended the first meeting to reorganize the Klickitat County Fair and for the next 50 years she worked at the fair. She was active in the riding club in the 1940s and 1950s, participating in many fairs and rodeos doing square dancing on horseback.

Among other activities and awards, Eleanor was chosen Grand Marshall of the Klickitat County Fair in 1997, secretary treasurer of the newly organized Rural Fire District 7 in 1960, and chosen Citizen of the Month by The Goldendale Sentinel in 1994. Her most interesting hobby was caring for the 60 head of sows and the 750 head of pigs they raised each year for many years. She also enjoyed sewing, reading, bookkeeping, gardening, raising flowers, horseback riding and traveling.

Eleanor Dooley passed away in Goldendale on July 29, 2013 at the age of 99. She is survived by two nieces, one nephew, and many very dear friends and helpers.

A funeral service was held at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale on Friday, Aug. 2, followed by burial at the Centerville Cemetery.


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