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Doris Brack


August 9, 2017

Doris Brack

Doris Mary Yeley was born September 7, 1925 on the Hamilton ranch eight miles east of Goldendale, Washington to F. Erman Yeley and Sylvia May Schuster Yeley.

Doris was the second child born to this family. Doris rode her horse, "Old Silver" 3 miles to the No. 6 school for the first two years, having many snow drifts and icy roads to contend with. She then transferred to the Goldendale schools when her brother entered high school. She then rode 3 miles on horseback to reach the bus and then, after putting her horse in a barn, rode the school bus 27 miles to Goldendale. She had to be at the bus stop at 7:15 to get on the bus and was the last one to get off of the bus at night.

In 1938 the family moved to the Pike place on the old No. 8 road. The bus stopped at their door. Doris graduated from high school in 1943.

From her marriage she had 3 children. For many years she raised her son, Dale Bruce, alone and they lived together her remaining years on their property on Rimrock, outside of Goldendale.

Doris was always active in community activities. She was a 15-year 4-H leader, working with several groups-foods, sewing, sheep, gardening and the horse club. In the 1940s Doris was a member of the No. 12 Riding Club. She was on the ladies pole bending team earning several trophies. This group met every Sunday during the summer at the fairgrounds to practice their square dancing on horseback. 24 members took part in this activity. Their club participated with many other clubs for playdays, namely Hood River, The Dalles, White Salmon, Arlington, Moro and Tygh Valley. In 1949, Doris was the rodeo queen for the Klickitat County fair. When her children were in school she was their "room mother" and was active in planning their parties; their picnics were held at her home. When her boys were in athletic activities she helped with their banquets.

Doris joined the Pleasant Valley Grange in 1944 and was later the first woman Master for the group. She was always involved in their projects and their fair booths. When their Grange dissolved, she joined the Goldendale Grange and remained active there.

Doris was employed at the Extension Office in Goldendale working with the 4-H leaders. She traveled to White Salmon every Wednesday and set up an office in the Old Leaky Teepee building. The leaders met with her to get their supplies and to keep up to date with the programs. Next she went to work for the Klickitat County Title Company doing mapping and researching titles. When the title company was sold to Schrieners she went into the real estate business for a few years. From there she went to work for the Assessor's Office and was the first woman appraiser to work in Klickitat County. She was appointed County Assessor for a year when there was a vacancy. Not being elected for the office, she did private appraisals locally and worked in Columbia County for a time doing their appraisal work.

After retirement, Doris started researching and writing the genealogy of her extended families. Her great-grandparents, August and Catherine Dell Schuster joined a wagon train in Wisconsin in May of 1862 and arrived in The Dalles, Oregon in October of 1862. They soon moved their family to the Washington side of the river. In 1867, August was appointed a County Commissioner for Klickitat County. At their first meeting he resigned this position and was appointed to the position of Sheriff. He served in this office for 17 years. When Goldendale was established as County Seat he moved there and started a meat Market. Doris' grandfather William was the 8th white child born in Klickitat County in 1866.

Her great-grandparents, Joel and Elizabeth Blackburn Cowles, left the state of Iowa in July of 1880 by wagon train and reached Pleasant Valley in November of 1880. They were one of the first families to claim a homestead in that area.

Doris has also amassed an extensive history of her father's families in Indiana and from Europe dating back to the 1350s.

Another hobby Doris had was making and collecting quilts. Her quilt depicting the Indian Petroglyphs was her favorite.

Doris passed away in The Dalles on July 31, 2017 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and one sister. A graveside service was held on Aug. 5 at the Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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