Hello from the History Department.
America’s first and oldest fair was held in 1765, in York, Pennsylvania. In comparison, Oregon’s Washington County Fair (held at the fair complex about 7.5 miles from our Grand Lodge) has only been running for 164 years, since 1855.
This year’s event takes place on July 25-28, in Hillsboro, OR. Some of the fair’s longstanding traditions include pie bake-offs, sewing contests and, of course, livestock competitions – check out these historic 1920s medal-winners below.
Behold, award-winning cows! In the forefront stands LaCreole’s St. Saviour’s Bell (National Champion), while in the back is Fussy Fern’s Sweet Eyes (Silver Medal Cow). The woman on the right seems to be struggling with her charge just a bit. Hold still there, LaCreole.
The Behrmann farm stood east of the Grand Lodge and was clearly proud of its “medal of merit and gold medal cows.” This photo was taken in 1922, the same year that the first Masonic residents moved into the newly competed lodge next door.
The Behrmann dairy farm was a landmark of the neighborhood. It remained in the Behrmann family for nearly a half century, until the 1960s, when developers acquired the property and the building was taken down.
The caption for this photo, used as a promotional piece for the Masonic home, reads: “An abundance of the best milk is obtained from Behrmann’s farm, adjoining the home grounds on the east. At extreme left, Superintendant Roark is posing with LaCreole’s St. Saviour’s Bell No. 390543, World’s Champion, Class A.A.A. Record, 746.95 fat in 305 days, 1922-1923.”
Does the roof line of that barn look familiar? That dual-cuppola structure was used as the inspiration for Pat’s Corner, the small bar on the lawn of the Grand Lodge.