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January 17, 2013
Fountain will mark his 100th Birthday
|An active life, rather than retirement, means Carrol Fountain is keeping busy tending to his cattle, orchards, grapes, and gardens. |
MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- WALTERVILLE: Carrol D. Fountain was born the seventh child of John and Salinda Fountain on January 19th, 1913, in Walterville, Oregon. A second generation, Oregonian, he was a big baby, weighing in at 13 pounds. His chubby cheeks and long strawberry-blonde curls even earned him 1st place in Lane County’s Beautiful Baby Contest. Brothers, Lee, Irvin and Jack and sisters, Bess, Mary and Edna composed his older siblings.
Carol attended the old Deerhorn School and graduated from Springfield High School. Baseball motivated him to go to school and he was well known for his quick pitching arm.
Breaking horses was another one of Carrol’s talents and he spent his young adult years in Drewsey, Oregon, as a buckaroo. In May of 1935 he married Ethel Currant and started a family. Three sons, Dick, Mike and Tom and daughter Pam completed his family. Carrol spent his working years as a logger and rancher.
Carrol has never truly retired as he is still raising cattle. He worked with horses into his 90s and hunted almost every deer season until just a few years ago.
Carrol is still very active riding around on his ATV, hauling wood (still using a chainsaw) and tending to his orchards, grapes, gardens and entertaining numerous great-grandchildren on the hill he was born on. Australian Shepherds, Sophie and Kitt, remain loyally at Carrol’s side, whether he is doing chores or relaxing in front of the wood stove.
If you are in the area, join the family for a piece of cake at Aunt Ding’s Restaurant on Saturday, January 19th, (1 to 3 p.m.) to wish Carrol a Happy 100th Birthday!
The family requests no gifts.
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