We often hear of "founding fathers," but isn't it realistically more correct to refer to our predecessors as "founding families," since it takes an entire family to create a lasting impression on a community? Such is the case of the Holly Jackson family whose three-plus generations continue to be an integral part of the life of our town. Ralph Jackson, Holly's youngest son, joined us today to share his family's story of living and working here in Salem.
Since Holly was a member of the Oregon Mounted Posse & Governor's Guard for many years, the family enjoyed many horse-centered camping trips. The Posse also participated in many parades and celebrations. Once the store closed on Saturdays, the family could be often found camping at Detroit Lake or skiing up at HooDoo. Bill was a member of the "Blue Angels (along with Bill Johnston and Mike Parker), an unofficial racing team who turned their baseball hats backwards and sped down the hill, run after run. Ralph boasted that he has skied every year since the age of 4 (also when he learned to ride horses) and, even with two artificial hips, continues to do so every year.
Phil and Ralph purchased the building outright in 2001. Ralph's sons Tyler and Brett would follow the family footsteps through those doors within the decade, carrying on the tradition of expertise, and integrity into a third generation. The 1902 building underwent a comprehensive renovation in 2007, ensuring it will continue its useful life for many more years to come.