Stable Sheet - October 2018
In Memory Of -
Outback Bonnie Lass
Theresa Simms' mare Bonnie, passed at age 32 this summer. Her name was Outback Bonnie Lass. She lived a long life and provided Theresa with many years of love and joy. 
Keizer Oregon Statue of a
Pioneer on a Morgan Horse
Thomas Dove Keizur

Here is his story.
Thomas Dove Keizer and his wife Mary were born on the same day in 1793 in North Carolina. Working their way west the Keizurs traveled to Tennessee then to Arkansas before heading north to Missouri.
The Keizurs traveled over 900 miles from their home in North Carolina to reach Independence, Missouri in time to join the Oregon Emigration Company of 1843 and the “great migration”. The wagon train of 1843 was the first wagon train to complete the overland trek all the way to the Willamette Valley in the Oregon Territory. These pioneers blazed what was to become known as the Oregon Trail. In the years to follow, thousands would follow in their footsteps.
At the time they left Independence the family consisted of 22: five sons and five daughters, eight grandchildren, two sons-in-law and a brother of one of the sons-in-law.
In mid-November of 1843, after six months on the trail, they arrived in what is now the City of Keizer. The family spent their first winter in Oregon on the west bank of the Willamette River. They re-crossed the river in the spring of 1844 and claimed approximately 2725 acres on the east bank of the Willamette River (from River Road west to the river in present day Keizer).
Thomas Dove Keizer served two terms as a legislator in the Territorial Provisional Government. He was elected to train and lead the first military organization in the Oregon Territory. Captain T.D. Keizer was the first commander of what later became the Oregon National Guard. However, Thomas Keizer saw himself as a farmer and horse breeder. He is, in fact, credited with planting the first apple orchard in the Willamette Valley and bringing the first Morgan horses to the northwest.
Thomas Dove Keizer passed away in 1871 at the age of 78. Mary Keizer preceded him by eighteen years. His legacy of pride, spirit and volunteerism lives on today in the community that bears his name and is the official motto of the City of Keizer.                                                          ~~~ By Jerry McGee
Olympia, Washington artist Gareth Curtiss was chosen in 2007 to create the statue of Thomas Dove Keizer. He forged it in bronze at his Montana studio. The statue was installed at the Keizer Civic Center on January 30, 2010. For more information about Mr. Curtiss, visit his website at
TD’s claim boundary ran east from the Willamette River along Cummings Lane to River Road then southerly along Cherry Avenue to Salem Industrial then west to what is now the south boundary River Road Park to the Willamette River.
Keizer Rapids Park is located on the Claim of J.B. Keizer (DLC 37). The boundaries are east from the Willamette River along Chemawa to River Road; south on River Road to Cummings; west on Cummings to the Willamette River. As a side note, JB’s claim was the first surveyed DLC in Oregon. (Submitted by David Louden PLS)
But that doesn't tell all of the story.
Here is more.
Thomas Dove Keizur (his name is incorrectly spelled Keizer, Keiser, Kaizur, Kaiser, Keysur, Keyser, Kizer, or Kisor in various documents) was one of the earliest American pioneers to settle in the Oregon Country . In 1843, he led his large family from Missouri to Oregon over the Oregon Trail . He homesteaded in Oregon's Willamette Valley in an area north of modern-day Salem, Oregon .

Keizur was one of eight citizens elected to serve on Oregon's third pre-provisional legislative committee which helped lay the foundation for the establishment of the Oregon Territory . He was also the first captain of the Oregon Rangers , the first militia unit organized in Oregon. Today, the city of Keizer, Oregon , is named in his honor.

Early life
Keizur was born on 20 November 1793 in Buncombe County, North Carolina . His parents were George A. and Mary (Dove) Keisur. [1] [2] Keizur married Mary Girley in 1812. Together, they had ten children, five boys and five girls. [3]
In 1828, the Keizurs moved from North Carolina to Giles County, Tennessee . Five years later, he moved further west to Van Buren County, Arkansas . [1] [4] [5]
In 1842, the Keizur family traveled to Missouri hoping to join an emigrant wagon train bound for the Oregon County. However, they arrived too late to start crossing the continent with that year’s migration. As a result, the family spent a year in Missouri waiting for the 1843 wagon train to form up. [6]

Oregon Trail
Keizur and his family left Independence, Missouri , for Oregon on 20 May 1843. On the journey to Oregon, Keisur was joined by his wife, five sons, five daughters, two sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and a brother of one of his sons-in-law. [4] [2] [3] [7]

There were over one hundred wagons and approximately 900 pioneers traveling west to Oregon in 1843. In addition, the pioneers brought a herd of 5,000 cattle that followed as the wagons moved along the trail. The trek was guided by Marcus Whitman , who was returning to his mission station on the Columbia River . [7] [8] To prevent over grazing along the route the pioneers divided into smaller traveling groups. The Keizurs joined what became known as the Applegate party , which traveled slowly with the cattle herd. Along the trail, Keiser became an active leader among the emigrants. [2] [3] [9] [10]
The Keizurs covered over 2,000-mile (3,200 km) on the Oregon Trail. First, their wagon train followed the Platte River and then headed north to Fort Laramie in Wyoming . From there, they followed the North Platte River and the Sweetwater River before crossing the continental divide at South Pass in central Wyoming. Once on the west side of the continental divide, the wagon train headed for Fort Bridger and then turned north to Fort Hall . From there, the party followed the Snake River and then the Columbia River to the Willamette Valley. [7] It took six months for the Keizurs and their fellow emigrants to cross the continent. [4]

Oregon pioneer
The Keizur family arrived in the Willamette Valley in mid-November. They spent the winter in temporary quarters on the west bank of the Willamette River across from the Methodist mission station at Mill Creek which had been established by Jason Lee . In the spring of 1844, the family re-crossed the river and established a number claims on the west bank. The Keizur family land claims were north of the mission. In total, the adult members of the Keizur family claimed 2,725-acre (1,103 ha) of farm land along the Willamette River. [4] [5] [11] [12]

Thomas Keizur himself claimed 608-acres (246 ha). He filed his claim under the provisional government’s original land act. His property was bordered on the west by the Willamette River. To the north his land ended at Cummings Lane, a road that was built by the Keizur family. The eastern boundary was River Road and then Cheery Avenue heading south to what is today Salem Industrial Drive. The southern boundary ran from the junction of Cheery Avenue and Salem Industrial Drive west to the river. After Oregon became a United States territory , Keizur refiled his claim in accordance with the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850. [4] [9] [12]

In 1844, Keizur was one of eight citizens elected to the Oregon Country’s third pre-provisional legislative committee. He was one of the three representatives from the Champoeg district. This was the first legislative body in the Oregon Country selected in a regular election. Members of the two previous legislative committees were selected at open public meetings. The committee met twice. Both sessions were held in Oregon City . The first meeting was at the home of Felix Hathaway from 18 to 27 June 1844. The second meeting took place at the home of Doctor John E. Long from 16 to 21 December the same year. These meetings helped lay the foundation for the establishment of the Oregon Territory . [13] [14] [15] [16]

In 1844, a dispute between settlers and a local Indian lead to several deaths at Willamette Falls near Oregon City . After the deaths, a citizens committee of Willamette Valley residents met on 9 March 1844 to discuss forming a militia. The committee was chaired by W. H. Wilson with Keizur serving as the meeting secretary. The committee approved formation of a mounted rifle company to protect settlers. As a result, a militia company of 25 men, known as the Oregon Rangers, was organized. Keizur was elected captain of the company. Keizur was duly commissioned by the executive committee of Oregon's provisional government. This was the first military unit authorized and formed in the Oregon Country. The company met several times for training, but was not called into action. [15] [16] [17] [18]

In 1846, a special citizens meeting was held at the farm of Daniel Waldo to discuss the need for a militia company. Keizur was elected chairman of the meeting. Attendees voted to reestablish the Oregon Rangers mounted rifle company. Charles Bennett was appointed captain of the company. After the meeting, 45 attendees volunteered to serve in the company. Keizur signed the meeting minutes which were published in the Oregon Spectator newspaper. [19] [20]

During the 1851-1852 session of the Oregon Territorial Legislature Keizur and two other citizen were appointed to a commission tasked with determining the route of a territorial road between Lafayette in Yamhill County to Salem in Marion County . It appears that Keizur was unable to participate in the commission since records show that another citizen ended up serving in his place. When the proposed route was finally announced in 1853, Keizur and other Marion County residents signed a petition against building the road along the proposed route. As a result of the protest, the road was not built. [3] [21]

Keizur's wife, Mary, died in 1853. [5] Keizur died on 19 June 1871 in Marion County, Oregon. He was 78 years old at the time of his death. [1] [8] [22]

Keizur's service in the 1844 pre-territorial legislature helped lay the groundwork for Oregon's territorial government and eventual statehood. [14] [15] [16] When he was elected captain of the Oregon Rangers, he became the state's first militia commander and thus the founding leader of what is today the Oregon National Guard . [4] [17] [22]

The Keiser post office was established in 1948, as a Salem delivery station. [1] On 2 November 1982, the city of Keizer was incorporated and named in honor of Thomas D. Keizur. At the time, the city's population was 19,650. The city continues to grow. As of 2016, the estimated population of Keizer was 38,980. [22] [23] [24]

In 2010, a large bronze statue of Keizur on horseback was installed at the Keizer Civic Center. The statue honors Keizur for his service in pre-territorial legislature and as commander of the state's first military organization. It also recognized him as the founding father of the city of Keizer. [4] [5] [22]

Keizur's last name is spelled incorrectly in various military documents, land deeds, state records, history books, and newspaper articles. Researchers have found 15 different spelling including Keizer, Keiser, Kaizur, Kaiser, Keysur, Keyser, Kizer, and Kisor. However, the correct spelling is Keizur. [3]

1.      ^ Jump up to: a b c d McArthur, Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur, "Keizer", Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition), Oregon Historical Society Press, Portland, Oregon, 2003, p. 526.
2.      ^ Jump up to: a b c "The Trail to Oregon" , They Lived Along a Rocky River , WordPress, San Francisco, California, posted 14 March 2014; accessed 18 February 2018.
3.      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Lossner, Ann, "Keizer’s First Families, Part 1: The Keizurs and Pughs" , Keiser Times , Keizer, Oregon, 30 May 1980 (article reprinted from the book, Looking Back – People and Places in the Early Keizer Area with the permission of its author, pp. 5-7).
4.      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g "T. D. Keizur Statue" , City of Keizer, Keizur, Oregon, accessed 15 February 2018.
5.      ^ Jump up to: a b c d Wild, Tammy, Keizer , Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2015, pp. 10–11.
6.       Jump up ^ "1842 In the East" , Oregon Trail Timeline 1841–1843 , , Oregon Interactive, McMinnville, Oregon, accessed 18 February 2018.
7.      ^ Jump up to: a b c "1843 The Oregon Trail" , New Perspectives on the West , Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, Oregon, accessed 18 February 2018.
8.      ^ Jump up to: a b Hanson, T. J., "1843 Emigrants" , Oregon Country, The Story of the 1843 Oregon Trail Migration ], Inkwater Press, Portland, Oregon, 2006.
9.      ^ Jump up to: a b Thompson, G. N., "Thomas+Keizer "Early Days Recalled, Story of Keizer Real Saga of the West" , Statesman Journal , Salem, Oregon 14 November 1929, p. 6. (subscription required)
10.    Jump up ^ Thompson, G. N., "Thomas+Keizer" "New School at Keiser Recalls Early History of the Community" , Statesman Journal , Salem, Oregon 15 September 1940, p. 10. (subscription required)
11.    Jump up ^ Historic Thomas Dove Keizur Tour video narrated by Jerry McGee,, Keizer, Oregon, 6 February 2010.
12.   ^ Jump up to: a b "Donation Land Claim" , City of Keizer, Keizer, Oregon, accessed 15 February 2018.
13.    Jump up ^ "1844 Meetings (3rd Pre-Provisional): June 18-27, December 16–21" , Pre-Provisional Government , Oregon Legislative and Staff Guide, Oregon State Archives, accessed 9 February 2018.
14.   ^ Jump up to: a b Carey, Charles H., "Under Provisional Government" , General History of Oregon , Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, Portland, Oregon, 1922, p. 389.
15.   ^ Jump up to: a b c Scott, H. W., "The Formation and Administration of the Provisional Government of Oregon" , The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society (Volume II, Number 2), Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon, June 1901, pp. 109–110.
16.   ^ Jump up to: a b c Brown, James Henry, Brown's Political History of Oregon , Lewis and Dryden Printing Company, Portland, Oregon, 1892, pp. 127–130.
17.   ^ Jump up to: a b Carey, Charles H., "Indian Relations" , General History of Oregon , Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, Portland, Oregon, 1922, p. 542.
18.    Jump up ^ Grey, William Henry, A History of Oregon, 1792–1849: Drawn from Personal Observation and Authentic Information , Harris and Holman, Portland, Oregon, 1870, pp. 371–373.
19.    Jump up ^ "Willamette May 22, 1846" , Oregon Spectator , Oregon City, Oregon Territory, 11 June 1846, p. 1.
20.    Jump up ^ Brown, James Henry, Brown's Political History of Oregon , Lewis and Dryden Printing Company, Portland, Oregon, 1892, pp. 127–236.
21.    Jump up ^ "Oregon Legislature, Monday, Jan. 17" , Weekly Oregon Statesman , Salem, Oregon 29 January 1853, p. 2. (subscription required)
22.   ^ Jump up to: a b c d Lynn, Capi, "Keizer History Tour" , Statesman Journal , Salem, Oregon, 2 August 2017.
23.    Jump up ^ "About Keizer" , City of Keizer, Keizur, Oregon, accessed 15 February 2018.
24.    Jump up ^ "Keizer city, Oregon" , Quick Facts, United States Census Bureau, Washington, District of Columbia, accessed 19 February 2018.

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So, why is he mounted on a Morgan horse?
Here is information from Lisa & Jude Spors-Murphy of
Meadow Creek Morgans.

The information below is from a prior Stable Sheet Edition by Shelley Bullard, but copied and passed on to us by Lillian Smith.
Local Morgan Works a Modeling Gig
January 10, 2010
Well, big news here at Meadow Creek Morgans. Over the last 15 months one of our stallions, Black Hat Knight Raven, has been involved in a project that has come to a close. It is sad to see completion as it has been quite a ride, but it is also great to see the finished product.

We were approached by a nationally known Bronze artist, Gareth Curtis, 15 months ago. He was in the running to be commissioned to do a life size sculpture of the founding father of Keizer OR - Thomas D. Keizur. The committee’s requirements were that he be mounted atop a Morgan horse, as he and his family were known to ride and breed Morgans. He actually moved his family across the country over a period of several years all on Morgan horses. He also led a posse to negotiate with the Native Americans on his Morgan horse. In fact, the Native Americans would frequently steal his bold and sturdy horses, forcing him to negotiate their return by bartering for clothes and other items.

So long story made as short as possible – Gareth was picked to be the sculptor and the journey began. I supplied him with books on conformation of the “old style” Morgan. Then he began to take measurements. He measured the length and width of Raven’s eye, the distance from the corner of the eye to the base of the ear, the size of his nostrils. The length from the ground to the point of the fetlock joint, and the list goes on. Raven stood perfectly for several measurings and remeasurings. He was happy to be of assistance.

As the clay part of the process began to take shape, Raven became a live model at the studio. He stood tied for 10 hours a day on a regular basis. Plenty of hay and water kept him happy. Then neighbors, friends and relatives began to show up and Raven suddenly became an icon for the very local community as they came to see him and the progress on the sculpture. They brought him treats of all shapes and sizes. He was happy to go to “work” every day when we loaded him in the trailer.

Recently the bronze casting began and Jude was afforded the opportunity to assist with the “pouring of the bronze” that would become Raven’s tail. It was exciting to be so deeply involved in such an incredible undertaking. 

We leave tomorrow for the unveiling in Keizer. I hope I will be able to include some great pictures. This is a great promotion for the Morgan community. I am so elated that we could be a part of it. Thank you Gareth for your admiration of my once in a life time horse. I am so honored that he will live forever in the eye of the public. 
Lisa and Jude Spors-Murphy, Meadow Creek Morgans
Out of the Past
A beautiful picture of Joan Bowers
on RJM Pardon My French
Sharon Harper shared this picture of Cornwallis who figured heavily in the breeding program for Kerry Morgans.
News From Members & Friends
Akira Derringer (SpiceOLife Present Tense x Fire Run Natalia) is continuing to do well, and made his debut in Park Saddle this year. As his breeder, Leslie Arnould must be very proud!
An Update From Alex Mooney &
a Callout to Alex's Army
Good news alert! I have been holding back on talking about this with many people due to just waiting to see what was going to happen and when. So here it is, my lung function has been continuing to decrease little bits at a time. The doctors are calling this chronic rejection. Thank god it's going a lot slower than it did the first time. I'm still feeling great and able to do my daily stuff and work horses. I just get a little short of breathe when I exert myself a lot. Sooo, our only option is to try and slow this down and stabilize me with a treatment called Photopheresis. Which I've been ACCEPTED to try!!! 😁 It is not FDA approved and thank the good lord St Joes just got accepted to conduct the study they are starting for treating rejection. The treatment is similar to dialysis. They run an iv through my port and my blood is drawn out, exposed to UV light and some medication then circulated back into my body. The hope is to stabilize me where I am at and not lose anymore lung function. I have to be in Arizona for a straight month my first month, 2 treatments a week. Then the second month I have to be there every other week for 2 treatments a week. Then it goes to 2 treatments back to back monthly for the rest of my life.

Crazy! But its all we can do now as a third transplant is not possible nor wanted. No guarantee that this will work, but we are confident!! God is at work!! So please all send some positive thoughts and prayers please and thank you!!!

🙏😁 The treatment will be starting within the next month.
Congratulations to
Doug & Brenda Coats.
Cobridge Morgans, formerly of Bend, (but returning soon), had our first foal in over a decade! A big bay colt, out of the multi Regional champion hunter, Cherrydale Madalena, and by the many time world champion RWJ Commanding Topic. Cobridge Thunderstruck, aka Thor, God of Thunder, is everything we hoped for and will most likely be our last Morgan. Madalena is available for purchase as we won't be breeding or showing again.

Argosy (Privilege x UVM Loyalty) leased by Sharon & Shannon Harper, shown by Shannon Harper. Argosy is doing well!! He won grand champion stallion at both Morgan shows we took him to this year. He also won saddle classes and the Justin Morgan Standard Class.

Gloria James on a Backcountry Horseman ride 9/8/2018. What a fun day. Over 200 horses were on the ride. I had to wear a Morgan sweatshirt since I was riding a pinto blue eyed Morgan! Again and again I thank Daryl Hopson for the great start on Tilly. A Champion in the show ring and on the trails. Kaley McEachron rode National Champion UDM White Water who was also a star!!! — at Danville Georgetown Trails .
(L) I Wide the Twacter! From new member, Becky Bean.

(Above) The whole gang enjoying ice cream on a warm late summer day.
Julie Nygaard and Belle - Everwood Belle Demoiselle by Pot Of Gold out of Kane Creek's Southern Star.
Yearling filly at Ensbrook owned by Sandra France Nichols (Pegasus Sir Lancelot x Ensbrook Enjolie).
Can you believe it? Dustin Silver
is a Senior this year!
No, not a Halloween costume. We hope you heal quickly Dustin.

Kinda cool looking, though.
Preview of Dustin Silver's Senior pictures. Beautiful!
Dustin with PL Dancing With Angels.
Picture from Diana Pyle - Kelly Rankin riding Cowboy Dressage on her Morgan. 
Kerry Xclusive (Kerry Xcaliber x
 Kerry Bay) owned by Sharon & Shannon Harper
Then and now! From Leanne Roth -
Twenty years ago today (9/26/2018) I married my best friend. Wow! I can't believe how fast time flies. Thank you hon for always being there for me & our boys. I know times haven't always been easy but one thing I could count on was us. Together. A team. I'm looking forward to many more years with you raising teenagers. Yikes!!
Leanne & Leroy Roth and Levi & Leif
Gloria James posted this picture of Roseridge Blue Intrigue, a young splash Morgan stallion
Pat Lonergan winning Champion Pleasure Driving with Tres Flaire
Presley & Taylor Tatum -
Taylor: first day of middle school. Wants to be a teacher someday.
Presley: first day of 3rd grade. Also wants to be a teacher.
New member Grace Martin of Le Petitti Stables - last practice before OKC at Blackburn.
No, it's not his Halloween costume....David Silver starts his volunteer firefighter academy on October 7th.
From Julie Nygaard - nuturing the next generation of horse lovers
Devin Cruickshank - This summarizes my very successful first year.
Sue Beach - I had an occasion to photo Crystal showing her dark primitive stripe down her back. No, not a Dun, but I think she will be a very dark shade of buckskin. Time will tell.
Ensbrook Simple Answers owned by Sandra Nichols - a 4 yr old mare by Avanti,
Snow flurries on Mt McLoughlin
from Brenda Tippin.

Winter is coming.

Carole Mercer
Here is what I was wearing
in town.
Sometimes I can't help myself. Went to the landromat. . Went out to get change from my truck. A guy was pushing his little beat up car trying to get it started. I said "Get in. I'll push." He looked at me like I was crazy I am a little old lady offering to push his car. He said..."I'll push and you can pop the clutch." I said "Nope. ...If I push a couple of big guys will stop and take my place and they can get you up to speed." He got in with one foot out like a peddle car . I started to push...(farm girl that I am). We were six parking markers down the parking lot when two guys in a truck jumped out and started pushing. They were the power starter he needed. "Chug" and the beat up car started. He waved and yelled" thanks." We all waved too. The two guys looked at me and said...."You are something else for a grandma."
I just smiled and said."Yup, but you two saved the day."
"Well. We could not let you do all the pushing yourself."
"Thanks men" said I...and chuckled under my breath...70 year old cowgirl gets help in parking lot while pushing a car...All went as planned.

Later while I was folding my clean clothes in the laundromat...a lady came up and said. "you were brave to help that guy." I said " I have been stuck. Had nothing to do with being brave. I knew if I was the old lady pushing the car... someone would stop and help..being brave had nothing to do with helping. "

I was dressed in farm clothes...jeans, snap shirt, and boots....and my tool belt. We all have been stuck in some way or another.

Sometimes this "be safe" junk is over used. "Be helpful" is more like it. ...So the next time someone tells me "Be safe" I am going to say "be helpful...and I'm going to GO for it." I have pushed a wheel or two in my lifetime.

1 - Carole Mercer riding Chocolate with Kissses at liberty beside her.
2 - I owe so much to these two mares...Valentine the leader and Bob who I always rode....Such wonderful memories.
A Fall Vacation for Mike
& Kathy Christensen to Canada
and Glacier National Park
Oh Canada - We drove from Jasper to Lake Louise and all I can say is wow! Spectacular views surrounded us as we made our way there. I love the Tetons and Yellowstone but I think I have a new love. Waterfalls, snow capped peeks, icefields and even a big horn sheep kept us saying wow....
And to top it, who do we meet up with but Mikes brother John Christensen and his wife, Orapin Christensen. Great great great day!
On September 7th it started with a major wrong turn but it all ended well. We spent the day on the Abathasca Glacier and ice fields followed by the skywalk, a glass walkway that hung out over the cliff about 900 feet which also happens to be the depth of the glacier we walked in today.. Oh Canada, you certainly have some awesome scenery!
Best Birthday Ever!
Vince took Kathy DeFazio cruising
to Alaska from Seattle for her September birthday.
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