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Grace Sawyer Bartlett ’32

Grace Sawyer Bartlett ’32, February 9, 1999, in La Grande, Oregon. She was a longtime resident of Joseph, Oregon, and a well known and respected historian of Wallowa County. She attended Reed for three years and then returned to her hometown of Bend, Oregon, where she married. They moved to Wallowa County and she developed an interest in the history of the region. She worked on many historical projects with the official historian of the area, Harley Horner, and coauthored several articles and pamphlets with him. Following a divorce from her first husband, she married Harry Bartlett, a member of the Nez Perce tribe, and the couple bred and raced thoroughbred horses throughout the West. She helped to organize the Wallowa County Museum and served as its volunteer curator until 1995. Her historical research focused on the early settlers of the region, the Nez Perce, and Chief Joseph. Her books included The Wallowa County, 1867–1877, and From the Wallowa, a collection of stories published in 1992. Survivors include a daughter and son by her first marriage; a stepson by her second marriage; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1999

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