the adventures of the lost villages

Those of you who have been following the adventures of the Lost Villages of Lost Creek Lake will be happy to learn that author Dennis Ellingson has gathered the stories into a volume to be published very shortly.  Ellingson and his wife Kit are currently on their way to Arizona for the winter, but have left the book here to be published.  And, according to Dennis, there are enough installments already written that will take readers through the spring of 2018.

lost villages

I personally moved to the Rogue Valley in the summer of 1980, just a short time after the William L. Jess Dam was completed and as the Applegate Dam was under construction.  While there were many fresh memories of folks who lived in the area, the knowledge is rapidly disappearing, going to the grave with those eye witnesses.  That is why this book by Ellingson is so important.  He has found, through an extensive search, those who were here and who lived it in the first person.

It is sad that more of our history was not recorded for future generations.  For instance, the Native American history of the Rogue Valley; there are bits and pieces of the events, but no comprehensive history of the totality of the events that took place.

Of course, were it fully recorded; there are those who would deny that any of it happened, as they are doing around the country at the current time.  Holocaust deniers from around the globe still deny that Germany was capable of wiping 6 million Jews off the face of the earth in concentration camps.  Perhaps they feel that if it is no longer recorded history, it eliminates the shame attached with it.  But that also leaves the door open to repeating the horrendous action, like happened in Russia and China where close to 60 million were killed, or where Saddam Hussein tried to eliminate the opposing faction in Iraq.  Kosovo is another ethnic cleansing of our time, and no amount of soap is cleaning the hands of those responsible.

Those movie-goers who watched the bloody movie of William Wallace called Brave Heart, will recall a line by then king of England, known as Edward the Long Shanks, where he said “If we can’t kill them out, we will breed them out.”  It was King Edward’s chosen method of ethnic cleansing.  Fortunately, there is a bit more of recorded history in that case.

So, what Dennis Ellingson has done is a noble deed, recording the history (even if there is no ethnic cleansing attached to it) of a particular era and people, allowing us to have a glimpse of what life was like on the Upper Rogue Region during a time in the not too distant past.  He did it because of a need inside himself, but he did us a big favor at the same time.