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“Hole in the Barn Door” quilts at the Schminck Museum. [Photo courtesy Marie Lee]

“Hole in the Barn Door” quilts at the Schminck Museum. [Photo courtesy Marie Lee]

Barry Family quilts at the Schminck Museum. [Photo courtesy Marie Lee]

The town of Lakeview will come alive this coming weekend with a variety of celebrations centered around the annual Dr. Days Celebration.

This celebration is especially significant because the fourth weekend in June marks the 100th anniversary of Daly Fund scholarships being awarded to Lake County students.

Dr. Bernard Daly, who worked as a Lake County doctor for many years, is among the best known and remembered Irish immigrants because of his ongoing positive impacts on Lake County youth. He also was a county judge, state legislator, Oregon Agricultural College regent, rancher and banker.

The Daly Fund scholarship program was put into practice in 1922, two years after his death, when less than 2% of the nation’s young people went to college. The goal of the scholarship was, and remains, to help Lake County high school graduates attend college.

Daly’s history is explained in a book published earlier this year, “Bernard Daly’s Promise: The Enduring Legacy of a Place-Based Scholarship,” by Sam Stern.

Stern will be the featured speaker at a Saturday night dinner at the Lakeview Elks Lodge. Cost of the meal is $30. Tickets are available in advance only, limited to 160 people, and available at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce office in Lakeview. A reception before the dinner is limited to dinner ticket holders.

Stern will do two other public signings, a 5:30 pm Friday “meet and greet the author” at the Lake County Museum, and a Saturday book signing at the chamber office from 4 to 5 pm

Daly Days activities will begin with a running start Saturday when the Mile High Striders host a one-mile run/walk at Lakeview High School’s Steninger Track. Registration will open at 8:30 am followed by the run/walk at 9.

The celebration will move to the Lake County Memorial Hall and Courtyard from 10 am to 2 pm, sponsored by the Lake Health District. Activities will include food booths, concessions, raffles and door prizes.

The nearby Schmeck Museum will feature a quilt show from 10 am to 3 pm Lake County Museum Director Marie Lee said she has uncovered many previously unknown quilts. Among the featured quilts is one provided by the late Dennis Barry and his wife, Diane, who lives in Boulder City, Nevada. The quilt features fabric photos of Jere Barry and generations of Barry family members. The Barrys are among the many Irish who immigrated to Lake County.

“The workmanship is incredible,” Lee of the quilt.

Fittingly for Dr. Daly Days, Barry says visitors can view the museum’s Irish Room.

During a “small makeover” at the museum earlier this year, Lee said she “dug around in the museum’s archives for Lake County Irish information.” As a result, she prepared new and revised information for the Irish Room display, including new interpretive information.

The Irish Room, one of the most popular features of the Lake County Museum, places an emphasis Daly.

Born in Ireland in 1858, Daly “was brought to the United States by his parents at the age of 5. The Daly family settled in Alabama. After receiving his medical education, he came to Lake County in 1887.” Daly was a medical doctor, banker, rancher, lawyer, county and circuit judge, legislator and educator.

Daly was among a wave of Irish immigrants who played an important role in early Lake County history. The influx, the museum display explains, happened because Irish people were seeking better lives.

“Crop failure began a famine in Ireland in 1845 that was severe through 1847. It began an emigration that lasted for more than 50 years and drained Ireland of half its population. History maintains that over 1 million people left Ireland in the five years following the famine.

“Side by side with other American pioneers, the early Irish helped to carve Lake County as they contributed to the local economy and citizenship. Although the main effort of the Irish was in sheep production, which marked its peak around the turn of the 20th century at more than 200,000 head.”

The Bernard Daly Educational Fund’s board of trustees, which evaluates and awards scholarships, will be in Lakeview and attend the Saturday night dinner. The Daly Fund is the nation’s oldest continuously operating place-based college scholarship. It annually provides about 40 scholarships to Lake County high schools in Lakeview, Paisley and Silver Lake.

The scholarship provides $2,000 per term, up to a maximum of $8,200 per year. Since it was established, more than 2,000 Lake County students have attended college on Daly Fund scholarships. As a result of the scholarships, Lake County is one of the best educated counties in Oregon.

Reach freelance writer Lee Juillerat at 337lee337@charter.net or 541-880-4139.

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