Leon Mawhin celebrated his 99th birthday with 30 members of his family on Aug. 9 at the home of his granddaughter, Vicky Cox. Mr. Mawhin was born in 1904 in Hoboken, N. J. and came out west with his family to homestead in the Starbuck, Wash. area. In 1913, the family moved again to Wallowa County to an 80 acre homestead. As a young man, he worked on a threshing crew for $1 a day, herded sheep for $35 per month, and cut wood for 50 cents a ric (1/3 of a cord) before working for the railroad and attending barber school. He married Lora Frances in 1924 and has two daughters.
Mr. Mawhin still lives on his farm on Mawhin Road where he cuts his own firewood, cooks on the wood stove, and tells stories from the past to his family and friends. He is looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday next year when family members from Belgium are planning a return visit.