GROWING UP IN BATES (Oregon)

 

By: Margaret Heaton Auld

 

Growing up in Bates, Oregon with its many interesting and fun places to play -- too many to describe -- was delightful.  The "creek" - the board sidewalks, the front porch and steps, the hill, the "bushes," and "the flat" with its wide space to run and play and its piles of snow and stack of lumber made Bates our perfect playground.  We thought we had everything, and we did!