Keeper of the Winlock Chickens

For a clue to the age old conundrum of, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” we can take a cue from the South Lewis County burg of Winlock.

Winlock is a town that was long ago made famous by eggs. As most Lewis County residents know, during the 1920s Winlock farmers shipped more than a quarter-million cases of eggs each year. 

kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%:>6D 92G6 @7E6? 366? =62? D:?46 E96 E@H?’D 96J52J[ 3FE 6249 DF>>6C[ 7F?=@G:?8 7@=<D DE:== 4@>6 7C@> >:=6D 2C@F?5 E@ 46=63C2E6 t88 s2JD 😕 E96 4:EJ’D BF2:?E 46?E6C] $@>6 7@=<D DE:== 7@?5=J C676C E@ E96 4@>>F?:EJ 2D t88 %@H?]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm~7 4@FCD6[ AC:K65 A@F=ECJ C6BF:C6D 2 8@@5 DE6H2C5 😕 @C56C E@ C6>2:? 😕 E:AE@A D92A6] (96C6 72C>6CD FD65 E@ 5@ E92E H@C<[ E@52J :E’D y62?:6 t>>6?6886C H9@ 😀 >2<:?8 DFC6 E96 49:4<6?D 86E E96:C 5F6]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%96D6 52JD[ E9@F89[ E96 C62= 688D 2C6 DA2CD6 2C@F?5 E@H? 3642FD6 (:?=@4<’D >@DE 72>@FD 49:4<6?D 2C6 C@@DE6CD :?DE625 @7 96?D] k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%96 3:C5D 2C6 2=D@ d 766E E2==[ 2?5 D@>6E:>6D E96J 4@>6 😕 2 D>2EE6C:?8 @7 4@=@CD D66>:?8=J DH:A65 DEC2:89E 7C@> (:==J (@?<2’D 5C62>D]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmq6J@?5 D6I 2?5 D:K6[ E96 @E96C ?@E23=6 5:776C6?46 😕 E96 49:4<6?D 😀 E92E E96J 2C6 DE2EF6D] pD 2 C6DF=E[ t>>6?6886C[ 2? 6?828:?8 H@>2? H:E9 2 D6C6?5:A:E@FD DFC?2>6[ 5@6D?’E 92G6 E@ 7665 E96 49:4<6?D @C >F4< E96:C 4@@A] x?DE625[ D96 ;FDE A2:?ED E96>] xE 😀 2 4FC:@FD 7@C> @7 2?:>2= 9FD32?5CJ :?5665]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmt>>6?6886C[ H9@ >2<6D 96C ?6DE @? E96 @FED<:CED @7 (:?=@4< 2?5 24ED 2D AC6D:56?E @7 E96 (:?=@4< {:@?D r=F3[ D2JD D96 92D 366? A2:?E:?8 E96 6J642E49:?8 4@4<D 😕 E96 5@H?E@H? 4@C6 7@C E96 A2DE D6G6? @C 6:89E J62CD] x? E@E2=[ E96C6 2C6 6:89E @7 E96 @C?2>6?E2= 3:C5D 😕 E96 7=@4<] %92E 5@6D?’E 6G6? :?4=F56 E96 (@C=5’D {2C86DE t88[ H9:49 t>>6?6886C H@C<D @? 😕 4@?;F?4E:@? H:E9 2 (:?=@4< t=6>6?E2CJ D49@@= 4=2DD]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm*@F 4@F=5 42== :E 2 A6E AC@;64E]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmp >6?286C:6 @7 C6?68256 C@@DE6C DE2EF6D 42? 2=D@ 36 D66? 564@C2E:?8 E96 J2C5D @7 AC:G2E6 C6D:56?46D 2C@F?5 E96 8C62E6C(:?=@4< 2C62k^DA2?mkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm[k^DA2?m kDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm3FE E9@D6 3:C5D 2C6 ?@E A2CE @7 t>>6?6886C’D 7=@4<] ~?6 @7 E96 3@=56DE @7 E96 CFC2= C@@DE6CD 😀 A2:?E65 😕 =2C86 3C:89E DH2E496D @7 C65 2?5 J6==@H[ 2?5 42? 36 7@F?5 @? $@FE9 |:=:E2CJ #@25]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm“%92E @?6’D BF:E6 2EEC24E:G6[” D2:5 t>>6?6886C] “xE’D @FE 😕 E96 @A6? 3FE J@F’G6 C62==J 8@E E@ 36 =@@<:?8 7@C :E E@ 42E49 :E]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmpD t>>6?6886C C6>6>36CD :E[ E96 5@H?E@H? C@@DE6CD H6C6 @C56C65 2?5 56=:G6C65 😕 2 D:?8=6 4=FE49 “23@FE 2 564256 28@]” w6C5:?8 49:4<6?D 😀 ?6G6C 62DJ 2?5 E96 @G6C8C@H? :?2?:>2E6 G2C:6EJ 😀 2AA2C6?E=J ?@ 5:776C6?E] p44@C5:?8 E@ t>>6?6886C[ D:EF2E:?8 E96 C@@DE6CD @?E@ E96:C 967EJ 46>6?E 7@F?52E:@?D H2D 3J 72C E96 92C56DE A2CE @7 E96 AC@46DD]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmqFE E92E E2D< 42>6 H:E9 E96 A6C< @7 36:?8 2 @?6E:>6 ;@3] %96 >2:?E6?2?46 😀 2 5:776C6?E DE@CJ 2=E@86E96C[ @?6 @7 2 ?6G6C 6?5:?8 G2C:6EJ]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm“x ECJ E@ H@C< @? E96> 2== 2 4@FA=6 E:>6D 2 J62C[ 6DA64:2==J 😕 E96 DF>>6C E:>6 367@C6 E96 C2:?D 4@>6[” 6IA=2:?65 t>>6?6886C[ %96 !@F=ECJ !:42DD@[ 2D D96 A2:?E65 2H2J @? 2 =2E6 pF8FDE 52J] “x ECJ E@ 86E 2== >J @E96C H@C< 5@?6 D@ x 42? 5@ E9:D]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm$@>6E:>6D 8=@DDJ A9@E@8C2A9D @7 96C D=:4< A2:?E65 C@@DE6CD A@A FA 😕 E@FC:DE A6C:@5:42=D @C H:?5 FA 8C24:?8 E96 7C@?E @7 4@==64E:3=6 A@DE42C5D] (96? t>>6?6886C’D 7C:6?5D D66 E96 A9@E@8C2A9D[ E96J D?2E49 E96> FA 2?5 8:G6 E96> E@ 96C] $96 D2JD E92E :E 8:G6D 96C “BF:E6 2 E9C:==” E@ D66 (:?=@4<’D 3:C5D 😕 E96 DA@E=:89E]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm“x <?@H H6 92G6 =@ED @7 G:D:E@CD DE@A 2?5 D66 E96>] %92E 2?5 E96 3:8 688[” D2:5 t>>6?6886C] “$@ :E’D <:?5 @7 2 7F? E9:?8]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm(9:=6 E96 >@DE @7 E96 5@H?E@H? 7=@4< 36=@?8D E@ E96 {:@?D r=F3[ t>>6?6886C 96CD6=7 @H?D E96 7C6BF6?E=J 7=2>3@J2?E C@@DE6C WD66? 😕 E96 A9@E@8C2A9X E92E DE2?5D 2E E96 4@C?6C @7 (2=?FE $EC66E 2?5 z6CC@? $EC66E ?62C E96 >2:? C2:=C@25 4C@DD:?8]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmp=E9@F89 t>>6?6886C A@DD6DD6D 2 7=2:C 7@C E96 5C2>2E:4 E92E D96 8=667F==J A2DD65 @? E@ 96C G:3C2?E=J 4@=@C65 C@@DE6CD[ D96 >2<6D DFC6 E92E E96C6 2C6 DE:== 2 76H EC25:E:@?2==J 4@=@C65 H9:E6 =689@C?D D:EF2E65 2C@F?5 t88 %@H? E@@] xE 😀 96C H2J @7 A2J:?8 9@>286 E@ (:?=@4<’D vC256 p A2DE]k^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm“~7 4@FCD6 =689@C?D[ 2?5 E96:C 688D[ 3F:=E E9:D E@H?[” AC@F5=J ?@E65 t>>6?6886C] “t88 s2JD 😀 DE:== 2 3:8 52J 7@C FD]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%9C@F89 96C H@C< t>>6?6886C 92D =62C?65 7:CDE92?5 E92E 96C 76==@H (:?=@4< C6D:56?ED E2<6 E96:C 49:4<6?D BF:E6 D6C:@FD=J] k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm~?46 H9:=6 t>>6?6886C H2D AFEE:?8 E96 7:?:D9:?8 7=@FC:D96D @? 2 5@H?E@H? C@@DE6C[ 2 H@>2? AF==65 FA 2=@?8D:56 96C 😕 2 42C 2?5 AC@466565 E@ 5@=6 @FE 2? F?D@=:4:E65 D6C>@? @? E96 G:CEF6D @7 C62=:DE:4 =@@<:?8 8:2?E 49:4<6? DE2EF6D] k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%96 2?8CJ =25J’D E:C256 4@=@C7F==J 9:89=:89E65 E96 724E E92E E96 7C6D9=J A2:?E65 49:4<6?[ “5:5?’E =@@< =:<6 96C C@@DE6C]” k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%96 5C:G63J DBF2H<6C E96? 492==6?865 t>>6?6886C E@ 86E 😕 E96 42C D@ D96 4@F=5 8@[ “D66 H92E 2 C62= C@@DE6C =@@<D =:<6]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmt>>6?6886C A@=:E6=J 564=:?65 E96 @776C]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQms6DA:E6 E96 :?6D42A23=6 EC:3F=2E:@?D @7 2? :?2?:>2E6 49:4<6? 72C>6C[ t>>6?6886C :?D:DED E92E D96 =@G6D E2<:?8 42C6 @7 E96 3:C5D]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm“%96 C@@DE6CD ;FDE 42>6 :?E@ A=2J 2?5 x’G6 366? E96:C 42C6E2<6C 6G6C D:?46] x ;FDE 6?;@J :E :>>6?D6=J[” 6IA=2:?65 t>>6?6886C] “p?5 E96J 5@?’E 6249 >F49 D@ E96J’C6 AC6EEJ :?6IA6?D:G6]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmx? 2 ?@C>2= J62C t>>6?6886C D2JD D96 H@C<D 7@C 2E =62DE E9C66 H66<D DEC2:89E A2:?E:?8 E96 C@@DE6CD] $96 2=D@ A2JD 7@C 2== @7 E96 DFAA=:6D @FE @7 A@4<6E] “xE’D 62D:6C E92E H2J 2?5 ?@3@5J 42? 4@>A=2:? 23@FE E96 4@=@CD x 49@@D6[” =2F8965 t>>6?6886C]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm%96C6 😀 @?6 C@@DE6C 😕 E96 3F?49 E92E 6=:4:ED 2 =@E @7 4FC:@FD =@@<D[ 2?5 ?@E 3642FD6 @7 2 F?:BF6 A2:?E ;@3] %96 =689@C? C@@ 2E E96 4@C?6C @7 (2=?FE $EC66E 2?5 u:CDE $EC66E 😀 D:EE:?8 😕 2 =2J:?8 3@I[ 2?5 2D 2?J 5J65 😕 E96 H@@= (:?=@4<:2? 42? E6== J@F[ C@@DE6CD 5@?’E =2J 688D]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmpD :E 92AA6?D[ E96 3:C5D =68D H6C6 3C@<6? 😕 2 D6?D6=6DD 24E @7 :?2?:>2E6 2?:>2= 4CF6=EJ WD66i ‘2?52=:D>X[ D@ E96 3@I 😀 24EF2==J 2 >2<6D9:7E A6C49] p E9C@?6[ :7 J@F H:==[ 7@C E96 <:?8 @7 2=E6C23=65 7@H=]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmu@C 96C A2CE[ t>>6?6886C E2<6D E96 86?56C 36?5:?8 C@@DE6C 2?5 >2=:4:@FD >:D49:67 😕 DEC:56[ D2J:?8[ “{F4<:=J H6 92G6?’E 925 2?JE9:?8 =:<6 E92E 92AA6? 367@C6]” $96 2=D@ H:D6=J A@:?E65 @FE E92E[ “~7 4@FCD6 C@@DE6CD 5@?’E D:E 😕 3@I6D] qFE E96J >:89E :7 E96J 925 3C@<6? =68D]”k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAbQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm(6=4@>6 E@ (:?=@4<j p A=246 7:CDE >256 72>@FD 7@C 688D[ 2?5 E96? 282:? 3J E96:C 8:k^DA2?mkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQm2?E 49:4<6?D @7 2 5:776C6?E 4@=@C]k^DA2?mk^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAcQm•••k^Am
kA 4=2DDlQAdQmkDA2? 4=2DDlQDaQmk6>my@C52? }2:=@? 😀 2 7C66=2?46C 2?5 @FE5@@CD HC:E6C 7@C %96 r9C@?:4=6] $6?5 E:AD 2?5 4@>>6?ED E@ k2 9C67lQ>2:=E@i;?2:=@?o9@E>2:=]4@>Qm;?2:=@?o9@E>2:=]4@>k^2m] k^6>mk^DA2?mk^Am

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.


Choose an online service.