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100-year-old Oregonian still logging and ranching

Tiffany Haugen shared this story about her grandfather Carrol D. Fountain, who was born 100 years ago Saturday in Walterville, Oregon.

WALTERVILLE, Ore. - Carrol D. Fountain was born the 7th child of John and Salinda Fountain on January 19, 1913, in Walterville, Oregon.
A 2nd generation Oregonian, he was a big baby, weighing in at 13 pounds. His chubby cheeks and long strawberry-blonde curls even earned him 1st place in Lane County's Beautiful Baby Contest.

Brothers Lee, Irvin and Jack and sisters Bess, Mary and Edna composed his older siblings.  

Carol attended the old Deerhorn School and graduated from Springfield High School. Baseball motivated him to go to school and he was well known for his quick pitching arm. 

Breaking horses was another one of Carrol's talents and he spent his young adult years in Drewsey, Oregon as a buckaroo.

In May 1935 he married Ethel Currant and started a family. Three sons Dick, Mike and Tom and daughter Pam completed his family.

Carrol spent his working years as a logger and rancher.  

Carrol has never truly retired, as he is still raising cattle. He worked with horses into his 90s and hunted almost every deer season until just a few years ago. 

Carrol continues to be very active riding around on his ATV, hauling wood (still using a chainsaw), tending to his orchards, grapes, gardens and entertaining numerous great-grandchildren on the hill he was born on.

Two Australian shepherds, Sophie and Kitt, remain loyally at Carrol's side, whether he is doing chores or relaxing in front of the wood stove.  

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