It was with considerable delight and surprise that my wife and I saw the prominent space given to “Cemetery tour” on the front page of Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Great photographs.

But then we read the article, and we came away puzzled in the extreme. Why was the article written — and the photographs taken — in such a way as to completely obscure the fact that Keith May’s visit to some cemeteries “in late October” was in fact Saturday’s tour sponsored by the Umatilla County Historical Society and had some 40 people caravaning along highways and rural roads behind May? Or to overlook the fact that others (Matt Wood, Harriet Isom) also contributed very interesting details about some of the persons buried in the cemeteries?

May’s knowledge of Umatilla County history is both broad and deep, and many persons have benefitted from his various lectures and tours over the years. Those of us who tagged along are grateful to the historical society for sponsoring this tour, which was titled “Ghosts of Umatilla County — Part I.” The society plans to host Part II in October of next year, visiting cemeteries in the Echo Meadows area. Our household is looking forward to it.

Jack T. Sanders

Pendleton

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