Photo by Mark Gibson
A doorknob from the Herbring House in The Dalles.
By Neita Cecil
As of Saturday, March 12, 2016
I am a descendant of the Herbring family and just now saw this article. How lovely to know that the very old family home is still around and being cared for so well. GG-Grandpa Herbring did much more than just donate the rooster atop the building of the Catholic church. He and his wife came from wealthy, royal German families and were in a position to help the juvenile church in The Dalles. Not to mention that he was also an Appellate Court Judge before leaving Germany---so even though his fiance was going to have to give up her royal status after marriage, she was still marrying someone with prestigious prospects.
Cousins and I have really neat family photos that document the interior of this home as well as parts of the church. It is so nice to know that typical American 'Progress' has not prevailed here and these historic buildings are being saved for modern uses. Probably the erroneous billing as 'The Nunnery' came about because of the family's staunch support of the local nuns. I have a lovely photo of my grandmother dressed up for fun in the habit of the nuns from the church there. They had a wonderful relationship. As for me and my knowledge of the Herbring family history...nothing ever crazy happened there hence the lack of weird 'vibes'. It was a home of loving Catholics who embraced their family and local community and used their influence to live the American Dream to create wonderful lives for their children and their descendants. Nothing creepy, ghosty or weird...just a sweet glimpse into the way lives were lived many, many years ago.
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