By Beau Eastes • The Bulletin

Going to the grocery store was a big deal when T.W. Vandevert was a kid.

“We’d take two teams — six horses and two wagons — and head on over to Eugene for groceries,” recalled Vandevert in a 1953 radio interview.

The Vandeverts, one of Central Oregon’s first pioneer families, homesteaded land south of what would eventually become Bend in 1892 when Thomas William Vandevert was 8 years old.

“It was a 21-day round trip,” Vandevert told KBND broadcaster Kessler Cannon more than 60 years ago. “We took a load of wool over and brought back groceries. … We were loaded both ways.”

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