Etienne Lucier was a French-Canadian fur trader with ties to both The Pacific Fur Company led by John Jacob Astor, and later The Hudson Bay Company with John McLoughlin as the key figure.
He is known as the first farmer of European decent in Oregon. Truth, lore, or legend, local accounts have this coming about perhaps by accident. Skeptical this land would ever be settled, it is said his first desire was to travel back to Quebec. He literally missed the boat; another ship going around The Horn, then north, would not be coming through. With implements initially supplied by the Hudson Bay Company, he established a prosperous farm of wheat, peaches, pigs, and other livestock.
Years later, Lucier attended the Champoeg meetings in 1842, and was one of two French-Canadians to vote for the Provisional Government of Oregon. Accounts have him stepping over the line to make it decisive that the vast territory known as Oregon Country would become part of the United States.
Life in St. Paul for Elfrieda Meyer, grandmother to Jerry Owen, began more as a "beer" story than one that would one day be honored with a fine wine.
Elfrieda and Henry Zorn met and fell in love in the hop fields of Champoeg. Working alongside one another, they discovered they shared many things; a birth date of May 1st, 1880 included.
Marriage in 1905 began a life together on the Farm. The look of strength and kind resolve that photographs seem to convey is confirmed in the many letters she wrote to her mother and sisters in Oregon City.
Accounts of life with livestock, crops, and household economics are ever present. To the reader's great delight are also accounts of life amongst extended family members; the deftness and humor drawn upon to navigate an age old circumstance are admirable.
Above all Elfreida practiced a fierce yet tender love for Henry and her children. She has been gone decades now, yet is still present on the land and in the walls of the house and hearts of her many descendants.
We memorialize her with the Lady Hill Elfrieda Zorn Cuvée. Strength, resolve, and certainly kindness to the palate are demonstrated in this beautiful Bordeaux blend.
Marie Dorion, a Native American of the Iowa Tribe, was the only female member of an 1811-12 overland expedition, financed by John Jacob Astor, to establish a fur trading post at the mouth of the Columbia River—just six years after Sacagawea made her trek.
Marie and her two young children survived a 40-man massacre and overwintered alone in the wilderness in 1814. In 1841, Marie settled on a farm on the French Prairie, in the same area Lady Hill calls home. Hers is a harrowing story of strength and resilience and we pay homage by labeling our Cuvée Marie Dorion in her name under the Lady Hill brand.