Grand marshals Dayville paradeDoc and Bessie Marsh of Dayville said they were proud to be chosen as this year's Fourth of July parade grand marshals.

"We felt pretty honored," Bessie Marsh said.

Doc and Bessie have lived in Dayville for 35 years. They owned and operated the Dayville Cafe for nine years.

Bessie continued to cook at the Dayville Cafe for 15 years. She is known by many in the community for excellent cooking.

Doc is a retired logger who enjoys gardening.

The Marshes have been married for 63 years.

They have three children, son, Cliff Marsh of Dayville; and daughters, Joyce Mooney of Federal Way, Wash.; and Judy Zapata of Pendleton. Locally, their grandson, Rocky Marsh, lives in John Day. They have four other grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Prairie City honors residentsPRAIRIE CITY - Darrell and Dorothy Johnson have long roots in the community, one of the factors that led to their selection as grand marshals for the Fourth of July Parade.

Their grandparents were early pioneers, and they were born and raised in the Prairie City area. High school sweethearts, they married 65 years ago.

Darrell served in the military as a paratrooper in the Pacific theater in World War II.

They raised three children, who now live in British Columbia, Baker City and Prairie City. They have seven grandchildren, all grown, and 12-1/2 (one's due in December) great-grandkids.

The couple had a ranch outside town for many years, but have lived in town for about 26 years. In addition to ranching, he has been a contractor, sold real estate, done fencing and now is the pastor of Grace Chapel. She was a cake decorator for 50 years, and enjoys embroidery, cooking and gardening - especially growing flowers. She also has been a floral judge for fairs.

"We just love it here," said Dorothy.

Darrell agreed. "It's a really special place," he said.

"We just cherish the freedoms we have, and the kind of people we have here.

"I love the goodness of the people here - They go out of the way to help others."

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