Set of branding irons, donated by Asa DeForest to the Three Sisters Historical Society, were used by his grandfather, John Albert, ranch foreman on the Lazy Z Ranch for 25 years. The largest Z was for heifers and bulls, the middle size for yearlings, and the smallest for newborn calves. wphoto provided
Set of branding irons, donated by Asa DeForest to the Three Sisters Historical Society, were used by his grandfather, John Albert, ranch foreman on the Lazy Z Ranch for 25 years. The largest Z was for heifers and bulls, the middle size for yearlings, and the smallest for newborn calves. wphoto provided
The Three Sisters Historical Society (TSHS) office, located at 204 W. Adams Ave. #117 (Sisters Art Works Building), will be “history central” on Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TSHS invites the public to bring their old photos of Sisters and its residents, Sisters-related artifacts and memorabilia, and stories of historic Sisters to their Sharing Day this Saturday.

Photos, news clippings, and other paper items will be scanned and returned to owners immediately. If there are too many to scan in an hour, appointments can be made for a later date. Artifacts and other items will be photographed by Cliff Edgington, descendant of early Sisters settlers. Stories will be recorded for later transcription. There will also be a genealogy help desk for those working on their family trees and history.

For items too large or fragile to move, arrangements can be made for representatives of the historical society to come to where they are located. If October 5 is not convenient, an appointment can be made for another time. To make special arrangements or an appointment call Karen at 415-637-7186.

The digital copies of photographs and printed materials, as well as Sisters-related objects, will be catalogued into the TSHS database and shared (if agreed) in the society’s future online virtual museum. Outright donations will also be accepted but will be stored until TSHS can display them properly.

One such donation recently received was a set of three branding irons that were used for marking cattle at the Lazy Z Ranch in earlier days. The three sizes were for calves, yearlings and heifers and bulls. The irons were donated by Asa DeForest of Sisters. His grandparents, John and Leona Albert, lived on the ranch for 25 years, where John was the ranch foreman when it was a working cattle ranch. They lived in the now-green house located on the south side of Highway 20, between the Sisters Movie House and the old barn.

Visitors to the TSHS office on Saturday will be able to peruse the books and family files in the office. The Board hopes to welcome a big crowd of visitors who want to help bring Sisters’ history alive.