Seligs, Irelands & history of The Painted Lady –

Seligs, Irelands & history of The Painted Lady –

Helene Selig —

Simon Selig came to Oregon from Prussia sometime in the 1860s where he managed a general mercantile store. He married Helene Solomon in 1868 and this union produced seven children.  He later moved to Myrtle Creek to take over management of the Marks-Wollenberg store and in 1885 became postmaster of Myrtle Creek.  Simon passed away in 1893 and is buried in the local I.O.O.F. cemetery. Simon's son, Nathan, became town mayor in 1905. There is an interesting article in the Pioneer History describing Nathan's wedding day to Reatha McCarty (her father was a local doctor) in the his home (where also his mother, Helene lived)  in 1906. Nathan owned a merchandise store in Myrtle Creek which was later sold to Henry Adams in about 1910. That building was destroyed by fire and rebuilt using concrete in 1915 one lot down. The building still stands as the Rice Bros. & Adams building.  Nathan also had a store in Canyonville (see below).

Simon didn't lived long enough to see the completion of the home known for his name (ca. 1905) but history shows that many people had many memories in it: Cordelia Rice (1920’s), Ireland family (1939-1955) and Agee family (1972-2003) as well as the El Ebiary family that lived upstairs (1981-1994) and have put together a beautiful display hanging in our upstairs B & B of their years there. 


Ireland poses with salmon in front of the Painted Lady
Tommy Ireland in front of his parents place. They owned The Painted Lady from 1939-1955. It was Tommy and brother Chuck who dug out the basement for a new foundation which is why the house has remained in such great shape through the many decades.

4 thoughts on “Seligs, Irelands & history of The Painted Lady –

  1. The history of this is incorrect. The Agee Family did not actually live in the home from 1972-2003. It was owned by Agee but rented by Dr El Ebiary and his family from 1981 to 1994.

  2. You are correct and I will make that change – thank you! I love your family history that you put together and we make available to our guests upstairs.  


  3. We are still remembering and talking about our girlfriend getaway there a few years ago. Thanks to Wendi's touch, we will never forget it. We wanted to live there, and it was hard to leave! Add to that the Christmas truck parade, watched from our little balcony right over the street, and I don't think we've ever gotten over it. Thank you, Wendi, for all you do. We are so glad to see you are open during this very difficult year. All the best!!

  4. That was so thoughtful and kind of you to share this special memory. We are glad to serve and shine the best we can!

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