Ramage Family History

Evlyn Gertrude Ramage

Evlyn Gertrude Ramage

Female 1910 - 2004  (93 years)

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  • Name Evlyn Gertrude Ramage 
    Born 28 Jan 1910  Woodburn, Marion County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Jan 2004  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3231  Ramage | Ramage Line
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2015 

    Father John Wallace Ramage,   b. 20 Jan 1886, Northfield, Rice, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1962, Salem, Marion County, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Lora Ethel Hayes,   b. 24 Mar 1887, Dayton, Washington County, OR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1976, MT Angel, Marion County, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1908  [1
    Family ID F1170  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Gertrude Master's Degree
    Gertrude Master's Degree
    Gertrude 8th grade
    Gertrude 8th grade
    Gertrude Ramage & Eliza Hayes
    Gertrude Ramage & Eliza Hayes

  • Notes 
    • Evlyn Gertrude Ramage
      RAMAGE , EVLYN GERTRUDE Born January 28, 1910, Woodburn, OR; Died January 26, 2004, Portland, OR. Much-loved elementary school principal and teacher Evlyn Gertrude Ramage died on January 26, 2004, two days short of her 94th birthday. She was born in Woodburn, Oregon, on January 28, 1910, the eldest child of John W. and Lora Hayes Ramage. From 1940 to 1974, ''Miss Ramage'' taught and presided at Woodstock, Duniway, Shriners' Hospital, Linnton, Marysville, George, Lee, Atkinson and finally Kennedy School, where she served as principal for seven years before retiring. Her portrait still hangs in the hallway there and her family cherishes photos from her 90th birthday of Gertrude standing next to a brewing vat there painted with her likeness. ''I started in a oneroom school in Clackamas County with six kids,'' began an Oregonian article from 1985. ''We pulled our own water from the well, and I chopped the wood, built the fire and swept the school.'' Women teachers were required in those days to sign contracts promising not to get married. ''I signed one of those contracts. So did a lot of my friends, and then they would get married secretly because they were afraid of getting fired,'' said Gertrude, reaching back to her earliest teaching memories from 1929. Before coming to Portland she taught in Falls View, Clarks, Union Mills, Elliot Prairie, and Oak Grove. She began teaching at age 19 with a certificate from the Monmouth Normal School and only one year of training. Over the years Miss Ramage received her B.S. in education from University of Oregon in 1939, and an M.S. in education from the University of Minnesota in 1947. Miss Ramage was an early believer in the integration of the teaching staff; she hired and worked with some of the first African-American teachers in the Portland Public Schools. She remained close to many of her students and families, and nothing made her prouder than to see one of 'her' kids do wll. Gertrude served as a long-time volunteer and leader in the Oregon Republican Party, leading volunteers for Vic Atiyeh, Dave Frohnmayer, Norma Paulus, George H.W. Bush and others. She loved nothing better than a good political discussion, and in recent years spoke often of how sorely she missed the grand 'Old' Oregon Republican party as it was in her day! Gertrude was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church, serving for fifty years in the Chancel Choir there. She was active in mission and outreach work and served in many leadership roles in the internal governance of the church. In recent years she was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Never one to let grass grow under her feet, Gertrude filled her life with many interests from Bridge to deep-sea fishing, from travel abroad to service work. She was an avid fan of baseball (particularly where her former student Rick Wise was playing!) and especially the Portland Trailblazers, attending every home game until her health dictated that she become a radio fan. If you really wanted to get her dander up, politics was nothing compared to a discussion of the last Blazers game! Gertrude is survived by her brother, Gilbert H. Ramage of Hillsboro. She is pre-deceased by her sisters, Georgia McCornack of Eugene and Dorothy Mucken of California, and her brothers, Philip Ramage of Portland and Herbert Ramage of Woodburn. Though never married herself, 'Aunt Gertrude' served as an inspiration and role model to her many nieces and nephews: Gerald Ramage of Milwaukie, Carol Flinders of California, John Ramage of Arizona, Nancy Ackles of Seattle, Janet McCornack of Idaho, Karen Pritchard of Arizona, Wendy Hawkins of Aloha, Terry Ann Weston of Eugene, Kevin McCornack of Eugene, Stephen Ramage of Seattle, Marybeth Smith of Spokane, Barbara Rees and Kathleen Roberts of Georgia, Judy Hamel of Florida, Joanne Hartnett of California, Charles Ramage of California, and Larry Mucken of Arizona. Services will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 1:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock in Portland, Pastor Jim Moiso presiding. The family suggests memorial gifts may be made to the mission fund of Westminster Church.
      Source: Published in The Oregonian on 2/3/2004.
      Evlyn Gertrude Ramage
      Oregonian 01/30/04
      A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland for Evlyn Gertrude Ramage, who died Jan. 26 at age 93.
      Miss Ramage was born Jan. 28, 1910, in Woodburn. She graduated from Woodburn High School and the University of Oregon. In 1940, she moved to Portland, where she taught for Portland Public Schools for 35 years, including at Duniway and Lee elementary schools. She was principal of Kennedy School.
      Survivors include her brother, Gilbert; and nieces and nephews.
      Remembrances to the church. Arrangements by Gable.
    • A Principal of Principles
      By: History Department of McMenamins

      As has been mentioned here in the past, we are in the process of renaming several of the Kennedy School guestrooms to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school.

      And because it is Back to School Day for children across the land, it seems apt to recall one of Kennedy's former principals. Here is the history plate that will be installed in the Gertrude Ramage room.

      Was there ever a better name for an elementary school principal than "Gertrude Ramage"? It is a strong name, a slightly scary name, a name that commands respect. All excellent qualities in a principal.

      RamageMrs. Ramage was the head of Kennedy School from 1967 through 1973. She had "an easily recognizable tone" of voice, one that struck fear in kids' hearts. Mrs. Ramage would patrol the hallways during class, peeking in through the door windows - the students were never quite sure if she was checking up on them or on their teachers. Not even her flower-print dresses softened her reputation as "a stern old lady." Nicknamed "Rampage," you did not want to be on the receiving end of one of her lectures.

      And woe be unto any student overheard using the words "shut up," one of her most despised grievances. She would "go ballistic," a former student remembered. Kids being kids, they'd push Mrs. Ramage's buttons - while walking by her in a group, they'd dare a kid to mumble "shut up" and then they'd all take off running. When asked decades later about why this particular phrase riled her so, Gertrude responded, "It was just impolite and rude. I tried to teach a little manners, but it didn't seem to help." To the contrary, kids were still gleefully recalling this lesson 25 years after the fact! Well done, Mrs. Ramage. When asked if she thought the children had been scared of her, she said, "I hope not!" but then acknowledged, "Kids knew not to cross me."

      The occasional bold child was no problem for the veteran administrator. But what did present a formidable challenge for Gertrude Ramage as well as all Portland school administrators, staff and students of the 1960s and '70s was the unprecedented change brought about by district overcrowding, the creation of a middle school system, and especially integration implemented by a new bussing program. Beginning in the late 1960s, students from underperforming neighborhood schools were bussed, sometimes across town, to schools touted by the district as offering better opportunities and instruction, including Kennedy. In less skilled hands, this forced student shake-up might have proved disastrous, but Mrs. Ramage recalled that her student body and faculty had very few problems. "You tried not to think of them as white, black, brown or green - they were children."

      The early '70s ushered in another major change: school closures. As early as 1971, the Portland School District declared that due to a steep drop in enrollment, some schools would have to be shuttered. Cited as one of the oldest schools still in use and showing signs that dry rot and deterioration had taken a toll, Kennedy was among those singled out for closure.

      There was a great outcry among alumni and neighbors, protesting the district's plan, which served to slow the process to the point that Mrs. Ramage retired as principal in December 1973 before any action was taken. Staff and faculty threw her a grand afternoon retirement party. But perhaps most appreciated were the many notes from current and former students, all written using the best of manners, no doubt.

      A year and a half later in June 1975, the long-impending closure of Kennedy School became reality. It would never again re-open as Kennedy Elementary; however, following two more decades of community effort, red tape and negotiation, the building was saved from the wrecking ball when Mike and Brian McMenamin's proposal to revitalize the property was accepted. The school reopened under the McMenamins flag in October 1997. Mrs. Ramage returned for the occasion, and with her typical desert-dry wit, she gracefully acknowledged the brew kettle with her face painted on it (see above), but quickly added she would not be sampling any of the contents.

      Today, the hallways formerly presided over by the stoic Mrs. Ramage are alive with fun and merriment. But don't ever let us hear you say "shut up." We'll send you right to the Detention Bar out of respect for Principal Ramage's rule.

  • Sources 
    1. [S53] GEDCOM File : Lee Miller 1.ged.