Author to speak about genealogy

Author Ted Cox will speak about his book, “Murray Loop,” at the next meeting of the Lincoln County Genealogical Society. (Courtesy photos)

Author Ted Cox will speak about his book, “Murray Loop,” at the next meeting of the Lincoln County Genealogical Society, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, in the downstairs meeting room at the Toledo Public Library, located at 173 NW Seventh St.

The presentation is free, and all are welcome to attend.

From his ancestral homeland of the Scotland Highlands to the eventual family home just a few short miles from the Pacific Ocean, Cox chronicles the lives and times of his family in his 2009 book, “Murray Loop.” Through painstaking research and careful detail, he brings their stories to life. In the process, Cox gives the reader a glimpse of history and what life entailed and demanded for immigrants and pioneers. His story succeeds in revealing an account of the lives of five generations of his family, which once made their home just a few miles northwest of Toledo at a place still known as Murray Loop.

Cox was born in Eugene in 1947. He is a 1967 graduate of Chaffey Jr. College, Alto Loma, Calif. In 1969, he received a bachelor’s degree from LaVerne College in California. From 1969 to 1973, Cox was a Peace Corps volunteer and for two years, he taught at a teacher training college in Sierra Leone, West Africa, followed by two years as the national track and field coach of Belize, Central America.

Cox completed his master’s degree in education at Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1975. While at OSU, he was head coach of the University Woman’s Volleyball team in 1973 and 1974. From 1975 to 1976, he taught physical education and first aid at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Since 1977, he has owned and operated the Old World Deli and shopping center in downtown Corvallis.

Cox has published two other history-related books: “The Toledo Incident of 1925” (2005) and “When British Honduras became Belize” (2014). He is currently writing “The Butter Tub Book: A History of Wooden Butter Tub Packaging in America – 1882-1944.” He will be bringing copies of his books and will be available for signing after the presentation.

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