Why Langlois is or should be world famous

So are the citizens of Langlois delusional??

WE THINK NOT.

Reasons:

1) We take pride in the fact that the name Langlois stirs up so much interest in the pronunciation. The subject is a great ice breaker  and is often the first question asked by visitors.

Langlois is a variant of the French "L'anglais" meaning the Englishman which seems to indicate the family name started when some English showed in France post-Norman conquest era. The variations in pronunciation stem from Anglicization and then Americanization down through the years.  There are variations still among Guernsey (home of our founding family) and Jersey Islands The name is not quite on par with the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy rndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. So really, one might  we have it easy, but  is still up for debate.  One of most accepted version is Langless stemming from a phonetic version of the 1860 Federal census of our Founding Family

 

  

  

However, the citation in Oregon's Names; How to Say Them and Where They are Located? by Bert Webber ( a well respected historian) lists the pronunciation as LANG lois.

The locals have their own take on the name: Lang lois  Langwau, Lang o ise, Lang lewis , Lang lis , Lang loy and probably more. Here are some samples from us locals. 


Wanted: Images and recolections of Lakeport Oregon

We've been meaning to do a write up of the doomed town of lakeport which was envisioned as the largest port between San Fransisco and Seattle right here on Floras lake in the early 1900's. 

 

Lakeport, for a brief time the largest town in Curry County, was located on Floras Lake, a 236-acre freshwater lake on the Oregon Coast ten miles north of Port Orford. The town had a dramatic rise and fall in the early twentieth century, when the adroit boosterism of Lakeport’s potential as a port town turned out to be based on false promises.

https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/lakeport/

It's a great local story and has been documented in a book and in old newspapers ( see Lakeport, Ghost Town of the South Oregon Coast: An Oregon Documentary Paperback – April 1, 1990 by Bert and Margie Webber available at the Langlois LIbrary)

I just thought maybe if someone has some old school photos from those days it would be interesting to digitize them and do a write up of this period .. Langlois was almost the biggest port town adjacent on the whole west coast (spoiler .. Floras lake is above sea level so it all drained out .. thus no port)

 

Please use the Contact Us page to let us know if you've got any Lakeport info/pics etc.  Thanks! Read more about Wanted: Images and recolections of Lakeport Oregon

Langlois has a new librarian!

 A new full-time library director, Cynthia Hovind, joined the Langlois Public Library District last week. According to district board chair Susan Orbom, “Cynthia’s enthusiastic personality, her interesting background, and her professional experience as a rural librarian make her a perfect fit for our community. We are thrilled to have her on our staff.”

Ms. Hovind is delighted to be back on the Southern Coast. She comes to Langlois from Fall City (near Salem) and has also lived in Alaska and the San Juan Islands as well as Bandon some years ago. Educated in the Northwest, as an undergraduate at Evergreen College she focused on Native American Studies and earned her Masters degree at University of Oregon. She is a practiced storyteller and apprentice basket maker. On a good day, you will find her reading science fiction in her spare time and dabbling in her vegetable garden.

Planning is underway for al fresco summer events at Langlois Library including an outdoor book sale, concert/ice cream social and movie nights on the lawn. The Friends of LPL who are sponsoring these events would welcome new members. Inquire at the library. Donations of gently used books are now being accepted.

There is still time (until March 18) to run for the LPL special district board, a wonderful community service opportunity. See the Curry County Clerk’s website https://co.curry.or.us .

Patrons can place holds online and find information about new books, library events, book donations, elections, and much more on the library website langloispubliclibrary.org . Another great source of information and amusing library tidbits is the LPL facebook page.

LPL will maintain its current schedule of curbside service and limited entrance by appointment weekdays, 11 AM through 4:30 PM, for the next few weeks with the intention of being fully open in the near future. Watch the website and the reader board on the lawn for changes. Read more about Langlois has a new librarian!

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