World famous Langlois

Writing Around Langlois

Writing Around Langlois

It’s no wonder that Langlois is populated with photographers, painters, craftspeople, and storytellers. Inspiration is everywhere. I’ve written three books in a series about a young woman caddie at a small-town golf resort, and though the stories are fiction, the people and scenes are glimpses of the real thing. Sometimes the realities are very close to my fictional characterizations, but I'm not telling which ones.

As for being “world famous,” one would have to understand this community’s notion of fame. My books have sold in parts of Europe, but what translates as important to my friends and neighbors is seeing books in the library with the name of someone they know on the cover. So when locals keep asking me, “How’s the new book coming?” I am honor-bound to get back to work.

I tell readers that you don’t have to know anything about golf to read my Lainey Tidwell novels, but you’d better be able to appreciate small towns. (Langlois in particular is featured in chapter 17 of Looping in Limbo.) In a different vein, my nonfiction, No Broken Bones, tells of the battle between an unjust bureaucracy and my family’s tenacious, fighting spirit ̶ something small-town people know all too well.

It’s hard to say what will inspire my next book. In Langlois, there is no shortage of material.

Ginney Etherton

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Why our wool is famous

Langlois is world famous in the wool industry for its incredibly clean wool.  We average around 144 inches of rain a year (that's 12 FEET of water!) and most of our sheep flocks are pasture raised, no barns or shelter, so all that rain hits the wool and washes it very clean.  We shear in the spring in between rainstorms and the resulting wool has a reputation with the wool pool and woolen mills around the countr for being very clean.  For instance, wool sheared in the Willamette Valley will lose nearly half its weight when washed  and local coastal wool will lose less than 1/3 its weight.  The other factor, of course, is that the list of sheep breeds that can survive 144 inches of rain a year is very short!   They need to be practically amphibious.  We have 24 different breeds of sheep in Coos and Curry counties, but the Coopworth and Romney breeds predominate.

Coopworth sheep
Coopworth sheep



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