When outstanding or rare pieces of history surface, Lake County Museum is quick to accept such items. Within this past month, the museum was excited to accept a picture painted by the late Edison Chiloquin, plus a tomahawk and what is likely a ceremonial instrument made from a gourd. Included in the donation was a beautifully beaded Native American bag. Maurice Lepley of Lakeview donated the items.

Maurice Lepley’s late husband, Delmer, owned these rare pieces from the estate of his mother, Ada. For many years Ada worked as a waitress in Vallier’s Café in Klamath Falls. Edison Chiloquin frequented the café and gifted these items as a gesture of friendship to Ada. Maurice had stored the smaller items in a box underneath a bed for many years and the framed picture hung on her spare bedroom wall. Lake County Museum now displays them in its Native American Room. The painting is signed, “Ed. Chiloquin 9-17-56.”

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