Happy Father’s Day to “the officer in the Pendleton.”
We received a letter from Sharon Myers Knoph with some wonderful photos of her father, Fred Myers. We decided to save this post for Father’s Day, because it’s about a Pendleton dad.
Here are Sharon’s words about her father.
My dad, Fred Myers, was born in Parkdale, Oregon. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Korea. He married Margaret Hinrich of Hood River, Oregon, in 1956. They eventually settled in southern California where he graduated from the Police Academy. He was an undercover narcotics officer during the 1970s. After retiring from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, my parents traveled the country in their motor home.
My dad loved his Pendleton shirts. He bought his first one in 1957, a shirt that he actually wore for 57 years. He was described more than once as “the officer in the Pendleton”. He held his first grandchild wearing a Pendleton shirt.
When he passed away in May of 2014, my mother couldn’t bear to give away his Pendleton shirts. She decided to use them to make three quilts. They are very special to us, reminding us of the man that his friends and family loved very much. In the photo below, his first shirt from 1957 is circled.
Here at Pendleton, we have seen quite a few quilts made from our shirts. But we have not seen one made with the pockets, which is a charming touch. What a way to have your dad keeping you warm forever.
To all the admirable fathers out there, happy Father’s Day from Pendleton Woolen Mills.