Fifth generation of Koester family cares for ranch ‘until the next generation takes over’

Fifth generation of Koester family cares for ranch ‘until the next generation takes over’

The Oregonian

There was only one cedar tree on the property alongside the Umpqua River, so Vern Clemo called it the Lone Cedar Ranch. The tree finally died of old age and is now gone, but the ranch that has been in the same family for more than 150 years and has survived several ownership changes continues today as a working operation under the management of owners Matt and Renae Koester. The Koesters are the fifth generation to work the ranch that’s a few miles downriver from Elkton.

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