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Her Grandfather Rode in the Grand Floral Parade

My Grandfather, an Oregon Centenarian who lived to be 104 years old, rode in the Grand Floral Parade! Harrison Eastman was born on January 27th, 1903 in Clastkanie. He recently passed away on the first day of Spring on March 21, 2007, after enjoying almost 40 years of retirement in Bend.

The following is an selection from the book "An Oregon Centenarian: Tribute to Harrison Eastman."

Harrison was an avid horseman, riding in rodeos and drill teams. If there was a horse around, that is where he would be. He belonged to the Oregon Trail Riders Drill Team and rode in the "Parade of Nations," and was a member of the Walla Walla Drill Team.

Harrison joined the Shriners Mounted Patrol and wanted to buy a new horse. He traveled out to Forest Grove and decided on a Tennessee walking horse named "Big Red." When he saw Big Red, he just knew that was the horse he wanted. With horsemanship forever in his blood, he dressed up like an Arabian Knight and rode Big Red in the City of Portland Rose Parade. HCE said, "When they lined up for the parade, and the music started, that horse could dance!"

~Kris Wobbe