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Only 6 years ago you requested a translation on the comment below. Here goes je susi ravi de voir une autre ville au nom d'Oran.je suis nÃ© a Oran a ville en ALGERIE.Les Oranais d'ALGERIE disent bonjour au Oranais des USA. Abientot I am please to see that there is another town by the name of Oran, I was born in Oran, Algeria. The people of Oran, Algeria say hi to the people of Oran, USA. Oh, and I too was born in Oran Algeria when it was French. Cheers!
Neat web site for such a small town.
Hey, Ben, I like the Christmas decorations you've added to the web. Enjoying the Christms lights and Christmas trees. Thank you for maintaining the site and cams. A Merry Christmas to you and all of Oran. A mild winter and a properous, healthy 2012 to all!!!
merci de cette présentation car votre ville elle a le méme nom que notre ville qui est oran elle est en algérie
thank you so much
love your outhouse !!and the story about the 10 cent shows on the side of the tavern ..... god where have the good times went when you could have good cheap fun !!! i would like to also express my thanks to all men and women from oran iowa and surronding areas who have served in the armed forces in ww1 ww2 vietnam ods and oef and afganistan ........ god bless
Thoughts and prayers to the family of life long resident Francis Youngblut. May you rest in peace!
A big thanks to Oran Web Master Stong for making it possible for Mayor Russell Cumming's relatives in California to see 188 celebrants arriving to commemorate Mayor Cumming's eightieth birthday on May 14, 2011. Friends of Russell came from surrounding towns and farms to honor him and enjoy a sumptuos supper. Thank you Ben for giving Oran this extraordinary web site and especially for the cam service. As Russell's old brother, it would've been great to have attended the event, but seeing it via computer was next best. Thank you!!!
I Met your town a few days ago, and your website today. Both impressed me in a unique way. Been by Oran many times in my 68 years in NE Iowa but, (opps) always missed it. I fell in love with one of your buildings but won't say which one because I don't want all of your local realtors pestering me. I'll be back and will want to check out the churches and bar. Oh--I enjoyed the quality music provided by the bikes in front of the bar while I was loading my computer. That's my kinda class! Keep your neat little town alive--not enough of them left. Oh--if you wanna give me a hard time, you might try firstname.lastname@example.org
I will have to stop by next time I drive thru Iowa.
I was born in Oran (Algeria) Wahran in Arabic signify: The Two Lions also Oran was named: Portos Brutus during the Roman times. I do not know how Oran in Iowa get the name? I would love to know more but all I know is that Oran( Algeria) was visited by General and President Ike Eisenhower when we landed in North Africa during WWII. The people of Oran Iowa should be proud of the name of their city.
Belive my dad"s parnets lived in or near Oran and my dad"s middle name is oran
I grew up in Oran and my mother worked full time at the Creamery. I miss the good people of Oran, IA. Mildred Rundell will forever be in my heart... I will always remember Oran as "A little slice of heaven"
I was very intersted in seeing a picture of the 2 story outhouse! I'v been telling my friends and people here that I know of the outhouse - - getting some very strange looks let me tell you! Now I can show them actual pictures. It's great to come back once in a while and bring back the memories!
I have now visited the websithe huge town of which I live. LOL
On Saturday 1 week ago Kountry Krafts owner Jean Richards brother Mike was married at the Murphy Church which is a few miles east of Oran and a few miles north.The party was held at the K of C hall in Oelwein Iowa. A fine time was had by all, but Jean and Kenny. They got the bar stools with no seat belts and kept landing on the floor. But once they found out they could be served while on the floor they just stayed there and had a grand old time. Many others visited them down there. On a much sadder note we attended the funeral of Gene Reiter Sunday at Woods in Fairbank Iowa. Gene, age 51, was the brother of Donna Sadler, a director of the Oran telephone Co. Many were there for Gene, even the Mayor of Oran. Gene, formerly of the Oran area, will be missed by family and people of the Oran and Fairbank area.
Our son is 5 years old and enetered his name on google, you guessed it ! In fact Oran is quite an unusual name in the UK. He was excited to see Oran in Algeria, but even more excited to see that people in Iowa USA had put up a sign welcoming him to their town.
Matt Wenger formerly of Oran Locker Fame and now of Iowa State University Meat Lab Fame on April 12-15 celebrated VEISHEA and his 30th Birthday in Ames, Iowa. A good time was had by all. A prayer was said for 2nd Lt. Jared Wilson who is now serving in Iraq, who has the same birthday as Matt and had a fine time celebrating their bithdays last year with all friends and relatives. Congratulations to Brent Doese of lower Oran township on being elected 2008-2009 Iowa FFA Reporter. Also to Josh Richards who received a proficiency award.
With a name like Oran, it has to be good!
I need to book the community center. I've tried the phone number listed, but never get an answer. Who do I need to contact? My email is lizzynieman at yahoo dot com. Thanks.
Very interesting site. I would appreciate anyone that can give me a source of the name Oran, IA or any information as to how and why it was named Oran. Greatly appreciated to people of people Oran and its Mayor. Thank you
I am curious if the person who manages this website has the original photo that was supplied of "The Old Oran Tavern" by my father Tom Reith (Son of Vincent Reith). My father recently past away and the surviving family members are trying to collect any remaining family photos. Please contact me by email if you have this original photo.
Thank you for the 1862 map made during the Civil War. It is very interesting. You've no doubt noticed where Oran is placed on the map (east of Fairbank). Readlyn, Westgate, Dunkerton and several towns weren't around yet. It shows Lester which was moved to Dunkerton when the railroad went through and it shows a railroad running through Lester that was started but never finished. I suspect the town of Oran as we know it was founded much later in the century. Again, many thanks for the intriguing map. I've made a copy to study.
hi all i searche for origin of the ORAN .And want to have frindes :-)
I'd like to visit your city someday and learn more about it. It seems that Oran was derived from the Arabic name Wahran (possibly the prononciation is the origin of the name Warren). I am a junior named for my Father, who we understand was named for a friend of the family. My son is the III and his son is the IV. At this rate we'll have a city full of Oran's in a couple of centuries. My email is omcamet @ bellsouth . net
Hey Ben, how are you,feller? Been a while... I had a bounce a while back emailing you... changed or hid your address, I guess. I had a couple hard crashes this year - lost a bunch of files and contacts. Gave up trying to fix the unfixable and bought a laptop (another learning curve). Now rebuilding (again). You know how all this goes. I'm at ironbarr(at)cox-dot-net if you get a chance and care to, drop a line; I'd like to hear from you. Meanwhile - be careful out there. -AndyB
Genealogy brought me to Oran. Looking up distant relatives (Vanlaningham). Didn't quite find what I came for, but left Oran with so much more. Thanks for sharing your community with us.
My father grew up in Oran. His name was Les Buenzow and his parents were John and Clara Buenzow. I know that we were related to the Bailey's and I remember as a child meeting John Bailey. If anyone would like to email me they can at amycallahan at hughes dot net.
Hello again, I posted in Dec 2005 looking for family history, I hope I may find someone to help again. I was hoping to locate information on the Frederick D. Smith family from Oran. They lived there in the 1880's thru at least the early 1900's. Fred D.Smith, first wife Matilda (Bellmer)and their sons George W. Carl F. Henry I. and Frederick jr. George W married Dollie and his second wife was Lula and his son is Ralph. Fred jr (Fritz) married Bess and Carl married Agatha Davis ( these were my great grandparents)There were also daughters Minnie, Emma and Rosena. It's my understanding that Fred jr lived there at least through the 1930's according to the census. Does anyone have any idea who I may contact to find out more about this family? Thank you so much! looks like a great little town Tracy
Sorry we missed Oran when we came through Iowa in summer 2003.
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Does anyone in Oran do genealogy research? I have a cousin with family connections to Oran in 1880 and have been trying to find more information about the Bates and Hunt families who lived in Oran or the nearly area. I can be reached at dsiefkinsutton at yahoo dot com. Thanks!
I was able to visit Oran yesterday. The Mayor is an amazing man and I see only good things happening as long as he is in control. You've got my vote Russell!
Good to see our name is travelling well and prospering! Slainte Bha
I live 2.5 miles away from Oran and I like it. Would someone from Miami, Florida tell me what it is like there. Or maybe if you are from somewhere on the east coast I would like to move there when I graduate and go to college.
Hey people of Oran IOWA ! how are you ? I still don't know how your city got its name ! hihi I know there are another 4 cities with the same name in the Americas...I will tell my friends about that ! cheeeeeeeeeeeers !!
Hi to everybody back home in Oran. Temp yesterday here was 86. Will see you all in April. Have a nice winter. I'll see you Trish in 5 days. Solong from Texas..
Message to the webmaster, if you are interested to know where the name Oran is comming from and what does it mean, please contact me.
Hello oranais and oranaises of Oran of Iowa. I am too oranais but of the city of Oran in Algeria. And I am very interested in the existence of two cities which have the same name and which are in thousands of km one of the other one. Shall I can connaitre of people of Oran, American, to couple both cities and become friends or partners? Thank you in advance.
Season's Greetings, Ben. I like your holiday greetings on the title page. You have a marvelous and unique cite. Fantastic. It is good to see the Mayor provide his yearly state of Oran. I expect he is terribly busy with his official duties and it is quite a bit to expect that he would take the time to write this piece.
This was my first visit to your website. I have been curious to find out about your town for a while. In doing some family genealogy, I found that my grandparents were married in Oran, and there were many other references to your town as well. I plan to visit there soon and see your beautiful town firsthand.
I have been addressing my communications to my Uncle Russell: "Mayor Russell Cummings, City Hall", for years so have particularly enjoyed the recent "Russell Cummings for Mayor" additions! Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in Oran!
Thank you for posting the Mayor's photo. He apparently was conducting the business of the city with the city council as he seems quite serious. It is obviously necessary for him to be agressively sober to keep the rowdy city council in order. With the election now history, it is hoped that, this being his sixteenth term, there won't be any need for more elections, especially when one considers the prosperity that Oran has enjoyed under his tutelage. With the proper respect conferred on Mayor Cummings, it is hoped that he will complete his life long term as Mayor and won't be challenging the Governor of Iowa in the next Gubernatoral election for the post as Governor.
What a great site you have provided highlighting the fantastic attributes of the one and only beautiful Oran, Iowa! No kidding, it's great! The only disappointment is not seeing a photo of the reelected Mayor of Oran. I understand Mayor Russell Cummings was reelected Mayor with a plurality of 126, which is noteworthy since Oran has only 96 residents,and that includes kids and dogs. Perhaps the rumor that Mayor Cummings was working on building a new city hall, developing a world class airport near Oran that could accommodate 747s, and building a super highway from Chicago to Omaha through Oran, the half way point between the two cities. Of course a luxury hotel would need to be built in Oran to provide for the needs of all the visitors. What is amazing, is that, reportedly, this can all be done without rasing the property taxes of Oran! Too, it is rumored that Mayor Cummings will take the necessary steps to advertise Oran as The Road Kill Capital of the World with a warning to the deer "You smash my car, Oran locker will sausage you." Well,some of this may not be quite right, but at least it is hoped Mayor Cummings will be recognized as the best Mayor Oran has ever had. That is important since Oran has never had a mayor. Russell is my kid brother.
I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was to find that Oran, Iowa has a website. My aunt & uncle, Randy & Brenda Henry, live in Oran and enjoy their time there. My husband and I have been looking for a home and are looking in the Fairbank & Oran area to raise our six children. Living in a big city has it's perks but nothing beats living off the beaten path. I have had great memories babysitting for my aunt and uncle while they lived in Fairbank and Oran. We would love to bring our kids up in a tight-knit community as my cousins have had the opportunity to do. Thanks for the great in-site of your great community and keep up with the great community information - I will continue to visit your website often.
This is my second visit here. I was looking at all the pictures on the site and the history of the businesses. WOW! What memories! I spent some fun filled times with my Grandpa Otto Suhr at Bennett's Store. Remember when a pack of chewing gum was a PENNY! My Great Uncle Louie Suhr owned and operated the Oran Garage in the 60's and 70's!
I spent quite awhile tonight checking out the web site. You all have done a wonderful job making our town so inviting to the rest of the world. I know when I am feeling down, there is nothing like coming home to cheer me up!!! Keep up the great work...see you all soon!! (P.S. I love you, miss you, and think of you every day mom!!) Love Michele
i live in Oran in Algeria,it's nice town i think like our oran
As a former resident of the Wapsie Valley area, I get a little homesick and like to visit the Oran website every so often and haven't done so in about a year. The website looks awesome! You have added a lot of stuff lately. I especially like the features of the river area. Thanks for all the photos:)
Greeting to the citizens of Oran, Iowa! I'm Oran Lloyd Turner III, so I'm from a long line of Oran's! I’ve always been known as “Oran”, but my grandfather was known as “Lloyd”, and my dad was known as “O.L.”. It’s great to see that we’ve all been recognized by having a town named in our honor! Seriously though, Oran seems like a nice town, and I’ll love to visit one day. One question…if I visit, will I get VIP treatment? ;-) Oran Turner nospamoturnatmchsidotcom
Absolutely impressive small town. Plover is about the same size however we do not have the businesses you have. Looks like a wonderful place to live.
I am forty years old this year and have always hated my middle name. Today I saw a truck that said Oran, Mo. So I started searching and have found out much in a little bit of time. This included your site. I can be reached at Geraldrice916atyahoo.com. I can finally be proud of my name.
I knew that Oran was in Algeria North Africa and was a Gaelic name meaning "the fair one" and thus the name of my only son- happy to know about Oran, Iowa too!
je susi ravi de voir une autre ville au nom d'Oran.je suis nÃ© a Oran a ville en ALGERIE.Les Oranais d'ALGERIE disent bonjour au Oranais des USA. Abientot
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Oran is my "home" town, even tho we lived in the country. Grama lived next to the school and we were neighbors to Jim and the rest of the tribe as children. Many good memories of softball, and football games will all the kids.
Although Oran is a little town it still feels like home to me. My grandparents and Dad still live outside of Oran. This site is great!! Nice Work!!!!!!!
Wow! This is cool. I live a mile outside of the town of Oran and just bought a computer. I have been playing with the different web sites, never thought the small town of Oran would have it's own web site. This is the best one I have seen so far when compared to the other towns. Great job to who ever put this site together. I will continue to visit the Oran site. Keep up the GREAT work Oran! Julie
The pictures of Oran Street day were nice, but people feel as though there could have been more games and current residents photographed at Oran Street day.
Oran - Great web site. Glad to have you shine the light in Fayette County. Respects, Bill
Hi, my dad's middle name was named after Oran and his dad came from Iowa.
Not only have I heard of Oran, but I have been there! There's nothing more fun than touring some of the small or forgotten cities in Iowa. Donnen. Jubilee. Eagle Center. Hey, I am a singer of sorts. Got my picture in the New York Times anyway, and headline in Chicago. I'd love to do a show in Oran sometime. CCPSTUDIO@MCHSI.COM I love the midwest. It's always nice to have roots. Gary Forney
I want to get in touch with Teresa Jo Coyle from Ames, Iowa: We met at Iowa Stete University in the summer of 1978 and came to Venezuela in August 1979. My phone numbre is 0058-0414-2774722 0 0058-0212-5041952 and my adress is : Abog. Reynaldo Sánchez Escorihuela Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC) Carretera Panamericana. Km 11. Altos de Pipe. Edo Miranda. Venezuela. 0r Reinaldo Sánchez Escorihuela. Urb. Mendoza. Calle 3 Nº L-10. Valencia,Edo Carabobo. Venezuela
I like Lindsy Timmerman!! Go Oran!! Who HA! I love Craig McGrane
am from oran algeria
I loved your web site, looking for history about my dad Elery Taylor, it anyone knows him are his family please contact me.
Love the web page.Mildred Rundle is my aunt.Would someone please stop and check on her, and give her my Love in a big hug.Thanks , I hope to be up there soon to visit. Happy holidays to all.
Hi, I am visiting your website after doing a search for ORAN. Well since I am a "Junior" I will have to ask my dad if he knows where his first name "Oran" came from. I am 55 and he is still living in his 70's.
before i think that he give just one oran in the World. Now i think Mr Oran he was everywhere
Hi...nice sight. I was hoping to locate information on the Frederick D. Smith family from Oran. They lived there in the 1880's thru at least the 1930's. THe father was Fred D.Smith, first wife Matilda (Bellmer) sons George W. Carl F. Henry I. and Frederick jr. I think the second wife was Elinda OConnor?. George W married Dollie and his second wife was Lula. Son Ralph. Fred jr (Fritz) married Bess and Carl married Agatha Davis ( these were my great grandparents) I would love to hear from any one who might have some information on the family such as descendants, dates, burial records etc. Please send to Twegian@AOL.com Thank you Tracy
This is to let everyone in Oran know that there is going to be another Land moving into Oran around the 17th of dec. 05. I am the wife of Bill Land and the mother of Lil' Bill. Lori if you read this then I will let bill know that you said hello.
Hi everyone in Oran! I am Beth the bartender's babysitter thanks for hiring her so I can be paid....well. I cant stress this enough tip her tip her tip her.
Hi! If anyone out there knows Bill Land, tell him Lori says HI from N.Y.!!
We came across on entry from Cletus Kane, August 2004. It referred to some of our relatives. Please contact vcathans at cvip.net. Interested in exchanging family info. Cy and Von Athans
you have a nice website here. i really enjoy helping people reserch their family trees and the one that i am working on now was a famiy who lived in oran and moved to oelwein. the information that I have is very scattered and i thought that someone might have advice on a good site that i can use in this instance. elery taylor was born in oran in 1927.
I am Dave Napoli, the son of Dom and Millie Napoli and grew up in Oran. I have lived in Plano, Texas for over 27 years now and enjoy logging on to the Oran page and seeing what is happening there. Talked to mom yesterday and she was telling about the Street Days on Saturday. Seeing the pictures today made it look even better than she had explained. Keep up the good work!!!
Gidday, I work with friend from La Porte City in Iowa. Was looking for pictures of the old water tower to paint picture for her. Its nice to see pictures of home when you are a long way from it. Bye for now.
I found your web page by chance. I graduated from Oran HS in 1956.. I left the same year for 20 years in the Navy. Back to Hazleton in 77 then move to Idaho in 2000
To Uncle Jim, You have been greatly missed. We wish you could be at all of the Richard gatherings again, Christmas at grandma's house isn't much without your jolly laugh. With love, Berneice P.S. Thanks for the nickname Uncle Jim.
Joey ? of I can find your grandpaents I will stop over and explain to them and give them a hug for you. I have to tell you what a sweet sweet thing I believe you have requested. I just moved to Oran this will be my 3rd year here...I moved from waterloo and I don't know to many of the people here...I pretty much keep to myself but we bought the house from our daughter & her husband and I beleive it's the old Brickman house...anyway I will pop back in once I have accomplished the task...take care and your grandparents are very lucky to have a grandson who loves them so much... for now....Jude
I have a favor to ask - if anyone reads this and knows my grandparents, Dom and Millie Napoli, can you stop by the house and give them a hug (or handshake) from me? I'm missing the 90th birthday party - too far away. I'm there in spirit, and I've love it if anyone can physically let them know I'm thinking of them. Thank you!!
Love the website. It's a very sentimental town for me, it represents my grandparents. Dominic turns 90 years old today, imagine, 90 years (mostly, with a few in Oelwein) in this tiny town. Thank you for the instant memories, when I live so far away.
My teacher, colleague, and friend, Rev. Rick Burns, told me about this wonderful website. He speaks fondly of his early days growing up in Oran. You gave him something special, that I missed out on growing up in a big city. Thank you, Oran, Iowa, for your hometown boy, Ricky Burns! He continues to be a blessing sent from Iowa.
I was born in Oelwein (1951) and lived there until 1962. Your websit is great.
Great site! I grew up in Fairbank and Oelwein in the 50s/60s. I went to IC school in Fairbank and my best friend in elementary school was David Meier. We used to bring army men to school in Sister Josaphine's Kindergartern class. David's dad was the butter maker in Oran's Creamery and I spent a few nights in Oran on sleepovers. Later, I moved to Oelwein, but kept my Fairbank ties by joining the 60s Rock group, the Avengers, with Terry McGrane, Randy Robinson and Ronnie Jans (1965-68). We played the Midway club, between Fairbank and Readlyn many a night. We always had our Oran contingent at our dances. Since then, I have often refected on the great friends we made in those days and would love to hear from anyone remembering our group. Greg Ohl, Minneapolis, MN
Yo naci y me crie en la Ciudad de Oran, al norte de la Republica Argentina. Oran fue fundada en el año 1794 por los españoles, fue la ultima ciudad fundada por los españoles. Tiene un poco mas de 100 mil habitantes y su economia es agro-industrial. I born and live in the Oran City, to the north of the Republic Argentina. Was founded in the year 1794 by the Spanish, was the last city founded by the Spanish.have 100 thousand habitants and his economy is agro-industrial.
I had to come back for another look, great site.
I don't really no how i got here; but what i can tell you is that there is a city here in the north of Argentina called SAN RAMON DE LA NUEVA ORAN (SAINT RAMON OF THE NEW ORAN);most known as ORAN . It has aproximally 200 000 hab.The principal activities are bananas and tobacco.
I am going to try to translate : "It was a surprise for me to find a town with the same name as the town where I was born in 1943, 10 months after american army liberate my birth town from the government of Vichy.Thank you for having remind me my youth."
Note from webmaster: Thank you!
J'ai été étonné de trouver une ville ayant le nom de la ville où je suis né en 1943, 10 mois après le debarquement américain, debarquement qui a libéré ma ville du gouvernement de Vichy. Je vous remercie de m'avoir rappelé ma jeunesse.
Note from webmaster: Now if someone would be so kind as to translate this for us :-)
Hi, I was born in Oran - Algeria. I am trying to find other places in the word named Oran. Most of them have not a proper site like yours. I already found :Colombia http://www.calle.com/world/CO/33/Oran.htmlMexico http://www.maps-of-mexico.com/zacatecas-state-mexico/zacatecas-state-mexico-map-b1.shtmlPeru http://www.calle.com/world/PE/16/Oran.htmlUSA Missouri http://www.city-data.com/city/Oran-Missouri.htmlArgentina 3places http://www.camdipsalta.gov.ar/INFSALTA/oran.htm http://www.calle.com/world/AR/24/Oran2.html http://www.calle.com/world/AR/24/Oran.html Japan (?) http://www.sw-pbm.net/oran/Ireland http://www.calle.com/world/EI/0/Oran.htmlIndia http://www.gazetteer.de/d/d_in_up.htmSpain 2 places?http://www.calle.com/world/SP/58/Oran.html http://www.pueblos-espana.org/castilla+la+mancha/albacete/oran/Mapa-Zoom/USA NYS http://www.calle.com/world/US/36/Oran.htmlUSA Texas http://www.cityreview.us/texas/oran/Thank you for helping me to find others if you can
I LOVE the website, especially the pictures in the Oran Tap. It brought back so many memories of my childhood, spending the day in Oran when Santa came to town. Dad (Dennis Neil) was always at the table (where uncle Dale and Russell are sitting) playing cards and/or pool and Mom (Brenda Neil) was always in the round corner booth with all the ladies. It was AWESOME to just be able to run around town without having to worry; unlike today's times!! I feel like I grew up in the Oran Tap (as bad as that sounds!!). We went there after softball games, when Dad had pool league, etc. No one made a better burger than John Bailey!! To those of you who think growing up in a small town would suck...I have been a resident of a small town AND a major city and I would move back to Oran in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity!! You won't find any other community with the heart and soul and helping hands of this one. Anyone who thinks it would be boring to grow up like this doesn't know what they are missing. Just look at the website and you can see that the technology is pretty savvy there also!! Great job on the website and I look forward to seeing more pictures!!
Just looking up my name and came across your web site.It's great!! Thanks
Just wanted to update my information, I have been in Arizona now for three years and would like to hear from any Edgeton. I am in the Real Estate business so check out my web site for more information.
P S. My mothers sisters (Lizzie and Mary) and brother Tony lived 1 block east of Lorbers store from 1910s until 1934. Sold the house to Louie Suhrs parents.They were Philips brother and sisters They taught schools in Bremer Co. for years. Tony was in the picture with Horace and Vincent Reith in Tavern.Iwas in with Tony a number of times As I spent quite a lot with them.Use to go into Vinces Wenever i up home. Then Herman Pearls before John took it over to meet people I knew.
I grew up 1 Mi. North 2mi.east.east of little Wapsie. Philip Schmit, Joe Lorbers brother-in-law was my uncle.There was an Oran P.O. 5mi east and 2mi. south near the Oran township cemetery shown on 1868 oran township plat. I have postcards addresed to Mary and Lizzie Schmit Minkler Ia. Bremer co. They lived 2mi east of oran. The Minkler P.O. was on co. line and hiway 3 by the minkler creamery. Oran was built in the early 1900s when the railroad came through. My father F.J. Franck Kane helped a number of the buildings. Ileft there at age 19 in 1943 for the air force. never returned excpt for visits. Talked to Leo Reith Several times in the late years. Katie Is my 1st cousin.
Hello, my town in Algeria called also Oran - http://www.djamila.be/Documents/oran.htm
God bless you
Hello, My name is Alicia Meier and my grandparents live in Oran, Iowa. I also lived in Oran when I was little. Now I live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and I miss the little town where you know everyone. I come back often to visit my grandparents. Its great for riding four wheelers because the cops dont come by very often. Your smalltown friend, Alicia Meier
I live is this beautiful podunk town of Oran and it is slpendid to live in such a close nit town as this i love all the Oranites!!!!!!!
I have just found out that my father, William Dudley George attended Oran High School through the 9th grade, in the year 1952. He left school to join the Air Force. If anyone knows of him or any of the George family, I would love to hear from you.
You HAve A Great Website And you Are All Write We ALl Miss him He is Also known as My Grandpa And The The Best One in The World And I Wish He Was Still Here He Was Sutch great Person We All remember Him For His Big Great Bear Hug And I Still Have All of them he Gave In my Heart He Will Be there Forever and I Remember That he Would Anonce (COME ON GUYS WE HAVE ICE CREAM TO MAKE) We Will All Miss That IF YOU EVER Felt How Comfertable it Felt But We Still Are Very Happy Because We Still Have BEv Bailey (my Grandma) All I Have To Say Is I miss Him Dearly And Always Will
Hi there, found this site again! I signed the guest book about 2 years ago and somone mailed me, but i lost the address, lets here from you again.
I have Odhran as saint's name and believe or not, was born in Iowa. Lake Okoboji/Spirit Lake "the Iowa Great Lakes" area to be exact. I had no idea there was an Oran, Iowa. Anyone looking for more information on Odhran should google Odhran and Iona and Columba- Odhran and Columba founded a monastery on Iona. Looks like a gorgeous spot!"http://www.iona-bed-breakfast-mull.com/iona/iona_abbey.htm#reilig"
Done some further surfing,seems my Dad didn't get it all correct.Best information I've found is that my name should have been Orin as that was the name of the character played by Paul Muni in 1933 film titled The World Changes.Well it just goes to show that my Dad was either deaf or the cinema had a poor sound system way back then
Enjoyed your site.Just had to visit it with a name like mine.I was born in 1936 and my Dad said I was named after a character in the film "the world is a changing" starring an actor called James Muni.
I know jim at a young age his dad kenny drove school bus i got in fites on the bus jim wold come to rescue and pull me the side and talk to me my brothe steve was shocked to heaie of jim he was a good friend to the suhr.s he was a good man thank you ben and to jimes family he will be missed
This website brings back alot of fond memories.My grand-parents moved there in 1975,(Edgar and Annetta Brickman) I was only eight years old when they retired to that home and they lived there until 1999. I remember when we stayed with my grandparents we would go downtown with Pa and get the mail he would let us buys little bags of candy. I also remember going to the school to play tennis. This is a nice town I always remember our families getting together on Sundays and we would BBQ and play cards outside in the front yard.
What a fabulous Site. Having grown up in the Oelwein area, I was so impressed with your site. As a child we used to fish and hunt inthe area. We also owned Knapps Coal company and had many friends and customers from the area. I commend your webmaster, Bravo, everything so well done down to the local telephone book. Keep up the good work, this is a fine example of what can be done by people who take pride in their community. Ride on! Sonny
Found this website by accident and loved reading all of the articles. My parents Edgar/Annetta Brickman retired to Oran in 1975 and enjoyed living there so much. I have many fond memories of going to the Station north of Oran as a child. This is truly a great website. Good job!
My sympathy to the Richards family. It has to be hard for Mrs. Richards and the children to lose their husband and father at such a relatively young age. Knowing the people of the community, I know the family will find love and support from their neighbors. I lived on a farm on the edge of Oran until 1954. The friendliness and community spirit of Oran impresses me to this day. I didn't know Mr. Richards, but I knew the other honorees very well. Leonard Lorber was a mentor to many of us because of his leadership and encouragement. During our high school years Stub Bailey was the catcher for our very good Oran High School baseball team. Ken Greve repaired a very difficult problem on my motor home on a visit to Oran. They, like Mr. Richards were wonderful men and deserve the honor given them. Thank you for providing this web site for us old Oranites.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Richards family, the Oran Fire Department and your community in the loss of Assistant Chief Jim Richards. Chief Richards served your region for 29 years, and I can only imagine the loss each of you must feel. No greater gift than to give one's lifehelping another. Warm regards from Oregon. Steve Pengra, FF/PM
i send my sympathy to the Family of Jim Richard and the Fire Department Because i know its tough when you lose a brother in Arms.Corey Doyle Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department
The poem, below, is carved in stone at the National Monument for Fallen Firefighters located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Being from Oran, and now living in Colorado Springs I wanted to share the following poem with Oran as we remember Jim Richards. __________________________________________________________
The Last Alarm
My father was a fireman.
He drove a big red truck
and when he'd go to work each day
he'd say "Mother wish me luck".
Then Dad would not come home again
'til some time the next day.
But the thing that bothered me the most
was the things some folks would say,
"A fireman's life is easy,
he eats and sleeps and plays,
and some time's he won't fight a fire
for days and days and day's".
When I first heard these words
I was too young to understand
but I knew when people had trouble
Dad was there to lend a hand.
Then my father went to work one day
and he kissed us all goodbye
but little did we realize
that night we all would cry.
My father lost his life that night
when the floor gave way below
and I'd wondered why he'd risked his life
for someone he didn't know.
But now I truly realize
the greatest gift a man can give
is to lay his life upon the line
so that someone else might live.
So as we go from day to day
and we pray to God above
say a prayer for your local Firemen.
He may save the ones you love.
I walked into the office and heard the news on the local radio. My deepest sympathies to the Richards family. Jim will be sorely missed.
Thoughts and prayers to the Richards Family and friends at Oran during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,David Cummings
Looked up this site upon hearing of the death of Fire Fighter Jim Richards. Had hoped there was a link to the Fire Department... We'd like to express our most sincere & heartfelt sympathy to the Richards family, and to Jim's 2nd family...the Fire Department.
Hi, I have no idea how I stumbled upon this website - but it made me smile. I am originally from New Hampton, Iowa but spent many a summer in Oran as my aunt and uncle are Wayne and Marilyn Sauerbrei and they lived right outside of town. I was Miss Iowa-USA in 1997 (Shawn Marie Brogan) and I visted your town for a parade as well. I am now a TV Show Host on Shop at Home (national shopping channel) and I'm living in Nashville trying to make a "go of it" as a country singer/songwriter. I wish you all the best and I look forward to my next visit to Iowa (the family is still there but cousin Mitch lives on the farm with his family). Take care.Sincerely,Shawn (Brogan)Diddywww.email@example.com
Hello, I was born in Oran, I was a student in the university of Senia, I worked in, got maried in, but I must leave this wonderful town like many men was born in.Peaple of Oran are nice and quiet. I never forget them.
Great site! The name Oran in Ireland/Irish means fair headed or fair skined. It can also be spelt as Odhran and is prounced the same way. Slan leat!!
Great idea to have a guest book!!!!!
I happened upon your site when I was trying to find some history on Oelwein, where my father was born. I've never met anyone from Iowa who has ever even HEARD of Oelwein (and I've asked every person I have ever met). Therefore, I was VERY excited to see it on your map - and that it's very close to Oran - which looks like a charming town! Since I was 19 when my parents passed away, I didn't think to ask either of them about their childhood. I do know my dad (Pat Loveland) went to Sacred Heart, but I think it was due to his "being bad" in the public school! Anyway, it was nice to browse and get an idea of his past. Again, great site!
HI EVERYONE, I love this site that Ben has put together. My name is Ron Loban and my uncle was Johnny Lockwood from Oran.I lived on a farm on the Wapsie River on Hwy 3 near Oran for a few years,and went to school in Oran. "A GREAT TOWN" ,I spent time at the candy counter in "BENNETT,S GROCERY STORE®". Lavern Staack was my best buddy.( "Ole PETE" ):-). I remember my Aunt Helen Lockwood went to New York City and got on a Talk show,where she said that she was from a little town in Iowa that was so small that you could "spit" over it !!!! At the time it didnt go over too good with the Town Folks.:-) I live in Atlanta,Georgia now.
I LOVE THE SITE
A friend of mine lives in St Oran's cottage. I have found out that St Oran was a Celtic Saint who settled on Oransay in the Hebridean islands in 563 AD. However, I am still trying to find out more about him. Can anyone help
SCHMIT-LORBER REUNIONJust wanted to remind everyone about the reunion WHERE: American Legion, Fairbank IowaWHEN: July 5th, 2003TIME: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, eat about 1:30BRING: Potluck, your own silverware and plates. Bring photos to shareRULES: If children want to run on the dance floor, they need to take shoes offMONEY: The cost of the hall is $75.00, and we will have to pay the bartender a tip. I figure the total cost will be a $100.00; I will be collecting money from All my first cousins that attend. Please let your families know about this. If you can think of anybody else that belongs To this family, or close to belonging, please let them know.If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 319-635-2854, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.orgSee you in JulyMary
>Hi! I'm Karen (Bailey) Hagenow, English teacher from Wapsie. I and astudent of mine, along with Mr. Wharram, guidance counselor, are trying toput together information and memorabilia about/from the Oran school. Ourplan is to have a picture of Oran (painted by Samantha Gipper), shelvesfor trophies, etc., and a display case for artifacts, pictures, etc. in thenew wing at the high school. Our desire is to honor the Oran school, so itis not left out anymore than it has been. Any info. and objects you wouldlike to donate, please call me at 638-6711. Or, if you want to e-mail me with info., that would be great, too! Thanks a lot!!>
i am new on the net..i was born in oran (algéria) i discover your web site..it was abig surprise..i would like just to say hello, friendly, to people of Oran, with alle all my warmest regards..and sorry for my bad english
I live right on the Wapsie School district line and my dad always did business with Jim, Chuck, and Big wapsie ag. and even though i go to Maynard and have a Westgate Adress im pround to say i grew up in Oran. Great Site
Im Ron Steinbronns son,long time area farmer. It is so awesome to see all the Businesses that ive grown up being in and seeing my old tractor in Jims Shop and my Cow head in Chucks locker. I love it
My name is Cody and I am 8 years old. I started a license plate collection last year and am trying to get more! If you have any old ones you could send me, my mom would be glad to pay postage (COD) and I will send you a handwritten Thank You postcard from my state of New Hampshire! Please e-mail my mom at LovinNHLivin@aol.com and she will send you our address and answer any questions you might have. I'm studying states and their capitals in 3rd grade now and this will help me. My mom is making me learn a little about each state I get a license plate from! Thanks, CodyI traveled through Iowa last June and my Mom wanted to stop the truck, right there and live. It was a very pretty place to be. We met nice people too!
Hello , really beautiful site ! The Oran I know and were I grew up is on the sea side of Algeria, a beautiful white city with Arabic, Spanish and French culture, wonderful weather and easy life.Hope you enjoy living in your Oran the way I used to live in mine,Wish you all the best, Sincèrement
I am a student at Glasgow School of Art Scotland and am doing some research on my name, Oran, wich is Galic,Scottish.Maybe i'll visit 'oran' one day..
I noticed that most of the entries in the guestbook are of fairly recent matters. Our family is connected with Philip Schmit, one of the builders of the outhouse. All of our scrap books contain a copy of the picture of the outhouse and the story of its history. Just to update the lineage, the great-great-great grandaughter of Philip Schmit was born this year in California and a copy of the story will be placed in her scrapbook so she can carry on the tradition of the famous Oran Outhouse. Aubrie Rae Schmit-Athans-Hill-Hartwig, will always have a warm spot in her heart for Oran, no matter where she lives. Great Grandpa Cy Athans
I came across the website looking for information for my child. Did not think Oran would have such a nice site.I graduated From WV in 88 and spent a lot of time at my grand-parents (Edgar and Annette Brickman) house in Oran.Love that small town
I went to school there and graduated in 1980. I was looking up some information for my daughter about the year i graduated.
Hi! What about some regards from ORAN in western Algeria in north africa, here you go! u got it.
Hi Oranites! Hadn't visited the site for awhile so thought I'd leave a note. Grew up 1 mile South and 2 miles West of Oran and like so many others have many fond memories. Sorry to hear the cafe/tavern recently closed. Great memories of Fat's Hardware store, Leonard at Santa Claus day, and hanging out in Bailey's with Dad as a kid. Always had to have a penny to put in the peanut machine. It's good to come back to Oran and still have people smile and say hi. I miss Oran. Keep it going!
Nice site.....Dont know how you manage living in such a small place tho!! id think id go crazy!!
I worked with Bev Bailey at the Oran Branch of the First National Bank of Oelwein back in the 1970's. Super nice lady. Also knew Fat and Mildred Youngblut. Mildred worked for my mother when I was a small child. I found the people in Oran and the surrounding community to be very friendly. Great website for a small town. Keep up the good work.
Very nice website and history. I grew up just a mile east and south of Oran in the 60's and 70's. My Uncle Louise Suhr owned the garage in town and the Massy-Ferguson implement dealer. My Dad, Elmer Suhr, worked for my Uncle. I graduated from Wapsie Vally High School in 1973. Go WARRIORS!!! I'm very sad to hear the Oran school maybe closing. I went to the Oran School before it was redesignated as the Junior High. Many great memories from that old school. Anyone remember Mrs. Brickman the school teacher? She inspired me to become much more than what I could've settled for. Thank You, Mrs. Brickman!!Steve Suhr
I WAS RAISIED AROUND THIS LITTLE TOWN MY UNCLE OWNED THE GERAGE MY FATHER ELMER SUHR WORKED THIER AND HE SERVICE THE EQUMENT THAT WAS SOLD THERE I LOVED THIS LITTLE TOWN THANKS BEN FOR PUTTING ORAN ON THE WEB SITE
Hello everyone, I was just passing by (via the net) and thought I´d say HI. I´m english but live in Germany...here´s wishing you all a lovely day.
I haul milk around Oran and just happened onto the site. Very interesting
i'am from algeria and i want to sea oran of algeria in some photos .by chance i see oran of usa .i am happy to know that there is an other oran in the world
Spent my last year of high school with the Briddles.Enjoyed your town.
thought i might be the only aussie to visit the site but 2 have beat me to it, love the feel of the town good luck to you all
WHAO!!!!,I really love your page,keep it up men.
el salam aliakoum walah yahfed wahran wa maliha .
Hi, I am very happy for visiting your site and I love your site keep it up.
What a great site! Sorry to hear about your creamery closing. Coming from a small town, I know how just one business closing can affect others. Thanks for a great visit to another Iowa small town.
You folks are "Real Americans" and a great example of what this country is really about. I spent my youth in Missouri and had the pleasure of living out where hardworking real Americans are. The big cities in this country think they are it, but they don't have a clue. God Bless you and keep America proud.
I'm visiting Iowa to find out more about Ellis Parker Butler.
Very interesting! I did not realize that any town shared a name with me. If anyone has any information about the name "Oran" I would be interested. Any information would be appreciated.
Finally happened on this web page... Having grown up in Oran am not surprised by the great website. Always have and always will be proud of being an "Orannite". The website brings back many great memories of days gone by...Really liked the photos of the "forbidden" Sand Pit.
Great Job Ben. Nice to see old pictures and tributes to long time residents. The picture of the sand pit with the people in it is myself and my son Roger W kerns III. Also I am in the process of trying to organize a clas reunion for the class of 1983 Wapsie Valley of course any people interested let me know. What a place to grow up Oran. Have many memories of school there and of the good old ORAN DAYS wow long time ago.
Hey ALL!! Got here lookin for info on Wapsie Valley class reunions...I graduated from good ole WV in 1982 so we're lookin for that 20 year class reunion announcement!! Love hearin about all the accomplishments of the sports teams in the past years from Wapsie...you guys are the greatest!! But if anyone has any info on any class reunion info for the class of '82 plese email me if ya have a moment
It is very special for me to look back and recall growing up in Oran. Such memories!
Married to Mary Jo Bailey a former Oran resident.
I don't know how I came to your site,I was searching for "Oran" which is a lovely mediterranian city in Algeria,and I found another town with a similar name in the U.S.A. what a great surprise. Do you know about Oran in the mediterranian side? a bieutiful city city with a long History.I am not from there, but I used to live in Oran.
Hello from Oran, Missouri. Would like to hear from someone in Oran, IA.
I was reasearching independent telephone companies and came accross Oran Mutal Telephone. I couldn't find a number off the site, but your phone book on line helped out. Thanks for the tour!!!
Did a John Peter Schmitt and his wife Magdalena Noel ever live in Oran, IA? They had a son Peter Schmidt who married a Amfahr in 1875 in BlackHawk County, IA. Thanks, Very nice site.
I DON'T KNOW HOW I GOT TO THIS SITE .. YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON YOUR WEB SITE THO ... GLAD I DON'T LIVE IN ORAN - I THINK I WOULD BE VERY BORED ...
Hello, Oran,Iowa I grew up in Winthrop,Iowa. My cousin Jean owns Kountry Krafts. Oran has a great webpage.
My nephew, Gary Wilson, sent us your address. Nice to see that Oran has gained worldwide fame. I chuckle at those requesting info on hotels and inns - I guess they don't know that the photo is ALL of Oran.
Oran has a special place in our hearts because of all the warm, wonderful people there. In the past number of years the Oran Telephone has been our telephone company. Though we have limited access with out toll, we have special people we can call....our family, friends, and neighbors. It is a great community!
Hey fellow residents of Oran! Just wanted to say Hi to everyone, since you all probably know me. Nice to see such an awesome page about the best town in the world ORAN RULES!!! Good job, Ben ~Jar
Not sure how I got into your site because I'm at work (Sydney, Australia) looking for information on Algeria. But, thanks, it's very interesting!
I am currently in my seasonal home in Colorado Springs and visiting my son David who also lives near me. Have enjoyed my grandchildren Chaz and Bryana for the past few months. My daughter Janice also lives in Colorado in the Denver area. I moved to Oran October 18th, 1958 when I married Dale Cummings and lived with him in the home he built which is now occupied by Russell Cummings. We moved from Oran in 1966 but before we moved I worked at the Oran Bank as a teller and bookkeeper and as bookkeeper for the telephone Company. I had the opportunity to give some of the area children piano lessons. Dale managed the Oran Telephone Company. I enjoyed the website including the plat map and dediciation to Leonard Lorber. Hello to all my friends in Oran! Bev Cummings, Colorado Springs, CO
When I was a very small child we lived in Oran, Iowa. We lived in the house with the double decker outhouse.
WENT TO SCHOOL IN ORAN CLASS OF 1980. GREAT TO SEE THIS PAGE...
Hi..My sister, Sue Fette just let me in on this great web site. My mom and dad, Walter and Evelyn Fette sill live outside of Oran. I graduated from Wapsie Valley in 1962. Loved the pictures....brought back lots of memories.
I LOVE THOSE CRAZY DIXONS!!! OH, AND THE HENRYS TOO!!!
was so tickled to find this. i don't have much contact with many people from up there. graduated from wapsie valley in 1976. interested in hearing from anyone from our class or close to it.
Think Global, act local. Well done Uncle Ben, send me a note.
This website is pretty cool i didnt know they had a website for such a small community
Hey Oranites! Just wanna say hey to you all! I Love the Henrys And the Adamsons!
Thanks Uncle Cyril. Thank you for sharing Oran with us. I'm Phillip Schmit's great granddaughter. I've never been to Iowa, I've met some of my grandfather's relatives when they visited Arizona.
My relationship to ORAN is that Phillip Schmit, one of the 2 Story Outhouse constructors was my wife's Grandfather. There are a lot of Schmits out there that are related to Phillip. This is a great vehicle to get in touch with our roots and extended family of Schmit-Lorber-Langerman and others. At a time when the rest of the world seems to be loosing its identity, where else but in the heartland of America, Oran Iowa, could we turn things around. I have encouraged all the family I know to sign in and identify themselves. This can be a tribute to Leonard Lorber, to show that family still cares, and that sign that he guards has real meaning of family. Stand up, sign in, and let us know who you are.
Hello Very nice - I am Shirley Westendorf's niece and she told me to look at your website.
This is a great Web Site, Ben. You did a great job! Oran is definitely well known now. I'll be sure to check back here more often.
Great web page! Living just one mile south of Oran I really enjoyed reading and seeing the past history of the town.
Great Site! Was not really surprised to find it, but WAS surprised how long it has been here without me knowing about it! Hi to All of Oran and alumni of Wapsie!
Hope to visit your town this summer.
Such a nice little town. I would like to visit someday.
Hey Oran! You guys are missing a great guy(LA)! I am sure he is giving us all a wink from Heaven. See you all soon!
Where the name ORAN comes from? I was searching for links to my home town in Algeria (0ran, a big town) and I stumbled on your site. That is a coincidence. Oran is where the British Royal Navy destroyed the French Navy back in the second World War (after France fell). Anywho I leave you in peace and god bless.
I grew up in Fairbank and have since lived the last 15 years in the neighboring state of IL. Have many fond memories of attending Jr. High in Oran. Very impressed with your website. What a great idea.
The name Frerichs came up in Oran as I searched. My family Frerichs were from Grundy center Iowa
My mother's family came from Grundy Center, near Waterloo Iowa. This family of Frerichs arrived from Germany about early 1870's. Some live in Tehachapi CA. My grandfather changed his name to Anderson when the family moved to Alberta in about early 1920's.
Dear Oranites (or should it be Oranians?), Your website is truly impressive! Wow! I wish every community like yours even had one page, let alone what you’ve put together! Hopefully someday I’ll manage to come to visit and stop in and have whatever the house specialty is at the tap and a cold one to wash it down with. I don’t know any of you from Adam’s housecat, but you’ve made me feel right at home. Bless y’all!! Best, Ort.
Cruising Ag sites and found you. My Mother was born in Mystic Iowa, and I still have relatives living in Iowa, so your site holds a special interest for me. Thanks for all the local info. See you again soon.
Nice site! It's great to see a small town putting together a web site. I found it by accident while searching for information on William Niblock (died 1902)and Louisa Niblock (died 1891)who are both buried in Oran.
Very awesome to see a town of your size with a webpage. I'm in Tampa,FL but grew up in a town in Western Iowa about the same size. " Halbur" There is something special about being able to say you're from a small town in Iowa. And Iowa is the greatest state in AMerica!!!!!!
Great Website. WV class of '79. Where's the rest of you guys? My great Aunt Alice Reith lived in Oran many years.
Hi Oran---neat website.
je cherche des amies ....
Hello to all in Oran,It looks like a great place. I have printed out and laminated the picture of the Oran welcome sign from your website with that guy Leonard,and stuck onto the gates of my house. People find it amusing and find me rather pathetic for doing this, but so what? May God bless Oran (the place).
Thanks for the wonderful information. I will be passing through this summer and will be sure to visit for awhile.
I'm looking for help with some history from your area. I received a framed print that has on the back " Clovis and Gage - hardware, furniture, rugs, and undertaking - Shenandoah Iowa". The picture was of a "wooing" couple who are attending college in Cedar Falls. From the details I'd say it is from pre or at least very early automobile days. The artist's initials are CEP and initials carved in a tree on the print are M.G. + E.W. An intersting addition to the print iis that on the back is written a name. Margurite Gregson(the last name is smeared so it may be slightly different from that. I am curious to learn when that store existed in Shenandoah. I've had no luck trakcing the historical society.Anyone who may be able to help or has a suggestion for me, please email me Thank you. Keith
Hi, I see in this guestbook that many people ask where the name "Oran" comes from. I can give my two cents : Oran is the French name of the second city of Algeria, a country in North Africa. Its Arabic name is Wahran. If it's real, it won't surprise me because another city in Iowa has the name of Elkader because of a great historical person of Algeria. And I know that there is an important Algerian community in Elkader, Iowa. You may ask them.
Hey! This is an awesome web-page. I would just like to say hi to my grand-parents:Leonard and Roberta. I love you guys and hope to see you soon! Also, does anybody have Roger Lorber's e-mail address. I'd appreciate it if someone would write to me! Thanks!
HI, I HAVE A SON NAMED ORAN BUT NEVER KNEW THERE WAS A PLACE NAMED ORAN. IN IRELAND ORAN IS THE IRISH FOR THE BOYS NAME ADRAIN AND DATES BACK TO THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. ORAN WAS MEANT TO DISCOVER AN ISLAND OF THE COAST OF IRELAND. I JUST THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT. I REALLY ENJOYED VISITING YOUR SITE AND I'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK AGAIN.THANK YOU
This is a great website!!I lived in Oran for the first few months of my life, have sinced lived in many places and states. Now I live 3 miles from Oran, who says you can't go home again???
My dads middle name was Oran. His grand Parents came from Iowa. I'am tracking our family tree and didnt know who he was named after. It must of been after the town of ORAN.Thanks for letting me visit.
REALLY ENJOYED YOUR WEB PAGE AND HOPE TO VISIT THERE SOMETIME.THE TWO STORY OUTHOUSE WAS MY REASON FOR FINDING YOU.GRANDPA HAD A NICE 3 SEATER OUTHOUSE BUT NOTHING LIKE A TWO STORY,,,,,,,MAN WOULD HE BE PROUD OF YALL.
What a great webpage for a little place like Oran! Was looking for something on Oelwein (nothing!) and hit Fayette County. Voila! Oran. I grew up in Oelwein, went to Sacred Heart High and remember playing basketball against Oran. (Your gym had a cement floor, but was a lot bigger than ours.) I'm chair of the Geography Department at Sonoma State University in California. I've gone from corn to winegrapes agriculturally, but part of my heart's still in Iowa. Congrats on a great site!
iowa is awesome!!! so is this web page. i'd just like to say hey to L.A. and Roberta down there in oran. You guys are the coolest!!! hope to see you soon!
What a blessing to visit a site of this caliber in a town BIGGER THAN ITS NAME! A pleasant visit, to be sure and God Bless all of you. A true-life story, a Web Ring, Office Max, You name it, at my site! And my Common Sense Digest just might interest some farmers! GK
I am fairly new to the area as I have just put up a new home north of Fairbank. The people around the Oran/Fairbank area are tremendous. There is a lot of pride in both the communities and the schools. It is a shame to hear rumors of the Oran school closing. A school brings a heartbeat even to the smallest town and I hope they will find some way to keep it open. Knowing my 1st grade daughter will have to attend the high school after grade 6 makes me nervous. The other connection I have to Oran is I buy all my meat from the Oran Locker. The BEST steaks I have ever eaten have been processed there. GOOD LUCK WV Warriors wrestling team and b/g basketball teams.
Greetings from Santa Barbara. I spent a lot of great years in Oran from 1943 to 1951 when I was inducted into the army during the Korean War. We lived on the Cummings farm on the east edge of Oran. Graduated from Oran High School in 1947. Helen, my wife, was Helen Staack who lived in the second farm north of Oran. She graduated from OHS in 1950 and hope to return for the 50th anniversary of her graduating class this summer. My brother Russell lives in Oran. Helen's sister and husband Joanne and Duane Heineman live west of Oran and are moving to Oran this spring. After my term in the army I taught school in Cedar Rapids for nine years. We moved to Santa Barbara in 1965 for a better climate. I taught school in Santa Barbara until 1988 and having been selling real estate since 1978. A BIG HELLO to all my acquaintances.
I was glad to see the Oran site when I was surfing. My father, Laurence Anthony Schmit, was born in Oran IA in 1918. I can still remember the stories he use to tell us about the 2 story outhouse his father had built for them. According to dad, they use to live on the second floor above the store. Keep up the good work on the site. I'll try to locate some of dad's old pictures of Oran and send them your way.
Hello from Fayette, Iowa!! I was raised on a farm just south of Oran and went there many times as a child. My mother ( Helen Snyder) graduated from Oran High School. Nice to visit your site!!!
I BEEN THERE DONE THAT HAD A LOT OF FUN THERE PARTY THERE THEN LEFT WENT////live in jesup IA just south of ORAN IA SAYING HI TWO EVERYBODY BACK HOME miss IOWA alot jan 28 2000
Oran rules!!!!!!! It is the best village in all the land.My moms picture is in the telephone company picture.
To Larry and Connie Wedemeier, Reference the Pictures on the Web page. About 15 November 1999 we left a message on the web page guest book about the 2 story outhouse. Phillip Schmit( not Smith) was my grandfather. My grandmothers maden name was Anna Lorber, her brother was Joe Lorber, my great uncle. We have an old newspaper article with a picture of Joe Lorber himself standing in front of the outhouse. My dad was Louie Schmit, son of Phillip Schmit and he married Vera Langerman and they lived in Fairbank and had 2 children Veronica and Dale Schmit. Dale lives in Phoenix as does his mother Vera. Veronica married Cy Athans and lives in California. I think this type of family information and history is fun.
I DID NOT KNOW THERE WAS SO MANY PEOPER WITH THE NAME OF KAUTEN
Hello everyone back home. I'm currently stationed here near Seattle and work as a First Sergeant. I heard about this site over the Holidays. Like one earlier email said "Oran Rules". This page is very nice. Jim Ziegler
Hey there in Iowa! Just happened across this page while surfing over lunch. My grandparents used to live down the road from the Wapsie school (Stub and Helen Snyder). I went to school in Maynard (but never played sports). Hi to Amy T (now Boevers)! Haven't seen you since Todd Neil's wedding. I'll have to show this site to my mom and my uncle Glen. He's still around Fairbank. Nice page!
New to the internet: Great Web Page, ORAN! Like to see Fairbank match this, Ben! Keep up the Good Work!
Nice site, I think the Edgetons in Oran are distant relatives.
This is so cool, I live in an Oran Missouri and Thought we were the only ones other than the one in algeria, oh well ORAN RULES!!!!!! always has Always WIll!!! \
Are you near Des Moines.
Correction to previous message 12 NOV 99, . Name should be Vera Langerman not Lorber. Other names correct.
I have a picture from an old Newapaper that referrs to the Oran Oddity. It is a 2 story "Outhouse" built by Joe Lorber of Oran. He referrs to the only other one built that he knew of , by his brother-in-law, Philip Schmit, circa 1913. I am married to a Veronica Schmit from Cresco, daughter of Vera Lorber and Louis Schmit, who moved to Phoenix in 1951. If anyone knows about this or remembers it, let me know. This is "old" trivia but I enjoy looking into things like this especially if it is in the family. ( Incidentally the comment "looking into" had nothing to do with the outhouse.
I miss Iowa. My grandparents (John and Bev Bailey) live in Oran and my father (Bob Bailey) grew up there. I can't wait to come home and see everyone. We miss you all. Oran is the best little town next to Readlyn.
Came across your web site while searching for info on Oran of Iona who wrote,"The way you think it is, may not be the way it is at all." Got some clues from your guestbook. Before I leave I will check out your web page.
It is with a great amount of joy that I have found a home, other than my own, We are of kinship. The reason for my visit was by mistake. only now do I realize there is more to a name then what seven generations of family have discovered already. If a could impart alittle of my own background, I will say that my blood line is of direct descent of William of ORange. Although the first name oran means of light colored skin. The last name in my case is from the term ORangemen. I will cherish my time here today knowing of your fine community,and of course plan accordingly for a trip to visit some day. May God Bless your Harvest, and always remember the gleanned fields of your home.
Wapsie Valley Community Schools now has an official web site. Wapsie Valley serves the Fairbank, Oran, and Readlyn area. Check it out and let me know what you think!
This way cool! I'm always looking for links and articles about Wapsie Valley...and this is kinda one?? I'm keep up the good work W.V. Jesup still kicks:) :)
Hello !!!! I am also born in ORAN but In Algéria !!! Etje suis très content d'appendre qu'il existe un autre Oran ailleur !!!! Longue vie au Oranais de toute la planete !!!! ;o))))))))))
I am originally from Sumner, IA, I enjoyed your web site a lot, hoping maybe some other Sumnerites might get in touch with me. It would be nice to hear from some old friends, I'm not able to get home much! Nice web site Ben, Thornton has a population of about 500, it would be nice to do something similar for our small town. Keep up the great work! Sherry Johnson (Meyer)
Although Oran is very small and I go to school there it is o.k. The school is very very very very very very small and old I think we need a brand new school cause it is unsafe.
Born and bred in Dysart. Enjoyed my visit to Oran.Just like going home for a few minutes!!! That's for the link to your outhouse picture. Unfortunately the link to the world famous outhouses did not work. So sad!!! Thanks for all you do!!
I'm proud of my little home town too and would like to have a place to showcase it. I was also born in 1952 so it seems we already have a lot in common. Thanks for presenting such a good web page. You should be very proud. P.S. R.R.A. stands for Registered Records Administrator or medical records professional (people usually ask so I got in the habit of just goin' ahead and tellin' 'um up front don'cha know?)
iam the fastest man on earth iam a great track runner for wapsie vally track tream iam faster then steve wallace have you seen me ?? hi to everyone in oran hows the fishen ben?????
I like you website, keep adding more things,
An excellent work. I was born in Oran in Algeria and I like your locality "Oran". It is splendid. I wish you a good continuation. Thank you very much. Merci beaucoup
I like Lindsy Timmerman!! Go Oran!! Who HA! I love Craig McGrane
THIS IS JUST TOO CUTE! I WOULD HATE TO BE THE ONE,WHO ''FELL THROUGH TO THE SECOND FLOOR,OF THIS MUCH NEEDED,AT THE TIME,BUILDING WHERE ONE COULD JUST GO,AND READ,YET ONLY IF IT'S DAYTIME,FOR I DON'T THINK THAT ''LIGHTS WERE USED,YET WHO'S TO SAY!'' THIS JUST MADE MY DAY! THANK YOU FOR ''SHARING PART OF HISTORY,ALL BE IT,RECENT,YET HISTORY,NONTHELESS! MAY ''GOD'' ''BLESS'' ALL OF ''YOU!'' SINCERELY,THERESA TURNER
Just surfed in to see the site of the village closest to us, just moved in here, need to adjust
Amy Boevers took me here on a personal tour! Makes me want to do this for Barnum! What a treat Oran must be!
It's nice to see the old Wapsie Valley students visiting this site. Oran is a very nice community and Wapsie Valley is a great place to go to school.
Oran has the best bar ever. But Shaun Henry if you see this I'm gonna warn you, I turn 18 in six months so you can be prepard to become the second best bartender in Oran.Great job on the site Ben.
Judy Neil was just visiting and she showed me the Oran site. Wow! I enjoyed reading about the history and the tales that surround this lovely community and its wonderful citizens. I went to WV Junior High in Oran and I enjoyed playing basketball in the gym there. My mom still teaches art in the Oran school everyday. Hello to all!
It's funny how you can come upon a site completely unlike what you were searching for. Oran looks like a wonderful little town. Aren't you folks somewhere near the geographic center of the US? Good luck, Iowa, as you influence the upcomming presidential primaries!
You did a nice job on the web site, Ben. But you forgot to mention Kerry's best bartender. It happens. For all of those that want to visit this small town, it's a must. You'll never meet a community quite like this. If you all were wondering about the best bartender, that's me. See you all later and have a nice day.
Hi everyone. I sure miss Oran. Tell Glenn and Mona hi. Tell Glenn, Matt will meet him at BIG AL's on Friday!!
I enjoyed my visit to Oran, it's a little smaller than Cinti Ohio. You're town makes me want to give up the fast paced city life. I'm glad a place like Oran still exists today, thanks for the peek.
I grew up in Iowa so when I'm missing it, your site is truly appreciated. You've done a fine job!
Great site. I think you are a town that is slightly smaller than us! I didn't think that was possible. Please check out our site sometime
And here's yet another Oran for you!
Great Job Ben. We just got on line and had to check out the Oran site. For anyone out there: YES--ORAN IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!
Hi Oran !.. Bonjour Ben !
Just to let you know that I came by and as each time I do really appreciate your marvelous site. I'd like to wish you and all population of Oran
A VERY MERRY XMAS and
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
May this upcoming year bring you all : Peace, Joy and lots of happiness. Take care and stay safe BEN !
JOYEUX NOEL !...
BONNE ANNEE !...
Keep up the good Work !
Greetings from PARIS !!!...
Your city has a wonderfull name, and different too. So, Happy New year to you!
Like two others, I want to know more about the history and origins
Hi again, Ben. Just dropping in to tell you that an AP Internet dispatch (on the web) a few minutes ago, Dec 6, put out a story about a two-story outhouse in Illinois. Stealing your thunder? (I sent the internet page to John Loose of the Outhouse web site, if you need more details.) Best regards, Lynne
What a suprise to find good ol' Oran, IA on the web. It brings back many fond memories of my childhood. No matter where I go Wapsie rules! I'd love to hear from former classmates so please e-mail me.
Good stuff. You put the sites of many much larger cities to shame. Having been born and raised in Melbourne,Mo., which was about the size of Oran, I can appreciate what you've done. I noticed a Buzynski in the telephone listings. I know a Mark Buzynski, a seargent on the Des Moines police force. I think he is from that area, so perhaps they are related. Again, Good Stuff!
Hi, I'm from Oran, Missouri which is also a small town. We are a little larger than you all, we have around 1,600. But everyone knows everyone just the same. It used to be called Sylvania, but on his way through on a train, a conductor renamed it Oran. He had been to Egypt and just liked the name. We should become sister towns!!! ORAN PRIDE RULES!!!!!
As a displaced Wapsie teacher, I sure do love visiting the Oran page when I get homesick for W.V. Hi everybody!
I grew up near Randalia, Iowa so am glad to see your page. I really enjoyed the photos. Thanks
Why we didn't do a story on this famous outhouse on KOEL in Oelwein back in the early fifties? Was it not built yet? Ed Jenkins (one of KOEL's early announcers)
Tell Chuck to send more pig meat (smoked sausages).
It's very exact-like visiting the town. It's very well put together. How do you do this?
My grandparants back in Minnesota during the 1940's had an outhouse and I thought it was neat until we went at Christmas time. I just bought a cabin and of course has an outhouse, so I would appreciate any clues to maintainence since it is nearing the top....if you know what I mean. Thanks, Dave
My best friends--Brad, Julie & Susi Fink--from Oran let me know your web site is up & running. Congratulations! It's great! I've come to know lots of Oran folks over the years and miss you all. Once you've been to Bailey's/Oran Tap & Cafe, nothing else can compare! I'll be checking in from time to time to stay updated. Keep the beer cold for me! (Hi Richard & Jo!) "Chrysie"
I was very impressed with your website. I am an avid recreation vehicle enthusiast. My wife and I travel the backroads of America whenever we get a chance. When we retire in a few years, we plan to sell our house and live in our trailer and travel full-time. I am a free-lance photographer who specializes in capturing images along the backroads of America, including small-town Americana. I spent 6 1/2 years in Iowa, from l976 until l982, photographing everything I could find off-the-beaten-path, throughout Iowa. I still spend most of my time traveling off the beaten path, and found your website to be very fascinating. I look forward to visiting Oran, IA, the next time our RV travels take us up across the upper midwest.
I graduated WVHS class of '66. Good to see you on the internet. Would like to here from any 'old' classmates.
I enjoyed your page, my wife is from Clinton,Iowa and I showed it to her. thanks, Carl B. Magnon
I am impressed with the site. May I suggest a possibility of twinning Oran of Iowa with Oran of Algeria. Many thanks.
How is Oran Iowa linked to St Oran of Iona? Let me explain... I lived much of my life on the Isle of Mull off of the West Coast of Scotland. Some of my work was renovating the Abbey and Monastry on Iona, as well as the Releig Oran (Church of Oran) which is the oldest building on Iona - and one of the oldest in Scotland. Iona, which apparently used to be called Iowa by the Celts, (both Iona and Iowa mean "dove") was the birthplace of christianity in Scotland. The first Celtic convert was a man called Oran. He was what we know call a herbal physician. On the Isle of Mull for several years I lived in a township called Tiroran, which means "home of Oran". At Tiroran (population about 30 with a church, post office, art studio, forestry office, and home of one of the Lloyds Insurance directors) is the Tiroran Hotel which is on the site of Oran's home. Tiroran Hotel has a beautiful 14 acre garden by the sea. Near the sea, in this garden, is Oran's well, where Oran obtained his water supply. Around the well the garden is left wild and includes many herbs that are said to have been descendants of the herbs used by Oran. Oran became recognized as St Oran by the catholic church. I found your site while trying to find out why Oran became a saint. Because I both lived beside Oran's home and worked on renovating his chapel so that it would remain in its original glory for years to come, I do feel a closeness to oran. The Releig Oran was the only church to survive the Norse invasion of Scotland. Legend states that when the Norse leader entered the church with intentions of destroying it people were kneeling in prayer (it was near Christmas), the leader turned to his men and said (in his own language) we are not touching this one - so the Church of Oran remained. Now that I have shared some titbits of what I have known about Oran and Iona (formerly Iowa) in Sctland, can anyone e.mail me info of how Oran and Iowa in the USA came about. Also does anyone know how Oran became a saint? Finally, as a cliff hanger, I read that the original Oran USA Post Office operator in Oran was a J.W. Weeks. When I worked on Iona in the late 70s the Post Office operator then was a Mr Jim Weeks !!!!! I believe his son, name unkown - but still a Weeks, is apparently now the operator. Hear back from you folks ......
I am happy to say that I have now visited Oran Iowa, sort of anyway. I will be traveling up to Jesup Iowa in a couple of months and plan to attend the Bremer County fair in Waverly, maybe I will get a chance to personally visit Oran. Nice job on the web site.. Ron
Just wanted to let you know I changed my E-Mail address. Where is the information about the all class reunion.
Great Web Site! I'm very happy to see Oran to Iowa-USA. I know Oran in my couuntry in Algeria. Thanks for your marvellous site
im not kidding my real name is oran! i just checked if there is something thats called oran
INTERESTING, I SEE THERE IS ANOTHER DIANE LUNDT TOM REITH IS OUT THERE ON A ISLAND !! guess what I thought when I found out there was another David Lundt111 some ____ from the place to the west, why does he not produce a web page???? any way, can't seem to even get my nephews network address!! we all know who he is!!
More on the cemetery lists:
I scanned them so they can be viewed on your screen.
They are copies of copies of copies... WYSIWIG.
They look just as good on the screen as they do on paper.
I doubt if they'll print out legibly.
I still plan to do them up right and get them on the site.
You can view them here
Although I have lived in Washington for 30 years I am still a native Iowan by birth. You have the famous two story outhouse to bring you fame and fortune----alas my old hometown can only offer the Septuplits.
I have a couple of followups here for previous entries:
The all-class school reunion will be on Saturday, July 25th at the Community Hall.
4:00 PM - registration
5:00 PM - Potluck
We had a request for a cemetary listing some time back. We now have that information and as soon as I can get it formatted properly it will be added to the Oran page in some form or another!
Our family really enjoyed seeing all the different information and sites dealing with Oran, Iowa. The two story outhouse gets our vote for the best picture. We would love to see more pictures and information submitted from the Jr. High. Russ says stay FOCUSED and GO WAPSIE!
Great home page. Raised just east of town. Graduated in 1958. Is there any planes for an all school reunion this year? If so when and where.
This is a great website. I got here from the Outhouse Tour(now I've seen everything)I am a former Iowegian, but I don't think I've ever been to Oran. Perhaps you could have a larger map so we could get a handle on just where in the state it is.
Nice web site What I'm looking for is a list (and even names would be great) of Oran Cemetery. Saw in 11-97 someone else asked the same thing. Any possibility????????????? My husbands gg grandfather gg grandmother and their daughter are buried there I just need to verify it.
Hi again from Wapsie Ridge Golf. Just a note to correct our email address (email@example.com). It was wrong in a previous entry. Great to hear from former Oranittes. I have a modern outhouse on the golf course, but may reproduce the 2 story from Oran.
I saw my first snow as a child in Oran, Iowa when I went back to visit my grandparents, the Reiths. I also ate fresh corn from the stalk behind my their home, caught fireflies, drove my grandpa's tractor, played in their attic, and caught worms for fishing. It's not too easy to do these thing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have fond memories of my visits to see my grandparents and the town where they lived and raised their family... BUT they never told me about the outhouse!
My grandpa (Vincent Reith) looks pretty handsome in the tavern picture!
When I was born in Oran in 1939, the daughter of Marie and Vincent Reith, I became its 50th citizen. I used both levels of the two-story outhouse and from my experience, I guarantee you there were no leaks in those days. It is refreshing to see that some things do not change as compared to other parts of the country. The photographs of the town look the same as the day that I left in the 1960's. It was great to be able to pick out my family home and amazing to see that the school still remains unchanged. I thank you for creating this site because this was a way that I could come home again.
good boys go on
What a great site--Is there one computer guru among your 100, or do all of you contribute to this page.
During an "Infoseek" search about grade B milk, your coop came up as one of 45 hits. I went back to your home page out of interest and seriously giggled with delight. I am very impressed and enlightened with your "small town" friendly and gracious attitude. You set a fine example of the pride I wish all towns exhibited. Thank you for the bit of "canned milk" education your page provided; the experience put a smile on my face. Sincerely, Colleen
I was curious about the name. Thanks for naming the town after me!!!!!! Just kidding
Great website! It really showed the character of your small town.
Love the Web page & Guestbook! As designer, builder, and manager of Wapsie Ridge Golf Course, it's great to be recognized and contribute to Oran's fantastic recreation & culture. Grew up a couple miles from Oran, now living in Readlyn, but plan on moving back to good ol RR Oran in very near future. Plan on expanding golf course, adding housing, etc. and help make Oran the Tourist and Leisure Capital of Iowa! Jerry Gipper will want to move back home! P.S. firstname.lastname@example.org is my John Deere email. Home email is: email@example.com Long Live Oran !!!!
VERY impressive job, Ben. It appears Oran will have to move up the schedule for building that Hilton with all the vistors this site will generate. I was amazed to find this site, but then again, I'd expect nothing less from the great people of Oran.
Please add the picture of the Oran boys that is hanging up on the wall at the Oran Tap to the Oran Tap web site. We really enjojed browising the Oran web page! Keep up the good job!!!
Having just returned from a few days visit from back home I found your sight most interesting. The first six years of my life were spent in Oran. My family then moved to Dunkerton. It made me smile to see my special uncle, Russell Cummings, enjoying a beer and a card game in the Oran Tap. Russell lives in the house I grew up in on East Street. I have been in Colorado Springs over ten years. Many people from the area out here? Thank you for the nice sight.
Very Impressed with the site. I lived in Oran from 1943 to 1966 and attended Wapsie Valley graduating in 61. I'm sure I used the now famous outhouse as one of my friends was Roger Lorber who lived in the appartment in the 40s. I have many old pictures if interested. My wife and I now live on Anna Maria Island off the west coast of Fl. and really love it.
After growing up on a farm one half mile from Oran, it was the last place I expected to have a web site. These are definately interesting times we live in. My compliments on this quality product.
Fantastic page.Just discovered it by searchining on our family name. Question to Leonard Lorber.How did a Lorber ened in IowaPlease answer.
greetings from oran ny. another small town usa. located in central ny, se of syracuse. oran ny was a stage stop, and later a rail stop for the milk train. the name oran might also be of irish descent.
You have a very well done net site. Keep up the great work.
I grew up in LeMars Iowa which is north of Sioux City. I now live in Texas just outside of Dallas. I miss the small town community but don't miss the winters. Best wishes for you and your town. Kevin Groetken
Hi ORAN ! Hi Ben !!!
Best Wishes From Paris and Oran (Algeria) to all population of ORAN (Iowa)
Wish you all, lot of success, happiness and prosperity
especially to Ben Stong, Stay safe Ben!
BONNE ANNEE 1998 !
Happy New Year !....
Just click onto the Photo and you'll go right ahead to my site.
I am originally from Oran (Algeria) and I am pleasantly surprised by your site. I will get back to you one day with information about Oran (Algeria) and some pictures. I thank you so much for this nice site.
Great home page guys! Hope to see all the locals at Oran Tap at Christmas.
I know very well Oran (Algeria) because I was born in Tlemcen, not far from this capital of the Raï Music.So, long life to Oran!
Great homepage of our home town. Makes us feel at home --even from England!!!!
Loved your site. The ohindex was posted in the LA Times Orange county edition on 11/22/97. You will get lots of exposure
Really a great job with the page. Nowwwwww, if you could only con someone into typing the cemetery lists up and posting them it would be great! We could even put you on the Iowa Genweb site. I enjoyed it.
I am looking for a small community to visit over the summer. Do you have any boarding houses available? Your town is just what I am looking for. Thank you for any info you can send me.
I grew up in Jesup (graduated 1988) and remember playing football against Wapsie Valley at Oran in either 7th or 8th grade.
Just doing a word search on the web for our family name and Oran turned up. I know we have reletives in Iowa. My fathers name was Leo and my uncles was Earl and they lived in the Motley area all their lives. Send me an Email if anyone knew them. I have a pic. that has on the back, "uncle from Iowa" that belonged to my father. great job on the site!! Mike
What a joy to look back at the history of Oran. It's so refreshing to see people trying to keep the good times alive. thanks for the journey back into time and Present!! Best of Luck from Sunny California!!!
You know, more people have looked at this site than the population of the town.
My most wonderfula Aunt Kerry Rushing and my most beautiful cousins Anna and Miranda Higgins live in this town and I really like your home page.
Nice web page. I am a graduate of Wapsie Valley. My in-laws live outside of oran on hwy. 3. the LaVern and Donna Bachman farm. My husband Larry and our 5 year old son live in a suburb of chicago. I am a family and consumer science teacher and department chair for the Lisle Public Schools. My husband and I miss the small town and rural lifestyle. Hi to all who read this, it was fun to read what the other Wapsie grads. and friends had to say.
Hi! I am in Davenport attending St. Ambrose University. I love Oran's web site. It is great to be at school and still be able to see familiar faces The page is very impressive, along with the great pictures. If anyone sees mom or dad (Glenn or Mona)please say hi to them and tell them to send me some money. I could use some new clothes and some beer. Miss you all and thanks again for the web site, now all my friends know what my hometown looks like!! P.S. The rude comments made by Readlyn people really anger me, but then I remind myself that they have never lived in Oran to feel what a great town it is, and I hope a junior high remains in Oran for many years.
Long live Oran!!!
Wow! You've created a terrifically enjoyable web site! I really like the pictures, and the history. Please write more about Oran's history!
I'm checking small towns on the Internet to see which ones have a radio station. If you can help in this area, please E-Mail me. The large city radio stations are playing the songs by the big corporate recording companies so that an unknown songwriter like myself has a very hard time breaking into their playlist. When a town grows larger, so do the problems. I image you have the smallest population of any town in America.
HI...JUST WANNA SAY THAT IT SOUNDS LIKE A CUTE LITTLE TOWN!! MY PARENTS ARE FROM ORAN IN ALGERIA...I DID NOT KNOW, UNTIL NOW THAT THE STATES ALSO GOT THEM SELF ORAN...COOL.... GOD BLESS YOU ALL...
Oran must be the liveliest little 100-person town in the whole state of Iowa, or even in the whole Midwest. Do you have a Chamber of Commerce? I would like to have a directory of accommodations available. I am thinking of bringing my family of six lively kids. If you don't have a hotel, perhaps a good hearted citizen with a big house would be willing to board us for a week. We would be bringing our two WELL BEHAVED poodles, our siamese cat (which never goes outside but potties only in its little pan, which we will bring of course), and our canary, which anyone would like to hear singing at the top of its little voice first thing in the morning. You sound so nice and helpful, and I THANK you in advance.
your website is a pleasure. i live in a city where homocide, road rage,political corruption, and loose morals are looked upon as normal. i stay because i have a good job that pays well and my future is secure but i'd enjoy a visit to oran. would your town accept an outsider for a day, provided i bought everyone a round at the oran tap and volunteered for some tractor time in return for a tour of oran and some pleasant conversation? your reply would be appreciated! thanks again for a great website, i hope to hear from you. my address: firstname.lastname@example.org or (770)921-9037
Just poking around to see if things are back in sync. I notice you have the Plat Book on board now. Wish you would put an arrow on it where you and Missy live.
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My name is Oran James and I was interested in seeing if there were any other people or cities out there named after myself..lo and behold--I found one!!
I use to live in Dysart IA, I love to lean about other small comunities. You have a wonderful web page.
No far from here, in San Juan Boutista, is a fine clapboard two story outhouse that is in much better shape than yours.
nice page :)
I was searching for any information regarding possible relatives when I came across the name Dan Lundt from your town. If he'd be interested in sharing any family history with me, my address is N2947 Rome Oak Hill Road, Helenville, WI 53137. (Interesting little town, not much larger than the town I live in!)
Who in their right mind would want to build a school in Oran? Why wouldn't you want to build it at the High School so we could actually still be around as a school district in 20 years? You are wasting space on your server by putting that poster on it. Anyone who votes yes is condemning the Wapsie Valley School district. Thank you
Like Mohamed Sahnoun, I was born in Oran (Algeria), which I left in '62 with the rest of the French population. I found your hompage while looking for the other Oran. You have done a great job with this homepage. Never mind the outhouse jokes, Oran looks great. I'll visit again.
Having lived in Lamont Ia it's good to see small towns on the web
GREAT JOB!! I hope we can get something like this going down in Fairbank! GO WAPSIE!!!!
Hello Oran, Receive a great Hello from an Oranian (Algeria). Indeed I was born in Oran (Algeria) but residing in Paris ( France) I was surfing in the Web when suddenly I saw your site " Oran, Iowa, USA " I guess I'm not the only Oranian (Algeria) who has contacted you. Anyway, now I could say I have 2 Hometowns : Oran(Algeria) and Oran (Iowa, USA). I wish you a lot of success and happiness. God bless you.
I left Iowa long ago and its good to know that some of that old-fashioned charm still exists. I always knew that Iowa would survive and move into the next century. Thanks
Is the two story outhouse the tallest building in Oran?
my name is Oran visit my site ;-)
Meridian used to be a small farming community. When I was young I would ride with my father to school when he hauled his milk to the creamery. 1940's. There are still dairys around, but the creameries of the Boise Valley have consolidated. Our creamery is no longer in use. My husband and father both served on the Creamery Board. Your page brought back wonderful memories of small town living! Thanks.
I got here from the outhouse. I found it very amuseing Did you know that there is a Oran in NY? It is about 15 miles from Syracuse. It is even smaller then yours. It has one church and I believe it last year lost its post office.
Your picture of the two story Outhouse reminded me of our "two holer" my dad and I constructed at our cabin on Twin Lakes, Idaho. My younger sisters are twins and we had to have two seats the girls always had to go "potty" at the same time. It was my job, as the only boy, to maintain the freshness of the outhouse by dusting the "deposits" with Clorinated Lime... It works great, but don't inhale any of the dust... I looked for Clorinated Lime several times here in Washington State and have been unsuccessful... I suppose it's now a hazardous material. Your Web site is super!
Great web site. I'm impressed that you are so on the infor super highway. I got to your page via the great outhouse tour. I notice you don't have a funeral home. How far to the closest one?
You have a great little town. Enjoy it while you still can. Thank you for sharing Oran with me>
very well done I am impressed . I did not know that Oran had an address. Just found it surfing the net.
In case you missed the link on the home page, a fellow sent some interesting information about Oran, Algeria. In his email he was wondering if there might be a connection.
Thanks for a wonderful look at your city. Very nice.
I grew up in Illinois, and seem to recall knowing someone from Oran, IA. Don't want to steal your thunder, but I'm old enough to have seen a 2-story outhouse arrangement in less than Four Star hotels, when I was a little girl. In 1939 my family drove out to the San Francisco to find relatives who had made the journey west, from Chicago, after the Crash, in 1928. Almost every place we spent the night had outhouses of varying luxuriousness. Ones like yours, in Oram, were, indeed, luxurious, as one didn't have to go outside to take care of one's nocturnal needs. Keep up the good site!
Hi. I saw your 'legendary' two-story outhouse on the 'outhouse tour' this morning, and followed it back to your pretty town.
Oran, a possibility of name origin?
Growing up in Iowa (Cedar Rapids, and, later, Sioux City) during the 1930's I met three (unrelated) boys whose FIRST names were Oran. Two of them pronounced their names ORan, and the other orRAN.
Could in be possible that in the church registries there was christened a male child whose first name was Oran, and then, the town named AFTER him?
Just a thought. OR in some dusty document there might be a person whose first name was Oran, or who had the 'mysterious' first initial "O." ??
I've never heard the name Oran since leaving Iowa back in the 1940's, but back then I did not think the name that unusual.
If you figure it out, please put it on your home page. My own curiosity is running at full gallop.
Cordially, Lynne Babcock (Austin, Tx).
Nice town. Is your phone company hiring?
Great Site! I found it through the Outhouses page. Incidentally, there is a 2 storey outhouse in Silver City, Idaho. It is attached to the Hotel there. I don't think it is still in use, but employs the same type of construction.
This page is great Ben. Have a nice day.
Quite a contrast from Houston, but very quaint and seemingly easy to want to live there... I enjoyed the tour...
I was raised in Ks. in a town not as big. It brought back many memerious. Thank you for being out there for me, and others to enjoy.
A wonderful job! Everything you've done looks great and is a wonderful relection of Oran and its terrific people.
Wow, a page for a town as small as Oran. That's great!!Living in a bigger city (Cedar Rapids) makes us all appreciate the smalltown life we once knew.Hope you find the answer to the two-story outhouse. It should prove tobe an interesting one. I'll be checking back to see if you get youranswer.
Good Luck and keep the page going!
Saw the outhouse on "The Outhouses of America Tour" Web site. Oran would be an interesting place to visit.
is this the whole town? what is the population?
I came across your site while taking a tour of great outhouses.Your town is very appealing, and I enjoyed seeing some of it.My part of the country raises beef for food. Yours is the firstcreamery that I have seen. I have wished to see the whole processof milk and its products.Thanks for a pleasurable trip to Oran.
Hello Oran, Greetings from the Emerald Isle of the Catskills in New York. Great photo of the outhouse. Thank God for progress.
I love your homepage, & I love Iowans, but I have to revert to the MN-IA competition so prevelant in our statehoods.I suspect that the 2-story outhouse was devised by UofM psychology dept. reserarchers to give IQ enhancement lobotomies to Iowans - with Minnesotans stationed above & the Iowan recipients anestheseized, skull-opened, and waiting below.(I'm sorry!)
I have only seen a few outhouses in my life, but I reallyhave gotten a BIG KICK out of this one.
hi ben -- great, entertaining webpage -- and i have wilma and betty (the worthington wild women) to thank for making lots of entertaining time for me -- i have especially enjoyed the amish pictures -- keep up the good work -- i'll let you know if i find any three-story conveniences!!
I was born and raised in Des Moines. My grandparents owned (but did not live on) two farms just outside Oelwein. We visited quite a few times when we sere kids. Don't recall, however hearing of Oran.The web page is cool.I am still a hawkeye at heart, and love Iowa with all my heart.
God I miss Iowa. Oran's beautiful. Go Hawkeyes!!
love the 2 story outhouse, sure hope there weren't any leaks in between the boards.
How far is Oran from Onawa? I passed through Onawa on my way to Missoula Montana for the BMW Motorcycle Rally.
RURAL MAIL CARRIER OUT OF MENLO, IOWA
I hope this web gets more visitors. GOOD LUCK!!!!
My wife came from "Boyden, Iowa" on the NW side of Iowa. Found your site while touring the 'outhouses of America'. Anyone's welcome to drop us a line. Murrieta is just North of Temecula (Wine Country in Southern California).
GREAT TOWN.I LIKED WHAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE. HOPE I GET A CHANCE TO VISIT NCE TO VISIT SOME DAY.
I am involved in community development-It's GREAT to see rural Iowa-not only surviving but thriving with community pride. Best of Luck to Oran! Rx
Late of the Chariton (Lucas County) Kinkeads. No relation to the Madison County Kincaids.
Plan to visit Council Bluffs this July. What part of Iowa is Oran? Too Much. Peter
Just wanted to see the outhouse
Good page, Wish Jefferson had something like this
Well, Oran is now famous on my home page which is the home of the famous Outhouses of America tour. Please take a visit to my URL: http://jldr.com/ohindex.shtml to see the tour. If you are interested in University of Michigan football, flying, short stories and many other topics, take a visit to my home page and take the tour. You will have fun, guaranteed!
Hello, community of Oran. Hope everyone is doing well, But i really love this 70 degree weather. Don't miss Oran in that aspect. Hope to be home sometime next year, so take care and if you run into Jeannie or Daryl, say hi-dee-oh-hip neighbor to my loving parents. RAK
I am very surprised to discover the existance of a town in us wich is called Oran. I would like to know theorigine of this name. I was born in a town named oran in Algeria, north of Africa. It is a town of more than 1 million people, the second town in Algeria. thank you for ansering me.
You have created a great community web site. It could serve as a model for other communities. It really tells a good tale of life in a small town, USA. I once lived in a small town near Omaha, Nebraska, and travelled to many places in Iowa. I remember one winter day at 5 below zero, with lots of sunshine and snowdrifts. But I remember those Iowa roadways were straight and it was easy to find alternate routes to reach Marshalltown, Iowa.
Great Website! Has Leo Reith ever skinny-dipped in the Oran sand pit? Also, isn't the infamous Jerry Reith from Oran? Are Jerry and Leo related? Tell Leo that Jerry still owes me money from college.
Ben, Thank You for a little piece of home. Even though the two towns (Mechanicsville, and Lisbon) had populations around 1000 your town looks a lot like what I remember. It has been a long time since I have been back there and it brings back some good memories. It is good to know that Iowa is not as far behind technically as the Hoosiers would like to make them. Sincerely, One Iowa Corn Fed Girl That Will Never Claim To Be A Hoosier.
Just wanted to say "hi" to another Bill Rundle. Happened to spot you ont the net during a search. See http://www.edgeinternet.com/dps/trips/aconca02.htm for my claim to fame. Sincerely, Bill Rundle
I've been to Oran with my sister from Fairbank, so I know how small Oran is. I'm really impressed with your web site. Menlo has a population of 356 and so far no one in the town has come up with a web site for Menlo.
Ask Roger or Leonard about the outhouse. Joe Lorber and Earl? Shippey built it so Joe's family (including Leonard) wouldn't have to walk down from the balcony on those cold winter nights! It used to stand right off the balcony of Roger's apt!
I found out about this gem too late ! Could have saves thousands of dollars and not taken that cruise..maybe next years vacation will find us in your communuity..Tell Glen Adamson to lay in a supply of bud.. Thanks,
I have been on Leo Reith's case to get Oran caught up to the world of high tech! It's great to see the efforts and businesses of everyone on the web! Not everyone can claim that their hometown has a web site (at least not yet!) I argue your claim of 100 residents - are you counting the surrounding farms? The weather for Christmas is great in Phoenix, mid 70's on Christmas day is forecasted. It just doesn't seem like Christmas without snow. Say hi to everyone and I wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Well now I've seen everything. That was interesting and I'll look again at some point. Congrats!!
It is nice to see a small community like Oran with a WEB site. I sure like the guestbook idea. I would like to know more about this two story outhouse in Oran. Ben, keep up the good work.
Thanks for the 2 story pix... I'd heard about it growing up in Oran, but never saw proof. Is the old picture looking up Main Street from the south? All the pix help stave off a killer case of homesickness for Iowa. And Dan as principal, I thought he did a great job with music!
CHECKING OUT OUR NEW WEB SITE WWW.PVCWINDOWS.COM AND CAME ACROSS YOUR. GREAT SITE I JUST PRINTED IT AND AM GOING TO POST IT IN THE OFFICE TOMORROW. WHERE DID THE NAME ORAN COME FROM
Hi there. Looking over your guestbook.
I found out about this site from a co worker Glen Adamson.
First class site, Ben!! Nice job!
Nice job Ben! Liked the 2 story OH.If Terri revisits...Is Readlyn the town with the sign about XXX population of friendly people and 1 old grump?
Ben, I don't know you but I if Readlyn could get a home page like this I wouldn't have to go home to see that not much has changed in the past year. I spent many hours in Oran. I hope that someone reads this and tracks me down over the e-mail. To get in touch with me go to my dad in Readlyn. email@example.com
(note from Ben: Corrected email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Hi Ben, Real Nice Pages! Thanks to you and Anthony for all of the help with Guestbook Scripts.
Nice christmas tree you have :-)
I was looking for my friend in Fenton, but I enjoyed see your homepage.
Have a nice day!!
Nice meeting you through Yvette. Am really getting into this computing, if my brain could just digest it all. but I have such a good teacher (WMcB). Your webpages are terrific!
Comments: Very few communities can boast of having a web site as fine as this one. Nice job Ben and congratulations Oran!
Ben... someone at the library here was nice enough to show me your web page. What a way to present a small town to the world!
This is a GREAT site!!! I grew up in the area (five miles west of Oelwein) and I miss Iowa a lot, especially at this time of year. I wish there were more sites like this of familiar people and places that I could visit. You are to be commended, Ben, on a job well done. Your hard work and dedication are obvious. Thanks!
NICE TO SEE ORAN AGAIN BEEN SOMETIME SINCE I'VE BEEN THERE.HOPE TO BE BACK IN 98.
I really like your page. I am glad to see a separate button for Lutherans. Your Web site was introduced to me by Wilma McBride.
My visit was courtesy of Wilma McBride. I am the local librarian and Wilma is trying to catch me up with all of this technological craziness!
how you been doin Mr. Ratcliff? Tell Mr. Owens thank for cacelling scholl today.Tell Carol Hi too.bye the way nice pictures
Ben, I know there has to be a landing (and takeoff) stript here some place. Thanks for the invite ... great page.AndyB
Nice job Ben! The town is even nice. (I've been there, folks)
Hi, Ben. Nice site - cool guestbook! Good thing we got the guestbooks running when we did....
Your pages are looking good Ben...I like the guestbook too :-)
The church pages are interesting, inasmuch as the town apparently developed around the churches. For a small community there seems to be a lot of business and farm activity. I especially like the text and pictures of the creamery, as it is a cooperative business and appears to be instrumental in uniting the Amish community with their neighbors in a common endeavor.
Really a great site!!! Great pictures especially the clouds in the cremery picture. I had already made plans to go to Naples Florida for the winter, but after viewing your fine community, we will be spending the winter in Oran.
This is a VERY IMPRESSIVE page! It is sure packed full of information! Nice Web design!
This is my own first entry into the new guestbook. Everyone please add your entries to the guestbook. Your comments will be greatly appreciated!