Celebrating a Lake County legacy


Dr. Daly

Few people have had as enduring an impact on Lake County as Bernard Daly.

Daly, born in Ireland in 1858, immigrated to the United States in 1864. He was raised in Alabama, and after attending college in Ohio and medical school in Kentucky, Daly moved to Lake County, where he lived for the rest of his life. Daly was a doctor, rancher, town councilor, state legislator, judge, school board member, and a member of the board of regents of Oregon State Agricultural College, which would become Oregon State University. Daly helped rebuild the town after a fire destroyed much of Lakeview in 1900, he helped bring a railroad to town, and he founded Lakeview’s first successful bank (Oregon History Project).

Daly is perhaps best known for the scholarship that bears his name. The Daly Fund is the oldest place-based scholarship in the county (Oregon State University), and since the first scholarship was awarded in 1922, the fund has helped about 2,000 Lake County high school graduates pay for college.

But Daly, the community doctor, also had a profound impact on Lake County’s health. He earned statewide acclaim in 1894, when he traveled from Lakeview to Silver Lake to help victims of a tragic Christmas Eve fire at the community hall. It took Daly hours to make the treacherous trip by buggy over snowy and icy roads in freezing temperatures. As soon as he arrived in Silver Lake, he began treating burn victims, not resting until he’d seen everyone (The Columbian).

Lake Health District and other agencies, businesses, and nonprofits from around Lake County celebrate Daly’s legacy each year during the Daly Days Health Fair.

Daly Days 2015. (Lake Health District photo)

Daly Days 2015. (Lake Health District photo)

This year’s event urges community members to Be a Champion for Your Health. Hospital departments, clinic staff, and community groups will have booths and tables set up across the Lake Health District campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Find out how these groups can help you live a healthy, fun, Outback Strong life. There will be a special section in Lake District Hospital’s West Wing — formerly long-term care — with information just for seniors. The kids zone will include face painting, a free bike helmet fitting, hula hooping, and more. Nolan the Colon will be present — and who hasn’t wanted to take a selfie with a polyp?

The fair is free. Many tables offer giveaways, and there will be raffle prizes. For more information, call (541) 947-2114.