History of Driftwood Pointe Estates

Although planning began 3 years earlier, construction of Driftwood Pointe Estates began in April-May 2008 on the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Margaret and Elmer Rapraeger to the property with their one-year-old daughter June. Sixty years later, June Rapraeger Jones and her husband Don fulfilled a promise to her parents to build a beautiful place for people to live on their property by the Pacific Ocean.

Taking an early retirement from his position as buyer for Weyerhauser in Lewiston, Idaho, Elmer Rapraeger moved his family to the Oregon coast to raise his children in a healthy environment. Elmer had done extensive research of the best place to move on the Coast and settled in the Brookings area because of its “banana belt” weather and proximity to both the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the Chetco River known for its salmon fishing. When the Rapraegers bought and moved to the property in 1948, it was just brush and weeds. But the Rapraegers cleared the land and Elmer built the family home and garage by hand.

Times were difficult in the early 50’s when John and Alan Rapraeger joined their sister June in the family. Finding that the money he had saved was not going to last as long as he had hoped, Elmer began chicken farming to earn money to keep his family going. He and his children scaled and cleaned the eggs and sold them in local stores for years. Chicken also provided the main source of meat for the family along with the milk and cottage cheese produced by several goats who served also as family pets.

As the family grew, the chicken business was eventually abandoned and a small house and several trailer sites were built and rented to bring in income. All three Rapraeger graduated from college. June became a lawyer, Alan a Ph.D. in cellular biology, and John ran his own construction business, John Rapraeger, Inc., and did substitute teaching at Brookings-Harbor High School in Biology. Their parents were very proud.

Elmer Rapraeger died in 1982 at the age of 79 and Margaret Rapraeger died in 2004 at the age of 88. Driftwood Pointe Estates is dedicated to them with a bronze plaque located on the gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We know they are pleased.