Vale history buff honored as a state ‘standout’ volunteer

VALE – Bob Butler is curious about the past. He loves hearing accounts of olden-day Vale and has his own stories to share from a lifetime in the community.

And he’s doing what he can to preserve that history.

His work recently earned him state designation as a “Standout Heritage Volunteer,” recognition awarded for the first time this year by the Oregon Heritage program at the state Parks and Recreation Department. About a dozen volunteers across Oregon were cited.

“This year’s award recipients represent projects that serve as inspiration and models for preserving Oregon’s stories, especially the lesser told and untold stories,” said Katie Henry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Butler, a partner in the Vale law firm of Butler & Looney, was nominated for his drive to save the First Bank of Vale building. The bank was built in 1901, making it one of the . . .