The Tragic Disappearance of Willis Skiff

Jun 13, 2023

A Third Tuesday Presentation

UNION, OREGON__The Union County Museum kicks off their 2023 Third Tuesday event season with a ‘true crime’ mystery right out of history. The event is June 20, at 7 p.m., in the Little White Church, beside city hall and across Main Street from the museum in Union.

The presentation focuses on the disappearance of Willis Skiff. A prominent Union business man, Skiff mysteriously disappeared from North Powder on Saturday, July 24, 1886. Skiff was presumed murdered, but his body was never found and, although three men were tried, a culprit was never convicted.

Local historian Steve Wadner will present his research findings on the story behind the mystery and the tragic consequences for Skiff’s family in the aftermath of his disappearance.

About the presenter: Stephen Wadner is a volunteer host at the Union County Museum. He worked in Facilities at Eastern Oregon University as the Stationary Engineer and retired in 2011 as Director of Campus Safety and Security. He has a passion for history and is also known for his talent in turning household objects into unique pieces of art.

For more information about Third Tuesday or to submit a proposal for your own presentation, contact the museum at The museum is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through September.

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