Eugene Arthur Bahr was born in 1910 in Wilbur, Washington. Robert Bahr, Eugene’s father, bought a 300 acre farm located 4 ½ miles north of Wilbur in 1900. Eugene had lived on the property for his entire life and became legal owner of it in 1946 when he bought the property from his father and mother. Eugene and Loraine were married in 1942. The Bahrs both attended and graduated from Wilbur High School. They had three daughters – Judy, Denice, and Pamela. Denice graduated from WSU (College of Education) in 1968; she died in 1994 of a brain tumor. Denice also taught school in Moses Lake. The Bahrs had one of the smallest farms in the county, so they were determined to make the very most of every inch of their land. Their efforts were rewarded in 1954 when they were chosen as conservation farm of the year from the Northwest Lincoln Soil Conservation District. Their conservation work includes the construction of three dams in order to control erosion and make farming more convenient over ditches. This practice also added to their tillable acreage. The Bahr Farm consisted of about 300 acres, all cropland, and it also supported both beef cattle and poultry. The Bahrs were very successful farmers and cared deeply for their land, “We wanted to leave the land in the same condition they [our ancestors] received it, we emphasized conservation practices.” Loraine created this endowed scholarship in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics as a tribute to her late husband who was tragically killed in a mill accident in 1963.
The income from this fund may be used to award one or more scholarships to a student(s) enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at Washington State University. Recipients will be selected by the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Scholarship Committee according to the following criteria: 1.) Financial need; 2.) Junior or senior standing; 3.) Majoring in the department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Agricultural Economics, or Human Development.