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Q L. BIGGERS M. D.
Physician and Surgeon
Office Ralston Bid. over J.M.Be.ry's ,ur
Office Phone Black
Residence Phone Red
DR. A. L. RICHARDSON
Physician and Suroeon
Office over Hill' Drug Store.
Office Phone 1362
Residence Mam 5 J'
MOLITOR M. D.
Pr:.Adams and Depot Si
umcematn oa Resiaence Mairi 68
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PHYSICIAN AND SUROEON s
Lewie Building, opposite Sommer H
Office hours, I to . 7. to 8. p,
Phone Main 7 1
BACON &i Hall
PHYSICIANS jtt SURGEONS
Office in Foley Building, Phone Main 1 9
J. T. Bacon residence. Main 18
M, K. Hall residence. Main E2
DR. R VOLP.
Physician and Suroeon
Office: Corpe Building. Telephone Main 80
Calls answered day or night
DR. F. E.
C. P. MOORE
Kirksville Graduates, under Founder
Office Sommer Building
Phones: Office Main 63; Res. Main 64
Office in Folet Building
A i rORNEY
Office in Ralston Building
La Grande, Or eg A
H. T. Williams A. CXWilliams
Office in Ralston Building
Li Grande. 0
L. A. PICKLER
Civil, Minino, Irrioation Enoineerino
Estimates. Plans, and Snecifi
cations. Office in Bohnenkamp
U Grande. Oreoon
C. B. CAUTHORN
Office over Hill's Drug Store
L Grande, Oreoon
DR. P. A. CHARLTON
Office at Hill's Drug Store. La Grande Or
Residence Phone Red, 701
Office Phone 1361 Farmer Line 68
"h hi M
will open i
i .u Peter's Church
tummage sale next Friday.
Following The Flag
Whn our soldiers went to Cuba and
the Philippines, health was the most im
nnrtant consideration. Willis T. Morgan,
retired Commissary Sergeant U. S. A., of
Rural Route 1, Concord. N. H., says:
was two years in Cuba and two years
in the Philippines, and being subject to
colds. I took Dr. King's New Discovery
for Consumption, which kept me in per
feet health. And now in New Hampshire
we find it the best medicine in the world
for coughs, colds, bronchial troubles and
all luns diseases. Guaranteed at Newlin
Drug Co. Price 60 cts. and JI.UU
Trial bottle fre.
Any Make of
Agent for Cleveland Bicycles
BATTLE Of GRANDE RONDE
flfTY YEARS AGO TODAY
day of the hostile Indian it past, j
if.. . ... .
Lyei today it is only half a century ago
since a handful of settlers banded to
gether as a military organization, met.
fought and conquered a band of mauraud
ng and bloodt iirsty Indians on the very
spot that now marks the outskirts of this
city. Then it was that a galaxy of
soldiers exterminated the last vestage of
the hostile Indian that had so long jeop
ardized the strenuous life of the frontiers
man and closed a page in the history of
the Northwest Pacific coast, for since
July 17. 1856, the hatchet has been
buried, the tomahawk forgotten and the
twang of the bow string ceased to startle
the ears of Oregon's inhabitants.
The circumstances leading up to this,
the battle of the Grande Ronde, is com
mon knowledge, yet as this day marks
the fiftieth anniversary of that day, a
brief outline will only tend to sharpen the
reader's memory of that noteworthy date,
Noteworthy, not because there was a
large number of casualties, among the
Whites, but because is marked the close
of a long and bloody war.
The Indians had been beaten at every
turn in the Southern portion of Washirg-
ion territory, and had started on a great
retreat southward. A company of volun
teers pursued them down the Burnt river
nu sALxjiioncdj koveid! skinniitiie in
which the Indians were generally success
ful, but for all that the retreat continued.
After reaching a point on the Burnt river
where they sould cross to the Oregon im
migration trail, pursuers and pursued
clashed for the last time. The battle was
not a decisive one for either side and the
Whites returned to their pioneer homes.
While the Indians were carrying on
their parley and retreat, fleet footed In
dian messengers and emissaries had pre
ceded the main body and carried a cry tor
re-inforcements to the Snake river In
dians as well as other tribes to the South
and West. This cry for help was echoed
and re-echoed from the loftiest peak to
the lowliest tepee so that every warrior
within hearing distance, big enough to
carry a gun or bow and arrow, responded.
And with the characteristics of the In
dian, be responded promptly. Every
remnant of an Indian tribe that could be
reached by this wail, quickly assembled
in this district, for he knew he must fight
a decisive battle atthis time.
During the few days it took to gather
the various tribes in this valley, the
soldiers who were detailed at Fort Walla
Walla remembered their brothers down
the Burnt river and with Colonel Shaw
in command of two hundred determined
soldiers started for the Grande Ronde.
They entered the valley by way of what
is now known as the Woodard road, in
tending to re-inforce the other detach
ment which they knew to be in this local
ity. Slowly working their way to the
head of the valley they soon discovered
the Indians in large numbers and for two
days occasionally encountered a squad of
red men. Colonel Shaw with his little
body of men surprised the assembled war
riors ready for battle along a section
which is now marked by the Proebste
bridse and extending a distance of about
a mile on south of the river and over
what is now covered by May Park
There was no modern warfare about this
clash. The Indians secluded themselves
as best they could in the tall grasses and
the attacking parties adopted the same
tactics. All day long the fight went on
and by evening's approach red skinned
men knew that their last stand was a
failure and with the usual shrewdness of
their race, disbanded in small groups.
These groups were pur$ued-Jy portions of
the volunteers. Squads of three or more
Indians would scatter in every direction
with as many white men hot on their trail,
but the main body sought shelter behind
the rocks of the foothills near Union. Here
they were surrounded and a fight to the
death commenced. When the ternbii
struggle was over there was not an Indian
left to slay. They had been annihilated
but not conquered, and like the Spartans
at Thermopele. they died to a man. Their
remains were thrown into a huge pile and
with the carcasses of the dead horses,
burned. Tourists are today finding
chaired bones and arrow he.ds on the
spot where Indian braves were cremated.
Durinetle pursuits which the vict rs
made after gangs of fleeing Indians, sev
ral hand to hand conflicts occurred. One'
especially was interesting as well as sad
for herd it was that Wm. Holmes lost his
jfe. the only man killnd during the fight.
Holmes, with S. Lilly, now residing in
Gorvallis. and another man gave chase to
a nuinbur of defeated Indians and a
Holmes and Lilly had faster mounts than
the ol.iers, they outdistanced their com
rades md overtook the enemy. When the
two horsemen got within shooting distance.
Uie Indians suddenly faced about and
opened tire. Their pursuers were just as
active and had dismounted. In this very
act of dismounting it was that Holmes
lost his life Instead of sliding from his
horse on the opposite side from the Indians
as did Lilly. Holmes placed himself in plain
fire for the Indians. The first volley killed
him. By this time Lilly and his other
com rad were surrounded and by using tifle
butts as weapons they managed to keep
death away until the approach of a rescu
There are several of these men still
iving and some are making their home in
this state. S. Lilly and Col. Shaw are
among them. J. Q. A. Richardstn. who
lives near the Cove, was a member of the
company which administered the final
blow, but at the time of the action, was
detailed at Walla Walia. He has never
theless had many encounters with the
bloodthirsty Indian and can tell scores of
nteresting stories of pioneer warfare. He
says the nearest he ever came to losing
his life at th hands of the Indians was at
Milton during tha same summer that the
battle of the Grande Ronde was fought.
It was by the narrowest margin that he
escaped the tomahawk and Indian tor
Several of these veterans, and especially
Mr. Richardson, have made attempts at
organizing an order and to celebrate this
event annually, and they will no doubt
succeed in establishing a land mark to c m
memorate the spot where the Indian wars
ended as well as to affo'd an opportunity
for the present generation, which thinks
bu mui ui uie liaiu.uip. mtm piuuaei en
dured, to honor the living members of
this brave band of f.ontiersmen. who. be
fore a white man's cottage had graced
this valley, fought valiantly and suffered
unwritten hardships, that their sons and
daughters might live without fear of the
NOTICE TO WATER CONSUMERS
Notice is hereby given to all consumers
if water in the city of La Grande, Oregon,
that all parlies who wish to irrigate, are
required to file an application for the
same, with the City Recorder.
Irrigation hours; The laws for irri
gation are as follows; from 6:30 to 7:30
Signed; H. C. Gilvan, Water Supt
Dated, April 30. 1906.
EAGLES - La Grande Aerie 295F. O
E. meets nry Friday night in Elk
nail, at 8 v m. Visiting brhren
ovited to alti
I. R. Snook W. S
Sr.G.LBiggers W. P.
1. O. O. F. La Grande Lodge No. 16.
meets in their hall every Saturday night.
Visiting brothers cordially invited to at
tend. Cemetery plat may be seen at
H. E. Coolidoe, N. G.
D. E Cox, Sec.
STAR. ENCAMPMENT, No. 31. I. O.
O. F. Meets every first and third Thurs
days in the monthsn Odd Fellows hall.
Visiting patriarchs always welcome,
Q. E. Fowler, C. P.
D. E. Cox, Scribe.
M. W. A.- La Grande Camp No. 7703
meets every first and third Wednesday
of the month at I. O. 0. F. hall. Ai.
visiting neighbors are cordially invited to
attend. C. S. Williams, V. C.
John Hall, Clerk.
FORESTERS OF AMERICA Court
Maid Marion No. 22 meets each Thurs
day night in Redman hall. Brothers
sre invited to attend.
Fred Hon Chief Ranger
L. L. Snodcrass Financial Sec.
Board of Trustees Dr. G. L. Bicoers
John Hall and C. S. Williaml
FRIENDSHIP TENT No. 31.K.O.T
M. Meets second and fourth Wednesdays
tach month in 1. 0. 0. F. haH. V isiting
H. C. Ball, Com,
Mox Bloch, Record Keeper
L.O. T. M. HIVE No. 27. Meets every
nrsi ana tnira i nursdays in the after
noon at the rtedmen ball. All visiting
laaies are welcome.
Maude Lono Lady Commander,
M. C. Vessey, Record Keeper.
B. P. 0. E.. La GRANDE LODGE No
63- Meets each Thursday evening at
eight o'clock in Elks' hall, on Adams
Avenue. Visiting Brothers are cordially
invited to attend.
E. W. Davis. Exalted Ruler
G. E. McCully, Recording Secretary.
LA GRANDE LODGE No. 169
WUUUMt.N UP IHfc. WUKLD MjJ J
every Friday of each month in
the K. of P. hall in the Corp building. Ail
visiting members welcome.
r red Jacobs Consul Commander
J. H. Keeney. Clerk.
RED CROSS LODGE, No. 27 -Meets
every Monday evening in Castle Hall,
Corpe building. A Pythian welcome to
all visiting Knights,
N. L. Ackles, C. C.
R. Pattison, K. R. & S.
RATHBONE- SISTERS RoweiaTetn
pie No. 9 meet every Wednesday even
ing at 8 p. m. in the K. of P. Hall in the
Corpe building. Visiting members cordi
Milly Frawley M. E. C
Eunice Procter M. of R. & C.
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