The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891, October 01, 1878, Page 38, Image 4

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THE WEST SHORE.
October, 1878.
rc proving themeelvei i be excellent
ChrWrlanlairn end civilise n A rni
drawback to the onward progress of
Egypt is itie sad Want f pn)cr agii-
cultural implements end he requisite
kill i iim- tlirni. Wh.it is said in this
ier-il comeming Kgvpt. might lie
rIw itid of the whole of Syria .mil
Northern Arabia. We believe Cairo
is dmtlned to become a grand had
. rntn Iron winch shall flow a thous.
ami itreeiM of material aid loaurround-
log districts. This city is already the
undisputed metropolis of the Holy Land
and adjoining countries. The so-c alled
excessive lrnier.itiiie of Northern
l'.g t in simply a misnomer. During
the few days that we have been SO
imiming here, the theriiioineter has not
indicated mote than 8l 01 degrees.
'I'he ait is balmy and salubrious and the
1 Innate generally well adapted to the
glowing of annus cereal.
We snliiii ihr indulgence of our
iradets foi short letter this tune,
promising still largei draughts from our
Well tilled n-.le Imm.Ic in the future.
OltlKNT.
JOHN W. A KKKSOY
Tins guriafaw, a member of the
linn of HanaoOi Ackeraoo k Co,, the
preprietofi of the Taeoou Mills, was
bom in New V..tk city in the year
iflfj, When elovm years of age he
was placed in 1 booluton m errand
DOy, whi n he lemained four years. He
w as then apprenticed to a printer, and
w hen bttl eighteen eats o age he had
chaigri.i ih. composing roomaof Ka
pet's Printing office mi Ktiltnn stttrt.
I he bntKnea, however, owing to its
el.v.- confinement, did not prove con
genial to Mm, and to have more out
doei aaerdte he baca a carpenter.
The gold teen started Mm to Callfor-
ma 111 iS.,,,, sshetc-. after Ins arrival, he
at oner engaged at carpentering. In
the fall of the following yesi, however,
lie w as OOmpeOed by fading health, to
aUmleMi his Hade, and aftei a fbttl
m.mth, (tip t the Sandwich Islands,
he mtarnad t.. CaHJbmia luflWently te
stoinl lc. enibll Mm to engage in nun
Mf, One yrat at tin. pt.,cr. quite
unWnt for him, and he once mote
returned to San PrandeOO where he
rstalJUhcd mdk dairy inddidathriv'
Susanc for two ,rai c ,ncn
mesxeri tn Redwood city and eajigrd
in nor raiting. Stanly itV, thu. the
county of San Mateo being organized
out of the southern Xrtion of San Fran
cisco, he was elected Sheriff of San Ma
teo county, which office he held for
about live years. Caught by the sheep
mania lie purchased a large ranch in
Monterev and went to sheen raising; in
about two years, however, he sold out
and returned to Redwood city. The
Sherifta office was again urged on him,
but prefering to engage in business he
rented a small wharf and warehouse,
and engaged in selling lumber, shingles,
posts, wood, etc. After working this
business for a time, he soon gained suffi
cient strength to enable him to pur
chase an interest in a small saw mill.
In two yean from that time he formed
a co-partnership with Mr. Charles Han
son, whereupon a lumber yard was es
tablished by them in San Francisco.
In 1M68, finding their business increas
ing, they concluded to build a saw mill
on Puget Sound.
The place now known as Tacoina,
with its railroad, ocean steamers and
other signs of modern civilization, was
then almost a wilderness. Mr. Job
Carr with his two sons had taken up
some- land with great hopes for the lo
cation of a future city at that place.
Previous to the location of the mill,
General McCarver believing that Carr
was right, settled there and named the
plan- Commencement City.
After deciding to locate a mill at that
point, Mr. Ackerson did not fancy the
name and therefore re named itTacomai
aftei the Indian name lor Mt. Rainier,
the beautiful snow peak back of the city.
The General protested,but Mr. Acker
son .is dun, and as Tacoma it is known
yet.
Previous to starting the Puget Sound
Mill the linn had several small mills in
I the redwood districts. One of them
running to ibis day. The firm now
cany on a business R Sail Francisco,
1 uget dound and Redwood City
Thau .1... I .1. . . 3
.... . ...-v. nan iiii-h QWn S.)s ,()
carrj away their lumber, and the finest
tug boat on Puget Sound is their prop
crty. 1
' 'i Mr. Ackerson visited the
bngest lumhe.ing establishments in th-
United States, and since then has made
so many improvements in the Tacoma
Mill that it now stands ,n. the front
.tnl .. A I
..... i,i .vniciican saw nulls . ,
iPooUc spirited and generous mmU.
snsn, Mr. A. has few eqnals nn Pt,ge,
Sound, and he is one of that class of
men whose brains and money are de
voted towards building up the country.
RESIDENCES IN THE UPPER COUNTRY.
Few people are aware what rapid
strides towards civilization the upper
country has made within the past few
years. We give a few illustrations in
this issue of some of the comfortable
residences located in Walla Walla and
Dayton, W. T., and Boise City, Idaho.
Any of the places illustrated would be
a credit even to a city like Portland,
for in finish and furnishing, both in
terior and exterior, they will compare
favorably with anything we have in
this city, and in price they range from
$5,000 to $20,000, the latter being the
expense of constructing the palatial res
idence of General Cartee. Since these
pictures went into the engraver's hands,
Mr. Straight had the misfortune of
having his residence destroyed by fire,
but we understand that he will rebuild
at once in the very same style. Our
next issue will contain a miniature view
of the city of Walla Walla, and also a
number of the business houses and
manufacturing establishments in the
upper country. We also, in this num
ber, show a street v iew in Silver City,
Idaho, so that our readers may see the
appearance of a business street in a rich
mining camp.
Several months ago we agitated the
practibility of cultivating cranberries
on an extensive scale on the marshes
near Olympia; Wc now understand that
a company is to be formed there tor
that purpose. I here are two or three
cranberry marshes or beds under culti
vation near that city, and their luxuri
ance render the assurance doubly sure
that their cultivation on a large and
systematic scale, in this climate and
soil, will certainly prove a "big
bonanza" to the projectors.
A POBTOFFICB Wantkd. The at
tention of Postal Agent Steel is called
to the necessity of establishing a post
oflice at or near the bridge on the main
road from Walla Walla to Spokane
Falls. Quite a large number of settlers
arc located there who now have to
travel from twenty totwenty-five miles
iu conax to retain their mail.
The hop crop of Puyallup valley,
ri T., amounts to 56x50 pounds.