The Oregon scout. (Union, Union County, Or.) 188?-1918, April 03, 1890, Image 1

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NO. 41.
The Oregon scout.
An independent weekly Journal, issued ev
ery Thursday inomini; bv
Publishers and Proprietors.
A. K. Jonks, 1
Editor. )
i H. i
One copy, one year
" " Six months. .
" " Three niontos
Invariably Cnsli
If by chance subscriptions are not paid till
end of year, two dollars will be charged.
Kates of advertising made known on ap
plication. flSy-Corrcspondencc from all parts of the
country solicited.
Adress all communications to theOncGON
Ecout, Union Oregon.
CHUKCII. Services
X every Sabbath at 11 a. in.
and 8 p. m;
Sabbath school at 10 a. m; prayer meeting
Wednesdav. at 8 p, m. The Ladies' .Mis
sionary Society meets on the fourth triday
of every month at 2:30 p. m. All cordially
invited. 11. II. PAKKUK. Pastor
Architect and Builder,
Drafts, Plans and Designs for Dwellings,
.and Bridges furnished on application.
Physician and Surgeon.
Oflico, one door outli of J. U. Eaton's
store, Union, Oregon.
Attorney at Law.
Collecting and probato practice special
tios. Ofllce, two doors south of post-ollice,
iUnion, Oregon.
J. "W. Shelto.v. J. M. Cakkoll.
Attorneys at Law.
Ofllce : Two doors south of posK.'lice, Un
ion, Oregon.
Special attention given all business en
trusted to us.
JR. Eakin,
J. A. Eakin,
Notary Public.
Attorneys at Law,
Union, Oregon.
JEtTPrompt Attention Paid to Collect.ons.
Physician and Surgeon
North Powder, Oregon.
Calls attended to at all hours.
Q II. DAY, 31. D
Physician and Surgeon.
Office adioinini: Jones IJro's store. Can
be found nights at residence in South
west Union.
R. F. Wil-sox.
Notary Public.
J. Hackktt,
Notary Public,
at 3 Law.
Collections and all other business entrus
ted to us will receive prompt attention.
A complete abstract of the land of Union
county in our ofllce,
Managers of the UNION REAL ESTATE
3iain Street, Union. Oregon,
Keep constantly on hand
(Opposite (ho Court House.)
3Iiw. O. P. (iOopai.l, Prop.
Tables Furnished Avith the
Best the Market Ailords
i, and Prepared by
"White CooIch.
New Beds and Rooms Noatly FnrnUhed.
Public Patronage Solicited
Fine Line of Watch'es, Clocks, Jewelry,
Written for Tun Scour.
"What wilt thou Esther"? look abroad with
To yon high hills where my wide domains
"run !
'Kvcn unto half',' I gladly give to thee.
My queen, my queen, tnc fairest 'ncath
the sun I
See these broad acres teeming rich with
The hills of Etliiop In their verdure sweet,
Fair Indiu's land made glad with gentle
'Even unto half I lay it at thy feet t
And here the splendor of my glittering court
Where ixatdens smile ami jewels Hash and
play :
The crystal creeks where schools of gold-
list sport
'Even unto half I give to thee, to-day !
The wide, wide fields, where brawny slave
herds plow,
And vineyards sleep, Ah, beauteous
queen behold !
Say but thy choice, and at thy feet, e'en
One half I lay of land, of slaves, of gold 1
I'll make thee mistress o'er the palace
And all the joy that wealth can give is
To thee shall bow each prince that guards
our land,
Even unto half thou'lt have of all that's
What is thy wish, and what thy choice, my
Thou scest the gold, and knowestthelands
that be!
The palace high, the garden's wealth serene
'Even unto half my queen, I give to thee!
Then Esther answered : "Fair the spreading
And sweet the land where Ethiop's sun is
Rich are the harvests India's valleys yield.
Rare are her gems that sparkle In the
And grand. Oh king, thy palaco wrought
in gold,
Grand as it glitters 'ncath the noonday
sun !
The vineyard's wealth sweet dreams to
me unfold.
And rich the founts that by thy windows
run !
"I love the praiso that princes would bestow
And gladly look where slave-herds toil
for theel
Thy home is peace, and sweet voiced bree
zes blow.
That make the realm a Paradise for me!
Rut half thy land and half thy gold, to-day,
I cannot'aak, though dear, aye dear to
, mo!
Rut grant one boon I Low on my knees I
'Tis this. Oh King! Just skt my it-oi'le
B. W. Huffman.
Cove, April 2, 1890.
Mr. Win. Sterling lately returned
from a trip through tho cast, paid
Covo mends a call tins week.
Mr. Henry Jaycox who has been
clerking in Jaycox's store during the
winter left lor the Sound last week
Tho Cove Cemetery Association has
about decided to build a fence much
needed on the north side of the
Mr. E. E. Westman and family have
occupied a wing of the Corpe residence
Llmer is a little doubtful about city
life agreeing with him.
Mr. Louie Kocnig started for San
Francisco Tuesday. He will work
with his Brother Carl at tho carpen
tor trauo in that city.
boveral uovo cluckcn roosts woro
raided lately. Somo say that that tern
porary sojourn ot tnoueciples of Black
stone may have something to do with
Taking the depositions in the water
ditch case proves to bo very tedious
Court convened last Monday and ad
journcd Tuesday to resume next Mon
Tho favoiito passtimo with the Cove
sports now is shooting squirrels with a
22 calibre rifle. They are becoming
very proficient and squirrels are be
coming scarce.
Easter services will bo held at the
Episcopal church next Sunday morn
ing at II o'clock. The interior will bo
decorated for the occasion' und new
music is being rehearsed. All are in
vited to attend.
Mr. Edward Stearns has gono back
to Rocky Bar Idaho. He thinks that
a much better place than this to ac
cumulate somo of tho root of all evil
and while hero ho persuaded ono of
our citizens to try his fortune nt tho
Mr. Judd Geer and wife have left tho
haven of Cove and have sallied forth
in tho cold wido world. Mrs. Geer goes
to New York to visit relatives and at
tend a sister's wedding. Judd went to
Fairhavon whero ho may conclude to
locate, on his wifes return from the
The summer term of the public
school will commence next Monday.
Tho rate to scholars residing out of
tho district- has been fixed at $1,50
per mouth, Tho lady engaged as
teacher comes highly rccomended and
everything is very propitioiiH for a
highly successful session,
Mr. Wydo of Nebraska was in tho
Covo last week buying sheep. Ho
will drivo to that state in Juno. Con
tracts woro made at tho rato of !j2,00
to $2.2f u head. Outside range is
getting to scarce and pasturing so j
expensive that tho chances are mat
the-io will bo very few sheep in this
vicinity in a fow years.
J OU Huminervllle. Hoth residence and
business property in the cities of Union
and l.a Uranile, cheaper than tho cheapest.
MO-tf. J. R. CRITES.
Talk About The Early
Days of Union.
How Mall Was Received The Stock Bus
inessThe Mines.
Editoii OitKooK Scout:
Union with the electric light. Union
to have awoolen mill I To old timers
who remember Union in its infancy it
seems almost incredible. Time works
wonders. Mr. Peter Cofl'iu and my
father in tho full of 18G2 located on
Catherine creek !120 acres of land on
what is known as the Coffin farm.
Then this was a wild Indian country,
no settlement near, Powder River
diggings, (old Auburn) and Walla
Walla being tho nearest. There was
only four settlers on Catherine creek
at that time Mr. Conrad Miller, who
settled on the Miller farm whero the
flouring mill now stands, Mr. E. II.
Lewis, who still holds tho fort on his
original location, and is a hale and
hearty old gentleman yet, Mr. M. C.
Israel, who settled on tho farm now
owned by Mr. Geo. Ames, aud Mr.
Fred Nodine who located on tho farm
now known as the Swackhamer place
in North Union. Mr. Nodino that
summer cut and stacked tho first hay
ever put up on the creek, two or three
stacks. Ho cut the hay up and down
the creek where it grew the best. He
had to haul it on brush, having no
wagon. The Indians came down and
run off his mules. He tracked them
out in tho mountains east of Union for
somo distance, but could not overtake
them, so he lost his mules, also tho
Indians. He then heard of a man
over at Walla Walla who had a few
head of cows for sale. He went over
and purchased them and that was his
first start in cattle in Grande Rondo
valley, an industry that made him ono
of the most successful stock raisers of
Eastern Oregon.
Late in the fall of 1802 John An
drew Jackson Chapman and Mr. Hen
ry located 320 acres of land this side
of Catherine creek, where the business
part of Union is now located. Sonic
time after Mr. Nodine bought Mr.
Chapman's land and the Into Mr.
Sam'l Hannah bought Mr. Henry's
land. In 1870 I was working for Mr.
Hannah in his store and ho offered mo
the land, with the exception of a few
lots sold, for $500. I did not know
enough to buy. Seven or eight years
after that he sold it for if 1700 to Mr,
Abo Eaton, who mado a sinallj fortune
by ins purchase.
Mr. Chapman built the first business
house in Union, tho old Wright store
where the drug storo now is. Ho built
the middle building first and after the
town was surveyed added on tho front
store out to the line.
In 1803 thero was somo emigration
to Union. Tho war was whooping
things up lively back east and many
came tho plains across to cscapo tho
terrors of civil war. Union and vicini
ty caught some of tho emigrants, many
of them stopped and made somo of our
best citizens.
The late Mr. W. T. Ficklin arrived
at Union, "busted," with a largo fami
ly, his wagon drawn by two cows. Ho
bought tho old Ficklin farm of Mr,
John Dobbins, and it proved to bo a
fino farm. Mr. Ficklin was a fine
man for the place, kind, good hearted
and a gentleman. Peace to his ashes
Letters came to Union m early days
directed to ''Catherine creek, Grande
Rondo valley, Oregon, care of C. Ja
cobs & Co., Walla Walla, W. T." Tho
mail was brought over on horseback
tho carrier charging seventy-fivo conts
for his trouble. It was three months
before you could send a letter and re
ceive an answer from tho cast, iuuil
went to Portland and then by steamer
by tho way of the Isthmus of Panama.
I ho fall of 02 Boiso Basin was struck
and in tho spring of 'G3 excitement
ran high. Tho roads through Grande
Ronde woro lined with pack trains.
Tho Coffin ranch, Union and tho Proc
tor place in Pylo canyon did u rushing
business feeding man and beast. From
that time on Union commenced to
grow. Tho growtli of tho town has
been slow but sure. Sometime in the
futuro it will bo a largo town. It may
not bo in our lime, but it will surely
bo to in tho sweet by and by.
A Resident of Indian Valley Talks Sensibly
on the County Seat Question.
Ei-niN, Oregon, March 21.
Emtoii Okkbon bcout:
As tho time approaches for tho peo
ple and taxpayers of tho county to
decide as to whether or not the county
seat shall bo moved to La Grande or
remain where it is, persons who feel
an interest in the matter begin to
question themselves as to what course
is best to pursue in tho matter.
Self interest and of the county gen
erally will prompt a very largo major
ity to vote to luivo the county seat re
Silverware, Guns
main whoie it is. Why? Simply bo
cause our county buildings are amply
sufficient for tho prevent. Union is
near the center of the
county andjthero npirenrs nt tho pre
sent time no necessity for any change.
Our county is already largely in debt
aggregating something like $70,000
and a change in the county seat would
increase our indebtedness from $0,0l)0
to 7",000 making a total debt of about
$150,000. Besides this if the county
rent is moved to La Grande it is there
at the extreme western side of the
county is neither central nor conven
ient for a majority of tho taxpayers
and persons who necessarily attend
the seat of government for business
purposes. It renders it very inconven
ient to our brethren in the southeast
ern portion of tho county who are al
ready far enough away from the county
seat. At the present tinio any dis
ruption or any measures which are
likely to produce disruption in our
county within its business or bounda
ries should not be toler.Ued. Wo are
now on the era of what must be doomed
a new era for us. Railroad building
interlocking our country is just com
mencing and th-' changes that will be
wrought in business aud business
centers in the next few years wo can
hardly conjecture and it certainly
would now be wise for the people to
get in now an 1 mako costly changes
that they may be sorry for in two or
three years. For the convenience of
every section we fool that tho county
seat should bo on the Hunt line of
railroad as there is but little doubt
but it will be extended from Union
down through the Lower Powder river
country and tap not only tho rich
agricultural and mining districts of
the southeastern portion of our coun
try but alto opening a fino mining
country on the other side of Snake
river. This will put tho people of the
northern portion of our country in
direct railroad communication with
those in tho southeastern portion and
not only furnish convenient traveling
facilities for the people but afford a
splendid market at their verv doors
for their surplus products. With the
county seat remaining when it now is,
the building and ixK'iidiug of Hunt's
lino of railroad through tho entire
length of our mineral and agricultural
resources, resulting from the sumo
will add very greatly to our unity,
wealth and importance and attract to
us business enterprises that will bo
worth thousands of dollars to us.
Agitation and changes in business,
county seat tights and local wrangles
liro very detrimental to tho interostd of
a county or slate. It detracts capital
from being investod and deters immi
gration. The present county neat agi
tation has been thousands of dollars
injury to us in many respects and
the only redeeming feature of it is that
it no doubt has hastened tho incoin
ing'of tho Hunt road, our greatest boon.
It is certainly not to tho best interests
of taxpayers and the people generally
to move tho county scat at the present
time and whilo wo of the northern end
of tho county believe it to be to our
best interests to have the county seat
remain whero it is for tho present, it
seems to u:i that it is also better for
tho.county generally. There is hard
ly any reason to doubt but that with
in -1 or .) years our southeastern brolh
orn will desire to be divided oil' into
a county to themselves aud when that
occurs we shall neither want tho
county seat at La Grande nor Union
and wo would then ptobably agitato
again for a roinoval. LutH keep tho
county scat where it is till wo see whero
wo want it in the futuro.
Two Through Trains Baeh Way.
Tho above trains afford the quickest
tinio between thu Northwest Pacific
Const and Eastern und Southern
Dotailed timo of lining, rates, through
tickes, Baggage Checks etc., can bo
procured upon application to any
iVgent of tho Union l'acifio System.
"Tho Limited Fast Mail" trains are
equipped with Pullman Palaco and
Colonist Sleepers, Dining Cars Chair
Cars and Coaches, ami run solid be
tween Portland and Chicago, daily,
without change.
The "Overland Hyer" trains aro
equipped with Pullman Palaco Sleepers
and coaches, between Portland and
Council Bluff, and with Pullman
Colonist Sleeper between Portland and
Kansas City, daily without ehnngo.
Commencing with Sunday, March
2nd, both first aud fee -"ond-claw) tickets
will be honored on "The Limited Fast
Mail," trains 3 and J, a well also on
tho "Overland Flyer Nog. 1 and 2.
Connection are made at Pocatello
with through train to und from Salt
Lake, aud at Cheyenne with through
trains to and from Denver, Kaunas
City and St. Louis.
t. w. mi--,
Utm'l Pam. Agt.
Tho "Eli" mky or Gang I'lowi, tho
Havanna Pro Drill a, id the Zig-Zag j
all steoln harrow with the improve
ments mado for J?V'), make tho
best aud most satiNfai toiy outfit
of spring farming 4.:ijleni uu now
offorod in this nuilvt For sale by
Frank Bros. Impkm nt " . at La
Grande, or Ul.uul City, and Corwiu C.
Coffinberry Union.
'and Amuniiion Just-
Description of a Visit to the
Ilawkeye State.
Sojourning Among tho Farmers or Kansas-
-Notes by tho Way.
ICsboN, Knuni, March 2IJ, 189 J.
UniTou Onuoox Scoirr:
My last letter to the Scorr was
written from my native Hawk-eyo
state. My mission there was to onco
more see relatives and friends of my
voutli.aiul view again those familiar
! scones which by intuitive love wo in
! olino to lemoinber. While changes
! innumerable confronted me in tho
I line of progressive, changeable and
perishable humanity, yet in nature's
J work-shop there are few changes.
I Tho old landmarks aro as unchanged
, in appearance as 1 left thorn nearly
twenty yearn ago, and as, prehnps, a
! hundred' vears hence will find them;
tho same soil yields tho samo product
to tho farmer for his toil, and tho same
sun lends its life-invigorating inllucnco
to feeble vegetation in its infancy,
while each and all, respectively, play
their part in tho groat drama of na
ture, for as tho melancholy, yet
immortal Knox so beautifully sang:
" avo tho same our fathors have been
Wesee the same sights our fathers have seen
Wo drink the same stream and view the
SHtlll! sun
And run the same raco our fathers have
I spent several weeks in paying my
respects to friends of other days, and
would suggest to my Oregon friends if
any there bo who have been many
years away from the scones of their
childhood) that even a fow weoks spent
in a like manner is, I think, in many
instances worth more than hundreds
of dollars invested in apotlioearv m'Gpo
and "hieh like"
1 saw the old school houso whore by
degrees I had pumped and thumped
into my space-box tho significance of
tho first letter of tho nlphabot. Had
1 then been able to realize the intiin
sic value of a "full caso of nonpariol"
for a "long take on piece work" 1
might, possihiy have tookoii jnoio
zealously to my p's and q' and filled
up that space box, besides providing
mysolf with a more liberal distribu
tion of "sorts." If you don't under
stand that "typo-ieal" illustration ask
Brownlow, or your worthy state print
er, liven my old friend of tho hal
cion days of yore, Jap Stevens, might
yet remember enough of tho avoca
tion of his boyhood to get tho idea.
But to return to that old school-house
"whore 1 played upon the greon somo
twenty yeais ago." Yes, it is "altered
now and tho benches aro roplaced."
It has even been moved to the village
near by and occupies the very promi
nent position of a public institution.
It was on tho occasion of tho weokly
coining togethor of a powerful organ
ization known as tho Slumptown
literary and debating club that I sat
as an honorary member of tho aforo-1
said Kocioly and listened to bewilder
ing flights of eloquence such as would
almost thrill tho verybonos of a Web
ster, Clay or Patrick Henry to tako hi'
opiration, hook-up their joints, as it
were, and stride forth in tho land in
the dead hour of night to light anew
tho battles of tho past and "dio" yes
I know they would havo wanted to
dio "like dogs." But if thoy had como
out thorn would havo been bloodshed
you-botchor-lifo, for we woro ready for
'em. Tho ghoulish forbodings of ovil
seemed to lurk in tho very frame-work
of the faithful old building whoso walls
have been so often tried by similar
outbursts of oratory, but tho tondor
inomories of the past wero so rifo with
in my breast that I would roadily havo
staked my life-blood on getting away
if tho opportunity could havo boon
presented. Tho ouoslion was, "re
solved that intemperance has caused
more suffering than all other evils
combined" ami thero was not enough
of either side of tho question loft to
excite a remark unless tho remark
was naturally a little excitable. But
tho ghosts of theso great men evident
ly know that the Stump Junction do
bating club was in dead earnest with
blood in itn oyo and boing wise men
thoy took advico from each other.
But I will leave the old school-house to
niinglo with other scenes and travorso
the old path through tho lonely wood
whero, tin a barefooted boy I havo
wended my way to ischool. How and
why tho lanes and by-waya wero so
seemingly diminutive in length may,
prohiijis, bo iiccouutod for by n vnrya
tiug vissiou that expands and diminish
es according to tho weather. Soon
I stood at the threshold of tho houso
wlioro I was born, and all nature
seomod hushed and silent as I knocked
at tho old broken door and cast a
weird glanoo at my old asli-hoppor
play ground whilst waiting a strangers
welcome. It came in tho person of
a black-oycd little houso-wifo with
three little ohargufl to keop who stared
at mo in blank burpriso as I oxplaiuod
to their mother why 1 wished to too
Received at A. N.
the old home again. Hut a few mo
ments idle chut, whilst my thoughts
and eyes wore vaguely employed, wero
sufficient to garner all thu fruits that my
estimate of this visit oft fondly anti
cipated, but now less fondly realized,
could suggest, so I went my way,
while my unpoetic mind mused again
in the line of such thoughts as is not
given mo tho power to compose in
rvthinatic verso:
''The leaves of the oak and willow shall fade
He scattered around aud teu'etlu'r he laid,
Ami the young and thu old and thu low
and the high
Shall moulder to dust and together shall
While there was an occasional va
cant chair to make the truthful signi
ficance of thu above lines more real,
there were many new facea that had
joined in lifes giddy whirl, and thus
tho world rolls onward, ever onward.
After a few weeks sojourn in tho vi
cinity of Iowa City I bearded the Rock
Island via Omaha Lincoln and Be
atrice, Neb., for tho jxiint from which
I now write. Hero I havo a brother
with a wife and four children who has
heard the dismal wind of Kansas sing
its doleful dirgo for about a dozen
years. He was among the first set
tlers of Jewell county and saw its pop
ulation grow even in that time from
nothing to twenty thousand and ita
wild prairies transformed into a mod
ern Egypt of corn. The farmers don't
need to provide cribs for their corn
here, but spill it down on tho ground
of two or threo thousand bushels in a
I pile. Thoy usually crib tho shelled
corn, however, and feed it in that form,
and tho cobs are used for fuel. Crops
are not a dead certainty hero, as thero
was almost a total failuro hero in 18S7,
but farmers havo fared pretty well,
nevertheless, when compared to othor
localities, and woro it in tho order of
things for tho farmers to bo allowed
anything moro than a bare living after
the shylocks havo got their numerous
pounds of llesh, tho lands of tho much
maligned Kansas would blossom as
the roso, and merry groups of happy
children would frolic and prosperity
smile in localities whero now tho wind
blowoth whero it listeth and no human
voice nll';::)', wilh its moluneli;; song.
I will probably take in sonid iiioro of
the wooly west and then bring up" in
Union. W. H. MCo.MA.s.
Lato Improvornonts Railroad Work A
Dwelling Houbo Burned,
Snydor Bio's, barber shop is nearly
Mr. John Elliott says ho is going to
take in tho World's fair.
Hon. E. E. Taylor is tho ownor of
two blooded hound pupa which ho got
Eomowhero in Idaho.
Carpenters aro busy horo now and
will bo for a long time. This is no
mushroom boom.
Mr. A. C. Courtney has bought tho
Galloway hotel and will soon build a
largo addition thereto.
Tho roads are very bad. Our stago
diivcr and four passengers had to camp
all night under a tree recently, within
two miles of town.
A dwolling houso bolonging to Sim.
Boly, four miles northeast of town,
was distroyed by (ire on tho 22nd inst.
John Graham was living in tho
houso at the time. Fortunately tho
firo was discovered in tinio to savo
most of his household goods.
Mr. Neal McLeod, boss of tho grado
work for tho U, P. railroad is doing
good work. He has nearly finished
ono half mile at this writing. Consid
erable timbor has been cloarcd from
tho right-of-way. Largo stumps can
bo Boon quite adistauco from tho grade
that wero blown thero by tho blasting
Mr. J. A. Wright lost ono of his best
cows rccontly.
Mr. Ed. Locko and Miss Mary
Mainard wero married last Sunday,
Tho .dance at Enterprise Saturday
night was a success and enjoyed by all
in attendance.
Mr. It. A. Maslersou has gono to tho
hills to look after his sheop, His
losses havo been light this winter.
Somo of our farmers aro putting out
poison for the squirrels. Thoy want
to raise a good crop this year.
I don't caro if I did got tho G. B.
Monday night. It was awful muddy
mid a long way to go S. J.
Prof, Dunnigan's singing school is
ended at Alder, Ho will finish tho
Huricano creek school sometime in
Mr. Chas. Grow lias a Summer's
school at tho Threo Buck school house,
and Mr. Peter Crow bus a flvo month
school at Trout creek.
Mr. Choator Martin who has beon
bohind tho counter of Wurzwilors storo
for tlio past three years has traded lot
n place in tho hills. Chester wants to
try country lifo.
it. it.
Or you loso it. If you want a cheap
lot in Union, call quick or you lo it.
Call on Wilson & ilmktiH, nwiwgMi
Union Real Estate Association. ,
'Gardner & Co's.