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About The Deschutes echo. (Bend, Or.) 1902-19?? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 19, 1903)
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DESCHUTES, CROOK COUNTY, OREfiON, SEPTEMBER 1!>, I‘.HO.
The dee,,.-it mystery rfiroud. the f .
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whole tragedy. Every evidence ol ca
S. P. D o n k e l. an Old R e s id e n t, th e the deed seems to have been wiped a *
V ic t im .
out and the disposal of the body
shQws marvelous shrewdness on the rtf'
The people of this community part of the murderer. Who did ^
were greatly shocked last Tuesday the deed? What was the motive? <.
TH E R E ’S NO USE W O R R Y I N G
by a report from up the river that Was it robbery, revenge or plain ^
Maybe yon missed our big opening. Well, don’t
old-time resident of this place had depravity? These questions are at (R
it worry you or prevent you from visiting our
been foully murdered and his body this time unanswerable and bid ^
store now. as wo will have more surprises for you
buried in a spot little likely t» at fair to remain so. Even the fate of ^
could ever be expected. Our stock consists of
tract the attention of searchers. the victim might have remained y*
needed in this vicinity and prices are
The victim was S. P. Donkel, who forever a mystery had it not been
such as will meet with your approval and make
for some time had been engaged for the thoroughness and acuteness ^
our steady customer.
A continuous opening
with his son Cleveland in putting of the searching party.
up hay on the Pelton place, 18
Simon Peter Donkel was born at i
miles south of this place. On Williauisfort, Penn., May 16th,
THE BEND M ERCAN TILE CO.
Sunday, September 6th, Mr. Donkel 1837, and at the time of his denth ! ^
A. H. CiltANT, M asaglk
was seen by several persons at his was in his 67th year. At an early j jR
camp near the Pelton barn. A age he left his native state and liv
siied near the barn was used by ed for several years in each of the
Mr. Donkel as a camp and it was gtates of Michigan, Iowa and Min
there that the mysterious tragedy j nesota, coming to Oregon in 1887
occurred. Both father and eon and settling in Columbia county in
had planned a trip up the river for tbe vicinity of St. Helens. From
Monday morning ljut when morn- there Mr. Donkel and family re-
ing came Mr. Donkel, senior, com - 1 moved to Clatsop county where
plained of being unwell and sent they lived for some time, finally
the son, Cleveland, ahead, promis- coming to Crook county in the
i.ng to follow later in the day. spring of 1899. The ranch now
This was the last seen of the victim owoed by C. W. Willey was pur-
alive. When Cleveland Donkel ^ chased by Mr. Donkel on hisarriv-j
returned he found no trace of his al in Central Oregon, and here the!
father about the camp and in family made their home until last[
Has a complete line of
quiries developed the fact that no winter, when they removed to the
goods at his new store.
person in the vicinity had seen his Collin’s place two miles north of |
two-thousapd 4 dollar
father since the fateful Monday. Deschutes.
The death of Mrs
addition has just been
The neighbors rallied to the aid Donkel June 19th was a sad blow
of the dead man’s family and soon ; to the family, and immediately
received. Qualities right
a searching party was scouring the following they again took up their |
and prices right.
vicinity for some trace of the lost residence at the Meadows where a
W . H. STAATS, Prop.,
man. No results came from the ranch was rented,
search and the party again took up
Deschutes, • - - Oregon.
the work near the camp where the brought to this place Thursday
victim was last seen. While at the afternoon and consigned to their j
camp the attention of Win. Yande- ¡„pt resting place beside those of
vert was attracted by the appear- ifi9 wife. At the grave a short
mice oi the place where the camp- j pong service was condm tel hv the!
fire had burned and he began to j Aliens Iva
probe the eartii underneath the Wbst. The surviving children,
ashes. lie found the soil loose as Wallace, Isaac, Cleveland, 1 va and
if recently disturbed, and by dig- Be.-sie. have the sympathy of the
M IN N E S O T A B U F F E T
ging down the remains of Mr. entire community in their bcreave-
TVVOIIV».t M ’ KK OW M, l U O P B .
Donkel were disclosed two and one merit,
half feet under ground. The party
% Ths only Srsi-cJass establishes?!? of ¡is kind in Y/csIera
immediately ceased digging and
Cleveland Donkel at once started
School opened Monday with Mr. *>
for Brineviile and notified the . Rowan in charge and a good at- ❖
countv ollicials of the discovery, tendance, twenty-two scholar b - ♦ T h e f i n e s t b r a n d s o f w'rto.t, liquor.«*, b e e r s 5»r.d
c ig a r s c o n s ta n tly on n an d .
On Wednesday a party composed ing enrolled. Considering
of Sheriff Smith. Coroner Crooks, short notice given oi the opening £ Bastern oeojilo ure fsperiiilly invil 'il !•> <•»:! ut tiio Puli',*t wlim in )),,• ,-;tv.
Assistant District Attorney Bell of school the showing is very goor. <•
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ami Dr. Belknap went to the scene a id it is probable that the capacity __
of the crime and unearthed the re- of tin* schoolroom will he taxed to
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mains. Coroner Crooks empanel- its utmost before the end i f t he
ed as a coroner’s jury, T. 8. Hamit- school year,
A . C. LUCAS. " -----
The school hoard has ordered a
ton, Won. Vaodevert, C. B. Allen.
Dick Vatidevert. C M. Willev and new dictionary and ibis together
Ralph Caldwell. The inquest was with tue apparatus on hand will
i- its doors and livery
held Thursday morning and the furnish a fairly good equipment The Booth it Cornett and Vandevert stages sto
to the limber.
thr. e sons of the deceased narrated for a school of its size. The hoard
Accomodations for travelers ahv -*>3 first-class
to the jury all they knew concern- has advertised for bids tor supply
B E N D , OREGON.
ing the disappearance o f the de- iug fuel for the year. A practical
censed. An inspection of the body course in bookkeeping has been
A c c o m o d a t i o n s f i r s t - c l a s o in e v e r y r c s p o c t a t
showed that the victim had bren introduced into the higher grade
shot a little above and behind the and will lie continued during the
left ear. a thirty-two caliber builet year. This study encourages neat
being found in the br\in. The a n d legible writing, gives accuracy
This popular rerort is under the special management and super
jury brought in a V e r d ic t that the in figures and spelling and is a
vision of Mrs. Win. Staats.
deceased had come to bis death by ' subject much needed ia every oc-
a party unknown to the jury.
H O T E L S TA A TS