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STRAHORN BEGAN CAREER
AS JOURNEYMAN PRINTER
WALKING FOR HEALTH.
A recent issue of The Evening, ion of General Crook hi. wn .
Herald of Klamath Falls contains an j recognized , n " .!."
' tninruBtlnK article concernlns the llfn
: of Robert E, Strahom, president of
the Oregon, California & Eastern
railroad, ilrot printed In the Pacific
Since the original publication of
this article, Mr, Strahom has built
the Corvallls and Eastern In the Wil
lamette, valley and noted as Its presi
dent, from which office he resigned
lest summer to tako up the work of
railrond building In Central Oregon.
The article follows:
From n journeyman printer In n
pioneer mining camp" to the presi
dency of nn Important railroad Is a
'long step; In fact, It Is a sort of
soven-Ieague-boot stride, yet it all
camo to pass in about a third of n
century, nnd tho man who thus wont
ed his way to the top Is In tho prime
corrospondepts of that Important cx-
nuuuioi, which una much to do with
suppressing the last of tho great In
dian uprisings .
"Winter and summer, Strahom
rodo and camped with Crook, and
while ho aa neither enlisted ns pri
vate soldier nor enrolled as officer,
ho partlclprted In every engagement,
and had many thrilling experiences.
The battlo over, no man could more
graphically or accurately describe tho
occurrence and, with his story wi It
ten, none waB more prompt in getting
it to the papers. Numerous 'scoops'
wore recorded to his credit.
"These thrilling times when. In
1877, John Arklns nnd I went In on
our (list tour of Middle Park together
Strahom was still at tho front. Ar
klns was tha foreman nnd I tho city
of life with everything in his favor editor of tho Tribune nnd our coin
to rench grontor distinction in the panlons on tho Jaunt wnro ntlinr mnn
transportation and cons t r u c 1 1 n g
Robert E. Strnhorn of Spokane,
vice president nnd general manager
of thb third division of the Oregon, -Washington
Railroad nnd Navigation
company, oporntlng tho northwestern
lines of tho Hnrrlman system, who
"stuck" brovler nnd nonpareil on tho
Denver Trlbuno In tho early part of
187C, wont to tho top chiefly by his
own ccorts. Ho proved his callbro by
keeping n railroad secret for moro
than five years, and had the best
posted financial writers and carriers'
agents guessing until ho was Veady
to mnko tho formal announcement
that tho North Coast railroad, which
ho promoted nnd of which lie was
president, was part of tho Southern
Whllo scattering millions of dol
lars In acquiring rlBhts-of-wny
through Spoknno and other cities
In tho state of Washington, Mr. Stra
hom was designated as "tho Sphinx,"
"tho Man of Mystery," ana "tho
Hnllroad Enlgmn." His methods,
clean and rtftovo board at all times,
gnvo not tho least Inkling that tho
hend of tho North Coast line was
nco n pioneer In tho midst of tho
lough nnd tumblo of Western trans
formation for moro than thirty years.
Mr. Strnhorn's first trip to Spo
kano was made on horseback via
Walla Wnlla, Wash., nnd Lowlston,
Idaho, In 1879, whllo spying out tho
country In tho interests of eastern
railway capitalists. TownBlto and Ir
rigation ventures requiring moro
capital then nt his porsonnl command,
ho went to .Hoston in 1890, nnd thoro
found that his knowledge of tho
Northwest was In greater demand
1 thnn hla perconnl sorvlces had boon
whllo in tho Pacific slopo country,
ond ho roninlnedjn tho east seven or
eight years. Ho was ono of tho orig
inal promotors 'of tho now famous
(irnuby mlno In British Columbia,
being associated with Jny P. Oravcs
ond Aubroy Leo Whlto of Spokane.
After settling In Spokano to resldo
permanently In 1898, ho took up elec
tric lighting nnd power projects, con
structing plants at Contralln. Wash.;
Wallace, Idaho,; Sumpter, Oregon,
nnd North Yakima, Wash., the last
thrco of which ho still controls. He
owns n Inrgo Interest In the light and
powor plant nt Helllnghnm, Wash.,
and tho light and power plants nt
Kennowlck and Pnsco, Wash., also
a modern Irrigation plant covorins
12.000 ncr'os near Pnsco. Tho capi
tal Invested In theso vnrlous entor
prises represents moro than $2,fiOU,-
000. Ho launched tho North Coast
railway elx years rgo, to build an
Independent lino from Spokane nnd
Wnlla Walla, through tho Ynklmn
vnlloy to Seattle and Portland. This
project was taken over by tho Hnrrl
man Interests laBt spring nnd Is now
being rushed to completion.
"I woll romomber tho flrct time 1
evor hoard 'Hob' Strnhorn's name
montlonod," snld Thomas L. Dawson,
for years with tho Associated Press
in Washington, D C. "It was 'way
back In 1877, and tho circumstance
wero n little bit out of the ordinary.
Horn somewhere in the Mississippi
valloy in. tho early 'CO's, he emigrated
to Colorado whllo it was still a ter
ritory nnd became a typesetter on
tho old Donver Tribune alongside of
John Arklns. I went to Darner In
187C, tho year Colorado camo into
tho union as a contennlnl state, but
Strahom was not thero.
" 'Alter Ego,' oxclf.lmed Arklns to
me one day as we were climbing Her-
thoud Pass across the main range ot
the Rocky Mountains on our way to
Middle Park. Ho was reading from
) painted sign on one of the big boul
ders In Clear creek canyon, the words
aa there used wero connected In some
way with a patent medlclno or a
smoking tobacco.. With that, how
ever, Arklns was not concerned.
'Alter Ego' was the pen name of his
friend Strahom, who had graduated
from- tho case to tho position of
newspaper correspondent, In 'which
lttter capacity he already had won
fame, nnd the appearance of his nom
do plume on tho big rocks aroused
"Without coaxing, ho told me how.
nt the beginning of hostilities with
the northern Sioux Indians, Straborn
had thrown his. printer's buck ana
headed for the scene of conflict. He
Booq mado,a connection with the Chi
cago Tribune and other western news
papem, and aa the constant compan-
rrom tho same establishment. Wo
had fitted up a two-horse wagon, and
wero out for n camping tour in tho
midst of the Uockles. We wero two
or three days making tho Journey
from Denver to Middle park, and
during that tlmo John talked much
of his friend Strnhorn. His admira
tion for him was. unbounded, nnd I
became anxloys to meet tho Bubject
of ro much praise.
A few months later Strahom
came to Donver, and I was Intro
duced to him. Wo wore both young
men, and then began tho friendship.
which, I am pleased to say, has con
tinued without Interruption. Strn
horn never went bnck to tho cbeo, nor
did ho pursuo his newspapor work,
Tho familiarity with tho then now
Northwest, which ho hnd gained
through his Indian campaigning,
proved a vnluablo nssot. Ills ser
vices were sought by tho Union Pa
clllc Ilallroad Company, whtcli then,
under tho direction of Thomas L.
Kimball, was beginning to exploit tho
great section to tho world. Strahom
wns ono of tho first railroad 'wrlto
"For years ho traveled almost con
stantly for tho rnllroad company, and
many of tho booklots prepared by
him nt that tlmo becanio standard
authority -on tho Western Btatos.
From the first ho was a zealous apos
tlo for that section, nnd ho It wns
who Bald If tho Pilgrim Fathora'had
landed on tho west shore of tho con
tinent Instead of on the caet, tho
settlement of tho cast would have
been much longer dclnycd becnusa
of tho superior attractiveness of tho
west. Strahom practically pioneer
ed nnd survoyed tho routo for tho
Oregon Short Lino and ho located
many of the towns and cities along
"After severing his connection with
tho.ronds, Strnhorn became a pro
moter of several Western cities, and
from than drifted Into the brokerage
business. For n tlmo ho was located
In Ronton, nnd JJioro, I think, ho
mndo connections which led to his
employment by Mr. ilnrrlmnn, Tho
shrewd men of tho Hnrrlman system
co Id have mndo no better selection
than when they choso Tlob' Strahom
to build their roads nnd to keep tho
ownership Eecret, for he 's cnpablo
of performing any work and observ
ing nny trust."
The Pedometer Habit Is a Splendid 0
A fnuioux Sow York doctor wns call
ed upon vuine uioutlu ngo by a putluut
who ptvjetitcd mi nppf:triitui of Ill
ness, but with whom ho tould Hud
nothing the mutter. IJui'stlonnig dis
closed the fnet that he lud not taken
regular physical cxerelo for .U'urs.
"That's jour trouble." return ked the
wise phyclcl.in. "I'll write you a pre
scription." When be got outside the
"lllef tho patient opened the bit of pa
per mid road. "(Jet n pedometer and
"bring It back to me In three weeks
with the Indicator pointing to 100
miles." When the patient returned at
the time mentioned the doctor, without
making mi examination, told him he
need not vuuic buck miy moro. Ilia
looks demotixtiiited the elllency of the
treatment. Hut bownv counseled to
persevere In keeping the pedometer
busy mid thereby save many u doc
There are Imaginative patients, most
of whose troubles may be traced to
the "thermometer habit" They are
constantly taklug their temperature,
nnd their feelings nie regulated tty
their dlcoeiies. A splendid substi
tute Is the "pedometer habit." Instill
of continually fussing to ucp tils tem
perature below UK), for Instance, the
possessor of one of these clever ton
tilviiiiccs ciin try how long It takes to
send the pedometer above that llgurc.
Lots of fun Is to be obtained from as
certaining distances between various
points by walking them. Incidentally
the liver gets n good slinking up. the
lungs receive tho fresh nlr for the lack
of which they have been starving, nud
the enthusiastic pcdeHtrliiu feels u new
Joy of living. It la not convenient for
nil to piny that most excellent or pas
times golf. Hut the pedometer game
Is available to most, and It render In
teresting what Is, lifter all. n rather
monotonous form of exercise Pitts
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