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Fill HAY, MARCH 8, 1912.
WEEKLY ROGUE RIVER COURIER
l l.KIT OFFICERS hn
PIONEER ON ALTHOUSE TELLS
OF EARLY HISTORY OF COUNTY
Mr. A. J. Howell, of Grants Pass,
who is hale and hearty at 80 years
of age, in the following communica
tion to The Courier, relates vital i Althouse, In 1852, by the two Alt
facts regarding the early history of 'house brothers, John, and, I think,
Josephine county. Mr. iowell sets Philip, but I am not ' sure of this,
the record straight as to the origin ' John lies buried on the creek above
oi the name for the county, tells ' Browntown.
w ho found the first gold in Sailor j Two brothers, named Fry. also
guU-h and otherwise writes entertain- f0Und gold on Suck&r creek. The
ing history. Mr. Howell broke from j men being from Illinois, the creek
his bachelor miner companions at ; -j3 named for their state.
Browntown in 1858, going to Doug-: .cxt came the finding of gold on
las county in this state where he
married Emily Martin, who honors
Lis present home on East B street iuj0n Josephine creek, where a daugh
thlscity. He returned with his bride jter was born and named Josephine,
to Browntown on a Sunday, at this j after whom the creek and county
early day the town being full of ex- were subsequently named. Hook,
lectant miners eager to see the bride. ' Dave Kendall and the writer were
When the fourth woman appeared j members of a lodge called the "Chos
among them they went wild, throw- e, Friends.' This was In 1881. I
lng their hats in the air and yelling! was well acquainted with Mr. Hook,
so long and loud that the young bride ! and for many years we talked over
expressed fear that Indians had 'these early day events in Josephine
again broken out. ! county.
Mr. and Mrs. Howell celebrated j Mr Hook went to California In
th r golden wedding on their farm lg84 Bnfl hougat a hotl in Areata,
in Curry county this state July l,JLater he bought property in Eureka.
1908. Mr. Howell will soon write where hls daughter Josephine married
another article, more in detail, of the and 1)veB 0r dtd iVe the last I knew
eariy goinen aays oi josepnine ,
(BY A. J. HOWELL)
Many times in the past I have
read and listened to erroneous state
ments concerning the early history
of Josephine county. With your
.,.," ...a3 -
'iu- g fit
A. .1. HOWDI.L, SOITHKKN OKF.GO.V IMOXEEIl.
I'ennission I will offer some correc
tions and historjeal data coining un
der my personal observations.
I arrived on Althouse Creek April
1st, 1853; mined on Althouse and
Canyon Creeks until 1857, when I
went to Waldo. I mined at
Waldo until 1S6L when I
took charge of an eating house and
feed station at the foot of McGrew
Mountain, four miles west cf Waldw
This station was built and first open
ed by a man named Hazeltlne.
Gold was first discovered in what
is now called "Sailors' Gulch," one
mile east of Waldo, by a group of
sailors from a schooner wrecked on
the beach at Crescent City, Califor
nia. Leaving the wrecked vessel, tho
sailors came across the Coast range
of mountains to what is now Waldo,
where they camped In the gulch In
which they discovered the gold. This
was in 1851, not '52, as has been sup
posed and chronicled. I know where
of I speak, because my brother-ltf-law,
Joseph Allred, was a passenger
on the wrecked schooner and came
over the mountains with the sailorj
to the gulch where the gold was
The schooner laid on the Crescent
City beach half covered with sand for
several years. I saw much of It chop
ped away for the copper bolts la the
I have on many occasions ta'.kel
this over with mr brother-in-law, his
experience in the wre k, his trip over
the mountains with the sailors, their
finding the gold and their departure
for Jacksonville, because of bavin?
no provisions with which to remala
in the gulch where they found the
Next came the discovery of gold oc
Canyon creek and Josephine creek.
A German named Charles Hook lived
George E . Tlrlggs (commonly call
ed Governor), Peter Peveler, so long
c( unty clerk of Del Norte county, Cal
ifornia, and Robert Worthlngton were
among the earliest packers to deliver
supplies on pack animals to the new
mines. A Mr. Cochran was the first,
coming In '52. Mr. Warwick, Bill
Mitchell, Dave Kendall, Mr. Kerby
iiiul Sam Johnson v eve also of the
linkers' caravan in 1853. Thp pack
ers were the first to build a trail to
tide water at Crescent City.
Js in Riley and George Cornwall
were the first express riders In the
early days, often carrying great loads
of gold d.irt from Sailor Diggings"
to Crescent City. This was from '53
to '". John Mann be?an carrying
dust in isr5. Jn 1858 Mann
was leported lost with a
fortune in gold dust, but the
second or third day he arrived at
Moffits Station, now Gasquets, having
followed the rugged north fork of
Smith river to its confluence with the
middle fork at Moffits.
In the early days one dollar was
paid for carrying letters and fifty
cents for newspapers. I have paid
fifty dollars for a sack of flour on the
Althouse, twenty-five for a pair of
rubber boots and sixteen dollars for
a pick, pan and shovel.
Qn Althouse, Wllljam Sanders, aft
erwards surveyor of Josephine county,
dug out a nugget weighing eleven
hundred dollars. William Muns, wno
later was my partner, had mined
around a large fir Btump, leaving It
standing Mr. Sanders reworked the
ground, removed the stump and found
the big nugget under It. Muns ve
hemently declared war on all stumps
In his mine after that.
The next big nugget was found by
Pat Murphy a half mile above upper
Lrown'.own weighed fifteen hundred
dollars. The Sanders nugget was
found fifty yards below upper
"with streug'th and
they always please"
LEVI STRAUSS . CO.
Browntown. Warwick and Cochran
started the lower Browntown store.
A Mr. Guthrie was first at Waldo
with merchandise, followed by Logan
& Thompson; Coyle in Allen's gulch
and then Mcllwaln at Waldo with a
two-story fire-proof building, which
still stands, and is 32x72, the lower
story stone walla two feet thick, the
upper story concrete or patent brick
with iron doors and shutters, "city
The theu famous Lottie Crabtree,
of San Francisco, gave the miners
their first show at Browntown in
1855. The enthusiastic miners were
so carried away by her dancing that
they threw handaful of coin at her
feet so thick that the pretty per
former stood amazed and looked at it
In 1855 a large log building was
e'e.'led at Browntown as a fort and
storehouse a protection against the
hostile Indians. Later this was con
verted into a gambling saloon. One
Sunday when the saloon was full of
miners, and gan.es of faro, monte,
roulette and billiards were going full
tilt, a gentleman with n tall hat and
Prince Albert coat, walked In Once
In the very midst of the men ai d
melee, he removed the tall h,u and
stoke softly to the boys, announcing
that he was a minister of Hie Gos
pel would they listen a ha'f hout
to him? Instantly every hot was off
and the first religious services pub
licly held In that camp were on.
When the minister said "Amet.," Dr.
Sykes, a miner, grabbed a hat,"stak
fng" the preacher, as the miners
called it. When the minister was
"clean gone" the games were re
sumed as If nothing had happened.
The writer was a mall carrier and
express rider from Waldo to Crescent
City In 1866 and 1867, and carried
much gold dust across the mount
ains. On one trip I carried big sacks
of dust for .Work & Crandall, A. B.
Mcllwaln, Mr. Coyle and Logan &
Thompson. I upnally gave out the
impression in camp that a substitute
messenger had already gone. Thou
I made my exit under the cover of
It is remarkable that so much gold
was carried over that mountain by
lone messengers for years and not
one of them was ever robbed. One
robbery of a civilian occurred, how
ever, and that was a Jew merchant
of Crescent City In 1 S ." 5 . His name
was Rottenhani. A. J. HOWKLL.
FREE IF IT FAIL?.
Your Money Dack if You Ar Not Sat
ilfied With the Medicine We
We are so positive that our remedy
will permanently relieve constipation
no matter how chronic It may be, that
j we offer to furnish the medicine at our
! expense should it fall to produce satis
j It Is worse than useless to attempt
to cure constipation with cathartic
drug. Laxative or cathartics do much
harm. Tliev cause a reaction. Irritate.
and weaken the bowels nnd tend to
innke consiip'ition more chronic. Be
sides, their use becomes n habit that U
Constipation Is mused by a weakness
,nf the nerves and muscles of the large
'intestine rr d.'cendlng colon. To ex
pect permanent relief yoti must there
fore tone up rnd strengthen these or
gnns nnd restore them to healthier ac
We want you to try Rexall Orderlies
on our recommendation. They are ex
ceedingly pleasant to take, being eat
en like candy, and are Ideal for chij
dren, delicate person', ami old folks,
as well as for the robust. They uct
directly on the nerves and muscles of
the bowels. They apparently nsve
a neutral action on other associate or
jrans or glands. They do not purge,
cause excess'v" looseness, nor create
any Inconvenience whatever. They may
be takr-i at any time, day or night.
They will positively relieve ch'onlc or
habitual constipation. If not of surgical
variety, and the niyrinds of associate
or dependnnt chronic ailments, if taken
with riTiln"'t.v for a reasonable length
of tim. 12 tablets. 0 cents; 35 tab'cts.
35 cents; M tablets. SO cents. Bold
only at our store The Rexsll Store
Clemens sells drugs.
Mrs. B. Sarcent of Williams was In
Grants Pass Tuesday shopping and
visiting with friends.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the
Grants Pass Commercial club held
its annual business meeting on Sat
urday afternoon at the club rooms.
Mrs. J. F. Burke, retiring presldeut,
submitted a comprehensive and
The following officers for 1912
1013 were Installed: President,
Mrs. S. F. Cheshire; secretary, Mrs.
C. H: Woodward; treasurer, Mrs. G
R. Riddle;, corresponding secretary,
Mrs. A. W. Bartlett.
After the business meeting, an en
joyable hour's entertainment was
furnished by Mrs. Woodward, who
gave a review of Keslah Coffin with
readings of the choicest dramatic
scenes from this absorblfig bit of
Cape Cod fiction.
Mesdames R. O. Smith, II. P.
Tracy, H. L. Wilson and J. F. Wol
fersberger were hostesses for the so
Grants Pss People Must Recognize
and Heed It
Ktdney Ills come mysteriously.
But nature always warns you.
Notice the kidney secretions.
Se if the color Is unhealthy
If there are settlings and sedi
ment, Passages frequent, scanty, pain
ful. It's time to use Doan's Kidney
T ward oft serious disease.
Doan's have done great work in
Mrs. B. Cole, 125 Second street,
Ashland, Ore., says: "I suffered for
a year from kidney and bladder
complaint. If I stooped a stitch
darted across my back, and often I
could hardly straighten. The kid
ney secretions were also unnatural
and I was badly run down when I
began using Doan's Kidney Pills.
They seemed to bo Just the remedy
I required, for In less than a week
my health Improved and the pain
and lameness was less severe. My
condition is now good and I am glad
to say that Doan's Kidney Pills are
all that is claimed for them."
For sale by all dealers. Price 60
cents. Foster-Mllburn Co., Buffalo,
New York, sole agents for the United
Remember the name Doan's
and take no other.
TO THE CAPITALIST CLASS.
(Ity Km yard Kipling.)
We have fed. you all for a thousand
And you hall us still unfed,
Though there is never a dollar of
all your wealth
But marks our workers dead.
We have yielded our best that you
As you lie on the crimson wool;
Hut if blood be the price of all your
Great God; we have paid it In full.
There Is never a mine blown sky
But we're burled alive for you;
There Is never a wreck drifts shore
But we're Its ghastly crew.
Go reckon our dead by your forges
And the factory where we bleed;
For If blood be the price of all your
Great God; we have paid It Indeed.
We have fed yci all for a thousand
For that was our doom you know,
Since the days when you chained us
In your field
To the strike of a weeK ago;
You have eaten our lives and our
babes and our wives
And you say 'twas your legal share,
But If blood be the price of your
Great God; we have paid It fair.
"MADE IV OREGON."
I (JUTLAND, Mar. . The manu
facturers' association held Its annual
"Made In Oregon" banquet last night
at the Multnomah hotel, which was
attended by 12." persons. Appropri
ate to the Hplrlt of Its activities to
obtain a wider use of goods in Ore
gon, the greater part of the furnish
ings and edibles were Oregon pro
ducts. HANGED IN I'ENNSVLVANIA-
II ARRISBi dC. Pa.. Mar. f..
John Stot t was hanged In the Jail
yard here today for the murder of
Mrs. Blanche Taylor, with whom lie
ANOTHI Il PLOHK.
WASHINGTON, Mar. :. A resolu
tion directing the committee on mer
chant marine and fisheries to Investi
gate the control of tne shipping Inter
ests by a foreign combine, was unan
Imously adopted by the house today.
Economizes Butler, Flour.
Eggs; makes the food more
appetizing and wholesome
The only Baking
from Royal Grape
I'l UPLDXKl) WOMAN RESIDENT
DISCUSSES SHOUT WEIGHTS.
AkH About Variation in Stales and
Wants to know Why Free Mar
ket Not Established.
T0 the Editor of The Courier:
Sir: Kindly allow me a little
space in the columns of your paper
to ask a few pertlueut question!.
Am I right in supposing that there
is a state law against unjust weights
and measures; and If so, is it en
forced in Grants Pass!
Is there any reason why, In the
present state of perfection to which
scales have been brought, they
should vary In the different busi
The average housewife, In these
days of almost prohibitive prices, es
pecially on meats, Is exasperated al
most beyond endurance, when, after
paying an extortionate price, finds
she has been "short weighted" in
addition. There are more ways of
being held up than at the point of
a gun; and I, as well as others I
know, am getting weary of it. I
think the inspector, If there Is one,
should get busy, and find out where
the trouble lies.
What about a public market; was
" simply talk?
It ha3 been found to be of great
Germs Spread in Skin
l'jcaema, Tsnrlnsls and other skin
trnuhloH nre ciomo.l Uy myriail of
j.-ornm ftt work In the nkln. I'nlem
tiieso germs are promptly ilestroye I
they riipiilly multiply, Knowing their
way deep Into tho Hensltive tlnxua.
Thl Is what caiiHi'A that awful Itch,
end . what seemed a mere rail)
may grow worse nnd dovelop Into a
lonthRome and torturing skin dlacaso
With Its yenrs of mlHrry.
Ion't luke nny clinnees! Destroy the
permn nt tho beclnnlntf of the trouhl
with thnt soothing and elcnnslntf wanli,
the 1. D. 1. Prescription for Kczema.
A 25c bottle will prove this to Juu.
AN SO EVERYTHING IN
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It's building time and we want to figure with you on
your builders hardware bill. Painting time inside and out
side of the house will soon be here. No one carries a bigger
or better line of paints, varnishes, floor dressing, brushes
and kalsomines than we do. .It's a pleasure to show goods
and give prices.
Coron-Booth Hardware Co.
GRANTS PASS, OREGON. ' "
PLUMBING AND SHEET METAL SHOP IN CONNECTION.
Cream of Tartar
benefit in other cities, why not here?
It would solve the problem of high
prices. Should not the city council
take action In this matter at one,
s0 that vegetables grown here will
take precedence of those shipped in
Any information you can give on
these matters will be gratefully re
ceived. A PERPLEXED HOUSEWIFE.
MAIL MM COAST IS
SOLID MASS OK ICE.
OMAHA, Mar. 6, rostal
employes today nre trying to
4 sort out 210 sacks of mall
which arrived here from New
4 York nnd New England a solid
4- ice tnuHs. The mall Is bound
for the Pacific const. It is
feared most of it Is ruined. The
freezing was the result of a fire
at Aurora, 111. The mall sacks
4- caught fire and the blaze was s
extinguished by a flood of wa-
4 ter. The mall sacks were soak- 4
d, and froze when the car re- 4
4 Humod Its westward Journey. 4
We have had experience with many
rcmndleu for ekln trouhle but have
never seen such remnrknhle cures as
those from I). IJ. V. l'resnrlntlon. In
litRnt relief from the very first appli
cation. We ere so confident that D. D. I
will rwh your caso that it will cost
you nothing If the very first full alr.
bottle fallu to make good every claim.
If you have ekln trouble of any
kind we ccrtnlnly advise you to droQ
In and Investigate the merits of I. IV
I), anyway. We know that D. D. ft
will help you. .