The Hood River glacier. (Hood River, Or.) 1889-1933, July 27, 1905, Image 4

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Little diil the pioneer who eroMed
the Columbia river in 'b6 dream that
Skamania county would become one
of the groHt counties iu Washiiiuton.
How it niUHt have thrilled the sturdy
explorer us they crossed the moun
tains and gazed down the slopes to
the Columbia and White Balmon.
One of the very Brut to cross over
and identify bimnelf with the country
and suffer all the privations and
hardbiptt and enjoy all the beautiful
surroundings waa Amoa Undewrood,
who la now dean of the city of Under
wood. lie crossed the plains with an ox
team and settled lu Oregon near The
Dulles. During the early OO's when
the CayuHe Indians were on the war
path he enliBted with Company U, Or
egon volunteers and waa one of the
prominent Indian fighter of his day.
He came out of the war with dis
tinction and since his realdence In
Washington learned to know the In
dian well and has been responsible In
many instances of settling differences
without trouble. The Indian learned
v. I
Amos Underwood, as he appeared at
the close of the civil war.
to regard as well as fear him. They
discovered that he was determined,
yet fair and square and that Is why
they pinned their faith In him.
T. A. Wood of Portland, lute grand
commandef of the Indian War veter
ans, of the Paclflo Northwest, and
who was a member of Mr. Under
wood's company, states that to his
knowledge, "Amos Underwood made
more good Indians than any of the
rest of us. " He left Ohio, the state
of hia berth, strong and was deter
mined to explore the west. He
stopped lu Iowa but it was too slow
he wanted to push on, aud that deter
mination will result lu a flourishing
little city on the Columbia, culled Un
derwood, that will stand as a monu
ment to his pluck and the generations
' to come will lie told who A me Under
wood was and what an Important part
he played in civilizing the natives aud
in many inatauoos "making good In
dians out of them. "
"Those who have known A me Un
derwood for years," writes Mr. Wood,
"when looking into his kindly face
would never suspect that he adopted
the methods of warfare of the savages
and beat thom at their own game.
Hut the time required Just such men
as Amos Underwood and bis associates
In the Oregon volunteers aud their
methods of warfare. Their work at
that time caused the Indan to respect
the white man aud made a lusting
peace that could not have been con
quered by any more lenient meas
ures." There Is no more interesting persou
on the Washington side to converse
with than Amos Underwood. He Is a
man of a good education considering
the time when he was a youth the
boys were fighting Instead of pouring
over school books. On certain occa
sions you II ud him In a remliilsoeutial
mood aud he will spin a "yarn ' that
Is Interesting indued aud Cannes the
lialr to rise.
Ou severid occasions the newspapers
have sent correspondents to get "a
story" of the old Indian lighter.
aud he is always polite aud courteous
and no one Is ever disappointed If be
gets started. The correspondent for
the (1 la leer found htm freshfrom
rounded with Indians, fighting them
off, the red devils waving the scalps
of our comrades. In many instances
it was a hand to hand mint, in an
effort on the part of the
get toeir chief most ail were muea.
Olney wbo bad rode on ahead heard
the shooting and came back, and kill
ed Old Peiie. saying, 'you old rascal.
I'm satisfied now.' The dead chief
had attempted to murder Olney about
six weeks before on the beer gume.
That was the end of Old Pepe. 1 was
said to be one of the best shots if not
the crack In the regiment. I shot
away one engagement OU bullets and
only got Ave Indians."
The old man who has celebrated his
70th birthday and who is now in the
evening of his life, lire up when re
calling the stirring duys of the 50'
The coming of the railroad seemed to
be occupying bis attention more than
the days of warfare.
Mr. Underwood has 40 acres in
Klickitat county and 30 acres in Ska
mania. He recently sold most of his
holdings to the lumber company thus
giving them the right down the White
Salmon. One year ago he placed on int
market a town site and since then n
new store has gone up, a hotel is un
der the course of construction, u liv
ery is comiuir. blacksmith is to lo-
oute there, a big pulp mill is under
discussion, so is a cold storage plant,
Mr. Undeiwood Is to put iu a large
dock and ware house this full, aud
when the road gets started Under
wood will surely be a town.
Canute Prairie anil Trout Lake
country are taking hold aud giving
splendid support to the city owing to
the new road and bridge, it cuts off
four miles to the lunding. The city
has the very finest of water, liuek
creek with IU ice cold, pure xpring
water is to be sent dowu uud will give
the city the most perfect wuter system
lu the world.
One of the best known us well as oue
of the best liked of men in the White
Salmon valley Is Mordecal Jones, who
resides at "Hunter's UiU near 11 u
sum. He has a ranch or l.iiuu acres
aud has been the leader lu the raising
of fruit. He bus oue of the finest or
chards in the valley aud has taken a
great deal of pride lu watching it
grow aud develop in one of the best
of producers. Mr. Jones has done a
great deal for the Husum country.
iie Is largely responsible lor the de
velobpment of thut section. There is
hardly a person on the- Washington
side, in the White Salmon valley, at
least, wbo Is not familiar with the
name of Mordocal Jones. He is a
native of Urecoushlre, Wales, but for
the past nine years bus been a resident
of Klickitat county. Washington.
Mr. Jones has vast Interests In Wales
and his large a Income from his hold
logs has allowed him the privilege of
enjoying his own Inclination of bunt
ing aud fishing. Owing to his steady
income that has continuously poured
In, has allowed blm to be rutber ex
travaguut, as It were, in clearing up
bis large acreage. He lias thus afford
ed much work to the other ranohers
wbo were not so fortunately situated,
and baa allowed them an opportunity
of clearing, too.
There is genernl regret among the
ranchers because Mr. Jones has decid
ed to return to his native hearth, ow
ing to the duties involving his busi
ness alfairs. He has offered for sale
this magnificent farm, arranged and
improved to the very highest notch.
Mr. Jones bought the tract because it
appealed to him as oue of the wildest
tracts he bad hunted over, and he
oleured It of its wild beasts, aud then
transformed the wilderness iuto a per
feet garden.
There Is every comfort, a beautiul
home, aud all the comforts, such as
oue would expect to nnd, arranged by
a person of wealth and culture follow
ing a pronuuueed bobby to enjoy life.
Mr. Jones, other than a perfect gen
tleman, is a thorough sportsman. He
bus oue of the finest kennels lu ti e
west, if not iu the stutos. He takes
great pride lu oaring for the gume.
and has been oue of the enthusiasts
lu stocking the streams with flsb fry.
He bas a remarkable record as
marksman, aud Mrs. Jones bas to her
credit several bears, while Muster
Jones, aged 11 years, slew his first
bear not many weeks ago. So the
family lives iu thls.perfoct paradise of
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The beautiful homo and surroundings of Mordecai Jones, near Husum.
Portland after a sesslou with com
rades of the Indian war.
"What about the Cayuse war and
how many Indians did you down iu
an engagement?" whs one of the ques
tions asked. "It Is a long story, but
I remember well an engagement thut
led to the capture uud later the death
of Chief I'epe (Mux-Mux), head of the
troublesome and tricky Cuyuso tribe,
it was on or about Dec. 7, ISWi.
About 4iK of us were at old Fort Walla
Wullu and 'J HI of us struck across the
bills horseback uud encountered lurge
bauds of Indians. The Indians came
directly to us, but hud hoisted a white
flag, a messenger announcing they
wanted to talk with us. Old Pepe said
he hud heard of our coming aud bad
ordered live big fat cuttle to be slaugh
tered and roasted and all were invited
for supper. Tho chief and about eight
of bis men stayed with us and the
others rode off. We were led along a
creek aud for two or three miles, the
truil passed under a high el iff of per
pendicular rocks, leaving room for
just one ho-semen. Across the creek
was a thicket of brush. Nat Olney
saw the trick and we came to a halt.
We fouud tons of rocks above that the
Indians had placed aud lutended to
massacre us all aud if we had passed on
the trail not oue would have been left
to have told tho title. We went over
the bluff but failed to Hud any roast
ed cattle or auy sign of a barbecue.
When Old Pepe was asked about it, he
shook bis head aud replied: "Klouass
bius quash tiliicnms." (guess my peo
ple are ail scared. ) I was corporal and
was placed in charge of the prisoners.
It was a hard job, for we were sur-
a home, arranged by uuture, aud re
modeled by a connoisseur.
Prominent Farmer and Kdurator.
Professor II. C. Cromwell, one half
mile from Underwood, has oue of the
liest improved ranches in that district
He baa H) trees all bearing. He bus
been engaged in teaching tor many
years and is recognized as a thorough
I educator. He is muster of the Under
! wood grange and iu all matters per
1 tain tug to the best interests of the
t community hejs iu thefront rnak.
j Always First in the Market.
I Johu Klludt, a farmer near The
Dulles, seut the flint Oregon grown
j cantaloupes to the Portland market
last rTlilny. A Port laud paper suys:
Air. Mltidt lias the reputation or send
ing the first product of most varieties
to this market. 1 he Hist Oregon pep
pers were received from him, the first
tomtaoes came from his place uud the
market received the first local out
growu eucumhers Iroiu toe same
source. Jlr. Klindt secures very high
prices on account of making the first
shipments uud is well repaid for his
Jailors in coaxing bis produce to ripeu
before bis neighbors.
1. 1. ilajnes, Faithful Mall Carrier.
"Jim, as he is familiarly kuown
by bis many frleuda, was for years iu
the employ of Uncle Sam as mail car
rier from Hood Kiver to Chenowith,
until that office was discontinued cov
ers! months ago. In this capacity he
proved himself conscientious and ettl-
oieut public servaut. lie is now
clearing laud on what soon will lie
oue of the valuable Uudvrwood farms.
Underwood's Big Store.
On April 1, Smith A Clark took
possession of the store at Underwood.
Myson S. Smith had fur many years
been connected with the Wind River
store and the general merchandising
was nothing new to him. He had been
a resident of Cascade lxwki for many
years. Associated with him is W. L.
Clark, superintendent of the govern
ment property at the Locks. He is
well known aud bas many friends.
Soon after the new Arm took hold
and so much new territory was open
ed by reason of the new road and
bridge that spans the river, an addi
tion was placed on the rear of the
building iu the shape of a warehouse
for the flour and feed department.
The telephone exchange is in the
store and Mr. Smith has just been
made postmaster aud is adding new
fixtures for the postofllce, renting
boxes aud fixing it up In true city
The stock is complete in every re
spect Including dry goods, groceiies,
boots and shoes, clothing, notions,
etc Doth members of the Arm have
greut confidence in the future of the
country and are doing everything to
promote the best interests of the lo
cality. About Underwood Folk.
W. A. Wendorf two miles from Un
derwood bus HO acres. He is going
to clear it up and go iuto the fruit
business on a big scale.
William K. Wheeler along the slope
about three-qiuirteM of a mile from
Underwood is working a berry ranch
of Kill acres. He bus a splendid crop
this year.
P. T. Finley, two miles from Under
wood, hus 80 acres, 'J0 of which is un
der cultivation. He has two acres In
iOd Underwood, has a flue home and
ranch up on the hill about one mile
irom Underwood. Twelve acres have
been cleared and he hus an acre iu
berries. He has bjeu a resident of
the country for 40 years and for many
years was in Alaska. He is secretary
of the Underwood mining company,
itnd hus charge of the liquor store.
Captain Harry Olsen, the Under
wood aud Hood Kiver ferryman be
lieves iu I lie future of Underwood
and is erecting one of the flue hotels
along the river. This will be a great
improvement to the bustling town
wheu it is completed.
Kred I.uthy is one of the big far
mers and bis toiuutoes and cherries
have a wide reputation for quality
aud excellent e.
J. E. Larson in the Underwood
country 1ms oue of the best KW-acre
tructs iu thut section.
Mike Thornton Is one of the suc
cessful fruit growers lu the flats. The
past eu-ou was a very satisfactory
11. Veu tch is oue of the old-timers,
and hus one of the best arranged
ranches lu the Underwood couutry.
C. L. Tublis hus long been regarded
as being most successful and his fruit
is always ou the market early In the
William Orserbus a fine farm and is
going iuto fruit as fastly as possible.
Miss Orser, his daughter bus also a
flue homestead ueui by.
II. C. Dello, one mile dowu the
river from Underwood, has HO acres
of flue land, seven of which is cleared.
He has 17(1 peach trees, .'14 bearing ap
ple trees and expects to do more in
the fruit line.
George Knapp has one of the good
farms along the river in the Under
wood country. He has 40 bearing al
mond trees thut are good producers.
Israel Zingler, t.wo and one hulf
miles from Underwood, is oue of the
prosperous farmers. While he has not
beou there so very long he has great
ly improved his 100 acre ranch, and
hus some fruit out aud will go in for
Churles Thornton has just completed
his new residence ou his tract of land
recently purchased. It is his inten
tion to open a hotel aud conduct a
livery and stuge. It is nicely arranged
to take cure of the travel along the
way to Trout Lake aud Underwood.
J. C. Clurkson bus one of the fine
ranches in the Underwood country.
He bus live acres of berries aud this
year he realized over $1,000 from the
crop. During the coming year be will
place out a lot of additional plants
aud expects to buve oue of the big
ranches in thut country. He is one
of the lucky ones who does uot have
to Irrigate.
re you looking for a
Lots in Underwood's Original Town-site and also in
First Addition to UNDERWOOD are now selling at
the remarkably low price of
All Lots 50x100 feet
This low price does not mean for purely speculative business, but to
. . prospective builders and residents
With the assurance of a new road and with the finest landing on the
Columbia River, plenty of water, and with the world's famed fruit land
nearby, and sure to be a station on the railroad, makes Underwood the
most promising young town in the state.
The new bridge across tin? White Salmon river and the completion of the road to Trout Lake Husum, Gil
mer, (Jlenwood, Camas Prairie territory making all tributary to the cily.
Underwood has a fine general store, hotel, saloon, livery barn, meat market, and many new enterprises are
under contemplation. A new dock and warehouse is to be built, and a large cold storage plant is considered.
Send all communications relat ive to information to , .
AMOS UNDERWOOD, Underwood, Washington
or John Leland Henderson, Hood River, Oregon
"The Half Way House."
GEORGE W. CARTER, Proprietor.
spot on
20 fine
furnish 'd
Large feed barn and livery in connection.
Husum, - - Washington
You don't need a sec
tion of land to make money
The foremost aim of a man's life should be to gain a
home of his own. Some may not be able to get a large
farm, but all are able to get a small tract, starting the ac
cumulation that will eventually lead to a comfortable for
tune, buy 9 f
a tract in vaillCI Uil ?5
Underwood, Wash.
$30.00 to $75.00 an acre. 3 to 10 acre tracts. Small payments down
Ivulmuf to atiit you. Tho poil is a hegvy rich losm. DronoumtHl bv fruit pviMrt ns t) tvrv lutni. ilm an.l
the Yellow Newtown." There is nots lot in the colony but what 'is supplied witli Hittioiriit'wator for domestic purioe,
while on the other hand many of the tructa have ilentv fur irrigation
wealthy, why not you. Write to R, V. CAMEKO.N, White Salmon, or to White Salmon Lund Co., White Salmon Wash.
Come to "clc for 37-cuLr
Flour, Feed and Groceries,
Dry Goods, Shoes, Hardware,
Tinware, Fishing Tackle,
Tobacco and Cigars, Rough
and Dressed Lumber.
Square Dealing Prices the Lowest
Underwood, Washington
Fine line First class Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Cold beer always on hand.