August 9, 1907

Stehekin Notes

Special Correspondence

Capt. Clifford Griggs is visiting with his family at Hotel Field.

A.A. Macy and family, of Chelan, came up Monday on a fishing excursion.

The weather for two- or three-days past has been breezy and cool, making it very pleasant.

Miss Myrtle Whaley and her cousin, Miss Mary McDonald, were passengers on Monday’s down boat.

The huckleberry crop in the neighborhood of Bridge Creek is said to be larger and finer this year than ever before known.

Landlord Field returned Sunday evening from conducting a party of tourist up Bridge creek, after an absence of a week.

Thursday was a very warm day but in the evening an electrical storm together with a copious shower cooler the atmosphere delightfully.

Mrs. Oliver Brownfield, of Chelan, accompanied by her sister, Miss Bertha M. Kenzel, of Waterville, were guests of Hotel Field Tuesday night.

It is learned that J.A. Trost, who owns the Tiger group of mines on North Bridge Creek, has sold an interest in the group to Henry F. Buckner.

Wm. B. Moore, a noted Chelan mining expert and town clerk pro tem., was here Tuesday night en route over the divide to examine some mining properties.

Ex-Sherriff Frank F. Keller and bride came up lake the latter part of last week and are spending their honeymoon on his ranch a mile or two up the Stehekin valley.

Miss Mertle Whaley, of Chelan, accompanied by her cousin, Miss Mary McDonald; also Mrs. W.R. Higgins and her sister, Miss Emma Aldridge, are guests of Hotel Field.

Mrs. Squires, the noted singer who has been a guest of Hotel Field for three months and recovered fully from a bad attack of nervous prostration, returned to Seattle last week.

G.W. Logan, who has mined on Park creek for quite a number of years, was down the “head” Wednesday after supplies and brought down some very promising ore from his claims.

Messrs. W.L. Barnes and John A. Green and families came up on Monday’s boat for a months outing on Bridge Creek. They brought a big team and wagon along to take themselves and camping outfit up to their camp.

Eugene F. Wehe, one of Okanogan county’s solid citizens and who was county clerk for two consecutive terms, is spending a few weeks in recreating in camp at the head of the lake, in company with his little son.

S.J. Gray and family, of Meadow creek, went up to the head of Bridge Creek the first of the week, to remain some time, Mr. Gray having taken the contract to work the assessment on the Crocker group of mines. His supplies were taken up by Landlord Field.

William Buzzard and a force of men are busily engaged in running logs down the Stehekin to be rafted to Lakeside later for the Richards Lumber Co. Manager Thos. Pattison of the latter company was here a few days the first of the week to see how the work was progressing.

Henry F. Buckner came up to Stehekin on Wednesday and proceeded at once to Bridge creek, to meet his Seattle partner, E.B. Curtis, who preceded him up there a day or two. These gentlemen are interested in developing a valuable water power at the confluence of the Stehekin river and Bridge Creek.

Dr. J.E. Goudy and his son, Lloyd, of Spokane, came up lake Tuesday for an outing and are registered at Hotel Field. They propose visiting Horseshoe Basin while here. Dr. Goudy is one of the most substantial and highly respected citizens of Spokane, whom your correspondent has known for 26 years.

Everyone visits Rainbow Falls and the teams are kept running carrying guests of Hotel Field to and from this nature wonder. The stream is fuller than usual this time of year and a great volume of water pours over the 300-foot perpendicular fall with a roar that can be heard a long distance and delights every visitor.

Friday forenoon, while Johnnie Van Meter, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Van Meter, of Lakeside, was visiting with Ed Merritt’s boys at this place, they found some cartridges in an old empty cabin. They opened some of them and secured the powder, then they secured matches – with the result that Johnnie had a flash of ignited gunpowder in his face that burned him severely and probably injured his eyesight. He was taken home on the Lady of the Lake Friday afternoon.

Dr. Blake, of Wenatchee, who is enjoying the sprots and recreation hereabouts with headquarters at Hotel Field, was called to attend Major J.W. Horton Sunday evening and the Doctor after an examination pronounced, the Major’s leg in a very bad condition with some bones broken and says he will not be able, at best, to use it before next spring.

Major J.W. Horton, who was injured in a rock slide on Flat Creek week before last and was brought to Bridge Creek, was brought in a hack from that point Thursday by Frank McCauley to the head of the lake and is stopping on the Keller place. His leg – below the knee and the ankle – was badly crushed and he believes the bone to be splintered. He is resting as comfortably as could be expected, but being quite well along in years such a serious hurt will naturally be slow in healing and the Major will doubtless be laid up for some time.