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Sep 24, 1891

Col. J. Robert Moore, proprietor of the celebrated pleasure resort at Moore’s Point on Lake Chelan, and made a pleasant call at the Leader office Tuesday morning. It was his first visit to Chelan Falls and he expressed himself well pleased with the location and outlook of the city. He says the travel on the lake this year has been much greater than anticipated, and he proposes to at once erect a large addition to his hotel. The Colonel reports the mineral prospects in his vicinity is simply immense, good veins, carrying rich sulphuets, having been recently discovered across the lake from Moore’s Point. Mr. Moore has undoubtedly “struck it rich” in securing one of the most significant locations in that wonderland for a tourists’ and pleasure seekers’ resort, and he is to be congratulated on his good fortune.

Jan 28, 1892

Mr. Wilkeson, who has been at work on his store for some time at Bridge Creek, is now staying at Moore’s Point.

March 17, 1892

A.D. Moore, a gentleman who came out here last fall from New York to visit his brother, Col. J. Robert Moore, of Lake Chelan, and to spend the winter, passed through the city Saturday en route for home. He expressed himself to a Leader reporter as delighted with the winter climate and scenery of the lake and hopes to return at some future time. His health has been greatly benefited by his sojourn in this section.

March 31, 1892

Two very important petitions have been circulated and almost unanimously signed at the Falls and on the lake the past week, one asking for a daily mail route from Coulee City, via Chelan Falls, to Chelan; the other for a tri-weekly mail route from Chelan to Bridge Creek via Lake Chelan, asking also for the establishment of three new post offices, one at Moore’s Point, with Col. Moore as postmaster; another at the head of the lake, with M.M. Kingman as postmaster, and the third at Bridge Creek. As hundreds of people on these routes will be greatly benefitted by the establishment of mail service as petitioned, many of them being entirely without postal facilities, it is to be hoped they will speedily be granted.

Aug 10, 1893

Destructive fires are raging on the north side of the lake opposite Idlewild (Twin Harbors) and on the south side between Moore’s Point and Stehekin.

May 31, 1894

Extreme High Water

The principal excitement on Lake Chelan the past few days has been the unprecedented high water, which has been threatening to take both the bridge and dam across the Chelan at this place. At this writing (Tuesday noon) the water is subsiding somewhat, and if it doesn’t take another rise soon, it is believed all danger to the structures mentioned is past. Reports from uplake points indicate that others have not fared so well. The last accounts from Stehekin were to the effect that Field’s Hotel was in danger of being carried away, and that the old log jams, of which there were a number, had been carried out of the Stehekin into the lake, and were strewn all along from the head of the lake to the Slide. At Moore’s Point, it is reported that Fish Creek has experienced a jam and forced a new channel endangering Moore’s Hotel. It is also said that several cabins along the lakeshore, S.J. Gray’s among the number, have been carried away by the high water, and C.E. Whaley’s irrigation dam at 25-Mile Creek has been washed out. It is hoped that later accounts will prove the situation not so bad as first reports make it. The steamer Stehekin went up on Tuesday morning to render what assistance might be necessary to the settlers. Every stream and every glacier is emptying its full share down the precipices and gorges into the lake and those who have recently witnessed say the scene is grand beyond description.

The Columbia River is said to be four feet higher than its usual high-water mark, and as it doesn’t usually get high until the latter part of June and in July, it is hard to predict what to expect from it this time. It is understood some of the buildings a Chelan Falls have had to be moved back to keep them from being carried away.

June 7, 1894

A long article about the high water says that “At last accounts the Hotel Argonaut at Stehekin had not been materially injured by the freshet, and Moore’s Hotel at Moore’s Point was not anywhere near either the lake or Fish Creek.

August 10, 1894

Rev. and Mrs. Wise and manager A.F. Nichols of Nichols Mercantile Co. were passengers up the lake on the mail steamer Omaha Saturday. Mr. Nichols stopped Saturday night at the deservedly popular tourist resort of Moore’s Point, and after delivering its passengers and mail at Stehekin the Omaha steamed back to Moore’s. on Sunday morning Rev. Mr. Wise preached at Stehekin to a congregation of thirteen. In the afternoon the Omaha came up from Moore’s with the following passengers on board: Capt. And Mrs. C.J. Trow, Mrs. H.A. Graham, A.F. Nichols and Earl Graham of Chelan; Mrs. Core, of Seattle; Mrs. Larsen and family and Archie Moore of Moore’s Point, and W.D. Calloway of Twin Harbors, swelling Mr. Wise’s afternoon congregation to 26 persons. While the Omaha was absent Col. Moore went fishing and caught 18 or 20 fine brook trout, and our reported say A.F. Nichols caught quite a string of trout Monday morning. That vicinity is a perfect dream of beauty, restfulness and comfort at this season and unfortunate indeed is he or she who cannot spend at least a few weeks during the heated term within its cool shadows.

Jan 25, 1895

Mrs. Col. J. Robert Moore came down on the last steamer and will visit with friends for a few days.

July 5, 1895

Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Nichols returned Saturday from a week’s cutting up the lake. To a Leader reporter Mr. Nichols expressed himself very enthusiastically about his trip. He had not been up the lake for a year before and was greatly surprised at the changes that had taken place. They spent some time at the places of William Gibson and E.F. Christie, and he says it is astonishing how their fruit orchards are growing and bearing, though so young. Mr. N. says Moore’s Point is one of the most delightful places for a summer resort he ever saw, and that its landlord and landlady, Col. And Mrs. J. Robt. Moore, are among the most hospitable people he ever met. While there he caught five silver trout, one of them weighing seven pounds. The colonel has an excellent garden and has planted quite a good deal of fruit, all of which is doing remarkably well.

Sep 6, 1895

On Wednesday of last week a party from Moore’s Point, among whom were Mrs. H.A. Graham, Mrs. Col. Moore and Mamie, Archie Moore and Jas. S. Nicol, ascended to Dompke’s Lake, which is 1000 feet higher than Lake Chelan. Mrs. Graham rode horseback and was so far as known, the first person to take a horse to the shores of that elevated and isolated body of water.

Nov 22, 1895

Archie Moore of Moore’s Point came down on the Stehekin Saturday and will remain about a week visiting.

Nov 22, 1895

Archie Moore, son of the veteran Colonel at Moore’s Point, spent Sunday in Chelan.

Feb 14, 1896

Mrs. J. Robert Moore, of Moore’s Point, came down on Saturday on a visit and to do some trading.

May 15, 1896

In the convention proceedings printed last week the Leader accidentally omitted to mention that Stehekin precinct was ably represented by Col. J. Robt. Moore of Moore’s Point.

August 17, 1896

While camping at Moore’s Point last week Mrs. Hyatt and Miss Pynor, in company with Mr. Shaughnesy, went out hunting on Moore’s Mountain and had the pleasure of seeing a real, live bear, but for some reason or other Mr. S.’s gun wouldn’t work and burin escaped.

Oct 16, 1896

The commissioners have appointed the following officers of election for the 3rd of November: Stehekin precinct – Inspector, J.R. Moore; judges, Wm. Buzzard and Wm. Jewell.

May 28, 1897

Hardenburgh bros. have fitted out the enterprising R.R. Logan with a new bicycle of superior build and stoutness. It was sent up to Robert, who is at Moore’s, on a recent boat, as Robert intends to use it in his prospecting trips instead of the wayward cayuse.

June 18, 1897


Louis Meier has a new cabin at the mouth of Camas Creek.

Moore’s Point is attracting not a little of the tourist and mining travel this season.

Frank Larson has an excellent farm just below Moore’s Point, and a sightly home on the lake shore.

It is altogether probable that a matting plant will be erected at Meadow Creek ere this time next year.

Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Purple and three children of Tacoma, lately from Montana, have settled at Stehekin, where Mr. P. will engage in mining.

Dr. W.C. Hunt, dentist, and Frank Bratton, photographer, both Spokanites, are “doing” the Lake Chelan, Horseshoe Basin and Twitsp sections for health and scenery.

William Buzzard pleasantly entertained ye quill pusher at his farm, under the spray of Rainbow Falls, one day last week. Mr. B. has a valuable and beautiful home that will be worth a barrel of money one of these days, it is hoped.

Among the bales of fine furs, goat, bear and linx skins which Red Pearl is getting ready to ship from the head of the lake, is a monster mountain lion skin which measured eight feet in length.

The Stehekin Mining Co., of Spokane has organized to develop seven claims at Company Creek, and last week John Blackburn, an old Coeur d’Alene mining man, was sent out to run a 100-foot tunnel on the property.

The latest discovery in Meadow Creek camp, on Fish Creek, properly, is the Golden Eagle, located by Messers Thomas Wilson and G.A. Olsen. We have a piece of the ore which looks remarkably well.

Not least among the attractions at the Hotel Arganaut are two bear cubs, one black and one brown. They were captured by Bud White, who shot the mother and presented the orphans to Mrs. Field.

A blast in the working tunnel of the Blue Jay just after noon on Saturday before last broke into quite a fissure, out of which a five-inch stream of water flowed for several hours.

C.H. Cole is farming and gardening quite extensively this year. His place is just below Deer Point, opposite 25-Mile Creek. He is going to surprise the natives with his exhibit at the fair next fall. Mr. Cole is making a nice home for himself and family.

The scribe is informed that just above Navarre’s famous lime ledge, below Deer Point, there is a mineral outcrop which is claimed to have assayed as high as $17 in gold to the ton, but nothing has been done with it, so far. We give it as we got it.

Away near the Idaho mine, on Meadow Creek, during the thunder storms of two weeks ago, the lightning struck in the top of a fir tree about a hundred fee high, tearing out a strip seven inches wide around and around the tree to the roots, where it disappeared to the ground.

Dr. E.W. Wood, of New York, is visiting the great mining camps along and above Lake Chelan. The doctor, who has worldwide experience as a traveler, says three is noting in Switzerland that equals our mountain scenery. He is also greatly impressed with the magnitude and apparent wealth of our mineral ledges. Mr. Wood is looking for mines for New York capitalists and says he can bring more money here for investment than the steamer Stehekin can carry, if we can show that we have the mines – and in the light of recent developments and discoveries there should be no trouble in doing that. The doctor and M.E. Field are visiting Company Creek this week.

The working force at the Blue Jay camp consists of J.D. McDermott, manager; Vincent McDermott, drill sharpener and blacksmith; Arthur Smith, nephew of the manager, cook and ore hustler; and Messers F.F. Keller, Peter Robichaud, H.H. Hunt and Mr. Buckhorn, miners the latter being divided into day and night shifts.

A merry party made up of M.E. Field as guide and host, Mrs. Britt, the little Miss Emilie Peaslee and Gretchen Purple, Master Bert Purple, Dr. Hunt of Spokane, and a newspaper map, visited Rainbow Falls on Wednesday of last week. This fall is 300 feet high and its roar can be heard a long distance away. It is one of the rarest, most striking bits of scenery in the northwest and is visited annually by a great many people.

If there is pleasanter place on the footstool than the Hotel Arganaut at Stehekin, we have failed so far to find it. Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Field know just how to cater to the public comfort. It was the privilege of the editor of the Leader and his wife to enjoy the hospitality of that hostelry of several days last week, and it was with the greatest reluctance that they forced themselves to come away.

Jan 14, 1898

Mrs. Moore and daughter of Moore’s Point are visiting friends at this end of the lake.

Jan 21, 1898

Mrs. J. Robert Moore and daughter returned to their home at Moore’s Point on Monday.

July 8, 1898

Mr. Archie Moore came down from Moore’s Point to take in the 4th, and will spend a couple of weeks before returning home.

Feb 3, 1899

Miss Bailey, of Moore’s Point, is a guest at the Chelan Hotel.

March 24, 1899

Mrs. J. Robt. Moore, whose health, we are sorry to learn has not been good lately, came down on Saturday’s steamer to consult Dr. Pierrot, of Lakeside. While here she was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Graham, returning home today.

April 7, 1899

Col. J. Robt. Moore, of Moore’s Point, made a business visit to the foot of the lake last week. The Colonel is finishing up his elegant hotel and intends to make that one of the most attractive resorts on the lake. He is also pushing development on his mines, and showed the scribe a very rich sample of ore from one of his claims, which shows crystallized silver in abundance.

April 14, 1899

Mr. J.E. Budd is lathing Col. Moore’s hotel at Moore’s Point, preparatory to plastering.

May 5, 1899

Mrs. J. Robert Moore is reported to be quite sick.

June 23, 1899

Col. J. Robt. Moore was a visitor at the foot of the lake this week, the guest of Judge Navarre.

Oct 5, 1899

Miss Mamie Moore is down from Moore’s Point for a few days’ visit.

Nov 9, 1899

Col. J. Robert Moore came down from Moore’s Point Tuesday to get some dental work done.

Dec. 7, 1899

Col. J. Robert Moore, of the famed tourist hotel and resort at Moore’s Point, spent Sunday and Monday at the foot of the lake.

Dec 14, 1899

Mrs. Frank Larson, of Moore, spent a few days at the foot of the lake last week, returning home on Tuesday’s boat. Mrs. L. has 3 attractive daughters in attendance at the Chelan public school.

Dec 14, 1899

Mrs. J. Robert Moore came down the lake Saturday to see Dr. Jacobs about some dental work.

Jan 4, 1900

Christmas at Moore’s Point

Moore, Wash., Dec 27 – As the guests and family of Col. J. Robert Moore, of Fish Creek, had just entered the dining room and were enjoying the pleasant sight of a brightly illuminated and gayly decorated Christmas tree, their attention was attracted to one of the windows by a slight noise, as if someone were cautiously raising it. The thought never occurred to them that Santa Claus was making his rounds and that it was his duty to distribute all presents found on Christmas trees. But when a foot appeared, followed by the rest of the body of a furry clad individual, there was no person rash enough to dispute his right to preside of the festivities. With a bow and a Merry Christmas to all he began the pleasant task of making all happy by giving some kindly membrane of the day, to enumerate which would be beyond the power of the writer.

After the tree had been relieved of its burden those present, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Purple, Master Burton C. Purple, Misses Gretchen, Bessie and Eugenia Purple, of Mountain View, Mr. and Mrs. F. Larson, and Miss Annie Larson, of Rose Hill, Miss Mamie and Mr. Archie Moore, not forgetting the genial host, Col. J. Robert Moore, sat down to a lunch prepared for the occasion by Mrs. J. Robert Moore. Having feasted eyes and satisfied the inner man, all repaired to the music room, where vocal and instrumental music held the reins for hours.

Dec 6, 1900

Mrs. J. Larson, of Moore, came down Saturday to see Dr. Jacobs about some dental work and called to subscribe for The Leader and its club list, returning on Tuesday’s boat.

Jan 17, 1901

Col. J. Robt. Moore was a visitor at the foot of the lake over Sunday, returning to Moore on Tuesday’s boat.

Jan 31, 1901

Col. J. Robt. Moore bought the Tom Sain Row boat last week.

April 25, 1901

Dr. Parrish was called to Moore on Tuesday’s boat to attend Mrs. Capt. Trow, who was reported to be worse.

May 2, 1901

Dr. G.M. Parris returned Saturday from Moore’s Point and reports Mrs. Capt. Trow somewhat improved.

May 2, 1901

Jas. W. Nicol, Lake Chelan’s scenic photographer, accompanied by Archie Moore, spend several days last week at the foot of the lake.

August 8, 1901

While the Swan, with a party of local excursionists on board, was lying at the dock at Moore’s Point, several days ago, Mrs. Ridenour’s baby fell into the lake between the boat and the dock. Fortunately, H.R. Kingman managed to catch the little tot as it came to the surface and pulled it aboard, with no more serious consequences than a ducking.

August 22, 1901

A forest fire is raging in the vicinity of Moore’s Point, and it is impossible to tell at present the amount of damage it has done. The fire started the latter part of last week just above Moore’s hotel, undoubtedly through the carelessness of campers. The wind being down the lake drove the fire toward Meadow creek, running the settlers’ stock off the range and destroying lots of timber. Later the wind changed, driving the fire back up the lake, and that, together with the combined efforts of the settlers has done much to subdue the flames. At the time of going to press it is believed the worst is over.

August 22, 1901 (Editorial Section)

It would seem reasonable to suppose that with all the warnings that have been given to campers in the mountains, in regard to guarding their campfires at this season of the year when the vegetation is so dry, that they would become more careful and extinguish the very last spark of fire before leaving their camps. But that someone is grossly careless is evidenced by the terrible fire that is raging at present on the north side of the lake below Moore. Cattle are being driven off the range, mining property is liable to be destroyed and the loss of timber will be great. There is certainly work for the forest ranger in apprehending the careless ones.

August 29, 1901

Judge O.H. Neal and Miss Scott took a trip to Moore yesterday, returning on today’s seamer.

August 29, 1901

Case Will Be Heard Today

The case of Col. J. Robt. Moore vs. W.P. Robinson, et. Al., involving the title to several important mining properties – among others the Sunday Morning and Little Jap No. 2 – at Meadow Creek, will be tried by stipulation before Superior Judge C.H. Neal at Lakeside hall this afternoon. A.W. Barry, ex-prosecuting attorney of Okanogan County, is counsel for plaintiff, and E.J. Pendergast, of Waterville, appears for defendant. A large number of witnesses will be heard on both sides and the case will probably occupy two or three days. Miss Scott, court stenographer, accompanies Judge Neal.

Sep 5, 1901

The case of Col. J. Robt. Moore vs. W.P. Robinson et al, in re title to certain Meadow Creek mining property, was adjourned Saturday evening, and Judge Neal and the parties to the suit went to Moore Sunday to examine the property, returning on the steamer Stehekin Tuesday, when the trial was resumed. Court was still in session as the paper went ot press yesterday, and the finish seemed to be nowhere in sight.

Sep 12, 1901

The case of Moore vs. W.P. Robinson et al, on trial last week at Lakeside before Judge C.H. Neal, was concluded, it is understood, without a decision being rendered, the Judge taking it under advisement.

June 30, 1905

Mrs. W.F. Lotspiech came up from Wenatchee last Sunday and went up the lake Monday for a two-month visit with her parents, Col. And Mrs. J. Robert Moore.

July 21, 1905

Attention is called to the advertisement of Moore’s Hotel in this issue. It has all the modern improvements, including electric lights, and is one of the most ideal places in the world for rest and recreation.

August 25, 1905

The fact was noticed with satisfaction Saturday morning by the editor as the steamer Lad of the Lake halted for a few minutes, that Moore’s Hotel was crowded with guests, so full indeed that some of the occupied tents outside the hotel. Col. J. Robert Moore, a grand old veteran of the Civil War, has one of the most desirable locations for a tourist resort to be found, and has spent many thousands of dollars in his hotel in his hotel buildings and improvements, until he has a dream of a resort. Recently he has put in a dynamo and the place is lighted up by myriads of electric lights, the bright twinkle of which can be seen far up and down the lake at night. This place is opposite Railroad, Creek, to whose wonders the Leader devotes a large part of its space this week – and next – for it is easy for its guests to slip across and engage the services of Dan Devore as packer and guide, for all sorts of pleasure trips.

Oct. 27, 1905

Col. J. Robert Moore is having a set-to with the Great Norther Railway Co. through the state railroad commission over a matter of excess charges for freight. When Mr. Moore put his electric light plant over a year old, he had shipped to him a part of a carload of cedar water pipes. Although the shipment was considerably less than half a carload the freight charged by the railroad from Seattle to Wenatchee was in excess of the charge for carload lots. He thinks he has something coming from the railroad company and he means to get it if possible.

Nov. 3, 1905

To correct an error which occurred in the item in last week’s Leader in reference to Col. J. Robert Moore’s case against the Great Norther Railway we will state that the water pipe, over the freight charges for which the trouble arose, was eight-inch double riveted, asphalted dipped steel pipe instead of cedar, as stated in the item. In this fact lies the cause of the dispute, the agent of the railroad company at Wenatchee having rated the material as sheet steel, on which a double first-class rate is charged. The colonel was taxed $1.70 per hundred from Seattle to Wenatchee and as there was between four and five tons in the shipment the excess which Mr. Moore claims amounts to quite a little sum. The same kind of material has been shipped from San Francisco to Wenatchee at $1.05 per hundred.

Nov 3, 1905

Col. J. Robert Moore came down lake on Thursday of last week and left the following day for Waterville, where he had business before the Land Office. The colonel has platted a portion of his land on Moore’s Point in residence lots and will offer them for sale for those who wish to build summer cottages on the lake shore. Such property is very desirable and Mr. Moore will no doubt soon have a very attractive settlement of summer cottages established about him.

April 27, 1906

For sale, at Lakeside, large improved lots, one with six-room house, another with livery barn, etc. Also, cottage lots for sale at Moore. Write or see J. Robert Moore, Moore, Washington.

June 15, 1906

Col. J. Robert Moore writes the Leader that the army worm has made an appearance on the lake shore in the vicinity of the Sunday Morning mine and is clearing up all kinds of vegetation in that locality.

June 22, 1906

Makes a Successful Trip

Mayor Edmunds New Mail Boat “Tourist”

Record Time Is Made

The New Boat is One of the Fastest on the Lake – Trip Made without a Single Mishap.

On Saturday of last week the new steamer “Tourist” made a trial trip to Stehekin and returned, and it was an altogether successful and satisfactory trial. With a party of invited guests aboard, the little steamer pulled away from the Chelan dock at a little after 7 o’clock Saturday morning. Not a hitch nor an accident of any kind occurred throughout the entire trip to mar its pleasure and success. Two stops were made on the way up, one at Moore’s Point and one for wood, and Stehekin was reached about noon. Here a stop of about three hours was made. A few of the party visited Rainbow Falls, while the others enjoyed the pleasant and generous hospitality of Hon. M.E. Field.

The return trip from Stehekin to Lakeside was made in very close to lake record time. The full time required for this run was 4 ½ hours, but two landings were made and about 10 or 15 minutes lost, so that the actual running time was four hours and 15 or 20 minutes.

The wood used for fuel was of an inferior quality and an average of but 140 lbs. of steam was carried. With good fuel and the engines properly limbered up, the boat will be able to make the trip in several minutes less time and do it economically.

Those of the party aboard were: Mrs. S.M. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Ward and two children, D.J. Switzer, Will Switzer, Howard Campbell, H.R. Kingman, Mayor Edmunds, Blaine Shepherd, Howard Van Slyke, and a representative of the Leader. Captain Roy Smith as at the helm.

A member of the party who knows the whole history of steam boating on Lake Chelan is authority for the statement that the Tourist is the first steamboat ever launched in these waters which, at first trial, succeeded in making a complete round trip to Stehekin with perfect success.

The boat is a dandy and no mistake, and, considering the service it is intended for, is the best that can be made.

August 2, 1906

Wanted – good all- around man for general work. Address, stating qualifications and wages wanted, J. Robert Moore, Moore, Washington.

August 3, 1906

Died, July 31st, on the north shore of Lake Chelan near Moore’s Point, of tuberculosis, C.A. Douglass of Bremerton, Washington, who with his wife came to the lake about three weeks ago. The body was brought down to Chelan by the steamer Belle, arriving Wednesday morning at 3 o’clock, and was taken charge of by undertaker Higgins. The deceased having been a Mason, the local lodge of that order arranged for returning the remains to Bremerton for burial, and Brother J.A. Larrabbee was detailed to accompany them.

May 16, 1918

John Merritt, of Stehekin, was unfortunate as to run a nail into his left foot and had to come down to the hospital for treatment. Dr. Moore dressed the wound.