May 7, 1897

W.F. Purple of Tacoma is seeking for a location upon which to make a home, up the lake.

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, were 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 feet 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.

Dec 31, 1897

On Thursday of last week Mr. W.F. Purple, of Stehekin, one of the prominent mining men of that place made an appreciated call on us, and ordered the Leader sent to him, together with the P.I.

Feb 4, 1898

Mr. Robert Pershall has sold the improvements on his ranch at the head of the lake to Mr. Wm. Purple, who will move there with his family.

Oct 28, 1898

(The county commissioners’ proceedings are printed and included in it is the list of election officers appointed for the November general election and for Stehekin it will be held at the Field’s Hotel with inspector F.F. Keller; the judges will be W.F. Purple and James W. Nicol.

June 9, 1899

Messers W.F. Purple, Dan Devore and S.S. Pearl came down from Stehekin Tuesday, the two former returning up lake Friday. Mr. Pearl goes to Waterville for a week or two.

Sep 1, 1899

Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Purple, of Stehekin, have recently had a new and important arrival registered at their popular hostelry, in the person of a wee dark-haired daughter. That surely can be taken as an omen of good luck. The angels could not have selected a kindlier, pleasanter home in which to confide the little stranger.

Sep 21, 1899

Landlord W.F. Purple of the Mountain View House, at Stehekin, came down on Monday to get lumber for his hotel to which he proposes to add another story and otherwise improve it, to meet the demands of a rapidly growing business. He made a very much appreciated call on us and renewed his subscription, also taking the Spokesman Review and the Farm Journal.

April 26, 1900

W.F. Purple and Wm. Hurn were down over Sunday. The latter went to Wenatchee to attend the democratic county central committee meeting Saturday.

July 5, 1900

Messers Purple and Margerum, of Stehekin, were the guests of Henry Noble over Sunday. The gentleman called at this office Saturday evening.

December 6, 1900

W.F. Purple was a visitor at the foot of the lake over Sunday. He came down in search of wood choppers which appear to be a little scarce hereabouts.

May 23, 1901

W.F. Purple and E.M. Horton, of Stehekin, visited Horseshoe Basin last week and found the snow very deep there yet. They had to go afoot from Bridge Creek.

August 22, 1901

W.F. Purple was down from Stehekin the first of the week on business.

August 22, 1901

W.F. Purple was down from Stehekin the first of the week on business.

September 5, 1901

W.F. Purple, of Stehekin, is down in attendance at the Moore-Robinson trail at Lakeside.

Sep 26, 1901

Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Alger are spending their honeymoon at W.F. Purple’s place at Stehekin.

September 26, 1901

W.F. Purple and Will F. Margerum have gone to Horseshoe Basin to work assessments on promising mining claims.

August 21, 1902

Chas. B. Wierman, of Salmon City, Idaho, came in Monday and went up the lake to Stehekin yesterday. Mr. Wierman is an old-time friend of Will J. Margerum and W.F. Purple, having spent the winter at the head of the lake three years ago.

April 24, 1903

Bert Purple, of Stehekin, nearly severed the fore finger of his left hand while chopping wood last week and came to the foot of the lake Monday night to have it attended to. Dr. Wentworth took four stitches in it and thinks he will be able to save it.

Sep. 29, 1905

Miss Gretchen Purple departed for her home at Stehekin Monday after spending the week in Chelan as the guest of Miss Berenice Smith.

Sep 29, 1905

Miss Gretchen Purple departed for her home at Stehekin Monday after spending the week in Chelan as the guest of Miss Berenice Smith.

April 13, 1906

W.F. Purple, of Stehekin, came down on Wednesday’s boat.

May 25, 1906

Mrs. W.F. Purple and daughter, Miss Bessie, of Stehekin, were guests of Mrs. B.F. Smith from Saturday until Wednesday.

July 19, 1907

The Hotel Field, always famous for its comfort and good cheer, is better than ever this year, and considering the lateness of the season, is sheltering a large number of guests, all of whom are loud in praise of its ample accommodations and especially of its appetizing tables. It is located in a spot of rare beauty and is health giving. As a single instance, Editor Britt, of the Chelan Leader, who is just recovering from a four-month illness, made a gain of eight pounds in one week. It is understood he and his little son Bryan will remain here for some time.

Mr. M.E. Field returned Tuesday evening from an extended trip with his pack train to Horseshoe Basin and Bridge Creek with miners’ and tourists’ supplies.

Since last year some noticeable and important changers have been made in the grounds of the hotel. The landing place of the steamers has been changed and a new wharf has been built further south and with a much better landing and new fences and sidewalks are in evidence. Ed Merritt’s portable sawmill saws out all the rough lumber required right here at home.

F.W. Vollmer is building a handsome bungalow on his property here, to be used as a summer residence. Several well-known lower lake people are employed in its construction, among whom are J.W. Chatfield, of Chelan, and R.M. War, of Lakeside, the latter building a stone foundation and chimneys, including a fine fireplace. Mr. Vollmer, assisted by Mr. Purple, is also clearing and preparing to seed down some meadow land.

The trout fishing is just splendid at present, nearly every fishing party bringing in fine catches, many of the larger ones weigh from three to six pounds. Those who come here for the fishing are certainly not disappointed.

Parties down from Bridge Creek report a large crop of huckleberries on the mountains thereabouts now ripening.

The Hotel de Buckner, which was a boon to the traveling public last year under the management of Mrs. Henry Buckner, has been reopened this year at the Bridge Creek camp, with Miss George, of Chelan, in charge of the culinary department. The upper terminus of the telephone line, fifteen miles long, between Stehekin and Bridge Creek, is located at the Buckner camp, and is proving of inestimable value.

Quite a number of campers are located at Bridge Creek for the season, where they can fish for brook trout and gather huckleberries.

Mrs. Clifford Griggs and children, together with some friends from Wenatchee, came up to Stehekin Monday to spend the summer, and Messers. Allyn and Hunter, the noted sheep men, have also secured quarters for the season at Hotel Field. Mr. Hunter is here now and Mr. Allyn is expected soon.

Mr. Howard A. Graham is now installed as chief clerk at the Hotel Field, a position in which he shines to perfection, though it is a place which takes a hustler nowadays. Mrs. Graham is also here and is understood to be steadily improving in health.

U.S. District attorney A.G. Avery and wife, of Spokane, spent one night here last week and were delighted, as everyone else is, with the place and surroundings and especially with Hotel Field.

Weaver brothers, the furriers and taxidermists, have unusually fine stock of furs on hand, consisting of lap robes, rugs, big black and brown bear skins, cougar, linx, bobcat and others. Their business is rapidly growing. It is understood they will close shop for the winter and visit Alaska to trap and traffic for furs during the winter, returning here to reopen in the spring.

January 17, 1908

Bert Purple and Miss Gretchen Purple, of Stehekin, spent last week with friends in Chelan and Lakeside and enjoyed some of the social events of the week. They returned home on Tuesday’s boat.

March 27, 1908

Mr. W.F. Purple, on of the pioneer residents of the Stehekin valley, was a visitor at the foot of the lake from Wednesday of last week until Tuesday of this week, and called on the Leader meanwhile. Mr. Purple was a guest of the Tourist Hotel while here.

May 15, 1908

Miss Gretchen Purple came down from Stehekin on Tuesday’s boat and was a passenger to Wenatchee Wednesday morning.

May 22, 1908

Miss Gretchen Purple of Stehekin is spending the week until Friday’s boat visiting Chelan and Lakeside friends.

Miss Mary Barnes, Chelan’s efficient primary teacher during the past year, went to Wenatchee last Friday to write the state examination on one subject required by this state which her Minnesota state certification did not cover. Miss Gretchen Purple of Stehekin also wrote the county teachers’ examination at the same tie. They returned to Chelan on Saturday’s boat.
May 7, 1909

Miss Gretchen Purple returned to Lake Chelan last Saturday from Aberdeen, where she had spent the winter attending school. She remained over Sunday with Lakeside friends and went up to her home at Stehekin Monday morning.

October 6, 1910

Mr. and Mrs. Whitley Foster Purple announced the engagement of their daughter Gretchen to Olive(r?) Creighton Steele.

May 9, 1912

The Lady of the Lake moved W.F. Purple’s horse from Goat mountain to the head of the lake one trip last week.

May 23, 1912

W.F. Purple made a trip to Canoe Creek yesterday in a sail boat.

June 13, 1912

Miss Elizabeth Purple who has been attending school in Seattle for nearly a year past, came in on Tuesday and went uplake to her home at Purple’s Point Wednesday.

June 20, 1912

Roland Steele went to the head with the Tuttles Sunday and spent the day with Elizabeth Purple.

June 27, 1912

We were quite surprised to hear the marriage Monday at Wenatchee of Miss Gretchen Purple to Mr. Creighton Steele. Mr. and Mrs. Steele came up on Tuesday and are at present but later will probably make their home in Seattle.

July 18, 1912

Mr. and Mrs. Creighton Steele came down from Purple’s Point Saturday and are at the Tourist Hotel.

August 8, 1912

Miss Elizabeth Purple came down from Purple’s Point Saturday and is visiting her sister, Mrs. Creighton Steele.

December 4, 1913

Miss Elizabeth Purple is having some dental work done by Dr. Watrous in Chelan this week.

May 13, 1915

W.F. Purple, of Stehekin, is in Wenatchee this week serving as a juror in superior court.

June 3, 1915

Dr. Latham made a trip to Purple Point with his new boat on Saturday. He was accompanied by W.F. Purple, and Mr. and Mrs. Creighton Steele.

June 3, 1915

W.F. Purple, who has been on jury returned to Lakeside on Friday.

February 17, 1916

W.F. Purple lost one of his horses in a snow slide. Another was dug out by the crew of the Comanche.

March 15, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Purple came down on the Comanche Wednesday en route to Soap Lake, where Mrs. Purple will take treatment.

May 17, 1917

W.F. Purple of Purple Point, came down Saturday to prove up on his homestead before Commissioner Russell.

April 12, 1917

W.F. Purple came down from Purple Point on Saturday and left for Soap Lake the same day.

April 19, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. Burton C. Purple came down from Purple Point en route to Spokane.

May 31, 1917

A mistake was made in the locals last week. Mr. and Mrs. Goldsmith and family are at Purples’ Point for the summer instead of Birkles’ Ranch.

June 6, 1918

W.F. Purple, formerly of Chelan, but no a resident of Soap Lake, gave us a short visit last week.