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Page4 Canyon Jourm.L :Apt 26,1996 school days. I was in the fifth grade and I believe Estella was in the sixth. Every Friday afternoon we had a spelling contest. The teacher announced that whoever had won the most spelling contests by the end of the year would get a five pound box of chocolates. I won that box of chocolates, even spell- ing down the seventh and eighth graders! Most Puzzling Thing a skirmish between the army About the Tedrowe and the Mormans. Secondly there was a newer and much Dear Editor, shorter route across to the The difference in the pic- GreenRiverandthirdlycross- tures Estella Summers re- ingtheGreenRiveronthecut- cently published and the one I off route was about half as have is easy to see. Mine is difficult as crossing at the Ft. much older. It more closely Bridger site. Louise Morgan resembles the picture Estella I spent some days search- West Linn, OR entered on the Tedrowe in the ing through old Baker County Hells Canyon Journal, April and Union County records for (Editor'snote:Intheinter- 4, 1990. accurate information; and est of accuracy, we typeset To answer Estella's ques- spent weeks at the Multnomah the above letter exactly as sub- tion on the source of my infor- County Library reading mi- mitted.) mation--it comes from at least crofiche records of old news- fifty years of intensive sum- papers. mer research, either hand re- I have a bibliography at the cordingortaperecordingwith, end of my book, listing re- not only the Olivers, but with sources.AU Estella, or anyone AQuick Resolution all the old homesteaders liv- else, has to do is read it. ingatthattime. Oftenlwould The most puzzling thing To the Editor: I have just read the April ask the same question of all about the Tedrow is how two those I interviewed. Those such completely conflicting12th issue which carried the "oldtimers" had remarkably reports about its demise can story of the tragedy in the similar accounts of happen- have occurred. Any buildingmountains above New Bridge. ings in the early days. as historically important as This is, indeed, a situation Let's start with my book. theTedrowwouldsurelyhave which requires a quick reso- Every place mentioned on the had a news report of its "fin- lution. In this light may I offer Oregon. Trail required re- ish." a suggestion which may as- searching an armload of his- Can anyone, interested in sist the authorities? tory books to get Place names history, take the time (which I Perhaps UndersheriffDun- and locations accurate, no longer have) to go to the leavy should ask the foremost Ispentweeksresearching a Baker County Library and authority in all things past large packet of Historical data read their microfiche records and present--Ms, Louise Mor. loaned to me by the Kansasof old newspapers for about gdh Basddbn 'pdst: : State Historical Society and the time of the Tedrowe' s end which she g aciSusly : : : another loaned to me by the to get any available facts on rected family and area his- Nebraska State Historical this? Society. Any help anyone can give Accounts from Oliver mem. will be greatly appreciated. bers where other Oliver mere- There is another matter bers were involved (and often that needs clarification: The my own remembrances) were so-called" errors in spelling cross referenced for accuracy, in my book (as it was reported For instance: One member of backtome) Estellaloudlypro- the Olivers thought the grand, claimed on the Senior Citizen parents had come west by way bus words to the effect that if of Ft. Bridger. That puzzled Ihadaskedhershecouldhave me as I had heard no mention told me how to spell them. of Ft. Bridger; so it was back Those are NOT errors in to the library for another spelling;theyareerrorsintype armload of books and more setting. My book now carries a research, publisher's statement that There was no Ft. Bridger those are type setting errors. when the Olivers came west. Now, just for the fun of it; Ithadburnedtothegroundin lets go back to our grammer Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (503) 742-7900 Fax: (503) 742-7933 Publisher- Steve Backstrom Editor- Pat Garrigus Staff: David Baker, Dixie Butler, Coco Forte & Holly Sanders Correspondents: Marjorie Baker, Gus Garrigus, Isla Graven, Denis Norlander & Sybyl Smith The He/Is Canyon Jouma/is published weekly for $15.00 (Baker County) or $i8,00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 2rid Class postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834. USPS Number: 002-953. Postmaster: Send address changes to He/Is Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834. Member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association I tory it would seem my sugges- tion may have merit. Incidentally, I am still try- ing to determine if "diatribe" is insulting. Sincerely, Johnny Daniels Ozona, TX Guest Opinion Day submitted by Larry Flescher for Halfway VFW Post 7847 Loyalty Day, observed on the first day of May, has be- come a tradition with the Vet- erans of Foreign Wars. With the passage of Public Law 85- 529 on July 18, 1958, theVFW won a long, hard battle to have Loyalty Day approved by Congress. However, this day does not belong to the VFW alone; it belongs to all Americans. Most Americans have heard the quote"Ask notwhat your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." This is a sound prin- ciple to live by in a country such as ours, where the gov- ernment is elected by the people and where the public Where to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D) ...,::., :: State Capitol, Salem, OR 97310-0 70. . . :,: 503-378-3111 Oregon State Rep. LynnLundquist (R) Districti59 House Office Building Rm:385, Salem, OR973 - , =., 503-986-1459 Fax: 503-986-1596 .... ' 'i" : Oregon State Senator Greg Walden (R)ms ctg.S Senate Office Building Rm. 216, Salem, OR 97310 TM ' 503-986-1728 , !, i Hotline for status of bills in Oregon Legis|a e 1-800-332-2313 U.S. Representative Wes Cooley (R) : . 1609 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 202-225-6730(D.C.) Fax:202-225-3046(D.C.) Toll free 1-800-533-3303 (Medfordoffice) U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D) 1233 Longworth Building Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-6416 U.S. Representative Ron Wyden (D) 1111 Longworth Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. 202-225-4811 U.S' Representative Jim Bunn (R) 1517 Longworth Building, Washington, 202-225-5711 D.C. 20515 U.S. Representative Elizabeth Furse (D) 316 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 U:S. Senator Mark Hatfield (R) 711 Hart Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 503-588-9510 (Salem) 202-224-3753 (D.C.) Fax: 202-224-0276 U.S. Senator Bob Packwood (R) 259 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 205t0 202-224-5244 (D.C.) Fax: 202-228-3576 503-326-3370 (Portland) ..... To Be Observed is expected to participate in the governing process. In these times of global political turbulence, Ameri- cans should pause and ask themselves, "What have we done and what are we doing now to demonstrate to the world just how we feel about our country?" After all, ours is a country that has held high the beacon of liberty and asked nothing of the other nations except that they send to her, in the words of Emma Lazarus emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty,"their huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Ours is a country that has taken the abstract ideal of "Freedom and Justice for All" and made it into a way of life. We must pledge ourselves to maintain a free society in which loyalty is always en- couraged and respected. For without loyalty, the United States, the world's best hope for a future blest with free- dom, cannot long survive. And, if we fail, the flame of freedom will diminish and fade forever. SO, join in and become a part of the Loyalty Day Celebration. Let the world know that Americans are behind their country and that America, because of this, is still a strong, vibrant na- tion. VFW Post 7847, the City of Halfway, Halfway Lions Club and the Boy Scouts are spon, soring a flag pole dedication for the new city flag pole in front of the U.S. Bank at 4 p.m., Monday, May 1. All are invited.