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Miscellanous articles from old newspapers from Chronicling America and the University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR.

The Hood River glacier June 15, 1889

Page 1 is almost completely taken up with the 1889 fire that took out most of Seattle

From Page 2


The citizens of The Dalles, or those of them who contribute to the fund for the Fourth of July, met Thursday night and decided in view of the disasters at Johnstown and Seattle not to hold any celebration. The money contributed will be paid back to the subscribers who want it and the balance will be used in aiding one or the other of the communities named. It strikes us that the result will show our neighbors that they have made a mistake, and the greater portion of the money will simply be kept at home and they will miss a splendid opportunity to celebrate in grand style. We believe, knowing The Dalles people, that they would have contributed liberally to a fund for the relief of Seattle, and that the money given for the celebration would not have interfered with the collection of that fund.

The lack of snow last winter is making felt just now in the rapid firing of the grain. Although we have had an average fall of rain this spring the ground was so dry that it did not penetrate deep and the result is that the evaporation has left the earth as dry as a bone. From all sections of this and Sherman counties come reports of injury to the grain, and the statement that unless we have rain soon the crop will be almost and entire failure. The early fruits have yielded a good crop, and of the later varieties there will be a fair yield. However much we may suffer from the diminished grain yield, the present season will cause our farmers to try greater diversity in farming. It will stimulate the planting of fruit trees, and perhaps cause more interest to be taken in dairy matters. - Wasco Sun

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(First column of information is tattered and torn so am unable to read the vast majority of it.  Where I can, I'm using question marks to show missing information.)
The strawberry season is about closed.
? Mrs. Stump of Camas Prairie, W. T. ? quite sick.
Raspberries and cherries are coming in numerously.
Mr. John Sweeney, went up to The Dalles Wednesday.
Mrs. C.P. Hunt of The Dalles visited Mrs. Prather here Monday.
Mrs. L.E. Crow, was visiting in Portland Sunday and Monday.
The ferry boat is launched and will be ?arted [started] as soon as the sails arrive.
Mrs. William Booreman, is quite sick, ?ying [saying] a severe attack of erysipelas.
Gerdes & Jackson have a neat butcher ?op [shop] and keep the very best quality of ?eats. [meats]
Mr. J. Demick of the Baldwin neighborhood visited the Dalles Friday of ? week.
? the Camas Prairie section across ? river everybody is busy haying. ? crop will be an average one.
From here to end of column unable to read at all...

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will also take a trip over to the lake and the famous ice caves. The ferry boat will soon be rigged and will prove a great benefit to all.

The stock breeders in this section are highly pleased with the tretment they recieved from the firm of Closter Ward & Kerns of The Dalles.

Messrs. Ladd & Wood will celebrate the Fourth of July and the opening of the new hotel at the glaciers, bringing their families and a few chosen friends up about the 1st of the month.

Everybody is talking fruit, and there is no doubt the acreage next year, in the valley will be double that of this year, and the time is not far distant when our fruit will be shipped in carload lots.

Last Saturday a gentleman from Seattle purchased two yoke of fine work oxen from S.N. Baldwin, paying $125 per yoke for them. He will be here again soon and parties having good work cattle for sale can find a cash buyer.

Here is another item that shows how rapidly we are growing. When the bridge was built two years ago there was not a settler above the forks of the river. Mr. Neff, who lives in that neighborhood, the other day named over forty settlers cabins above that point, and no doubt skipped several.

Messers. Hendricks, Pealer and the Harbison Bros. here purchased a fine new thresher, the only one ever in the valley except a little afair which was taken away six years ago. For the past six years the grain of this section has been threshed by primitive methods, being tramped out by horses, or threshed with flails.

Mr. M. W. Pealer too a load of supplies up to the glacier last Friday. On his return he put a chunk of glacier ice weighing about 100 pounds in his wagon and brought it as far as the mills, seven miles from town, with nothing to protect it. There he covered it with sawdust and it arrived with but little loss by melting. The ice is very clear and firm, free from air bubbles and about as good as can be got anywhere.

Mr. E. A. Littlefield, who has been foreman of this seection for the O. R. & N. for about three years, was discharged on the 5th. What the reason was we do not konw, but wee do know that when he took charge of this section it was in very bad condition and to-day it is better shape than any section between The Dalles and Portland. He understands his business thoroughly and the company has lost one of its most effecient foremen.

The bridge near the ice house cought fire last Sunday evening about 8 o'clock, and part of one bent was burned before it was gotten under control. Wednesday another bridge near it caught fire from the engine, and burned enough to detain the east bound passenger for two hours. The passengers walked here and took dinner at the Hood River hotel, after which they walked through the town and many were the expressions of delight, the big oaks coming in for a good share of admiration.

From Billings, Montana, a fruit-grower writes to Mr. Prather, inquiring concerning the variety of strawberries raised here, how we plant and cultivate, and other matters concerning them. He intends o buy plants here being induced thereto, he says, by the splendid condition in which the Hood River berries arrive in that market. We can say for his benefit that the Clarke's Seedling is the favorite here both as a producer and shipper, wit the Sharpless a good second. The latter is a fine flavored berry, very early, but not nearly so good a shipper as the Clarke.