* (In about 1917 the Oregon Lumber Company built a new double-sided sawmill about a mile down the Middle Fork of the John Day River from Austin.A company owned town was built for the mill workers and was named Batesville. This mill remained in full operation until October 1975, when a new mill was put into operation in John Day by Edward Hines Lumber Company, the owners at that time.
In the beginning, until the dry kilns were built, the lumber produced at the Bates mill was loaded green onto flat cars and hauled to Baker, where it was dried in the kilns at the Oregon Lumber Company mill there. Some time ago I read and "filed" some old Grant County deeds and property records. Newton must have been her second husband, having been previously married to a man named Austin. She had a viable stage stop business and made a deal with the bank.
A crew was sent out to construct the railroad grade, for the tracks to be laid on.
The main line of Eccles narrow gauge railroad followed the Middle Fork of the John Day River from Bates, eventually going as afar as Camp Creek.
They had 12 foot wide bunks and were stacked close to 20 feet from the ground.
There were other sawmills in the area which were the Baker White Pine mill on Crawford Creek, the Stoddard Brothers Lumber Company, later becoming Stoddard Lumber Company, did a lot of logging in the local area, hauling logs on their own trains in to their mill in Baker.
Doc met Minot at the stage and pointed a pistol at him.