||D.I. Asbury purchased The Grant County News at Canyon City. Asbury did his own type
setting and printed his paper on an old Washington hand press until land office patronage enabled
him to buy a cylindrical press and employ help.
||Hotel and saloon signs began to appear on the streets of John Day. The stages between Canyon City
and Baker are now making good time. The stages leave Canyon City at 6:00 A.M. and arrives in Baker
next morning at 10:00 A.M. The roads are in splendid condition and when the weather is mild it is a very
||July 19, Ora Belle Sweek is born.
||September 06, John Austin married August Hardy.
||August 30, James H. Cassaday married Addie White.
||Spring, William Cochran died at the Cochran homestead.
||July 04, J.H. Anderson married Edora Violett.
||May 26, Charles Casey married Annie E. Keeney.
||Thomas Hayward Sr. arrived at the North Fork from England at the suggestion of Henry Cupper
for six months and sent for Clementine in England to come and be married. She telegraphed she would
be in Arlington on a certain day. He arranged for someone to herd Cupper's sheep and borrowed a wagon
to meet her. She brought all her housekeeping outfit with her. Thomas and she were married that
evening. Two daughters Lily and Daisy, and a son Herbert were born to them. Thomas Jr. was born in 1899.
||August 15, Louisa ________, later married Morton Cupper is born.
||November 18, George L. Rudio married Mattie A. Stubblefield [sister to Murd and Otis Stubblefield].
||Georgia Rudio born.
||April 22, Henry A. Murphy married Malvina A. Balance
||Lyman Dewey Swick born to L.D. Swick.
||The state built a $10,000 bridge across the North Fork of John Day River to Monument. This was
to ease wool shipping and crossing the river with stock to pastures and market. Prior to this
time the original town was across the river from the present site. Crossing the river was
accomplished by ferry, after the bridge the main business section was moved to the new site.
Arley G. Boyce operated the first store in the new location.
||December 23, J.A. [W] Woolery married Helen Vilott.
||John Day was once known as "Tiger Town".
||Jim [James] Cochran came to Monument. Boyce built a flume across Cupper Creek.
||Emmett Cochran bought a ranch of 1000 acres, 10 miles west of Monument at the mouth of the north fork of the John Day river.
||December 06, Emmett Cochran marries Emma C. Allen, a native of Oregon and daughter of William G. and Catherine
Allen, who lived near Monument.
||Became known as the "Hard Winter" cattle and horses on the range died because deep snow prevented them from feeding
on grass. Jewett and McBean put forth every effort to keep the state line from being blockaded by
snow. Getting the mail through was very difficult. Snow on the Baker Road on Dixie Mountain was six feet deep in the timber
where the snow doesn't drift. Loss of stock in Grant County was less than in any other county east of the Cascades.
||Population of Oregon 317,704
||September 24, birth of Morton Cupper to H.A. and Cordelia Cupper at Heppner.
||Norah Alice Cupper age 9 dies of diphtheria and buried at Cupper ranch.
||July 26, Mary Millicent Capon [later Mrs. Raymond Wright] born to John & Georgianna Capon in England.
||Wave Crabtree later Flower then Jackson born at Long Creek to teachers Wm. Crabtree and Eva C. Rush Crabtree.
||Archie Crisman is born.
||Clearnace W. Amis is born.
||Oct. 10, Frank Rice married Stella Allen
||Dec. 18, Albert Ballance married Julia Dustin.
||Feb. 16, James W. Cochran marries M.C. Howard.
||Nettie Cochran lived on the Emmett Cochran place.
||November 21, James Cochran married Nettie Cochran, sister of Emmett Cochran,
they live on the Cochran homestead.
||Emmett Cochran disposed of his cattle to take up sheep ranching at which he became very successful.
||Hartley's Saloon in Prairie City has raised a tent behind it, Lew Day's photo gallery will use it for two to three weeks.
||Idol City Post Office was established at the new Trout Creek mines; postmaster is Joe Morris. The location was changed to
Wintermeir's in Silvies Valley.
||John Urban Capon family arrived from England in Feb. The family settled on the Casey
Officer place near Dayville, about a mile south of Johnny Kirk Spring, later it was sold to Burnim Morris.
||Feb. 14, John L. Cochran marries Iva E. Conner.
||April 05, Ruth G. Burnside is born.
||Henry Charles Adams Cupper, age 19 yrs. dies. Buried on home ranch on Cupper Creek.
||Indians came every spring and camped at Cupper Creek to pick wool from the fences and dig camus roots.
The ranchers would give them old sheep peltsin [sic] exchange for gloves.
||Sometime between these years J.U. Capon purchased the family homestead from Emmett Cochran. Georgianna
Capon began raising turkeys for spending money. Twelve to fifteen were raised, "New York" dressed [plucked only],
newspapers wrapped around their heads and shipped to Portland. In the butcher shop they were hung by their necks
until sold when the buther would draw them.
||May 09, Jasper W. Cocran marries N.F. Howard.
||Boyce moved to Monument in Spring 1894
||March 17, Eva Ellen Capon born to John Urban Capon and Georgianna Garnham Capon at the "Franklin House"
3 1/2 miles west of Monument and about a half mile east of what was later the family ranch. this house is also
referred to as the "Jenk's House" after Sarah Minkler Vilott Wilson Jenks, "the grand lady of Monument" who was wife
of Vilott the first settler. She gave land for the town, school, the church, parsonage and cemetery.
||Jim Cochran married Nettie Cochran, the sister of Emmett Cochran. She was born on the Cochran place.
||December 01, L.D. Swick [b. 11/12/1863] married Anna M. Cochran.
||Feb. 22, James G. Sweek married Pearl Jackson.
||April 01, W.G. Keeney married Millie Sloan.
||Aug. 14, Wm. H. Paul [an Englishman] married K.I. Cochran.
||June, George Hayward died at age 52 on his homestead adjoining the Cupper ranch. George's wife
never left England as their daughter was finishing her education in England, which was unavailable at the ranch.
Buried in the Cottonwood Cemetery.
||Clara Boyce leased land from The Cochran daughter, Nettie, for one year on Jan. 14, 1896.
||June 23, Sylvester Hinton married Adda Bayless.
||Rosa Hux is born [wife to Clearance Amis?]
||Jan. 06, Edgar Hanna married Lena White.
||March 02, Nora [Capon]Page [Leonora] widowed sister of Cordelia [Capon] Cupper
and John Capon and 4 children arrived from England in Portland, in Heppner at 5 A.M. March 4, stayed
at halfway house at Parker's Mill on March 05. Arrived at Cupper's abt. 5 P.M., March 06.
||April 06, Joseph "Dempsey" Boyer is born.
||Nora Page buys the William "Billy" Paul relinquishment. The Pages had been well to do in
England and had done little work prior to coming to Monument. Son Fred age 16, did most of the farm work
with help from the Cuppers and Emmet Cochran. The girls were: Margaret age 14, May 12, and Ivy 6 years old.
||June 01, Nora Nellie Capon born to John U. and Georgiana Capon at the Capon ranch.
||July 22, Emil M. Scharff marries Celina Cohoe daughter of Daniel C. and Anna Cohoe residents
near Monument. Three children were born to the Scharff's: Bertha D., Cedric C. and John.
||Minnie Irvin [b. 3/15/1880] [later Gamble] then 17 yrs. old, began teaching school at the Capon ranch. She
had completed two years of high school at Heppner. Minnie was very shy and bashful
and the big boys of the school used to grab her and try to kiss her which was most embarrassing.
||April 17, Clara Boyce purchased Cochran place from Mrs. Sarah Cochran. The land is 300 yards from the
north fork of the John Day river at the mouth of Cupper Creek. "Has dwelling house, barn, smoke house, apple cellar,
vegetable cellar, milk house, garden, orchard [200 apple trees, total 440 trees], 3 acres of grain.
||June 15, H.D. Akin married Dollie Spray.
||The first telephone in Grant Co. was installed in the office of the Grant County News. People used to
come in and look at the mysterious box hanging on the wall. Before this the nearest phone was in Heppner.
||When the Cuppers, Capons and Pages took wool to Arlington, the trip took six weeks. There were no roads so they
had to go up and down over the hills. The men brought back coffee, shoes [only one pair a year], sugar, a bolt of material
and other staples.
||July 20, Pryor Wilson dies of diphtheria, the last burial in Cottonwood Cemetery.
||Oct., Homer V. Wilson [b. Nov. 1873] dies and buried at Cottonwood Cemetery.
||Oct. 17, Henry Overholt born 1861, was accidentally shot by someone coming to meet him. The fellow on horseback,
raised his gun and said, "Well, here I am," the gun went off and killed Overholt. His was the first burial in the
homesite of Pryor and Sarah Wilson, which they had donated for a new cemetery. The house had been moved along side the river.
||Thomas Hayward Jr. was born to Thomas and Clementine Hayward.
||Population of Oregon 413,536.
||Birch Creek became known as Cupper Creek.
||January 10, Frank L. Bradburn married Virginia M. White.
||March 29, James C. Lofton married Lulu M. Sweek.
||May 04, Mary Hamilton first settler of Hamilton dies.
||Sept. 10, W.W. Fleming [b. 1871] married Fay Sweek.
||Dec. 22, Frederick William Cupper married Laura M. Gardner daughter of T.K. Gardner of Tinpot, Oregon.