Location: Burnt River Oregon

Burnt River Ditch

In 1863, some work was done on a ditch which had been surveyed from Clarks Creek mines to Burnt River, and the next year a company was incorporated to prosecute the work, under the name of the Burnt River Ditch company, W. H. Packwood, Jasper Hall, Robert Kitchen and Lamar stockholders. There was not much done towards constructing the ditch, however, until 1867, when the matter came up again on a proposition to build a ditch to convey water to the Shasta district, and the work was begun, eleven miles being dug that season. The next year, 1868, it was extended to Rock Creek and in 1869 to East Camp creek, making 57 miles in all. In the summer of 1870 water was conveyed from East Camp creek to the Shasta mines, and nothing done towards extending the ditch farther that season. The work had cost up to that time $150,000. Mr. Buford of Rock Island, Illinois, bought the ditch in September 1870, and in ’71 extended it 30 miles farther to the south fork of Burnt River. Packwood & Carter took control again in ’74 and built 13 miles further to the middle fork of Burnt River, making the total length of main ditch over 100 miles. The size of the main ditch is five feet wide at the bottom and seven at the top; grade, four 80.100...

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Maxwell, Adele – Obituary

Adele Maxwell Died at Age 95; Noted School Teacher 50 Years Adele Powell Maxwell 95, whose life was school teaching in the small communities of this Eastern Oregon region, but whose later years were on a ranch near Vale, died March 17, 1991, at the Columbia Basin home in The Dalles. Graveside service was held Thursday at Haines Cemetery, with her grandson, Rev. Dan Grady of Portland, the pastor. Her death closed a long chapter in the history of this country dating back to 1835 in the East when her father was born. But her life was Burnt River Valley and neighboring counties where she left an imprint in the elementary schools of nine communities. Pioneer Family Beginnings Her father, John L. Powell came West as a youth, was a scout out of Vancouver, and there met Gen. U.S. Grant during the latter’s Western assignment. He was in the silver mining camp of Virginia City, drove stage from central California, had a cabin in the primitive Burnt River country, and stopped at it frequently on journeys up from Portland. His relationship with the Indians was friendly and he traded for hides from them as he was skilled in tanning. He lived briefly in North Powder but his home came to be Burnt River Valley. Adele’s mother Ellen Moore Powell came with her family by covered wagon, walking much of...

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Smith, Jacquelyn D. Aycock Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Jacquelyn D. Smith, 66, of Enterprise, and a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2004, at her home. Her funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Interment will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lyle Cemetery in Lyle, Wash. Jackie was born on April 14, 1937, in Baker City to Harold and Maude VanBiber Aycock. She attended school in Wallowa and The Dalles. She was very active in school activities and was a song leader for the Cougars. She was a model and dance instructor while living in Portland. She worked as an office manager for the U-Haul Company in Seattle for many years. She also worked as a deputy sheriff in Baker County. She married Larry Smith in Baker City on July 17, 1979. She ranched with her husband on the Burnt River, where they ran a cow-calf operation. They were longtime members of the Burnt River Community Church. Jackie is survived by her husband, Larry, of Enterprise; her sister, Patty Simpson, and niece, Kyanne; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Anna Clark of Baker City, Lee and Melonie Clark of Livermore, Calif., Hal and Lynn of Manteca, Calif., and Miles and Becky Smith of McKinleyville, Calif.; and many grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Arthritic Foundation in care of the Bollman...

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