Interesting, the hills beyond look stripped of all trees. I assume this was due to logging from the old mill that lay just down to the left of this picture?
Rawhyde on 29th March 2016 @ 7:06am
This photo was taken near what was called "Fike Corner" when I was growing up. Would be where Dethman Ridge Road comes into 35.
Gives a good view of all the trees that were on Van Horn Butte. Appears to be some sort of building about half way up Van Horn Butte, but don't know what it would have been.
One can see that the Grange Hall is on the other side of the road (where the old A.G.A. storage is now). Buildings to the far left would be the livery and blacksmith shops. What that long building showing between the livery and blacksmith I don't know. Looks like some sort of long warehouse. You see the "parsonage", which is still there at the corner of Van Horn and Mason. The hotel is obscured by the Grange. What that building is where the Grange is now, I haven't a clue.
The building we see just below the cemetery area might have been the home of my great-grandfather's uncle George Wells, but I always thought his home was over closer to where the school is.
A good over all view of the area.
Charlott on 29th March 2016 @ 7:11am
Walter Wells said he moved the hotel from the east side of the tracks to where they lived in it on the west side of the tracks, and moved the Grange from the north side of the road to the south side.
Jeffrey Bryant on 29th March 2016 @ 8:32am
That is correct. He moved the hotel that at one time had been owned by his great-aunt and uncle, Mark and Mattie Thomas to it's present location. Then they put huge rollers under that huge old Grange Hall and rolled it over and turned it completely around.
The Pine Grove School was a one story school and they needed more rooms, so him and Grandpa jacked it up and built two more rooms under the existing ones.
Charlott on 29th March 2016 @ 10:09am
I would never have guessed that Pine Grove school had a bottom floor added. Interesting!!
One crop of trees was totally removed from this landscape and another crop of trees planted. The first crop provided for the mill mentioned by Rawhyde and the second crop of trees continually provided for the A.G.A building mentioned by Charlotte.
L.E. on 30th March 2016 @ 5:50am
L.E. It is not the Pine Grove School we see now. I think the core portion of it might have been a part of the one they jacked up and put the floor under it. Do know that they turned the school around. The front used to face west and now it faces north.
Charlott on 30th March 2016 @ 7:02am
My great Aunt & Uncle were Mary & Wilson Fike. Would the orchards in this picture be theirs? My brother and I just drove by Fike's corner on 5/18 and looked around at the remaining houses & barn. Different but still very recognizable from when I was a kid. Dale Fike sold sometime in the 1950's and Mary Fike came and lived with my mother in Portland until she died in June 1956.
Zoe Allen on 19th May 2016 @ 1:00pm