It would be considered a "heritage" apple, medium in size. It is and was known by a number of names. Most common was Bellflower. Also known as Cleopatra. It went back to colonial days and was first noted in New Jersey. First found in Oregon in the late 1840's. It was a good fresh eating apple, beings it was firm and on the tart side at picking, though if stored for awhile mellowed out. Used a lot, along with other varieties to make a good cider. It was one of the apples that we used to bake, as my Grandpa had some Ortley trees in his orchard. I don't know for certain if there are any in the valley anymore. If there is, my guess would be Kiokawa's in Parkdale.
Charlott on 9th June 2017 @ 7:14am
A description of the Ortley says:
"Ortley are medium to large-sized, conical-shaped apples.
They have waxy, tough, smooth greenish-yellow skin which sometimes has a red blush on it."
I would say the artist captured a pretty good likeness. Such a shame that he/she did not sign the photos used by the HR Commercial Club.
Has anyone been to the site of the of the now non-existant town of Ortley?
L.E. on 9th June 2017 @ 7:20am
I have not been able to access Ortley, but once heard there had been access from Rowena. I see no possible route, have not found it on old maps and see no need as Ortley had access on The Dalles-Mosier road.
Kenn on 9th June 2017 @ 8:35am
I remember being there as a child one Christmas Eve afternoon. There was nothing there.....I know where the old road went that got you there....
Charlott on 9th June 2017 @ 8:51am
There is also the The Ortley Gap, Ortley Thrust, Ortley Lava Pinnacles, Ortley Anticline and the Ortley Fault.
Columbia River Images covers these areas. Some of them can be interchanged with the name Rowena.
L.E. on 9th June 2017 @ 10:58am