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From Cheney, Washington to Watsonville, Calilfornia 1898
by Emma R. Lemon with comments by John Francis Lemon some 50 years later.

Camped at Vandeverts June 9, 10,11, & 12, 1898

Here, at last, was a series of meadows meandering rather slowly as compared with the rapid stream lower down running over its rocky bed. We were in a well wooded country now; the houses and barns all of logs - a real backwoods neighborhood in appearance. However the settlers were not necessarily of the old Oregonian webfoot stock. The Vandeverts were at least of more recent immigration and has sent their daughter to school in the east. They had a little store, and a blacksmith shop, but were stock raisers for the most part. This location must be near grown up with the building of the railroad and the irrigation projects as I judge from reports. The settlers were then working on a neighborhood irrigation project.

Fishing was good here. Win and Dad caught a good share. John was naturally elected to keep an eye on the horses.



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