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W. and Cecilla Van Scuyver

Little information is available regarding the Van Scuyvers, and we have no knowledge of relatives.

They purchased a tract of land adjoining the Taylor property on the east. The Van Scuyver property cornered on the river frontage at a point which later became Corbett Station. It was this point which was most suitable for boats to land, load and unload freight. It became known as Vanís Landing. After Van Scuyver sold to Elijah Chamberlain, it was known as The Landing, until the Post Office was located there in 1895.

An incident while Van Scuyver owned the property changed the route to the landing. The first route was over a steep trail that ran through Van Scuyverís land very close to his house. One day as Fred Emily was hauling a sled load of potatoes to the landing, to ship to Portland, he was met at Van Scuyverís property line by Mr. Van Scuyver holding a shotgun. He said, "You cannot cross my property." Mr. Emily answered, "Van, you have told us we could cross your place as there is no other way to the landing." Van said, "Yesterday I said yes but today I say no." Mr. Emily, not wanting to argue with a man holding a shotgun, unloaded his potatoes and went home. He went to his neighbors, as they were all concerned. They were lucky to have a surveyor for a neighbor. So with John Hurlburt, the surveyor, and several others for axe men, they surveyed and cleared a new route around the Van Scuyver property. The present road know as Corbett Hill Road practically follows the same route that those pioneers surveyed and graded out by hand for no pay.

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[Source:  Submitted by Dorothy Keefe, from a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, p. 197.]

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