A BETTER AND HAPPIER CLASS OF PEOPLE
Dayton Is Booming -- An Electric Lighting Plant For The Town Practically Assured --Citizens Agree To Use 200 Lights -- Brief Mention Of The Business Men And Interest Of The Hamlet -- Town Surrounded By Fine Ranches On Smith Creek, The Tongue Rivers And Wolf Creek -- What J. F. Mills Of The Post Learned Of That Section During His Visit There Last Week
Dayton is a quiet little hamlet of several hundred souls. It is situated at the junction of the two forks of Tongue river, three or four miles below the canon of the main fork. Nestling in the shadow of the Big Horn mountains, it is a delightful place to live.
Dayton has three general stores. The one owned by John Smith was purchased last week by J. H. Hill of Sheridan, who has formerly conducted stores also at Ranchester and Dayton in this county, as well as in other states. Mr. Hill has a large clean stock, and as he knows well, the details of the business, ought to succeed well. J. W. Higgins carries a good line of groceries, tobacco, feed, flour and a general line of ranchmen's supplies. He has been in business in Dayton eleven years and enjoys a nice trade as well as the confidence of the people. J. Dickson handles patent medicines, clothing, confectionery, etc., and always has a crowd at his store, where he sells lots of goods. The telephone exchange is in his place of business.
Among the other business interests of Dayton might be mentioned restaurants, conducted by Mrs. Benes and Mary L. Ship, saloon by C. D. Day and H. and H. Brittain, a hardware store by C. L. Olsen, blacksmith shop by John Hunt, planning and feed mill by John Bare, millinery store by Mrs. Wissler, feed stable by Al. Gaines, barber shop by Samuel Fauver.
The Dayton post office is well kept by Captain J. W. Garland. Doctors Kueny and Edmunds have a good practice in the profession of medicine. The latter also has ranch interest, having 320 acres of fine land near town. He has just completed a nice two-story residence in Dayton.
H. Brittain conducts an ideal road ranch at his place adjacent to Dayton. Here he keeps teams over night to hay for forty cents, and to hay and grain for seventy-five cents. Mrs. Brittain is a first-class cook, and all who stop at her place are well satisfied. The road ranch is on the old Jim Morks 160-acre place, which Mr. B. bought three years ago.
One of the most hospitable homes in Dayton is that of Mr. J. S. Wilson. Mr. Wilson was until recently postmaster at Dayton. He has just concluded the work of assessing the property and taking the census of his district. Mr. W. is also water commissioner, which office he fills in an efficient and satisfactory manner. He came to this country in 1881, and is well acquainted with nearly every section of northern Wyoming.
Frank Kueny, jr., the oldest range rider in the Big Horn government timber reserve, resides in Dayton. He has been with the department nearly eight years.
The Dayton people are alive in the matter of public improvements and are ever willing to lend assistance to anything that will benefit the town and county. Just now they are looking forward to the construction and operation of an electric lighting plant within the city. Mark Shickley of Geneva, Neb., and electrician, nephew of A. C. Neeves of Little Tongue river, has already made arrangements to put in the plant, the citizens of the place having agreed to use 200 lights at a price of 50 cents each per month. The power will be furnished by John Bare's feed-mill water-wheel. He now has a fifty horse-power wheel and can develop four times that much power by putting in a new wheel. The apparatus and wire have been ordered, and during July, it is contemplated, the system will be completed.
Daytonites are now talking electric road to Ranchester. They are good boosters for the sugar factory and point out that there are still other things on upper Tongue river to make an electric line a paying proposition. Besides the trade of the town and the ranch people there are inexhaustible deposits of the best building stone and lime stone in the canon just above Dayton. It is also said that the prospects are good for the location of an immense brick-making plant in the canon, by Pumphrey & Hasbrouch's new process. They take common sand and cement, wet it slightly, mix it thoroughly, run it through their patent machine under high pressure, and produce a brick that is as hard as rock and requires no burning. It is almost equal in appearance to pressed brick and can be produced, at a profit, for $8 per thousand.
At the Hill store in Dayton the Post man was shown the roots of two poison parsnips, which caused the death of fourteen head of cattle belonging to W. N. Robinson, two weeks ago. A number of years ago a young boy died near town from eating these parsnips.
L. L. Owen of Longmont, Colo., returned home last Tuesday, after a visit with his brothers, near Parkman and Dayton.
One of the finest ranches in northern Wyoming is that of J. B. and Victor Milward. The ranch extends from Dayton to the canon, on the south side of Tongue river, and comprises 500 acres of deeded irrigated ground and 1,000 acres of leased land. The place cuts 500 to 600 tons of hay per year and furnishes feed for 400 head of cattle. The Milward brothers are engaged in building an extensive storage reservoir. They were the head promoters of the Tongue River telephone line and are progressive fellows. Geo. Milward, father of J. B. and Victor, lives with his sons.
Joseph Hughey runs W. C. Dinwiddie's 400-acre ranch, just north of Dayton, where he waters 200 acres and has forty acres in grain. Mr. Hughey came to Sheridan county ten years ago, landing here with only fifteen cents. He has raised a large family, and now has some stock and a new ranch of 200 acres on Five-Mile flats.
Last year J. I. Shanor rented his 320-acre place, and spent the season in Iowa. This spring he was ready to come back to Wyoming, and with his children is running the ranch, where he irrigates 160 acres and has thirty acres in grain.
John Olsen has 200 acres of good land just about Dayton, where he irrigates ninety acres of hay land, and has twenty-five acres in small grain. He contemplates the erection of a nice house this season. Mrs. Olsen has a hand-separator and furnishes the town of Monarch with first-class butter.
Howard Hazzard, who freights between Dayton and Sheridan, also owns a small ranch on Columbus creek, where he waters eighty-five acres and raises hay and grain.
L. B. Hart is on the E. A. Whitney ranch above Dayton. The place comprises 320 acres, eighty of which are under ditch.
R. F. Mock is one of the best farmers in the county. He is noted for producing large yields of potatoes, onions and other vegetables. He has 480 acres of land, of which 300 are under ditch, with eighty acres in grain. Mr. Mack has 200 fruit trees, which bear quite well. He is just completing a large barn and granary, which is 60 x 90 feet.
J. Frank Owen is one of the big ranchmen of the county, and claims to be the oldest. He came here in 1879, and two years later settled on Smith creek, where he now has 1,800 acres of deeded land and leases 900 acres. He irrigates a large acreage and tops the Chicago market every year with his White-face beef cattle. Mr. Owen has a large frame house and a new frame barn, which is fifty feet square, with room for sixty tons of hay.
Wm. Yeager has a 400-acre ranch on Smith creek. He has water for the whole, or will have when he and R. D. McLean complete their reservoir and ditches. They are bringing the water from Sheep creek, on the mountain. This year Mr. Y. has 100 acres in grain, which he has been successful in raising heretofore, without irrigation. Last December Mr. Yeager had his leg broken by a horse falling with him, and a short time afterwards became paralyzed. It is only a short time now that he has been able to speak or read or have the use of his arms and legs, but he is growing better steadily.
J. H. Achenbach occupies a 160-acre ranch between Smith creek and Tongue river, where he raises some grain and is just building a new house, which is twenty-four feet square. Mr. H. has twenty acres of grain and some alfalfa.
R. D. McLean lives just below Mr. Achenbach, and controls 500 acres of land, part of which has not yet been proved up on. Mr. McLean came from Scotland to America when he was nineteen years of age. Since then he has lived in Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming, coming to Wyoming ten years ago. He likes the country.
L. W. Marcum has a nice little stock ranch on Amsden creek, where he raises some fine Shire horses. He has 240 acres of land, with ninety acres watered and in hay and grain.
Just above Mr. Marcum's place Walter Jones has a 240-acre place, and raises horses and cattle.
R. A. Frazier has 640 acres of deeded land, 300 of which he waters from the "High-Line" ditch out of Tongue river. This year Mr. Frazier has eighty acres in grain. He has been in the country ten years.
John E. Kierulff is a new-comer in Wyoming. He hails from Iowa, and a few months ago settled on the Deyo Hasbrouck ranch, just below main Tongue river canon. He has water for 360 acres, and has broken out a lot of new ground for crop this season.
Four years ago, J. P. Stephenson, another Iowa man, bought and moved onto the J. D. Thorn 400-acre ranch just above Dayton. He has fifty acres in grain, and leases 980 acres of state land.
Ken Ketchum, who has 160 acres of fine ground a mile east of Dayton, is one of the pioneers of the county, having removed [to] Buffalo in 1881, and to his present place in 1882. He has in 45 acres of grain and 14 acres of potatoes. Mr. K. raises carloads of spuds each season. On his place is a spud cellar, which is 14 x 45.
Dave C. Frisbie came to Dayton twenty years ago, and for ten years was employed by W. N. Robinson. He has 240 acres of good land, two miles east of town.
A responsible ranchman of the county is B. W. McClure, who formerly lived on Prairie Dog creek, but who now lives on a 240-acre ranch on Tongue river, which he owns. The greater part of his place is watered.
For the past six years John W. Bozarth has been employed on Hon. E. R. Dinwiddie's ranch near Dayton, and is now in charge of the place. This ranch comprises 1,600 acres of leased land. Nearly 1,000 acres are under the ditch. About 600 head of fine Hereford cattle are kept and owned on the place.
A. C. Neeves has a ranch of 200 acres, just above the Dinwiddie place on Little Tongue river. He plows sixty acres. Mr. Neeves settled there in 1893. Just now Mr. Neeves is enjoying a visit from V. C. Shickley and family of Geneva, Neb. Mr. Shickley is in the banking business of that place. He is the father of the young man who is making arrangements to put in an electric lighting plant at Dayton.
Four years ago C. L. G. Moore bought the old K. M. Burkitt ranch on the head of Little Tongue river of A. S. Burrows, and certainly has a very fine stock ranch as well as a pleasant place to live. The place comprises 1080 acres of deeded land, besides a large lease of Wyoming domain. Mr. Moore irrigates 160 acres.
Herman Claussen and sister, who live on an 880-acre place adjoining the mountains, are German by birth, but the former has traveled extensively over Europe and America. He makes a specialty of raising blooded hunting horses, polo horses, coach and saddle horses. Mr. Claussen's ranch was formerly dry but he is constructing storage reservoirs and irrigating considerable land.
Wm. Curtis has a nice little ranch of 320 acres of Wolf creek, where he irrigates 250 acres. He raises some grain. Mr. C. settled on Wolf creek 22 years ago.
Eaton Bros. have been on the Devol place in Wolf creek canon, but a little more than a year, but great has been the transformation. Much new ground has been broken up and is in crop. About 250 acres are now being irrigated. The ranch contains 1,400 acres. Five new rustic cottages were constructed last season, and five more, of the dimensions of 16 x 24, are now being built by Albert Stork. A new two-story dining hall with stone basement, also a new barn, 24 x 40, two stories, have recently been constructed. While the Post man was at the Eaton place. W. Geo. Aber drove into the canon with the Sheridan high school girls' basket ball team, who spent Saturday at the Aber ranch.
W. Geo. Aber and J. W. Aber have perhaps one of the very best ranches in Wyoming. It comprises 1540 acres and is practically all watered. The place cuts 2,000 tons of hay each season. About sixty acres are in grain this year. W. Geo. Aber, chairman of the board of county commissioners, has the confidence of his neighbors and all who know him. Perry, the nineteen-year-old son of W. Geo. Aber, will be home in a few days from school at Slippery Rock, Pa.
Wm. Nethery owns 540 acres of good soil on Wolf creek, where he irrigates all but about 100 acres. Robert Nethery leases 540 acres from Aber Bros.
C. D. Decker has 1,200 acres near the state fish hatchery, and waters 500 acres, which is in hay and grain. His is a fine place. Mr. Decker is the mail carrier between Ranchester, Dayton and Wolf.
S. W. Rowsy leases the 640-acre ranch owned by G. H. Cutter, on Wolf creek. He irrigates about 300 acres and raises some grain.
Lew Erek is on the T. J. C. Mitchell place, which comprises 160 acres, with forty acres watered. This was formerly known as the Taylor ranch.
At the state fish hatchery on Wolf creek the writer found Superintendent C. W. Morgareidge busy giving the young fry their evening meal of ground liver. This year the hatchery is being run to its full capacity - two million. Last year the capacity of the building was just doubled. The state owns three acres of ground at Wolf and has the following buildings on it: Hatchery, dwelling, store-house, ice-house and barn. This is C. W. Morgareidge's sixth year as superintendent of Division No. 2. He gets a salary of $100 per month, and his appropriation for the maintenance of the hatchery is $2,000 per year. The hatchery was established ten years ago, but nearly all the improvements have been made under Mr. Morgareidge's incumbency.
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