The Bureau of Land Management has an online database of Homestead Act claims: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ --It shows on 6/3/1907, he obtained 160 acres of land located in Township 3-N, Range 11-E, Section 26. The land was in the North half of the NE corner; the South East corner of the NE corner; and the NE corner of the SE Corner of that Section.
The next window shows the location in Latitude/Longitude and other information concerning its location.The 7.5 topo map could be purchased later if desired.The closest locations are Rowland Lake, Look Lake and Bingen Gap.(Perhaps Jess Caskey died in one of these lakes?).
After you look at this page, print or whatever you want, find "Switch to TerraServer" in the middle of the page.
In the new window for TerraServer, first click on the largest blue box for "Size", then switch from Aerial Photo to Topo Map.
In this topographic map, you will see the Columbia River, White Salmon and Bingen to the left. A bit further to the right you'll see "Bingen Gap".Near the middle, you will see "Rowland Lake" in light blue lettering.You will also see "Locke Lake".It is "probably" the "Look Lake" identified above.
Now, you will see red squares on this map.Those are land sections.A section has 640 acres.Now, where you see Rowland Lake, LEFT click on the red square above it (on your computer, if one LEFT does not work, you may have to double click).You will zoom into that area.Now click on that same red square again.
Now, that red square has a "red" number "26" in the center, that is section 26 where his land was located.
Now from the BLM site, his land was in the North half of the NE corner; ; So, look at that section and divide it in half both vertically and horizontally.Now, that divides the section into four 160 acre areas: From the location identified in the BLM Site: a.The North half of the NE Corner.In your division part of the land would be on the top right quarter, the top half.That would be near the "RD" in the vertically written "Gifford", along that 4 Wheel Drive Road.He may have used that same road to get to this area.Perhaps he built the road? b.The South East corner of the NE corner.That would be in the same quarter; but this time more along that same 4WD road on the bottom right of that quarter. c.The NE corner of the SE Corner of that Section.This would be in the bottom right quarter of that section, more along that 4WD road near the middle.
Now, switch to Aerial view and you'll see an OLD aerial photo.You'll see the lakes below.This is a mountainous area, now part of the Gifford National Forest.Perhaps he intended on cutting and selling tree's; or had a homestead up there.
Now, open a NEW browser window (so you can go back and forth between the topo map and this one.Go to www.mapquest.com, enter Bingen, WA, zoom in to about the fourth block down from the "+" sign.Go to Aerial View.Scroll to the right from Bingen, along highway 14 until you get to Rowland Lake.Highway 14 goes across the middle, the railroad to the south and "Old Highway" across the top.If you zoom in, just near the "B and B Road", you can see a house along that road.If you look at the map quest map showing this road and the road from which it connects, compare that road to the topo map.On the topo map near the left middle of Section 26, you'll see the 4WD road connecting to a road that is identified as Cooke Road further up to the left. On the mapquest map, this same road is the Cooke Road.On the topo map, you'll see a little black square on the left side of section 26.A small black box is above the road in this box.That is "probably" the same house you can see from mapquest.Now that you have the B&B Road, it goes further east toward the land owned by GW Caskey.
If you start at the lake and then move up (zoomed in to the 3rd block below the + ).You'll come across a large open area and you can see a road in it.Finding this on the mapquest map, now move to the left following that road.You can compare the road in the mapquest map to the topo map and see they are, even today, about the same.
======================================= On a personal note, my grandparents came to Eastern Washington, north of Colville.My GF and G.Uncle both obtained land this system, way up in the mountains.They cleared timber, had homesteads.Their homes were destroyed when a neighbor's slash fire got away.That area was taken over as part of the Colville National Forest.