IMPERSSIONS AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE JOURNAL MAN
by Fred Lockley 9-21-1936
On a recent trip from Burns to the Dalles, by way of Prineville and the Warm Springs Indian agency, I stopped at Tygh Valley a small community about 30 miles south of Dalles, Nearby,the hills known as Tygh ridge rise to about 3000 feet. The village of Tygh Valley is located on Tygh creek. originally, Tyigh indian tribe made their home there. The remmants of this tribe is now on the Warm Springs Reservation.
The First settlement at tygh was built by H. Stanley, who built a store and traded with the indians. he sold this store to J.M. and Charles J. Vanduyne. Charles platted the town of Tygh Valley on June 13, 1892, though a post-office was established there as early as 1885.
"We came east of the mountian when I was 9 years of age" said Mrs. Ella Steers, a long time Resident of Tygh Valley. "We settled at Juniper" Flat. I was born near Layfette, in Yamhill County on March 1, 1869. My maiden name was Ella Kistner. My Father Philip Kistner was born in Ohio in 1831. My Mother Whose Maiden Name was Sophia Thurston was born at Patriot, Indiana on January 13, 1831. she moved with her Parents in 1844 to Peoria, Illinois. Father and Mother were Married in 1850. my Brother Franklin Pierce Kistner was born on July 3, 1852My Parents and Pierce started across the plains on March 1, 1853. My Mother was one of Nine Children, and when she started across the plains and said goodby to her Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters she realized that shewould probably never see any of them again.
"My brother Stephen A. Douglas Kistner was born on September 22, 1853, just East of Fort Hall. after laying over a day they continued on their way to California. My Brother George Washington Kistner was born January 2. 1857 in California., Shortly there-after, my folks moved up to Puget Sound. where Father got a job Logging for a sawmill at what is now Seattle. The owner hired Mother to cook for the loggers. There were then a sawmill and a store at Seattle. My brother Smith H. was born on Puget Sound on November 9, 1859. Five of the Children of our family were born at or Near Seattle. My Sister Mary Jane was born there on June 2, 1861; Joseph on October 1, 1863; Andrew Jackson on June 7, 1865; Ira on March 22, 1867. Shortly after Ira's Birth my parents moved to Yamhill County, where I was born in the Spring of 1869".
"From Yamhill County we moved to Rainier, Oregon when I was 4 Years old. Father Logged there with Oxen. I attended my First School at Rainier. When I was 8 Years old we Moved east of the Mountains and Father and my Two Brothers Took up Homestaed on Juniper Flat, just south of Tygh Valley, Our homestead was four miles from tygh, I wentto school on horseback, They then had School three months a year. we went by ox team from Rainier to Juniper Flat. In 1885 we moved to Wamic, where Father died on Feburary 11, 1895, Mother died on January 29, 1922 at the age of 91".
"I was married on February 11, 1885, to Vincent P. Steers. My husband was born in Illinois on September 22, 1861. With his parents he crossed the plains to the Williamette valley in 1865. In 1866 his father came east of the mountians and took up a place southeast of Wapinitia, which is 45 miles south of the Dalles. It used to be known as Oak Grove, though the name of the postoffice was Wapinitia. H.T. corum, started a store there in 1883, was the first postmaster".
"tygh creek flows into White river. My husband and I had a farm on White river about a mile and a half from Tygh. My hisband liked to fish and in those days you could catch a dishpanful of trout in half an hour, at sunset. My husband was school director for many years. He died eight years ago.My son Milo, lives with me. My Daughter Ina, married H.L. Morris, live on Juniper Flat about Four Miles from Maupin".
"The town of Wamic, to which my parents moved in 1885 is on three mile creek, which flows into White river. Wamic is about 37 miles south of Dalles and six miles southeast of tygh. Wamic used to be known as Prattsville. Jason Pratt owned the land on which Wamic is Located".
The Town of Wamic takes it Name fromthe Womac family who Seattled there in the early days. Asa and Levi Womac and Their Nephew Crawford Womac, Farmed there nearly 60 Years Ago.