Howard M. Basford
One of the best and most successfully managed flourmills
in this district is located at John Day. It is owned
by the subject of our sketch, who has
been a resident of Grant County since 1879.
The mill has
capacity of fifty
barrels, being equipped with a
full roller process of the latest
type. Although doing some custom work, Mr. Basford
makes a specialty of the merchant trade making a
leader of his family flour "The Best"
and in the opinion of consumers
it does not belie its name.
Every sack is warranted extra
quality, and full weight. He
also manufactures corn meal,
graham flour, farina and all kinds of mill feed.
No citizen of Grant
County stands higher in the estimation of
his fellow men than Mr. Joseph D. Combs. Born in
Fulton County, Ill., August 25, 1851,
he carne to Linn County,
Oregon, when only a year old, and received his education there. At re age
of nineteen, he came to Grant County,
and followed teaming and several other callings. In 1892 he was
elected sheriff of the county on the republican
ticket, and by his affability and
close adherence to duty secured
the good will and esteem of the public to an extent that caused him to be
re-elected again in 1894. Since
the expiration of the latter
term he has been
engaged in the
cattle business, making his
tome in John Day.
he married Miss Sarah Carsner, of this
county, and has two
well-known and popular editor of the Grant County News is one of those
jovial, genial fellows that it does one good to meet. His first work was
at Union, Oregon and later at Baker City. In connection with J. T.
Donnelly he purchased the "News" and
later bought out
his partner's interest. Front time to
time he has added to the
equipment of its office, until to day it is the peer of
any in this section of the State. The
policy of his paper is of an independent character, and as he wields a
facile pen and is well informed
upon State and national affairs. His
paper is sought after
by the intelligent class of readers.
He is also all indefatigable news gatherer,
and no expense is spared to secure
for the ''News” the first
of a piece of news.
People are always interested in men, especially in successful men. This is
the case with "Ike" Guker, the discoverer of the celebrated "Great
Northern" mine in Grant County. He is a miner of considerable experience,
having gained it in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. March 28th, 1800, he began
in this county, and just six months later he discovered his present
property, which bids fair to make him famous.
It is a placer property, although he
has since located three permanent quartz ledges. His daily returns
$220,000 on an average.
H. L. Valade
Valade, proprietor of the City Hotel of Canyon City, has had a number of
years of experience in his chosen
with the Norton House, of Ellensburg, Washington, and the Rainier Grand
and Arlington hotels of Seattle, since taking charge of his present
property he has made a number of desirable improvements, having added a
first-class bar, over which is dispensed high grade wines and liquors,
making a specialty of case goods. His wife, formerly Mrs, Ella Rau, of
this county, has personal charge of the culinary department which is
sufficient guarantee of the service rendered their many guests.
journeying through life we occasionally run across some
young man who in business circles has fairly distanced competition, endowed with greater advantages perhaps,
but still lacking some qualification possessed by himself.
This qualification may be
embraced in a single word
man whose name heads this
sketch is endowed with ambition, coupled
with industry, integrity, and holiness sagacity. Locating at Canyon City
in 1889, for a period of two years
he followed watch making, which he had leaned in the old country. He then
began merchandising in a small way, and by studying the wants of the
people and by fair and liberal treatment of his customers has from time to time been compelled to add to his stock,
until today he probably carries the largest in the county. The
illustration of his store accompanying this article hardly does justice to
it as he carries his general stock in two warehouses, one 20x40 and the
other 35x30, besides using a large fireproof cellar.
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