Nickell family homesteads in Lake Creek

    Pic: Will Nickell and his horses on ranch Salt Creek Rd. The following are remembrances of William A. Nickell written by his Nephew, Hawthorne Garrison Rebensdorf of Woodlawn, Oregon in 1977: William Alexander ‘Will’ Nickell was born on Nov. 3, 1873 in Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska. Will emigrated at age 6 to Portland,…

Lake Creek Roots

  Florence (Grandma on right) and sister Maud c. 1900. The Lake Creek Thumberg homestead that Frederick Thumberg built c 1890 on the Salt Creek Road property.  Photo by Victor Thumberg c. 1950   Lake Creek Roots – by Garry Wilson “Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind…

Camp Latgawa aka Dead Indian Soda Springs

The ‘Dead Indian Soda Springs’ are an assortment of small mineral springs that feed into Dead Indian Creek near Lake Creek, OR.  The springs are rich in sodium carbonate, iron, magnesium, and sodium hydroxide. The Dead Indian Soda Springs were discovered by European settlers around 1871, when a man named John Tyrrell stopped for a…

Rader/Stanley Ranch

Rader-Stanley Ranch “Eagle Point Ranching Tradition” By Susan ‘Stanley’ Kendle Most people have no idea where Rader Hills are located and the significance they might hold. If you follow the signs on Hwy 140 to the VA Cemetery, you will first turn north on Riley Road located southeast of Eagle Point. As you travel, passing…