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The Adams County Record Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Dalb%k A Hike On 200 miles The story below ure who was well known appeared in the "San in California literary and Francisco Call" news- social circles. He spent paper, in July of 1892. his last years in Oakland, It relates to the Council in a home on the road area in that Joaquin that is now Joaquin Miller was a friefid of Miller Road. i His real the Johnson brothers name was Cincinnatus who lived in this area. Hiner. He adopted the Hannibal "Seven Devils" name "Joaquin" from the Johnson was a well- legendary California ban- known poet, and his dit, Joaquin Murletta. brother, Pleasant W. The newspaper titled Johnson was the mayor the story, "The Struggle of Council around 1905. For Life." He said of tell- The connection between ing the tale, "I undertake the three men may have the task with reluctance, been that they all had because in the first roamed the West among place there is little or the gold camps. Also, no Instruction or moral Miller was a much bet- weight in such work; ter known poet than and In the second place Hannibal. Miller men- I recall that Incident tions Pleasant Johnson only with a feeling of at the end of his story, horror and an unpleas- Joaquin Miller, born ant beating of the heart. I837, was a colorful fig- However, by noting one the Johnson brothers of Council. or two peculiar phenom- ena of nature a thing or two may be set down worth remembering, and by hastening over the horrible part much of the latter may be avoided." His story, with a few sections removed to keep it from being even longer: The winter of 1862- - in which Idaho and Montana were born- was the most terri- ble that has ever been experienced west of the Rocky Mountains for forty years. There has been but one winter that at all approached it in length and breadth and awful battling of the ele- ments. That was the win- ter of 1857, when the Indians, made desperate by hunger, rose up one night in Pitt River Valley, butchered all the white people and then helped themselves to the cattle. But this winter of '62! It simply tore down moun- tains. To this day as you sail up the Oregon coast you see great gray and white blotches on the face of the black moun- tains fronting the ocean, where the forest was melted loose and was sent plunging by sections down into the sea. The snow had blocked the wheels of the world. The Civil War was boom- ing and raging along the whole line of the Eastern States, and the boys in the mines, snowed in, frozen up, they want- ed to know; they must know, don't you see? I had spent winters in the snows of Mount Shasta. Yes, I could and would Page 5 The caption in the newspaper with this illustration read, "I fell asleep as I ate, and an Indian rubbed my swollen legs." walk from Walla Walla to Millersvllle, in Idaho, with a load of letters and papers on my back for the snow-bound boys. Only 200 miles! Ike Mossman, my part- ner, now in Oakland, walked with me the first I00, to Lewiston, and could go no further. A lot of men were wait- ing there to go with the express, as usual. They dropped behind, in frag- ments; and when night fell and I still kept on. The last two of the lot touched a match to the resinous bark of a tama- rack that stood by the gleaming, glittering trail of snow on the moun- tainside, and shook their bats and shouted in manly admiration, though they could go not a foot farther. You see, I had to cross Camas Prairie that night, 18 miles, while the snow's crust was like steel. An hour of sun on this vast and gleaming sea of trackless snow-- it is a great wheat field now, I hear-- and you would sink in the snow to your knees. I made it without a mishap or struggle of any sort; came up to the mountain station at the base of Mount Idaho with the morning star and awakened the men bur- ied down there in the little cabin 10 feet under the snow with the Modoc war whoop. [Mount Idaho was just south of present-day GrangeviUe.] Only 20 miles more and I would be with the boys in the mines. They had been good to me, and I thanked God that I had strength and skill to serve them now. What a welcome I should receivel I was more than gold to them, as they used often to say. They bad only gold for me, but for them I had the world--letters; love. The fellows at the sta- tion took the greatest care. No, I should eat nothing at all at first; only coffee, then a crust, then beef broth and onions, meat at last; and by the great roaring fire I fell asleep as I ate, and an Indian with open palms rubbed my swol- len feet and legs. Hours and hours and hours of sleep, and then, half awake, lying full length with feet to the fire on the bearskins. Half awake? aye, more than wide awake, as the sun settled his account with the world and went his way. I, too, must be off. My big leather bag of letters fitted me like a huge jacket; good armor against cold, bullets, wind and--wolves? I had a six-shooter in my left hand, and a small der- ringer nestled down in each flank. I bad encoun- tered nothing at all the night before to alarm me. To be continued next week. Extension Comer 2012 is already to a great start! Even though er roles at the ty, and calving. The suggestions and opin- the- ........ newspa- beginl cl ItifJ iin:K_/I.Jlwas :a,lo ", ions., of the program. Ier reported' on this : n-lotld::tIi,'ci]ttimtwith,-a!'!" ThisPlogram' is set to the Ranchers received a  bit,of Feeding Youth education' our- program, I had selvesl a few things The program I wanted to was designed to add. The "RFY" pro- better inform our youth, gram was in coopera- mostly about the cattle tion with the Welser industry; we were able River Cattle Association, to teach grades ' !:!2 Valley/Adams County about a variety of sub- Farm Bureau, and the jects that were specffi- University of Idaho cally designed for school Extension. Ranchers aged youth. There were Feeding Youth was an 3 stations manned by educational pilot pro- myself, ranchers; FFA gram that decided to members, and another start in the Council UI Educator. Stations school. A group of were 20 minutes in ranchers and educa- length each: beef by- tors stepped into teach- products, food safe- Garden Comer Questions and Answers session with local ranch- ers. Pal Schwenkfelder, Justin and Shirley Florence, Justin Mink, John and Jordan Atnip, Dean Dryden and Dave Veselka were all on hand to. help inteaching, directing and cooking. At the conclusion of our program a tasty burger lunch was spon- sored by the Cattleman's &. Farm Bureau groups. Youth took pre and post- test's to aid our evalu- ation of the program, as well as meeting with school teachers about move.forward with more schools in the future. There is much more to come with program- ming in 2012 in the areas of livestock and 4-H, however if you have a specific class or work- shop that would inter- est you, please let the office know. If there are programs in the Valley that you hear about and would like them to move into our area, don't hesi- tate to askl There are many programs I teach or attend in the Valley to see what options they by Shanna Hamilton 253-4279 S hannas @uidaho. edu would have to come to Adams County. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER January 19 - Winter Beef School - Cambridge January 26 - Leader's Council Ext. office conf. room January 284-H Super Saturday Ada County; Boise February 8 Next Steps Community Meeting ~ New Meadows School Cafeteria February 23 Fair Board Meeting - 6:30pm, Ext. office conf. room February 24 4-H Interest Forms Due back to school or exten- sion office Fruit Cocktail Trees end other weird & wild plants I sent my seed order in to deter mosquitoes:, and suffered through a high to the environment, last week. It's anybody's luffa sponges -- grow mortality rate on potted ending with worst-case guess when things will your own bath supplies! or bare-root plants. But last-ditch effort. First: get planted, but it's I'm sometimes tempted that's just me. Other row covers. My brother- much too soon to think to purchase some of. gardeners I've spoken to in-law swears by row about that anyway, these odd items just have had great success covers and says he has Even though my order to experiment, but with bare-root plants, virtually eliminated is placed, I continue experience has dictated a and it certainly gets carrot wire-worms in to read through the more cautious approach, your garden going faster his garden through their catalogs for information For one thing, I prefer than waiting for soil use. I have tried using and amusement. In to order from companies temperature and seed them, but find that I the one I received last that are based west of germination, want to look undemeath week a person can the Rockies, and I feel There is a book called, all the time to see how find a "fruit cocktail more trusting of catalogs "What's wrong with things are growing and tree" with nectarines, that show photographs my vegetable garden?" I don't always get them peaches, apricots and rather than drawings. It promises organic covered over again. Sort plums all on the same I'll usually buy seeds solutions to common of defeats the purpose, tree, a "mosquito-shoo rather than plants garden problems. It is which is to prevent flying geranium" bioengineered by mail-orde r , having grouped by the type of insects from access to vegetable rather than the plants where they the sort of problem. I lay their eggs. looked through it for an So next on the list answer to my squash of organic solutions bug problem, and it is to hand-pick the offers several, starting pests. I'm willing to do with the least harmful that, and have, but it Breckenridge Cedar siding panels on sale now starling at $15 per #x8 sheet. Vinyl lap siding just $35 per 1 O0 so. feet! AFFORDABLE FULL SIZED LUMBER .YARD wasn't enough to save my zucchini last year. Beneficial insects, kaolin spray, garlic spray and insecticidal soap are the next three suggestions, followed by Neem, horticultural oil and pyrethrin. The last three will also kill bees and other beneficial insects, so one definitely wants to be extremely careful with them. The book offers companion planting solutions and also suggests a polyculture approach, which means each plant's neighbor is different from itself. Makes the bugs have to look harder to find the next meal. According to the University of Colorado web entry on Steve's Automotive Towing & U-Haul Diesels $59.95 (Most trucks up to 11 quarts) Cars (up to 5 quarts) still $19.95! Council Shop Open 2194 Hwy 95 Council, Idaho 253o3614 Free local towing with most repairs ExP, ert ASE Certified & Factory Trained Mechanics Family Owned since 1972 1454 South Main Street Payette, Idaho 208-642-4792 8am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday I I I I I I III February 25 Beef Weigh-In ACF Fairgrounds 8-10am March 10 - Beef Field Day; Careers in the Beef Industry - Marsing HS 1-4:30 pm March 17 Valley/ Adams Co., Judging & Oral Reasons Workshop - Valley County March 26 - 4-H Enrollment Forms due - Extension Offce For more information, call the Adams County Extension office: 253- 4279. Email: shannas@ by Myrna Weikal mweikal @mt ecom. net 355-5829 squash bugs, "Warm temperatures during the growing season allow most of the second generation nymphs to successfully reach the adult stage. Mild winter temperatures allow the overwintering adult bugs to survive from season to season. The area around the base of the plant is also a site where insecticide applications should be concentrated. Diatomaceous earth/ pyrethrins applications around the base of the plant can be an effective method to control squash bug and is a treatment allowed in Certified Organic vegetable production." Another clever suggestion I came across for pest control: to defeat cabbage moths, pull a nylon stocking over each head of cabbage. That's the best use for nylons I've ever heardl Start saving eggshells ff you had blossom end rot on your tomatoes last year. When it comes time to put tomatoes in the ground, crush the shells and add them to the hole. They'll probably get kind of stinky by then, so you may want to keep them in an outbuilding.