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Page 8 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner Cabarton By Dale Hsk -- 253-4582 I've mentioned the com- munity of Cabarton a few times before in this col- umn, but I don't think I've told the whole story here. The community of Cabarton was established about 7 miles south of Cascade by the Boise Payette Lumber Company in 1918, as an alternative to their headquarters in Cascade and as a means to avoid paying city taxes there. It was a logging camp that could have qualified as a town, but it was never incorporated as one. The location, cho- sen by Edgar MacGregor, was where the Tripod Road met what would soon become the Payette Highway. Named for C. A. Barton, the General manager of the Boise Payette Lumber Company. "Cabarton" is his first two initials com- bined with his last name. Charles A. Barton became President of the Boise Payette Lumber Company in 1907. By the time he retired in 1932 (apparentlyr because of ill health), he was Vice President andl General Manager. Bartoru died in 1935. "Cabarton existed for sixteen years, with 75 fam- ilies living here at its peak. Married workers lived on the west side of the tracks in portable houses that somewhat resembled boxcars on skids. When they were relocated, they were loaded onto fiat cars. Almost all the other build- ings in Cabarton were also made to be portable so the headquarters could move to new areas being logged. There was a board- ing house for the single men east of the main line, along with the company shops, community bath- house, dispensary, com- pany store, cookhouse, dining hall and large horse barns and corrals for log- ging horses. In March of 1919, the community was awarded a post office. The first Postmaster was Edgar MacGregor, who had run logging opera- tions for the company's predecessor in Minnesota. A two-room school on a small hill overlooking Cabarton accommodated children in grades one through eight, and older kids attended high school at Cascade. The recreation hall featured a pool hall, plus a Masonic Lodge upstairs,the first one in Long Valley. In the cen- ter of it all was a por- table building on skids This classic shot of Cabarton shows the portable houses on the right, cars loaded with logs, and more. I believe the camera was looking more or less south. that served as the railroad depot. Near it, after 1923, was an open-air car shop. Cabarton had its own baseball team and social Clubs. Dances were held almost every Saturday night in the community recreation hall above "Al's Place" where, according to Gordon MacGregor, "the kids were stacked like cordwood asleep along the benches and back of the piano." School programs and parties were also held here. Al's Place on the first floor was a pool hall named after the owner, Al Nelson. It featured card and pool tables and a soda fountain. Tokens called "Hinkies" were exchanged at Al's Place, and could also be used for purchases at the company store. When the company store clbsed during the Depression, Al's Place also filled in as a store and post office for Cabarton. Loggers would typically build up debt at the BPL Co. store at Cabarton dur- ing the winter, and then work all summer to pay it off. "[hey were issued coupon books on credit to buy items at the store. The coupons came in vari- ous denominations, $5, $10, and smaller amounts of five, ten and twenty- five cents. The coupons could, also be purchased. Like many old-fashioned stores, the company store stocked much of its wares in bulk, weighing and packaging any amount the customer wanted. Most of the other prod- ucts consisted of canned goods, filling shelves that extended up toward a high ceiling. Cans on the upper shelves were retrieved by means of a pole with a nail at one end. The storekeep- er would catch a can with the nail and flip it off the shelf, catching it as it fell. Winters were a slow time at Cabarton. Logging operations usually slowed or stopped, and some of the loggers went to plac- es such as Klamath Falls, Oregon to work. Logging operations were suspend- ed entirely for a time dur- ing the Depression. Ice for the company icehouse at Cabarton was cut from local lagoons, and was used in iceboxes in the employees' homes and at the store. The Boise Payette Lumber Company moved its headquarters to a new community called MacGregor, two miles south of Donnelly, in 1936. The name Cabarton lived on as the name of one of the Union Pacific's executive railcars. The former site of Cabarton is now an empty field, bisected by the rail- road. Bear Facts A Bear 00dfedding By Tina Warner -- 258-4471 The wedding in Bear of Sam Warner and Sarah Stewart was held in their yard with a beautiful view of Bear Creek and Smith St. It was enjoyed by fam- ily and many friends. They were attended by Mary Beth Hogan of Ontario, Cerria Green of Council, McKenna McKinisee, Payette, Ben Warner of Payette, Chad Clay, Riggins and Travis of Lakefork. The ring bearer was Oscar Warner and the flower girl was Eva Warner, both of Payette, nephew and niece of the groom. Following the cer- emony, a potluck supper was served. Friday evening a din- ner for family was held on Joe and Sue Warner's deck and provided by Sauni McGahey and Jan Young. Several friends helped with tables, chairs, etc. Butch and Nancy Edwards have been visit- ing their aunt, were here for the wedding, and left for a week visiting fam@ in Kalispell, Mt. Helen and her son, Vernon Sinclair, were guests of Tina Warner and were here for the wed- ding. They returned to their home in Bouse, AZ, Sunday. Guests of Dan and Sauni McGahey over the past weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Hearts of Meridian. This week their family, Jim and Lisa and sons, and Jack and daugh- ter, Emily, all of Boise were their guests. Joy Brown of Meridian and her daughter, Teresa, of Boise spent a few days at their log house. They enjoyed attending the wedding. Ne PhoeNumber Amount Paid "Like you, I love lkg in this area. Haxag a full- time dental practice with locations in Council and Cambridge means it's convenient to see the dentist on any weekday right where you live @ Full-Time Practice serving Council and Cambridge since 2002 Monte R. Eppich