Daily Idaho Press August 25, 1910
OF PACK HORSES
25, -- Two charred bodies lying on the summit of Cedar gulch give the best
indication of the ferocity of the flames that are devastating the country in the
famous old placer district. The cessation of the wind has given a breathing
spell and it is thought that it can be saved if the wind should come up again.
The Amador mine is located at the head of Cedar gulch which has its ending two miles east of Iron Mountain. Although the flames have made this erstwhile mining camp a smouldering heap of ashes, still no lives have been lost there. The Kansas City Commercial company's dredge, located farther north in the gulch has not fared so well. A reliable report was received at Iron Mountain yesterday to the effect that four men had been smothered to death at that place. Just how they met their untimely death could not be ascertained yesterday.
In Oregon Gulch.
These horrors, however, can not compare with the terrors to be found in Oregon gulch which leads into the St. Joe country and has its mouth in Cedar gulch. Two charred bodies on the summit give shadowy comprehension of the rapacity of the flames. Clayton McBride, an employee of the Big Flat Mining company, which is located in Oregon gulch, made his way into Iron Mountain and reports that one man was smothered there and that he had very grave fear for the safety of others. The Big Flat Mining company's buildings are wiped out and the country is a mass of flames.
It is highly
probable that Joe Sadler and Charley Buckhouse have met a tragic fate in the
roaring furnace in what was formerly Oregon gulch. These two men arrived at the
summit with a pack train of 30 horses. At this point they met McBride, who had
made his way from the Big Flat Mining company's property. He pleaded with them
in an endeavor to dissuade them from an attempt at passage, but they replied
that two men and a woman had gone into the Clearwater country the day before and
that they must be rescued. Baxter is thought to be the name of the people who
went into the Clearwater where they have a claim on Sherlock creek. That their
pack train is doomed is certain, but there may be a slight chance that the men
saved their lives through Sadler's intimate knowledge of the forests and their
ways. Joe Sadler is considered to be the best guide in the Ovando country and
will be able to get out if it is any way possible. Charley Buckhouse resides
south of Missoula at the Buckhouse bridge. When these two left McBride, they
said that they would try to reach Olson's or Utz's camp.
Joe Gareau and William LaCombe escaped from death by a small margin and arrived in Iron Mountain yesterday with four horses remaining of a total of 50 which they were packing into the Clearwater.
The people living up Cedar gulch were awakened Sunday night, first by the electric speeders which the Amador and Kansas City companies used as an avenue for escape and then by the men, who were fleeing on foot from the pursuit of the flames. The women have all been removed. Much property had been cached in tunnels and root cellars.
The Idaho Press September 1, 1910
SPENDS WILD NIGHT
IN A TUNNEL
WALLACE MAN WITH RAIL-
ENT AT ST. JOE
Jules LeDuce, a Wallace music teacher, arrived in
Missoula yesterday after a trip that has been full of adventures for him. He
arrived at Falcon in time to join Superintendent Marshall in his flight for
tunnel 27 and was with him during that night, says a Missoula report. LeDuceís
story confirms the horrors of the afternoon and night as expressed by
Superintendent C. H. Marshall and Conductor Vandercook. Mr. LeDuce passed three
burned bodies and 14 dead horses on his walk into St. Regis and assisted in
covering one of the bodies. The bodies were all partially burned, but his belief
is that the dead men were Italians.
A copy of a telegram from Chief Engineer E. J. Pearson of the Puget Sound to President Williams was received at the local Puget Sound office yesterday. An excerpt from Mr. Pearsonís telegram reads as follows:
"Nothing could live last evening unless in tunnels. Fires of yesterday and last night have swept practically all the country from Avery to St. Regis. Nothing could have lived on the mountains last evening except for the tunnels."
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