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Doc said to Minot, paraphrasing, "If you step down from the stage I'll shoot you dead." Minot wisely stayed on the stage and moved off into history.
Oregon Lumber Company built logging tracks down the Middle Fork and had branches up the draws and creeks to supply logs to the new mill.
The lumber was then shipped on the Sumpter Valley Railroad to Baker. At this time off-highway logging trucks began hauling logs in to the mill.
* (In about 1917 the Oregon Lumber Company built a new double-sided sawmill about a mile down the Middle Fork of the John Day River from Austin.
A company owned town was built for the mill workers and was named Batesville. This mill remained in full operation until October 1975, when a new mill was put into operation in John Day by Edward Hines Lumber Company, the owners at that time.
Today Bates along with its saw mill, its railroad and all of the people who once lived there now only exist as memories and faces in old photos of the former residents.
The technique of logging in the beginning at Austin and Bates was simple. In those days of the early 1900s most types of work did involve hard, physical labor.
At one time Austin boasted a population of approximately 500 people.
The means were served family style in ample proportions.
Austin was quite a town in its day, with several saloons, stores and even a jail.
A crew was sent out to construct the railroad grade, for the tracks to be laid on.
The main line of Eccles narrow gauge railroad followed the Middle Fork of the John Day River from Bates, eventually going as afar as Camp Creek.This mill was owned and operated by Bill Eccles, a brother to David Eccles, owner of Oregon Lumber Company.