EARLY PIONEER HALSEY DENNISON COLE

& HIS BROTHER SAMUEL

THIS IS THE COLE BARN.  LOCATED ON THE BZ/GLENWOOD HIGHWAY.

THE HOUSE SAT EAST OF THE BARN.

photo by Darlisa Black

I have used the 1913 map to show H.D. Cole land. 

Outlined in red is the land  H.D. Cole filed on in 1885.  Outlined in blue is what he filed  on in 1893 and outlined in green 1907.

 

The 40 acres on this map at the Medley Canyon/Bertschi Rd I don't have record of him filing on.

There was a county road across the Lake Bottom from this barn to the C&H Shop.  When the water was down, Tunis Wyers in his early mail delivery days used this route to deliver mail to Glenwood.   Once across the Lake Bottom, he would stop at Nelda & Jake Howe's for a meal.  They lived where Rich and Dannet Wheelhouse now live.   

NEWSCLIPPINGS:

From the June 13, 1940 Goldendale Sentinel P. 4.  Clippings of the Past.

May 28, 1891

From the March 11, 1920 Goldendale Sentinel "Looking Back 25 Years":

March 1895

From The Dalles Chronicle November 11, 1895

The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., October 12, 1923, page 1

 

HALSEY D. COLE HONORED ON EIGHTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY

 

A very interesting birthday party was given recently by Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Bartholomew of Bingen in honor of the 81st birthday anniversary of Halsey D. Cole, a prominent pioneer resident of this section. Mr. Cole was born in New York State on September 14, 1842. He grew up in New York and served in the Civil war after which he came west to the California gold fields, and to Washington in 1879. He was one of the very first settlers of Camas Prairie, a pioneer hunter, and dairyman who made cheese and butter which gained a reputation both in this county, the Dalles and Portland.

 

Mr. Cole is a Republican of long standing, has attended many important conventions and was instrumental in the nomination and election of many of our early county and state officers. He retired from active management of his large ranch near Glenwood about 25 years ago and later disposed of his holdings in this county and invested in Willamette Valley property. He has made his home with the Bartholomew family for the past twenty year.

 

Mr. Cole is hale and hearty, being more active than many men twenty years younger than he is. He is one of the best known pioneers of this section and has been honored with many offices and prominent positions.

 

Thanks to Jeffrey Elmer for saving this clipping.

From the November 12, 1897 Hood River Glacier

From the Hood River Sun September 28, 1899

THE FULDA POST OFFICE IS LOCATED AT THE HOME OF HALSEY COLE AT THE TIME THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN in 1899.

 

Halsey Dennison Cole was born 1842 in New York state.  When the Civil War broke out he enlisted with the Fifth New York Heavy Artillery and served for three years.  When he was discharged, he returned to New York and began the business of cheese making.  

In 1875, he headed for San Francisco where he once again went into the cheese making business.  

In 1879 he came to Klickitat County with the James Shaw family.  

Halsey filed a homestead claim in 1885.  

About 1896, he and  Charles Moore, purchased what is now the refuge headquarters.  

He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and Civil War organization of veterans.  In later life, he sold his Camas Prairie farm and moved to the Willamette Valley.

 

Halsey lived his last years with the E.E. Bartholomews in White Salmon.   Mrs. Bartholomew was a daughter of James Shaw.

 

He passed away June, 1932 at age 90. 

OBITUARY

(Should be Halsey Dennison Cole)

The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 17, 1932, page 1

HALSEY COLE, PIONEER, CALLED

G.A.R. VETERAN ONCE SERVED AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER

            Halsey Gunnison Cole, well known pioneer of western Klickitat County, passed away at the E. E. Bartholomew home, east of Bingen, Tuesday night, at the age of 90 years.  Mr. Cole was born in New York State and came from California in 1879 with the J. O. Shaw family, settling in the Camas Prairie.  He operated a dairy farm and made the first cheese in that section.

            Halsey Cole was a stand–pat Republican and took much interest in politics and served many times as a delegate in the old–time convention days.  At one time he served as County Commissioner, was one of the first members of the Camas Prairie Drainage district.  He was one of the very few remaining members of the Grand Army of the Republic.

            He had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Bartholomew for the past 25 years.

            The funeral will be held this morning at 10 o’clock at the Bingen church. 

 

FROM THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF KLICKITAT COUNTY 

 

HALSEY D. COLE is a comfortably situated
farmer, residing one mile east of Fulda postoffice, in Klickitat county. He is a native of New York state, born in Lewis county, September 14, 1842, the son of Lansing W. and Pedy (Dennison) Cole, both
now deceased. Lansing W. Cole was born in New-
York state in 1808, and in after life was a farmer.
His death occurred in Lewis county. Pedy (Den-
nison) Cole, also a native of New York, was born
in 1 814, and died in 1868. She was the mother of
twelve children, ten of whom are still living. Of
the boys in this family, Halsey D., of this biography,,
is the youngest. He grew to young manhood in
Lewis county, where he was born, remaining at
home with his parents until he was eighteen years of age. When the Civil war began, he was among the first to enlist in defense of the union. His career as- a soldier began with the Fifth New York Heavy Artillery, with whom he served for three years, lack- ing a few days. Upon receiving an honorable discharge at Sackett's Harbor, he returned to his home in Lewis county, where he engaged in cheese-making.

After six years thus spent, he moved to San
Francisco, California, arriving in the spring of
1875. In California, he followed the business of
cheese-making for several years, then, in 1879, came overland by wagon to Klickitat county. Shortly
after his arrival, he filed on his present homestead,
to the cultivation of which he has ever since devoted his time and talents. In all, Mr. Cole now owns three hundred and twenty acres of land. Sixteen acres of his original homestead are now cleared of heavy timber, this work having been done by Mr. Cole personally, while one hundred and twenty acres of the tract he owns are fine meadow land.
The entire farm is under fence and well supplied
with buildings, stock and machinery, etc. All im-
provements are the results of Mr. Cole's personal
labor. The brothers and sisters of Mr. Cole are:
Lvsander, Madison A., Lansing W., Samuel M.,
Mrs. Adeline Hoskins, Mrs. Jane Dennison, Mrs.
Angeline Tiffany, Mrs. Pedy Smith, Mrs. Eleanor

Allen and Mrs. Medora Snyder. Fraternally, Mr.
Cole is affiliated with the Masons, and in politics, he is a Republican, quite prominent in municipal af-
fairs. In the fall of 1890, he was elected to the
office of commissioner of the First district for a
term of two years. At present he is acting as road
supervisor, in the duties of which office, as in all
other matters, he is displaying skill, good judg-
ment and the ability to do the right thing at the
right time.

H.D. COLE'S BROTHER SAMUEL:

SAMUEL COLE WAS BORN MARCH 1839 AND PASSED AWAY IN 1910.  HE IS BURIED HERE IN THE MT ADAMS CEMETERY.  

 In the 1900 census Samuel is living at Camas Prairie.  He is widowed.  He and Halsey live together.  Samuel is listed as the head and Halsey is listed as retired farmer.  In the 1910 census Samuel is living by himself and listed as retired farmer.  

Samuel enlisted in the Civil War September 4, 1862, as a private in the 1st Mounted Rifles.  He mustered out May 1865 in Richmond, Virginia.

There is a local story that Halsey and Samuel fought on opposite sides in the Civil War, but actually, they both fought for the Union.  

SAMUEL COLE FILED MARCH OF 1904 ON T5N R12  NW ¼ SEC. 9

Samuel's land patent  March 1904 on T.5N  R12E  NW ¼ OF SECTION 9