The Waugh Family
An historical and photographic perspective
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN A SKELETON WAS FOUND IN EASTERN OREGON. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT ? Yes, the skeleton was found when they graded a standard road up the side of a hill. In early days they always went up the bottom, but in later days they wanted a graded road so they could haul wheat out easier and when they graded the road out up near the top of the canyon, why here came a skeleton out and it was a bunch of bones of a man. Father (Bert Haynes) was asked to come over and take a look at it and see what he could explain and he said he went over there and took a look at it and said he knew it was Grandpa Easton cause he had a slanting skull, it was there very plain, so he told them, that's Grandpa Easton who lived right here at the bottom of the canyon, that was him. They never did find out just exactly what happened to him but John Tripps was going up with a load of wood at night and he said he saw a lantern out somewhere on the side of the hill and if they went out there and dig they might find Mr. Easton and that was never done when he disappeared, but they talked about it and they think his daughters killed him because he had a little money and they wanted the money but there is no certainty of anything because when they found the skull it was years after they were all dead.
From a taped interview of Joseph David Haynes b.1897 on Center Ridge by his daughter Virginia Haynes Hatch in 1978.