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This mill was in operation during the decade preceding World War I.

The passenger trains from Baker stopped at the Austin House (Austin Station) for lunch which Ma Austin served at her board house.

This mill was owned and operated by Bill Eccles, a brother to David Eccles, owner of Oregon Lumber Company.

(NOTE: Anyone interested in learning more about David Eccles and his lumbering operations, you can click on the following link: David Eccles Lumbering History.

The buildings had false fronts (there was still one these false fronted buildings standing as late as 1997). The railroad facilities included a four-stall engine house, yard trackage and a water tank.

There was a mill called the Eccles Mill near Austin.

Over the years as the industry progressed, much of the work done by the railroad was gradually replaced by trucks that hauled the logs. The trucks hauled more and more and the railroad less and less, until about 19 the last rails were pulled up. If I can find my copies I will send them to you to post. The old maps of the area show the site of Austin as "Newton's."It appears that Mr. Over time she paid off the bank loan and took full possession of the Austin property. when I was a kid working for Henry Ricco in the mid-1950s, Henry told me a story told to him by 'Doc' Edwards -- Linda Austin's brother. Henry Ricco, who bought the Austin place from 'Doc' Edwards after Linda died, found her wedding ring rolled up in a sock inside a shoe in her bedroom.

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.

Thanks goes to Gregg Smith for discovering this achieved newspaper article and bringing it to our attention).

The town of Austin was started by a man named Newton.

All the tracks except the main line was temporary track. To those who lived at Bates, it was a special place and a special time in their lives. He was married to Linda and they then renamed the site "Austin." At some point Minot joined with some other investors to pursue a business venture. Minot secured a loan from a Baker bank and mortgaged the Austin property as security for the loan.

As the crew went out and built the grade, another crew followed behind laying track. The past Bates residents hold a Bates Reunion every two years, in order to renew old friendships and reminisce about the Good Ole Days in Bates. The investment went sour and the bank foreclosed on the mortgage.

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