John Nesbitt home at Smeads. Courtesy W. R. Chuck Peterson
Cap and Jim Berray homesteads on Bull River. Circa 1896.
Courtesy Frank Berray collection.
Julia Berray at 'Tent' homestead on Bull
River. Circa 1896. Courtesy Caspar
Twelve more 'homesteaders' took up parcels of land along the narrow bottomlands in Bull River. The economy was escalating and all kinds of work in the forests was available. Getting out logs, ties, shingles, and all the related jobs that went with them; blacksmithing, harness making, veterinarian, etc. Lots of men took timber claims, cut the timber on their one hundred and sixty acres, then skeedaddled from the country. It was a time of boom and violence; a time of railroad construction and mining developments; a time of exploitation of the regions choicest timber and the in-rush of homesteaders, many of whom were fly-by-nights.11.