Begin at a point 29.64 chains (approx. 1,956 feet) West of the N.E corner of the N.W. quarter of the S.E quarter of Section 33 in Township 7 N. of Range 36 EW.M. and run West 3.65 1/2 chains (approx. 241 feet), thence South 13.5 chains (approx. 891 feet), thence East 3.65 1/2 chains, thence North 13.5 chains to the point of beginning. (Tract I, about 5 acres, which includes the house).
Also, begin at a point on the East and West center line in Township 7 N., Range 36 E 29.64 chains West of the N.E. corner of the S.E quarter of Section 33, run East along the center line 121.5 feet, then South 13.5 chains, then West 121.5 feet, then North 13.5 chains to the point of beginning. (Tract 2, about 2 1/2 acres)
Title and Occupant History:
September 29, 1877 –Michael B. and Amelia E. Ward, husband and wife, sold over 450 acres including the two tracts in the legal description to Thomas P. Page for $10,000. (Deed Book 0, Page 583, hereinafter 0/583)
The county directory for 1881-2 lists Michael B. Ward as a capitalist with a residence at 119 East S1, (at the head of Poplar); it lists Thomas P. Page as the proprietor of City Dairy with a residence outside the city limits.
October 12, 1882–Thomas P. and Ellen Page, husband and wife, sold over 450 acres including the property to William Hammond for $20,600. (271153)
The directories for 1885, 1889 and 1892 list William R. Hammond as a cattle raiser with no residence listed.
April 13, 1888–William R. and Permelia Hammond, husband and wife) sold tract I in the legal description to Francis A. Colwell for $375. (53/538)
Francis A. Colwell is not listed in the directories for 1885-1894.
April 30, 1888–William R. and Permelia Hammond sold the land in tract 2 of the legal description plus 2 1/2 acres to Frank Hilbert for $325. (40/607)
July 26, 1888–Frank and Myrtie Hilbert, husband and wife, quit claim deeded the right to keep a water ditch across the land in tract 2 to W. R. Hammond for $1. (40/627)
Construction of the House: the Walla Walla County Assessor lists 1890 as the date built; however, this is not authoritative. The fact that tract I, where the house stands on 5 acres of land, sold for $375 in 1888 and tract 2 plus 2 1/2 acres, for a total of 5 acres sold for $325 in 1888, indicates that there was probably no house on tract I at that time. Tract I sold again in 1893, a depression year, for $2000; while tract 2 sold for $1300 in 1898 (with a total of 5 acres). This seems to indicate that there was a house on tract I before 1893. There are no mortgage records or building permit records that shed further light on the construction date.
March 28, 1893–Francis A. and E. M. Colwell, husband and wife, sold tract I to John H. Benn for $2000. (53/541)
John H. Benn is not listed in the county directory for 1893-4.
June 21, 1894–John H. Benn and John Stieglietz made an agreement whereby for $25 Steiglietz agreed to maintain the bed of a stream so that Benn could enjoy its natural fall. (53/541)
January 3, 1895–Frank and Myrtie Hilbert sold tract 2 plus 2 1/2 acres to Emily A. Vinson. (56/508)
October 12, 1895–John H. and Jane Benn, husband and wife, sold tract I to David H. Wilsey for $2100. (92/162, see also 56/499)
David Wilsey is listed in the 1898 directory as a county taxpayer.
February 14. 1898–Emily and Ezra Vinson. wife and husband. sold tract 2 plus 2 1/2 acres to John S. Vinson of Umatilla for $1300. (62/427)
November 15, 1899–John S. Vinson, a single man, sold tract 2 plus 7 1/2 acres to Paul Thonney for $1500. (72/98)
April 7, 1904–Paul and Mary Thonney, husband and wife, sold tract 2 plus 7 1/2 acres to Truman F. Canfield for $3525. (89/498)
October 28. 1907–Truman F. and Joanna Canfield, husband and wife. sold tract 2 plus 7 1/2 acres to Alice A. Heikes for $5000. (110/245)
May 8, 1909–Alice A. and J. H. Heikes. wife and husband, sold tract 2 plus 7 1/2 acres to W. P. Hooper for $10 plus other consideration. (115/555) May 23,. 1911–W. P. and Daisy F. Hooper sold tract 2 plus 7 1/2 acres to . Wiley F. Shelton for $7500. (128/78)
January 9, 1912–David H. and Hattie Wilsey, husband and wife of Umatilla, sold tract I to Baldwin Kau for $4500. (131/486)
The 1912-14 directories list Baldwin Kaw [Kau] as a laborer with a home on RD 3.
March 12, 1914–Baldwin and Lena Kau sold tract I to Anton Kotke for $10 and other consideration. (131/500)
Anton Kotke is not listed in the 1914 or 1915 directories.
June 22, 1914–Anton Kotke, a bachelor, sold tract 1 to Maria Allen for $5000. (131/612)
October 19, 1914–Maria and Albert Allen, wife and husband, sold tract 1 to Charles P. and Susanna Carle, husband and wife, for $100 and other consideration. (135/358)
The 1923-4 directory lists Charles P. Carle as a farmer residing on RD3.
December 18, 1930–Certificate of Water Right issued to Charles P. Carle for use of Caldwell Creek for irrigation. (#190168)
March 11, 1940–Susanna Carle, a widow, Anna L. Smith, and Arnold E. Carle, as heirs at law of Charles P. Carle, deceased, sold tract I to Harold J. and Winifred N. Myers, husband and wife, for $10 and other consideration. (Deed #259443)
The 1941 directory list Harold J. Myers as an appliance serviceman with Pacific Power and Light Co. with a home on RD 3.
July 3, 1945–Wiley F. Shelton, a widower, Hazel A Fielder, Glayds Overby, Frank Shelton, Lloyd R. Shelton and Helen M. Shelton sold tract 2 and other land to Raymond G. Shelton for $10 and other consideration. (#298203)
March 17, 1947–Harold J. and Winifred N. Myers sold tract I to Allen C. and Vivian Gilbert, husband and wife, for $10 and other consideration. (#300208)
The 1948-9 directory lists Allen C. Gilbert as a physician at the Veterans Administration Hospital with a residence on Reser Road.
April 5, 1950–Allen and Vivian Gilbert sold tract I to Peter T: and Florence R. Brooks, husband and wife, for $10 and other consideration. (#332163)
May 26, 1953–Raymond G. and Elfreda M. Shelton, husband and wife, sold tract 2 to Peter 1: and Florence R. Brooks for $10 and other consideration. (#391938)
October 17, 1957–the State of Washington granted Peter T: and Florence R. Brooks the right to use ground water for irrigation. (#398599)
February 14, 1974–Peter T: Brooks quit claim deeded tracts 1 and 2 to Florence R. Brooks. (#534896)
prepared by Michael W. Smith, 3/95