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AUGUSTUS L. WALKER'S DONATION LAND CLAIM:  1855-2005

On September 27, 1850, the United States Congress passed the Donation Land Act. 1

Augustus L. Walker in 1855, under the land act, received a patent to 160 acres on Jumpoff Joe Creek in northern Josephine County (see Hugo Pioneers & Donation Land Claim map on web.) 2

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Augustus was a farmer and a miner and started the tradition of farming on his land south of Jumpoff Joe Creek.

1855. Augustus L. Walker (160 ac)
1874.  Mrs. Neely – Saw Mill  3
1895.     Elizabeth F. Neeley (160 ac)   4
1930 – 1945.  C. T. Hansen (160 ac)  5
1955.     Albert L. Irwin (160 ac) 6
1970.     South of Jumpoff Joe Creek.   7
           Wiley Curry (110 ac)
2005.     North of Jumpoff Joe Creek – Neighbors of Red Mountain Drive
2005.     South of Jumpoff Joe Creek – WTW Development LLC (109.82 ac)

THE AGRICULTURAL LAND & OPEN SPACES

The agricultural land and open spaces of Augustus Walker’s donation land claim south of Jumpoff Joe Creek still exist.  For the 150 years what started out as prairie has been farm land and is today zoned “Exclusive Farm” by Josephine County.  In the 1930s farmer C.T. Hansen developed a major irrigation pipeline to the farm from upper Jumpoff Joe Creek.

HEIRS TO AUGUSTUS WALKER’S DONATION LAND CLAIM

The 2005 property owners of Augustus Walker’s old donation land claim follow.   The order of property owners is from lower number tax lots to higher numbered lots).  3

 North of Jumpoff Joe Creek

Hardwick, Morgon, Erickson, Spain, Borra, Pool, Maxwell, Silvestri, Guillory, Hinshaw, Kelly, Backus, Cunha, Parish, Rothery, Baker, Bodine, Brabec, Rose, Fors, Rosollini.

South of Jumpoff Joe Creek

WTW Development LLC

 

  1. Hugo Neighborhood. 2005.  Donation Land Claimers, Hugo, Oregon: 1850 – 1855.  Hugo, OR.
  2. Hugo Neighborhood.  2005.  Walker Brothers – Donation Land Claimers:  1855.  Hugo, OR.  Josephine County Assessor records.
  3. Chard, Bob.  Road Viewer Book I.  1874 Josephine County Road Survey.  Pt. 217 – “north end of Bridge over Jump off Joe”
  4. Pt. 218 – “Saw Mill”; Pt. 219 – “Mrs. Neelys”.  July 11, 1997 Memorandum.
  5. Hugo Neighborhood.  2005.  Vernon Chester Ludwick’s Three Pines & Hugo Memories, Hugo, OR;  1932 Metsker map.
  6. 1955 Metsker map
  7. 1970 Metsker map

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