The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., November 18, 1915, page 6


     "I recall a snowfall just 40 years ago that was this early," says Hans Lage, a pioneer homesteader of the East Side last Thursday, when discussing the snowstorm that was prevailing over the Hood River valley. "My family and my wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claus Hoeck, arrived at the Hood River boat landing November 12, 1875. It was snowing then.
     "A flag was flying at the boat landing. It had been raised on the day before at the time of the arrival of the colony of settlers from Elmyra, N.Y., and points in Pennsylvania. We remained a day or two in Hood River, then a mere settlement, and walked, after ferrying across the Columbia, to Gilmer, Wash., where we were contemplating settling. On the morning of November 18 the thermometer registered a temperature of four degrees below zero at Gilmer and three feet of snow covered the ground."
     In addition to his wife, Mr. Lage's family at the time of his arrival consisted of two daughters, now matrons of the Apple Valley, Mrs. W.P. Scobee and Mrs. J.H. Koberg, and a son, Henry Lage. The home place of Mr. Mr. Lage has always been conspicuous in the East Side orchard district. While neighbors planted all of their tillable land to apple trees, a portion of the Lage ranch was reserved for grain. While the German pioneer, who came here from Iowa, has engaged in the orchard business, he has consistently practiced diversified farming.
     But three surviving members of the Elmyra party now remain in Hood River. They are: Mrs. Emma Ingalls and her son, J.W. Ingalls, and Chas. Wallace, whose father, J.W. Wallace, passed away last summer. A sister of Mr. Wallace, Mrs. W.B. Perry, now resides in California. But few of the New York and Pennsylvania emigrants remained in Hood River longer than to stop over for the winter. As soon as spring came they journeyed on down the Columbia to the Willamette valley.
     The late Lyman Smith, whose death occurred last Wednesday at the home of his son, Will Smith, in Portland, was a member of the party."

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