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Who was John Day?

Joel La Follette - Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Daily Morning Astorian from February 23, 1889 has the answer.


John Day, one of the finest streams of Eastern Oregon, rises in the Blue Mountains and running west and south, empties into the Columbia River some forty miles above The Dalles. John Day was so named after an old trapper, a native of Kentucky, who died at Astoria about a century ago.

Mr. Day was an employee of Mr. Crook of the Northwestern Fur company and who, in company with his employer had crossed the plains along with the first voyagers. Day becoming sick on Snake River about Fort Hall, Mr. Crook refused to leave him and remained by his side some twenty days before he was able to travel. During that time their companions had made such headway that it was impossible to overtake them.

They followed on, but snows over took them and their exposure was terrible. They finally reached Walla Walla. The Indians there treated them very kindly and assisted them on their way. At the mouth of the John Day River they were overpowered by a band of Indians, robbed, stripped and turned loose to starve.

Not even permitted to retain their flint and steel, the mountaineers match, with which the might make a fire to keep warm during the chilly March nights. In this pitiful plight they attempted to get, back to the friendly Walla Wallians and had made about eighty miles along the river, when fortunately they met Mr. Stewart and followers in canoes on their way to Astoria. They took the unfortunate men in, clothed, fed, and carried them down the river.

In June 1812, Robery Stewart was selected to carrry dispatches from Fort Astoria to New York, across the continent. This was a dangerous enterprise and he selected four trusted and well trained men as companions in the voyage. They were Ben Jones, John Day, A. Vallar and F. LeClerc.

The company left Astoria on the 29th of June and on the morning of July 2nd, John Day began to show some strange freaks and in a few days became so crazy that he several times attempted his own life. When they had proceeded as far inland as the stream that now bears his name it became evident to his companions that he would be no better and that thus burdened it would be impossible for them to proceed. They therefore contracted with some friendly Indians to convoy him back to the fort.

His frank, bravo and loyal qualities had made him a universal favorite and it was with the utmost concern and tears of regret that his comrades saw the poor fellow tied in the canoe and carried away. The Indians performed their task faithfully and turned him over to his friends at Astoria. But his mind was completely shattered and his constitution broken and he soon after died, and was laid to rest where the Columbia and Pacific join in singing his eternal requiem. Capital Journal.

The John Day River, in this county, is also named after the same individual, thus making two streams in the same state named the same, and after the same man.

ODFW Sets Summer Salmon and Steelhead Seasons

Joel La Follette - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Press release from ODFW


Monday, June 12, 2017

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Oregon and Washington fishery managers have announced the 2017 summer and fall salmon and steelhead seasons for the Columbia River.

The summer season is similar to last year, except that the daily bag limit on hatchery steelhead has been reduced to one fish due to poor expected hatchery and wild steelhead returns. The season begins this Friday, June 16 with a daily bag limit of two adult salmonids, which may include up to two hatchery Chinook, but no more than one hatchery steelhead. Sockeye may also be retained as part of the adult daily limit. The season is expected to remain open through July 31.

Fishery managers are forecasting a return of 63,100 summer Chinook and 130,700 summer steelhead, and 198,500 sockeye salmon, all lower than last year’s actual returns.

The fall season, which begins Aug. 1, includes the popular Buoy 10 fishery near Astoria and the fall “upriver bright” Chinook season in the mainstem Columbia. Upriver bright Chinook are well known for their larger size and aggressive nature. Fishery managers forecast that 582,600 fall Chinook will enter the river this year, which is down from about 640,000 returning fall Chinook in 2016.

Due to the low projected returns for upriver summer steelhead, additional protective regulations are needed this fall including area-specific steelhead retention closures. The rolling 1-2 month closures start in August and progress upriver following the steelhead return to reduce take of both hatchery and wild fish. These closures affect the mainstem Columbia and the lower reaches of specific tributaries. When retention is allowed, the 1-steelhead bag limit will also remain in effect throughout much of the fall.

Anglers are reminded that Columbia River fisheries are managed to quotas and that regulation changes and in-season modifications can happen quickly, based on actual returns and harvest rates. ODFW recommends that anglers make sure they understand the latest season dates and regulations before venturing out on the water by checking the Columbia River Regulations Update Page online.

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