A great influx of settlers came, orchards were planted,schools
established, property increased in valuation. There was no outlet for
the grain the farmers were raising, but they became quite self
sustaining and prosperous. A flouring mill was built at Longs Station,
known as Milton Mills, also others sprung up. This mill at Longs
Station laid idle for 36 years.
In The Year of 1869
First attempt to create a new county from Walla Walla County,
mainly by Waitsburg citizens failed.
In The Year of 1870
In 1870, it is recorded, Jesse N. Day owned the farm at the
"crossing (meaning the crossing of the Touchet and Patit). The Lewiston
road followed what is now Main street through a wide lane, which was
used as a race course by those having faith in the speed of their
ponies. This lane divided the farm into two wheat fields. Next above on
the Touchet resided John Mustard and above him were the farms of,
Ezekel Hobbs, W.S. Newland and Perry Earl. Going downstream one found
Lambert Hearn, Phil Gibberson, Jim Danskin, R.G.Newland, Elias Muncey,
John Long, J.B. Schrum and Samuel L. Gilbreath on the Touchet. Uncle
Joe Smith and Frank Thompson on the hill west of Long Station and the
widows Payne and E.E. Ellis in Payne Hollow, Elisha Ping, I.N.
Robinson, G.W. Miller, S.D. Earl and Lot Wiggins lived on the Patit.
In The Year of 1871
The plat of the townsite of Dayton was filed and recorded in Walla
Walla county by Jesse N. Day and his wife. Also Mr. Wait and Bill
Matzger erected a flouring mill in Dayton.
In The Year of 1872
A large amount of building in Dayton was going up. the first brick
store was erected at a cost of $45,000
In The Year of 1873
A flour mill, planing mill and a woolen mill attracted a large
In The Year of 1874
Publication of the Dayton News started.
In The Year of 1875
Columbia County was formed, It included land of present day, Asotin
and Garfield Counties.
In The Year of 1876
Dayton High School will open September 4, 1876, Tuition, primary
department $6.00 per quarter, advanced department $10.00 per quarter.
This notice appeared in the Walla Walla Union. Later August 18,
1876....The new Presbyterian Church is being fitted up for Professor
Edminston's High School. (the school opened with 38 students).
At this time it was recorded the population of Dayton 106 families
actually residing and doing business in the town. (526 individuals)
In The Year of 1877
Columbia County was connected with the outside world by telegraph.
In The Year of 1878
September 7, 1878 Dayton had nearly 1000 population, remember
that Columbia County included Garfield and Asotin counties at this
time. but according to the census of 1878 Columbia County had 70
more then Walla Walla county which was recorded as the second largest
county in the State and for a time Columbia County was the largest in
First Hook and Ladder Company formed. 50 students reported for school.
New lumber yard. Regular city dray established. City milk wagon on
deliveries. This is the same year there was a attempt to put Walla
Walla and Columbia county in Oregon. This failed but not without a
fight.. This year there were numerous Indian War scares, especially
hard fighting around Pendleton. Some of our men from Dayton were called
upon to help out.
To Be Continued
Street and more Newsletter" Nadine Dieringer Publisher, in 1998
received permission to print it as compiled by Mrs. Charlotte Smith and
printed by the Dayton Chronicle in 1965,all material is Public Domain.