Rogue River History
Settlers of the Rogue River
The Thomas family began homesteading Clay
Hill in the late 1800s. The son, George Thomas, received the patent in 1919.
The home was built in 1914 and still stands on the property.
Hathaway Jones carried mail by mule trail in the canyon and married
Flora Thomas, whose father homesteaded Clay Hill. Flora's younger sister,
Ethel, is buried at Clay Hill. The homestead stills stands today about 200
yards up the trail from Clay Hill Lodge. Hathaway was the "Tall Tale Teller" of
the Rogue River.
Glen Wooldridge began guiding the river in
1917 and was the first man to run it upstream. He bought Clay Hill in 1942 from
George Thomas and began using the homestead to accommodate his fishing
clientele, which included Clark Gable, Herbert Hoover, Victor Moore and Ginger
Novelist Zane Grey felt the draw of this
beautiful area, he wrote many of his western books in a cabin which still
stands at Winkle Bar along the Rogue River today. The area is steeped in
history and lore from Native Americans to recent pioneer stories.
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