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Johnson & Dorsey found dead at S. Fork Ranch

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Johnson & Dorsey found dead at S. Fork Ranch

Posted: 13 Mar 2010 3:24PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: JOHNSON, DORSEY

June 7, May 25, 1879, Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman: "Warrens, I(daho). T(erritory).

"Our Camp is laboring under some degree of excitment by reason of renewed Indian depredation in this vicinity.

"On the South Fork of the Salmon River, twelve miles south of Warrens, there lived an old resident of this country, named HUGH JOHNSON. He had a small ranch, raised vegetables, kept horses, &c. There are few others living thereabouts, miners and farmers, but communication was not frequent since high water commenced, his place being on the east side of the river. He was not seen for some time and a few who passed his house supposed he was away at work on an irrigation ditch. Finally, during the last week a few neighbors visited his house and found it in confusion with no signs of having been occupied for a long time. A further search resulted in finding his dead body, and that of another man named PETE DORSEY, who was temporarily stopping with him, in a ravine by the river.

"They had been shot apparently while at work in the field near the house and carried or dragged away. They were not scalped or otherwise mutilated. It was evidently the work of Indians, as their moccasin tracks were everywhere visilbe in and around the house and the plowed field, and also on the trail. They took away three horses, also blankets, flour and provisions and two good guns and several hundred cartridges. It was a small party, perhaps three or four. The ranch is situated at the mouth of Elk Creek. At its head is a pass and an ancient trail leads across to another large stream called Big Creek which flows eastward and is supposed to empty into the Middle Fork of Salmon below Loon Creek. It is by this route that the marauders came and returned."


Helmer, Cheryl. "Warren Times/A collection of news about Warren, Idaho". Henington Publishing Company, Wolfe City, TX., 1988.

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