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The area surrounding Ashton is full of colorful history, as evidence in the names of early pioneers chose. Ashton, of course, was founded in 1906 and named after Bill Ashton, the chief engineer on the Oregon Short Line Railroad, which passed through the town. Originally, Marysville was called Springville because of the number of springs in the area. The name was changed to Marysville in 1890 after city officials were told by post office officials that there were already too many Springvilles. Marysville was chosen because of five prominent Marys in the area and because Mary Baker was the first postmistress there. Hugginsville corner is 4 miles east of Ashton on Highway 47. It was named after John Huggins, an early settler. For unknown reason sometimes later was called Svea Falls. Originally, spelled Green Timber, it was named because of the green wood that could be found in that area. It is northeast of Ashton along the Cave Falls highway. Warm River, along Highway 47 northeast of Ashton was so named because the river does not freeze over in the winter and steam often rises from the water on cold days. The area surrounding it was once noted for a big dance hall, a swimming pool and resort facilities. Across Fall River, to the south of Greentimber is Squirrel. It was named for the vast hordes of ground squirrels that used to plague the area. The squirrels died off suddenly after overpopulating themselves. Kelley is east of Squirrel just up the road from the Paul Bolland residence. The Kelly Schoolhouse still stands there. Kelly was named for Judge Kelly, who was Mrs. Emer Duke’s father. Highland is east of Squirrel and was named because of the Highland Ranch located where Larry Orme now lives. The ranch specialized in registered hogs, sheep, cattle and horses. Many people came to Ashton to work on the Highland Ranch. Located along Highway 32, the little town was named after one of its earliest settlers, Lou Lamont. Lou was Ben Lamont’s grandfather. The town of Drummond is nearer to Ashton than Lamont and was named after the engineer who succeeded Bill Ashton in the construction of the railroad into Teton Basin. Grainville was a shipping point on the Oregon Short Line Railroad between Ashton and Drummond. It was named for the acres of wheat surrounding the stop. It is located near the Scafe and Bergman residences. France Siding is now just an elevator along Highway 32 between Drummond and Lamont, France was a loading area for the train. It was originally called Franz Siding after Bob and Max Franz, the first homesteaders. The name was changed during World War I when feelings against anything German ran high. Lillian is across the road from the Blaine Baird home on Highway 32, west of Drummond and was named for its postmistress, Lillian Newby. Farnum is east and south of Ashton. It was named for Mary Farnum, the mother of the first postmaster, Silas Green. Going west of Ashton is Ora, named after Ora Kerr, the wife of M. J. Kerr, a county commissioner in 1898. The post office was located in their home next to the schoolhouse on the old Reynolds place. Sarilda, northwest of Ora, was originally to have been Sadoris, but a choice of two names was submitted when applying for a post office – Sarilda and Sadoris. The name was taken from Sarilda Sadoris who had the first school in her home. Vernon, south of Ora and southwest of Ashton, is where the first Methodist Church was located and is across the road from what is now the Lynn Loosli residence. No reason could be found for the name of the area, although it is thought there could have once been a Vernon family living there. [Edit]

Added by: John Warnke
10/03/2006

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