(Gold Hill News) — From Foots Creek comes a new craft, or rather a new art. It is the shaping of the beautiful manzanita wood to objects of grace and utility.
Horace D. Jones, formerly a Portland newspaper man, but of late engaged in mining in the Foots Creek district, is the workman whose deft skill and patience transformed the seasoned heart of the common Oregon manzanita shrub into objects that immediately excite the desire for it is said to be his intention to enlarge possession.
Jewel cases, thermometer and barometer sets, calendars, manicure sets — a score of beautiful trifles placed upon the local market by Mr. Jones for the holiday trade and eagerly, almost instantly purchased. It can broaden the work, seeking a larger field for its sale, which he is certain to find.
Manzanita wood, finished and polished, possesses the luster of mahogany, while being a shade darker than rich cherry in coloration. It is altogether a distinctive wood, heavy and workable, and its merits for the purpose to which Mr. Jones had adapted it are unsurpassed.
Like mahogany, no tinsel is needed to adorn it, the native richness of the wood speaking for itself. All of the articles manufactured by Mr. Jones are stencilled "Oregon manzanita" and their fame should go far.
Oregonians have long felt a faith in the future utility in native woods and while the beauties of the manzanita are commonly known, no effort of this score has ever been made to illustrate the wood.
Jones of Foots Creek is indeed the "prophet of the manzanita."
The first Christmas festivities have been evidenced among the schools both city and rural.
Friday was the great day which delighted most of the city children, when after a good time they were turned loose for a two week's vacation of holiday fun.
Woe to the teacher who assigned any lessons to be prepared for the first Monday in the New Year.