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204 End of the Civil War In the Early Days section of the As
203 Homestead Act In the Early Days section of the As
202 Joseph Lane In the Early Days section of the As
201 Divorce In the Early Days section of the As
200 Fording the Stream In the Early Days section of the As
199 Pioneer Clothing In the Early Days section of the As
198 Sam Clary , 1860, miner In the Gold Rush section of the As
197 Deadwood , 1851, name of eight camps In the Gold Rush section of the As
196 The Deckers , Yreka, Ben Mitchell In the Early Days section of the As
195 Robber's Roost , stage coach robbery site In the Early Transportation section
194 Desertion From Ft. Crook , Shasta County, desertions In the Early Days section of the As
193 Phoenix, Oregon , Sam Colver, Gassburg In the Early Days section of the As
192 Treason , Ridgely Greathouse In the Early Days section of the As
191 Callahan , Mathias, In the Early Transportation section
190 Borrowed Horse , Lange Brothers, Siskiyou County In the Early Days section of the As

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Apparently Emmerson “Doc” Kennedy was a creative man, not overly constrained by convention, propriety or laws.

He came to Oregon reportedly as a physician who had lost licenses in Oklahoma and California.  In 1945, in spite of lumber and labor shortages, he purchased a Cow Creek sawmill and built a dance hall south of Roseburg.  He partly constructed the dance hall with vertically-sawn, 8-foot peeler cores.  According to R. J. Duffy, who had been a bartender for Kennedy in 1947, Kennedy’s Dutch Mill was built with “no skilled labor, just a quart of hooch and some boys.” Together they constructed a huge dance hall with two restaurants.  A locomotive-sized diesel boiler consumed 100 gallons an hour heating the uninsulated building.

During Kennedy’s time, the establishment had an illegal gambling den and bedrooms rented by the hour. An employee later recounted how one night Kennedy broke up a gambling party with 40 friends just a half hour before the police arrived.  He had apparently been tipped off by a phone call.

In 1952, Kennedy sold out to Herb Linder, who named the place Lindy’s and changed the nature of the business, focusing on country music instead.

Source: Wyatt, Steve, “Lindy’s: the House that Hooch Built”, Table Rock Sentinel, March/April 1993, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 10-13.