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Lost & Found

corner to be “lost” and its position calculated by

single-proportion during their 1969 survey along the

range line. Previously, in 1951, a local surveyor had

set a basalt stone with “1/4” chiseled into it about 40

feet to the west. Regarding that 1951 stone, the BLM

declared “this point was established using improper

procedure and is not utilized in this survey.” Being

curious types, we naturally wanted to look for the

original 1860 BTs which consisted of “an Oak 8” dia

bears N 70 E, 0.20 ch” and “an Oak 5” dia bears S

18 W, 0.58 ch.” After much searching, we found an

Oak stub that had what looked to be a very small

area of “curly wood” at the base. This “overgrowth”

is the tree’s attempt to cover up a scar, such as the

axe-flattened blaze of a surveyor and any marks

he may have scribed on it. The “overgrowth’ slowly

spreads over the blaze from each edge, filling any

scribe marks with new wood and eventually after

many years, can completely cover the site where

bare wood was exposed. I carefully removed this

one remaining curly fragment and turning it over

revealed a clear imprint of a portion of Cartee’s

unique 1860 scribing of the letters “BT” with

his trademark “T” utilizing the straight line

of the “B” as its top. It is amazing to me that

this little fragment of white oak, that hadn’t seen

the light of day for 131 years, was the only evidence

remaining of the 1860 scribed blaze that had long

since rotted away. Much of the credit for this corner

recovery should go to Dave Simes, my instrument

man, who located several “stump patterns” matching

the 1860 geometry and drew my attention to them

on the steep, rocky hillside. After establishing the true

corner position at record bearing and distance from

the recovered 1860 BT, we then found the rotted stub

of the other Oak BT at its proper location. The 1969

BLM brass cap was about 4.5 feet, N 60 W from the

actual corner position. After I notified their Portland

office, the BLM surveyors examined the evidence

and remonumented both this corner and the east

quarter corner of Section 36, and then resurveyed

the east line of section 24. On July 31, 1991, Wayne

Gardner, Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Oregon, filed

a “corrective dependent resurvey of a portion of the

east boundary, T. 4 S., R. 11 E., Willamette Meridian,

Oregon, designed to restore the corners in their true

original locations according to the best available

evidence.” Thus we ended a very pleasant springtime

outing in the wilds of the Wy’East country.

The underside of the “curly” wood

fragment revealing an imprint of Carlee’s

trademark “BT.”

Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon