The 1984 Glenwood School Annual, featured a series of eight local barn photos. Osmar Kuhnhausen identified the barns by name.
This barn is on page 3. Osmar identified it as the H.D. Cole Barn, or the George Gilmer Barn.
One common story I have heard here in the valley is that Samuel Cole and Halsey Dennison Cole were brothers who fought on opposite sides in the Civil War and even though they lived next to each other here in Camas Prairie, they did not speak to each other.
I don't know about not speaking to each other, but they were both born and raised in New York, and both fought for the Union. Samuel fought with the 1st New York Regiment Mounted Rifles. He came to Camas Prairie after his brother H.D. In the 1900 census the two brothers are living together. Samuel passed away in 1910 and is buried here in Glenwood in the Mt Adams Cemetery. H.D. Cole was younger than Samuel. He fought with the Fifth New York Heavy Artillery. After the war, H.D. returned to New York, learning the business of cheese making. He then moved on to California where he continued his cheese making business. In 1879 he came overland by wagon to Klickitat County with the James Shaw family and filed on a homestead in Camas Prairie. Shaw, was the founder of the present site of Glenwood. H.D. served as a county commissioner and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, (GAR), which was a Union soldier organization with a meeting hall in Hood River. H.D. is buried in Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River.
For a time, H.D. and a partner owned the farm that is now the Headquarters site of the Conboy Wildlife Refuge.
At the time of his death, in 1932 at age 90, H.D. was living with the Bartholomew family in Bingen. Mrs. Bartholomew was a daughter of J.O. Shaw.
Update 03/29/2017: I talked to Keith Kreps today. They call this barn the Cole Barn. He thinks it is the oldest barn in the valley. It is built with wooden square nails. He and his dad added on the lean to on the north side. Keith said the house sat east of the barn.
As for George Gilmer, this link will give you a better story about George than what I can tell. PIONEER INTERVIEW 1934

There is a Darlisa Black photo of this same barn.


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