Judge Hanford and Manley Bostwick Haynes

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Judge Hanford and Manley Bostwick Haynes

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A virtual guide to the communities displaced when the federal government inaugurated the Manhattan Project on the Hanford Site in 1943. Funded by the Benton County, Washington Historical Preservation Grant.

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The Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities

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Manley Bostwick Haynes and Judge Cornelius Holgate Hanford

James Schroeder

August 16, 2020

 

In 1900 the Priest Rapids Valley was sparsely populated save for scattered settlements near the small community of White Bluffs. This changed over the following decade when Manley Bostwick Haynes and his father-in-law Judge Cornelius Holgate Hanford established the town of Hanford several miles south of White Bluffs.[1] An ambitious Seattle banker, real estate investor, and socialite, Haynes often graced the society page of The Seattle Daily Times, first as an eligible bachelor and later as husband to Judge Hanford’s daughter Elaine.[2] Haynes always kept his eyes open for investment opportunities, and while sailing down the Columbia River during the 1890s found himself drawn to the open landscape of the Priest Rapids Valley. Convinced an adequate irrigation network could transform the dry shrub-steppe into farmland, Haynes purchased 32,000 acres between Richland and White Bluffs, an endeavor The Ranch claimed “promises to be one of the largest public utilities in the state.”[3] Haynes asked his father-in-law for support, and Judge Hanford became an enthusiastic investor.[4] By 1905 Haynes, Hanford, and several prominent Seattle businessmen established the Priest Rapids Irrigation & Power Company (PRIPC) to turn vision into reality.[5]

Hanford was no stranger to ambition and had already achieved significant success as a lawyer and judge, becoming Washington Territory’s chief justice in 1889 and the first federal district court judge for Washington State in 1890.[6] Hanford supported agricultural development efforts, saying in 1905 in a speech steeped in racial bias that Native Americans, “as occupiers of the land, failed to use it as God intended that it should be used, so as to yield its fruits in abundance for the comfort of millions of inhabitants.”[7] When internal disputes led to the disintegration of the PRIPC Hanford and Haynes persevered, establishing the Hanford Irrigation & Power Company (HIPC) in 1906.[8] Hanford served for a time as HIPC president while Haynes acted as the company secretary.[9]

Over the next two years as the HIPC constructed irrigation and pumping facilities, employees delineated and developed a company town.[10] Platted in 1907, this new town was named Hanford after the HIPC’s prestigious founder.[11] The HIPC advertised to attract new residents and Haynes even purchased a homestead for himself, moving there with his family in 1913. Known as “‘Arrowhead on the Columbia,’” The Seattle Daily Times described Haynes’ residence as “one of the show spots of the Hanford district.”[12] A prominent member of the community, Haynes was secretary of the White Bluffs Golf Club and even ran for State Representative in 1914.[13] Hanford’s brother Clarence also made a home here, establishing what historian Martha Berry Parker describes as “one of the valley’s most magnificent fruit farms.”[14] It is small wonder that Clarence Hanford was the one who gave grape mogul P. R. Welch a tour of the valley in 1911, petitioning him to open a juice factory near Hanford.[15] As a result of these efforts, Hanford’s population grew so that by 1910 the town numbered 369 people.[16] HIPC irrigation efforts were less successful. Persistent financial and maintenance problems dogged the company even after the Pacific Power and Light Company purchased it in 1910. Years of litigation ensued as Hanford, Haynes, and local farmers attempted to reduce exorbitant water rates. They received a favorable ruling in 1922 but legal costs left Haynes bankrupt.[17]

Hanford’s downfall came primarily at his own hand. In May 1912 he revoked the citizenship of naturalized citizen Leonard Olsson on the grounds that he was a socialist, a decision that made national news and prompted an investigation by the US House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee.[18] Numerous witnesses subsequently testified that Hanford was a habitual drunk who caroused with women late into the night.[19] Even worse was the accusation that Hanford helped the HIPC purchase land from the Northern Pacific Railroad (NP) at a discount in exchange for a favorable tax ruling in 1907 that saved the NP $60,000. His credibility fatally undermined, Hanford tendered his resignation on July 22, 1912. The Congressional inquiry concluded after his resignation, conveniently halting further investigation into the actions of Hanford’s powerful business associates.[20]

Despite the financial setbacks and scandals, Haynes and Hanford remained active in the Hanford community. In 1916, Haynes served as director of the Hanford school district and during WWI both men supported Red Cross donation drives and returning veterans.[21] Hanford became an author, and wrote about the history of Seattle until his death in 1926.[22] Haynes went on to serve as acting secretary of the Pacific Northwest Fruit Exposition in 1921.[23] That year he also served as president of Commonwealth Petroleum, a drilling interest in Benton County, and in 1922 he incorporated the Hanford-Priest Rapids Land Company.[24] Although Haynes moved to Seattle during the 1920s he did not lose his enthusiasm for rural development projects, and in 1935 he served as vice-president of the Columbia River Development League.[25] Haynes passed away in 1942 one year before the United States government destroyed the town he had worked so hard to create.[26]

 

 


[1] Mary Powell Harris, Goodbye, White Bluffs (Yakima, WA: Franklin Press, 1972), 99-103; Martha Berry Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, Before the Atomic Reserve (Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1986), 20; Robert Bauman and Robert Franklin, Nowhere to Remember: Hanford, White Bluffs, and Richland to 1943 (Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 2018), 41.

[2] “Fruit Exposition Nov. 21-26,” The Leavenworth Echo (Leavenworth, WA), September 23, 1921, 7; “Manley B. Haynes,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), March 3, 1942, 13; “Society,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), April 29, 1899, 16; “Brevities,” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle, WA), December 10, 1891, 8; “Society in Brief,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), May 22, 1897, 13.

[3] Peter Bacon Hales, Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997), 19; Nancy M. Mendenhall, Orchards of Eden: White Bluffs on the Columbia, 1907-1943 (Seattle: Far Eastern Press, 2006), 86-87; “Another Big Irrigation Scheme,” The Ranch (Seattle, WA), October 1, 1906, 6; Bauman and Franklin, Nowhere to Remember, 41

[4] Bauman and Franklin, Nowhere to Remember, 41; Mendenhall, Orchards of Eden, 86-87

[5] “Will Reclaim 32,000 Acres,” East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR), November 23, 1905, 7; “Another Big Irrigation Scheme.”

[6] John Caldbick, “Federal District Judge Cornelius H. Hanford Resigns During Impeachment Investigation on July 22, 1912,” HistoryLink.org, September 6, 2010, https://www.historylink.org/File/9547.

[7] Judge Cornelius Hanford, quoted in Coll Thrush, Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017), 145, and in Alan J. Stein, “Seattle celebrates its 54th birthday and dedicates the Alki Point monument on November 13, 1905,” HistoryLink.org, August 7, 2002, https://www.historylink.org/File/3917.

[8] “Two Towns Instead of One,” The Yakama Herald (North Yakama, WA), May 22, 1907, 8; “New Power Company Born,” The Evening Statesman (Walla Walla, WA), August 22, 1906, 1; Bauman and Franklin, Nowhere to Remember, 41-42; “Formerly of Minneapolis,” Minneapolis Messenger (Minneapolis, KS), February 13, 1908, 6.

[9] “Irrigation at the Rapids,” Spokane Daily Chronicle (Spokane, WA), April 18, 1907, 12; “Another Big Irrigation Scheme.”

[10] United States Department of Energy, Hanford Cultural Resources Management Plan (Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest Laboratory, 1989), D.68; Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, 51, 57, 59; Mendenhall, Orchards of Eden, 58.

[11] Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, 43, 51.

[12] United States Department of Energy, Hanford Cultural Resources Management Plan, D.69; “32,000 Acres Best Fruit Land in the Columbia River Early Fruit Belt,” The Ranch (Seattle, WA), December 1, 1907, 24; “Free,” The Ranch, January 1, 1908, 16; “Two Towns Instead of One;” “Society,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), May 16, 1913, 18; “Pretty Cottage Near Hanford,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), November 24, 1912; “Two homes and sage brush,” Hanford History Project, accessed July 22, 2020, http://hanfordhistory.com/items/show/1106.

[13] “Blakely president of White Bluffs Club,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), May 17, 1914, 27; “Notice by County Auditor: Primary Election for State and County Except Supreme Court Judges) Offices),” The Kennewick Courier-Reporter (Kennewick, WA), September 3, 1914, 10.

[14] Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, 157.

[15] Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, 157; “Welch, Grape Juice King, Visits White Bluffs,” The Kennewick Courier-Reporter (Kennewick, WA), December 1, 1911, 9.

[16] Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, 149.

[17] Parker, Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford, 1805-1943, 139, 141; Bauman and Franklin, Nowhere to Remember, 24, 43; United States Department of Energy, Hanford Cultural Resources Management Plan, D.68, D.76; Culture, 197, 205; Mendenhall, Orchards of Eden, 138-139.

[18] Caldbick, “Federal District Judge Cornelius H. Hanford Resigns.”

[19] Caldbick, “Federal District Judge Cornelius H. Hanford Resigns;” United Press Leased Wire, “Hanford Paid Visits to Woman,” The Tacoma Times (Tacoma, WA), July 2, 1912, 1.

[20] Caldbick, “Federal District Judge Cornelius H. Hanford Resigns.”

[21] “School Directors Hold Convention,” The Kennewick Courier-Reporter (Kennewick, WA), April 13, 1916, 1; “City Lagging in Big Drive for Red Cross,” The Kennewick Courier-Reporter (Kennewick, WA), June 21, 1917, 1; “Committee Named to Greet Artillerymen,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), December 10, 1918, 4.

[22] “Death of Judge Hanford,” Washington Historical Quarterly 17, no. 2 (April 1926): 157-158; Caldbick, “Federal District Judge Cornelius H. Hanford Resigns.”

[23] ‘Fruit Growers to Show Products at Exposition in Seattle,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), September 13, 1921, 8.

[24] “Articles Filed with Secretary of State at Olympia,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), September 22, 1922, 19; “9 Oil Wells Sunk in Benton County,” The Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, OR), April 21, 1921, 2.

[25] “Councilmen O.K. Power Survey,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), September 26, 1935, 14; “Seattle Man Takes Bride In Oregon,” The Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA), September 22, 1924, 10.

[26] “Manley B. Haynes.”

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The Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities, “Judge Hanford and Manley Bostwick Haynes,” Hanford History Project, accessed July 15, 2024, http://hanfordhistory.com/items/show/4610.