River Run Inn and cabins


River Run Inn and Cabins land is on James Dodds homestead. James, his wife Julia Walters, and their son Lester were in the Winthrop’s 1900 US census. Julia’s brother Mathias “Sie” Walters was a Winthrop mayor. Dodd was a carpenter, and in 1909 he built the second hotel in town called Winthrop Hotel, which is now Carlos 1800 Mexican Grill and Cantina. Dodd’s hotel was a grand building with a large dining room and guest rooms on the second floor. Julia ran the hotel when Jim was chasing mining prospects.

1920 Waterville Title Company map - Township 34 Range 21 Section 3 

2024 Okanogan County Assessor’s map of Section 3 

Jim Dodd's Land Patent for the Homestead

Henry Eugene Biart owned the property after Jim Dodd.   He was born on 12 April 1884, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States, his father, Eugene Emil Henry Biart, was 32 and his mother, Celina Seichepine, was 32. He married Susie Mae Grokett on 22 September 1908, in Jackson, Missouri, United States. He lived in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in 1895. He died on 26 April 1970, in Winthrop, Okanogan, Washington, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Winthrop, Okanogan, Washington, United States.

Henry Biart

Henry Biart and his catch

Jack Rader was probably the most colorful Winthrop resident (so far) own this land.  "Jack Rader was perhaps the finest Dude Wrangler that ever graced the Methow Valley. The Winthrop, WA “ram-rod” way he carried himself on a horse, and his charisma with many women, made him the perfect Dude Wrangler to take groups on horseback rides or packing back into the hills. The Dude Ranches of the day all hired Jack, including the Paul Spaeth Dude Ranch up the Chewuch, Dr. Blende on Sunny-M followed by Jack Wilson and Joe Barron. Jack Rader was born in Ellensburg, WA in 1888. At the age of one, his parents George and Hily Rader moved to the Methow Valley and took a claim on about one mile north of present day Carlton, WA. In the spring of 1893 Jack attended first grade at a one room log cabin. He was the youngest and sat up front next to the teacher. The teacher, Mr. Duberal, was scared of mice. He would get on a chair or whatever and the kids throw whatever they had at the mice to scare them away. From there his parents moved to Twin Lakes area and on to Patterson Lake area in 1895 and attended the Lakeview School. As a young man he left the Methow Valley, moving to Naches, WA where he married Clara Clark of which two children were born. In 1917 he was drafted into World War I into the infantry. He was wounded twice in France. After being discharged in 1919 from the army he returned to Yakima and worked two years for the Naches Cattle Company. Jack Rader married some of the nicest women you could ever hope to meet, but this charisma that so attracted certain women to him wore off, and, or in some cases, he would get involved in other romantic interludes. Most all of his 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nephews and nieces always referred to him as their marrying Uncle. His oldest sister Lorena (Rader) Garrett loved him as a brother, but could hardly bear the way he would marry these fine women and then separate. Jack Rader was not only the perfect picture on a horse with many Dudes asking him to pose for his picture on his horse , he was also an excellent dancer. Dances in the Methow Valley (after the original Barn was built in 1931 in the park at Winthrop) were made of those who came to the dance and never went outside for any reason. For the younger set and many others, this was not considered the thing to do. For others, the outside attractions were as much fun as dancing inside. The outside activities included drinking, romantic interludes and fighting. One time Jack Rader got in a fight at the barn with Buck Therriault. In the rough and tumble of the fight that ensued, Jack Rader came up with part of his ear missing. Jack was going to take Buck to court, but they settled out of court with many of Buck’s friends helping him dig up $500" (from Methow Pioneer Families) 

MARRIAGES (from findagrave.com)

m: Clara Francis Clark 1 Dec 1909 in Winthrop, Okanogan Co, WA

m: Edith Heller 13 May 1920 in Okanogan Co, WA

m: Mary Eva Easterling 28 Jun 1921 in Chelan Co, WA

m: Estellene Keller 6 Jul 1935

m: Ann Witt 28 Jan 1952 in Chelan Co, WA

m: Mabel I Davidson 21 Dec 1956 in Clark Co, WA

m: Ella Lakes 

the entire Rader family on Christmas day early 1907.  Jack is the tallest boy in the back row.

The Rader family. Jack's parents George and Hily had 13 children.

Jack and unidentified wife

Jack Rader mounted on "Golden Pal" at the sunny M Ranch

On Horseback at Sunny M ranch

Wagner Logging Crew


Rodeo which is important to the current family at River Run Inn and Cabins has always been an important part of the community.  The current ball fields nearby were once the location of the Winthrop Rodeo.  Rodeos over time were held in many locations in the Methow Valley.

Winthrop Rodeo - currently the ball fields

Winthrop Rodeo grounds

Aerial shot of the Twisp Rodeo grounds-1927

Rodeo Program

Events and entries page 1.

Wild horse breaking in a rodeo event

Julian Stokes at the Twisp Rodeo. Julian died while crossing the Methow river near silver on Horseback.  He was 20

Harold Cunningham on Rocky Mountain. Twisp Rodeo 1927

Twisp rodeo. This was the third rodeo grounds in twisp, located where the Twisp airport is today. Cliff Libby was the announcer most of the time.  This location started up after WWII, 1946


MIchael P. Kennedy


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