Charlott 10th August 2020 @ 07:23 AM Yes, this is the house that Willis Van Horn built on Van Horn Butte. Van Horn was from Newfane, New York. He, along with his father and brother were in the apple growing business there. Married, he started an affair with the local druggists wife. His wife naturally divorced him. He wasas given what would be his inheritance and told to "hit the road" by his family. Why he came to Hood River I don’t know, but a lot of other New Yorkers involved in various aspects of apple growing came here. He brought his "lady friend" and not known if they ever married. She eventually brought her two children here. I did find out later that my own grandfather, an expert carpenter did all the staircase railings and finish work in that house. About the 1959 era Ed and Lois Neufeldt that owned the Pine Grove store at the time rented that big house. After that I think it sat empty until it was torn down. What a loss of a lovely home….. This house is a replica on a smaller scale of the Van Horn mansion in Newfane, New York. One can find it on the web. It was sold to McLain. McLain completely furnished it. May have lived there a brief time, but his wife didn’t like the rural life. It sat there for many years with furnishings. Finally it was sold to Miller and just sat there for a very long time vacant. There was a care taker that lived in the house on the corner by Pine Grove School. As we grew up in Pine Grove we were told that was a "no-no" to even think about going up there. I vowed I was going to get to the top of that butte and when I was in high school I sought out permission and not only was allowed to wander around on top, but actually given the key to the house for a self guided tour. It was beautiful to say the least. In the main entrance one looked up three stories to a massive panels of glass, which created a huge skylight. The dormer windows were in small rooms, servant quarters. You can see the larger version in the Newfane house. I can’t totally remember, but think there was an addition on the north side of a drive through area. That would have happened after this photo was taken, which must have been not too long after it was constructed. I met the grand-daughter of M. M. Hill who lived on what is now Hwy. 35. She said when she was a child and visited, she would sometimes walk up with Mrs. Pooley and visit Mrs. Van Horn, or at least that is what she knew her as. She said she had gold teeth.