When the state took over the bldg, a chest with $27,000 in uncashed checks inside was discovered under Doc Hay's bed. He required that everybody pay for his services, but if he felt - so the story goes - you couldn't afford to pay, he tucked the check in the chest ($27.000 then = approx $250,000 today!!).
We learned that Canyon City, two miles away, was holding their '62 Days celebration (that would be 1862, when gold was discovered on Canyon Mountain), so we betook ourselves there.
Wonderful day in John Day!