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Good Old Days


July 26, 2018

125 years ago

The Commoner, July 14, 1893

John Hansen, the man who burglarized Myer’s Saloon in Rosalia and who is now awaiting trial in the county jail, had a fresh lot of evidence raked up against him last Sunday. Hansen was captured in Spangle, and the constable who gathered him in permitted him to go into a dressing room alone for a moment before starting for Rosalia. On arrival at the latter place, very little lucre was found on Hansen, while it was thought that he would have considerable money on his person when captured. The constable thought the matter over and went back to Spangle and right to that dressing room. He searched around and found a board loose in the floor, and under it, tied in a handkerchief, was $30 in coin. The handkerchief has the prisoner’s laundry mark on it. Justice Bourn of Rosalia fixed Hanson’s bond at $100, but this figure will probably be raised when the matter is brought before the superior court.

75 years ago

The Colfax Gazette-Commoner, July 9, 1943

Children who played with matches were blamed for a late Monday afternoon fire that charred the rear of the building at E 110 Wall Street, occupied by Schneidmiller and Fairies implement dealers, and an adjoining shed owned by Mrs. L. E. Mechling. The fire, which was said to have started in a pile of discarded materials, was brought under control after 30 minutes work on the part of the firemen, who laid 600 feet of hose.


Richard E. Harrison, 19, Central Ferry, paid a fine of $50 and costs in the justice court of O. H. Horton Tuesday morning when he pleaded guilty to the charge of driving under the influence of liquor. He also lost his driver’s license for a year. Harrison damaged his car when he snapped off a telephone pole, dropping the wire across the highway, in an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a sharp turn in the Colfax-Palouse road at the top of cemetery hill last Saturday.

50 years ago

The Colfax Gazette, July 11, 1968

“Unexpected company” dropped in on the Don Maiers, who live at N. 107 Deanway, at about 11 a.m. Wednesday and pretty well took care of the family garage for a few weeks. The “company” was a car owned by Randy Clark, who lives on Cherry Street - about 300 feet up the steep west hill from the Maiers - and it literally “dropped in” or rolled down the hill into the Maiers garage, making it fit for little more than kindling.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, July 10, 2008

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center now has three collection boxes for used cell phones which will go toward helping soldiers call home. “It seems like a really good program,” said Laurie Gronning, WHMC executive assistant.

Gronning found out about the Cell Phones for Soldiers program when she received a plastic bag with paid postage which came with a book order from Amazon.com. “We thought, ‘Well, let’s see if we can get a few cell phones rounded up and support our troops’,” she said.


Parades, picnics and a petting zoo will be the focus of Lamont’s centennial celebration this weekend. The state’s second smallest town has lined up a number of old-time games and events to celebrate 100 years of incorporation.


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