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Good Old Days


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125 years ago

The Commoner, July 21 1893

At about dusk Sunday evening, E. N. Leslie’s team was being driven from the ranch of his father-in-law, E. Richardson, along the Palouse road, to his home. The neck yoke of his wagon broke, the tongue dropped down and was broken and the wagon ran into the horses on the downgrade, causing the animals to jump away and upset the wagon. In the vehicle besides Mr. Leslie was his wife and Mrs. John Devlin and son. In the precipitation from the wagon, Mrs. Devlin and her child were not injured, and Mr. Leslie was only slightly bruised in the head; but Mrs. Leslie was dragged feet foremost for quite a distance. Her knees and ankles were scratched and bruised. Her most serious injury was a wound under the right arm, where the flesh was torn apart, necessitating a number of stitches. Dr. Crayne dressed the injuries that evening. The runaway team pulled the remnants of the wagon after them into Colfax, made a little circuit of the streets and then ran home to the Leslie ranch.

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner, July 19 1918

The old shed belonging to the city and located on Clay Street, which was destroyed by fire two weeks ago, is to be replaced by a modern up-to-date building. This was the decision reached by the members of the city council at their meeting Monday evening.


B. T. Manchester lost two valuable brood mares on his ranch last week at Winona. Both mares had colts at their sides and they died within two hours of each other. Mr. Manchester called William Shaw, a veterinarian surgeon located at Endicott, a few moments after the loss of one of the animals and when Mr. Shaw reached the farm he pronounced the symptoms to be similar to strychnine poisoning.

25 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, July 22, 1993

Colfax City Council voted unanimously Monday night to informally support the Colfax Curbside Recycling program.

Whitman County Health Department will close its testing lab at the end of July for one year and very likely permanently, but will continue offering some testing services, according to administrator Mike Werner.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, July 17, 2008

The Ferguson house owned by Ann Marra and Tim Ely at 504 N. Mill will be the first to go through the process for listing on the Colfax Historic Register.

Model Home Furnishings, Lewiston

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