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Good Old Days


August 30, 2018 | View PDF

125 years ago

The Commoner, August 18, 1893

Robert Burgunder, youngest son of B. Burgunder, had a narrow escape from poisoning Sunday. A bottle containing a fluid which had been kept for disinfecting purposes at the time of the scarlet fever epidemic three years ago was taken from its resting place by a servant, who was about to destroy it. Robert took a taste of the liquid before he could be prevented, and a physician was called without delay. The proper antidote was administered, and there was no serious result.


On last Thursday John K. Truax, John H. Taylor, A. Kingston and Sam Martin came into Farmington from the Hoodoo mines and brought with them something over $200 worth of gold dust, which they sold to William Service of the Bank of Farmington.

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner, August 16, 1918

The Colfax dairymen won their point for an advance in milk prices when the matter was taken before the state food administrator at Spokane. They have been allowed an advance of 1-1/2 cents per-quart.

75 years ago

The Colfax Gazette-Commoner, August 13, 1943

Leaving the paved highway near the top of the north hill, a truck of 2,400-gallon capacity and trailer, 33,000 gallons, both empty, slid off the highway on the old road of Buck Canyon.

50 years ago

The Colfax Gazette, August 15, 1968

For the first time in two years, Colfax swim fans Saturday took a plunge into their own outdoor pool, a splash which marked the end of the three-year struggle to place a new pool in Colfax.


Two Colfax youths were uninjured Aug. 7 when their cars collided on a county road off Union Flat eight miles south of Colfax.

25 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, August 19, 1993

The Washington State Department of Transportation Aeronautics division recently allocated $32,672 to plan, design and construct a heliport at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, August 14, 2008

A fire late Sunday afternoon destroyed a shop building at the Marvin and Kay Aeschliman place near the top of the Almota grade.


After issuing a warning notice concerning a bat that tested positive for rabies in Tekoa, Whitman County's Environmental Health Department received three bats for testing in the same week. Overall, the department this year has received seven bats, which is an unusually high number, according to Cinnamon Brown, environmental health technician.


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