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Good Old Days


September 13, 2018

Simple fare: Franklin Elementary School lunch, 1954 style. A simpler time at Franklin, which is still in operation in Pullman, along with Jefferson and Sunnyside elementary schools. Photo from WSU's Ralph Hutchinson collection. Used with permission.

125 years ago

The Commoner, Sept. 1, 1893

Messrs. W.C. Powell, Richard Kuhl, E.K. Sheldon and Hugh Toole made a trip to the summit of Steptoe Butte last Sunday and had a splendid time. A cool breeze fanned them as they rode over the hills, and the ride was not the least enjoyable party of the excursion. They hobnobbed in the heat of the day with "Cashup" Davis and feasted on the sumptuous lunch which they carried along with them.


P. Lefrancis opened his new Castle saloon in the newly-completed Davis building on Saturday evening with a grand free lunch for everybody. A hundred and twenty roast ducks supplied the game meat for the hundreds of men who poured in to help celebrate the occasion of the removal to the elegantly finished quarters.

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner, Aug. 30, 1918

Peter Morasch of Endicott was at Colfax Monday and he entered a plea of guilty to hoarding 12 sacks of flour which he has held at his home ranch since last spring. He appeared before the council of defense. Dr. W.B. Palamountain presided and he was assigned at the hearing by H.G. DePledge and Dr. J. Floyd Tifft. On his plea of guilty, the defendant was fined $200. $100 is to be turned over to the Red Cross chapter at Endicott and the other $100 is to be turned in to the council of defense fund.


John Soroz and Frank Patragallo, residents of Idaho, were arrested by the officers at Palouse Sunday and at a hearing before Justice Kincaid they were bound over under $750 bonds to appear before the superior court to answer to the charge of selling liquor.

50 years ago

The Colfax Gazette, Aug. 29, 1968

Reports of "just a little barley" entering three elevator systems told the tale of farmers with fields of wheat waiting another week for a clear spell to finish harvest. Except for cutting some barley and oats, harvest has been stopped in the county since rains started Aug. 13.

25 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, Sept. 2, 1993

The county has declared 22 parcels of land in Elberton as surplus, and after a public review of the proposal, the county is tentatively planning to put the land up for sale at a public auction.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, Aug. 28, 2008

Counting the ballots from the Aug. 19 primary election bogged down Friday afternoon when electronic tabulators stopped reading ballots for the Whitman County elections department.


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