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Good Old Days: Dec. 13, 2018


December 13, 2018

Mrs. L. Wayne Maley

'First baby' is sixth in family: The sixth child of Mr. and Mrs. L. Wayne Maley of Thornton was the first baby born in the new Whitman Community Hospital. Patrick William arrived at 10:52 p.m. Sunday, weighing eight pounds, four ounces, even beating the doctor to the delivery room. Named after an uncle, he will join Joseph, who will soon be six; Breda, 7; Beth, 8; Betty, 9, and Becky, 11. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Harry Brophy, St. John, and the maternal grandfather is Lester Maley, Thornton. The parents live on a farm near Thornton. The mother is the former Marilyn Dollar-Hide, a St. John native. An excerpt from the Dec. 12, 1968, issue of the Colfax Gazette.

125 years ago

The Commoner, Dec. 1, 1893

Late Thursday night, William Webster worked until a very late hour at Ben Burgunder's place on West Street, near the Union Pacific yard, and started away for his home shortly before midnight. As he crossed the street, toward the residence of D.H. Shaw, a man stepped up to him and was immediately recognized as Charley McDonald, the person who was tried for the crime of horse stealing in this county last spring and acquitted.

"Do you know of any empty box-cars that a fellow could ride out on?" young McDonald asked. It was rather a queer question to put to a stranger, and Webster informed the fellow that he kept no tally on box cars, and that he thought men who travel in box cars generally settled those questions for themselves.

Webster went on home, and the circumstances had almost passed from his mind when he learned that D.H. Shaw's storehouse had been entered Thursday night or Friday morning, and a sackful of apples, one sackful of potatoes and minor articles had been stolen therefrom. Then Mr. Webster put on his thinking cap. On the Thursday night in question, he saw a man standing near the Shaw's gate, when McDonald approached him. At the first corner south of Shaw's place another man stood in the shadow of a tree like an outpost, and one was walking slowly on the cross street. Webster met four men at an unseemly hour prowling around that vicinity.

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner, Nov. 29, 1918

S.E. Ratliff, former editor of the Palouser and deputy income tax collector, filed an information against H. Leinweber of Endicott, charging him with making out a false income tax report. The charge was filed in United States commissioner's office, Judge William A. Inman, and the commissioner placed Henry Leinweber under $1,000 bond to appear before the United States District Court. This is the first case of this kind to be filed in the state, and the outcome will be watched with interest.

75 years ago

The Colfax Gazette-Commoner, Nov. 26, 1943

A passenger car will be properly licensed in this state in 1944 if it carries one or both of its 1942 plates and has on its windshield a new 1944 sticker, according to information received at the office of County Auditor Gertrude Blew from the state department of licenses.

To mark 50th anniversary of its service to the Colfax community, St. Ignatius Hospital is preparing for the observance of its golden jubilee with a two-day celebration. The Sisters of Charity of Providence, who have operated the hospital since its founding, are making final plans this week.

50 years ago

The Colfax Gazette, Nov. 28, 1968

A covered bridge of the "country lane" variety might become a reality along the Palouse River below Manning, according to a Great Northern official. The bridge was part of the Great Northern railroad line which has been abandoned for the past year. W.S. Byrne, division superintendent, said the railroad has been completing operations this week to clear the 13 miles of rail which run south of Manning, across the bridge and along the Palouse River into Colfax.

25 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, Dec. 2, 1993

Dry Creek Road will remain closed to general traffic, but special permits for hauling will be allowed, according to County Engineer Klara Fabry. Fabry said the road will remain closed for safety considerations because it is still under construction and not ready for general use. Haulers can get a permit from public works, and the county will maintain the detour route throughout the winter and spring.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette, Dec. 4, 2008

New fire vehicles will be going into service in Palouse Fire District Four, Whitman County Fire District One at Tekoa and Fire District 10 at Oakesdale.


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