Good Old Days; October 3, 2019


October 3, 2019

125 years ago

The Commoner

Oct. 5, 1894

The state agricultural college opened at Pullman last week, with encouraging prospects for the ensuing year. Prior to the opening of the school, the board of regents spent an entire week at the college in preparing for the new term. Major E. S. Ingraham, of Seattle, one of the regents, speaking of the meeting to a Post-Intelligencer representative, said:

“The board spent the entire week working over the biennial report to the governor. It necessarily covered the doings of the old board as well known, the senate failed to confirm the appointment of any of the old board, and they dropped everything right where it was at the end of one of their jangling meetings.”


Burglars entered the house of Michael Schultheis, a well-to-do farmer living north of town Saturday night, and took everything portable that could be found in the cellar. Among the things stolen were 200 jars of various kinds of preserved fruit. No one has been suspected as yetm though it is very comfortably off the plunder this winter.


The boys at the state college at Pullman are going to have neat new uniforms, with bright brass buttons this year. That is not all they are going to have besides this, hard work, good lessons, comfortable rooms and plenty of college fun. They are going to have a real cannon and army rifles, swords, belts, canteens and haversacks sufficient for arming an entire company.

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner

Sept. 26, 1919

Two hundred young folks were the guests of the Colfax Commoner last Saturday at the Liberty Theatre. The majority of the young people were under twelve years of age and among these were several who were attending their first movie show. The visitors were shown every accommodation by Manager Haynes, and there never was a more happy crowd nor a better behaved one in the theatre.

After the first show was over, a number of the smaller children decided that they had plenty of time to stay for the second show, and those who desired to do so did stay and see the second show.


The gates of the Whitman county fair will swing open at 1 o’clock on Wednesday, October 8th, on one of the fastest four days racing meet that has ever been held in this section of the state. Chas McKenzie has devoted considerable time during the past three months in signing up with the owners of the fastest string of horses to be found in the northwest and every race will be a running race and it will be contested every foot of the way.

Many of the owners of the racing strings insist upon some of the entries being barred, but the manager of the meet point to the program which says, “No horse is barred.” Any owner can enter his horse in any of the races which is to be held at the fair this fall and every heat is to be a race.


The committee in charge of the Salvation army drive, started to work at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning to raise the city’s quota of $1000 and eight hours later when they checked up, more than a “thousand” dollars was in the hands of the committee. “The campaign is closed,” said Thos Sanders, one of the members of the committee, “and we will declare a vacation of soliciting for the next two days.”

75 years ago

Colfax Gazette Commoner

Sept. 29, 1944

Rationing was lifted Thursday morning on many items of farm machinery which may now be purchased without a certificate from the county farm rationing committee, it was announced by Anson Patterson, county A.C.A. Chairman.

Machinery which had been on a quota basis and now exempt from rationing includes: Manure spreaders, combines, mowers, rakes, hay loaders, pickup balers and wheel tractors.


Microfilms of the chests of 227 high school pupils were taken Monday by technicians in charge of the mobile X-ray unit of the state health department. The films were sent to state headquarters to be interpreted for abnormalities in the chest. Because of technical difficulties, the X-ray machine was not put in operation until early afternoon which resulted in canceling the examination of grade pupils as scheduled.


With a county goal of $18,400 the national war fund drive will open October 9 with LeRoy LaFollette, Colfax attorney, again as chairman.

The county last year exceeded its quota of $16,109.

As compared to 17 agencies last year, there are now 19, including such beneficiaries as our own armed forces, prisoners of war, merchant marine seamen, and the war victims of our Allies.

It is estimated that 60,000,000 people are touched in some way by the activists of the member agencies.

50 years ago

Colfax Gazette

Oct. 2, 1969

Fall fertilizing and planting of the winter wheat crop went into full gear earlier this week as late September rains poured moisture into county fields.

County Agent Felix Entenmann reported many farmers had been waiting for the rains prior to starting the seeding operation. Fertilizing and ground preparation work was underway prior to the rains, but some farmers had delayed seeding until moisture arrived.

Farmers were waiting for the first rains to bring weeds up for a weed control operation prior to seeding, Entenmann explained. Last year, competition from cheat grass in newly-seeded wheat led to some reseeding.


Garfield public schools will sponsor three adult education classes, high school completion, women’s physical fitness, and upholstery, starting Monday. Other classes may be scheduled later according to interest expressed.

The high school completion course will be taught by John Stafford, Monday and Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 6. Principal Larry Warner will evaluate past credits and plan programs. This program has a $15 fee.


The annual Rosalia firemen’s ball is scheduled for Oct. 25 at the city hall. Music will be by the “Versatiles” of Steptoe. Dancing will be from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Adult education classes will be offered at Rosalia high school again this fall in cooperation with the Spokane community college. Classes will begin Oct. 6. Courses offered include shorthand, bookkeeping, tailoring, sewing, upholstery, cake decorating, photography, welding, farm machinery, farm record keeping, and physical fitness.

25 years ago

Colfax Gazette

Oct. 6, 1994

Colfax City Council Monday night dropped plans for an animal control ordinance. The animal law, which has been bouncing on and off council agendas since last year, formally died for lack of a motion at Monday’s council session.

Hearings on the law earlier this year brought statements in favor from residents who feel they are victimized by neighbors’ animals and statements in opposition by animal lovers.


American Association of Retired Persons will conduct sessions of “55 Alive,” for mature drivers. It is described as “a classroom refresher course for drivers 50 years of age and older.’

Two half-day sessions will be held, Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Public Service Building Auditorium in Colfax.

Persons completing this course will be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance premiums.


Whitman County Sheriff’s Office will conduct its annual night firearms qualifications next Saturday, Oct. 8m and the following Tuesday and Friday, Oct. 11 and 14.

The qualifications will be held at the Whitman County Sheriff’s range near the North Palouse River Road, near Colfax. The live ammunition exercises are necessary in order to keep country officers proficient with firearms and related tactics during low-light situations, according to Sgt. Don Anderson.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette

Oct. 1, 2009

Food supplies are alarmingly low at the Colfax food pantry and donations are greatly needed at the moment.

Residents hit by the recession and higher costs for food and fuel have had an increased need for the pantry in recent months, said Hannah Walker, director of the F.I.S.H. Food pantry. F.I.S.H. Stands for Friends In Service of Humanity.

“I’m beginning to get that kind of panicky feeling,” Walker said.


Extracurricular staff let it be known loud and clear Monday night they were unhappy with the Colfax school board’s decision two weeks ago to cut their pay by one percent to fund the Knowledge Bowl program which was otherwise set to be eliminated.

“To me, it was kind of a slap in the face,” said Sue Doering, long-time Colfax volleyball coach, as she addressed the board about their prior motion.


Come rain or come shine Colfax has put on its finest face for the fourth edition of the Autumn Harvest hullabaloo this weekend.

“We’ve taken care of just about everything, but even we can’t do anything about the weather,” said Elaine McClintock, chair of the Hullabaloo committee. “So my advice is to just bundle up and have fun anyway.”


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