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Gold Old Days: October 24, 2019


October 24, 2019

125 years ago

The Commoner

October 26, 1894

William Hildreth, the man who was sent over from Farmington to await trial on the charge of malignant assault upon Marshal A. J. Price of that city, got off with great ease, considering the seriousness of his offense. It appears that all the parties who would have been witnesses for the state in the case, united in sending a petitioning letter to Judge Sullivan asking that Hildreth be permitted to plead to simple assault. The letter was to the effect that the witnesses did not believe Hildreth intended to shoot at the marshal. The court observed that if the people of Farmington did not desire to prosecute for the crime charged, it was their own lookout, and he permitted the defendant to plead guilty to simple assault and fined him $20, which amount was promptly paid.

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner

October 17, 1919

The Whitman county fair was well attended during the last two days and several thousand people passed through the gates. Hundreds of Whitman county people saw their first appearance here last week and more than a hundred citizens made their first flight. Lieut. Kelso lost his plane Thursday afternoon in the northern part of the city. The plane was wrecked when the aviator came in contact with a telephone wire in making a forced landing. Lieutenant Binnard, who was also at Colfax with his biplane, immediately took Lieutenant Kelso’s place and he did a remarkable business Friday, Saturday and Sunday in taking up those who desired to make a flight.

Nearly a hundred passengers were taken up by Lieutenant Binnard during the time he was at Colfax and thousands of people watched the machine as it carried their friends high up in the air on their first flight. The machine was kept busy all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Monday the Lieutenant left in his machine for Uniontown.

75 years ago

The Colfax Gazette-Commoner

October 20, 1944

Federal aid for schools without federal control was one of the resolutions adopted at the annual Whitman County Education Association meeting Friday at the high school.

Other resolutions included a proposition to have special assemblies on V-day in Europe in place of closing the schools; better provisions for teachers retirement; extension of voting franchise to 18-year-olds in the armed forces; a liberal system of employment of substitute teachers; and support to the National Education association legislative program.

The county education committee was commended for the adoption of new textbooks for the present school year.


“We must either have voluntary participation for peace or we will be forced to participate in preparation for war,” Frank Drake Davison, noted lecturer and traveler, North Bend, Wash., stated in his stirring address before 232 educators at the banquet of the county Teachers' institute last Friday night, in the high school gymnasium.

'We must organize for peace or we will find that what we have thus far gained will become a myth,” Mr. Davison declared. The United States was the first power to set up a federation and in any form of peace it will be the predestined leader, he asserted.

25 years ago

Whitman County Gazette

October 27, 1994

It won’t be anything like the Oklahoma land rush, but in terms of Colfax real estate market, it will be akin to it. Over 43 acres will be on the auction block Friday morning in the county commissioner’s office.

Located behind Whitman Hospital on the south hill of Colfax, the land was annexed into the Colfax city limits. It is located close to the sewer and water, and it has been placed on the sale block through the efforts of residents who want to see housing space available in Colfax.

Bidding is slated to start at 9 a.m. and the minimum is set at $2,200 per acre.

Results of the auction could have an impact on Colfax and the county, and area which has been facing a housing shortage. Friday’s auction is a mileage marker in a project which was really launched about three years ago, according to Bob Gronholz, chairman of the Whitman County Business Development Association.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette

October 22, 2009

Whitman County commissioners Monday began chipping away at the county’s budget deficit by eliminating scheduled raises through the end of the year.

“We have to make a statement on wages,” said Commissioner Pat O’Neill.

County employees normally receive “step” raises of three percent when they are upgraded in the county’s classification system every 18 months.

Freezing the raises scheduled for non-union employees, approximately 60 people, through the end of this year is expected to save around $2,000.

“The compelling nature of our budget is such that we have to hold the line on salaries,” said Commissioner Michael Largent. “It is not with pleasure that we do this.”

with their own ideas to raise food for the pantry after the Gazette ran stories on the near empty shelves at the food bank.


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