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November 21, 2019

Ten Years Ago

November 25, 2009

Johnny Capwell, known for his active participation in the county’s VFW and his dedication to displaying and distributing the U.S. flag, was presented a quilt from the Quilts of Valor organization’s Lewiston-Clarkston chapter at Pomeroy School District’s Veteran’s Day program.

Santa arrives in town on Friday as part of the fifth annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Starlight Parade, followed by festivities at Spinners Maple Hall.

Pomeroy Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts delivered 1,821 lbs. of food to the Garfield County Food Bank.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 23, 1994

This year Santa Claus will roll into Pomeroy on a Roadster built by Morgan’s Equipment Exchange. Shortly after the Christmas lights come on in the business district, Santa will pedal west down Main Street, led by a Pomeroy Police escort, up to the courthouse where he will greet admirers and pass out candy canes.

Garfield County is one of only two in Washington State assessing real estate at true market value. State average for assessments is 88.9 percent. Pacific County assessed lowest at 69.7 percent.

Country Harbor, a gift and decorating shop, has been opened by the mother and daughter team of Janiece Freeby and Jaime Greene.

Fifty Years Ago

November 20, 1969

Twenty-two persons gathered in the courthouse last week to review the facts on an often-discussed subject—the possibility of a museum for Garfield County.

Pomeroy Shrine Club members took their Locomobile to Spokane and joined in the Shrine ceremonial parade last Saturday. Harold Shepherd, club president, said that several former Garfield County residents upon recognizing where the Locomobile was from, would give out with a cheer for Pomeroy.

Approximately $1,200 in Bonus Bucks from Pomeroy merchants will be awarded at three drawings as part of the annual Chamber of Commerce holiday promotion program.

Wayne Beale & Sons, Garfield County Polled Hereford breeders, established some sort of all-time sales record for their operation when they sold twenty registered yearling bulls to one individual buyer, H.E. Brown & Sons, who operates a large cattle ranch in the Salmon River country. Price paid was $500 each or a total of $10,000.

Superior Court Judge Patrick McCabe declared a mistrial Monday afternoon at Asotin when the defendant failed to appear following a recess for lunch.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

November 23, 1944

John Kralman, 21, a native son of Pomeroy is the first soldier from Garfield County to be by the war department as being killed in action on May 5, 1944, in Hollandia, New Guinea.

Considerable interest is being manifested as to the proper utilization of the bequest of $5000.00 to the Garfield County Pioneer Association and $10,000 to the City of Pomeroy, in the will of the late Mary E. Liggett. Several citizens suggested these two sums be combined and a nice building constructed on Main Street, convenient and accessible to the public, and the library and museum maintained together. The current library location could be sold and the proceeds be added to the $15,000.00, and a real community center be established with a moderate-sized auditorium where granges and similar organizations could assemble for social or business purposes.

The State License Director has sent a request to the state patrol to clear the roads of rusty and illegible 1942 plates.

One Hundred Years Ago

November 22, 1919

The turkey shoot at Central Ferry was one of the biggest affairs of its kind in recent years. The biggest winning was made by Everett Knettle, who secured 13 turkeys. According to one shooter, these were the finest lot of turkeys he ever saw, the birds having been raised about the river warehouses, and kept in prime condition.

A shipment containing over 3,000 bulbs arrived for the Civic Club and were distributed. The surplus was turned over to the county for planting in the courthouse yard.

Pedestrians have grown careless about walking across the lawn at the high school grounds, thus marring the beauty and causing a loss of the time and money spent in getting it where it is today.

Plans for the enforcement of nationwide prohibition were announced by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 24, 1894

Sewell Briggs, who has been confined to his bed with typhoid fever for nine weeks, is still in a precarious condition. From his brother, E.D. Briggs, we learn that the sick man is terribly emaciated, and that his beard, which was black heretofore, is now almost white.

The other day Charley McCabe kicked a dog, and nearly knocked his leg out of joint—Charleys’ leg we mean—the dog is all right. Charley was running to meet a passing train and a little dog came nipping along at his heels, when Charley kicked back like a horse, but didn’t understand the knack of such kicking and some way got leg tangled up in the dog’s hair and anatomy and plunged full length on the sidewalk. Result: 2 skinned knees, 1 hip badly sprained, 1 man pretty badly used up and walking with a sort of hospital step. Moral: When you kick dogs, don’t kick out behind.


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