E-mail from Cheryl
Facts from the past gleaned from the Moses Lake Herald, Columbia Basin Herald and The Neppel Record by Cheryl (Driggs) Elkins:
Dennis note: Moses Lake and the Columbia Basin began to grow in the 1940s. It seems the people were anxious for a chance to gather and celebrate, something, perhaps anything. Businesses were especially grateful for the extra business. Read on.
From the Moses Lake Herald on Aug. 29, 1941:
Local Moses Lake News
-Local restaurants and other places of business, report a flourishing business on the two days of the Harvest Festival and Regatta Saturday and Sunday.
-Mr. and Mrs. Dean Yale and children of Tekoa, were weekend guests of the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Leland coming for the annual regatta.
-Bonnie Burress, who has been quite ill and confined to her bed for the past three weeks with the flu, is reported to be improving.
-Betty Sieler, who has been spending the past eight weeks at Girls Camp Fire, “Camp Swayoyacken,” returned home over the weekend.
-W.E. Arnold and family and Miss Wanda Davis, of Grand Coulee, were callers at the G.D. Arnold home here Wednesday afternoon and evening.
-Lars Langloe, engineer State Department of Conservation and Development, was here over the weekend inspecting the new sand dam which is nearing completion.
-Mrs. Joe Wolf of Davenport is the house guest of Hazel May Dicken. Mrs. Wolf is the former Helen Hardell, a bride of last month. Mrs. Wolf and Hazel Mae Dicken are Sorority sisters.
-C.L. Giezentanner and daughter, Dorothy, have returned from a visit with the latter’s grandmother, Mrs. Mary Berger at Pasco. While there, they were quite successful hunting agates.
-Mr. and Mrs. Van Austine of Spokane were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. McFadden. The former entered his boat, a Chris Kraft, “Smitty 2” in the Moses Lake boat races last Sunday.