Historical Society proposing bylaws changes

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  • Columbia Basin Herald, March 25, 1949

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    Columbia Basin Herald, May 28, 1976

  • Columbia Basin Herald, March 25, 1949

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    Columbia Basin Herald, May 28, 1976

Attention Attention Attention

The Board of Directors of the Grant County Historical Society is proposing several changes to the Society’s Constitution and By-Laws. Some of the changes deal with simple grammar and others are more serious.

The membership will vote on these changes at the November membership meeting, scheduled for Nov. 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion in Ephrata, located at 276 8th Ave NW, Ephrata, WA 98823.

A copy of the current Constitution and By-Laws and the proposed changes is available at the Grant County Museum, 742 N. Basin Street, Ephrata Washington 98823. Phone 509-754-3334.

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:

From the CBH on June 10, 1949:

Air Base changes to longer hours

New longer hours for all military personnel at Moses Lake Air Force Base went into effect Friday by order of Fourth Air Force Headquarters at Hamilton Field.

All base personnel are now on duty from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., six days a week. Schedules for civilian employees are being staggered to give them a five-day week.

Dennis note: This increase in working hours may sound strange, but those of us who have been in the military realize the duty hours are 24 hours, seven days a week. When possible, headquarters will establish what civilians would call “normal working hours.” Don’t know, but wonder, why this step at the base was taken. Was there a national emergency? Was there a world situation causing concern? Would like to know from anyone having knowledge about a possible reason.

Red Cross swim classes planned

Red Cross swimming classes will be held during the week of June 20 on Moses Lake, Mrs. Denise Womack, Grant County Red Cross secretary, announced this week.

Open to children of all ages, the course will include swimming and lifesaving. Adult classes will be available in the late afternoons if there is sufficient interest, Mrs. Womack said. Instruction will be by certified Red Cross personnel.

Registration for the course will be open next Tuesday at Clint’s Tackle Shop in Moses Lake, and Mrs. Womack will be on hand to discuss the program at that time.

Rodgers Beach, on the west side of Moses Lake, will be used. Sinclair said school busses and drivers would provide transportation for the children.

Legion Auxiliary plans food sale

A food sale will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Gillett’s Grocery Store. Conducted by members of the American Legion Auxiliary, the sale is in charge of Mrs. Ralph Nygren. Mrs. O.A. Guffin and Mrs. Walter Rand will assist at the sale tables Proceeds will go to the club treasury.

Auto crash near base injures man

Sid Pierce, Walla Walla, received first aid treatment at the Moses Lake Air Force Base Hospital Sunday afternoon after his car overturned within a mile of the main base gate.

After first aid, Pierce was removed to the Columbia Basin Hospital, where his condition is termed satisfactory. There were no passengers. The car was demolished, according to R.L. Shoemaker, deputy sheriff, who investigated.

Chapel at base given paint job

The chapel at Moses Lake Air Force Base glistened white this week, after having been completely repainted. Interior furnishings, including drapes, rugs and some furniture, were expected to arrive this month to complete the renovation.

Hamilton Field chaplain visits

Lt. Col. Pennington, assistant chaplain for the fourth Air Force, and Wayne A. Hebert of the Moody Bible Institute were visitor at Moses Lake Air Base last week. They showed religious films to the base personnel in the chapel.

The non-denominational films are based upon scientific wonders of the natural world, and will be available later this year for civilian release, Herbert said.

New managers at bus depot

New managers at the Greyhound Post House in Moses Lake are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zissos. They replaced Lewis Walls May 26. Mr. and Mrs. Zissos moved here from Pocatello, Idaho, where they owned and operated a café and service station until this spring. Hours for the post house will continue to be from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dennis note: OK folks, here is a bit of history for ya. The bus depot is called a post house? Anyone with knowledge about this terminology, please send me the info: dclay@atnet.net or 762-5158.

Cascade residents start playground

A community playground in Cascade Valley was started Sunday evening. Neighbors gathered on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Calvert and helped burn and cleared the property.

Development and equipment of the playground is being sponsored by the Cascade Valley Garden Club, with the assistance of their husbands, members of the Cascade Valley Boosters.

Dennis note: OK: This is the beginning of what park? Is it Cascade Park? Way back in Little League days, my dad, along with a bunch of other fathers, carved a baseball diamond out of the dirt right where Valley Road makes the curve at the bottom of the hill into Cascade Valley. There is not a hint of the field today and the curve has been enlarged, which covered some of the field.

Lutherans to open vacation school

Vacation Bible School will begin June 20 in the Women’s Clubhouse, Rev. Mr. Mann, pastor of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, said the school would become boys and girls of all religious denominations. To be open until July 1, the school’s program will include Bible stories, handicrafts, songs pictures and games.

Guests from Bremerton at Nygaard home

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hall and their two children, of Bremerton, were Saturday night guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nygaard. Mrs. Nygaard and Mrs. Hall are sisters.

Birthday party for W.P. Simmons

A fried chicken dinner at home Sunday evening marked a birthday celebration for W.P. Simmons. Cake and ice cream were served during the evening.

Present for the party were Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Hill and Beverly, Mrs. Barbara Moyers with her children Connie and Terry, Jack Hardy and Mrs. Simmons.

VFW to celebrate third anniversary

A potluck dinner in the housing project next Friday night, Jan. 17, for members, families and guests will mark the third anniversary celebration of the establishment of Eugene Whitehead Post and auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mrs. Don Morton is general chairman.

In other business transacted at Friday night’s session, auxiliary members decided to sponsor a public dinner June 25 in the grade school cafeteria. Serving hours will be from 5:30 to 8, according to present plans. The auxiliary also decided to meet on the third Friday of each month until October.

Family reunion at Morris home

The Peninsula home of Mr. and Mrs. Wally Morris was the scene of a family reunion during Memorial Day weekend. Mrs. Morris’ mother, four brothers, three sisters, and a daughter, all with their families, arrived to visit.

Present were Mrs. May Oakes, Dale Oakes and his son Michael, Chelan; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Oakes and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Oakes, Wenatchee; Lester Oakes, Lewiston; Mrs. Melvina Seaton and children, Chelan; Mrs. Gladys Joslyn and children, Yakima; Miss Delores Knutzen, Coeur d’Alene; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest King, Moses Lake.

Party celebrates double birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson were hosts at a double birthday party in their Ephrata home Saturday evening. Honored for their anniversaries were their son Ralph, 13, and Mr. Johnson’s brother, Jack, 25. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bohnet with their son Danny. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Johnson and Linda, and Orin Ludington, all of Ephrata, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Johnson with Cathy, Mr. Ward Hale and her children, and Mrs. J.C. Johnson with Ronnie and Donnie, from Moses Lake.

15 new members are received by Lutheran Church

Fifteen were received into membership by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, in its Sunday morning worship service at the Woman’s Clubhouse. After 30 minutes of questioning on the doctrines of Holy Scripture, seven juniors were received by confirmation. They were presented with confirmation certificates and books by the Rev. Joseph Mann, Pastor.

Then eight adults came forward, made a confession of their faith and were presented with membership certificates. The Rev. Mr. Mann then addressed the new members. The service was concluded with the distribution of Holly Communion.

Those received were Gordon Buchmann, Ronald Smart, Henry Campbell, Kenneth Schmidt, Leroy Buchmann, Caroline Huber, Deloris Raymond, Alfred Schmidt, Mrs. A. Meske, Gustav Schmidt, George Smart, Harold Bluhm, Mrs. H. Bluhm and Barney Getzinger.

Four will attend church meeting

Rev. and Mrs. Chester A. Patten, Mrs. R.G. Killelson and Mrs. Clarence Harden will leave for Baker, Ore., this weekend to attend a church convention. The assembly of the Spokane District of the Women’s Missionary Federation, American Lutheran Church, will have as its theme “Prepare Ye a Highway for Our God.”

Speakers include Dr. Theodore Fricke, commissioner of foreign missions; Dr. Katherine Lehan, national president of the missionary federation; Rev. Albert Dillemuth, manager of the ninth international convention of the Luther League and Dr. S.C. Siefkes, president of the northwestern district.

Pastor to attend church meeting

The Rev. Joseph Mann, pastor of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, will attend the annual convention of the church’s northwest district in Portland June 13 to 16.

The 50th anniversary of the organization of the district, which includes Washington, Oregon and Idaho, will be observed by a worship service at the Neighbors of Woodcraft Hall.

The Rev. J.W. Behnken, president of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, will be the speaker. A pageant Tuesday evening also will commemorate the anniversary.

7 county members at 4-H club camp

There were seven Grant County 4-H club members attending the state 4-H camp at pullman this week. Members of the Grange also are in Pullman this week attending their state convention.

Making the trip from the county were Tom and Jim Quann, Hartline; Marcelle Schorzman, Colleen Starkel and Phyllis Frick, Marlin; Verna Larsen, Wilson Creek, and Jack Arvin, Grant Orchards. Mrs. Jessie Jackson, county home agent, accompanied the delegates.

County gets 7,000 car plates in 1950

The state will issue 7,000 automobile plates for Grant County in 1950, County Auditor C.A. Hawley announced this week. Hawley received notice from the state department of licenses to that effect Friday.

Hawley said the first allocation to Grant County for 1949 had 4,000, but that already nearly 5,000 have been issued. Truck licenses are to be increased from 2,000 to 2,500. Other types of licenses will be increased slightly, according to the state schedule. Hawley said the plates are expected to start arriving in Ephrata by Sept. 1.

Dennis note: What? The county was issued a limited number of vehicle license plates? Why? This was a time of expansion in the Columbia Basin. Wouldn’t the state want to issue as many license plates as possible to attain more money? Does anyone know why there was a limited number of plates issued?

District 4-H camp at Sun Lakes Park

A public jamboree and barbecue Thursday afternoon will mark the climax to next week’s District 4-H Summer Camp at Sun Lakes State Park.

Parents of the clubbers, Grangers and friends are being invited to the affair. Work projects completed at the four-day camp will be displayed.

An annual encampment for 4-H members in Douglas and Grant counties, this is the first year it has been held at Sun Lakes. General arrangements for the affair are being handled by club leaders and George M. Delany, county extension agent.

From the CBH on May 12, 1981:

Basin briefs

Schools ransacked

Burglars ransacked the Warden Middle School and high school during the weekend, taking money from teachers’ desks and vandalizing both buildings.

Warden police said today a camera and two guitars owned by teachers were stolen from the high school.

At the middle school, small change was stolen in the administration office and from teachers’ desks.

Police said ceiling tiles were pulled out, holes were punched in the walls and windows were broken.

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