WWI at Home Pt 15

Uri Oscar Attebery graduated from Cheney Normal School in May 1917. He had been an active student serving as Class President in 1914 and 1915, Captain of the baseball team in 1915, and a member of the Kinnikinick staff in 1917. Uri Oscar Attebury was a 23-year-old teacher and farmer of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair living near Latah and taking care of his father. J. Wayne Davis was a student at the Normal School who came from Cloverland, Washington, which was a farming community south of Asotin. Today it consists of a church and abandoned store....

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WWI at Home Pt 14

Victor Ballinger
Victor Ballinger was a 27 year old single man living at the Cheney Hotel and working at C.A. Ratcliffe & Son as an automobile mechanic when he registered for the draft. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Cheney Fire Department.Victor was described as a tall man of medium build with light colored hair and blue eyes. His registration card was signed by H.N. Stronach of Cheney on June 5, 1917.Normal School student, Frank M. Keller was originally from Redmond, Washington. He joined the United States Marine Corps May 25, 1917. After graduating from the USM ...

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WWI at Home Pt 13

Chester Sooy
Chester Arthur Sooy enlisted in the Navy in 1918 as a Seaman Second Class and served at Bremerton, Aberdeen, and the Seattle Training Station. He was hospitalized with Influenza in the fall of 1918, and released from service in February 1922.

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WWI at Home Pt 12

William Hanna
Twenty-two year old, Walter R. Hanna enlisted in the Regular Army at Fort George Wright on June 4, 1917. Before shipping out, he completed his coursework to graduate from Cheney Normal School in 1918.Starting March 1918, he served overseas with Troop G of the 6th Cavalry until he was severely wounded on May 25, 1919. He was transferred to Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco in June.Walter was released from the military with disability on September 30, 1919.

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WWI at Home Pt 11

Chateau Thierry
Philip Spicer of Cheney joined the United states Navy Hospital Corps on May 15, 1917. He served at the Naval Hospital at Puget Sound and aboard the USS Northern Pacific.SS Northern PacificThe SS Northern Pacific was built as a passenger ship to carry freight between the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway and Great Northern Railway terminal at Astoria and San Francisco beginning in 1915. The Navy acquired the ship in 1917. It was used as a transport for both the Navy and the Army during WWI. The ship was scrapped in 1922. Harry Dean, son of George Dean, was granted 10 days furlough from Camp Lewis to visit his family at Cheney. He enlisted June 1, 1917 and after training at Camp Lewis and Camp Greene, Harry was sent overseas, landing at Brest, France December 27, 1917....

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Looking Back 1892

Diploma
One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892,  the first class graduated from the State Normal School at Cheney. There were three graduates: Kate D. Brace, Grace M. Nichols, and Elizabeth O. (Hamblen) Shaw.

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1892 Land Given for City Park

City Park 1910
One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892, the Northern Pacific Railway Deeded Block 7 parcel of land in Cheney between C & D and 5th & 4th streets to City to be used as a park for the enjoyment of the citizens. Ten years  passed before the women of the Tilicum Club and men of the Commercial Club organized to raise funds and provide the labor to make the block useable as a park. It was called City Park, now renamed Veterans Park.For the first three decades, the members of the Tilicum Club planted flowers and shrubs each year and those plantings were watered ...

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1892 Normal School Training School Established

Pomeroy Building
One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892, Training School department of the Normal School organized under the direction of Miss Nellie G. Hutchinson. The training school gave the student teachers real-life experience of working with children and doing the administrative work required in a rural school.  The first classes were held upstairs in the Pomeroy Building 407-411 1st St.

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1892 C.A. Ratcliffe Company Established

C.A. Ratcliffe Co.
One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892, the Charles A. Ratcliffe Company began business selling farm implements and lumber at 2nd & E [College Ave] streets, taking over from the Frank Bros. Co. The lumber yard was located near the east side of today's ADM Mill.The thin man in the image is Charles Ratcliffe. The other fellow is unidentified.

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1930 Cheney High School

On January 22, 1930 226 students and 15 faculty moved into the new high school.

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