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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Amber Grange 100 Years

The Grange movement began after the Civil War in the United States. The organization gave its farmer members collective bargaining power with the railroads over the price of shipping their produce, as well as bulk buying capabilities. As a group, Granges had political clout with their local and state governments.  Grange organizations introduced and advocated for legislation, not only to help the farming industry but to make sure that all citizens had a greater voice in their government.Most people in Washington State probably don't know that the open primary system ...

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Looking Back: The New Wireless Telegraph

Wireless telegraph
We hold tiny computers in our hands, access information and cat videos from around the whole via the internet, and have video conversations with people across the globe. This last item I have just experienced with my husband's French cousin as we work on the family genealogy. She and I exchange text messages, and now face-time using today's new technology.One hundred years ago the world was entering a different wireless age. The age of the wireless telegraph. On June 20, 1916, Ray R. Ames gave a demonstration of his wireless telegraph before a group of Normal school ...

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Looking Back: New Cheney High School

1966 Cheney High School
Fifty years ago in 1966, construction of the new Cheney High School was well underway on North 6th Street with the main building nearly complete.

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Looking Back: Cheney Motor Co

Cheney Motor Co
Lloyd Holladay held a grand reopening of the Cheney Motor Company 1941

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Looking Back: 1941 Bank Remodel

Seventy-five years ago in May 1941, the old Walters building at 421 First Street was demolished to make room for the rebuilding and expansion of the Seattle First National Bank.Louis Walter first built a wood frame building on the site in 1881, opening his harness shop. He replaced that building with a 2-story brick structure in 1887.

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