7 results for month: 02/2015


Looking Back – 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago in 1915, Cheney's Volunteer Fire Department requested that the city provide all the firefighting equipment and waterproof clothing, as well as maintain the fire station. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here. http://www.cheneymuseum.org/donate.html

First Items in the Museum – Smoothing Iron

Continuing with our 80th birthday look back at the items donated to start the museum collection in 1935, we have a triangular smoothing iron with integrated iron handle. This iron was brought across the plains from Illinois by the Thomas Grier family in 1880. You can help us to continue to preserve these items by making a small donation today, click here.

Looking Back – 125 Years Ago

One hundred twenty-five years ago on February 23, 1890 a fire started in O’Donnell’s hardware store and destroyed ten businesses including the Post Office, Tom Devaz’s saloon, J.E. Thomas’ photography studio, Switzer’s Drug store, James Minnick’s jewelry store, the tailor shop, and Dr. Turner’s office. The fire was ruled suspicious.Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here. http://www.cheneymuseum.org/donate.html

80th Birthday – First Items in the Museum – 1892 Receipt

Receipt from the Cheney State Normal School dated February 18, 1892 in payment of $2.00 for tuition for one term paid by Mr. Lasher. Receipt No. 15 was signed by William J. Sutton, Principal of the State Normal School at Cheney. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here.

In Honor of Women’s History

History records the battles and heroic deeds done by men. While these same deeds are done by women, they are rarely recorded for posterity, even rarer are acknowledgements of valor by Native American women. Here is one story about a local woman in a pivotal local battle. Colestah During the 1858 Battle of Spokane Plains in present-day Washington State, Yakama leader Kamiakin was nearly killed when an artillery shell blew a branch off a tree knocking him off his horse. Kamiakin’s wife, Colestah, who was well-known as a medicine woman and warrior, fought valiantly at her husband’s side armed only with a stone war club. Though she was armed with ...

80th Birthday – 1935 Melodian Theater

  As we celebrate the museum's 80th birthday, we are looking back to see what was going on in depression era Cheney in the year the museum collection was started. Join our celebration by making a donation to support our all-volunteer museum. Donate Now

80th Birthday – Relief Agencies lower Crime 1934

Police chief Fred Reuter reported that federal relief agencies had absorbed much of the burden formerly taken care of by cities as evidenced in the annual report. During 1933, 667 men were given lodging in the city jail as against 264 last year. Meal tickets handed out for 1933 and 1934 were 1884 and 843 respectively.     Drivers stopped for traffic errors, 508; business places found unlocked, 20; places reported broken into, 2; collisions within the city, 16; fires, 10; chemical tanks recharged, 7; arrests, 15; cars stolen, 5. As we celebrate the museum's 80th birthday, we are looking back to see what was going on in depression era ...