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1892 Land Given for City Park

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 by hand, usually by one of their children. Gradually, City employees took over ...

1892 Normal School Training School Established

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.

1894 View of 1st Street

People gathered horses, wagons, and even a pair of bicycles for this 1894 photograph. To the right, several businesses can be seen including Steve Harris' blacksmith and wagon shop which had been in operation since 1878, John Garner's secondhand store, a hardware store, J.E. Roos' bakery, and a store advertising stoves, tinning and plumbing. While it is difficult to see, there is a city well and watering trough on the right side of the street near the power pole. It was one of three municipal wells serving the business district. While a municipal water system had recently been installed that brought water from Fish Lake to a reservoir on the hill ...