Armistice, At Last!

AP photo Celebration in Paris
The war in Europe ended as per the agreement between the waring parties, on the 11th month, the 11st day at the 11th hour. The above Associated Press image is of the celebrations in Paris on that day. Here in Cheney, there was a Peace Parade through the town followed by a carnival celebration that evening in the Normal School gym.

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Looking Back: 1966 Christian Church 80th Celebration

Cheney Christian Church
Fifty years ago on March 27, 1966, the Cheney Christian Church held a celebration for its 80th anniversary.

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Looking Back: 1916 Train Wreck at Cheney

1916 Train collision
  From the Cheney Free Press: A fatal and disastrous wreck that occurred at the station of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle railway at South Cheney at 7:43 o’clock Sunday morning, February 20.  The Dead:  Professor Elton Fulmer, Washington State College; L.M. Conry, traveling passenger and agent of Northern Pacific railway, Spokane; J.J. White, accountant, Spokane; B.L. Berkey, salesman, Spokane and Isaac J Minnick, of the US Dept of Agriculture.  Seriously injured:  Dr. John L. Mathews, dentist, lacerations and bruises; R.J. Spears, of Pomeroy, injured about the head; J.A. Payant, Los Angeles, cuts and bruises on the head.  About a score of others received minor injuries of various degrees of severity. The wreck was caused by a rear-end collision between two Northern Pacific trains, which had been detoured over the SP&S line between Pasco and Spokane on account of washouts on the Northern Pacific line which prevented the operation of trains over its own rails.  The trains that suffered the damage were the Burlington’s Kansas City train No. 42 and the Northern Pacific’s North Coast Limited, the fastest train on that system both were east bound....

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Looking Back – 125 Years City Hall

One hundred twenty-five years ago on October 24, 1890 the City of Cheney’s new City Hall, fire station and jail opened in a new brick building at 111 E [College] Street. Today, the remodeled building houses the Cheney Thrift Store and apartments. You can help us continue to share history by donating here.

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Looking Back – 125 Years – Normal Opens

One hundred twenty-five years ago, on October 13, 1890 the Cheney Normal School opened with sixteen students enrolled and W. Gillette as Principal. Like these glimpses back in time? Click here to help fund them.

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Looking Back – 75 Years Geiger

Seventy-five years ago on October 3, 1940, the War Department announced the establishment of an Army Air Corps headquarters north of Cheney, just west of Spokane. It was named Geiger Field. Help us close the gap to continue sharing history. https://www.npez.net/52/Pages/fundraising/#/15

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Birth Anniversary – William Sutton

Today is the one-hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of William J Sutton. He was the Principal of the Cheney Public School from 1887 to 1890. He then became the Principal of the Cheney Normal School from 1892 to 1897. He taught History and Philosophy of Education. He was a charismatic and beloved teacher, though he could also be stubborn and strong-willed. He is credited for keeping the Normal School operating through the funding veto of Governor McGraw in 1893. Sutton served in the State Senate starting in 1913, where he once again persuaded the legislature ...

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June Enews

We are trying a new format for our Enews that will allow us to include sound and even video in the future. Tell us what you think. Good? Bad? Too much trouble?

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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 ...

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Save Our Station Public Meeting, May 1st

You are invited to learn the history of our Cheney train depot and explore paths we may take to save our historic structure in or community.  Join us at the Cheney Library meeting room on May 1st starting at 5:15 p.m. to learn about the station and how you can help give it new life.  For information please call Bonnie at 235-8795.

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