10 results for tag: transportation


WWI at Home Pt 56

Charles V. Schmitt of Alta Lake, British Columbia was a student at the Normal School when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on February 1, 1916. He served in France with Company 4 of the 8th Canadian Railway Troops and was twice wounded.

WWI at Home Pt 27

Leland S. Rogers joined the Regular Army at Fort George Wright in August 1917. He was 22 years old. He served overseas as a cook with the 640th Aero Supply Squadron based at Issoudun Aerodrome in central France from January 1918 to April 1919. Issoudun Aerodrome was a complex of military airfields in the vicinity of Issoudun, Centre, France. They were used during World War I as part of the Third Air Instructional Center, American Expeditionary Forces for training United States airmen prior to being sent into combat on the Western Front. It was at that time the largest air base in the world. Today the entire complex consists of agricultural ...

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 ...

Looking Back: 1916 Train Wreck at Cheney

  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....

Looking Back – I90 opens

Fifty years ago in 1965, the new Interstate 90 freeway bypassed Four Lakes, Cheney, and Tyler. The freeway was a mixed blessing. Businesses certainly felt the loss as fewer travelers came through town, and residents were attracted with easy access to stores in Spokane. Help to keep sharing history http://ow.ly/Ohu1H 

80th Birthday – First Items in the Museum – Oxen Shoes

Oxen shoes from the T.C. Tennison farm near Cheney. Used when oxen had to travel on roads. The Tennison farm later became the J.L. Foulon place. These oxen shoes were found on the old T.C. Tennison farm place near Cheney. Mr. Tennison was a very early pioneer of our district. His farm later became the J.L. Foulon place. Oxen were favored by early settlers because they could haul heavy loads on deeply muddy or rutted trails. They were better than horses at doing the very heavy sod busting needed to first break the bunchgrass fields here. They could also survive unsheltered through all kinds of weather. The Percheron and other draft horses ...

Looking Back – October 15, 1913

One hundred years ago on October 15, 1913, the high concrete arched bridge over Hangman Creek opened.  It significantly improved access to Spokane for folks to the west including Four Lakes, Cheney, Tyler and Amber.   The “High Bridge” also included tracks for the interurban train, replacing a wooden trestle which had been situated just to the north.  The one hundred year old bridge is still in service on the old Sunset Highway (Highway 2) entrance into Spokane.

Looking Back – October 12, 1933

On October 12, 1933, twenty-nine freight cars of a Spokane Portland & Seattle train derailed in the rock cut east of Cheney during the night.  There was only one broken jaw, and some cuts and bruises, reported among the fifteen men riding the freight train.  Clearing the wreck and righting the track took sixty-six hours of labor by one hundred men.

Looking Back – 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago in 1913, the Reitmeier, Hayford, Hazelwood, and Normandie schools were consolidated into Sunset School. The school was one mile south of Sunset Boulevard, but was moved one mile north of the road in 1926.  It was in 1918 that Sunset became a “highway” that linked Spokane to Cheney via the “Normal Highway,” later known as Hayford Road.

Glimpse at Past Transportation

My husband and I took a trip over to the North Idaho Fair last week.  I love the fair for all the animals with their 4H and FFA handlers.  There is the cow wash, and the sheep grooming, and the surprisingly small kids leading their very large horses and cows through the judging. The highlight of the day was watching the draft horses go through their paces in the arena.  They pulled buggys and wagons for adult and youth class competitions.  I was especially impressed with the 13 and under group.  With two horses and a wagon, these young kids walked, trotted, backed up, and shifted their teams and wagons side to side. I was ...