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Armistice, At Last!

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.

Winning the War at School

High school pupils throughout the country can, and must, play an important part in winning this war. The Red Cross stands in need of everybody’s assistance, and it is something to whose support every high school pupil can contribute. Winter is coming on, and thousands and thousands of articles of clothing are needed to keep the soldiers warm. If every young man and every young woman in the country were to help, the supply would not exceed the demand. And, besides the clothing of the soldiers, there is needed equipment for the hospitals. It is almost beyond our comprehension to realize the number of things needed and the great quantities of each. ...

WWI Soldiers’ Christmas Packages

Christmas packages have been mailed by the girls of the high school to 28 graduates and ex-high school pupils who are now in service. Each package contained a trench mirror, a can of talcum powder, a shaving stick, and a tube of toothpaste. - Blackhawk December 1917 The girls of the Normal School Yep Kanum club have been doing their bit for Uncle Sam. At Christmas, the girls filled and sent away to the Normal School boys in service, sixty bags. Besides, they have made many a sweater and other knitted things for the Red Cross. And while doing all this work, they have met together for chats and good times. We’re the Yep Kanum The joy Yeps at ...

WWI Red Cross Day in Cheney

Have you ever thought that one reason people do not respond to certain movements is because they do not come in touch with those movements? That the reason people do not feel together, act together for some cause, is because that cause is not brought to their door? That is what our able Red Cross committee thought when they were formulating plans to raise Cheney’s $2,000 apportionment. There were in the adjacent rural districts intelligent, prosperous farmers who would contribute generously. But how are they to be reached? By mass meetings? Yes, some of them. By literature sent to them? Yes, a few of them. The only practical way seemed to go to ...

1916 Monroe Hall

Monroe Hall was the first dormitory built at the Normal school. It was dedicated February 4, 1916, and housed about 90 women. At this time, the majority of students were women, as teaching was one of the few professions open to single women. Monroe Hall featured a dining room and laundry facility for its residents. Prior to this, all students boarded in private homes, boarding houses, clubs, and “light housekeeping” rooms. People who made a living from providing room and board to students saw this new dormitory as the of killing private enterprise by the state. It began the "town & gown" schism within Cheney as students had more of their ...

1908 Normal Training School

The Normal School Training School served as a regular elementary school for Cheney residents, as well as a hands-on training facility for the student-teachers of the Normal School. This ghost once stood on the west side of Showalter Hall where the parking lot is today. The Normal School Training School department was first organized in 1892 with Miss Nellie G. Hutchinson as its first principal. The student-teachers observed classes being conducted, then they would step in to teach themselves while being observed by their instructors. By 1907, the department had outgrown its space in the main Normal School building. Completed during the summer of ...

Looking Back 1892

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.

Looking Back 1942 – Winona Hungate

75 years ago, in 1942 Tilicum club member, Mrs. Winona Hungate was named associate American Mother of 1942 in New York in April of 1942. “With her own five sons grown and away from home, she looks out for the welfare of the students of Sutton Hall, men’s dormitory at the college, where she and Mr. Hungate are in charge.” Pictured are Nona Hungate and her husband, Joseph, a Biology instructor at Eastern Washington College.

World War I at Home Part 1

One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, the United States entered the war in Europe (World War I.) In support of the war, Miss Alma Alythea Dobbs, the Health instructor at the Normal School, began teaching First Aid classes. About half the girls of the Normal School attended. The classes were designed to prepare the young women to join the Red Cross. The residents of this area, like the rest of the nation had been following the war since it began in 1914. Churches, women's clubs, scouts, and school children had collected money, clothing, and other items to ship to  Europe to help the refugees, particularly those of Belgium and Armenia. N...

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 ...