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February 7, 2018

January 10, 1889

On last Friday, just as the Bickleton stage had reached the long decline a few miles this side of Dot post office and the team was going at a good brisk gate, one of the single trees became detached and striking the horse on the heels set him to running. There were no passengers on the stage and Frank Hanshew was driving, and throwing all his weight on the lines endeavored to prevent the tongue from falling, in which event a general smashup would certainly have been the result. He was successful in preventing the tongue from falling but he did not seem to have any effect on the horses for they continued to run, when all at once the stage upset. This checked the horses, but the lap robe being buckled, Frank was unable to get out from under the stage. One of the horses kept kicking viciously, and as his sharp shod hoofs would strike the seat Frank began to think that his position was not the safest in the world. He hung onto the lines and finally extricated himself and tying them to the wheel went around and unhitched the other horse when he knew nothing more until about dark when Charlie Newell and Ben Martin came along the road and found him, he having laid there about three hours. Things were righted up and he was accompanied on to the Dot post office. A man was procured there to take the mail on to Bickleton and summon Dr. Blair. The doctor arrived about nine o’clock and found three of his ribs broken and his chest bone somewhat injured, and ordered him to keep quiet for some days. He however, struck out the next day when the stage came along for him, in company with Al Snodgrass, and arrived here considerably the worse for wear, but will no doubt be all right in a couple of weeks. (Shortly after this event Charlie Newell built Goldendale’s famous Red House)

January 14, 1938

By giving birth to four normal lambs over a six-day period here last week, a four-year old ewe established, what local sheepmen declare is a record for Ripley. The ewe, apparently normal in every respect, is owned by Tom Graham.

March 18, 1951

Paced by Larry Tobin and Bruce Cameron, a determined Centerville grade school basketball team won an invitational tournament in Maupin. (31871)

January 12, 1978

When a pink logging truck peeks through the forest or shows off on the highway, there’s no mistake about it – it belongs to Ivor Jones. All his trucks are pink, and they have printed in pink letters on black bumpers – names like “Lady Chaser,” “Wrong Way,” “Movin’ On,” “Keep on Truckin,’ and of course “Pink is beautiful.” Jones has been partial to pink since 1955, when a car introduced by Ford Motor Company caught his eye. It was the Crown Victoria, and it was pink and black.

Trivia answer last week: J.H. Allyn and his wife Mary first came to Vancouver in 1852, moving on to Goldendale in 1879. Mr. Allyn was a circuit rider for the Methodist Church and served Lyle, Bickleton, Echo, OR and all of Klickitat County. He was an excellent carpenter and all four of his sons followed the profession. Mr. Allyn constructed many of the Homes here in the early 1900s. (How many descendants of J. Allyn can you name that still reside in Goldendale?)

Trivia question for next week: Who was Burgen Street named after?

Compiled by Richard Lefever

Klickitat County Historical Museum


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