The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

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Altoona In the 1830's the Altoona site was used by the Hudson's Bay Company as a fish receiving station and saltery, an establishment in which fish are salted for market. William Hume, a long-time...

 

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From Crooked Creek to Eden For the early pioneers coming into Wahkiakum County, the perspective of paradise was to be found in the land. This was to be their little piece of heaven. Around 1875, the...

 

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Wahkiakum County and Pacific County in the past were mainly connected by the waterways. It would not be until the late 1930s that Longview would be connected to the coast. River life would slowly...

 

Veterans Day assembly focuses on Vietnam vets

As I walked down the hallway at Naselle High School to their gymnasium last Friday, I was focused only on where to get the best pictures without disturbing their ceremony. As I was approaching the...

 

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A Historical Synopsis of Thanksgiving Everyone looks at Thanksgiving from a different perspective. To me it comes down to what are we really thankful for. For others it takes on a reverent religious...

 

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Halloween in the Westend The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) is the origin of Halloween nearly 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern...

 

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Volunteers in a Little Piece of Heaven It is really hard to put into writing or words to describe how living in this county with so many wonderful people has brought so many changes to this community...

 

Grays River veteran takes the Honor Flight

The war in Vietnam was no different than any other war with the exception that when these veterans returned home, there was not a welcoming with a throng of people waving flags and a brass band...

 

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Appelo Archives Harvest Auction Karl Arthur Appelö (he changed his name to Carl) was born on February 17, 1890 in the parish of Sideby on the western coast of Finland into a Swedish-Finn family....

 

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Invasive Species My late father was an outdoorsman typical of many who live in the Pacific Northwest. He loved to hunt and fish or just go hiking in the woods. As a child he made me very aware of the...

 

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The Berries that Changed History We live in an area that appears to remain unchanged as we go about our daily activities traveling the area. We have a tendency to take for granted what we see around u...

 

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Ghosts of Grays River: The Jesse Baker Jr. Saga, Part II Grays River has been home to some of the most illustrious people who for the most part have become unknown to but a few. This all changed for...

 

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Ghosts of Grays River: The Jesse Baker Jr. Saga Part I Near the corner of State Route 4 West and North Hull Creek Road sits the oldest home in Grays River built around 1870 by Samuel Walker. The...

 

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A Wedding for the Ages When was the last time you were invited to a wedding in which you did not know either the bride or groom? Ron Relethford and Laura Knight, both 62, from the Seattle area placed...

 

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Lost Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight I love to do research into the history of the area, and I get surprised by the amount of information that leads to new discoveries for me. This gives me insights...

 

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Grays River Then and Now My life forever changed when I was drafted into the United States army in 1969 right out of high school. Throughout my experiences in the military, I found myself for the...

 

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Through the Fog of Time Part II The house where Hjalmar and Mabyn Klint raised their three children is still seen today in the valley where they had lived. The three Klint brothers must have known...

 

Musicians keeping Irish music alive

Have you ever had an experience that you felt was surreal like a dream, but you are awake and conscious? That was my experience this past Saturday. It really started last week when the editor asked...

 

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Through the Fog of Time Part I Imagine yourself driving east on State Route 4, and as you cross the Grays River bridge just east of Shannon Road, when a sudden fog immerses the car and the car comes...

 

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Rosburg School Road Project Approved Wahkiakum County commissioners unanimously approved Professional Engineer Paul Lacy's proposal for the Rosburg School road. The plan calls for the widening of the...

 

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Paradise found in the Westend Just a little west of the Rosburg Store hidden in plain sight lies eight and a half acres that was once just pasture land. There were no trees on the property. That was...

 

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An Old Barn Over the years traveling to and fro in the Westend, I would go by an old barn in Deep River across the highway from Deep River Camp. I had no idea who owned it and the surrounding...

 

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Wahkiakum Search and Rescue, Part Two I have only touched on a small part of what search and rescue is all about. Wahkiakum County Search and Rescue does have four K-9 teams including trailing,...

 

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Wahkiakum County Search and Rescue The images seen on television showing people searching for a missing person gives the impression to many people that the searchers are just going for a casual walk....

 

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The Last Badger It is with sadness to announce to those of you who knew Dean Badger that he passed away in Yuma, Arizona, of a heart attack at the age of 80. He was my neighbor and one of the first...

 

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