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

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Downriver Dispatches

Woodworker Extraordinaire Nobody at the Art Show at the Grange would have any idea the impact that the show would have on me. After talking with the artists and others, it occurred to me that there is...

 

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First freshet brings opportunity Every once in a while the Grays River overflows its banks and sends thousands of cubic feet of water and debris downstream. The first freshet of 2020 brought not only...

 

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Navy Boxing Team Hawaii 1940 When I was six years old, my brother and I got a Christmas present we would never forget, two pairs of boxing gloves. These red gloves had a white face on the front with...

 

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Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington The New Deal was a series of programs and projects established during the Great Depression by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that intended to return prosperity to the American people. During the first eight...

 

Smalley Family Legacy Part III

Smalley Family Legacy Part III Who was Frank Smalley and why was he so important to this community? The census records up to 1920 state that he was only a farmer. He was more than just a farmer....

 

Grange party celebrates the holiday

It is that time of year again and Grays River Grange #124 held their annual Christmas potluck with caroling, gift exchanges, numerous raffle drawings, and a visit from Santa. The food was sensational...

 

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Smalley Family Legacy Part II When the Smalley family left for Oregon in 1865 with three small children and Martha pregnant, most wagon trains leaving Missouri for Oregon left in April because if...

 

Santa Lucia festival brings in the light

When I first arrived at the Appelo Archives Museum my thoughts were to get photos of Santa and the children and write a few words about the event in Downriver Dispatches and that would be the end of...

 

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Smalley Family Legacy, Part I This is by no means a complete story of this strong pioneer family, but will serve to illustrate the depths of love this family endured never knowing that their name...

 

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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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