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t 181h Year #rly D#y$ i# 6mMte F#ll$ Districtl (Written by Frank Nfles, pioneer editor of Granite Falls.) (Reprln,ted from the Granite Falls Press, March, April, 1949.) As in me case of moat Snoho. mish county towns, ,timber was the mainstay ot Granite Falls. The first loggers of the section-- before the coming of the rail- xoads---depended on ,the Stllla- guamish for transportation to market. I am no authbrity on logging, so if techn,ical errors are found in story I crave l he reader's Indulgence. In the beginning, logs were ha,sled over skldroads. Most read- .era of the Press probably know what a skidroad is. For the bene- .fit of those younger people who do not know, here 'is a short de- scription: Skids were small logs laid across ,the road, partly em- bedded in the dirt, approximately eight feel apart The skids kept ,the logs from dragging in the dirt. They were greased in the center of the road with skid g,rease; usually, I ,believe, with dogfish oil. It was said that an old-time logger could be spot.ted in town by his walk--"two steps and over"lifting his foot hlgh for each third step. The tram roads wre railroads, usually wi,th wooden rails, on which cars with wide wheels GRANITE FALLS, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON PIONEER GRANITE By the way, I believe this lake should be called Ew.ald's lake. and the one below tile hill i properly called Swart's lake The etcher designation was used as long as I was in Granite Falls. In the early days of logging, chu, tes were often used to gel ,logs from steep hills or high banks where hauling by oxen or .horses was Impractical. k chute consisted of a trough built of iog laid end to end to carry the logs ,to a river, lake or pond. 't,ater some of the camps and mills handled hingle-bolts in the same wty. When a acquired a rail- road and donkey engines he was considered to have the last word jn logging eq,uipment. But su(h a ,thing as logging a mountaln- .ide w,a considered visionary. l'hen came the "flying machine" --a variation of the .bucket tram --which carried logs over gulches and rottgh couutry that couHl not be logged by trhe older methods. Now tle "cat" and WOMAN PASSES ON MARGARET JANE GRIFFIN Mrs. Margaret Jane Griffin, 92, pioneer ,resident of Granite Falls, .died at the home of her son in Everett Thursday morning, Aug. 27, following a brief illness. Mrs. GrlfHn was born in West Union, Ind., Dec. 31, 1866, and lla(l lived continuously in Granite Falls fox the past 51 years. She had resid- ed at Granite Fails for a number of years prior to 1903 and then, moved away. Her father, Wil- liam T,u,rner, had the first heals. stead .at GI'ani4te Falls, having come here in 1884. Mrs. Griffin was a menber of the C, omn]unity Congregational Church of Gran- ite Falls, a alember of the Aux- iliary to the American Legion of G,ranite Falls and wt the time of her pas,ing was treasurer of of Bethel Clrapter No. 146, O.E.S., of which also was a past matron. Surviving are a on, William R. Grifif.n of Everett; a brot,her Walter Turner of Sea,ttle; a sis- ter, Mrs. Ellen Daisy Robe of P UD Notes Years of Growt]l Successfully completing its, eenth year of light and power! .operation Public Utility l)is.tricb No. 1 of Snolmmis.h County tart aahther decade of service to the q'esidents of Snohomish co,un,ty trucks are getting out ,tile logs Frhlay Harbor; thre grandchil- from the mountains which were considered inaccessible Just a few years ago. The new tech. niq,ue is responsible for the .tream of trucks haulnig logs uhxough town And a new crop of timber is rapidly growing ,lear town. The Blackman Bros. were fol- dren and six great-granehildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Grid fin were held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Community Congregwtional church of Gran- ite Falls, with the Rev. Itott Clason of Granite Falls and Bethel Chapter O.E.S,, officiating. Burial was in the family plot ill Thursday, September 3, 1959 Sportsmeaa's Picnic-Work Party Big Success Ca Sunday, Aug. 30, the Gran- ite Falls Sportsmeu's Club held ,their ann,ual potluck picnic and work party at their clubhouse. About fifty members and their children attended the picnic. When the people come ,to our Turkey Shoo,t this year they will and Camano Island. see a very prosperous and neat- The district was e,tablished looking elubhouse. The men's in 1936 by a vote of the people and ladies' lavatories are freshly of the county under an lnitia,tivo painted, also bile hot water ,tank law pased in 1930, Subsequent[ arund "the building are all leshly painted This week sev to its organization the district[ " - " ' ", - , , e al of the ladies are going to engaged in various acLivi.tles de-: .... - , .:dgned to establish itself in the finish the job, electric and wter utility busi- ness. These activities were financed by a tax levy in 1938' and during years that folh)wed. No tax levy has been made since 4he district acquired the electric properties on Sept. 1, 1949. The district first actively en- gaged in the utility business when its Lake Stevens water sys- l:am wins formed in 1946. In 1947 it acquired tthe Bewwly Park water system. , T,he district acquired i,ts else. tvic system by negotiated pur- chase from Puget Sound Power & Light Co. on Sept. 1, 1949. iFor ,the purpose i,t issued 19/ Imllllon dollars of electric reve-' nue bonllS. On Sept. 1, 1954, the outstanding balance of series of 1949 bonds was reunded with a The grass has been ca,t; the l)apers and broken bottles that have accumulated on ,tile grounds thi.s year were cleaned up and put in refuse can,s to be hauled to ,the dutup. The whole inside of the build- ins was swept and dusted by the work crew. A very ambLtio,us group turned out for this picnic- work party, worked hard and accompli.shed a lo,t. After the work was finished all s-tt down to a very delicious baked ham dinner with all ,th trimmings. The children had imp and dixie cups furnished by the club. Everybody had a very good time and wen,t home wi,tll the feeling of a day well spent. The n'ext regular meeting ot the club.will be held next Wed- were used, hauled by horses. One lowed by bad luck in the way of thase tras ran rom Granite of fires. They built a large mill Falls out to.wax& wo.r's lake, on the Snohomtsh river below hU I never heard . :how., ,far it nohomish and it burned. Re- went I,t wa un early day, affair i :': i::i tuUdtng at Souh Snahomish, It had been abandoned and mis rtune :' : : I they had the same fo , Wa going to plees when I came ," , , [The plant burned in 1891 or he la 1505 ' :} , " ':!'":. " , [ 1892. Lter 'they built the first i:l the 1g of the rail:| awmill here, only to lose it after .r:::i 1.89, ]tlng - ,r P,me % , '. .  '' ......... (To be continued) Wleh transpo.rtaeton @/r lumber, ehiagle, log and.:htngle-bolts an era of" prosperity hit the section. When I came here in 1903 to publish the Granite Falls Post it was generally considered that appointed as Home Agent for lumbering had reached Rs peak. Snohomish county, effective Sept. C. W. Bushnell, pastor of the 1, and will be working wih Mrs. Congregational ch,urh, and a Frances Oleson, County Exten- lawyer, who was a .pretty shrewd sion Agent, and the Ex,tension man, told me, "You may come Service. out with a dividend the first Miss ogler received har home ,three years Then the timber will economics degree at W.hi.tworth he gone and the town will be dead." History has hown how badly mistaken he was. At that time horse p6er was used in local camPs. The big operator was the Robe-Menzel I Lumber Co., owned by T. K. Robe, George Menzel and Henry Men- zel. The firm had a mill abou,t a mile south of town. !t was the first local concern to own a don- key engine, .hteh it purchased ,two or three years later. In ear- lier years Bros. had built a large sawmill on Black- man's lake, but lit burned after operting a short time. When ,the logging peration s! ,got so. far from' the mill that hauling ,by donkeys became un- prot!table the company built a railroad into the  timber';- As I remember, it ran up. into the country near the present Snoho- mlsh waterworks dam. 'She old mill burned one was bulit on Swartz's lake. I am hazy bout the details, but I believe this mill and other aets of the company were sold to the 'Sohey Manufacturing Co. It is, posslble that the mill was huil,t after the sale. At any ruts, the property  came ino possession of the WaRe Mill & Timber Co., which oper-'slbly boys had been glaying in, ated for a number of years, the building. .-,) CHARLEEN VOGLER NEW COUNTY HOME AGENT Miss Charleen Vogler has been PILCHUCK H. B. CLUB new isue. Because of the dis- nesday night, Sept. 9, 8 p.m. A,t the G uuLe Falls Cemetery under ' "'   ' ' ' " trle,t's excellent financial condi- ,this meeting members will start the direction of Purdy & Wal- ,r. tes Funeral Home Pallbearers lion the 1.)o4 refunding bonds snaking plans for the Turkey '*' " " ' .... t were issued at the unusually low Shoot.--Mlllle Anderson, Secy. were lohn Cm'ts (harles Beck- . ...... "' [ llll, e,l'eSL rate o .5) per een,t. mier Earl Chalm]au Hugh Mil- . .......... ' ' |'rnis refinancing Will resurL Ina let, Mtck Buley and Cis Nelsou  , ' 's . '" "lnet saving to the district of ap- Mls Griffin wm a ]eal prunes1  xima* d 5 n ". '  ' , ' ! "[ p 'o." te y n "Ilion dollars in RECREATION NOTES of bhe West, having traveled[interest over the life of he with her pa,rents by wagon ,train  bonds MeRle .Crst Diner.let . in 1880 from Kanaa,tu this state. [" During its ten yea,rs in the Me. Baker National Forest She was an authority on earlY]electric business the district has history of Granite l'alls and}a.ed.uced its original bonded in- wrote several in,teresting artlcles[debtedness for the electrle system on the early days. I from $19 million to approxi- t m:vtely $14 million. The first, meeting of the new year of ,the Pilehuck Home Dem- onstration Club will be held at the home of Mrs. Shirley Enge- brebsen on Sept. 16. Mr. George Thompson :has con- sented 'to speak on his travels to lurope and into Russia this College, Spokane, ,this last June. " LaCrosse [ summer She is a gr.aduate from " ,[ " v in Let s all be thee to hear M Wasl]., and has been aoti e [ " ' '. 4-H work in Whi'tman county. [ Thompson tell us about life in and othe eountlies .he was raised on a beef [ " ' " '. wheatfrm near Dusty and i[ the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Vogler. She along with .John Wester- green will head up the '4-H ,pro- gram in Snohomish coun,ty, ac- :cording to A1 Estel), County Ex- tension c,hairman. Estep stated the Extension st af.f, wexe happy to welcome someone her qualifications to the staff. MX. and Mrs. E. R. Rogers and granddaughters, Sharon and Connie Hjelle, ret.urned recently from a vacation trip to Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. They visited relwives in the latter state and viewed scenic sights such /as the Black Hills and Bad Lands in South Dakotal and Men,tuna's vast wonderland., A small old building In the rear of the Grant,re Falls Cream- cry was destroyed by fire Mon- day evening at about 8:30. Cause of the fire is unknown, but pos- GET YOUR TIRES SNOW-CAPPED NOW! Sooner Than You Think! TEXACO STATION GRANITE FALLS, WASH, A,ugust 31, 1959 Many people had the thought this past weekend: to enjoy the fine weather of the last weekend of August. A. S. J. Steele, PUD manager, ca.m`pgrounds were comfotably ,aid: "At the time the electric full, and camping groups were l)roperties were taken over many seen in the back country, even in fiml)rovements were neecssary remote spots. and every effort has *been made to improve Ithe system to provide Road Conditions: adequate capacity for present The road si'tuation is about and future load growth. During the same. District roads are good 'the last ten years than $]3 except for 'the Perry Cree[-Bar-i .million of electric earnings have low seation of tlhe Mountain Loop been re-invested in new transmis -i Highway, still under construc. :don and dis,[ribu.tion lines, sub- tion ,tations,, meters (Continued on page 3) Mr. Ed Zurfluh of Re. 2 Sno- homish inspired his HI-L0 4-H Club to take on a very admira- ble project. This project is now completed in time for the Ever- green State Fair that opened today, Sept. 3rd, for five days. The project was the erecting of a new arena and announcing stand to be used for the 4-H hor#e Show at the fair. It is a real tribnte to the commuity spirit being taught to the boys and girls 4-H wrk. Our adults could take a good lesson in community co- operation from this completed 4-H project. Trail Conditions: Trails were all popular, as hey are in fine condition. Pilchuck Perry Creek and Lake 22 were most popular. The excellent res- toratlon of the Perry Creek trail drew much favora,ble comment Ben'y Conditions: Although there are still a few pickers, we have seen so,in5 otherwise nice, large berries w,hich were sol4, and had worms in them. S(me were repor, ted as rather bitler. It would seem the berry season has about run Its course. Fishing' Conditions: There were no reports of catches turned in at the Ranger Station. Whethe:r the fish aren't bl,ting or fishermen aren't talk- ing, we don't know. We had a rel)o1't fron] a usually reliable source that the first snow of the year fell on tle peaks suxroundlng Monte Cristo on the evening of Wednesday, Augus, t 26th. Be,tter .start wax- tag the old skits. Could be early skiing his year! Number 45 Back To School Next Tuesday Granite Fails schools will resume next T, uesday morning, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. and will be dismissed on opening day mt 2 p.m. Lunch will be served that da:y in the cafeteri.a a usual. Bus schedules will be the same as last year, Members .of the igh school build, under the direction of Mr. Eugelking, will mest every school day morning at 8:40 for instruc- tion and practice. This hour will nat ineerfere with regular study lmurs. All students inter- ested in band m.usic are urged to attend and ttake par, t. Interest in football is already evident, with a squad ,lurning ot l'uesday afternoon. All boys ware are desirous of getting on the team are ,asked to get in ouch Immediately with Coach Barthlow. Mr. Keln, industrial atts in- .tructor, is getting the shop In shiIxhape order for a busy year. School Board and Stff Picnic The School Board and school personnel will hold a picnic Labor Day af,ternoon, ,to get ae- q,nainted with new members and have a happy ,time for all. They will gather at Craggs Lake, scutch of town, ,at 3 ,p.m. with dinner erved at 4 o'clock. Granville Grange News Regular meeting ot Granville Grange will be held Saturday evening, Sept. 5th,, ,t 8 p.m. The charter will be draped for Breather Rudy teinke, who passed on recently. A good eurn- "otr oi',n Is expected to dO honor to our departed brother. All officers are asked to be present t ,prepare for the gavel meeting which will e held on Saturday, Sept. 19th, w,hen Sun- T,ho nycrest Grange .will put on the lecturer's program t Granville. , GRANVILI H. D, CLUB The Granville Home Demon- stration Olub will hold its open- ing meeting for fall at the home of Mrs. Emma ,Steinke, Tuesday, . Sept. 15, ,at 11:30. WARREN POST PROMOTED TO QUINAULT RANGER F.rom the Bellingham office of the Mt. Baker N,a'tional Forest comes word of the promotion and transfer of Warren A. Post from, assistant staff posl,tlon co district ranger on the Qulna.ult District, Olympic Nation,al Forest. Trans- fer will be effective Sept 6th. Warren is well known in his area, having served as assistant ranger in t&e Monte Crlsto dis- trict ,from 1952 until a few mon'ths .ago, when he was re- assigned to 'the the supervisor's ,office in Belllngham to head-up ,tle National Forest Outdoor Rec- reation Resource Review pro- ram. W,'hlle stationed at Verlotl he was active in ,the local Lons Club and was Its president last year. "POP" ROGERS ON THE JOB The name of E. R. Rogers was inadvertently omltted from .the list of teachers who will in- struct ,the yout h in ,he Granite Falls schools t,arting next Tues- day, Sept. 8th. However, "Pop" will be on the Job in command ot the ffth grade as usual. 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