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Page 8 Free Press Thursday, September 13, 2012 Bri, " ?g 19 74 back to life This is an ongoing series, re- printing a circa-1914 memoir writ- ten by Andrew Stultz Chambers, who-moved to this area in 1877. Chambers wrote about the West Plains, its people, its geography and its evolution over the years. Please note that the text has not been edited, retaining his writ- ing style to maintain historical quality. Old:timers might get Cham- bers&apos; references, while younger readers might be intrigued to learn more about our history. Local organizations are working to preserve that history: Cheney Historical Museum, at www. cheneymuseum.org; Sterling- Moorman House Foundation, on Facebook. An early resident of the West Plains, Chambers continued his .circa-1914 memoir with more de- tails on this area and the people who populated it. Down the cliff-bound and Rocky canffon broken and almost treeless foot-Hill country where you could get a long Landscape view dwelt a prosperous bachelor rancher, Ci (Josiah) Graves as he was known and called far and wide. He was one of the suc- cessful Horse and cattle raising Barons of the once great open pas- ture country and in conjunction with his stock he raised Excelent Fields of Grain, Hay, vegetables and fruits on his well kept farm. Then he married at about the age of Fifty-eight and died at about seventy-two, leaveing a forture and a handsome healthv intel- ligent daughter as a legacy, now a young woman. Still farther South in the fine region near the shores of the laud- ed Rock Lake lived another man named Frederick Mohs who had a good fair sized Farm was also a heavy stock raiser. He was quite a prominent and generally busy man. Somewhat particular-like as to his business affairs and meth- ods, a good man and an intiligent farmer who took great prided in what he could raise and turn to the market. As I understood tht with quantity he liked quality to go with it. He died at 69 leaveing a well-looking son and a hand- some daughter, now grown to manhood and womanhood. D.F Percival who was for many years a prosperous Farmer of the Rock Creek country, and later Banker in Cheney Wash- ington, a farseeing man of coura- geous convictions and ideas. He was elected first Mayor of Cheney and occupied the chair for several terms. William Bigham was another man who did things in a large way. He was a big Farmer and a heavy stockraiser and made money in the business. T. J. McFerron was a Devel- opment promoter, a successful Farmer, Fruit raiser and nursery- man; V. W. Vanwie (?) and Patrick Daughartys' garaen includes ea00[)le delig'00ts of all kinds By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Dave and Mary Daugharty have enjoyed their home for over 20 years but they may soon have to give it up. The Daughartys garden on Washing- ton Court, just across Elm Street from Eastern Washington University's Pearce Hall and west of the Student Recreation Center is the Garden Club of Cheney/Kiwanis Yard of the Month for September. The Daughartys said the univer- sity has expressed interest in acquir- ing their neighborhood as part of the proposed Gateway Project, which includes a mixed-use expansion of nearby Roos Field as well as Wash- ington Street. "It'sbeena wonderful thing, we're going to hate to give it up," Mary Daugharty said. Dave added that they have been looking at duplexes at Cheney's Assisted Living Center as a moving option. For now, however, the former teachers, Dave in math at EWU and Mary at the Cheney School District, have plenty to enjoy at their home. The backyard is shaded and comfortable with the central feature an expansive garden that besides numerous vegetables and herbs is home to 17 different varieties of fruit trees including apples, cherries, pears and plums. The garden is also home to a cov- ering of tulips in the spring, over 700 Mary Daugharty said. Living in such proximity to college students has been a fun experience over the 'ears for the Daughartys, and they have even taken pumpkins from their garden and set them outside their back fence for students to pick up as they walk by. For their work the Daugharty's earned a $25 Ben Franklin gift certifi cate, which they in turn donated to the Garden Club. John McCaUum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Photo by John McCallum From left to right: Kiwanis Club member Pat Isbell (with sign), Cheney Garden Club members Ralph and Sandy Laws, and September Yard of the Month winners Mary and Dave Daugharty. (Pod) Murphy were Big Farmers and Stockmen of the White Bluff Prairie. Most of these Gentlemen though Bachelor Ranchers in the vigor and strength of their manhood selecting these isolated localities so far removed from any civiliza.tion of immediate moment putting forth their energies, cour- age and enthusiasm in their work, self-guided and strong willed with no cicerones whatever were the master hands at their chosen occupations. Many of them mar- ried late in life, leaveing healthy, stocky, intNligent children with such Fortunes as they made and possessed to their posterior au- tobiographies and Genealogies Their habitations were astonish- ingly scattered and far between for a long time. Not all of their making did they save for they met with vissisitudes the same as those met with in other lines of Industry (vocations). Now this former Domain once mecca of the Pioneer Stock Rancher is settled with an intel- ligent, industrious and thrifty Husbandry with well-tilled fields dotting the hills and valleys, and the call has been at least partly answered. I believe it was in the year 1883 that a sporty gustful-like Dude or more property "Wag" came from the East and made a stopover visit in Cheney and told the People that Mr. Benjamin P. Cheney of Boston Mass. A Director of the Northrn Pacific RailRoad would build a Ten thousand Dolalr School House or academy on the Hill there which was accordingly done. He then informed them that Mr. Cheney also contemplated the building of a Tower of such extraordinarily lofty propor- tions that they stood aghast with amazement for by it the Eiffle Tower of Paris would dwindle into the pale shade of insignifi- cant Pigmyism. It was to be four thousand feet, or a little less than a mile, high according to a rough estimate advanced by that gay- Deck Gentleman of celerity. 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