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Thurs., Dec. 30. 1976 Cheney Free Press Page 3 his Week Dec. 30-Jan. 6 Thursday up for Park and Recreation De- winter courses noon to 8 p.m., City Hall. Monday School starts--Classes re- SUme at EWSC and public today. Lgn up for and Recreation De- winter courses to 6 p.m., 312 C "Y-outs--Audition for written children's ; mical, Westminster Con- Church Youth 4th and Bernard, 7p.m. Tuesday Registration--Sign up for Park and Recreation De- winter courses a.m. to 6 p.m. at 312 Street. rY'outs--Audition for written children's Westminster Con- Church Youth 4th and Bernard, 7 p.m. House--Good music coffee, 7 p.m., EWSC 2nd floor lounge. review--Committee review school budget, 30.p.m., School District room. reeital--EWSC ar- Far- faculty violin recital, 15 P.m., Music Building Hall. pR Wednesday egistration--Sign up for ark and Recreation De- winter courses to 6 p.m., 312 C for children and family planning, 9 to 4 p.m., Southwest Health Center, 115 Call 235-6327 r aPpointment. :hoolers at --Cheney Histori- open from b.m., 312 C Street. Vle--Andy Warhol's EWSC Building, 7:30 l%ee. Thursday Auditions--Try out dance concerts, 3 Dustin Dance Studio, Phase II. Community Section Janet Anderson, Community Editor Interview with the watch man Pete Smith to retire -- 90 percent By Janet Anderson When Peter J. Smith was a youngster on a farm in North Dakota he used to take alarm clocks apart and make them into toy tractors. When he grew up he went to "*Seattle and learned the art of watchmaking and repair and has been repairing clocks and watch- es at Smith's Jewelers in down- town Cheney for almost 30 years. Now he's turning his business over to his son Jeff. "I tore up more antique clocks," he said recalling his childhood on a dryland farm in Bowman County, North Dakota. "I found out if you take an alarm clock out of the case, remove the balance and lever and set it on edge, it will run along a table on the main wheel." He and his five sisters attended a two room school going each day on horseback. His first pro- fessional job, he says, was clean- ing the school clock. He was paid a dollar. "Everybody was poor," he said. After graduation in 1932 there were no jobs so he spent eight months in the Civilian Con- servation Corps building small dams in the Dakotas. Then he tried farming for three years but had a crop failure each year. With that he knew that farming was not for him. Out of a rut In 1936 the family moved to Hoquiam, Washington, where he started to work in the woods, bucing and  sawing trees into togs.Then he met an attractive young teacher named :Frances. But before they could be married, along came the draft and Pete Smith was "shook out of his rut", as he says. He was a radio opera- tor and radar repairman with the Signal Corps in the South Pacific. "It was beautiful down there. There were acres and acres of coral. I'd never thought much about things like that before." He married Frances while home on leave. "When 1 came back she didn't want me to go logging again. She wanted me to learn something else." He read of an opening in a watch repair class at Edison Vo- cational Technical School in Se- attle. His wife encouraged him to enter the course. Recalling the year long class he had several thoughts about the experience: Of his wife's encouragement, "She's the smart one. Over the years I've discovered, I should have listened more to her and less to me." On the cost of taking the course, "I'm a firm supporter of the G.I. Bill. The government got more than their money out of me." And on the joy of mastering a new skill, "The first time I ever put a watch together--and it was a ladies watch--I felt like I had created life." Coming to Cheney In 1947 Pete and Frances Smith came to Cheney where Pete be- gan to work in a jewelery and op- tomitrist shop located where his own store is now. A neighbor in Hoquaim thought they might like Cheney and knew to whom Pete should write about a job. "I wrote to this fellow ask- ing him if there was any possi- bility of him needing someone. He said come on over and we'd talk about it." "As we came over the moun- tains we were less and less en- thusiastic, then we began to see trees and our spirits lifted." "When we got to Cheney we parked the car, walked down one side of the street and up the other to find the shop. We couldn't find it. Then the second time around we saw it. It had a cluttered front and a dim interior. It was a dirty looking place. Frances said, 'let's not stop.' We were about to goon when this old guy came out and stopped me.*' "The first 15 minutes we argu- ed politics and religion and we didn't agree on anything. So we agreed not to talk politics and re- ligion and I was hired." "I worked for him one month and just before payday he sug- gested a partnership. So we be- came partners and in four years, I bought him out." Answering questions His training has been in watch- es and clocks, not jewelry so he began a correspondence course in gemology. "People began to ask questions I couldn't answer. I still had some entitlement on the G.I. Bill so I wrote to a school based in Los Angeles. It turns out they were the best school Icould have gone to." He became a graduate gemoio- gist, joined the American Gem Society and became the fifth cer- tified gemologist in the state. At this time there are only two certified gemologist in Spokane County and Pete Smith is one of them. Now he's on the board of the Pacific Northwest Jewelers and a member of the American Gem Society. Pete Smith put in five years on the City Council ("When things were simpler," he said). When his son Jeff started school he was on one school committee after another ("I just sort of followed Jeff through," he said). He has been a member of the Jaycees, the American Legion, the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and active in the work of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Pete Smith is a positive man, willing to do more than his share in the community and confident that others will too. "It used to be difficult to help fill jobs. Now people are keeping tabs on what's going on and are willing to serve. It's the new people coming in who've done it--a whole new group of people who are willing to work. I think it's great. It makes for a better community." A little conflict He has some thoughts on Chen- ey's growth: "People want to keep it a small, peaceful town but want services that can only be provided by big cities so there's a little conflict going on. We can't keep Cheney a little city, we can't say to new- comers that you can't live here: For example, we've outgrown a volunteer fire department but people don't want to pay for a paid one. But when there's a fire PeOPle can't understand why the fire department can't come im- mediately. Dr they say where are the cops when someone speeds through town." "I believe that the people of the community don't know how good their schools are. When I was the president of the PTA I went around to other schools in the state. Our teachers are super- ior." "The town is changing and people are making it work." Time passes Looking over a lovely antique clock are father and son, Pete and Jeff Smith. After 30 years as owner and manager of Smith's Jewelers. Pete Smith will become "90 percent retired" and the store will be managed by his son Jeff. 90 percent retired Pete Smith says he's only ]i ninety percent retired and he will Suspect flu vaccine o.ven here continue to repair watches at who've come down with Gullian- home. The store will be run by his Some of the 1,174 persons vac- son Jeff, 27. cinated for swine flu in the Barre syndrome found the illness started a few days after receiving Jeff graduated from a three Cheney Medical Lake area by the year electronics course at Spo- Spokane County Public Health the shots," Dr. Gamon said. kane Community College in 1971 Service may have received vac- An article in the December 23 and has worked with his father in cine provided by Merrell Labor- issue of the Spokesman Review the store since then. He says he's atories of Cincinnati, the vaccine said that of the first 38 cases of learned jewelery "one step at a that has figured prominently in the paralytic syndrome "intens- time" from his Dad and is now the first cases of the paralytic ively investigated" by the Center taking a course in clock repair condition known at Gullian- for Disease Control in Atlanta, no from the American Watchmak- Barre syndrome, fewer than 20were persons innoc- ers Institute. Repairing antique ulated with vaccines provided by clocks (the kind his father made However, no cases of Gullian- Merrell National Laboratories. tractors out of as a youth) is his Barre syndrome have been re- According to a phone interview specialty, ported at the Cheney Health Cen- with Marion Krauss, Public Jeff forsees no big changes in ter. Health Nurse Supervisor for the the store. "Things will continue "From what I've read about it, Spokane County Public Health theway they have," he said, "ex- the chances of developing any- Service, four different laborator- cept that people willbe talking to thing now are unlikely. The pro- ies produce swine flu vaccine. gram has been stopped long They are Parke Davis, Wyeth, a youngerpersonnow." enough. Most of the people Merrell and Merck, Sharp and Auditions for Dance-EWSC Jan. 6 for spring con- will be held Thurs- 6, at the Dustin at Eastern Wash- e College, according to assistant profess- The 3 p.m. auditions not only to EWSC stu- to members of the who might be inter- the dance comp-  seasons under the direc- Ms. Bucklin DANCE- more than works. This spring will offer lew works and revivals in the Dustin Phase II Building, State Col- through Satur- 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23, at k. Individual tickets will tickets will be 50 to the success of is its eclecticism. and in one-kind of DANCE-EWSC is dance expres- .BUcklin says. Team Is a viable part of the styles of DANCE- Edith Bucklin corn- modern works; and artist-in-resi- dance at Eastern, credit with taste and Recently when did an avant- both choreographers le audience Offended by the bold- "There wasn't a the audience," Ms. This past season DANCE- EWSC presented a revival, "Gal- axy," which premiered in the concert series previously given. Bucklin and Fowler wondered if the revival of so recent a work would be welcomed or not. To their delight the audience re- sponded enthusiastically. "When I first came to Eastern eight years ago it was difficult to interest the student body in audi- tioning for DANCE-EWSC. This past fall an overflow of students turned up to try out," she said. "At the same time," recalls Ms. Bucklin, "in the beginning it was also difficult to obtain an au- dience for the concerts. My main idea was to develop an audience for dance, an audience that would come from all parts of the Inland Empire." Today audiences come not only from the campus of Eastern Washington State College and from all the neighborhoods in Cheney, but from other cities in the State of Washington and from Idaho, Montana, and Western Canada she said. The Dustin Dance Studio, where DANCE-EWSC concerts are performed, seats 112. For its recent fall series of four dance concerts, folding chairs had to be set up and there were a number of standees at each of the last two performances. HAPPY N EW YEAR! THIS THURSDAY NIGHT All the Spaghetti You Can Eat $2.75 5 p.m. until 9 peru. INCLUDES: SALAD FRENCH BREAD DANCE TO Two's Company 9to2 T00ll store owner LOCOMOTION 108 G Street CHENEY 235-8450 Likes work Dohme. The Public Health Ser- vice used vaccine from all four. "Each person who received a swine flu shot received a slip of paper telling them the manufact- urer and the batch number of the vaccine used," Krauss said. "When you see that millions of people were actually vaccinated, the cases of Guilian-Barre syn- drome are a very small percent- age," she said. "The symptoms of Gullian- Barre syndrome, often known as French polio, are weakness or paralysis in any part of the body," Dr. Gamon stated. He added that the vaccine used by the Cheney Medical Center came from Parke-Davis Laboratories. Df;t YOb NEED AN ADDITIf)NAL TAX DED UC TION FOR 19 76 ? HAVE YOU MADE YOUR DONATION AND/OR l? The q;fleney Care Center Association needs your support TOr the Care Center fund drive, are at $15:,000.00 and still going! CLIP AND MAIL YOUR DONATION AND/OR PLEDGE TODAY! THE CHENEY CARE CENTER FUND COMMITTEE CHENEY CARE CENTER ASSOCIATION P.O. Box ! 17, Cheney, Washington 99004 I/WE HEREBY MAKE THE FOLLOWING DONATION TO THE CHENEY CARE CENTER ASSOCIATION (a nonprofit corporation) A donation in the amount of $. in full. FOR CORRECT TAX DEDUCTION ALL CHECKS MUST BE MADE TO: THE CHENEY CARE CENTER ASSOCIATION (a nonprofit corp.) All checks will be deposited in a special trust account under the con- Name trol of your Board of Directors. In the event the subscription goal is not attained, mortgage financing is not obtained, or for any Address other reason the facility is not constructed, all donations will be refunded to the donor. City Phone e J J I/WE HEREBY MAKE THE FOLLOWING PLEDGE TO THE CHENEY CARE CENTER ASSOCIATION, (a nonprofit corporation) A pledge in the amount of $ to be paid in ( ) I year ( ) 2 years I would like to pay my pledge on the following dates: I understand that all pledges must be converted into cash prior to purchase of the facility and I hereby authorize the Cheney Care Center Association, Board of Directors to borrow money on my pledge. Dated this  day of 19. Signature(s) Address: City: Phone