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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31,2015 Lakeland Village as it looked over 50 years ago in / Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a two-part story looking at 100 years of Lakeland Village. This portion looks back at a special time through the eyes of a number of long-time employees. By PAUL DELANEY S taff Reporter Few things that are 100 years old have a fresh look to them. But Lakeland Village, which 1964. Contributed photo by Lakeland Village turned 100 years old in 2015, might just be an exception. Because the place that has been Photo by Paul Delaney known over its century of existence Tony DiBartolo, Wendy Gilbert, Bonnie Sullivan, Jim Dormaier, Duwane by names like Washington State Huffaker, Leroy Lemaster and Darrell Cox have lived through much of Feeble Minded School, Washing- Lakeland's history. ton State Custodial School or the Eastern State Hospital Annex at different jobs along the way," Dor- At one time the current admin- Medical Lake, has if nothing else,' maier, who served in the top job istration building housed a theater, a mission that has evolved sig- from 1991-93, said. He performed which also doubled as a sewing nificantly, and continues to do so. many duties in a complex that in- room containing 100 sewing ma- The facility was named Lakeland chided 2,700 acres of agricultural chines. Village in 1947. production land that most of the Wendy Gilbert arrived at Lake- When it opened, the new insti-clients who had any "ambulation land in 1972 as a college resident tution served approximately 300 abilities" worked in some fashion, volunteer. residents, a number that hit 1,450 "There were cobblers, there"I was in the program the sec- with about 330 staff members ac- were fireman, we were self-con- ond year it was developed 'and cording to longtime employee Le- tained facilities," Dormaier said. only females were allowed at the roy Lemaster who began his career "We could have moved them to an time," Gilbert said. "What I re- there in 1961. island and everything would have member the most were the huge "That meant the carpenters, the continued to function." buildings that these people lived cooks, everybody, to take care of The present administration in - and that we had a girl's side all our people," Lemaster, who still building is one of the original struc- and a boy's side - and the two works part time at Lakeland, said. tures at the facility but was not the did not cross except for Friday Jim Dormaier came to Lakeland first, Dormaier said. Many older dances." in 1957. "I started mowing lawns buildings were constructed begin- and retired as superintendent, 16 ning in 1904 to about 1911. See Lakeland page 7 LOOKING 10 Years Ago Jan. 5, 2006 Cheney Mayor Allan Gainer was sworn into office by the city's di- rector of finance, Cindy Niemeier. Following a year of wetlands mitiga- tion to satisfy require- ments for a building permit from the Wash- ington Department of Ecology, Tomlinson- Black announced they would break ground soon on the Silver car theft and an armed of Champions at Mead robbery of an individ- High School. ual when a drug deal went wrong. See Looldng Back page 8 Two street construc- TOMLINSON Pete Baccarella 509-953-4598 USAF Retired BUY or SELL? www.petebaccarella.com e-PRO Hills West develop- ment. Medical Lake won in 10 of 14 weight classes en route to its sixth consecutive M2 Mal- let wrestling tourna- ment title at Rogers High School. Cardi- nal winners included 275-pound Andy Sam- mons. 20 Years Ago Jan. 4, 1996 Cheney police were kept busy dealing with The Adalsteinsson Families ..... Many thanks for choosing us! We'd like to continue to serve each one of you in the new year. 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