Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Am I Asking Too Much?

Doctors go through years of schooling and training to wear the title of Dr on their name tag and diploma. Attorneys must do the same.Heck, even barbers and beauticians must be schooled in some aspects of anatomy as well as the art of hair cutting and styling. Plumbers and contractors must be bonded and licensed, and would you really want to have an unlicensed novice rewiring your home? No? I didn't think so.

To be schooled in almost any field of endeavor that requires the interaction of customers, clients, patients, and guests with a public business should be and mostly is, a requirement. Hold on just a moment, did I say "guests"? Indeed I did.You see, one license granted by our local governments is a license to do business.Simply put, anyone with the cash can buy or start a business, obtain a license to do so, and know nothing, and I mean zilch about the business that they purchased or opened.

So, where am I going with all of this seemingly unconnected ramblings you may be asking yourself or not,  simply stated, and I think that anyone who buys a hotel should have to meet the following pre-qualifications.

1. They must have first at least worked in a hotel in some capacity be it is as a desk clerk, a housekeeper, an auditor, or even a bus boy,
2. They must an IQ test and score at least in double digits. Is that asking too much?I think not.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Draining the Swamp

That Wallace has had three different names?

In 1883 Col, Wallace got the title to some North Idaho land. There, he plotted a town, and named it "The Cedar Swamp" It was later changed to "Placer Center”, and finally, in 1887, it was changed to the name that we all know and love, “Wallace".

I am so thankful that the name was changed. I can just imagine the cheer that we use to do in school about” We're from Wallace, couldn't be prouder-----" going like this” We're from The Cedar Swamp, couldn't be prouder-----" Hm, loses something there, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Year-My Hometown?

If time does fly then I must be riding a rocket ship because today is the first anniversary of my move back home.After a full year back in the town of my birth, I find that I am asking a very complex question. Is this Wallace my hometown, or is the Wallace stored away in the film vault of my brain my real hometown? Is a hometown a set thing, or is it a subjective concept?

My wife and I lived in Coeur d' Alene for 6 and 1/2 years before moving to Wallace. I went to NIJC way back when and lived there for a year. I managed a hotel in the CDA area for three years and lived there then. Yesterday we went to CDA for my Dr appointment and for some much-needed necessity shopping since the Valley has basically been reduced to Wally Mart Wold and not a very good Wally at that! I turned to my wife we entered the streets of CDA and said, "We are home."

So, is CDA my real hometown? Maybe. I loved living in Seattle before it was hijacked by progressive snowflakes.  I would tell people that Seattle was my hometown. When I lived in Salem, Oregon in the 1970's I never wanted to live in any other city. I told everyone that Salem was my hometown.

So, I ask you, what is my hometown? Wallace will always live in my mind as my hometown, but wit basically everything that I knew here, gone, and CDA feels like home when I am there. I am in a quandary.

Wallace is my place of birth and classic movie hometown, but my hometown is------wherever I am living at the time. Wherever I am is home.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Winter That Will Never End

If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, awe must have an entire pride of lions this winter. Enough is enough, please. I remember that snow in March was not a surprise when I was growing up here, but this is a little over and above the norm.

I am sitting in my living room this morning watching a lone Elk struggling up the mountain in deep snow in a quest for food. I wonder what has happened to the robin that my wife and I spotted in Osburn several weeks ago. Here is the depressing forecast from the Weather Channel for our fair little town. Will this winter ever end? Baseball season is almost here.

SW 8 mph84%
S 6 mph86%
Snow Showers
WSW 8 mph90%
Rain/Snow Showers
SW 6 mph97%
MAR 10
Rain/Snow Showers
WSW 10 mph86%
MAR 11
Rain/Snow Showers
SSW 5 mph78%
MAR 12
SW 9 mph93%
MAR 13
Mostly Cloudy
WSW 6 mph74%
MAR 14
Rain/Snow Showers
SSW 5 mph79%
MAR 15
SW 7 mph85%

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Incredible Shrinking County

No, Wallace was not the first county seat of Shoshone County. No, you are wrong again,.Not even Murray was the first county seat of Shoshone County, Idaho. Indeed, the first county seat of Shoshone County was not even in Idaho. It was -------drum roll please--------Colville, Washington.

Yes, Colville, Washington was the first county seat of Shoshone County, and what a whopper of an area it was! Created on January 28th, 1858 by the Washington territorial legislature which had control over what is now, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Shoshone Country was originally designated as "all of the territory north of the Snake and east of the Columbia rivers and west of the Rocky mountains"


The legislature then went on to designate Colville in northeastern Washington as the county seat.
Now, I have been up to Colville several times, and it is beautiful up there. but can you imagine the job the poor Shoshone county Sheriff's Department would have if they had to patrol all of that gigantic spread of real estate?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Madness

March, the month of endings and the month of beginnings. March, basketball, basketball, basketball, and hope eternal for baseball fans as spring training is fully underway. Maybe this is the year my beloved Mariners put on their tuxes and go to the big dance. Maybe this is the month when it will quit snowing.Maybe. Well, I can dream, can't I? It is looking more and more like the Wallace winters of yore, you know, the ones that I had to walk two blocks in the snow, uphill both ways to get my education?

On this day in history in our area and around the world this was the news.
An American Airlines jet carrying 95 people crashed on takeoff from Idlewild Airport in NYC.All 95 people were killed. It was the single worst aviation disaster in Amercian history at that point in time.
March 1, 1962
Some things stay the same.From the Spokane Chronicle archives, March 1, 1962

City crews today continued their battle against snow and slick streets after what was described as a"mean" five or six hours yesterday afternoon and last night.
Wow ! That could have been this day, March 1, 2017. Some things never change.
Oh, and yes, Penny'sadvertised men's dress shirts 2for $5.00 Now that is something that has changed.

And we shall March on more tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Whistle

It was like a scene from an Alford Hitchcock movie or perhaps aTwilight Zone episode but for a brief time in our house on Cedar The Whistle, as my little sister called it, split the night air at exactly 10 P.M. weeknights, sending her diving under the covers for protection from the night invader.

The "Whistle" of course was the nightly curfew siren that told all young folks under the age of 18 that they needed to be off of the streets and safely in the security of their home.One did not want to get caught out there. The Wallace Police were very vigilant in enforcing the weeknight mandate. I don't know how many times that I heard my mother say that there was nothing good that happened that late at night and "decent" people were all home by then.

Interestingly enough, Wallace also had a curfew in the early days of its history, but the time of reckoning was only 8:30 PM. I'm sure my mom would have said, " Nothing good happens are 830, and decent people are all home by then." Here is an article from the Spokesman Review published on December 4, 1911.

Curfew Law Hits Boys At Wallace
Police Officers Declare Ordinance Will Be Strictly Enforced

Lads May Face The Judge
Violators Who Refuse to Follow The Advice Of Authorities Will Be Punished.

The police force of Wallace has announced a stand against the violators of the curfew law, and with or without the cooperation of the parents they propose to rid the streets of children each evening after 8:30 o' clock.

Last night the third of a series of arrests was made.The boy in this case was under the age of 14 years old and not only refused to go in but challenged the officer's ability to make him go home.
Second violations will be made cause for presenting the case to Probate Judge L.E. Worstell, who is thorough sympathy with the curfew ordinance. 



Wow,8:30 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

I'm All A Twitter

OK, I confess. I, Cedar Street Kid, have not posted as much the last few months because, swallow pride, I have become a Tweeter. I know, I know, I use to make fun of Twitter, and I still do to my wife and family, but, I secretly tweet everyday. There, I am out of the Twitter closet. I hope you al still respect me in the morning.

So, why do I tweet now? I like to keep my FaceBook clear of politics and debate and use it to enjoy the friendship of family and school chums from years gone by. I don't like to clog up my blog with politics and smears either. I want this blog to be mostly about growing up Wallace, and my experiences in NYC, and the hotel field.

So, I tweet, and there I don't hold back. I tweet my mind on politics and the state of our nation. It is a great outlet for my boiling political rage.

Finally, and most importantly, I tweet because it is so much easier to tweet one thought than to write and entire blog, and I am lazy. :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

When A Drug Store Does Not Have Drugs

Say it isn't so!, But, alas it is. Another Wallace-Osburn staple has faded away into the vaults of all things past. Yes, Osburn Drug is no longer a -gulp-a drug store., leaving the east end of the Valley without a pharmacy. Yes, the store will remain as a hardware, variety store, but if you want a prescription filled you must journey to Kellogg.

Ah for the good old days. Growing up Wallace we had Lockhart Pharmacy, Ramsier's Pharmacy, and the classic Rexall Drug, as well as the Osburn Drug .Heck, Mullan even had a pharmacy.
So very sad. And then, there were none.

Here is a blog that I wrote in 2012.

The Wallace Drug Wars

Ha, got your attention, didn't it? No, I am not talking about that kind of drug war. I am talking about the three drug stores that Wallace had when I was growing up. There was  Lockhart's Pharmacy, Ramsier Pharmacy, and of course the classic Rexall Drug. I know, it is hard to believe that there were three nice pharmacies in Wallace when not even one exists now. There were also three dry cleaners but that is another day's blog

Lockhart's Pharmacy was located between Morrow's and Fonks , and was by far my favorite pharmacy. Why you ask, was that my favorite one? Well, there were three reasons. They were Cathy, Kerry, and Christie Lockhart, the Lockhart sisters. They all worked in their dad's store at one time or another, and it was well worth the visit to just see one of the girls. ( come on, I was a teenager, give me a break)
Anyway, sadly the Lockhart Pharmacy became Modern Drug, and later Modern Drug moved to Tabors and later disappeared altogether.

Around the corner on 5th Street was Ramsier's Pharmacy. Now, no offense to this business, Mr. Ramsier was a very nice man, but it was almost only a drug store. Wow, what a concept, Drug stores are anything but drug stores nowadays. In the very back of these so-called pharmacies of today, there is a very small counter for prescriptions. Anyway, Ramsier's had very little for a young boy to want, and I seldom ventured in there.

The third and final player in the Wallace Drug Wars was am old fashioned Rexall Drug Store located right across the street from the Smokehouse. Now,I kind of liked this old drug store, No, there were no Lockhart girls to look at, but, there was a sense of history here. As one entered the store there was a huge scale that my brother and I would weigh on every time that we went in there. Back in those days I wanted to gain, and as I grew I became more and more excited as I hit 170, 180,190, and finally topped the magical 200 mark when I was a sophomore. Now, I would love to get below that magical mark again. I remember the mysterious and colorful bottles of medicines. The pharmacists actually mixed the medicines back then. At one time, when I was very little, there was a soda fountain in this old store, bu that went by the wayside when I was in early grade school.

And now, there are no pharmacies in Wallace. That is very sad. Ah yes, the drug wars of Wallace were during a very good time. Oh for the good old days.