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A Glance at the Past

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Mr. and Mrs. M. Cramer of East Raymond were doing some shopping in the city last Saturday.

A party of hunters, members of the Raymond Rod and Gun Club, spent the weekend at the club's Tokeland preserves and brought home a large amount of game which will be distributed through the Associated Charities to provide for the Christmas dinners of many families. Eighty six wild ducks will thus be disposed of, and will be a most welcome addition to the Christmas contributions.

Burned home is rebuilt in a day

E. W. Parsell was in from his west union farm on Saturday, and informed the Herald that the neighbors of Bert Ellis, who had his home and the contents inside destroyed by a fire a few days before, were building a new house for Ellis. Fifteen men were working on the house, which was started on Saturday morning, and Mr. Parsell said it would be ready for occupancy Sunday. In addition to building the house, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis were presented with between $40 and $50 cash which has been subscribed by the generous people of the lower valley including Menlo, and a generous supply of clothing for the family were also given to them. When the money was turned over to Mr. Ellis, he was overcome with emotion, and could only say that he did not believe it possible for people anywhere to be as kind as the people of the lower Willapa valley have show themselves toward him and his family.

50 years ago from the Raymond Herald

December 24, 1964

Shepherd Maiden

Shepherds are familiar figures in Christmas stories and carols, such as "Whike Shepherd Watched Their Flocks by Night."

More novel, but equally established in tradition, is the story of the shepherdess who visited the stable on the first Christmas night. "Whence come you, shepherd maiden" was brought to Canada in the 17th century, by early French settlers. In the carol, a questioner asks the shepherdess where she has been and what she has seen, and in turn she describes the manger scene.

Lighting Candles

Martin Luther, the Reformation leader, was credited by some legend collectors with decorating the first lighted Christmas tree. He lit candles and placed them on the boughs of an evergreen, a custom that would be a frowned upon today, when fire safety is the rule in Christmas decorating.

25 years ago from the Willapa Harbor Herald

December 27, 1989

Local educators cool to open school

A proposal last week by Governor Booth Gardener to allow parents a choice of what school their children attend met with skepticism here.

Of seven school board members interviewed by the Harbor Herald, two had no comment. Other reactions were non committal and negative.

Raymond School board member Diane Farrell heard Governor Gardener's proposal in Spokane December 2 at the Washington State School Director's association conference.

"Choice would not work because education is not fully funded," she said, in that school districts must run local levies to bolster their budgets.

Wayne Pollari remembers Raymond in the old days

Today only a portion remains of the once thriving Finnish community in Riverdale, but one of those still there remembers the days when most homes in North Raymond section boasted a "Finn Steam Bath."

89 year old Pollari has lived in Riverdale for most of his life. He can still speak and read Finnish, not surprising since it was the only language spoken by his parents. In 1912 he, his two brothers, two sisters and mother moved from Franklin to Raymond. Pollari's father had been killed in a coal mine and Mrs. Pollari did not want her children doomed to a life in the mines.

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