JANUARY 14, 2010

1st Sesquicentennial event a success

   The first Pierce Sesquicentennial event occurred last Thursday at the Pierce Community Center. Old time music greeted those who arrived for the 5 p.m. coffee hour. 

   Performers were Lauren Kaboth and her parents Richard and Margaret Whitten. Many enjoyed singing along to familiar tunes. Dinner, served Potluck style, (including every dish one could imagine), started at 6, followed at 6:30 by the evening’s featured speaker, Judge John Bradbury. 

   Mr. Bradbury’s grandfather was brought to Pierce as a six week old infant by wagon from Walla Walla in 1868.  Excerpts from his later journals regarding the early days of Pierce were shared with those of us who gathered for a taste of old Pierce history. Also intertwined was the story of Israel B. Cowen who came to Pierce in 1862, carried its mail on foot to and from Lewiston in 1863 and ’64, served as Shoshone County’s Sheriff from 1866 to 1872, its probate judge in 1863, was twice a member of the Territorial Council, county commissioner from 1901-1907 and Postmaster a number of years. 

   Truly he was one of Pierce’s historical heroes. Judge Bradbury continually stressed that it was a hearty folk who came to this part of the country and stayed. All of those who attended were impressed and encouraged by the proud story.  Thank you, Judge Bradbury!

   February’s historical speaker will feature Norm Steadman, Mayor of Weippe, and longtime resident. He will take the stage to share tales with us at the town’s Winter Festival Bonfire at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Community Center.  Be sure to mark your calendars and don’t miss this coming event!