Fraser News-Barbara Martin

“Out of the Past” is an article about Barbara Martin appeared in the Clearwater Tribune.

Winter weather arrived in the Fraser community at 9:30 p.m., Nov. 23. Big wet snow flakes were visible when the outside flood light was turned on. By the next morning the landscape was covered with Old Man Winters favorite frosting.

Sally Marks reported the Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum will have a memorial service honoring Barbara Martin on Saturday, Dec 1 at 1 p.m.

Barbara was born on the Weippe Prairie to Willetta (Cleet) and Earl Bennett on July 20, 1927 and passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 91 years old. She was active in the Weippe community affairs and was employed by Hutchins Lumber Co. and the Timberline Lumber Co.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their stories and anything you want to share about your friendship with Barbara.

As I was looking through the scrapbooks from Carl and RoseAnna Thornton I discovered an article and picture of Barbara when she was named to the Library Board.

I also received a telephone call from Barbara’s daughter Carrie Gurgel on Monday requesting this information about the memorial service be included in the Fraser news.

Cake and coffee will be served. See you there.

Thanksgiving Day started out cloudy but the sun broke through briefly in the afternoon. Families traveled to be with their loved ones for the traditional meal of turkey and all the trimmings.

Peggy and Reggie Ball decided on prime rib instead of turkey. They invited their neighbors, the Brands and Ron Jonson to their home for the afternoon. We enjoyed visiting while we filled our plates with prime rib, green bean casserole, garlic potatoes, crescent rolls, squash, cranberry relish and then followed up with the Brand family spicy squash pie, whipped cream and pumpkin dump cake. Thanks again Peggy and Reggie for sharing this day with us.

Donna and Danny Brown enjoyed a visit from their daughter Danette McIntosh and her husband Josh and children, Grace, Lydia and Aaron. Their son Brad and Derek, his wife Caresse and their children Emma, Parker and Nathan joined them for dinner at noon.

After dinner Derek and his family headed to Clarkston to spend time with Caresse’s parents Chris and Kerry Gauthier. The McIntosh family drove to Pierce that afternoon to visit with Josh’s family.

Josh and Danette had planned to return to their home in Nampa on Saturday, but a storm was expected to move into the area so they made their return trip on Friday. Donna reported they had good roads and were glad they didn’t wait until Saturday.

Sally and John Marks spend the day at home, their son Josh and his friend Holly joined them for the traditional dinner. Sally reported they finally finished up the leftovers on Monday. I really enjoy having extra turkey for sandwiches, enchiladas and burritos.

Sally and John celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Nov. 24. They had dinner at the Ponderosa Restaurant.Congratulations to John and Sally.

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Steven and I were enjoying our usual breakfast at the Ponderosa Restaurant when Sharon McHone, her granddaughter Linsey Peebles Rengen, Conita Powers and Heather Green stopped by our table for a short visit. Sharon planned on having family members at the farm to celebrate Thanksgiving. Her uncle Terry Ball and his wife Charlene came from Peck, son Jeff, Heather Green, their daughter Jayce and Braxton and Linsey spent the day together. Charlene’s lemon meringue was enjoyed for dessert.

Several days ago the owner of a Welsh pony farm near Maple Valley, WA purchased two ponies from the McHone farm, Midnight Slightly Justified and Midnight Best Kept Secret, which will be shipped to their new home after a health problem has been cleared up. This farm already has one of the Midnight Sun ponies.

I visited on the telephone with Marge Comstock to wish her and Craig a Happy Thanksgiving. They planned to spend the day at home.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for.

I really enjoyed “Life on the Home Front” by Marcie Stanton in last week’s Clearwater Tribune. She expressed our exact feelings about being thankful for this community that we live in. There is definitely a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common goals, attitudes and interests. Take time to get to know what is happening and get involved. This is what it takes to be a great community.

Congratulations to the Timberline School students who were awarded for being pro-active Spartans for the month. They are Dalton Thomson, Carson Sellers, and Kiahna McCollum and Fraser residents Shelby Bird and Parker Brown.

The Fraser community sends condolences to the family of Ken Chapman who passed away on Nov. 9, and to the family of Rick Chase who passed away on Nov. 14.

On Saturday, Nov. 27 we received our first Christmas card and letter for this holiday season from our niece Brenda McCann from Egan, MN. Now I have to sit down and compose our annual letter that we like to send to relatives and friends each year. Where did the time go? It seems like I just did that?

Happy birthday greetings go out to Diane Cochrell on Dec. 3 and to Scott Musgrave on Dec. 6.

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