Archive - May 9, 2012
Washingtonâ€™s whooping cough epidemic continues on a record pace that has already surpassed 1,000 reported cases. The total of 1,008 as of April 21 is more than reported in all of 2011 and is the highest number of cases since 1,026 were reported in all of 2005.
One may ask what man does after he has conquered the frontier. Interestingly, he often looks back to see how it was done.
Locally, this attention to our early roots is taking an approach that project volunteer Joe Barreca said is the â€śnew face of history.â€ť
â€śWhen many of us learned history, it was canned and written down in certain boundaries approved by a publisher somewhere,â€ť Barreca said. â€śBut if we really start looking at the history of communities and individuals, we can get to the same place that highlights wars and economic booms, for instance.
Rosina A. Fairbanks of Four Lakes passed away on March 29, 2012 at the age of 98. She was born to Jacob and Flora Rufer at Fort McCoy Florida on Nov. 8, 1913. She was second oldest of four children.
She was 10-months-old when her family returned to Washington to farm near Pine City. They later moved to Oregon, where her father farmed and worked in the logging industry. Rosina graduated from Scapoose High School in Scapoose, Oregon in 1930. From there she attended Behnke Walker Business School in Portland, Oregon.
Sherry Ann Smithson, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on Wednesday, May 2 in Colville at the age of 48. Sherry was born on Dec. 11, 1964 in Wenatchee, the daughter of Charles Smithson and Carolyn Smithson.
Sherry enjoyed her work at Pinewood Terrace Nursing Home as and assistant director of nursing and a registered nurse for numerous years.
Sherry was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt and dear friend. She will be forever missed.
Eugene Alexander Erickson, age 74, passed away on April 28, 2012. He was born on Nov. 7, 1937, the son of Rudolph and Mary (Ditchfield) Erickson in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Eugene moved to the United States when he was very young. He lived in the Tacoma and Vashon Island areas, where he atÂ¬tended school until moving to France with his family, where he graduated from high school. Upon completion of high school, Gene moved back to the United States and attended college.
Douglas Allan Anderson, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on May 4, 2012, at his home. Doug was born on Oct. 28, 1955 at the Osaka Army Hospital in Kanaoka, Japan, the son of Allan Orville and Arlene LaBelle (White) Anderson. During his youth, Dougâ€™s family relocated often as they followed his fatherâ€™s service in the U.S. military. They resided on military bases in Japan, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Germany. Dougâ€™s family eventually settled in the Marysville area, where he completed his junior and senior high school education.
Curtis Young, â€śFishâ€ť, age 41, passed away in Spokane on May 4, 2012. He was born on Dec. 11, 1970, the son of Steven and Marie (Holland) Young, in Colville.
Curt, a life-long resident of Kettle Falls and Colville, attended school in Kettle Falls and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1989. He was a very generous man, a big-hearted, caring individual who always lived life to the fullest. Curt was also one of the founding members of the â€śRichard Craniumsâ€ť.