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Chris Rader | Early settlers danced all night

Long before television and Internet, early North Central Washington settlers looked to occasional neighborhood parties for entertainment. These parties were often held in winter, when there was less to do on the farm. Families would travel in horse-drawn sleighs, wrapped in blankets and carrying food to share. After socializing for a bit, someone would bring out a fiddle or sit down at the piano and the music would start! Since sleighs had no headlights, guests stayed and danced all night long.
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Chris Rader | Simple things entertained our ancestors

Recreation has become a hundred-billion-dollar industry today, as people enjoy more leisure time and disposable income. This was not the case a century ago! Early settlers in North Central Washington spent little and worked hard all year around: building homes and furniture, caring for livestock and gardens, laundering clothes with water heated on the wood stove, and so on. Even children helped every day with housework and farm animals, weeding, carrying water, cutting grain, and whatever their parents decreed. 
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Chris Rader | Eagle Transfer has mobilized Wenatchee for 112 years

Founded in 1903 by Albert N. “Bert” Courtway, the Eagle Livery and Transfer Company was Wenatchee’s first horse-based transportation business. It offered many services: stabling and feeding horses, selling feed and firewood, taxiing, and renting out horses and wagons. Two-horse “buses” from Eagle Transfer would meet all incoming steamboats and trains to deliver passengers to their hotels or residences. Families hired the company to move furniture and household goods, including pianos. Young men rented Eagle carriages to take their sweethearts on Sunday drives. 
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Chris Rader | The fire of '94: This summer's fires a reminder of the Tyee Fire

This summer’s devastating wildfires in North Central Washington has ignited memories of another terrible fire season 20 years ago. Four major fire complexes on what were then the Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee and Entiat ranger districts of the Wenatchee National Forest destroyed homes, disrupted commerce, and blackened many miles of forest landscape in 1994.
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Chris Rader | Wenatchee became electrified through Squilchuck

With Thomas Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879, and the first transmission of electricity over a 20-mile line from Niagara Falls Buffalo in 1896, the world had a bright future. Electric power became available in most cities and towns across the U.S. within the next decade (though many rural residents had to wait till the 1930s).
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Chris Rader | Art exhibits highlight museum’s local flavor

Visitors to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center have probably admired “The Saga of Wenatchee,” a large mural on the south wall of the lobby. The mural was painted in 1939 by the young Tacoma artist Peggy Strong, who had won $2,600 in prize money from the U.S. Treasury Department in a competition for murals in public buildings.