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  • To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
  • To maintain lower density zoning.
  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.



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    Welcome to the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    Pioneer of Our Valley
    By Dana Davis Kelly
    Nicette Davis, our mother and one of the oldest residents of the Little Spokane Valley, quietly passed away August 29, 2014. Her last moments and the majority of her long life were spent in the peace and beauty of the farm she had so dearly loved. She was just two months shy of her 100th birthday.



    Mother's parents, Irving Hildenbrandt (Hildy, as he was known) and her mother, Carrie, purchased the farm from Charles L. Downer in the early spring of 1907, just a few years after arriving in Spokane from Ohio. Located north of Colbert Road and east of the Little Spokane River, the 160 acre farm (used at that time as a dairy) contained a stately 100 x 40 ft. barn built around 1890.



    The timber was mostly likely milled at the "Chattaroy Lumber Company" located about a mile and a half north in the area known as Buckeye (where Little Spokane Drive meets Wollard Rd.). Our grandparents were also impressed by an orchard just north of Colbert Road along the hillside, lush grazing land, ample timber and two residents with outbuildings. But most enchanting to these newlyweds from the east was the beauty of nearly a mile of pristine Little Spokane River that meandered from the north passing under a private bridge as it continues a southward journey.



    A faded photograph of our grandparents taken about that time, he with white shirt and suspenders, she with a long dress and sun hat, shows them in a boat coming down the river. On the back he had written: "This spot on the river is a 'dream.' The water is clear as crystal and the bank is lined with roses and willows."



    They were so proud and taken with the charm of their new farm; our grandparents appropriately named it "Tawasentha." In the epic poem "Song of Hiawatha: by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 'Tawasntha' refers to the valley where Nawadaha sings the story of the legendary Iroquois leader, Hiawatha. In the vale of Tawasenta, in the green and silent valley, by the pleasant watercourses, dwelt the singer Nawadaha." The poem speaks of beaver lodges, melancholy marshes, blue heron and grouse meadows, and cornfields with singing pine and pleasant watercourses you could trace through the valley, by the alders in the summer, by the white fog in the autumn, by the black line in the winter". Fortunately, the loveliness of this location holds much of the same images today as seen by our grandparents over one-hundred years ago. The name "Tawasentha" is still beautifully appropriate.



    Born in Iowa, our grandfather spent much of his youth in Kentucky. He was related to the widely known Col. Wynn Applegate, breeder of Kentucky Derby winner "Old Rosebud", who coincidentally, took the cup in the year of Mother's birth, 1914. Perhaps this was the foreshadowing of her lifelong love of horses. Coming to Spokane as an agent of Applegate, he promoted horse racing throughout the west.



    In 1935, with other investors including Louis Davenport, he helped develop Playfair Racetrack and Fairgrounds in Spokane and at that time became the first general manager of Playfair. Mother would tell stories of the fun she had riding the exercise ponies on the track with her friend, then going to "Bob's Chili Parlor" in Spokane for lunch afterward.



    Our grandparents came to Spokane in 1902. By the time they purchased the farm their recollection of the area north of the city was as follows: "North Division did not exist; there was a wagon trail that meandered over the hill and northeast toward Peone Creek. It used to take us an hour and forty five minutes to go from town to the ranch by way of Shady Slope road along the southwest side of Peone creek. At the mouth of Peone was a favorite camping spot of the Indians. There was no road along the Little Spokane in those days."



    The Native Americans, according to our grandparents, would be fascinated with the beauty of the horses pulling their buggy and often ran up to get a closer look as they traveled by. Our grandmother drove a beautiful, gaited horse "Almota" and another "Babe" who won first place in the 1906 Spokane Interstate Fair. "Eleven families got together and set up the first power line in the district 'our grandfather recounted,' The Washington Water Power Company agreed to supervise the work and provide the power. It worked out very well, but we soon found out, it wasn't the initial cost, but the upkeep that hurts so we gave it all to the power company and let them worry about it."



    Our grandfather hired men to run the dairy as his work often led him out of town to various race tracks. By this time our grandparents had a family of two children; our mother, Nicette born in 1914 and her brother Leslie, born in 1911. Mother often told us how, as a very young child, she would thrill at the opportunity to be placed upon the back of the large draft horse that helped work the dairy farm.



    As children they would enjoy the river banks to swim and fish for perch and trout. They played morning to dusk. During the school year, the two would be driven to the schoolhouse on Bernhill, located about two miles away, by her mother, via horse drawn wagon. As a 1932 graduate of Mead High School (then known as Mead Union High), Mother's senior class had only 24 students and 5 buses to gather students from surrounding areas. Sometime around Mother's senior year a fire destroyed the main house on the west side of the river. Luckily, the family was able to relocate and renovate the farmhouse that now exists on the east side of the river.



    Not long after their move the great depression hit the country and many people could not afford to keep their horses. As industrious Germans, the family of four gathered forces, purchased many of these horses and formed a riding stable that would help them through the tough times of this dark period. My mother was definitely pleased to assist with the saddle horses. Doctors and nurses would come out to ride horseback, and fish and enjoy the beauty of "Tawasentha", now no longer a dairy.



    I believe it was at this time Mother acquired her favorite horse, a dappled grey gelding she named "Sunny Boy"; who possessed an unusual ability to be trained to do most anything. The uncommonly bright horse would swim the river with her on his back and rear on command. Our Mother, and her horse were quite the loveable show offs. Many horses would follow, but this horse was quite special.



    Eventually; the two children that enjoyed the magical memories on the beautiful little farm grew up to have families of their own. Mother who married our father, George Davis in 1942 had four children together; Annette, Mark, Kim, and Dana. Our uncle Leslie and his wife Anne had one child, Patricia. Luckily as kids, we lived close to our grandparents and created our own priceless memories.



    Mother never got over her love of horses and the ability to marvel at the sight of the wildlife that lived in the marshes and came to drink in the tranquility of the stream. One day last summer, while in her wheelchair on the private bridge leading to her home, nearly 100 years after she first laid eyes on the sparkling river, she surprised me with the unusual reference to the water's surface below. "Look at the wrinkles!" she exclaimed upon noting the little swirls and ripples. In that comment, I could see that Mother's relationship to the river was almost as one would have to an old familiar friend. It was her fountain of youth and nourishment for her soul...they journeyed their lives together.



    Our mother and "Tawasentha" have always seemed like one. There have been horses and ponies grazing cool wetlands and pasture as long as we can remember. Mother's love of the wildlife, the river and her horses...the old barn and silo, and the cherished memories of a bygone day, only increased over the years. As her four children, we were fortunate to create our own memories on Tawasentha as she had. We were lucky to have her as our mother and the history she passed on to us. To this day, one very old, white horse remains. When he is not grazing by the water's edge, he can be found dosing in the shade of the big old barn that has stood tall and strong through many years of change. This old Arab gelding was our Mother's last horse. She named him "SunnyBoyII."




    News
    2018-11-01 "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Please, Won't You...
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2018-11-01 Back to School
    by Kirk Neumann
    2018-10-30 Spokane County Little Spokane Drive Sewer Extension Project
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-10-28 Fairwood Farmer’s Market
    by Merry Maccini
    2018-10-27 Holiday Shopping at Amazon Smile
    0.5% donated to FLSRV for a no-cost way to support your organization
    2018-10-27 Mark Your Calendar -- 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    2018-10-27 Membership Update 2018
    2018-10-15 In Memoriam -- Merle Moberly, MD
    2018-05-21 Annual FLRSV Meeting
    2018-05-20 Membership
    2018-05-19 Water Quality
    by Lindell Haggin
    2018-05-19 What’s Happening on the Middle of The Little Spokane River?
    by Daniel Collins
    2018-05-19 2018 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    2018-05-19 Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-01-28 What We Accomplished Together in 2017
    We are honored that you support the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley. Your donations, membership, sweat equity and enthusiasm have brought us a long way over the last two decades.
    2018-01-27 Membership
    2018-01-27 School Bond Vote
    2018-01-27 In Memoriam - Harold Balazs
    2018-01-27 New Board Position
    2018-01-27 Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-01-27 School Time
    2018-01-27 Walking to School is a Smart Choice
    Spokesman-Review article. September 1, 2017 Reprinted by permission.
    2018-01-27 Seeing Red Over Dog Poop? Oregon Town Paints it Orange
    Spokesman-Review article. October 13, 2015 Reprinted by permission. Originally published July 28, 2011 The Bellingham Herald
    2018-01-27 Local, Family-Owned Landmarks: Pounder’s and Pattison’s
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2017-10-25 2018 Annual Meeting
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    2017-10-24 Mark Case
    New Board Member
    2017-10-24 A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change by Eileen Pearkes
    Reviewed by Jack Nisbet
    2017-10-24 Living Water: Salmon's Presence
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2017-10-24 Earth Day Clean-Up of Our Valley 2017
    by Michael Kennedy
    2017-10-24 Thanks Be to the Decorator!
    2017-10-24 October Board Meeting
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2017-10-23 Sign Up for Amazon Smile
    2017-10-23 Colbert Road Trail
    by Mark Case
    2017-10-23 In Memoriam - Daniel Eugene Forsyth
    2017-04-15 Annual Meeting 2017
    2017-04-15 Valley Cleanup 2017
    2017-04-15 Land Along the Little Spokane River
    Report from Fairwood Community Leaders
    2017-04-15 Membership
    2017-04-15 Threads of Red
    Tina Wynecoop
    2017-04-15 New Bench
    Kirk Neuman
    2017-04-15 FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
    2017-04-15 Registration for Tour and Field Trip
    2017-01-30 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER/AUCTION
    Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Wandermere Golf Club
    2017-01-29 FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    2017-01-29 ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP: A CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY
    Saturday, April 22, 2017
    2016-10-24 Valley Cleanup Report - 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    2016-10-24 Membership
    2016-10-24 Conservation Future Nomination
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    2016-10-16 Annual Meeting - 2016
    2016-04-11 Valley Cleanup 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    2015-10-24 List of resources re: Salmon/Upper Columbia River Basin:
    2015-07-08 Warning to Pet Owners
    By Erin Kennedy, DVM
    2015-07-08 2015 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    Hosted by Allen Family Properties
    2015-07-08 Valley Cleanup
    By Michael Kennedy
    2015-07-07 2015 Annual Meeting
    2015-07-07 Proposed New Housing Development
    By Jennifer Mudge
    2015-07-00 Pine River Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    2014-11-30 Rehab Cleanup Signs -- Volunteers Needed
    By Michael Kennedy
    2014-11-30 Jack Nisbet Saltese Uplands Field Trip Coming May 2, 2015
    Mark Your Calendar!
    2014-11-30 Wildlife Highway
    By Jack and Ro Bury
    2014-11-30 Pioneer of Our Valley
    By Dana Davis Kelly
    2014-11-30 Where a Wind Blew . . .
    By Harla Jean Biever New Hope Resource Center Board Member
    2014-11-30 Membership Renewal
    2014-06-19 Drama on the Little Spokane
    By Lindell Haggin
    2014-06-19 Remembering
    2014-06-19 Board Member Michael Kennedy
    2014-06-19 What Was In Grandpas Trunk
    By Harla Jean Heiser Biever
    2014-06-19 Annual Meeting
    2014-06-19 Valley Cleanup 2014
    By Michael Kennedy
    2013-12-31 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    2013-12-30 Serving Our Communities
    by Harla Jean Biever, President
    Board New Hope Resource Center
    2013-12-30 Augy Augustine
    In Memoriam
    2013-12-30 Our New bridge
    by Martha Schaefer
    2013-12-30 Is Your Last Rose Of Summer Going To The Deer?
    2013-12-30 Looking Back
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2013-12-30 Trails To The Library(s)
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2013-12-30 Valley Cleanup 2013
    by Michael Kennedy
    2013-12-30 Apex Industries make Herons for New Bridge
    2013-12-30 Mark Your Calendar - Jack Nisbet Walking Tour
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    2013-12-30 Membership
    2013-04-27 Annual Spring Cleanup
    Saturday, April 27th -- 9:30 am
    2013-04-25 In Memoriam
    2013-04-25 Annual Meeting
    by Martha Schaefer, Vice President
    2013-04-25 Thank You 2013 Donors For Auction Items!
    We Did Great!
    2013-04-25 PET Project Spreads Mobility
    by Cindy Hval
    Article Courtesy of Spokesman-Review
    2013-04-25 Mac Presents -- David Douglas Historic Tours -- With Jack Nisbet
    2013-04-25 Come See The Butterflies!
    2013-04-25 Memorial Bricks
    by Harla J. Biever
    2013-04-25 Work Day At Camp Dart-Lo
    2013-04-25 Postmarks
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 A Look Back at FLSRV History
    by Martha Schafer, Board Vice-President
    2012-11-16 Mark Your Calendar For Our 2013 Annual Meeting
    2012-11-16 We're Adopting!
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 Bravo for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 FLSRV Board-Authorized Letter Regarding The New Bridge
    by Lance Pounder, President
    2012-11-16 Little Spokane River Bridge No. 3602 Replacement Project Update for Fall of 2012
    2012-11-16 Cottonwood Trees in North Spokane County
    by W.G. Magnuson
    2012-11-16 Delay Pruning To Help Wildlife Now
    by Michael Kennedy
    2012-11-16 Spokane Fish Hatchery
    by Kirk Newmann
    2012-07-27 Second Annual Hike With Jack Nisbet
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-07-26 Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    2012-07-26 Pine River Park Update
    by Lance Pounder
    2012-07-26 Oldest Barn in Spokane County?
    by W.G. Magnuson, Jr.
    2012-07-26 Spring is for the Birds (and Birders)!
    by Lindell Haggin
    2012-07-25 Roundabouts
    by Jack Bury
    2012-06-26 Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    2012-06-26 2012 Annual Meeting
    by Tina Wynecoop, Auction Chairman
    2012-06-26 Thank You! FLSRV 2012 Auction Donors
    2012-06-26 A Little History
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2012-06-26 Water Quality
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-05-25 Walking Tour May 12, 2012
    Roberta Ellis, FLSRV Member
    2012-04-03 State Needs Volunteers to Score Recreation, Conservation Grant Applications
    2012-04-03 THANK YOU! DONORS TO 2012 FLSRV SILENT AUCTION
    2012-03-05 WTA Work Parties 2012
    2011-12-28 2012 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-27 Little Spokane Bridge is Being Replaced
    by Marla Schaeffer
    2011-12-27 Walking Tour Review
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-26 Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2011-12-26 86,400 Seconds
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-26 Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    2011-12-26 Better Dead Than Alive?
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    2011-02-16 The Way It Was: History Along Our Organizations Namesake
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-02-16 The Smell of Home
    by Carole Mack From: Diggings.org
    2011-02-07 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, March 5, 2011
    2011-02-07 What is Conservation Futures
    by Martha Schaefer
    2011-02-07 FLSRV Nominates Scholz Property for Conservation Futures Purchase
    Letter sent to Spokane Conservation Futures from Lance Pounder, on behalf of FLSRV
    2011-02-07 A River Flows Through It
    by Bart Haggin
    2011-02-07 Pine River Park Help Keep it Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2011-02-07 County Bridge Upgrades
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2011-02-07 Spring Cleanup Date Announced
    Saturday, April 16 Starting at 9:00am.
    2011-02-07 Little Spokane Artists Plan Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2011-01-11 Team from 3 Counties Presents Gardening Workshop
    Saturday, January 29th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    2010-09-22 3rd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2010-06-22 Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2010-06-22 New Board Members Elected
    by Kirk Neumann
    2010-06-22 Annual Meeting Held
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2010-06-22 Pine River County Park
    by Doug Chase
    2010-06-22 General Service Modifications for 2010 Park Season
    by Doug Chase
    2010-06-22 Mt. Spokane, The Little Spokane River, Rock Cairn Vision Quest Sites and a Poem
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2010-06-22 Membership
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2009-09-21 Cleanup Day Report
    by Lance Pounder
    2009-09-21 An Amazing CBC (Christmas Bird Count) Adventure Story
    by Jeanne Dammarell
    2009-09-21 2nd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2009-09-21 2009 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2009-02-13 US Highway 2 to the Wandermere Vicinity North Spokane Corridor: Wall Architectural Treatment
    Trails
    2018-11-03 Changes May Be Coming to WDFW Waikiki Springs Property
    by Landon Eaton Crecelius
    2018-10-28 How to Be a Hero Along The Middle of The Little Spokane
    by Rob Allen, Fairwood Farmers Market Director
    2018-05-19 Proposed Little Spokane Drive Trail from Midway to Colbert Rd
    by Mark Case, Trails Chairman
    2018-01-27 Trail System Section Completions
    by Mark Case
    2018-01-27 Middle of Little Spokane River
    by Daniel Collins
    2018-01-27 Yearly Walking Tour With Jack Nisbet
    2017-01-29 ANNUAL SPRING HIKE WITH JACK NISBET
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    2016-10-28 Antoine Peak Hike 2016
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Be Coyote-Wise
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    2015-07-08 Unique Trail Users
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Saltese Upland Hike
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-01 New Benches for the Haynes Estate Trails Area
    By Kirk Neumann
    2014-11-30 Pineriver Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    2014-11-30 Trail Signs
    2014-11-30 Trail Update
    By Lance Pounder
    2014-06-19 Beavers on the Little Spokane River
    By Ro Bury
    2014-04-04 SPRING FIELD TRIP with Jack Nisbet, Author/Historian
    Five Mile Prairie and the Little Spokane River MAY 10, 2014
    2013-12-30 Were Friends with WSDOT and The Children of the Sun pedestrian pathway.
    2013-12-30 Links to Printable 2013 Trails Maps
    2012-11-16 Devil's Gap Walking Tour with Jack Nisbet
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    2012-06-26 Trails Update
    2011-12-27 County's Wandermere Road Project
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-01-01 Trails Overview
    2010-06-22 Trails Update
    by Lance Pounder
    2009-09-22 Vandervert Trail
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2009-09-21 North Spokane Corridor
    by Michael Kennedy
    2009-09-21 Trees and Trails
    by Jim Ellis
    2009-09-21 Finishing Touches on the Bridge
    by Lindell Haggin
    2009-09-21 Trails
    by Martha Schaefer
    2009-08-17 Art Work Drawings for Retaining Walls at Wandermere and Garden Avenue
    2009-02-13 Haynes Estate Conservation Area Planting
    2009-02-13 New Pedestrian-Bike Trail Needs Your Help To Find A Name
    2009-02-13 08 Trails Update
    2009-02-11 Trails FAQs
    Geology / History
    2018-11-05 Murder at Greenleaf Farm: The Tragic Downfall of Theodore Cushing and His Ties to Francis H. Cook and Wandermere Golf Course
    by Ty Brown
    2018-10-28 Wandermere Golf Course: Legacy on the Little Spokane River
    2018-05-19 Jack Nisbet's and FLSRV's Sixth Annual Walking Tour: Lower Hangman/Latah Creek April 29, 2018
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2016-10-27 "Don't tell my wife about this!"
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-10 Wandermere
    By Dan Webster ... Courtesy of Spokesman Review
    2009-02-13 Inland Northwest Geology
    Birds
    2014-12-30 Bird Watching
    2011-12-26 Birds Falling From The Sky
    by Tina and Judge Wynecoop
    2009-02-15 Nesting Ospreys
    2009-02-13 Dabblers, Divers, Murderers and Travelers: Birds of the INW
    Through March 15, 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture
    Favorite Views
    2009-02-13 Some Beautiful Views Contributed By Members
    Goals
    2012-04-05 Friends of Little Spokane River Valley Goals
    As Agreed to by the Board of Directors September 8, 1998
    Favorite Books
    2018-10-28 The Dreamer and the Doctor
    by author Jack Nisbet
    2009-04-14 Readings about our Little Spokane River Valley
    Newsletters
    2018-10-28 October 2018 Newsletter
    2018-05-19 May 2018 Newsletter Download as PDF
    2018-01-27 January 2018 Newsletter
    2017-10-24 October 2017 Newsletter
    2017-04-15 Spring 2017 Newsletter
    2016-10-28 October 2016 Newsletter
    2016-02-06 January 2016 Newsletter
    2015-07-07 Spring 2015 Newsletter
    2014-11-30 November 2014 Newsletter as PDF
    2014-06-19 June 2014 Newsletter PDF
    2013-12-30 December 2013 Newsletter
    2013-04-25 April 2013 Newsletter
    2012-11-16 November 2012 Newsletter
    2012-07-26 June 2012 Newsletter
    2011-12-27 November 2011 Newsletter
    2011-02-07 January 2011 Newsletter
    2010-06-21 June 2010 Newsletter
    2009-09-15 September 2009 - Fall Newsletter
    2009-02-13 January 2009 - Winter Newsletter

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