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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

    The Way It Was: History Along Our Organization’s Namesake
    by Tina Wynecoop
    Scattered throughout the Little Spokane River’s middle reach reside people who have spent their lives along its banks. Among them they can recall the old timers, the several dairies, ranches, fur farms, logging, road building, a plane crash, the speakeasy, Chief Joseph’s campsite, a landscape nursery, stores, schools, business magnates, investors, mining quarries, railroads, politicians, waterwheels, potato and hay farms, parks, trails, a golf course, grist and log mills, inventors, fish, wildlife, a restaurant, skiing, ice skating, the grange, cemetery, orchards, a Native American village - and on and on -- summed up in four words: The Way It Was.



    For this article I invited Bart Haggin and Jim Pounder to sit around our kitchen table and reminisce -- and reminisce they did! Between them there are 100+ years of memories. They began the interview by talking about their trusty dogs. Jim remembered that Bart was "one of the good guys and that he went into town to school and that he had dogs named Queenie and Blaze." Bart recollected that Jim moved in across the road from his house (Little Spokane Drive) in 1940. Bart occasionally played at Jim’s house. He said that Jim had a dog named Prince. Jim attended Mead schools and said that everyone who went to Mead "scraped the mud off their shoes." In those days Mead students were outdoor kids who brought some of the valley’s rich soil along with them every time they entered the school doors.



    The Great Depression and WWII deeply impacted everybody in the region. Bart recited a little ditty from that time: "Waste not, want not, use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." He added, "It was a different world then. Everybody was community-minded, and everybody just showed up to help with jobs too large for one person to handle. This was a community where everyone pitched in and helped their neighbors up and down the river." And, he added, during wartime he shot all the [enemies]. Jim interjected: "Not all of them. I got some of them, too!"



    These young soldiers, armed with wooden guns, protected the neighborhood!



    Here are two subjects of many from their conversations which piqued my curiosity: local waterwheels and a jet plane crash.



    Water Wheels



    Jim said that his family irrigated their farmland with two waterwheels designed by a French engineer and put in place by inventor B.C.Riblet on what is now the Pounder property. Remnants of the structures are still visible.

    Waterwheel in Winter, 1939

    By happenstance this reporter found a photo album from the 1920’s at the MAC museum library which contains a photograph of another waterwheel along the Little Spokane. I was reminded, too, of the waterwheel I once kayaked past, which lay just downstream from Riverview Road/Little Spokane Drive, which I saw when I first moved to this area in 1976. The sound of the waterwheel’s paddles softly lifting the river water and then the water’s spilling was delightful and enchanting. This last week I went to each home in that area and asked if they had that wheel on their property, and, if so, could I hear its story and photograph it.



    Finally, I found the waterwheel’s owner, Dan Forsyth. His father, Aubrey Forsyth, designed and built the hydraulic system in the 1930’s for Dan’s aunt, Echo Fuson, while he was a student at Washington State College. The Ice Storm of 1997 and hundred-year flood episodes and ice flows took the waterwheel down. Fortunately Dan is sharing his photographs with the newsletter’s readers.This particular waterwheel was built to move fresh water out of the river into a naturally occurring low-water pond at the river’s edge -- a pond which grew stagnant during dry seasons. Fresh infusions of river water into the pond helped native fish survive and eliminated odors that emerged during warm weather. Like his father, Dan, who was born a mile upstream from his aunt's house, built a waterwheel on his own family’s property - its sound effects on that quietly meandering portion of the stream were a nice feature. Dan told of a still-functioning water ram constructed near the Fuson’s that long-time neighbor Roy Hotchkiss (owner of Spokane Indians Baseball team) built to pump water out of the river up to a reservoir to create a gravity-flow sprinkler system in order to irrigate the hillside fields he owned near Riverview Road/Little Spokane Drive. One family still relies on the pump’s piping capacity to water their lawn.

    Waterwheel/windmill near Dartford, 1920's

    Would pedestrians along the FLSRV trail be aware of these waterwheels (I’ve learned of at least five of them) which once dotted this part of the river without these shared remembrances?



    Plane Crash



    I did not find a written record of the 1950’s Navy jet trainer plane that crashed into a rocky hillside upslope from the Little Spokane River between Midway and Riverview Roads, The vivid memories of young boys and a twisted piece of metal suffice as proof that it happened.



    Early one morning c.1954 Jim was awakened from where he slept outside in the family’s sleeping porch, by the sound of a plane coming in low from the east over the little town of Colbert. It crashed near the Hotchkiss place. "The jolt felt just like an earthquake." The plane’s hydraulics had failed and the pilot bailed out somewhere near Hilltop Road not far from Highway 2. All that was left of the plane was a smoking hole and a few fragments. The military brass rolled in and had the crash site fenced off. Dan recalls hearing sirens and seeing all the airplanes buzzing around after the crash. He and Jim remember that the pilot suffered a leg injury and was found limping along the road. Dan stated, "I have a piece of the plane which I collected from the crash site -- all we were told was to show what we found to the person in charge and ask if it was something we could keep. I have that metal in a drawer somewhere."

    Wynecoop

    So, in this brief look back into the way it was we’ve just dipped our toes in the historical waters of the beautiful and richly interesting place that is our collective home ground. Jim and Bart concluded the interview at our kitchen table with, "There is a book here and the Bamontes should write it before everyone that remembers the way it was is gone." I’ll approach local historians Tony and Suzanne Bamonte with this excellent recommendation.



    *Special thanks to Jim and Bart and Dan. Future The Way it Was articles would be enriched by interviews with long-timers Mrs. Pat Green Peterson, Mrs. Pat Rowley Bidwell, Mrs. Niscette Hildebrandt Davis, Mrs. Kay Ringo, Mrs. Joanne Steele Ide, among others (and I just touched on the subjects brought up by the three men).


    News
    2019-03-21 Note new meeting place for Cleanup
    2019-02-10 A "Walk" Through FLSRV's 2018 Activities
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2019-02-09 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Friday, February 22, 2019, Wandermere Golf Club
    2019-02-09 Valley Cleanup 2019
    by Michael Kennedy
    2019-02-09 Volunteers Wanted
    by Kirk Neumann
    2019-02-09 It's All About The Plants
    2019-02-09 Maya Jewell Zeller
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2019-02-09 Whitworth Water District 2019 Update
    by Matt Wright, PE, District Superintendent
    2019-02-07 Membership
    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 Grandpa’s 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 Organization’s 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
    2019-02-09 NEW TRAIL SECTION: MIDWAY RD. TO COLBERT RD.
    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 We’re ‘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
    2019-02-09 Ice Skating in the Little Spokane River Valley
    by Ty Brown
    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
    2019-01-23 January 2019 Newsletter
    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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