Pictorial Past | Community of wheat

Wheat is stockpiled in the middle of Withrow during 1982 in this Vernon Beckstead photo.
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Pictorial Past | Popular store prepares to reopen

The new Douglas General Store owner Judi Sparks (1947-1995) along with her friends and family apply a fresh coat of paint on the building in July of 1984 in preparation of its reopening.
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Pictorial Past | Mold’s community schoolhouse

The former Mold Schoolhouse shown here in 1972. It was located near the intersection of Road 9 NE (Mold Road) and Road S NE, nine miles north of Coulee City in Douglas County. (Information and provided photo/Darrin...
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Pictorial Past | Mud Spring schoolhouse nears its end

This is the former Mud Spring schoolhouse in 1971, a year before it was torn down. After the school closed it served as a community club meeting place. It was located eight miles west and one mile north of Mansfield at the intersection of Road C NW and Road 15 NW. (Information and provided photo/Darrin...
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Pictorial Past | The early day town of Douglas

The town of Douglas in 1909. The large building in the center of the photo, with the row of windows, housed the Douglas Record newspaper, Wolverton General Store and the Douglas State Bank. The white building in the lower right was a hardware store. At the top left, was the school, and at the top right was the former German Lutheran Church built in 1890. (Information and provided photo/Darrin...
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Pictorial Past | Farmer’s general store

The old mercantile store in Farmer around 1913. Annie and Nels C. Larsen are standing in the doorway. Nels is holding Ida (born in 1904). Louis (born in 1900) is to the left of Annie. The woman at far right is not identified. The girls to her left are Margery (born in 1901) and Laura, who was Louis’ twin. The others in the photo are not identified. (Provided photo/Douglas County Historical...
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Pictorial Past | State dignitary attends the fair

Washington Gov. Clarence D. Martin, at far right, attends the 1939 Waterville District Fair (or Douglas County Fair as it was also known).
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Pictorial Past | Early beginnings of the fair

  Nov. 1, 1911, was a festive occasion for North Central Washington residents and especially for those from Waterville. The Annual Potato Carnival, the precursor of the North Central Washington District Fair and later the NCW Fair, was held there in recognition of the bumper crop of potatoes grown throughout the Big Bend area. This photo shows participants of the “potato race,” a...
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Pictorial Past | Milling operation in Douglas

The Hammond Mill Co. building in Douglas around 1909.
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Pictorial Past | Doing business in Withrow

Withrow Mercantile Co. around 1914. (
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