Cheney Free Press -

 

Articles written by Luella Dow

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 129

 By Luella Dow and Lea Simpson    Neighborhood    August 27, 2015 

Meet the new pastor in town

She is dynamic, energetic, animated and very youthful. The United Methodist Church here in Cheney has a new pastor, and like a whirlwind blowing into town, pastor Alissa Bertsch Johnson arrived at...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 20, 2015

Porter's Dog - a short story

Porter Conner, a single man, had found the dog he wanted. It was a fine looking, happy Labrador who liked to receive Porter’s kind words and gentle scratches behind the ears. Porter named him Conner, a name he could easily remember. One day, men...

 
 By LUELLA DOW and LEA SIMPSON    Neighborhood    August 13, 2015

Cheney's own Rosie the Riveter

Yes, Cheney has its own, genuine, real-life "Rosie the Riveter." Her name is Elaine Bower Lopes. Just as depicted in books, movies and magazine articles, she operated a riveter and other tools,...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 6, 2015

Cheney's Lyle and Alice Polack are definitely very busy people

Here's Lyle and Alice Polack. We sat down to talk one day and I found this couple have many things to tell. Lyle said, "I come from Michigan." He calls himself a transplant. He spent more than 22 year...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 30, 2015

Part 2: Good things do happen

Editor’s note: Luella Dow continues her story from last week of challenges faced in her youth. Even at my age I understood they didn’t like me. I’d go home again. I managed to gather the armful of school supplies I had brought to school and...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 23, 2015

Part 1: Good things do happen

This is the true story of some events that happened when I was very young. I grew up on my father’s dairy farm that was exactly one mile from the country school. My mother decided one mile was the perfect distance for me to walk to school, even...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 9, 2015

Grandmas are friends - a short story

I was at the park with two of my friends one afternoon, when the voice of a mother echoed through the trees surrounding us. “Greg, you nuisance, get over here. I’m not keeping the food just for you.” A young boy, about 8 years old, who had been...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    June 25, 2015

The self-made treat for a lonely child

By LUELLA DOW Contributor “Luella, get that cat out of the house. I told you three times!” That was Mrs. Borgrim, my mother’s friend making my ears ring. She was keeping our home organized while my parents were at a meeting in another town. I...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    June 11, 2015

Felix, the dog who does it right

I was walking about 20 minutes from my home on an early summer day. I could see the pond and the new goslings learning to swim behind their mothers. A car was edging close behind me. I didn’t look back. The neighbors on this country road always...

 
 By LUELLA DOW AND LEA SIMPSON    Neighborhood    May 21, 2015

Medical Lake seniors showcase artwork

On a quiet, residential street in the little town of Medical Lake is an art gallery. It was the scene of a real live art exhibit this past Saturday afternoon. The gallery belongs to Dennis Smith, a...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    May 7, 2015

Norwegian heritage, American upbringing

Where do you find all the happy, friendly people you see in Cheney? Try Chryssee Pettit. Chryssee tells me she grew up in Reardan and Pomeroy. She said, "I always wanted to help people in the medical...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 30, 2015

Eloise and Jim Goodwin share the spirit of giving

Eloise, the new baby in the Holt family, was born in Spokane on June 16, 1929. As Eloise grew, school boundaries changed,too. Eloise spent grades 4-8 at Four Lakes, changed to Cheney Junior High (now Cheney Middle School) and finally Cheney High Scho...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 23, 2015

The story of the cat that got even in the cold

Some people invite their pet cats into their homes. On a really cold night they give that cat a cozy spot at the foot of the bed. I belong to that tribe of do-gooders. People who don’t like cats never let themselves think of such a thing. We cat...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 16, 2015

Kirsten Bleeker's adventure in Iceland

Kirsten Bleeker is the daughter of Doug and Carolyn Bleeker who live in Chattaroy. She is my granddaughter. In August of last year, a plane took Kirsten to Iceland where she would see a country that...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    March 5, 2015

Bonita Brady and what's beyond the corner

When I first met Bonita Brady, who calls herself Bonnie, I caught a glimpse of a few of my own traits. Then I realized nobody ever catches up with Bonnie. Brady told me she was born in Chicago. Her father was an electrician. I soon understood that...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 26, 2015

Floyd and Carrie Low's love resulted from an act of determination

Carrie Low said, "When I met Floyd I was 17. Floyd was a senior in high school. He was the only one in his family to graduate from high school. He was determined to get acquainted with me. He found...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 19, 2015

Messages from intelligent people

I have gathered these quotes which make me smile. I have not intended to insult or besmirch those who innocently caused the smile. Listen carefully. An important person who often roams the hallways of Cheney’s prestigious farming establishments...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 12, 2015

An idea borne on the wind

My friend Cally, sat in the chair and spread her arms, “I’ve had this idea for many months, Luella but I’ve never been able to get anybody interested in buying my lovely greeting cards. They’re just there, day after day and nothing...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 5, 2015

Everybody cares when there's music playing

Nobody cares when Joey drops the bat and the ball rolls across his toes onto third base. Nobody cares when half the kids are sharing sandwiches and not one of them ever says, “C’mon Joey, come eat with us.” Nobody cares when the popular kids...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 29, 2015

Custom Coaches' Bob Williams loves cars

When Bob Williams was just 9 years old his parents brought him from California to Kennewick. After a time, they came to Cheney. He said, "I started my business in body work in Cheney and I never...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 15, 2015

Life's activities can be like a jigsaw puzzle

Varney and his wife Gorgus were arguing at the kitchen table. Varney said, “I told you last week I couldn’t drive your mother to Spokane then turn around and take your sister to school. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.” Gorgus: “A jigsaw...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 8, 2015

Hardtack vs. coyote

Grandpa Joe and grandma Alice were enjoying a few days with their grandchildren, Carie and Max, while the youngsters’ parents finished Christmas shopping. On this particular day grandpa Joe was in the barn cleaning the stalls. He heard Max...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    December 25, 2014

A pie for Christmas, and an act of kindness

It was a plain house where Jack Anderson and his mother, Rachel, lived. The walls needed paint and the front steps were rough. Their elderly friend, Harry, who lived across the street, sometimes tripped on those steps. While every morning when Jack...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    December 18, 2014

Learning sentimental value of a cherished gift

When I was 4 years old I knew exactly what I wanted for Christmas and it was not a doll. I wanted my daddy to buy me a train. It would have a red engine and my little dolls would ride in the boxcars where they would see all the sights. My mother...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    December 11, 2014

The story of the Gulbransen Piano, enjoyed by several generations

My grandmother on my mother’s side of the family, Lucy Kratzer, loved to spend hours working on crossword puzzles. Her brother, called Kerr by the family, preferred to smile while he recited all the remarkable accomplishments of our 16th president...

 

Page Down