Articles written by Luella Dow

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 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...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 27, 2014

'The old red barn'

Tell this story to your children: Mother Deer, a white-tailed beauty, was a careful supervisor for her daughter, Angela, as she guided her through the farmer’s field. Mother Deer also kept a watch over those around her. Little Angela now has grown...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    November 20, 2014

Working through adversity

Shay was born as Shalene Robertson in San Jose, south of San Francisco. She grew up in the "Silicon Valley." At the age of 15, Shay knew she would have to live on her own. "That's what made me what I...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    November 13, 2014

South Dakota school provides hope

St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D. thrums and hums with happy talk and laughter as Thanksgiving and Christmas draw closer. Even though these children are far from Cheney, you can sense their enthusiasm as they dream of receiving and...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    November 6, 2014

Farm life, relatives and then some

When I was a little girl I helped my daddy in the barn. I didn't help much but I pretended to. It kept me from having to help my mother in the garden. We were definitely a farm family with ugly brown...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 30, 2014

Leadership gives Calvert ability to make a difference

Bridget Calvert is an energetic sophomore at Cheney High School. She is in a leadership class. That is what Bridget does; she leads. Soon the class will host an assembly service to honor our veterans...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 23, 2014

Hardt heads to Liberia to work with Ebola cases

While you are reading this, Peter and Carlene Hardt's daughter Joy will already be working in Liberia, West Africa. She is in charge of five nurses in a newly built 100-bed Ebola treatment center...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 16, 2014

All are invited to Tyler Grange's annual Harvest Dinner

There’s an old saying that a person sometimes hums, “mm-mm, good,” when they walk into a room where something is cooking. If you’re thinking of food, you’re right on target. The folks at Tyler Grange are preparing for their annual Harvest...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 2, 2014

Cleaning spree uncovers calendar with historic pictures

It's about time you cleaned out that closet. Look what we found: a calendar with pages of Cheney pictures in the early days. This display, from 1889 to 1989, celebrated Washington State Centennial wit...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    September 18, 2014

Beeman shows passion to help keep Cheney running

As we go about our days we often do not think of those who work beside us keeping the city of Cheney running smoothly, repairing, renewing and carefully fulfilling administrative duties. Meet Susan...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    September 11, 2014

When it comes to dealing with cats, what's the use?

A young mother with a couple of children can curb her impatience (almost) they write on the walls with red crayons or poke their fingers into a freshly baked cake. But life is different when you are a bit older and the “children” are of the...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    September 4, 2014

Cheney High School class of 1942 reunites again

Did you know the class of Cheney High School seniors in 1942 had a reunion Aug. 21 at Darcy's Restaurant in Spokane Valley? This was their 72nd reunion. Their classroom in 1942 was in the old Wren Pierson building, accommodating 46 graduates. World...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 28, 2014

McKindsay Dow spent summer helping students learn English

(Editor's Note: McKindsay Dow is Luella Dow's granddaughter) McKindsay Dow, Wayne Dow's daughter, spent around 50 hours this summer as a volunteer with three other students from Gonzaga Prep Higth...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 21, 2014

Mill reflects on history of Amber, Wash., originally settled by the Calverts

Ron Mill has many memories of his growing up in Amber, Wash. When he was only 5 years old, the district encouraged all parents to have their children vaccinated. Ron doesn't remember what it was for...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 14, 2014

Chilly, slippery adventures kill time without power, take us back to the olden days

My name is Lillie. My friend is Sue. She is visiting me from her home in Nebraska. We sat at the kitchen table, my friend and I, watching the afternoon slide by as its hours and minutes faded into nothing. Like many others in the area, our...

 

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