Ferry County Top Stories
The hospitals and doctors of Republic, part two PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:33

In 1928, Dr. Karl May began his practice in Republic. His wife, Addie, was a Republic girl and the daughter of John S. Mires, one of the pioneers of the town. Instead of using the Union Hospital, May acquired the one-story brick building on Clark Avenue and 9th Street, across from the present-day Assembly of God Church. It was formerly a furniture store and is now an apartment building. Many of today’s Ferry-County residents remember when the brick building was the hospital.

New festival hops into county PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Wilson   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:30

A new festival will happen in Republic July 24 and 25, The Grasshopper Festival. This idea emerged on social media (over 200 comments in a day and a half) during last year’s boom grasshopper season. We asked ourselves: why not use one of our abundant resources (and pests) to create something fun and beneficial for our community? Then we learned so, much, more about grasshoppers!


The two lives of the Old Stage Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Chamberlin   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:25

On a recent June afternoon, my two hiking companions and I drove across Sherman Pass, turned left on Albian Hill Road and continued seven miles upward on the winding road to the Old Stage Trailhead.

As we laced up our boots and hoisted our daypacks, our eyes were drawn to the fancy gate and the attractive sign showcasing the historical importance of this trail.


Small farm offers something for everyone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Daisy Pongrakthai   
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:28

Tucked away in the rolling hills of the Kettle Range lies a hidden equestrian treasure, Dreamswept Farm. Owner Tamea Denault breeds American Bashkir Curly horses, offers riding lessons and provides horse boarding at the farm. Denault specializes in vaulting, which she describes as “gym and dance on a moving horse.” Denault is the founder of the Mountainwind Vaulters in Kettle Falls. While earning her degree in psychology and education at Mt. Holyoke College, she also learned vaulting and has continued the sport and coaching it ever since.


The hospitals and doctors of Republic - part one PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:38

During the first five years or so of Republic’s early history, there was no mention of the creation of a hospital. However, in the account of the big fire of 1898 which destroyed two blocks of Republic’s main street, it states that a hospital was one of the structures lost; there is no record of it otherwise. It may have been only several rooms in one of the wooden buildings. This was still the age of horse and buggy when the doctors made house calls, and people were born, treated for sickness, and died at home. Four physicians were in Republic during these early years, Doctors Williams, Webb, Manley and Burns.



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