Joy Collins, 365-5102
Barbara Sexton, 365-5374
NAME THE PARK: Have you sent your idea in yet? As we said in last week's news, we are looking for a name for our new park. If you go to Lyle School District, are 12 years old or younger, submit your entry to Darla Brashers at 365-4332. The winning participant will cut the ribbon at the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 11, 2001. Also contact Darla if you have time to volunteer for setup and installation.
Fortunately, we had only one fire in the Lyle Fire District on the 4th of July. It was 80 acres on the hills west of Rowland Lake and was started by fireworks. Thanks to the local fire districts and DNR the fire was contained and basically out in two days. No homes were destroyed and no injures. This good result is certainly not the fault of those irresponsible parties who would set off fireworks in a west wind almost strong enough to blow you off your feet. Seems there is something wrong with that picture. Is that a good example to set for your children? Thanks to all the firefighters who kept the fire contained until it could be extinguished. That is rough terrain and we are lucky no one was hurt.
Lyle History con't: In 1935 Syd and his father and brother tore down an old building and used the lumber to build a Texaco station in Lyle, which stands just across the street from the Lyle Merc. One room living quarters were in the back of the station, where Syd lived until he married Letha Omeg, June 7, 1936, and moved across the street into the home which he purchased from Charley Gregory at $15 down and $15 per month. Letha is also a longtime resident in the area; she arrived by train and wagon to a cattle and wheat ranch on High Prairie in February 1919, from Knab, Washington.
It has been a very busy and interesting life for Syd and Letha. They operated the service in Lyle and hauled mail to Appleton for eight years, and to High Prairie for 12 years. Syd had also acquired a Texaco service station in Bingen and on May 15, 1942, he became the Shell Oil distributor in Bingen, later purchasing the Bingen plant and also a plant in Stevenson. Both these plants served Klickitat and Skamania counties. A service station was also built and operated adjacent to the plant in Bingen.
Remember, every minute spent angry is 60 seconds of happiness wasted.