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Joyful singing heard for blocks

Lyle News for Sept. 11

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Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

It was a wonderful day to day (Sunday). The Lyle United Methodist Church was blessed with a large group of Samoan singers from The Dalles. The joyful noise and beautiful singing could be heard for blocks. What a great assemblage of voices giving glory to God.

Many from Lyle were seen at the Maryhill Park last Friday. It was the Senior Volunteer Awards and the Annual Senior Picnic. Entertainment was music by local residents and some of the County's Senior Service employees.

The second annual Fireman's Chili Cook-off planning is well underway. Mark your calendar for Oct. 18. Bring your appetite and come prepared to vote for your favorite chili and to watch the Firemen's Competitions. This was a really fun day last year and will be bigger and better this year.

It's coming up on that time of year again. The Lyle Community Council will have three seats up for re-election in November. Terry Mills, Mildred Lykens and Pam Essley are all running for re-election.

Community churches are Lyle United Methodist, 403 W Klickitat St. and Lyle Celebration Center, 715 Washington St.

Lyle history -- The Lyle Pioneer, Special Edition 1978. "Town of Lyle started as mail station in year 1859"

"In pioneer days the government was anxious to provide mail service to people who had gone into the wilderness to establish homes. The first community center of population in Klickitat County was along the Columbia River, when the county was charted by legislative act in 1859."

"This new mail station was known as Klickitat Landing (Lyle). The first white settler was Egbert French who arrived from Ohio. He married an Indian girl and one daughter was born to them while they lived here."

"In 1866 Mr. French sold his holdings to James O. Lyle and moved to White Bluffs on the upper Columbia River to engage in cattle raising."

"James O Lyle was born in Pennsylvania in 1831, with his parents they moved west settling in Iowa. In 1857 James married Martha Snipes and in 1863 joined the Snipes family wagon train for Oregon. They arrived at The Dalles July 10, 1863. For two years Mr. Lyle was located on a farm at Rowena, opposite Klickitat Landing. In 1866 he moved to his new holding across the Columbia. Soon after locating Mr. Lyle got a post office established and was the first postmaster. Klickitat Landing was one of the three first post offices north of the Columbia River and east of the Cascades in Washington Territory. The other two were Yakima City and Klickitat Creek. Mail was delivered to Klickitat Landing by river steamer."

Love is a language that can be heard by the deaf and seen by the blind.


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