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High Prairie Plans Hoe Down

Lyle News for July 8

By the

Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

mildred@gorge.net

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

madison@gorge.net

County Commissioner Joan Frey and husband Dan will be honored guests at the annual High Prairie Community Potluck Picnic. Mark your calendar for July 10. The meal will begin around 1 p.m. at 705 Struck Road. Everyone is welcome so bring your dish, lawn chairs, and guitar or other musical instrument and join in the old fashion fun! High Prairie knows how to throw a great hoe down!

Lyle Fire Department will hold an open house to show the additions and improvements that have been made to the fire hall. The date is July 17, and will be held in mid afternoon. Lyle can be proud of the changes made mostly with volunteer labor and with the help of EDA grants. We are so lucky to have the paramedics, firefighters and the equipment to respond to our emergencies.

The next community council meeting will be July 26, 7 p.m. Lyle Lions Club. Planning for the candidates' night (Sept. 29) and the annual Chili Cook Off in October, are some of the items on the agenda. As always we encourage community participation in the meeting and the projects.

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

As printed in The Goldendale Sentinel in 1960 and reprinted with their permission: "Lyle Early Days outlined by Historical Society author's note: The following account of early Lyle History was presented by Mrs. Kamma Sorensen Clark at the Klickitat County Historical Society meeting at Columbia Grange Hall, Lyle, Jan. 16."

"After the railroad came through Lyle the town was divided. The buildings, so far, were near the river. A post office and small schoolhouse had been added to the store and hotel, but later the buildings were built above the railroad and the town started with a bank and other buildings. The post office was finally moved, too."

"For many years the river was the main way of transportation, before the railroad was brought into the picture. The boats would go from The Dalles to Portland, freight boats. Later there were two passenger boats, The Bailey Gatzert and the Spencer, each trying to beat the other. They would give special rates to outdo the other. One could go to Portland, round trip for $2 and have a lovely dinner on the boat for 50 cents."

Never take the last piece of fried chicken.

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