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Lyle News for May 1

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Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

The Lions Club's First Saturday of the month breakfast will be upon us this week. So get up early Saturday take the missus out for a great breakfast and get caught up on the local gossip.

Have you noticed the abundance of wild life these days -- deer, turkeys, birds and wildflowers? Seems like every time I drive to or from Lyle I see several of each. So drive with caution and enjoy the wonderful springtime panorama.

The Cemetery Clean-up event will be held on Saturday, May 17, about 8:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to come with yard tools and help prepare the cemetery for Memorial Weekend. A business meeting and potluck will follow at the grange.

Hope you are saving your treasures for the 13+ mile yard sale and if you don't plan to have a sale, save your pennies for the Twin Bridge Museum's booth. It will be the museum's fundraiser and it would welcome your donations toward the sale. Several community members have already contributed surprising items for the sale.

The Song of the Rivers (a history of Lyle by Elizabeth McDowell), prologue: "One day, a white man...Robert Gray, the first American to circumnavigate the globe..sailed into the mouth of the great river and gave it its first American name, 'The Columbia,' after the name of his own ship. This was in 1792, three hundred years after Columbus had discovered the American continent. The Song of the Rivers took on a new note, telling its dreams of a new civilization to be built by men with fair skins and with courageous eyes which also held dreams."

"Thirteen years later, in 1805, two such white men came from the American East to explore the river and its surrounding territories, seeking a navigable course to the Pacific Ocean. Their names were Meriwether Lewis..a secretary under Thomas Jefferson, then President of the new United States of America...and William Clark, a brother of General George Rogers Clark, revolutionary hero who later became the governor of Missouri Territory. Theirs was the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition which opened up the west for its future pioneers."

"The Lewis and Clark Expedition begun in St. Lewis, Mo., in 1804, had as its guide the Indian woman, Sacajawea, called in English "The Bird Woman." The Indians were the red-skinned race which first inhabited the land and considered it to be their own, as in deed it was until the white men came. Sacajawea was the first link between the Indian and the white man along the great Columbia River."

"During the winter of 1805 the Expedition reached the mouth of the Klickitat River where it empties into the Columbia. There, they found the Klickitat Indian tribe encamped and made their own camp, bartering goods for the delicious smoked salmon which the tribe prepared. During their two-day stay they referred in their records to the location as "Klickitat Landing," and the future settlement which was later to be known as "Lyle" was thus given its original name."

"The Klickitats listened to the voice and gestures of Sacajawea and did not molest these brave explorers. But if they had also listened to the Song of The Rivers they might have grasped the portent of the white man's first visit to Klickitat Landing."

"I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it is time for my nap." Bob Hope


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