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White Bird News: Swiftwater RV Park welcomes camp hosts

Free Press / Toni Baker
New Swiftwater RV Park camp hosts are Bev and Buzz.

Free Press / Toni Baker New Swiftwater RV Park camp hosts are Bev and Buzz.


Toni Baker 983-7701

— It came, it sort of got dark and then it was gone. I hope all of you got to experience the solar eclipse, as for some this was a once in a lifetime event.

School has started so hope all the kids are settling in and I know the parents are now breathing a sigh of relief once again as they know they will be continuing on with their education.

As the last week of August winds down, so does the summer. We really had a short one with all the smoke from fires and being so dry, no one really got the chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Fires and smoke continue to hang around, so please everyone stay safe.

Upcoming events or meetings are Deer Creek Highway meeting on the 4th at 7 p.m., Library meeting will be at 10 a.m., on the 5th, and food bank pickup is on the 7th at 12:30 p.m.

Swiftwater RV now have camp hosts to welcome visitors. Stop by and say hello to Bev and Buzz. Welcome to our little town and area.(See photo).

Another business has opened in the Mac’s Bar building. They now have Mexican food being served every day but Tuesdays. I hear the food is great and this is the restaurant, but the bar is open, too. I will have more on this later.

Putting the word out—-someone has taken the big ice cream cone from Canyon House and they would like to have it back! I learned “that if it didn’t belong to you, leave it alone”, so whoever took this…it’s not yours!

The next Brown Bag Lecture Series will be held today, Aug. 30, at the Grangeville Historical Museum with Annelle Urbahn giving a talk on “Turn of the Century Homes in Grangeville.” This all starts at noon, so bring your lunch and enjoy.

White Bird area Park and Recreation District News

WHITE BIRD — Our building and yard were used on July 22nd for the 50th anniversary party for Dwayne and Sharon Sickels.

With about 200 family and friends in attendance, there was music and good food and fun for all! Also, the popular yoga class continues through the summer Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Our entry foyer and bathroom have been updated with fresh paint on the walls and repairs to the floor

Outdoors the yards were sprayed AGAIN, and the irrigation pump was fixed to continue with keeping the grounds watered and green.

— Gloria Teats

Birthday wishes go out to Bob Turney, Ward Leland, Colleen (27), Justin Sickels (28), James Farmer, Trevor Eller (29), Gloria Dawson Teats (30), Joe Lindsey (31), and Beverly McCool (2). In memory of Clara Imper (27).

Anniversary wishes go to Joe & Carolyn Anderson (27), Marion & Gladine Gortsema (31), Dennis & Pat Swallow (1) and Todd & Elizabeth Marek (2).

Remember we are coming up on a long weekend (Labor Day) on the 2nd thru the 4th of September. Many will be doing the last dog days of summer activities, so stay safe and use common sense when out and about.

Tidbits: Will Hanover story continued: Will remained there a year or more and decades later he enjoyed repeating opinions and sayings, and recalling things he had learned at the time. Then he married Mr. Levander’s youngest daughter, Nina Celeste Levander Goodnoe, at her sister, Anna Levander Mowyer Gilbert’s home in Baker, Oregon. There he at once went to work for Tom Mack who had a large cattle spread near Sumpter in the Baker area. About three years later his wife died. His sister, Ella Levander Riggle had promised if she did not recover to take charge of and care for her small son. Some years later he was still living with his aunt when he died in childhood after an appendix operation.

Almost immediately after his wife’s funeral Will went to Seattle to again see his father, brother and sister there. He worked for awhile with his brother in electrical installation projects, then, after a few months, returned to the Salmon River country.

He and Marion Canaan took up joining quarter section homestead lands in what was known as The Traps country up on the hill and bench land west of Salmon River and north of Race Creek. There they worked together farming some of the land and took in stock to graze the range on the steeper areas.

On Dec. 1, 1915, he married Annette Aitken of Riggins whose brother, Stewart, still (1969) lives with his wife on the old pioneer homestead site at the mouth of Squaw Creek, where he grew up and raised his family.

Then Mr. Canaan’s first wife died and he sold his homestead to a local stockman. After that the Hanover property was leased out for grazing range and Will went to work for the US National Forest Service under Ranger Bill Deasy and continued until he became a Ranger assigned to his own district.

For a number of years, he lived with his wife and small daughter at various Forest Service camps on the Nezperce National Forest at Wickeup, in the mountains west of Lucile, at Riverview out of White Bird and across the Salmon River from Horseshoe Bend, at Elk City and at French Gulch between Elk City and Red River, some of which are no longer in use.

The Hanovers spent several summers at Adams Camp Ranger Station with headquarters in White Bird, which was their home when Bill lost his life in an accident on a mountain trip near Wind River in June of 1926. Hanover Mountain in the area is named for him.

Will was killed when his horse bucked into a tree; he was alone at the time and it must have been a gruesome accident.

This biography was written by his widow, Mrs. Annette Hanover.


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