EARLY HISTORY OF ALBION,WASHINGTON AS REMEMBERED BY FREDERICK P. PETERSON AND WRITTEN IN 1970
The Peter Peterson and Peter Swinson families arrived in
After meeting the Whetsels my folks forded the creek, called Brush Hollow Creek, and camped on the east bank. They camped there about four months while my father and grandfather staked out land to homestead. The area where they camped later became the Guy Picnic Grounds. A few years after we arrived in Guy Mr. Whetsel decided to have a town built. He had the flat surveyed into town lots and in a short time the town of
The first building was built by J. W. Conway for a general merchandise
store. The next was a one room school building, which was built across the
street from the Conway Store. Orve Loving built a dwelling west of the county
I overlooked Grandpa Kenoyer, or Dr. Kenoyer. He believed he was the first
one to reside in Guy. He was a minister of the
Our second doctor was Dr. J. F. Hall. It was Dr. Hall that got the name of
Guy changed to
Dan Cloud was the first drayman, and the first to
carry the mail from the O.W.R.&N. Depot to the Post Office. After Don Cloud
then came Larry Dennis who drayed and carried the mail to the Post Office. I
believe Hanley Warner was the last drayman and mail carrier until the train no
longer brought the mail to
I do not know who built the building across the street from the Downs & Loving Butcher Shop and to the north. It was intended for a hotel but was never occupied as such. When the railroad came the Whetsels moved into the hotel. It was called the "Whetsel House",
It was not long after the railroad came that the Pacific Coast Elevator was built where the Whetsel dwelling stood. Doug Henry was the first elevator agent for a year. Sam Armstrong was the next agent for a few years; then C. E. Tenewick, for a year; then De Crawford until it was torn down.
A short time after Sam Armstrong's brother, Jim, came they built a large building about a half block east of the Conway Store. It was used as a hardware and implement store. Jim was manager of the store. George Frederick built a small house close to the hardware store, and used it as a barber shop. So George was the first barber in Guy.
Jim Armstrong stayed a few years then sold to Nelson C. Bissel & Pitwood (I forget Pitwood's first name). They handled some merchandise as well as hardware. When the railroad came through Guy the Post Office was moved to this building and Nelson C. Bissel became the Postmaster. It was later moved to Farnsworth's Merchandise Store.
After the railroad came through Guy some high officials came looking for a
location for the
When Dan Downs came he built several dwellings and
helped build several others. He was quite a sport. Mat Hough came and put a
saloon in the old school house, with Dan Downs as bar tender. Hough stayed a
couple of years, then opened a saloon in
John Kenoyer built a dwelling east of the
I do not know who built a hotel across the road and east of the blacksmith
shop. The hotel was run by Lew Morrison's father and mother for several years,
then they moved to
on the Board and in the Church could not agree on how it should operate.
The College had four very successful and dedicated instructors for four years.
After the College closed Professor Baldwin went to the State College of Oregon
After several years the Albion School Directors
I think the red brick school was built in the l890s. It was built from bricks made from clay which was just across the road and on the other side of the creek.
In 1906 a party from Palouse,
hardware store in this same building. He was there several year5, until he passed away,
then his wife, Josie and son Jim disposed of the stock. The Grange met in the hall of
the hotel that was run by Tom Dendurant, which burned down. Later the
Grange moved into the
I forgot about the Bank which was across the street from the blacksmith shop.
Aubry McClaskey was the Cashier, and Fred Rodgers Assistant Cashier. After
Rodgers quit Wat Jones took his place. After McClaskey left and moved away from
Albion Wat Jones was Bank Manager. After Wat Jones, John Miller was Bank
Manager. In a year or so a man by the name of Hendly bought a controlling
interest in the Bank and became Cashier. His daughter, Jean Hendly, became
Assistant Cashier. In a year or so Hendly consolidated with a bank in
After the fire the Post Office moved into the empty
Hipe Manning lived in a house east and across the road from the brick
schoolhouse. When Hipe's mother-in-law, Mrs. Loving and daughter, came he built
a house on a lot west of his. Mrs. Loving lived there until she passed away.
Then the William Parvin family, Henry, Minnie, and Rosie, lived in this house.
All of this family have passed away. The next to move into this house was Frank
Dodson and his wife. Mrs. Dodson taught school here in