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Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal January 10, 1990 By Sybyl Smith i Estella Summers has ex- cellent recall of many old buildings on Halfways Main Street. One such business was the Pine Valley Creamery. "I am grateful to Glenna Smith for the loan of this old photograph of the Pine Val- ley Creamery, the first busi- ness on the left side of Main Street as I entered town from the north. I am guessing that the photo was taken about 1918-1920, because it appears to predate my high school years, 1925-1929. "You can see that Main Street was not paved. Also note the small wire-wheeled w agon with a cream can on it. In the foreground is a sleigh, so there must have been a little snow yet in the out-of- town areas. There are sev- eral wagons, with people bringing their milk or cream to the creamery. Many farm- ers milked a few cows and 'lived through the depression on the cream check.' "The farmer's wife had to run the milk through the cream separator night and morning and wash the sepa- rator twice a day. I always washed mine immediately after using it; it was easier that way. "When I was in high school, Hans Swartz was manager of the Pine Valley Creamery. He made cheese too; and, for the cheese, he bought the whole milk from the farmers. After delivering their milk, those who wished would come back later and get the whey to feed to their hog Our Home Ec class visited the creamery and we got to taste the cheese at each stage of its develop- ment. The next manager was Dan McQuiggan. "My dad, Harvey Robertson, milked cows all his life. My husband Orson's folks, Sam and Ruby Sum- mers and family, had moved to Pine Valley from Eagle Valley in 1921. Five of them milked sixty cows by hand and brought the cream to town. They had no milking THE PINE VALLEY CREAMERY was located on Main Street in Halfway. The site is currently the location of Mike's Repair Shop. Church in the background is now Wildflowers of Oregon. machines, even though elec- tricity was available to them. The first electricity came to town about 1919 and went right up the road to Carson Everybody on the road had electricity, but no one living in outlying areas had it until later. Vernon Morley's ma- ternal grandfather, Harvey Foreman, was the meter reader, since he was Pine Valley's first. Idaho Power employee. "You can see a corner of the Christian Church in the picture. Between the cream- ery and the church stood the 2-story home of Vernon's paternal grandparents, A_W. and Aisle Motley, with whom he lived When he was per- haps twelve, Vernon was the 'handy boy' around the creamery--he made the wooden cheese boxes and did other odd jobs. He reports that he would make boxes until he couldn't get any more boxes into the room--then he'd quit. "Alex Stalker, Glenna Bell William's great grandfather, had bought a large ranch, and the lower part of Half- way developed on his prop- erty, around 1905. He donated land for the Presbyterian and Christain churches; and he sold land for the town's busi- ness houses. The upper part It's a rough road to hoe, When you hit the big 60! Happy Birthday, Bob Lattin! January 15, 1990 residential, was called the Claude Officer addition. "In perhaps the mid-thir- ties the creamery was torn down and moved to the lower end of town, where they made butter and shipped cream to Portland. In the new location it was still called the Pine Valley Creamery for a long .time, not changing to Pine- Eagle Coop until many years later. "After Orson and I were rparried in 1929, a garage and service station were built in the old location; and the first ambulance, donated by Baker City, was kept in this garage. As soon as the ambu- lance came back from a trip, they filled it, cleaned it, washed the sheets, and put them back on the cot. I washed the sheets many times dur- ing the years our sons were in high school. "If anyone knows any of these exact dates, kindly con- tact Estella or Sybyl. Thanks." i you are mwted to the i wedding of i Susan Camarda t and I Jeff West February 10a/9;0e, 1:15p.m.1 Park Wedding Chapel I 136 South Virginia I @no, Nevada I