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Page 10 Hells Canyon Journal December 9, 1998 By Syby! Smith When Carline Clark of Spo- kane was visiting in Halfway this past summer, she bought PINE VALLEY VIGNETTES VOL- UMES I AND II. She showed them to a fellow member of the Eastern Washington Ge- tzealogy Society. They are both pleased with the books, as the. found very little information on eastern Oregon in the Spo- kane Library. "What lovely memories these books brought back! My father and grandparents were all from Pine Valley, and I lived with them for two years when I was small, so I am very interested in that area. Although I was born there, most of my memories are from ages three to five years and are from the eyes of a child. "I was born in Carson, Or- egon in 1936. My parents separated when I was three years old, and my dad, Carl Ingram, took me to live with his parents, Harry (Robert) and Minty Ingrain. They had lived in the valley since be- fore they were married in 1903. "Grandpa Harry had a small lumber mill and a black- smith shop right next to the house. The buildings are all gone now. Grandma Minty had bought some of the land from the Carnahans. There CARLINE (INGRAM) CLARK and 1998, was a natural spring on the Then we would go into the property that they used in woods and gather mush- the milkhouse and for irri- rooms. I can remember how gating, she prepared the mushrooms. "Ihavemanywarmmemo- She soaked them in salt wa- ries of my two years there, ter for a time, then floured Grandpa would sit me up on andfriedthem. I thought they his lap, and his bighandlebar were just the best things ever. mustache would bob up and "Sometimes I would stand down as he sang'Little Brown in the woodbox beside the Jug' to me woodstove and watch "Grandma would take me Grandma cook, always keep- out in the fields and let me ing an eye on the big pan of help pick dandelion greens, milk on the back of the stove, to see if it was beginning to turn to cottage cheese yet "We had a cow and some chickens, also a Sheltland mare that roamed the yard like a large dog. One of the ways Grandma had of enter- raining a small child was fill- ing a big wash tub partly full from 1:00 to 3:00 at the churc We want to share o joy of the seo on with an . We willalso have a table of sale items for those last-minute gift ideas. Please come and enjoy a frier , pre-christm afierno PhOto courtesy of Carline Clark her cousin, Tom Ingram, at his home in Halfway, June 24, of cold water. Then I had to wait until the sun got it warm enough to play in -- and then I could get in..It was my ver- sion of a swimming pool, and I loved it. "When I was five, I went to live in Kellogg, Idaho, with my'mother, Genevieve, who had remarried. Not too long after that, my Grandmother Minty died, after having a stroke. She was only 57. I didn't go back to Pine Valley for many, many years "Then as I grew older, I developed a great curiosity about my dad's people and where they came from. I wanted to know about their lives, not just my memories of my grandparents. It was then that I developed an in- Shuffleboard Tournament Dec. 20, 1:00 PM Beginners welcome Teams of 2 First Prize - Turkey Call for reservations Must sign up before Dec. terest in genealogy. When I retired from my job as buyer for Surgical Services at a lo- cal hospital, I had time to do some looking at our librery here in Spokane, Washing- ton, where I now live, It didn't take me long to realize I would need some help and instruc- tion. "I joined the Eastern Wash- ington Genealogical Society. One of the things they have taught me is it's always good to go to the place where people have lived, for clues. And so, on one vacation, my husband, Glen, and I returned to Pine Valley. After all those miles of brown, bleak hills, Glen could hardly believe his eyes when we dropped down into that lovely green valley, full of pine trees and surrounded by beautiful mountains. It may sound strange, but it all seemed so very familiar to me, even after all those years. It was like I was going home. We're were both hooked for life, I'm sure. We've been back every year since. "My first year back, I found my cousin Tom Ingrain, whose grandfather was my grandfather's brother. He and Ann and I sat around the table, and he told us stories of the things he remembered about our family. Then I found out I have another relative living in Halfway, Elva Pearson, whose mother was my grandfather's sister. We have written, but we h ve not met yet, so I'm sure I'll be back next year. "I wish I had gotten started on my research earlier, when more of my relatives were alive. It certainly would have been easier. Right now, I am in communication via the internet with a lady who lives in Minnesota, who has traced her Ingram family back to Cornwall, England. This is fascinatingto me. SinCe I have always been told my family came from Cornwall, I am hoping we can make a deft- nite connection in our family tree . ......... . ,