Etcetera - 12/13/10


Milton-Freewater's Frazier Farmstead Museum just published a CD that features vintage photos of Northern Umatilla County. Compiled by retired librarian Joe Drazan, the compilation sells for $15 at the museum's gift store, 1403 Chestnut St.

"I put this collection together over the past few years as a sideline to my 'Bygone Walla Walla collection,'" Joe said via e-mail.

More than 1,390 images, predominantly of old advertisements and photos, are included of Athena, Adams, Echo, Helix, Hermiston, Irrigon, Milton-Freewater, Stanfield, Umatilla, Umapine and Weston. When available, Joe included the date with each file name.

The entire 1914 "Standard Atlas and Plat Book of Umatilla County" by George Ogle is included.

Among Joe's sources for the images are Diane Biggs, Ron Saager, Kris Barry, Cory Hewitt, Valda Coe and Ron Ingle.

Some 250 came from Frazier Museum's collection; 100-plus from the Standard Atlas of 1914; about 70 from old U-Bs; about 100 from the old Up to the Times magazine published in Walla Walla; about 60 from old McLoughlin High School annuals; Emma Kessler's scrapbooks at Frazier Museum; Milton-Freewater City Hall; Milton-Freewater Library archives; the Longbranch Caf?© in Weston; the Stanfield Library collection/archive and many other small booklets, pamphlets and other items Joe came across in his work.

The CD is a fundraiser for Frazier Farmstead Museum. For more details, contact director Diane Biggs there at 541-938-4636, or

Joe can be reached at or 509-529-5078.


The Walla Walla Heat came away with the first-place trophy in the ninth annual Turkey Shoot 12U Division played at Spokane over Thanksgiving weekend, team parent Peggy Needham reported. The sixth-grade AAU team was one of 13 teams in its bracket. Players came from the Spokane area and Canada.

The Heat defeated the Calgary, Alberta, Canada, team in the semifinals and faced the Spokane Elite AAU team in the championship game Sunday. Peggy reported their undefeated scores: Heat 37, Blazers 28; Heat 44, South Hill Hawks 31; Heat 43, Cyclones 21; Heat 42, CYDC (Canada) 37. In the championship, Heat 42, Spokane Elite Saxons 30.

"We didn't do much but play basketball as Spokane was under winter warnings and the snow kept falling. All the parents came together and camped out for the snowy weekend," Peggy recalled.

Their games were at the Spokane Warehouse, built by former NBA Utah Jazz player John Stockton. There are five basketball courts there, including the imported Utah Jazz basketball flooring, she said.

Heat coaches are Mike Needham and Sean Oliver. Their seasons will go into the first part of March.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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