Etcetera - 05/02/12


The adventures of several Walla Walla boys merited a writeup in a September 1936 issue of the Union-Bulletin.

The dogs got almost as much press from the looks of the article unearthed by area resident Joe Drazan, who's been dredging through back issues of the U-B in search of interesting stories, photos and ads. DVDs he's produced are being sold at the Walla Walla Public Library as a fundraiser there, 238 E. Alder St.

Young Wesley Summerline of 539 W. Willow St., hitched his dogs, Rags, Buck and Paint, to a cart, intent on mushing it east on East Alder Street to a picnic lunch out of town along Mill Creek.

Wesley was accompanied by several other youths and their teams: Virgil Vasile, who traveled beside Wesley; and Donald Shute who brought a spare dog.

"(Donald's) dog was Skippy, who had been used as leader of the team for a while, but was transferred to the sidelines because he pulled so hard the other dogs got tired trying to keep up with him," the U-B reported.

Forest Summerlin brought a crossbred wirehaired and Scottish terrier "about the size of a small rabbit ... Flash stole the show, for he was the funniest-appearing mutt one could imagine."

Bugler for the group Bud Yeend had his cart drawn by Tip; and Don Robanske followed with Rex and Edward McFadden with Shep, a large collie-Newfoundland.

"Shep was a fine-looking dog, whose intelligent eyes showed that he was puzzled at the whole proceedings but was anxious to cooperate with his young master, no matter what his whims were."

The rag-tag party returned to town once they'd polished off their repast, presumably no worse for wear.

See Joe's collection at

To raise funds for scholarships and a domestic violence shelter for women, Zonta Club of Walla Walla will host a yard sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5 at 1676 Shelton Road, between Sturm and School avenues.

In case of inclement weather the sale will be canceled. For more details, contact Betty Jane Selde at or 522-9439.

Annie Charnley Eveland will be back in the office on May 22. Items for the Etcetera column may be submitted to or, if too timely, to Alasdair Stewart at Call Stewart at 526-8311 for more information.


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