Old home on Madison Street in transition - Etcetera - 10/3/13

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Possibly the first home built on Madison Street is in transition as its current owners downsize. The owners’ son, Brian Bennett, said the home was built in 1940 on a former apple orchard. He recalls finding a number of artifacts in the ground from the 1890s and more recently a wagon tongue, a yoke, half a wagon wheel and a canteen. Many of the items went to Shady Lawn Antiques and others were sold in auctions.

Brian said at the time of a devastating 1931 Walla Walla flood, items were salvaged from downtown establishments. In his home was the back part of a bar that stood against the wall, used to store beer steins, and was pulled out of the Keylor Grand Hotel and mirrors with gold-gilded letters and curlicues on the glass that came out of the basement of the Marcus Whitman Hotel that opened onto Rose Street.

Brian’s family bought the Madison Street home in 1979. They threw parties at the house and had a pool table from downtown, too, Brian said

Brian is looking to sell some of these bits of history that have been tucked away for so long. Contact him at 509-200-2941.


The dust has settled on Walla Walla Community Hospice’s 2013 Pond & Garden Tour.

“When all is said and done our net profit will be in excess of $11,000 … which is a record for this event,” said Laurie Klicker, marketing coordinator.

WWCH sold 467 tickets. Forty-six volunteers helped during the event and an additional 12 volunteers helped before the tour. The garden with the most visits recored 487 people.

Hosts were Tim Caudill and Linda Gunshefski, Andrea Nessly and Bruce Danielsen, Dennis and Michaelle Saranto, Dunham Cellars, Randi and Susie Holbrook, Ron and Linda McCauley, Tony and Cindi Gies, Wally and Pam Fisher, Ron and Jill Becker, Steve and Michele Walters and the Smoke Tree Condominium Homeowners Association.

“In spite of a massive wind storm less than 48 hours before the start of the tour, all the gardens were in pristine condition.” See tour photos at www.wwhospice.org and the WWCH Facebook page.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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