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Dan Cole came into
the Post Office with a full grown rooster to be shipped to St. Louis.
father, not being fully acquainted with all the rules and regulations
the postal system, accepted this caged rooster. That evening the bird
put aboard the south bound train and was duly delivered at its
in St. Louis.
father received a letter from
the Head Postal Inspector of this area with a stern lecture about the
of live fowl through the mails! The only permissaible live fowl, he was
then told, were day old chicks.
a meeting of the County
Postmasters soon after this incident, he was asked about this bird, and
razzed a bit by some of the others who had heard about it.
my Dad said, "It just goes to show you how slow the mail service is...
that bird was only .a day old when it left Mountain!"
photo courtesy of Mrs. Elof
'Ellen' Jensen, recalls the journey of the Town Hall when it was moved
from its site near the cemetery. Rusty was a lad of eight when this
structure came north through the center of town and he recalled how
laid a heavy bed of planks on the roadbed as the Hall moved forward on
wooden rollers. Teams of horses pulled it ever forward as the men
the planks and rollers from the rear, and this procession slowly moved
toward the new site for the Town Hall around 1925.
white pine was an exciting
episode in the history of this area. After succeding in converting
gift of pine into wealth, the logging of other varieties of hardwoods
the years of prosperity in and around the town of Mountain.
timber was being cut not a
thought given to young trees to replace them, and many began to ask
will happen when the trees are all gone?1
first evidence of forest fires
is mentioned in the Town Records of 1896 when George Port was appointed
Fire Warden to attempt to stem the fires raging in the eastern area of
the Town of Armstrong, known today as the Town of Riverview, which
by the year 1922.
conversations I heard as a
boy, among those who lived here during those years, there was a
threat of uncontrolled fires from the mid 1890's until the 1920's.
were hundreds of square miles within the Town of Armstrong that had
to the axe and saw, and now lay like a giant tinderbox from April
the year 1908 fires raged for
six weeks with people only eible to save their buildings from
The Lutheran Church was newly built that year, and I was told that boys
sat on the roof with pails of water for over a week in watch of any
that might ignite their church ablaze.
cars on trains between Mountain
and Lakewood were continuously catching on fire, and the entire town
on the alert for the spark that could ignite pure devastation.
father told me that he and his
Uncle Martin Olson were setting up a General Store in the Ernest Sauld
building and had two freight cars full of merchandise on the side track
for two weeks, as they were afraid the town was going to go up in
They figured it was best to leave the store merchandise in the freight
car for a quick get away than to loose everything to fire in the store.
vastness of the area, the lack
of access, and tht limited manpower, gave forest fires free reign to
wherever timber cutting provided its abundant fuel.