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photo is courtesy of Norman Alien and one can see the 'dash' that was
painted in the word Blue for a reason, but what that reason was, no one
seems to recall!
sent his memories of the Blue Mountain House, a lovely letter of
of his days while growing up in Mountain. Norman told about the barn
father built, the reason being that many of the farmers would take
teams of horses to the lumbering camps and Mountain was the half way
and so they would stay and room at Henry Aliens. In 1916 his Dad
bought a brand new Buick and soon built a nice garage for it. Just when
completed Norman's sister Dorothy came down with scarlet f.ever. His
and Dorothy were quaren-teened for 21 days, living in the newly built
day before prohibition was to be made final, a big party was held for
men of the town in the Bar Room. The party lasted all day. (Men only,
this time women were not allowed in a Saloon!)
memory of Norman's recalled the day World War I ended. The freight
came around the bend toward Mountain with the whistle blowing and kept
on blowing all the way into town!
Hotel built by Henry Alien saw quite a number of occupants before Al
bought it. A Mr. Miller once owned it, followed by Harry Pues, Myron
Browne and McDonald, Gordon Cady and Clyde Flynn, and so has had many
but it will long be remembered as the Bl-ue Mountain House.
the First World War parades were held to raise money for the war
The Church of Christ, and the homes built for the Railroad Section Boss
and the Depot Agent can also be seen on these photos courtesy of Norman
Alien. The first Depot Agent I recall was Adam Strohm, to be followed
Art Storzer and then Art Nelson. Some of the settlers who worked for
Railroad were Tom Newland, Mike Lowery, Clarence Way, Reynold
Henry Gagnon, Gus Lambrecht, and Myron Palmer as Section Boss.
'ladies' may have been a part of the parade that year, since Women were
soon to be granted their right to Vote in 1920. Rudy Saffran recognized
the second 'woman' from left as Oliver Baldwin!