As we take time to honor military veterans on this Memorial Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share an excerpt my father, Robert, wrote in 1993 and titled, “Memories from World War II.” He served in the U.S. Army and landed on the shores of Iwo Jima on D-Day.
The Millersburg Post office is ”This Place Matters”.
Eighty-nine years after PVT. Leonard G. West was laid to rest in the Cashmere Cemetery, he finally has a military grave marker. Cashmere resident Fred Pflugrath, a member of the Wenatchee Area Genealogy Society, finds unmarked Civil War veteran’s graves and orders a new gravestone from the Veterans Administration. There will be memorial dedication for PVT. West on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Cashmere Cemetery at 1:00 pm.
The 4-lane Highway 2 that we all know today was completed and dedicated in 1959. Before that major construction project, folks traveling west from Wenatchee crossed the river and came down the middle of Cashmere on Cottage Avenue, cut left in front of the bank onto Division Street, then turned right on the Sunset Highway and crossed the bridge over Mission Creek. Cashmere has changed a lot since then, and the change continues with the start of the remodel of Sunset Highway this week.
This is information taken from a story on 1-16-1958 in the Cashmere Valley Record & from a history of skiing by Wilfred Woods of the Wenatchee World.
Nov. 11, 1921 was the first Veterans Day. Armistice Day, as it was then called, was set aside by Congress to honor the veterans of World War I & marked the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice with Germany. In June 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill to honor all veterans on that day & the holiday was officially renamed Veterans Day.
My grandmother was Ruth (Godfrey) Baker, and she lived on Riverfront Drive, across the river from the Museum, from in the mid-1950s to the early ‘70s. She passed away in early 1983 at the age of 90 at the Cashmere Convalescent Center. When she was younger, she kept a diary. In 1986, my brother Ed transcribed it onto his computer and gave each of us siblings a copy for Christmas. There are several interesting passages of historical significance in her diary, and this is one of them.
Cashmere once had two movie theaters in town, one on each end.