Harrington news

Public development, school opening, magazine spotlights Post & Office


August 30, 2018

Harrington Public

Development Authority

The Harrington PDA met August 21 at city hall with the President Heather Slack and Secretary Bunny Haugan attending, all others excused due to jobs associated with the harvest season. Minutes were reviewed and corrected. The treasurer’s report showed a balance of about $850. No decisions were made and discussions continued on present status and the upcoming Fall Festival events.

The Pinewood Derby track, located in the basement of city hall, has not been removed yet, requiring more manpower than was available.

Slack announced progress in several areas: The Fall Festival sign went up on the new highway sign board. The Facebook page has been created. The wi-fi sign is on the window at city hall to alert passers-by that it is available.

A new sign was proposed with potential placement to be in the window at the Carrot Patch or Harrington Historic Preservation Committee headquarters. The sign would ask “Did You Know...” and would list positive things about the community that visitors or local residents would find interesting or available.

Tim Tipton has applied for another grant for the vacant lot at Third and Willis. A “feedback” session will be held Sept. 17 to go over the Empire Health grant that Harrington did not receive and learn areas in which to improve the application.

A sign at the vacant lot with a copy of the architect’s drawing of plans for the future green space on Third Street was discussed. It would be nice to have something in place by the Fall Festival. Since time would not permit having a commercial sign completed by the Sept. 22 date, it was thought that a laminated copy of the architectural drawing could be posted on the site.

School to open Tuesday

The Harrington School sponsored its annual back-to-school BBQ Thursday evening, August 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.. Many cars were in the parking lot, indicating a good turnout.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the city’s three Protestant churches united for a community church service at the school multi-purpose room from 10 to about 11:30 a.m. Pastors Michelle Mitchell, Tony Hamilton and Cade Clarke and their congregations joined in fellowship and prayer with the joint worship team of Stephen and Becky Hardy, Sheryl Stedman, Nick Clarke, John Larsell and Tony Hamilton. “Nothing But the Blood” and “Good, Good Father” were among the songs. An offering to support the Ministerial Association was taken and special prayers were offered for the school, the teachers and the students.

Former Nazarene pastor Guy Cooksey was present. Special speaker for the event was Morning Sun Yellow Pony, a noted speaker and writer, who also sang several songs and played violin with the worship team. Of Cherokee and Jewish origin, she described her early environment and a portion of her life story. She speaks ten dialects and graced the audience with singing in Cherokee. A warning was offered when she stated that bad parenting results in children with no self-value. Morning Sun had been abused in her primary home prior to forming an early attachment with her grandmother who was Cherokee and Christian. This laid a foundation for her to return to. She had been in and out of foster care and abused there; and at 14 she went out on the streets for two years. The turbulence of these early years led to a life of alcohol and addiction until eventually being freed by Christ Jesus. She truly exhibited a heart for the wounded soul. Her intent is to spread peace, healing and joy, to instill values and to teach and influence youth for good.

Inlander Article on

Post & Office

Harringtonians were delighted to see the Post & Office highlighted in the August 23 issue of the “Inlander” in “Small Town Revival” by Chey Scott. Everyone in Harrington seemingly has already been to and enjoyed some aspect of the Post & Office, but it is exciting to read how “outsiders” view the newest business in town. Even those of us living here have a hard time keeping track of all the events that occur on the corner of Third & Main since its opening in October of 2017, as well as the new additions to their business: a small gift shop in its back corner offering stationery, jewelry, throw pillows, locally made soaps and lotions, candles and more.” Justin and Heather Slack make it look easy, taking the empty, abandoned building and turning it into a functioning, profitable business. With two empty buildings currently being worked on, The Lincoln Hotel and the Harrington Haus, there are hopes from the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Tim Tipton, that the town will continue its growth and relevance. Many opportunities for other entrepreneurs exist within the business district in other empty buildings where wi-fi is available to all.

Odessa news (1900)

Odessa will have telephone connection with Harrington in the immediate future. The Inland Telephone Co. wrote G.W. Finney that they would at once construct the line on the assurance of certain support. He passed a petition among Odessa’s enterprising business men and secured the requisite guarantee in ten minutes.

There will be a grand masquerade ball here Friday evening, March 9. Arrangements have been made at Spokane for a large assortment of unique and fancy costumes, so that every one can be arrayed in interesting attire. The function will take place in the J.Q. Adams warehouse, which is well adapted for terpsichorean amusement. The managers of the event are the well known young business men, R.E. Trantum, F.J. McKay, W.N. Schoonover and John R. Miller. Good music will be in attendance.

Farmers in the vicinity of Odessa are already busily engaged in seeding. A good crop this season will make Odessa one of the busiest burgs on the line. More than 20,000 acres are in summer fallow and will be sown to wheat.

G.W. Finney is erecting a feed store and chop mill, which will be in in operation in about two weeks. This enterprise will be of great utility and convenience to the public.

The Great Northern have given assurances that a regulation station will be erected at Odessa this season.

The closing literary of the season will take place Saturday evening next, and the program will be most interesting. The debate will be on the delicate and interesting proposition: ’Resolved, That woman is the equal of man in intellect’. Among the speakers will be the Mesdames Nielson, Kaufman and Kemp and Miss Ferguson, and Messrs. McKay, Pattee, Minard, Miller and Lyon.

Judge J.B. Ziegler was in Davenport this week in the interest of the Ziegler change of the Low road.

Mrs. Woodson Mitchell, who has been quite ill, was taken by her husband to Harrington on Wednesday, to be treated by Dr Setters.

Gust Zaebel (sic) spent several days at Ritzville this week.

Railroad land agents had several intending locators looking over land during the week.

Mrs. W.R. Kemp is doing an excellent business at her neat and cozy restaurant.

J.A. Ronson of Ritzville was up Wednesday looking after his homestead seven miles west of town. F. M.” (Front page, Citizen: 3-02-1900)


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