When I was adding the Baker County History book, I noticed on the history of Haines, there were a few item that were left out, or maybe not even known.
In the mid 50's the Haines Restaurant and Bar (don't remember the name) burned in the middle of the night. At around midnight each night two Union Pacific passenger trains met in Haines. One had to take the siding, so the other could pass. It was about this time that the fire broke out. The train on the siding blew and blew their whistle.
What the train engineer didn't know was that the hose cart was on the west side of the tracks and the fire was on the east side.
The Restaurant and Bar were located in the middle of the block, a drugstore on the south I believe, not sure what was on the north. Within a short time they had called in Fire Departments from La Grande and Baker.
The fire burned all through the night and into the next afternoon. We watched the fire from our front window. In the glow of the fire we could see sheets of roofing paper blowing around in the air.
The building was a total loss, no lives were lost, however many volunteer firemen did receive minor injuries.
As a child growing up I spent many hours playing in the stockyards, it was fascinating opening and closing all the gates to the different pens when there were no livestock waiting to be loaded. The pens were well over our heads, and made of very thick wide boards. After visiting the stockyards in Omaha, Nebraska, the Haines yards were very small or maybe I got older and put them in perspective!
Some of the people who brought in livestock even let us ride their horses. Livestock would be brought in late in the evening for early morning loading.
Haines Boy Scout Troop
I have no idea who the scout leaders were in later years, but my brother's scout leader was Vernon Stewart. Most of the boys that lived in Haines in the 50's had Vernon as their scout master. Many young men in Haines reached Eagle Scout and belonged to the Order of the Arrow. His work for the scouts was tireless and should be mentioned.
Radium Hot Springs
You will find additional information in another article on this website, but my memories of Radium are when the O'Dell's owned the swimming pool. I spent many years at the pool, swimming, teaching, and as a lifeguard.
Radium had its share of Star visitors, Jeff Chandler and Burt Lancaster's children while they watched from the bleachers. Johnny Weissmuller and Gordon Scott (two Trazan's) were also visitors.
Ethel O'Dell provided 100's children swimming lessons.
Haines Telephone Company
More as I think of them!!
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