Remember why Pullman is a great place to live | Opinion

The next time a new Pullman/Moscow map is printed, I hope it will be dated. I just tried to find something on the only map of the area I have, only to find that what I was looking for isn’t there. Both towns have grown a lot in recent years beyond the limits shown on the map I have. Obviously, I have to buy a new one. When I do, I’ll look for a date. It is the only piece of information needed to make any map meaningful.

When I was growing up here in Pullman in the 1930s, the town was much smaller. The house where I now live was open ground. Harvey Road was the northern edge of the town of College Hill, with a few farms along it. True Street was the last street on the northern edge of Military Hill, and somewhere around Center Street was the southern city limits of Sunnyside Hill, and somewhere near Dexter Street was the city limit of Pioneer Hill near the site of the old Franklin School.

The Military Hill children attended the old Edison School between Colorado and California streets on College Hill. The first two or three grades of Sunnyside Hill were housed on the ground floor of the main building in what is now the Gladish Building so that the little ones on this hill did not have to cross the freeway to Lewiston. After third grade, they went to Franklin School near High and Dexter streets. Pullman then had no traffic lights. Parents had to teach their children to cross the busy streets. The brigadiers came later.

When I started seventh grade (middle school) in the Gladish building, I took a long walk to school with my friends. I would start the trek by going from our house on Alpha Road then first to Gracie Overholser’s house on Michigan and Monroe streets or Bev Vincent’s house on A Street then Greta Bendixen’s house on Howard Street. From where we would go to Sarita Veach’s house on the western edge of Colorado, then to Patty Nagle’s house near the Elmhurst apartments and from there we would walk together to the high school building. We did that for six years in middle school and high school.

Since those days Pullman has built a new Edison School on the north side of Stadium Way near the entrance to Valley Road and a new Franklin School stood on the west side of the hill where it now stands. As I lived out of town for several years I can’t update you beyond that and since I didn’t raise my daughter here I have no idea what the current state of the school system.

In the early 1930s we had two neighborhood grocery stores on College Hill – Don Lee’s Midway Grocery and Ozzie Anderson’s Grocery in Colorado near the college. Ozzie started out in a small building next to Cougar Cottage, then built a bigger store in Colorado between C and D streets.

They were both perfectly located for after school sweets on the way home from school. I remember Ozzie’s patience waiting for us to decide what to buy. I could choose from licorice sticks, various candy bars, lollipops, Tootsie Rolls or chewing gum.

Her store also came in handy for my mom when she ran out of something vital for whatever she was cooking for dinner. She sent me to get what she needed. We also had the Bookie, the college’s official textbook bookshop located on Thatuna Street, not far from Bryan Hall with its clock tower and carillon that serenaded us every lunchtime. There was also a soda fountain.

Overall, Pullman has been a great place to live. I have many very happy memories. This probably explains why so many of us who lived elsewhere for a while eventually returned to spend our final years here.

Harding lives in Pullman and is a longtime member of the League of Women Voters. She has also served on the board of the Gladish Community and Cultural Centre. Contact her at [email protected] Harding’s column will appear monthly in print on the second Friday of the month, beginning in June.

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