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The Adams County Record Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Page 11 ,shoe Bend J Part 2 By Dale Hsk -- 253-4582 Bend incorporated on August 15, 1947. Theodore Hoff came to Horseshoe Bend from McCall and built a saw- mill in 1938. In 1964 the Hoff mill was cutting 20 million board feet of lum- ber a year and acting as a mainstay of Horseshoe Bend's economy, employ- ing about 80 workers. Hoff built a new mill here in 1969-70, and increased his work force to about 250 employees. The com- pany eventually included a sawmill at Union, Oregon, molding manufacturing plants at CaldweU and Homedale, two wholesale building material outlets, and retail building sup- ply centers at Meridian and Weiser, Idaho, and LaGrande and Ontario, Oregon. At its peak, the company employed 450 people. In 1975 Hoff sold the Horseshoe Bend sawmill to the Boise Cascade Corporation, changed the name of his other businesses to "Hoff Companies, Inc." and moved its headquarters to Boise. The Boise Cascade Corporation sawmill at Horseshoe Bend closed in 1998. The old Horseshoe Bend railroad depot was moved to the north bank of the Payette River, close to the center of Horseshoe Bend. When this photo was taken in 2006, it was the "Old Riverside Depot Inn." ;Pad2 il's Can-Do Catalyst deep in tension, but her children keep L life worthwhile. , Despite long hours, her children E Zez, 11, and Dottle, 9, remain the centerpiece of her life. Zez's won- ,. derful imagination delights her, and ;, Dottie's zest for activities keeps her energized. "They are good hearted kids, wanting to do the right things. They keep me looking toward the future;' she smiled. They're the recipi- ents of her photographic skills now, and she's grateful for their innocence the small town of Council helps to support. As a single mom she struggles to make sure homework gets done and dinner's on the table. She's bait- ing hooks now when they go fish- ing and camping. She appreciates the ex-mother-in-law who helps her out. She especially wanted to thank her employees, Kelly Swingruber, Wendy Chandler, Laura Perkins, Lisa Thompson, and Darrin Watson for their support during difficult times. Being so far from home has made it difficult to see her own family for several years, but her siblings amazed her on her 40th birthday by showing up in Council. Life isn't always smooth running a bar, and tempers can flare in an environment of unemployment and worry. A workout at Heather Lawrence's gym, or a fast walk with her red heeler, Rudy, helps unbur- den negative energy, and keep the stress level down. Not everyone gets her east coast energy. But she understands the proactive coopera- tion needed for the community to bring in visitor dollars. A great promoter, she helped with the new biker's rodeo, as well as the Firemen's Ball. "I'm not embar- rassed to ask people to contribute;' she explained. She knows how to pick up the phone and make a deal. She quickly figures out a win-win propo- sition. She works hard to provide fun and relief from life's stressors at Wilsons, where dark wood-paneled walls and wooden floors enhance the vintage By Deb Wilson history of its 1946 beginning. The left front features the requisite pool tables, where Wilsons' pool team captured this year's tournament. On the other side, a 21st century juke box downloads internet tunes for the modern set. Susan has enlisted DJ James, who really is a DJ, to host a Beach Party there the end of April. Everyone wears their most outrageous beach outfit, and tries to contort their bod- ies back into the Hula Hoop and Limbo. She hired the Woodbeez to play for the Firemen's Ball. "Dancing and fun, door prizes and barbeque for kids and adults, how could you have a better evening? The Woodbeez are an awesome band;' she declared. She hired them for their talent, and because they're local boys. Mike Atkins, Jeff Benson, Dan Neil and George Speropolis plan to rock it out this Saturday night for a great cause. Long term, she knows a return to school may be a necessity. "I'd like to find out what it's like to have to not struggle the rest of my life;' she acknowledged. "Maybe bookkeeping, maybe ITT Tech...right now I'm too consumed with trying to keep every- thing afloat? She hasn't forgotten, and she wants her children to learn, the value of self-improvement. One thing for sure, when the time comes, she'll pick up the phone and get it done. Subject to prior sale. Plus tax, title and dealer doc fee of $75 Offer expires March 31,2012 877-936-7324 1802 SW 4th Ave Ontario, OR