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-L- The Adams County Record Wednesda September 5, 2012 Page 11 BY DALE FISK Hundreds of people passed through the old Pacific & Idaho Northern Railway depot at New Meadows over Labor Day Weekend as the community celebrated its 47th Meadows Valley Days. The Adams County Historical Society had filled the first floor of the depotand the expanded Historical freight room with dozens of very interesting exhib- its depicting the valley's history. The number and quality of the items on display was impressive. The celebration was Society's accomplishments in restoring the depot. One of the exhibits contained items from the Ground Observer Corps that existed at New Meadows during World completion of the build- ing 100 years ago and to666666 mark the assembled in front of the depot. He acknowledged a number of people and groups who had helped in the restoration of the building, and introduced several descendants of Edgar Heigho, the prin- to commemorate the War II. Written manu- cipal founder of New als, an original poster, Meadows. Some of them pins that were awarded had come from as far to volunteers, and more, away as Florida to attend were some the occasion. Pratt men- of the rare tioned that the name pieces of his- Heigho is pronounCed Carla Standley held a book signing during the depot event to celebrate selling the first copies of her book, Links To Our Past - A History. of Meadows Valley. The book was two years in the making, and was produced with the coopera- tion of the Adams County Historical Society. tory on display, hi-oh, not hi-ho, as many Council also of us had been pronounc- had a Ground ing it. O b s e r v e r Ba :kgrotmd Corps unit, but The Adams County the museum Historical Society was has no artifacts created in 1978, the year from that orga- the last train pulled out of nization. New Meadows. This ded- T h e icated group of Meadows H i s t o r i c a 1 Valley folks put their Society has shoulders to the wheel, done an admi- with the g0al of restoring rable job of the old Pacific & Idaho collecting his- Northern depot. Over the torical photo- past 34 years, the group graphs, many has held countless fun- of vrhich were draisers and applied for one xhibit. The many grants. Some of downstairs of those grants became a the depot has reality, one of which was been beauti- $259,000 in the year 2000. fully restored One of the first things the and part of it Society did was replace will become a the old, leaky roof. The museum in the freight room was expand- near future, ed to form a nice meeting At 1:30 room that has been used on Sundaylfor all kinds of gatherings. H i s t o r i c a 1 New .restrooms were Society rep- a major improvement. r e s e n t a t i v e Many of the restoration Rodney Pratt steps are not obvious, but giving a talk were vital to stabilizing to a crowd the building and making Descendants of Edgar Heigho, the principal founder of New Meadows, came to town from as far away as Florida for the depot's 100th anniversary celebration. Left to right, with their relationship to Edgar Heigho in parenthesis: Lynda Heigho and her husband Harold Heigho. (grandson); Nora Waters (grand- daughter); Cris Gwen (great grandson), his wife Amy and son, Christopher; Linda and David Gwen (great grandson). anniversary it usable. After three decades of patiently sticking with it, the Historical Society is almost ready to open the depot as a museum. There is more .work to be done to reach that point, but if anybody can do it, it's these amazingly per- sistent people. The Society has recently established an attractive web site with historical information, updates on progress with the depot and much more: his- toricpindepot.com. Edgar M. Heigho, President and General man- ager of the Pacific & Idaho Northern Railway Company, as well as the head of the Coeur d'Or Development Company that owned and devel- oped the townsite of New Meadows. In Memoriam I Donna Wood of Council passed away exactly one year ago, on September 6, 2011) She was born on May 29, 1931. She is missed very much by many in our community, and especially by her lov- ing companion of ten years, Bill Hewitt who thinks of her every day.