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Page 8 The History Corner Last weekend our way home, I stopped to Hotwire bluegrass band visit Delvin Watkins. He played at Coeur d'Alene had told me he has quite on Friday, and then at a collection of items the Dahmen Barn in pertaining to our areas Uniontown, Washingtonhistory. That was an the next night. On the understatement. "The guy This poster advertising the appearance of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, occupies Delvin Watkins" wall, along with similar posters adver- tising Little Jimmy Dickens, Hawkshaw Hawkins and numerous lesser known artists who per- formed at Casey's Corral. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Adams County Record A walk down Memory Lane with Delvin Watkins BY Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 ! has a virtual museum, his grandfather used now him, so he went to Drt with a hole in his throat. containing some really hang on the wall in one Thurston, and the Drt Vivian is still living. Earl's sister, Erma, married Dick of Delvin's many rooms fifll of history. His parents, -Earl and Vivian Watkins took over the Tamarack store and post office after Earrs health kept him from working very much. And that's a story in itself. Earl was a smoker. His throat started bothering treated him for laryngitis some such minor ailmenI until Earl finally went tO a specialist in Boise. The specialist immediateli recognized cancer and sent Earl to the Mayo Clinici Earl had to have his voice box removed, but livec many years after that priceless relics. I'm gonna go back and get a more complete history of Delvin and his family, but I'll sketch out a few of the things I remember for now. His family goes way back in Meadows Valley. Dozens of blacksmith tools that Delvin Watkins in one of his rooms full of memorabilia. In front of him are WWI items, and out of sight to the left were a couple of New Meadows High School baseball uniform shirts from way, way back, plus a couple of baseball mitts from the Stone Age. Armacost. A whole other article, and more, could be written about that couple. Delvin and his sister, Darlene, sang and played in bands for years. Shortly after high school, Delvin started a professional career in music. The first room he showed me at his place had racks along one wall filled with hundreds of LPs by every country music artist you can imagine. He has met, and/or performed with, many of them, and has autographed photos and other memorabilia. The opposite wall was covered with posters advertising appearances by bands from the 1950s and 60s. Several of them were for appearances at Casey's Corral in New Meadows -- an establishment that DeMn helped Pat Patoray- create in 1957. Delvin's son, Shayne, and his wife, Alane, will be performing at the Council Mountain Music Festival on August 18. I'll leave it there for now and hope you enjoy the pictures. Left to fight: Hank Daniels, Jimmy Widner, Delvin Watkins. At the "Council Lounge" (probably the Ace) in 1963. Casey's Corral in 1957. The band is unidentified. just below the center of the photo is George can identify others, please let me know. Bear Facts on are ripe By Perhaps I shouldn't mention this in the local paper, but the huckleberries are ripening. After two years of practically no berries, it is great to be able to pick a few to eat and more to tuck away in the freezer. And of course there is no way I would show anyone where i picked the ones I have. Butch and Nancy Edwards are back for a few days before they head out for their home in Arizona. They spent the time in Montana helping a son-in- law build a small building and doing much visiting with their daughter and their granddaughter. Dan and Sauni McGahey enjoyed a week's visit of their son, daughter in law, and several children. Now that they are alone, Sauni says it is time to look up the huckleberries. Oscar and Eva Warner spent the past week with their grandparents, Joe and Sue Warner. Their dad, Ben, came to get them Monday. Lowell Tiet)e and Nan Rankin left for a couple of weeks in Seattle whel they have family. Sam and Sarah Warm wearing glasses Thelma Wittney. If anyone Tina Warner" 258-4471 ~r returned home after a brief trip to Boise and both are back at work.