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Page 10 The History Corner Ralph Longfellow wrote the following let- ter that I got his permis- sion to use. I have to write you because your articles have brought back some great memories and I also have comments about the photo of the McGregor crew. First, the photo. That is not Leland Wheeler and I don't recognize the other person as Frank Smith. I went to school with both those fellows. If that's Frank, his features had changed since high school. I do not recognize either one of them. Now for my stories about the Mesa Apple Orchard. It was the summer of 1951; I was 15 and between my Freshman and Sophomore year in high school, i had spent the previous summer herding sheep for my dad and decided I was not going to do that again. Fgot a job at the Mesa Apple Orchard. There were two of us who signed up with them, and they let us stay in one of the old one-room homes left over from the Japanese detention camp. I did several different jobs during that summer. I irrigated trees, fixed fences and dug postholes, among other things. At that time, the orchard made and canned applesauce. The cans were unlabeled Until they were bought, and then the labels were put. on the cans. One day we were running several cases through the labeling machine putting Safeway labels on them. About mid- afternoon the foreman replaced the labels with some labeled as deluxe applesauce. The cans all came from the same place in the warehouse. I often wondered how many shoppers spent the extra two cents just to have the deluxe product. Another event there was my trip to the dam on the Middle Fork. The foreman told me to take the dump truck with sawdust up to the dam and dump the sawdust into the river above the dam. The purpose was that the sawdust would run down the flume and fill any crack where the water was leaking. The dump truck was a WW2 surplus item that had seen better days. There were no floorboards in it. The foreman gave me a can of brake fluid and told me that when I got to the top of the Mesa Grade to reach down Wednesday, December 19, 2012 The Adams County Record Memories of Mesa By Dale Fisk -- 253-4S82 ilIHEHILLS Mesa Orchards canned applesauce for several outlets, including this one. Delvin Watkins donated quite a pile of these labels, as well as the Mesa brand applesauce labels, to the museum lately. X Mesa Orchards had this label for its own brand of applesauce. and take the cap off the master cylinder, pour in brake fluid, and pump the breaks until I had some brakes to go down the grade. Believe it or not, I made it to the dam, dumped the sawdust and chunk of the hillside off returned to the orchard into the canyon before without any incident, they turned the wate-r That was the year that off. Bill Summers' dad the flume broke just was a "cat skinner" for downstream from the MacGregor and they dam. It washed a big hired him to build a new "roadway" for the new section of the flume. I thought he was going to tip over when he backed the cat over the edge of the washout going down the hill. Snowmobile program seeL:ing grant BY RONN JULIAN [Editor's note: If this sounds familiar, the group applied for the same grant last year, but was denied.] At the request and with the assistance of the West Mountain Snowmobile Club, the Valley County Commission will apply for a grant from the Off Road Motor Vehicle Fund to construct an addition to the exist- ing snowmobile groom- er shop located on as equipment types and tive bidding process, gram encompasses Boise National Forest size has changed, space Funds will be available about 150 miles of trail System lands near West is now severely limited, about July 1, 2013 with in central Valley and Mountain Lodge. The Outside covered storage construction to be com- southeastern Adams addition will be used to for the groomer imple- pleted for use next win- Counties. Parking lots provide covered shelter ments will provide- a ter. at West Mountain, East for the groomer attach- snow and ice free envi- The OMRV Fund is Mountain and Warm ments. The addition ronment during the administered by the Lake provide access will be constructed to trail grooming season. Idaho Department of to the popular riding code and to withstand Outside covered storage Parks & Recreation and areas and destinations anticipated snow load will eliminate any delays funds a wide variety of at Snowbank Mountain, and seismic events. The in using the attachments motorized recreation Mica Ridge, Hill 44 and existing shop construct- due to ice and snow. projects throughout the East Mountain, Warm ed in 1996 has been If the Grant is State. Lake Basin, Deadwood valuable to house equip- approved the construc- The West Mountain/ and Stanley. Groomed ment and provide neces- tion will be subject to Warm Lake snowmo- trails also access the sary security. However, the County's competi- bile grooming pro- community of Yellow Pine and connect with trails groomed by pro- grams based in Stanley, Donnelly and Smith's Ferry. Persons seeking addi- tional information or wishing to com- ment on this proposal should contact Ronn Julian, Valley County Snowmobile Advisory Committee Member at 208.315.1046 or (email) ronn_julian@msn.co m Chz'is00s Sale! Our already low prices select items just in time for Christmas! Thurs thru Sun 10 AM to 5 PM 1900 Hwy 95, Council 208-566-4402