The cannery expanded in to accommodate asparagus operations. In June , Seneca Foods announced plans to close the asparagus cannery. Seneca planned to retain much of the facility as part of its seed and agronomic research operation. Remarked Jo Ann Whitmore, a child living in Dayton at the time: "I think they [the camp guards] must have taken them [the German prisoners] out for work crews. We kids would wave at them when they came back at night. The railroad town of Starbuck came into being in the s.
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Starbuck is located on the Tucannon River about 20 miles northwest of Dayton. In its early years Starbuck was a division point on the main line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company. At one time up to 24 trains a day went through the town. The town was named after railroad official W. Starbuck and was platted on June 1, In Starbuck had a population of and continued to grow and prosper in the early decades of the twentieth century. The Bank of Starbuck started in and ran until A large brick school was built in with inside plumbing facilities still something of a novelty in rural America in and in boasted students.
In the opening of the High Line Bridge across the Snake River downstream from Lyon's Ferry eliminated some of the train traffic that went through Starbuck, and after that time it was no longer a railroad division point. The town was a grain-shipping point for a number of years, but by the mid-twentieth century Starbuck's fortunes were fading. In its high school students were sent to Dayton; in the railroad station in the town closed.
In the Census, Starbuck had a population of Dayton, meanwhile, went on to become the principal town of Columbia County.
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The early pioneers attempted to make cattle and sheep ranching the dominant industry in Columbia County. However, harsh winters and resulting food shortages soon took its toll on livestock. The winter of is one of the worst on record in the history of Washington state, and caused a serious hardship among the nascent settlements in Columbia County. The cold and snow arrived early in January and lingered into March.
Most of the settlers living in the county lost their stock from starvation. Farmers burned their fence rails for firewood. Travelers passing through the area froze to death in temperatures reportedly as low as 28 degrees below zero and snow approaching three feet deep "on the level" Shaver. Wheat farms were established in the county in its earliest years and quickly became the dominant industry. Beginning in the s, technological advances made in the equipment used to harvest wheat made it easier to produce even more wheat.
Logging was another major industry in the first decades of Columbia County's history. Sawmills were built in the Blue Mountains, where timber was abundant; additional sawmills were built along local county rivers. Logging continued to play a role in the county's industry until the s, though some logging mill owners made more money by turning to farming.
Reflecting the dominance of agriculture in Columbia County in the early twentieth century, 10 county farmers established the Farm Bureau on December 17, The Farm Bureau's goals were simple: 1 to establish a marketing program to ensure fair pricing and 2 to represent the interests of local farmers in Olympia. By the Farm Bureau had members. Granges also sprang up in the county during the s. The establishment of the Farm Bureau and the granges resulted in a number of social centers being established throughout the county: "There was a corn club at Tucannon and a pig club at Whetstone" Fletcher.
Prohibition -- the legal prevention of the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages -- became the law in Washington state on January 1, ; saw the ratification of the Prohibition amendment to the U. Columbia County, like most of the rest of America, has tales to tell about local efforts to circumvent the law.
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The Blue Mountains were ideal for cooking moonshine "by the light of the moon" Fletcher. Wilma Fletcher quoted a Walla Walla Bulletin interview of a "mountain man" on his methods: "'Using sprouted wheat or corn for a batch was just dandy We'd put the sprouted wheat in a barrel of boiling water, add sugar and let it set for about eight days. Then we'd boil it in a big copper kettle to purify it. It involved the construction of four dams on the Snake River, including the Little Goose Dam, which straddles the river between Columbia and Whitman counties.
In , the Port of Columbia was developed to take advantage of the economic opportunities afforded by the project.
Located in Dayton, the Port is responsible for purchasing and developing land to assist in the county's economic development. In the mids construction got underway for Little Goose Dam in the northeastern part of Columbia County. The initial phase of the dam was completed in March , and an additional three power units were added in I do not know what it is any more than he.
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