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Archive for January 6th, 2013

Originally presented at the October 24, 2010, general membership meeting

By Clayton H. Mead

Houses from the Lawson Mine were moved to current-day Lawson Street, here shown circa 1950.

Houses from the Lawson Mine were moved to current-day Lawson Street, here shown circa 1950.

Sometime during the summer time of 1937 my dad, Charley Mead, bought house #387 on Lawson Hill from the Pacific Coast Coal Co. for about $300.

The house was like most of the houses on both sides of Lawson Street: Two bedrooms, living room and dining room with a kitchen; and wood or coal burning stoves. Most had a cellar door in the back of them for a fruit cellar. They had running water and electricity, but the bathrooms were out near the back alley, which was for delivery of coal or the woodpile.

Most of the other houses on both sides of the street were empty at the time. The Botts lived on the other side of the street. Dick and Don Martin lived in the house right next to us, which was a much larger home.

The Conrads lived in the last house up the hill on the same side of the road as we lived on. It was just a road at that time. Streets weren’t named until later. (more…)

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