Kamiah Valley Museum sign photo

Kamiah Valley Museum sign.

Last Friday, Terri Musgrave brought in a few items to be donated to the Museum.

Her father, Chuck Doty, had donated his WWII army uniform complete with belt, shoes, tie and a hat several years ago. Mrs. Musgrave donated his long, winter army coat that goes with the uniform.

She also donated a pair of roller skates in an aluminum carry case which he had purchased in Spokane at the Dishman Roller Dome. The case still has the logo on it. The skates are somewhat unique in that the rollers are release rollers, so Chuck could quickly remove them from the shoes to go downstairs or outside when necessary.

I know that there are many people still living in Kamiah who remember when we could go roller-skating in the Legion Hall. At some point in time, Chuck bought out the business and provided skating for the community on some evenings each week after putting in a full day of work, plus his volunteer work as a fireman and chief.

Sometime in the near future, Terri has promised us a written history of her dad’s adventures in the roller-skating business. If any of you have some fun stories to share about your memories roller-skating in the Legion Hall, call or stop by and share it with us.

Terri also brought in some wonderful mementos from her parents; membership in the I.O.O.F. and Rebekah Lodges. A man’s tie with the Fellowship symbol, old fountain pens and a beautiful handmade hanging that is cross-stitched in the Rebekah colors have all been donated to the Museum. In the next few weeks, we will have some interesting items in the exhibit cases for you to view.

Thank you, Terri, for remembering us and allowing us to share these very special items from your family’s past.

Our next guest speaker will be Doug and Steve Higgins on early Winona. The day to put on your calendar is Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Welcome Center. The Kamiah Valley Historical Society is hosting the event complete with refreshments.

We are trying hard to keep the Museum open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through October, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take time to stop by and see us!

Courtesy of Shirlene Yates