Mrs. Beasley

How would you like to go behind your house and dig up a garden of Indian rocks and arrow heads? Pretty fascinating isn’t it? That’s what happened to Mrs. Beasley who has lived in La Center for over fifty-five years on a five-generation farm.

They used to build steamboats on her land. When the bridge was built there was no place else to build. All the houses down by the river were built on stilts because of the floods. We are told that at this time this is La Center’s third bridge.

At one time there were nineteen schools in La Center. Most were one room schools. There used to be a church where the La Center Cemetery is now. No one seems to know why it was torn down.

Mrs. Beasley said that at 6:00 a.m. they could hear eight sawmill whistles and at 8:00 a.m. the school bells rang. Once the sawmills shut down no more big stores were needed, so they all closed down.

There was a stagecoach that left La Center at 8:00 a.m. and arrived in Vancouver at 9:30 a.m. It left Vancouver at 10:00 a.m. arriving back at La Center at noon. The last trip of the day left La Center at 1:00 p.m. and arrived in Vancouver at 4:00 p.m.

Measles and whooping cough were some of the illnesses that plagued some of the children and a lot of children died from these sicknesses.

Mrs. Beasley’s grandfather worked in a lot of different fields. Some of his jobs included being a butcher, blacksmith and carpenter. He built some very complicated rocking chairs and made smaller ones for children’s dolls.

She told us that there were friendly Indians nearby and there used to be a creamery where Highland Road starts

By Marie Bray and Lisa Kahn; La Center HS

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