July 24, 2017

Old Bordeaux Washington – Mumby, McIver, Costigan

I love the Washington State Digital Archives! I was looking for something else in the archives tonight and, as always, I did a search for the name Bordeaux.  This time, I was searching in photos and found this one.

The caption reads: *”Photograph of three men holding guns and dressed in their Sunday attire, 1916. The men are resting on a grassy knoll next to railroad tracks located in Bordeaux, Washington. The men from left to right: Richard Costigan, George McIver, and Harry Mumby.”

As yet, I’m not sure who Harry Mumby is/was, but in a previous story about the death of Blanche Philby in Bordeaux (1904 Death on the Tracks in Bordeaux, Washington), I’m sure you will remember that the lumber company mentioned was Mumby Lumber, and that one of their sales man was my maternal grandfather, Elvin Moline.  My grandfather didn’t start working in Bordeaux until 1933 though, quite some time after this photo was taken.

*Source: Southwest Regional Branch, Washington State Archives. Thurston County, Southwest Washington Logging and Railroad Photographs.

Bordeaux Washington Mill Saws The Last Log In 1941

I have recently been going through some of my old newspapers and found another article about the last days of Bordeaux, WA. This one is from the Daily Olympian dated 26 Sept 1941. I scanned it so I could send it to my uncle in California who used to live in this logging town, but also for my readers so they can understand what happened when a mill town runs out of marketable logs.

Are you looking for more articles written by this blog about the old mill town of Bordeaux? You might want to do a search here using the Lijit search box to the right, or click on these previous stories. Thanks for visiting iPentimento today! 🙂

1904 Death on the Tracks in Bordeaux, Washington

A Personal History With Trains

A Visit To Old Bordeaux

Vintage Photos at Shadow Catchers Capture WA State History

Pierce, Idaho’s Newest Pot Of Gold: Wink and Smile Diner


If you are going to be traveling through north-central Idaho anytime soon, make sure you visit one of the best new diners to hit the state. Located at 703 South Main, in Pierce, Idaho is and little gem named Wink and Smile Diner :wink: , owned and operated by Jim and Teresa Meads. This area of Idaho is a favorite with fishermen, hunters and those who just like the great outdoors. Setting out into the wilderness on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea for anybody, so thank goodness they can stop in this neat-as-a-pin establishment anytime between dawn and 7 PM. Map of Pierce, ID US

On the menu:

When I was there earlier this month, they had just been open two weeks and already the place was filled with happy patrons, including a local ladies monthly birthday celebration luncheon. There were sixteen ladies at this lunch, and they were the no-nonsense types, but it seemed that most of them enjoyed their orders, including the Beer Battered Pickles. (I tried one, it was delicious!).

If that sounds a bit exotic for your tastes, you will find the usual fare on the lunch menu such as hamburgers, freedom fries, hot dogs, sandwiches; for dinner you can choose from such favorites as steaks, chicken strips, chicken fried steak, all with choices of sides like salad, rolls, vegetables, and potato choices. I had to chuckle a bit about one of the menu choices. Remember, this is logging country, so they have named one of their hot dogs the “Log Jam”. It is a “beef frank stuffed with Swiss cheese, wrapped in bacon, then goes for a fryer dunk. Yummy!”.

Last, but not least, Wink and Smile Diner serves breakfast all day. They offer “The Blob Omelete” with 4 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and 4 kinds of cheese. Also, for early morning chow hounds they have a breakfast egg special with hashbrowns, choice of toast, etc., as well as pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, corn bread and even a cup of chili.

This is a family restaurant, so leave your cussing at the door. They want everyone to feel welcome, and to leave full and happy. :razz: Ladies, the restroom is very tidy, and even has seat covers. Lastly, I had one of the best milkshakes when I was there. It was just like the “old timey” ones, thick and not too sweet. Yum!

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