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A Temporary Beginning

The Old Conoco BuildingThe old Conoco building on the southwest corner of First Street and Central Avenue, now occupied by the Indian Hammer Veterinary Clinic, was the first home of the Cascade Senior Center. The Cascade Lions Club sponsored the first senior center and procured the use of the building from Jean Bowers for $50.00 per month. Lion's club members and other volunteers cleaned and renovated the building and it offically opened and became the Senior Center on May 4, 1973, during an organizational meeting conducted by Lion's Club members Franklin Vanatta and Kerry Obrecht. The founding board officers were: J. A. "Peck" Warehime, Pres., Flora Simmons, Vice-Pres., Lena Watson, Sec.-Treas, and Ralph Sanders, Lion's Club appointee as director. The center was open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. The first potluck supper was held on May 15, at 6:30 p.m. and thus began the tradition of monthly potluck suppers. During the second general business meeting on July 10, 1973, a constitution was adopted and the following board members were approved: Nettie Langley, Bertha "Toots" Fraunhofer, and William Wheeler. The Senior Center occupied this building until the spring of 1976 when they moved to the large stone building on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Front Street.


A Permanent Home

Cascade Senior Center BuildingThe current home of the Senior Center was purchased from Elsie Nicholls with the stipulation that a historical museum occupy the west half of the building. The Senior Center incorporated in order to assume the $8500 mortgage, adopted a new constitution, and began renovation. Through the assistance of the Lion's Club, members, and local volunteers, the building was rewired, walls were panelled, ceilings were lowered, the large meeting room was carpeted, new linoleum was installed in the kitchen, and the plumbing and furnace were refurbished. In May 1983 the current museum addition was built and the existing museum area was remodelled into the current dining room. The center has functioned well over the past years and continues to be "... a comfortable and delightful place to gather for the varied and colorful activities held there each week." The current board members are: Hugh Thornley, Pres., Ralph Backa, Vice Pres., Alice Cobb, Treas., Janell Brown, Sec., Harry Baker, Gerry Sanchez, Dorothy Keyes, and Reddick Sibley, Past Pres. Ex-Officio.


Helen Anderson...In Memoriam

Over the years many have contributed to the task of documenting the history of the Cascade Senior Center and the buildings we have occupied and we offer our thanks to those efforts. We would however offer a special note of thanks to Helen Anderson, a charter member of the Center, who passed away on May 7, 1981, at the age of 90. A large part of the history of the Center that is now on file in the museum, and which was heavily relied upon for the content of this page, is due to her diligent efforts in documenting the past. Thank you, Helen.

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