2 thoughts on “Thank You”

  1. I stumbled upon your site by accident while looking for the dates of this year’s Strawberry Festival. As I scrolled down, I began reading about a little house at 365 Williams Street and I froze. I recognized that address! I lived in that very same house when I was in 5th and 6th grade back in the early 70’s! I climbed those beautiful trees in the front yard almost every day during the summer months. I would “hide” amongst the leaves and enjoy the breezes that came through. In the fall, I would rake up the really big leaves that fell and my mom would tell me that it was time for the trees to “sleep”. It was a noisy street with all the trucks going by, but since my dad had been a trucker, it almost felt like “family” passing by. I would wave at them and they would always wave back. I don’t live in Lebanon anymore, and haven’t for years, but I have family there and I visit often. I always drive by the house on Williams Street and it always puts a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. Many good times were spent in that house. My mother owned an upholstery shop and used the garage to rebuild and put new fabric on everything from couches to motorcycle seats.
    I also went to Queen Anne’s School and Santiam School. It is sad that they have both been taken down. I remember the huge cedar tree out on the back playground at Queen Anne’s. It was a great place for a fort! Santiam had acquired a piece of land over the railroad tracks and turned it into a track and field where we learned how to jump hurdles and do relays. It was a fun school with really nice teachers.
    Thank you for sharing your world of Lebanon and the little house on Williams Street! It is really nice to know some history behind that special little house and the two trees out front have even more of a special place in my heart now. Take care!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the trees. That would make my parents happy. They were too small to do much climbing in when we lived there. Nice to think that someone else thinks of them as specialll

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