Letters to the Editor

Preserving Fall City history

As I write this, I feel it would be nice to recognize Mr. and Mrs. Cory Hutchinson of Fall City for what they have accomplished.

Preserving history is very special in any form, but when it happens in your own private life, well, that’s remarkable.

When my mother became unable to live on her own anymore, she came to live with my husband and myself here in Idaho. My childhood home was left unattended, except for someone mowing the lawn.

After a while, mom decided to go ahead and sell her property, as she had finally realized she would not be able to go back on her own. Mom was in her 90s, so you might understand how unkept the place was. It no longer looked anything like the childhood home of my memories, and to be honest, I don’t think anyone else saw any potential in it except for the land.

I was surprised to find that the new owners weren’t going to plow down the house and garage, which my father had built after World War II, but were going to restore it. It was truly a job that even I could not see as feasible, but glad someone did.

The Hutchinsons have restored the property to my childhood memories. Before mom died this year, we went back to Fall City and got a wonderful tour of everything. The Baxter Barn is now listed on the Heritage Barn Register, which really tickles me as my father and brother built it. The little stream — or creek, as we called it — is now running with salmon again. I can’t believe it!

The original homestead of my grandparent, a field away, is now being looked at for restoration or tearing down. I’m truly hoping someone with the Hutchinsons’ vision will also see how important history is.

Why am I writing this? I’m hoping that others in my home town and elsewhere, realize how close history is and that one person with a vision can make a difference. So this is my way of saying thank you to someone that decided history — even someone elses history, belongs to everyone.

Janice Gurkowski (nee Baxter)

Hayden, Idaho

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