Post Falls Historical Society




Dear Friends of the Post Falls Historical Society,

As I look back on 2012, the Board of the Post Falls Historical Society has pursued ways to invite you as friends and members to be involved in preserving history of the Post Falls area and find ways to share it with others. In this area, I would like to thank Margaret Evarts, Otto Brenneke and others for sharing photos and historical artifacts with us. We enjoyed your company at our March membership banquet, at which we were privileged to sing Happy Birthday to Mary Schell, wishing her a happy 90th birthday. In September a very nice dedication of the new interpretive signage at Treaty Rock was held. The signage is wonderful so please take the time to check it out next summer. And of course we are thankful for your participation in our fall Oktoberfest meal and auction.

2012 also saw the loss of several of our members, three of which are mentioned later in the newsletter. We would like to think that new members will be gained from some of the many scout and other tours that were given at the Museum. This year we had 641 visitors to the museum: 216 adults, 203 children and 222 seniors. Remember, Historical Society members are admitted free to the Museum. We have submitted a grant application for elec-trical work in the Museum office and storage shelving and hope to hear positive news re-garding the grant in 4 to 6 weeks.

As always, we look forward to your involvement in the Historical Society and the opera-tion of the Museum. Our annual business meeting will be January 9th at the Post Falls School District Administration Office, 206 W Mullan Avenue, next to the new Boys & Girls Club building. We will be electing new Board members as well as adopting our 2013 budget and we would very much welcome your participation. If special accommodations are needed for your attendance, please phone us at 262-9642 and we will make the needed arrange-ments.


We would love to hear from you; there are several ways for you to keep in contact with us:

- like us on Facebook at

- email us at

- visit our website at

- phone us at 208-262-9642

- attend our monthly Board meetings, the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the

School District Administration Office

- visit us at the Museum, 101 E 4th Ave, Post Falls, open during Spring, Summer

& Fall hours

Wishing you and your family a happy and historic 2013.

Cindy Mead, President

In Memoriam



Edward "Chappie" Brugger At 89 years of age, was thought to be the oldest locally born per-son still living in Post Falls. Born in 1923, he graduated from Post Falls High School in 1941 and headed for Seattle where he worked at the Boeing airplane factory for a year. He then came back to Post Falls to farm the land he grew up on, raising crops for the local Cannery in Post Falls, and also the Green Giant Company. He was a Charter Member of the Post Falls Histori-cal Society and donated many artifacts as well as historical stories to the Museum. The last items he gave the Historical Society were the few surviving remnants of the Alan Race Track built in Post Falls in 1910 and burned to the ground in 1929. He had many tales of the early days of this area and thankfully, we have several interviews with Chappie recorded which will save those wonderful yarns. He is truly missed by us all.

Paul Eugene "Gene" Hydewas born in Coeur d’ Alene in 1929. Holding a degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Idaho, Gene worked for Hecla Mining Company for 37 years. His knowledge of the history and politics of the Silver Valley was displayed in his book " From Hell to Heaven," which we have a copy in our museum. He volunteered as a guide in our museum during our 2011 season and also allowed us to copy pictures from some of his Post Card Collection which gave us some wonderful prints of this area during the early 1900's.

John P. Rodkey was born in Colorado in 1921 and moved to Post Falls in 1934. His family have been members of the Post Falls Historical Society for many years and have supported the Society with numerous contributions of historical dialogue as well as artifacts and monetary donations. The family farmed for many years in the Cedar Creek area of Post Falls and we are told that the old school cabinet in our school room display and the organ that came from the Ce-dar Creek School, were items that were purchased from the old school in 1936 by the Rodkey family.


Thank You to everyone who took part in the wonderful OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION. This was one of the best events that we have had in celebrating our founder’s heritage. Our Members and the Post Falls Community really came out to support the efforts of The Post Falls Historical Society, to raise the funds needed to maintain and for the preservation, storage and display of our community history and its beginnings that have shaped this wonderful town, that we now provide folks all year long at the long awaited, and interesting community Museum. If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to make a point of visiting it this spring or summer.

The Board of Directors has already begun to plan for the next Oktoberfest event, which will be held on Friday, October 4th 2013. We will start to tease you on the fun things that we have planned in the next newsletter. You can sure help, by getting the word out to all of your friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and also by being sure to renew you annual memberships, and encouraging others to join The Post Falls Historical Society. We are growing as a community and all are welcome to take part in our making and keeping history alive, and fun. Thanks again for everyone’s help.


Joe Doellefeld, Board Member