Category Archives: Pioneer Friday in Two Pan

Each Friday, we’ll take a personal squint at their history…you’ll find out why Two Pan folks are stubborn, different….And sometimes…
A little sleepless.

Needles, Dogs, and Secrets

In 1871, Women sew more than quilts for a change. “Can you stitch up the dog?” That’s what every woman wants to hear when she’s cooking dinner.  The kids were poking each other with sticks and into this chaos, Henry … Continue reading

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Burning the Fat

When Patricia Woolsey wishes for change… (Two Pan, 1871) They stink. And soot off. But what are you going to do? Besides, through the whole process, I learned why Violet Spinrad won’t picket the whore house or saloon. We Woolseys … Continue reading

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Before Morning Breaks: Floozys on Main Street

January 6, 1871                          Honorary Editor: Dangling Participle Lichen Last’s week’s horse race down Main Street by gauzily clad ladies of negotiable virtue set off a roaring firestorm.Prairie mesdames Patricia Woolsey and Alice Hopkins began a campaign to remove the “underbelly … Continue reading

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New Year’s at the Sporting Club

December 30, 1871 Honorary Editor: Words Swiderski The catastrophe began with the piano in the Salt Lick Saloon. Being the only musical instrument in the valley, folks came from miles around to listen.   Silky Sue, proprietor, waved her ostrich fan … Continue reading

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Hard Candy Christmas

I’m William Woolsey. Silky Sue, owner of the Salt Lick Saloon came to me with a proposition, I tried to be civil. I told her there were other men in town who’d be her freighter. But she didn’t want miners … Continue reading

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1870s: Christmas Gifts in the Wind

Changes make Christmas skip over Two Pan and Violet Spinrad. Violet Spinrad says: After a body experiences thirty Christmases, the thrill of the season crumbles into another day of work.  A child is needed to inflate the holiday. The wee … Continue reading

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Threshing Manure

Fridays Brings Changes in Two Pan…. When one of the Woolsey children came banging on our door, Bricker was out seining for gold, as usual. The boy had been sent by his papa asking for Bricker’s help getting in his … Continue reading

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Happier Than a Woodpecker in a Lumber Yard

It’s Pioneer Friday, and some folks are SCOWLING at the latest change. Opal’s Palace for sporting women opened its brass-plated doors this Friday, December 1, 1870. Construction had begun months ago with granite quarried from Huber’s. However, masons recently stopped, … Continue reading

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Iron Woman and Duck Man

Another Pioneer Friday and Bricker should keep up with the Changes. That’s why he’s now squinting. It had to be a man who invented the iron. No woman would’ve said, let’s whack a cannon ball in half, throw it in … Continue reading

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It Tastes Better Than it Looks

Welcome!! On Fridays we step back to 1850 and look at the changes in Two Pan where folks take a squint-eyed scowl at changing traditions. Most of us walked the entire Oregon Trail to stake a piece of land in … Continue reading

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