While the town of Oakesdale suffered with its sisters during the depression of 1893-6, an dprogress was staid for the time being, no backward step was taken, and with the advent of good times in 1897 the forward march was at once renewed. Since that date the town has grown steadily, but its development has ever been conservative and no boom has wrought its work of mischief in the town.
While the town is free from bonded indebtedness and has money in the treasury, it has not yet seen fit to put in a water system or an electric light plant, but these must come in the near future. It has, however, a local telephone exchange of forty-two instruments.
-From ‘An Illustrated History of Whitman County, Washington’ published in 1901.
‘Hand to Raise’
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Oakesdale, Whitman County, Washington