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Dodge Junction, Garfield County


From Page 8 of the April 25, 1957, East Washingtonian

Hotel And Motel Men Say Dodge Junction Hurts Trade

Members of the Lewiston-Clarkston hotel and motel trade said Monday that their business will be hurt by a change in the design of a highway intersection at Dodge Junction, 13 miles West of Pomeroy.

Ernest Nelsen, chairman of the Lewiston-Clarkston Hotel & Motel Assn., asked the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce board of directors to investigate the project. Nelsen is co-owner of the Bollinger hotel.

P. D. McNutt, a member of the association, told a reporter his business already has been seriously affected by the intersection change. McNutt is manager of the Skyway Motel at Clarkston.

The work involves U. S. 410 from Lewiston to Walla Walla at the point where it is joined by U. S. 295 from Colfax.

Motorists driving east from Walla Walla used to encounter a "Y" at Dodge Junction. The right arm,, U. S. 410, led to Clarkston and Lewiston and the left arm, U. S. 295, led to Colfax.

The new intersection, to be completed this week, looks more like a "T." The road to Colfax curves gradually to the left but U. S. 410 to Clarkston juts off sharply to the right at an angle of about 70 degrees. A stop sign has been erected at the intersection for motorists driving west from Clarkston to Walla Walla.

Nelsen told the Chamber he feels the new design will make it appear to tourists that the main highway leads to Colfax and Spokane, with the result that the Lewiston-Clarkston area will lose tourists.

He questioned why state highway officals had placed a stop sign against U. S. 410 traffic rather than those approaching the highway on U. S. 295.

McNutt, who visited the project yesterday afternoon, said the new design makes the road to Clarkston "look like a cow-path" and that motorists approaching from the west "can hardly see it."

He added that there is a traffic hazard for motorists approaching the intersections on U. S. 410 from the east. Although there is a stop sign, he said, visibility from the right is poor as motorists drive into the intersection.

Clarkston City Engineer Eugene W. Asselstine, who accompanied McNutt on the trip, said he agreed that the turnoff to Clarkston is "a little more difficult" for eastbound motorists to see.

But he added that he feels the intersection is safer than it was before, because of the stop sign. Cars approaching on U. S. 295 have been hard to see from U. S. 410 because 295 winds down from a hill.

Washington State Patrolman J. Doyle Pounder of Clarkston, asked for comment, said the purpose of the new design is to make the intersection safer.

He said the eastern approach is considerably safer now and the western approach is marked by two reflectorized direction-indicator signs about four feet by eight feet One points the way to Clarkston and Lewiston, he said, and the other points the way to Spokane.

Herbert Powell, president of the Chamber, appointed Steve Spengler, the board's liaison officer with the Chamber's roads and highways committee, to visit the intersection tomorrow and reports back to the board.—Lewiston Tribune.

[Original EW] Editor's Note: Garfield county residents, on the whole, have had nothing but praise for the Dodge hill highway improvement project. To date no complaints have been heard hereabouts regarding the design of the intersection at Dodge Junction. Perhaps when the entire project is finally completed and oil treated its appearance will even appear differently to the Lewiston-Clarkston hotel and motel trade.

Ira Fox

Funeral services were held for Ira E. Fox, who died Saturday, January 3, 1981, in Salem, Oregon. Fox, a former owner of the Dodge Junction service station, was 71 at the time of his death.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1909 at Endicott to Delbert L. and Vesta Fox. He moved with his parents as a small child to Bonners Ferry, where he received his education. The family moved to Canada for a few years, then settled at Weiser, Idaho.

Fox moved to Yakima where he married Lee Howard on Sept. 15, 1936. While residing in the Yakima area, he worked in fruit orchards. Shortly after his marriage, the couple moved to Northern California where Fox began working for the Forest Service. He continued as a government employee for 16 years, ending his service as an assistant ranger.

From 1952 to 1969, Fox and his wife operated service stations, beginning with one at Dodge Junction near Pomeroy, which he operated for four years. The other stations eventually operated were at Rosalia, the Spokane Valley and Lewiston Orchards.

With their retirement, the Foxes spent four years living at White Bird before moving to Clarkston in 1973.

Fox was a hunter and fisherman and enjoyed prospecting. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Lee of Clarkston; two sons, Delbert and Leslie, both of Clarkston; and six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be forwarded to the Richardson-Brown Funeral Home of Pomeroy for the Washington Lung Association.

The Rev. Howard Neal of the Pomeroy Christian Church officiated at the services at the Richardson-Brown Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at the Vineland Cemetery at Clarkston.

-- From September 25, 1980:


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