November 21, 2012 | LXXII, No. 34

Wrong dates on tennis court history?

I may be wrong, but in your news coverage you mentioned the tennis courts in the 60 years news items. Since I attended High School in Coulee Dam from 1950-1953, I believe those tennis courts were installed much earlier than 1952 because I played tennis on them when I was a freshman in high school … that would be 1950 or 1951.

The interesting thing is that in the winter, the USBR sprayed water on the courts, creating an ice skating rink for all the residents. There were two metal barrels that were lit with a fire so that the skaters could warm up … especially the winter of 1949.

We used to go to the Pronto Pup for a delicious "walk away" sundae, but had to enter the Pup on our knees because we couldn't walk on the floor in our skates.

Good memories, but check on the construction of the courts. Don Sherwood was the star player in 1950 and he played on those four courts. There were also two courts on the other side of the river near the Columbia Grade School … grades 6, 7 and 8.

Donna Cunning

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