The Whitman County Historical Society needs your generous contributions of recipes, food related stories and images for a book about food grown and prepared on the Palouse from the 1860s to the 1960s.

Please send us your contributions of recipes you remember, food related stories and pictures. If you have menus or details of meals cooked for large gatherings like picnics, farm crews, wakes and early weddings please share them with us. One of our main objectives is to show the original recipe and an update of early recipes to be acceptable for modern dietary needs addressing a healthy diet.

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Send recipes, stories and pictures via e-mail to Monika:

 Or mail to: Monika Kriebel, P.O. Box 361, Garfield, WA 99130



Greg Druffel, a WCHS member from Colton, WA has been organizing image and video resources from his family and community collections to share. Here are a few videos from his collection on YouTube.

For more information, write to Greg Druffel:



The Whitman County Historical Society agreed to be the administrator of funds received by David Benscoter to further his research into Lost Apples of the Palouse. In addition the Board plans to maintain the Lost Apple Project as a regular agenda item at each of their monthly meetings to enable continual updates from the Lost Apple Committee. 

Mission Statement

The Whitman County Historical Society Lost Apple Project seeks to identify and preserve heritage apple trees and orchards in the Inland Empire.

Most history buffs have not known that the Palouse was a hotbed of apple production 100 years ago. Whitman County had nearly 240,000 apple trees by 1914, claimed writer John Fahey. Colfax Gazette records from 1900 to 1910 indicate over 110 varieties of apples were entered in the Whitman County Fairs. Benscoter discovered a catalog of the Hanford Nursery in Oakesdale advertising 64 varieties of apples and a flyer from a nursery in Colfax offering 46 apple varieties for sale. Gradually the industry moved to the Wenatchee and Yakima valleys as irrigation techniques improved, but many of the old trees can still be found.

Read more about this project:  Apple Project