Clipped From The Daily Chronicle
12 ThÂ» Doily Chronicle, Saturday, January 18, 1964 CHARLES LITTLE MRS. BARRETT LESLIE AUMAN L. P. LA FORD Kosmos Residents Face Loss Of Their'Universe'by 1968 APPROACHING KOSMOS from the west, vit the White Pat Highway, a motorist is presented this view of the town. At left is turnoff to Morton. Service station and tav- ern appear in background. An additional 20 feet to height of the Mossyrock dam would flood out this eastern Lewis County community by I'M. -- Chronicle Staff Photos MO* TACOMA MT RAWS' MORTON YAK1MA KOSMOS -- Within four years, one city may have annihilated the "universe." The city is Tacoma. which proposes to raise the height of its Mossyrock dam by 20 feet. The "universe" is Kosmos, which would be flooded out by i%8 if the higher Mossyroek Oam is approved. Kosmos (which can be spelled either with a C or K) is a Greek word meaning universe. More specifically, it is defined as "the world or universe as an embodiment of order and harmony." Somewhat ironically, the town was given its name by a Tacoma couple. Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Coiner. Coiner, an attorney, had a ranch east of town. The town received its name about 1910. Prior to that, there was a small community of Verndale near a shingle mill. If the town is flooded out. it will become the second Lewis County community to be obliterated by a Cowlitz hydroelectric development. The first w a s Mayfield, d r o w n e d by the Mayfield Dam Reservoir. But what of the 100 families to be affected if the town is flooded? What do they think? A sampling of opinion indicates they aren't happy about the prospects of losing t h ei r homes, but don't know how they can stop what appears to be inevitable. "It seems a shame to destroy a town," declared Mrs. Kenneth Barrett, a resident since 1927, and Kosmos postmaster since 1S)28. "I was deeply disturbed when I read about the news in the paper," said Mrs. Barrett. As past president of the Washington Federation of Garden Clubs and a member of the National Council of Garden clubs. Mrs. Barrett would keenly feel the loss of her home. "To move away is one thing; to lose a nice home and yard you've slaved for is another," "I somewhat doubt the town will be relocated." says Charles Little, a retired banking ac- countant who has l i v e d in Kosmos continuously since 1928. Little, who operates a U.S. Weather station on his farm, believes that with the contemplated drawdown of the reservoir, the area will be nothing but a mudflat. "A lot of people know it'll have to take place, but they're not highly enthused about it." he observes. He says he and his wife have made no plans, and won't until they know exactly what is going to happen to the area. "I'll definitely have lo re-establish in this area if the high dam is built -- I'm too old to start up somewhere else," ob- KOSMOS UHIKCORPORATED serves Vic Morrison, owner of general store here. "1 think we'll be better off. Since we the North Shore route, Kosmos would have been isolated -- at the edge of a lake without a through highway." "Whatever happens, I guess we'll all have to contend with it," says Mrs. Leo Bristol, has lived here for about 66 years. "We all hate to leave places, but I don't see how can fight it,'" she adds. "I think this will be the end of the town. I doubt if they'll build -- there's no place to locate," commented Leslie Auman. who has farmed in the area about 28 years. Auman, who raised beef and Holstein heifers, laments tht loss of the productive soil in area. The Rainey Valley has good, productive soil for grass. It has averaged 3'j tons to acre. Auman has five sons a daughter living on small from Kosmos to Glenoma who also will be displaced. "I don't like to move -- this is a wonderful community," says L. P, LaFord, operator a cafe in Kosmos. "But I you can't stop progress -- If is progress," he adds somewhat ruefully. It will not be easy to drown "the universe." or the spirit of the people living in it. INTERSECTIONAL direction sign is located in the center ef Kosmos. Morton is about eight miles west, via Morron-Keimes Highway; Criehalis is some 47 miles Â·way by way of White Pass Highway and Randle is Â«JMvt 12 miles east. SIGNS POINT toward Morton and Yakima at White Pass Highway traveler approaches Kosmos from the west. In lower photo ii sign for the Kosmos Lions organization. It a located adjacent to the highway sign pictured in the upper photo. KOSMOS Corner store, owned by Vic Morrison is located on the south side of the junction of Kesmos-Morton and White Pass Highways. It is said to be the oldest building in Kosmos. Present owner has remodeled and enlarged the original structure. AERIAL VIEW OF Kosmos shows its main industry in the foreground. It is the Kosmos division of U.S. Plywood. Looking west, business section appears in upper right of picture. All buildings shown in this pic- ture would be flooded out by Â· to the west. Moisyrock dam, some II miles KOSMOS GARAGE faces White Pass Highway at northern end of town. The garage Is owned by Don Waldo, who has been a resident of the community since 1951. Higher Mossyrock dam would wipe out town and extend reservoir north toward Glenoma area. BRISTOL'S Lockers and B t K General store are on the east side of the White Pass Highway at the southern entrance te Kosmos. Mrs. Lee Bristol hat lived In the community far about U years, A CAPE and tht Kosmes post office, at far right, are housed in this building, just opposite junctitn Â«f the White Pan and Morten-Kosmot Highways. Mn. Kenneth larrett, Kosmos postmaster, Ii tht ewner Â«f the kuildlnf.