Just like old times: 83-year friendship still glowing

Barbara Gilbert Hartman and Everett Turner share a laugh at the Molson Grange Saturday after selling breakfast tickets during the 15th annual Northwest Ice Fishing Festival Saturday, Jan. 19.

MOLSON — For a town with a population of 35, selling 160 pancake breakfasts at the Molson Grange is a big event.

The event was the 15th Annual Ice Fishing Festival (see Page B1) and taking the breakfast tickets were Barbara Gilbert Hartman and Everett Turner.

“We’ve known each other since we were this high,” said Turner, holding his hand about 50 inches above the floor.

They met in first grade at the Molson School in 1935. Turner graduated from the Molson School, but Gilbert moved with her family to Seattle after junior high. She later married and moved to California.

“If you stuck around, we’d probably got married,” said Turner.

After being widowed, Gilbert Hartman “came home in 2006 and bought myself a place.”

“It brings you back,” she said of her hometown.

“Mmhm,” agreed Turner.

“How do you know? You didn’t leave,” said Hartman.

“Well I went to Oroville,” countered Turner.

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