The Rux place was homesteaded in 1903 when eastern Washington state was even more rural and rugged than it is today. Homesteaders out of necessity had to be frugal and a jack-of-all-trades. They built houses, barns, outhouses, root cellars and in the days before refrigeration, spring houses if they were fortunate enough to have a cold flowing spring. They dug wells, tilled the land, raised and cared for livestock, raised gardens and preserved the bounty for winter months. Hearty people, they survived. This place speaks to me of the spirit of hardworking people, a family with joys and sorrows, success and failures, children born, raised and launched into their own lives, seasons and times. The wind whispers these impressions and more as it rustles the dry grass and whistles through the now broken windows and open doors.
Charles and Julia Rux were the hearty homesteaders who built this place to make a life for themselves in what then was the small community of Rocklyn. Through my account on Webshots, I met the grand-daughter of this couple, I’ve borrowed a shot of her grandparents on their wedding day. It was their place now long abandoned along a lonely stretch of road between Rocklyn and Odessa in the midst of rolling wheat fields.
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