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It doesn't say Haines until they say it says Haines

J.O. Maxwell cooks up a whole mess of beans Wednesday for the Fourth of July feeding frenzy in Haines. The Maxwell cousins have been in charge of the beans for 15 years; the pot itself was made in 1856. (Baker City Herald photograph by Brenna Knowles).
J.O. Maxwell cooks up a whole mess of beans Wednesday for the Fourth of July feeding frenzy in Haines. The Maxwell cousins have been in charge of the beans for 15 years; the pot itself was made in 1856. (Baker City Herald photograph by Brenna Knowles).

By BRENNA KNOWLES

Of the Baker City Herald

Fred Zimmer and Tammy Combes were too busy to celebrate during the Fourth of July in Haines, at least when the Haines Sell-Rite General Store was open.

When the temperature gets above 90, everything liquid doubles in sales, said Zimmer, who owns the store. Today is our busiest day by far.

Zimmer doesnt hire extra staff for the rush. Its just Tammy and me working today, we can handle it. Tammys a pro and Ive been here a year or two, he said.

Zimmer said it is interesting to work on the holiday to be able to see a variety of people and the new children in the area. Everybodys kind of in a good mood, he said.

Across from the Sell-Rite General Store, Tom Novak displayed his work as part of the Art on Main Street exhibit. Novak said he has been involved in the Haines Fourth of July celebration ever since his oldest boy attended first grade at the Haines School, nearly 20 years ago.

Visitors sat in the shade as he drew their pictures. Novak told them he enjoys the celebration because, Its a wonderful little atmosphere, you bump into your friends and neighbors that you havent seen since last year and it really seems that now, more than ever in this area, there is a growing sense of community pride.

Sam Person, 7, from Baker City said getting his picture drawn was fun and it looked just like him.

Cheri Peters, 45, from Boise, Idaho, said that compared to the Boise River Festival, the Haines Fourth of July celebration had a wonderful, small town feel. She was looking forward to going to her first rodeo ever.

Jaci Peters, 11, from Boise agreed. We dont have to come five hours early to figure out how to get a good seat! she said.

Or to get food. Breakfast and lunch were served in the park, with plenty of everything for everybody.

I like beans, but these probably arent too good for you, said O.J. Maxwell as he mixed gallons of baked beans with a spoon he had constructed out of a piece of scrap wood.

The Maxwell cousins have been in charge of the beans for 15 years. The Haines Steak House provides the beans that go in the old pot owned by Gerald Maxwell.

J.O. said the pot is part of the Maxwell family ranch and was originally owned by the cousins grandparents. His grandmother came to Oregon from Iowa on a covered wagon and his grandfather worked on the railroads all the way to California, then came to the Baker Valley and started ranching. The pot was made in 1856 by the Cohmann Bros and Hahler Co. and has also been used for rendering hog lard, J.O. said.

Roberta Hale was also helping with the barbecue. She said they were expecting to feed 500 people. Hale is the past president of the Haines Boosters and said she enjoyed the chance to sit back and relax this year instead of organize.

 
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