Blast from the Past / early 1940s: Tully takes ’em to school

Tully Sampson, a bus driver for the Lapwai School District, and a passenger prepare to board what the students who rode it called the “Chicken Coop” in the early 1940s. The bus was a Reo truck owned by Sampson that was equipped with passenger benches along both sides of the bus and a muffler down the length of the floor inside that served as a source of heat in the winter, according to a personal interview of Sampson done by Dan Wilson in 1987. Sampson lived at the bottom of Thunder Hill between Lapwai and Spalding. Wilson, who submitted the photo, was raised in Lapwai and now lives in Wenatchee. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to blasts@lmtribune.com or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.

Tully Sampson, a bus driver for the Lapwai School District, and a passenger prepare to board what the students who rode it called the “Chicken Coop” in the early 1940s. The bus was a Reo truck owned by Sampson that was equipped with passenger benches along both sides of the bus and a muffler down the length of the floor inside that served as a source of heat in the winter, according to a personal interview of Sampson done by Dan Wilson in 1987. Sampson lived at the bottom of Thunder Hill between Lapwai and Spalding. Wilson, who submitted the photo, was raised in Lapwai and now lives in Wenatchee. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to blasts@lmtribune.com or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.

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