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Tuesday, December 10, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Hanging onto the family lake place takes work

Brothers Zach and Drew Ewing fish from their families dock on Newman Lake recently. The cabins have been owned by their family for generations. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Brothers Zach and Drew Ewing fish from their families dock on Newman Lake recently. The cabins have been owned by their family for generations. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Built in 1951 by grandparents Ronald and Gigi Robertson, the cabin drew family together for Stedman’s childhood summers spent with her mother Marcia Bragg and aunt Janice Schock, three siblings and four cousins.

“We’d hang out there for two months when we were out of school, looking for snipe in the field, playing kick-the-can, spitting watermelon seeds at each other,” Stedman said.

“We went water-skiing, swam, fished, pretty much everything. We had a canoe, paddleboats. Back in the day, we had a little runabout fishing boat.”

When she was growing up, the boys slept in a teepee near the shore. “There were always adventures of skunks or porcupine coming in. My kids still sleep in the teepee.”

Today, a total of three cabins owned by family members sit on the property, one a summer home built about 1964 that her aunt and uncle bought and another cabin her parents acquired around 1994. All family members try to stay at the lake for at least a week each summer, Stedman said. Full story. Treva Lind/SR




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