Cattle were a very important part of life in Riddle. They still are. Cow hides are used to make leather for clothing and the meat is sold for people to eat. Some of the first people here brought cattle to raise. These corrals are still next to Riddle High School.
Even in the 1800s, kids went to school to learn. Schools were different then, all of the grades had just one teacher and one classroom.
Our entire valley used to be covered by orchards. People grew prunes (they sent them to the Riddle Prune Dryer, the building in the top picture). They also grew apples and hazelnuts which were shipped away to other places for money.
In the 1800s, hunting and fishing were how people could provide food for their families. This picture is the Riddle town festival in 1904.
These kids are not just riding oxen because it is fun. They are helping their family pull logs down to the mill to make lumber. In the 1800s, kids had to work hard to help make money for the family to live.