Area’s first black resident
Operated a successful truck garden business
Befriended two families whose fathers had been killed in accidents
Well liked and respected by neighbors and friends
“Human kindness transcends color, race or creed. It knows no boundaries, and is never forgotten”.
Kimberly Rice Brown
Bill Wilson, the area’s first black resident owned and operated a successful truck garden business near the corner of
He arrived on the train in 1930 with a team of horses and some equipment from a successful truck garden operation in
He raised a variety of garden products, including potatoes, tomatoes, and row crops. He milked cows and sold the milk and cream to the local creamery in
He pressed his apples and made cider. His apples also ended up in pies, which he shared with the local children.
During the Depression, he helped local families with food and housing. When two local families lost their fathers to work-related deaths, Bill helped the mothers and children with food and a helping hand.
Bill had lived with segregation and racism, but in Post Falls, his actions were recognized and appreciated at the time, and long after his death.
Post Falls History Walk Project, 2007-2008
Research and lecture by Kimberly Rice Brown
Oral Video Histories
Darlene “Dee” Whittum Ternes, Lester Hunt, 2008
The creation of Bill Wilson's figure posed a challenge as no known photographs of him are in existence. The mural artist, Linda Fabrizius, called upon her skills as a former forensic artist. She spent time with the former children Bill befriended, now elderly, to develop his likeness.
Mr. Wilson's figure is currently kept inside the Post Falls Historical Museum on Spokane Street.