2015 Grand Marshals-- Dude and Mary Davis
Mary's parents, Ed and Annette Butterbaugh came to Manson in 1919. Grandparents, uncles and families came a few years earlier. All were influential in starting the school as well as the Methodist Church.
Dude came in 1942 and returned a year later to stay with his family. They pair were married in 1946. An opportunity came to work in Holden and baby Carl and Mary soon joined Dude.
They moved from Holden to go to work at Wenoka Apple Packing shed. The winter of 1949/50 was so cold Manson Bay froze.
Construction was planned to start on Chief Joseph Dam and Dud was available and excited to start. They lived in Brewster where there were apple trees also.
Dude followed construction on to Rocky Reach Dam, Wells Dam, Wanapum and Rock Island and are pumping plants. The Davis' moved back to Manson in 1958 when Nancy was in the second grand. She was later selected Manson Apple Blossom Queen in 1969 when she was a senior.
They enjoyed working, camping, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling and friends-- twice traveling around the states in their RV.
About 4 1/2 years ago, Dude starting fixing bicycles and giving them away. He enjoys meeting people and helping kids of all ages. Currently there are 819 bikes given away.
Mary is a member of Muscular Dystrophy and Hospital Guild E, the comforter makers that meet at the church, as well as Fortnightly.
"We are thankful to live here. Apples are still an important part of our lives," said the Davis'.