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Throwback Thursday: Woman reflects on her mother's days working at the old Spokane Bon Marche

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If you were born and raised in Spokane you most likely could tell a few throwback stories about the employers you used to work for or perhaps who your parents used to work for. 

As Spokane gets ready to say good bye to the downtown Macy's location, causing 94 employees to be left wondering where they will work, one Spokane woman sent us a letter reflecting on what once was even before Macy's - The Bon Marche. She shared a little about her mother who worked at the Bon Marche baking pies until she eventually retired. 

"My mom, Rose Ressa, started with the Bon Marche in the late 1960's. I think she worked 15-18 years before she retired. As I mentioned before, her holiday season (Thanksgiving and Christmas) were really busy for her. It was not unusual for her to put in 11-12 hour days on these holiday weeks. And put out 1,000 to 1,100 pies for the holiday week, all hand made. 

Upon her retirement, she kept her word, 'I am done making pies!' To my knowledge, she never baked another pie. Mom enjoyed her years at the Bon Marche and the ladies she worked with. In this picture, my mom is the last lady on the right. She may be small in size... but she baked the best raspberry pie I have ever eaten!

- Laurie Yarber"

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