Our Past | 1996: Girls club raises funds

Nina Driver, daughter of Chuck and Deena Driver, was one of the girls who attended the Missionettes Girls’ Club sleepover referred to in the following article, published in the March 7, 1996 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press.
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Our Past | 1948: Mansfield happenings

Here is some news from Mansfield coming from two separate columns in the March 18, 1948 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.
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Our Past | Waterville’s Camp Fire members win awards in 1986

According to Waterville Junior High/High School Principal Tabatha (Kendrick) Mires, Camp Fire was an important and popular activity in town when she was growing up.
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Our Past | In 1978, students help in the Waterville School Library

This article comes from a student publication called the Shocker Satellite, published in the March 2, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire Press. It reminds those of us who were raised before the digital age about the libraries of the past.
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Our Past | Farewell to a local pioneer

It probably seems obvious to people who have grown up here in Waterville, and especially to those who are of an older generation, but to me it is something to think about that as recently as the 1950s some of the early pioneers to this area were still alive.
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Our Past | 1931: County agents help area orchardists to hone their skills

According to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture website, extension service was inspired from the agricultural clubs and societies that were part of the make-up of rural America in the 1800s.
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Our Past | Community gets ready for chili and oyster stew in 1986

Last year around this time I also submitted a history column about a past chili and oyster stew feed and mentioned that the event was held for over 50 years. It was discontinued several years ago with new traditions, like the school carnival, taking its place as volunteer fundraising efforts. This article comes from the Feb. 6, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press.
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Our Past | Meat market owner praised for buying locally in 1923

This article from the Feb. 1, 1923 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press celebrates the return of the meat market in town to an owner who bought locally.
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Our Past | 1941 Badger Mountain ski hill accidents are addressed quickly

According to the book "Beginnings," the Badger Mountain Ski Club was started in 1939. Here is an article from the Jan. 23, 1941 edition of the Empire Press which talks about first aid given in several accidents the weekend before.
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Our Past | Mires Service Center opens for business in Jan. of 1978

This article, published in the Jan. 19, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire Press, documents the opening of the Mires Service Center, which was the original use of the building where Bainbridge Manufacturing is now located.
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