Our Past | 1945: A letter home from Okinawa

The following excerpts from a letter written by Cpl. Howard F. Ramin of the Medical Corps to Clyde and Edna Smeltzer were published in the April 26, 1945 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.
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Our Past | 1983: Waterville woman enjoys her railroad job

The following excerpt is from an article published in the April 23, 1983 edition of the Empire Press.
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Our Past | 1963: Easter cantata draws large crowd in Waterville

Many older Waterville residents have fond memories of Easter cantatas in the school gymnasium. The cantatas were a combined effort between the various churches in town. The article below was first published in the April 18, 1963 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.
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Our Past | 1963: Chamber focuses on town’s Apple Blossom float

This Chamber of Commerce news from the April 4, 1963 Waterville Empire-Press highlights an active membership and multiple projects. Part of the work of the organization in that day was to develop a town float for Apple Blossom festival.
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Our Past | 1926: Grange officials build support in Douglas County

The 1920s were a time when the Grange movement was quite important in rural America, as can be seen in the many Grange halls that still stand in Douglas County.
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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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