Fair spotlight on Waterville in 1963

Following the Grant, Okanogan and Chelan County fairs, the spotlight moves eastward to Waterville and the 1963 North Central Washington District Fair held Sept. 12-15.
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Pictorial Past | Brewster depot faces closure

Brewster Mayor Howard Gamble, left, and Wally Schulke, manager of a fruit warehouse, discuss how best to address a proposal by the Great Northern Railway in 1964 that the depot in the background be closed. The issue met with resistance from local residents as well as business and agriculture officials.  (Provided photo/Wenatchee World...
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Pictorial Past | First pour at Wells Dam

State Tax Commissioner G. Merton Dick, formerly of Waterville, addresses spectators, press and dignitaries attending the ceremony for the first pour of concrete for the Wells Dam project near Azwell on June 30, 1964.
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Pictorial Past | Water for Brays Landing

Amidst flying dust, men and machines create another irrigation development in North Central Washington in the summer of 1964. It is at Brays Landing, one of the units of the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation Project. This crane is on a hilltop overlooking one of the Douglas County flats that will be irrigated. It is upstream from Orondo along the Columbia River. (Provided photo/Wenatchee World...
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Pictorial Past | Waterville Lutheran choir

Waterville American Lutheran Church (now United Lutheran Church) Choir in 1955. Top row, from left, Pastor Zellmer, unidentified, Albert Westerman, John Badten, Ralph Weiss, Chet Ludeman and Bethel Cunningham; middle row, Doloris Rock, Esther Blank, Carol Riedasch, Polly Danielson, Helen Mittelstaedt, Roberta Bymers, unidentified and Lillian Mittelstaedt; bottom row, Effie Bymers, Grace Tittle,...
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Pictorial Past | Students gather for Vacation Bible School in 1923

Vacation Bible School has been around a long time and this photo shows the participants from one school that took place in Waterville in July of 1923. Karen Larsen wrote about that year’s Vacation Bible School program in her history column published in the July 18, 2013 issue of Empire Press. According to Larsen, the school may have lasted about three weeks. There were 129 students...
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Pictorial Past | On stage at the Nifty

The stage of the Nifty Theatre which was built in 1918. Sponsor signs are displayed. (Provided photo/Douglas County Historical...
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Pictorial Past | Bridgeport pool

The water is always warm in Bridgeport’s new swimming pool in June of 1960. It’s heated with water from nearby Chief Joseph Dam.
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Pictorial Past | Residents make a difference

Rock Island City Councilman Maurice Guerin points to his name on a list of Rock Island citizens who volunteered to help with the town’s beautification program in the summer of 1960. Aided by efforts of the Rock Island Improvement Club and a tax per front foot of property, the town undertakes a $30,000 street improvement project, along with planting of trees and new lawn. (Provided...
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Pictorial Past | Young women of Waterville

A group of Waterville girls gathers in 1944. From left, are Adaline Mohr, Dorothy Scaife, Addie Townsend, Florence Dahlke, Gladys Scaife, Mary Mueller, Iva Helbig and Irene Shephard. (Provided photo/Douglas County Historical...
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