News from our past

From the pages of the Wenatchee World

100 years ago

W.S. Ridge, a prominent wheat grower of the Waterville country, is in Wenatchee today.

Waterville attorney Sam B. Hill registered in Wenatchee last night.

50 years ago

Several accomplishments were noted by the Douglas Soil Conservation District in its annual report for 1960. Besides the usual work on strip cropping and tillage, cooperators built eight small dams, stabilized 1.5 miles of channel, built more than a mile of diversions and 3,000 feet of level terraces. The report came at this week’s annual meeting of the district. Members of the board are Adelbert Jacobsen, chairman; Ben Zanol, vice chairman; Alton Rock, secretary; and Ralph Madtson and Lloyd Peterson.

25 years ago

Mansfield Grange No. 883 will host Douglas County Pomona Grange No. 49 on Saturday. Jim Davis of Coulee City, a member of the Washington Wheat Growers Association, will be the featured speaker. Music will be provided by Tim Hicks of Mansfield.

SIGN OF THE TIMES IN PALISADES: Hanging the Palisades sign on the new train depot was the beginning of a town in Moses Coulee that prospered and then fell with the depression of the 1930s. Mrs. O. Allmendinger, right, with two other Moses Coulee women proudly places the sign on the new railroad station in this 1909 photo. The townsite of Palisades was platted on April 10, 1909, and the Great Northern Railway built its Mansfield branch through the Coulee that year.