News from Our Past

| From the pages of The Wenatchee (Daily) World and the Douglas County Empire Press |

100 years ago — 1913

At the Friday night meeting of the Waterville Commercial Club, the committee on ways and means reported that the estimated cost of acquiring suitable grounds for fair purposes, improvements and track building would be around $7,000. The report of the committee was accepted at the meeting. Another committee consisting of George Kincade, D.M. Fraser, A.A. Lytle, O.R. Hopewell, M.B. Howe, W.F. Pool and James German was appointed to unite all athletic, exhibition and fair interests into one association and also to come up with ways and means to raise the necessary money for the project.

Capt. McMillan, one of the oldtime navigators of the Columbia River, was in Bridgeport last Saturday to meet with businessmen on the matter of transportation. McMillan owns the steamer Helena, which is now on a run out of Kennewick, but the railroad is building at that point and he is seeking another route. The run from Bridgeport to Brewster, when the railroad is completed this summer, will be one of the best in the state. McMillan has decided to bring his boat here as soon as the water is high enough to get it up the river and he will establish daily service between the two towns.

50 years ago — 1963

Mr. and Mrs. John T. Tontz of Rock Island will host an open house at their home March 17. The event will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They invite all their friends to attend.

Diane Ogle has been chosen Princess Waterville. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ogle was picked by the faculty and students of Waterville High School. Her runner-up and attendant is Marie Whitehall. Other contestants were Linda Peterson, Myrna Malone, Linda Besel, Diane Brandt, Diane Besel, Karen Wheeler and Vickie Nelson. Mrs. Carl Wheelon is the royalty chaperone.

25 years ago — 1988

The Waterville Shockers will open this week’s State B boys basketball tournament  in Spokane against Tacoma Baptist. Waterville’s best efforts at State were fourth-place finishes in 1982 and 1983. The Shockers’ last appearance at the Coliseum was in 1985.

The Mansfield School Board will meet multiple times next week, discussing a combined sports program with the Waterville School District. At the first meeting, the Mansfield board will go over a proposed agreement combining sports programs with Waterville to take effect in the 1988-89 school year.