Questers meet in Waterville Sept. 21

Chris Rader of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center portrays Elsie Parrish, chambermaid at Wenatchee’s Cascadian Hotel, who in 1937 took her demands for a minimum wage to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Rader performed at Waterville's Nifty Theater during Washington Questers state meeting Sept. 21. (Florence Robinson photo)

Chris Rader of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center portrays Elsie Parrish, chambermaid at Wenatchee’s Cascadian Hotel, who in 1937 took her demands for a minimum wage to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Rader performed at Waterville’s Nifty Theater during Washington Questers state meeting Sept. 21. (Florence Robinson photo)

WATERVILLE — Washington Questers held their state meeting Sept. 21 in Douglas and Waterville. About 29 members from around the state attended the event, hosted by Wenatchee-area chapters Elizabeth Weythman Questers and Millersburg Seekers.

The meeting began at the historic Lutheran Church in Douglas with a program on the history of the church followed by a demonstration of wheat weaving by Ernestine Eggers.

The group then traveled to Waterville, where members gathered at the Nifty Theater for a program on the theater’s history by owner Jim Dixon. Chris Rader, of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, also presented an historical portrayal of Wenatchee pioneer Elsie Parrish, chambermaid at Wenatchee’s Cascadian Hotel who in 1937 took her demands for a minimum wage to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. The day concluded with a docent-led tour of the Douglas County Museum and a viewing inside the Waterville Historic Hotel, built in 1903.

Questers is an organization focused on the promotion and preservation of local history. Elizabeth Weythman chapter is a women’s group focusing on specific collections determined by the members. Millersburg Seekers chapter is a men’s and women’s group that goes on field trips to historical locations around the state. New members are always welcome.

For more information on Questers, call Florence Robinson at (509) 670-2414 or email Questerswa@gmail.com.