News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1917

  • E.E. Reeder has sold 600 acres of wheatland on Badger Mountain to Dick Courtway for $9,000. Courtway will turn it into a stock ranch.
  • Mrs. H.L. Douglas of Rock Island hosted members of the Circle of King’s Daughters at her home Wednesday afternoon.
  • A.E. McLean and family of Pearl visited at the C.N. Campbell home in Bridgeport during the past week.
  • F.D. Payne of Mansfield is in Wenatchee today on business.
  • From Mansfield to The Daily World comes communication that seven coaches of boosters will travel to Wenatchee Thursday afternoon. The businessmen of Mansfield have decided to close up their shops and — with their wives, children and most everyone else in town — proceed to the city for a rousing time.


50 years ago — 1967

  • Excavation work at Bridgeport Bar State Park could be underway this afternoon, Judge Felix Rea was told this morning. He signed an order authorizing transfer of title to about 300 surplus acres of Douglas County PUD property to the state Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • Visitation night will be held at the Waterville Grange this evening, East Wenatchee grangers were told Tuesday. The meeting will be for East Wenatchee, Waterville and Palisades members. Home economics chairwoman Lucille Rosenkrans announced that the visiting Grange women will bring sandwiches.


25 years ago — 1992

  • Waterville residents voted in favor of a $2.4 million bond issue Tuesday which will pay for the expansion and remodeling of district schools. The number of students in kindergarten through twelfth grades rose from 323 last year to 380 this year and is expected to grow to 420 next year, said Superintendent Larry Utzinger.
  • Nathan Fenner and Merrie Lillquist led the third quarter honor roll for Mansfield School. Both students achieved 4.0 grade-point averages.


10 years ago — 2007

  • About 20 Waterville High School students had the chance to show off what they knew about the environment on May 2. Three teams of students had been preparing for several months for the annual Cannon Envirothon Regional Competition, involving tests in five areas of environmental science. A team made up of Lauren Daling, Jenna Logan, Jacque Brown, Kenny Davis and Kasey Ramin placed fifth in the competition held at Alta Lake State Park. The team, led by Daling, had placed first for Douglas County. They will go on to state competition in Chewelah this month. Science teacher Lucy Zychek serves as advisor for the Envirothon.
  • The Shocker girls softball team defeated Manson Saturday at home by scores of 17-0 and 19-2. Offensively, Jennifer Baker was 3-for-4 in the second game with a home run. Valerie Loebsack was 4-for-4 and Rachel Woolard was 2-for-4. Jenna Logan pitched both games for the Shockers. Loebsack relieved Logan in the second game.
  • Kristen Simmons and Jacque Brown finished first in their events at the Liberty Bell track meet May 4, helping the Shockers to seventh place among 10 teams.
  • The first opportunity for the public to comment on a large residential and commercial development — including  a 100-room hotel and golf course — on Spanish Castle Road will be next week. Entezar Group Eastern Washington LLC has filed an application for a master planned resort near Highway 28.