News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1917

  • The Waterville School Board reorganized with E.W. Frawley, president, and E.K. Fritts, clerk. Staff elected for the the district include L.O. Anderson, superintendent; Edith Greenberg, high school principal, Latin and German; H.W. Lombard, commerce and history; G.L. Jones, science and mathematics; M.B. Boissevain, agriculture; Helen Corliss, home economics; Joe Aprill, manual training; Elizabeth Robinson, English; Edna Milner, eighth grade; Hallie Brennesholtz, seventh grade; Margaret Waters, sixth grade; Jessie Stauffer, fifth grade; Sylvia Zoll, third grade; Elizabeth Janneck, second grade; and Leone Van DeMark and Annabel Clark, first grade.
  • Following a building boom last fall in Mansfield, a great many people are having new residences built this spring. They include F.D. Payne, F. Lebeck, F.R. Ward, L. Conners and W.J. Ross.

50 years ago — 1967

  • Dave Chapman of Eastmont High School set a record in the high jump to provide one of the highlights of the 41st annual Davis High School Invitational track and field meet in Yakima. Chapman cleared 6-feet, 41/2-inches to the record that was previously shared by Bill Hander of Wenatchee.
  • The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced its newest park at Bridgeport Bar will be called Chief Joseph State Park.
  • Initial steps have been taken toward construction of a new grade school in East Wenatchee. It will be called Cascade Elementary School. The school board Monday approved the name and authorized the sale of $300,000 in bonds for construction.

25 years ago — 1992

  • Members of the band Jefferson Starship performed at Eastmont Stadium in East Wenatchee May 1 for a concert to benefit the Complete the Loop Coalition. The Douglas County Park Board sponsored the event to raise funds for the eastside portion of the Apple Capital Loop Trail.
  • Douglas County commissioners appointed former county commissioner Jack Van Well as chairman of a Blue Ribbon Task Force citizens committee formed to study the development of a government complex on 19th Street on property purchased by the county last year.

10 years ago — 2007

  • On the front page of Empire Press, the Waterville High School band is shown marching in the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival grand parade in Wenatchee. The band gave spectators a look back on the 1980s with performances of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” The musicians wore concert uniforms adapted to look like the Blues Brothers. The cheerleaders wore poodle skirts.
  • Waterville School Superintendent Mark Heid announced that he would be leaving the school district for a position as superintendent of the Goldendale School District. Heid described his three years in Waterville as a good time for himself and his family. “I want to thank everyone for their support and for the quality of life we’ve been able to enjoy here,” he said. Heid came to Waterville in 2004, replacing Dennis Friedrich, who left for the Rainier School District south of Olympia.
  • Mansfield will be hosting “Fire in the Sky 2007” on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. This is the fourth year the town has hosted the Washington Aerospace Club’s Regional Rocket Launch. More than 700 rocket enthusiasts are expected to attend this year’s event, said site administrator Adam Foged.