News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1917

  • The new Hotel Cross in Mansfield offers the finest accommodations to the traveling public of any hotel in North Central Washington, with 30 modern rooms, hot and cold water in each room, a number of private baths and electric lights. R.L. Cross is the proprietor.
  • C.E. Chase of Brewster was in Wenatchee overnight on business.
  • The good roads program of Douglas County for the next biennium was brought to the forefront yesterday at the regular meeting of the county commissioners. Citizens of Waterville, Coulee City and Douglas, and the ranchers between Waterville and Coulee City have raised $18,000 so the county can obtain $82,000 in federal money needed to complete the Sunset Highway. It is hoped that the road will be completed by next year as well as early completion of a road planned from Farmer north to Withrow-Mansfield and Bridgeport. This is being accomplished without affecting the road program for the rest of the county.


50 years ago — 1967

  • Youngsters attending East Wenatchee schools next fall will either have to become “brown baggers” or go without lunch. There will be no hot lunches. Eastmont School District has decided to eliminate the program. It has operated at a deficit for the past several years.
  • More than 200 guests attended a golden wedding anniversary reception last month for Mr. and Mrs. George Gormley of Waterville. The function took place at the American Legion Hall which had been decorated with many “golden” floral arrangements.


25 years ago — 1992

  • Jessica House and Michelle Swearingen, both of Brewster, were among students who recently earned academic honors at Central Washington University.
  • Maude Storey of East Wenatchee celebrated her 102nd birthday Saturday during a party held at Highline Convalescent Center.


10 years ago — 2007

  • Justin Grillo’s third grade class gathered around for a special storytime led by Mike Gregoire, husband of Gov. Christine Gregoire. Gregoire had made a commitment to visit at least one elementary school in each of the 39 counties of the state before the school year is over. At each school, he visits the library to meet the librarian and then visits a third grade classroom to read “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” by John Scieszka. As he read, Gregoire kept the students involved by asking questions and getting feedback. Each student was presented a card with a picture of the Gregoire family on the front and Washington state facts on the back, along with a pencil with the governor’s name and the state insignia on it. Gregoire said that he decided to make the reading tour because both he and his wife have a background in teaching and because they believe strongly in the importance of encouraging children to read.
  • A party will be held May 26 at the Waterville Federated Church for Howard Snyder, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday.
  • The officers and employees of NCW Community Bank of Wenatchee gathered at Rock Island Road and 3rd Street N.E. in East Wenatchee this week to ceremonially begin construction of its first branch bank. The locally owned and operated bank opened in Wenatchee in November of 1999 with $5.28 million in assets. It has now grown to nearly $92 million in assets.