News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1917

  • Travelers through Waterville always express surprise at the quality of the garage they find in town. At the Big Bend Tire Shop, they find a thoroughly up-to-date and fully equipped vulcanizing and tire repair service. From the number of tires observed under repair, it is inferred that the shop gives splendid satisfaction to its numerous patrons. Donald Fairbanks is the proprietor.
  • Harry Logan has purchased a half-section of land 16 miles northeast of Waterville from A.G. Deatley. The sale price was $24,000.
  • Charles Beymer has sold his half-section of land one mile south of Withrow to George Clymer for $18,000. Beymer had owned the land since 1891 when he purchased it for $900.

50 years ago — 1967

  • Three members of the 40-year-old Leisure House Club are shown talking about old times as they peruse a record book and examine photos. They are Mrs. E.D. Capps, secretary; Mrs. W.W. Muffly, charter member; and Mrs. Vern Olive, president. The members are made up of women from East Wenatchee and Rock Island.
  • Mrs. Fred Larsen of Orondo is the newly elected president of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.
  • Douglas County Pomona Grange will meet Saturday at the Palisades Grange. State Grange Master A. Lars Nelson of St. John will speak.

25 years ago — 1992

  • Jim Davis hopes to continue working for low power rates, saving fish and helping rural communities improve their outdated water systems for another six years with the Douglas County PUD Commission. Davis, of St. Andrews near Coulee City, announced today that he will run for a second term.
  • Bill Davis has announced he is running for the District 1 Douglas County commissioner seat. Davis, a Republican, is the third to announce he will run for Democrat Matt Warner’s seat. Douglas County Planning Commission member Tom Sellers and former county commissioner John Tontz, also Republicans, announced their candidacy earlier this year.

10 years ago — 2007

  • After more than a half a year of renovation, Barbara and Dean Hamilton plan to open the Coyote Pass Cafe in early August.
  • Waterville swim team relay teams scored first places in a July 11 meet against Cashmere. The 8-year-old and under boys and girls team took first place in the 100-yard medley relay. Swimmers included Kimberly Parcells, Kalah Toomey, Rylee McLeod and Allie Mires for the girls and Miles Mittelstaedt, Will Osborne, Nikolas Robinson and Cole Koenig for the boys. The age 8 and under girls team of Lexi Deishl, Drew Koenig, Allie Mires and Taylor Willms took first in the 100-yard freestyle relay.
  • Using grant dollars amounting to $44,000, the Rock Island City Council authorized and built a 24-foot addition to its existing recycle center giving residents a drive-through, self-service lane through the facility.
  • Members of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce and other volunteers brought refreshments to the Nason Creek Rest Area on Stevens Pass over the weekend. The refreshments were offered to travelers on a donation basis and proceeds will be used for scholarships and donations to charities. Those participating included Marla Madson, Jeff and Natalie Marx, Dick and Arlene Steinburg, Richard Radeck, Kem and Etta Hunter, Bruce Bounds and Gert Snyder.