News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1917

  • Albert McKay has one of the best fields of winter wheat in Douglas County. It is filling nicely and shows little, if any, effect of the hot weather. The yield has been estimated all the way from 35 to 50 bushels. There is a perfect stand all over the field, on the ridges as well as on the best land.
  • Mansfield has a baseball team and the organization is being backed by the town. Players include Mike Moran, W.E. Holle, W.O. Harrison, T.L. McLean, J.F. Benson, W.J. Mallory, Roy Russell, A. Burgeois and A. Jayne. Sam L. Nelson is the manager. Games are scheduled with Leavenworth, Bridgeport and Waterville.
  • The Welfare Mother’s Club of East Wenatchee held its regular meeting Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Ralph Eikenberry on Rock Island Boulevard.

50 years ago — 1967

  • Irrigation of a potential 400,000 to 500,000 acres of Big Bend wheat land with water pumped from Banks Lake is under discussion in Douglas County. Two persons considering it are Robert Spearman, Spokane area consulting engineer, and Paul Hamilton of Ephrata.
  • Virgil Gustin, Beebe area rancher, appeared to lead a parade of Douglas County farmers in getting their grain to the elevator. Gustin is shown cutting an 80-acre field of Omar wheat on leased land in McNeil Canyon.

25 years ago — 1992

  • Douglas County will join Chelan County in building a new juvenile detention center, Chelan County commissioners said this week. The new center will be built in the facility currently housing the juvenile center and the Chelan-Douglas Health District, but the building will be gutted and a new interior constructed, said Marlene Smith, juvenile administrator.
  • Jeffrey B. Schneider, a 1991 graduate of Waterville High School, has received a $300 agricultural engineering scholarship at Washington State University. He is the son of Howard and Joyce Schneider.

10 years ago — 2007

  • Drew Heid, who joined the Wenatchee AppleSox in June, will enroll at Gonzaga University this fall and play baseball for the Bulldogs next spring. Heid graduated from Waterville High School in 2006, where he played baseball, and then went to Walla Walla Community College for his first year, where he was also on the baseball team. Playing for the Bulldogs will be a big step up, just like joining the AppleSox. Heid saw the Shockers play at this year’s state tournament in Yakima and said, “They looked really good.”
  • The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has hired two entry-level deputies. Evan O’Malley of East Wenatchee is now assigned to a field training deputy and is working in the south valley area. Sam Tonseth of Mansfield is assigned to the Bridgeport area.
  • Rev. Gary Norman has been assigned to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waterville by the bishop of the Yakima diocese.
  • Waterville swimmers Justine Clements, Hanna Clements and Bryan Thomsen each won their events at the Wenatchee Valley Summer Swim League Championships July 27 in Wenatchee.
  • PUD workers are shown putting in four power poles for lights around Waterville High School’s football field last week. The project was funded by a donation from Rod and Kris Biggar. The lights will allow home games to take place on Friday nights rather than Saturdays during the day.