News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1917

  • A local Red Cross Society in Mansfield, an auxiliary to the Waterville society, was formed Monday. Mrs. Tom Cole is in charge. About 30 members are enrolled.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Peter McPherson and Agnes Hamilton, all of Brewster, spent several days of the past week in Okanogan.
  • Waterville is to have improved mail service. The town currently has only one mail run each day that leaves there by train at 4:40 p.m. This is so unsatisfactory that the residents made a successful protest to the U.S. Postal Department in Washington, D.C., with the result that bids are being advertised for carrying the mail by auto stage between Waterville and Wenatchee two times a day, six days per week.


50 years ago — 1967

  • Douglas County commissioners reduced the assessed value of land belonging to the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club in East Wenatchee from $250 to $160 an acre. The assessed value of the clubhouse was left at $36,060, said Assessor Aileen Dahlke.
  • Eastmont earned a berth in the state Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament by winning the Eastern Washington championship in Othello last weekend. Eastmont’s district performance featured 14 innings of shutout pitching by Ray Walker.
  • Action to make Eastmont School District a first-class district was taken Monday by the board of directors. In a letter directed to County School Superintendent Florence Dahlke, the board asked the change be effective July 1, 1968.


25 years ago — 1992

  • Lafe Bretthauer, 56, the superintendent at Willapa Valley School District in Pacific County, is the new superintendent of the Waterville School District. He’ll takes over for Larry Hutzinger.
  • Mike Baker of East Wenatchee has been awarded an engineering scholarship by the National Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation. Baker is a graduate of Eastmont High School.
  • Barbara Flaget of Waterville has been named to the president’s list for the spring quarter at Wenatchee Valley College.
  • Cathy Bishop, daughter of Stephen and Cheryl Bishop of East Wenatchee, was third runner-up in the senior division at the 21st annual Miss Washington National Teen-ager Pageant held recently in Tacoma.


10 years ago — 2007

  • The Witten and Mittelstaedt families will hold a one-day family reunion in Douglas. A service at 11 a.m. will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Aug. 18. A 1 p.m. potluck picnic will then be held in Douglas Park.
  • After four days at the annual Gonzaga University National Cheerleading Association camp, Waterville cheerleader Ofe Velazquez became one of eight participants to become an NCA All-American Team Member. Velazquez, who will be a senior this year, has been a cheerleader since she was a freshman.
  • After being on the job for three months, Waterville postmaster Wendy Morris-Heller was officially sworn in on Friday. Morris-Heller was previously a postmaster at the Carlton Post Office in the Methow Valley, and now commutes daily from Brewster. “The Waterville community is a wonderful place to be. I’m enjoying the people here,” she said prior to the ceremony.
  • Mike Gray is the new athletic director at Waterville High School. He replaces Jim Evans, who moved to the Almira-Coulee-Hartline District. Gray is also the head football coach.