News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • A.L. Rogers came down from Waterville yesterday and left on the early morning train for Pullman to attend the sessions of the Northwest Grain Growers which are scheduled for several days.
  • Deputy Sheriff A.H. Davis of Douglas County came down from Waterville yesterday on official business.
  • Eva Brett came down from Waterville on the stage yesterday afternoon for a shopping trip in Wenatchee.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Rock Island area orchardist William Vaughn was this week elected chairman of the Douglas County Planning Commission. Vaughn replaces outgoing chairman Myrl George of the Orondo area.
  • A $35,000 bond issue to help finance runways at the Brewster community airport was overwhelmingly approved by voters Tuesday. The vote was 207-85, said Mayor Howard Gamble.
  • An architect’s drawing shows how the Federated Church in Waterville will look when plans for the new educational unit are completed. The building and finance committees are currently conducting a fundraising campaign for the new structure. The Federated Church has a long history, dating back to the early-day Methodist Church in Waterville.


25 years ago — 1993

  • The Oregon Snowmobiling Racing Circuit will compete Saturday at the NCW District Fairgrounds. The competition is expected to draw entries from as far away as Utah. Participants from North Central Washington include Marnie Henry, Dan Allard and Theresa Tallet, all of Omak; Alice Thompson of Okanogan; Robert Mires of Waterville; Vern Antonson and Keith Simmons, both of East Wenatchee; Brian Brown, Mark Evans and Hank Mounter, all of Wenatchee.
  • Gordon Congdon, a longtime Wenatchee area physician, received the East Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award at the organization’s annual banquet Wednesday. Congdon was honored for his role in the development of the Eastside shoreline trail. Construction is expected to begin this spring. Congdon co-founded the Complete the Loop Coalition in 1990. At the same event, Karen Case was introduced as chamber president for the coming year.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Waterville High School senior Jakob Ludeman is shown getting pieces of garlic bread out of the oven during the senior class dinner on Feb. 9. The event was a fundraiser for the senior trip later in the spring. Also shown is Laney Brown dishing up spaghetti. Senior advisor Ed Worthen and the students made the spaghetti sauce from scratch.
  • Waterville High School recently released its honor roll for the first semester. Receiving 4.0 grade-point averages were Victoria Brown and Bryan Thomsen, seniors; Joseph Bareither and Levi Bareither, sophomores; and Steven Miranda, freshman.
  • First-grader Jackson Milbrandt is shown carving up his pancake at the St. Joseph Parish annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Feb. 5.
  • Missoula Children’s Theatre was back at the Nifty this year with the performance of “The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.” Waterville students from kindergarten through twelfth grade auditioned on Feb. 11 and then rehearsed each day until the final performances Feb. 15-16. Among those participating were Anna Edgar, Mars Chambers, Julia Thomsen, Jessica Thomsen, Lakin Thomsen, Kasey Ramin, Tatiana Pickett, Jessica Day, Garrett Thomsen, Julia Day, Jesse Greening, Elsa Chambers and Sunnie Koontz.
  • Waterville resident Martha Besel, 87, received special recognition from the American Red Cross after her donor contribution to last December’s blood drive which brought her lifetime donation total to six gallons.