News From Our Past


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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Mr. and Mrs. George Slaughter of Mansfield passed through Wenatchee as they were returning home from Seattle. While in Wenatchee, they were overnight guests at the Elman Hotel.
  • About 100 farmers attended a special convention this week in Mansfield for the purpose of creating renewed interest and reorganization of the union locals throughout the county.
  • One object of the campaign is to secure $2 wheat for farmers of the Northwest with a terminal on the coast.
  • George A. Virtue of Palisades was a business visitor in Wenatchee on Friday.
  • County chairman M.B. Howe estimates that the Red Cross membership of Douglas County will be increased by 2,000 members as a result of a recent campaign.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Pateros’ Wayne Miller handed Waterville’s Martin Hensel his first setback of the season, but the Shockers took the team honors, 38-13, in high school wrestling action this week. Miller, an outstanding 167-pounder who has lost only two of 11 matches this season, moved up a weight class to 177 and beat Hensel, 7-3.
  • Mary Nason will be installed worthy advisor of Eastmont Rainbow Girls Assembly on Saturday at Lee School. Other elected officers will be Jeannette Reinoehl, worthy associate advisor; Peggy Lieberg, charity; Cheryl Oaks, hope; and Joan Thoroughman, faith.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Lucas Willms of Waterville has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Having demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and citizenship, Willms will be among 350 outstanding high school students from across the nation at the conference, sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. Willms, a junior at Waterville High School, is the son of Ken and Nancy Willms.


10 years ago — 2008

  • With all the starting pitchers graduated, the Waterville girls fastpitch softball team will build on three returning players — one of whom might pitch for the team. Coach J.R. Koontz will be the head coach for her first time — one of the many firsts for the team. Marjie Loebsack will be assistant coach for the first time. Koontz said the pitching position is the key player for the game. She is considering using junior Rainie Feenstra, a returning starter, as a pitcher. Several others are also being considered as pitchers including Joy Loebsack, Lindsey Kelley and Courtney Wolf. Junior Valerie Loebsack and senior Rachel Woolard are also returning starters. “It will be a building year,” Koontz said. “We’ll all learn a lot and have a lot of fun.”
  • The Waterville Shockers start spring training next week with many of the team members still savoring the best baseball season in Waterville history last year. “I told the guys that the goal is no longer just to be at the top of league. The standard is much higher now,” said coach Damian Smith who took the team all the way to the state tournament and finished fourth. Joel Barnes will be Smith’s assistant coach, returning from his first year as assistant last year. Smith said he is looking forward to working with a pitching group including Rob Fila, Randall Fila, Joey Bareither and Chris Callesen. “I’m hoping for some great leadership from Jakob Ludeman in the infield,” Smith said about his defense. “The team has good chemistry — they work well together.”