News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Rev. Charles D. Yates has resigned his pastorate at the First Congregational Church in Brewster to enter YMCA war work at Camp Lewis.
  • Hilda Deffland of Brewster was a visitor in Wenatchee over Sunday, arriving Saturday evening and registering at the Elman Hotel.
  • The East Wenatchee Mother’s Club will meet at the home of Mrs. E.N. Simon on Wednesday afternoon. All ladies of the neighborhood are invited. Sewing for the Red Cross will be done.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Longtime Wenatchee area residents Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Adams celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Sunday at their East Wenatchee home. The couple has lived here since 1910.
  • Dennis Irish is the new president of the East Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce.
  • While the big Wells Dam is already generating power, the dam’s owner — the Douglas County PUD — is still busy tidying up some undone work in the reservoir area. Work remains around Pateros, Bridgeport and Brewster, according to PUD Manager Fred Lieberg.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Rock Island Elementary School is proving that big things can come in small packages. The rural school was recently selected for its second state award in three years. It is the only school in Eastern Washington — and by far the smallest school in the state — honored with this year’s Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Only six schools in Eastern Washington have achieved the honor since 1985. Rock Island has now won twice, for 1989-90 and now for the 1991-92 school year.
  • The Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee will soon have three new tenants. They are Volume ShoeSource, Harry Ritchie Jewelers and Pro Image.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Last summer, the NCW Fair’s John Deere tractor didn’t look very good, and by fair time the tractor quit running. Without money for repairs in the budget, fair Manager Larry Nelson decided to ask someone for help. Bob Clements of Clements Ranch agreed to take the tractor for the winter in order to fix it up and give it a facelift. Clements, his son Chad and Dick Osborne, who works on his ranch, volunteered hundreds of hours to repair and refurbish the tractor. Now, back at the fairgrounds, the tractor looks almost as if it just drove off a John Deere lot. “It’ll last them a long time,” Osborne said of the tractor. Nelson said the labor that the ranchers donated saved their fair several thousand dollars. He added that the tractor is very important for the fair and is used for hauling sand and gravel, mowing fields, cultivating arenas and other jobs. “The fair just couldn’t get along without it,” Nelson said.
  • Dena Johnson of Rock Island Elementary School has been named Teacher of the Month for February. The award is sponsored each month by Numerica Credit Union. Johnson was nominated for the honor by fourth grade student Morgan Jones.
  • Waterville Elementary School will now have one more way of enhancing its “Literate About Biodiversity” project. The teachers have been awarded $10,000 from the Qwest Foundation Learning Technologies Grant Program. Principal Cathi Nelson said the grant money will be used to purchase web cameras for holding video conferences, digital video cameras, a color printer and a computer for each classroom which can run special mapping software.