News From Our Past


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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Waterville pioneer C.W. Hensel departed today for Seattle to visit relatives. He had also spent time visiting his son, S.W. Hensel, and daughter, Mrs. R.P. Webb, of Wenatchee.
  • E.L. Baker traveled to Waterville this morning by stage to conduct legal business.
  • R.E. Ellingsworth and W.C. Peach, both Mansfield merchants, drove to Wenatchee yesterday, arriving late in the evening. They report the roads to be in good condition.
  • The last carload of apples left Palisades Tuesday, shipped by Moses Coulee Fruit Land Co.
  • Nellie B. Burke has been reappointed postmaster at Mansfield. Elizabeth J. Virtue has been reappointed postmaster at Palisades.


50 years ago — 1968

  • An estimated $1.023 million expansion of the Brewster Flat Earth Station was announced Thursday by the visiting board of directors of the Communications Satellite Corp. The improvement program is designed to equip the Brewster earth station and two other stations to operate with Intelsat III series satellites.
  • Construction will start next week on the new Cascade Elementary School in East Wenatchee. Last year, Eastmont voters approved a $300,000 bond issue with most of the money going for the grade school.


25 years ago — 1993

  • A new 7,700-square foot dealership store for Smith Tractor & Equipment Co. has been completed at 3500 N. Chelan Highway. The business had been located at 1115 Walla Walla Ave.
  • Mansfield City Council members recently voted to meet only once a month because many capital improvement projects in the city are complete. The council will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month starting this month, city Clerk Nancy Hansen said. The council used to meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays.
  • Waterville Junior-Senior High School has announced academic honors for the first semester. Those with 4.0 grade-point averages were Garth Hinderer, Pamela Irmer and Lucas Willms, juniors.
  • Josh Haupt, a ninth grader at Eastmont Junior High School, recently served as a legislative page at the state Capitol in Olympia. He was sponsored by Rep. Clyde Ballard, R-East Wenatchee.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Waterville junior and senior high school students had the chance to attend a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” on March 7 at the Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. The production, by the the Seattle Shakespeare Company, was part of a tour of matinee performances for high school students. School secretary Tonya Kruger helped to organize the trip. High school Principal Patricia Scott said that the Shakespeare play is readily understandable to the students since many have read it and most know the story. For sophomore Kristin David, it was the first time to see a live theater performance. Julia Day, a freshman, has seen several other plays and said that this performance was well done.
  • Waterville hosted its first AAU basketball tournament over the weekend. This year, many parents requested that a tournament be held locally and offered to help with the arrangements. Coach Ed Worthen agreed to make it happen. Team members included Zakkary Kruger, Connor Trevino, Brendon Schulz, Allen Laney, Walter Edgar, Trey Worthen, Wyatt Mires and Michael Callesen.
  • Waterville Superintendent Ray Reid announced that North Central Educational Service District awards of excellence will be presented to Justin Grillo, certified staff, and Renee Landon, classified staff, in a ceremony March 19 at Mansfield School.