News from Our Past


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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Oscar Darnell of Mansfield and Ella Galloway of Leavenworth were married Thursday evening in Wenatchee. The groom is employed on the Mansfield Line.
  • Withrow is the leading wheat shipping station in Douglas County, according to the report of T.J. Sweeney, chief grain inspector for the state. The report covers the period from July 1 to Nov. 1, 1917. Not only does Withrow lead the county, but it leads all the other towns on the Great Northern Railroad in Washington and is second place among the wheat stations in the state. Pomeroy, in Garfield County, leads with 476,714 bushels and Withrow followed with 379,710 bushels. Mansfield had 42,233 bushels.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Gene DeCamp of Orondo has been named sales fieldman in the Wenatchee Valley for Tilly Equipment Inc., 1447 N. Wenatchee Ave. DeCamp has been a horticulturist at the Tree Fruit Research Center for the last six months.
  • Melinda Weldon has been named Brewster High School’s Girl of the Month. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Weldon.
  • Ethel Badten of Waterville has been elected secretary of the Douglas County 4-H Leaders Council.
  • Mary Gross has been named Girl of the Month at Bridgeport High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gross of Bridgeport.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Douglas County commissioners are scrambling to find $1.2 million to close the Pine Canyon and Bridgeport Bar landfills by Oct. 9 in order to comply with the new federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. These regulations, referred to as Subtitle D, require all landfills in the state to either upgrade their facilities by Oct. 9 to meet new environmental guidelines or else close. Ron Draggoo, director of Chelan/Douglas County Solid Waste programs, said upgrading the facilities would cost millions. Since both landfills have not been used for several years, closing them would be less expensive, he said. Still, Draggoo added, his office estimates each landfill will cost about $600,000 to close.


10 years ago — 2008

  • After serving as copy editor, features editor and then also editorial cartoonist for The Wenatchee World, Andy Wahl has moved on to pursue a master’s degree and a freelance career. However, the Waterville resident is doing it all from his home office. Wahl is pursuing a distance degree from Fort Hays State University in library studies with an emphasis in history. At the same time, he is marketing a weekly editorial cartoon on the web, both through a personal website and through several other sites that feature his work. “The ability to do that while standing in the middle of a wheatfield is just astounding to me,” Wahl said. During 2005 and 2006, Wahl become the first American to place back-to-back in the United Nations Correspondents Association Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards.
  • Waterville native Pamela Abutbol has established her own dog grooming business. Abutbol’s brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Teresa Craig, helped her set up a small barn in Waterville for her business which she has named Pamela’s Perfect Paws Parlor.
  • North Cascades National Bank has announced that Amber Petersen has been promoted to manager of the bank’s Orondo branch. Petersen and her husband live in Waterville and have two children.