News From Our Past


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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Waterville High School won the basketball championship of North Central Washington last Friday evening by defeating the Wenatchee YMCA, 33-17. Waterville has played 13 games this season, winning 12.
  • A marriage license was issued yesterday to Henry Domrese of Waterville and Lula G. Clark of Wenatchee.
  • Mrs. Fred Mikle of Brewster Flat has returned home from an extended visit with her parents in Spokane.
  • W.C. Herrington, a Waterville garage man, was in Wenatchee this morning on business.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Bob Matthiesen of Mansfield received his discharge from the Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and is now home. He plans to return to his studies at Wenatchee Valley College.
  • Eastmont High school faculty members wholly accepted the invitation of the school board to “dream a little” about what their school should be doing five years from now. Reports in five areas have been turned in and are under study by the board, according to Assistant Superintendent A.M. Janssen.


25 years ago — 1993

  • The East Wenatchee City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a new city hall as architects unveiled the latest sketches of the building. Council members smiled and voiced approval as Lee Pardini from the city’s architectural firm, Merritt Pardini of Tacoma, presented the plans. Sketches show the new city hall as L-shaped with an open-dome lobby as the main focus of the building. It will be located on four acres on 9th Street N.E., across from Eastmont Junior High School. City shops and code compliance offices are currently on the site. Pardini said the building’s design will try to bring a sense of history to East Wenatchee. “We’ve worked hard to find artifacts … and imagery to create a history here that doesn’t exist,” Pardini said. “It gives the community an opportunity to find out more about itself.” The city is working with the North Central Washington Museum to find historical exhibits to display in the lobby.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Large crowds of children and parents turned out for the annual Waterville Chamber of Commerce Easter egg hunt in Pioneer Park over the weekend. Participants in each age group competed to find gold and silver eggs. For the 1-4 age group, Lily Brown found the gold egg, and Brandon and Brian Sanchez found the silver egg. For the 5-7 age group, Briana Reeves found the gold egg and Cody Deshazer found the silver egg. In the 8-10 age group, Kayla Wagner found the gold egg and Jacobe Preugschat found the silver egg.
  • Brad Murison’s great-grandparents came from Scotland during the late 1800s to farm a piece of land north of Mansfield. Murison and his father Don are still farming that land today. The Murisons became the first family to take part in the new Douglas County Century Farm and Ranch Program, recognizing those who keep a farm or ranch in the family for 100 years or more. Recently, three generations of Murisons stopped by the office of the Foster Creek Conservation District to pick up a certificate and an aluminum sign that designates their farm as a “Century Farm.” Along with father and son was 4-year-old Braydon Murison.
  • Ann Whitehall has been appointed manager of the North Cascades National Bank branch in Waterville.