News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Harry I. Logan, a well known Douglas County wheat ranger, was in Wenatchee last night en route back to Waterville. He was returning from Los Angeles, where he had been visiting since early December.
  • Arrangements are being made for the consolidation of the Mansfield State Bank and the Commercial State Bank. The new institution will be known as the Mansfield State Bank and will move operations into the Commercial State Bank building. Mansfield State Bank has been in existence since 1909 and the Commercial State Bank since the fall of 1916. The staff of officers will be L.H. Merritt, president; H.K. Robins, vice president; Z.V. Leslie, cashier; and T.S. Cole, assistant cashier.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Foote Mineral Co., which has a plant at Rock Island, has announced a new organizational structure resulting from the merger of Vanadium Corporation of America into Foote. Effective immediately, Foote will operate as three divisions with each functioning as a separate profit center.
  • Douglas County PUD commissioners examined Bonneville Power Administration charts showing costs to consumers of electricity in communities of the Pacific Northwest and found local rates below many of the area. The officials said the Douglas County PUD rates compare well with others.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Garrett Evans of East Wenatchee finished second Sunday in the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway, the opening event of the NASCAR Southwest Tour season.
  • Marie Brincefield of Rock Island will celebrate her 75th birthday at an open house party for friends and relatives Sunday in the Community Hall.
  • A first quarter allocation of $13,000 has been made to Douglas County for its Grant Road four-lane project, the state Urban Arterial Board announced today. The $200,000 project, to be paid for by matching state and county funds, was authorized in a get-started grant Oct. 6.


10 years ago — 2008

  • In a surprise announcement during a middle school assembly at Bridgeport School, sixth grade student Rodrigo Huerta presented teacher Jerry Bushnell with the March 2008 Outstanding Teacher Award, sponsored by Numerica Credit Union. “Mr. Bushnell is one of those teachers who genuinely cares about kids — all kids — and wants to see them successful,” said Jon Symonds, assistant principal and athletic director. Bushnell received a plaque and a $100 gift to be used for his classroom or the school. Huerta also received $25 and some gifts.
  • In the March 27 issue of Empire Press, Nolan Ruud and Elizabeth Bourton are shown playing in a semifinal game of the fourth grade chess tournament. All of the students participating are in Diane Petersen’s fourth grade class. Petersen said chess helps the students to learn to think and plan ahead, and it develops their spatial abilities. The chess tournament also helps the students to learn to win or lose with grace, she added.
  • During the weekend of March 28-30, Waterville residents were fumbling through their closets for those recently packed away snow pants and boots. A storm dropped several inches of snow on Friday, and another brought in a few more inches on Sunday.
  • Rock Island Elementary Principal K.C. Kwak has been commended for outstanding leadership among Washington state’s principals. Kwak has been selected as a Washington State Regional Distinguished Principal and will be honored this fall in Spokane.