News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • George B. White who is manager of the National Orchard Co. of Brewster has resigned and sold his interest in the company to the other stockholders. Bert J. Chamberlain of Wenatchee has been secured as manager for this year.
  • A deal was closed whereby A.B. Dorsey sold his ranch located six miles northwest of Waterville to Frank Malfa Jr. The ranch consists of 1,278 acres. There are 575 acres of farmland on the place and the balance is in pasture land. The consideration was $55,000. Dorsey had owned the land since 1901, purchasing it from the state and the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. The 17 years he owned the place has shown a steady increase in value besides the profitable crops it has produced.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Karen Schroder has been selected Clubwoman of the Year by the Bridgeport Junior Women’s Club. Chosen from a field of three candidates nominated for their outstanding work in club projects, Schroder has devoted 170 hours to the activities of the club during the past year. She is also assistant district director of the Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs. Her project for this year has been community improvement with a goal of getting a filter system for the municipal swimming pool.


25 years ago — 1993

  • “The Richey Clovis Cache,” a new book by Dr. R. Michael Gramly, director of the 1990 Richey Clovis Cache dig, is now in print. The 75-page book includes a full-color cover showing two large translucent Clovis points, 15 other photographs, one table of data and one fold-out map of the site, and 37 other graphics including drawings by illustrator Valerie Waldorf. Regarded by scientists as one of the most significant discoveries relating to prehistoric Ice Age Clovis man, the cache was discovered by orchard workers digging an irrigation ditch in 1987 at the Richey-Roberts orchard near Pangborn Memorial Airport.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Members of the Douglas County Historical Society took a trip back in time at their annual meeting March 29. Judy Artley Sandbloom and Darlene Spargo of the Native Daughters of Washington Territorial Pioneers dressed up in apparel of the past and read real stories told by pioneer women of Washington. Museum Director Lori Ludeman also gave a report of the museum’s past season and what’s new this coming season. Ludeman said 1,624 visitors from 27 states outside Washington and nine foreign countries signed the guest register last year. A new display item this season will be a sculpture made of red soapstone from Lake Wenatchee carved by Marie Magnuson of East Wenatchee. Several scale model farm implements were donated by Joe White of East Wenatchee. Eileen Bone, Linda Avey and Donna Slager will continue to help Ludeman staff the museum.
  • Students from Orondo, Rock Island and Waterville received honors for academic achievement during the winter quarter at Wenatchee Valley College. Named to the President’s List were Anna Maxwell of Orondo; and Sunnie Koontz of Waterville. Named to the Dean’s List were Adam Brandt, Nicole Gonzalez and Patricia Limon, all of Orondo; Tamara Benson, Tovi Funner, Maria Landon and Patti Matthews, all of Rock Island; and Jason Boswell, David Miranda, Lucas Prpich and Genavieve Sherwood, all of Waterville.