News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • A license to marry was issued by the county auditor yesterday to Fred Hildebrand of Waterville and Bessie Guptill of Spokane.
  • Ted Hougey of Palisades was in Waterville Monday attending to business matters.
  • Irvin B. Vestal and J.S. Burke, both of Palisades, filled a call to Waterville Thursday to take their military examination.
  • Harry Davis and Lyda Catherine Davis, both of Waterville, were married at the Presbyterian manse on Sunday afternoon.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Moses Coulee, one of the geological wonders of the world, will be featured in a color movie having its premier showing at Palisades Friday night. Edson Dow, Wenatchee author, historian and attorney, produced the movie over the past two years.
  • A revised application for annexation of an area at the north city limits was approved by the East Wenatchee Town Council Monday. An earlier petition had lacked a section on town indebtedness.
  • Douglas and Grant County PUDs are studying a possible location of a nuclear power plant in the Banks Lake area. The development could possibly be tied to potential irrigation projects in the wheatland area of the Big Bend and the Coulee City-to-Creston area.


 25 years ago — 1993

  • Jason Evenhus, a graduate of Eastmont High School, is 4-1 with a 2.00 earned-run average after five starts for the Washington State University baseball team. Evenhus, a senior right-hander, has limited opposing batters to a .202 average.
  • Dan Inabnit of Wenatchee finished first in the 250 Merc Class in the Waterville Snowmobile Races held last month. Jeff Michael finished second and Brian Brown took third. Brown also won the Mod I competition, finishing ahead of David Mires and Mark Evans. Evans also took second in the Leaf Spring Class. He was bested by Hank Mounter, while Tuffy McDonald came in third. In the Poker Run, Bob Larson finished first, with Cort Johnson and Mires taking second and third, respectively.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Susie Schmidt who was in charge of Orondo’s annual Arbor Day tree sale April 5 said business was brisk with customers eager to buy and plant their trees. The sale was held at the Market Place near the Y. Bob Johnson of Orondo, treasurer of the Arbor Day committee, said that nearly all the trees were sold bringing in $800.
  • Waterville families had the chance to attend a movie in town Friday night. “The Bee Movie” was shown at the Nifty Theatre as a fundraiser for the Waterville 4-H Club. Parent leader Stephanie Bromiley said that the children in the group are raising steers, pigs and rabbits as well as doing sewing and cooking projects. The $200 raised at the event will go to help the group members (ages 6-15) buy supplies for the fair and some study materials.
  • Waterville’s Laney Brown has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Eastern Washington University. As a senior at Waterville High School, Brown was named to the Associated Press 2B All-State Second Team and was Co-MVP of the North Central League. She was named First Team All-NCL each of her final three years after earning mention to the Second Team as a freshman. Her sister Jacque already plays volleyball for the EWU Eagles.