News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • J.A. Longston and F.D. Hutton, ministers of the Christian churches of Waterville and Mansfield, respectively, and Mrs. K.W. White of Waterville are in Wenatchee today for a conference with H.E. Hobart, minister of the First Christian Church of Wenatchee, to organize a convention of the Churches of Christ in this district to be held sometime in May.
  • T.G. Dark, a wheat grower of Waterville, and his wife are guests at the Rainier Grand Hotel in Seattle.
  • A unique Red Cross Auxiliary has been organized by the farmers who live between Waterville and Badger Mountain. They meet once a week at the homes of the different farmers with each one taking his turn.


50 years ago — 1968

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Louis Bruno will speak at a meeting of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce on May 14. Ike Vallance is chamber president.
  • Brewster’s bidders showed considerable interest in six lots along Bridge Street that were sold by Douglas County PUD commissioners Monday. Commissioner Mike Doneen supervised the opening of 16 bids on the six parcels.
  • John O. Snabb of East Wenatchee has been named assistant golf pro at Rock Creek Country Club in Somerset West near Portland. Snabb is the son of Wenatchee Golf and Country Club pro Ollie Snabb.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Silicon Metaltech Inc., on the verge of emerging from bankruptcy and being sold, announced plans this week to restart a third furnace at its plant in Rock Island within a couple of weeks. The move will add 13 employees to the company’s payroll, bringing total employment to about 100 total at the plant.
  • Jennifer Faulkner, a student at Eastmont High School, has been accepted by Youth for Understanding International Exchange as an exchange student. She will live with a family in Germany during the program this summer.


10 years ago — 2008

  • “Roaring Twenties” was the theme of the April 19 eight-school area prom, hosted this year by Waterville at the NCW Fairgrounds Community Hall. About 435 students attended. Elsa Chambers and Valerie Loebsack were coordinators for the event. In the royal court were Jade GuilmoJosie Grande and Alex Davila.
  • John Jorgensen organized the planting of beds in front of Waterville School as his senior project and to celebrate Arbor Day.
  • Diana Hoyt has opened a new business in Waterville called Inspired Interiors.
  • Oroville fell victim to the power pitching duo of Waterville’s Joey Bareither and Rob Fila, scoring only four runs in two games April 18. The Shockers swept their opponents 6-1 in the first game and 9-3 in the second, taking advantage of good wood on the ball by Waterville batters. Waterville head coach Damian Smith said, “Joey gave up only four hits and struck out 14. Our pitching has become our strength.” He added, “Rob threw a great game (in the second of the doubleheader) striking out 10 and giving up three hits… he is dominating like I expected him to this season.” Leading the hitting were Fila (2-for-3 with a double and an inside-the-park home run), Josh Day (3-for-4 with a bases loaded double scoring all three runners) and Brian Follet (2-for-4 with a double).