News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1918

  •  A patriotic program presented by the elementary grades and high school students of Mansfield on Friday night brought in $65 which will go toward the purchase of thrift stamps.
  •  G.F. Green and family of Brewster passed through Wenatchee today on their way home from a 7,000-mile auto trip. While on the road, they visited Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

50 years ago — 1968

  • Bunny Patrol of Brownie Troop 184 in East Wenatchee recently visited the North Central Washington Museum. The group included Cheryl Stuart, Karol Towers, Kelly Towers, Trudie Nielson, Julie Goodell, Cindy Sherwood, Valerie Ruffle, Kim Fortune, Cindy Johnson, Joni Boyd, Juanita Sauceda and Susan Walters.
  • A family dinner at the Chieftain Restaurant in Wenatchee and a reception at the Lions Club Building in Waterville on Sunday honored a longtime Douglas County couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jens C. Peterson of Waterville. The events were in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary.
  • Waterville downed Entiat, 7-3, in a Chelan-Douglas League baseball game at Entiat Friday. Kirk Schmidtman, Scott Rock and Bruce Hawkins all had two hits apiece for Waterville, and Robin Johnson belted a triple.

25 years ago — 1993

  • Chelan orchardist Charles McClellan has been elected to serve on the Farm Credit Services local board of directors. McClellan will represent the organization’s stockholders in the Wenatchee and Okanogan valleys, the Chelan-Manson area and the Waterville-Mansfield area. He replaces Lawrence Buse of Waterville.
  • Eastmont High school senior Kevin Rosinbum took first place in dramatic interpretation in the state individual events debate championships in Tacoma over the weekend. The win was the second state title for Rosinbum, who finished first in humorous interpretation last year.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Dillon Ludeman and Jesus Vieyra are shown in the May 8 issue of Empire Press playing their trombones as the Waterville High School band neared the end of the route in the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival grand parade. The band won second place in its division. The cheerleaders, led by coach Ruth Toomey, took first place. “I’m very happy about that,” said band director Will Chisholm of the placings. Chisholm said that he chose difficult pieces for the band this year. Music included “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group and “Apache” by Jerry Lordan. This year, three students in the back held large red banners with musical notes on them. The banners were created by Karen Keller’s home economics students.
  • For the past 10 months, Bruce and Cathy Clark have been busy renovating the old grange hall in Waterville. Though more details remain to be completed, the Clarks have turned the business half of the building into a well-equipped coffee shop complete with a baking area, coffee machines, ice cream freezers, baked good display cases and an antique coffee grinding machine. The bakery is called the Blue Rooster. The couple began what they called a “soft opening” on April 28 and they’ve seen the number of customers increasing day-by-day. “We’re loving it,” said Bruce Clark.
  • The Waterville baseball team overwhelmed Manson on their home field April 29 taking a doubleheader, 13-2 and 18-3. Shocker hitters were led by Rob Fila and Josh Day.