News from our Past

100 years ago — 1918

  • Fishing season has opened and Ed Russell, O.W. Lawrence and Clyde Warren managed to catch a few fish in Douglas Creek even though the body of water was too muddy for very good results.
  • The Waterville Union Grain Co. is currently advertising for bids for four elevators, one with a capacity of 80,000 bushels to be located in Waterville, one with the same capacity to be built at Withrow, and two of 30,000-bushel capacity to be built at Alstown.

50 years ago — 1968

  • Bridgeport showed outstanding depth in defeating three other schools in a track and field meet in Bridgeport Wednesday. Gary Smith’s Mustangs rolled up 99 points, compared to 45 for Brewster, 20 for Wilson Creek and 7 for Coulee City.
  • Nona Joy, second grade daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Joy of Brewster, was honored at the Brewster Grange on April 11 with a special award for having saved the life of a child last December in Hawaii.
  • Mrs. Estel Elmer of Rock Island and Mrs. John Dow of Wenatchee were named Club Women of the Year by the Wenatchee Woman’s Club. Both have been active in community work in addition to their club interests.

25 years ago — 1993

  • Regina Migliore of Waterville is among students from North Central Washington receiving degrees from Washington State University at the end of December.
  • Brian Brett of East Wenatchee took first place in the job interview competition at the state Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) winter conference. He is an automotive technology student at Wenatchee Valley College.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Father Gary Norman, who has been the resident priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church for the past year, is leaving Waterville next month. Norman is being sent to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Ephrata. His last day at St. Joseph will be June 15. Following the change, Father Juan Medina, a priest at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee, will travel to Waterville to say Mass. He will also be available for weddings, funerals and to administer the sacraments. Norman said the change will mean increased involvement for parishioners. Mary Ann Sprauer is one of four lay people who have been trained to perform the “liturgy of the word,” reading scripture, saying prayers and offering communion.
  • The cemetery in Waterville will have a fresh new look for Memorial Day this year. Flags for both the flag poles and for the graves have been purchased with the help of the local American Legion Post, funds from the estate of Richard Black, and Douglas County Cemetery District 2 funds. The new flags are designed for outdoor weather and are expected to last for years. The current flags, not designated to be flown outdoors, were donated by the families of veterans and had become worn. For every one of those flags, a new flag will be dedicated for that person.
  • Waterville youth are shown in the May 8 issue of Empire Press playing in a recent T-ball game against Chelan. First-grader Matt Kahn is up to bat while second grade student Ethan Petersen stretches for a ball at first base. Angel Lucero and Miles Mittelstaedt, also second-graders, wait for their turns at bat.