News From Our Past

100 years ago — 1918

  • An excellent well of water on the land of a squatter’s claim in Douglas County gave the name to the government townsite Waterville, the county seat. The story of the location of the county seat was given by A.T. Greene, founder of the town, who has been spending a short time in Tacoma and was a visitor at the state historical society’s rooms last week. Greene now lives near Omak.
  • E.O. Potter of Rock Island departed yesterday for Geneva, Ohio, for a visit with friends and relatives.

50 years ago — 1968

  • The Seattle Symphony will perform before 4,000 students from Chelan and Douglas counties in two concerts at Pioneer Junior High School. The concerts are sponsored under Title III of the National Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • East Wenatchee Garden Club will stage its annual spring luncheon at the clubhouse Friday. The program will feature Sally Horan, telling of the background of some of the dolls in her vast collection.
  • Three Eastmont High School students won college scholarships and grants totaling $1,800 a year with their first place entries in the recent Inland Empire Science Fair in Spokane. They are Daryl Brender, Joe Seabrook and Neil Wentz.

25 years ago — 1993

  • John Brett, an Eastmont High School sophomore, won first place in the Washington State American Legion’s oratory contest. He is the son of Gordon and Della Brett of East Wenatchee.
  • The Douglas County Wheat Growers Association will meet Tuesday at the Waterville Cafe. Guest speaker will be Gretchen Borck, new director of issues for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.

10 years ago — 2008

  • South Douglas Conservation District was the host of this year’s North Central Washington Regional Envirothon. Seventeen high school teams participated in the May 7 event from Waterville, Bridgeport, Brewster, Leavenworth and Quincy. By taking tests at each of the five stations — water, forestry, soils, wildlife and recreational impacts on natural resources — the students were able to ask questions and learn from the experts from Natural Resource Conservation Service, Foster Creek Conservation District, the town of Waterville, Okanogan Conservation District, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Stemilt Growers and area farmers. Howard Nelson, from Central Washington Grain Growers, gave a class on the history of the wheat industry in the area and the teachers took a test on identifying grain varieties. After tallying the scores, Quincy team Tu Madre won the overall competition, as well as for Grant County. Cascade High School from Leavenworth won for Chelan County, Brewster Seniors for Okanogan County, and Waterville No. 1 for Douglas County. All four teams plan to participate in the state Envirothon to be held May 28-29 at the YMCA Camp at Lake Wenatchee.
  • Nearly 80 Boy Scouts from the Wenatchee Valley gathered May 17 at Triangle Park in Wenatchee for an all-day Scout-o-Rama and a time to observe Armed Forces Day. The day ended with the firing of a Civil War cannon and a ceremonial flag burning. Riley Schenck of East Wenatchee, son of Michael and Carolyn Schenck, is shown in the May 22 issue of Empire Press helping to load the muzzle of the cannon. He participated in the cannon firing and the flag burning.