News From Our Past

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

100 years ago — 1918

  • Committees for the Waterville Chamber of Commerce for the ensuing year have been appointed. They include T.B. Jones, Lew Acuff and William Zimmerman, roads and highways; J.H. Winstanley, C.S. Valentine and M.H. Davison, finance; J.M. Stoddard, John McKay and Herbert Price, membership; E.C. Carter, entertainment; M.E. Lies, city improvement; T.G. Roberts, agriculture; A.L. Rogers, legislative; George P. Wiley, public policy; and J.W. Woolverton, C.C. White and W.F. Schluenz, merchants.

50 years ago — 1968

  • Organization of the annual sustaining membership and Guardian of Scouting enrollment program of the North Central Washington Boy Scout Council is now under the leadership of Roy Westerdahl, a Brewster orchardist.
  • The hope that the contract for developing Grant Road into four lanes of travel can be made by June was expressed today by Douglas County Engineer Elva Bettis. Bettis said rights-of-way for sidewalks are assured from all but two property owners on the 1¼-mile stretch of roadway.

25 years ago — 1993

  • Jason Maxson of East Wenatchee, a sophomore at Michigan State University, finished 10th on the 1-meter board and 15th on the 3-meter board at the NCAA Diving Regionals at Ann Arbor, Mich. Maxson finished the season with team best scores in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. He broke the school record in the 1-meter event with a score of 359.33 in a dual meet versus Cleveland State earlier this season.

10 years ago — 2008

  • Jacob Bruggman, a 2003 graduate of Waterville High School, recently completed and published a novella called, “Porcelain Life Raft.” The story is about a young man and the pressures he faces as he matures, has a family and goes through adulthood. In order to write the novella, Bruggman said that he locked himself in his room for three days and did nothing but write. “It was a bit of an exercise in durability,” Bruggman said. He recently returned to Waterville from Seattle. Here he has been serving as a substitute teacher at the school and is working to market his book. Bruggman also has ideas in mind for his next book.
  • Waterville students in grades 3-6 have spent the first three Wednesday mornings in May at Douglas Creek applying in the field a wide range of information learned in the classroom. Students have looked for macroinvertebrates which are indicators of the general health of the creek. They also take photo point pictures using a GPS system to help monitor the creek over time. Other classes have been assigned to identify plants or take soil samples and rock rubbings. Fourth grade teacher Diane Petersen said that students also completed a thorough stream reach survey in which they looked for evidence of animals. These trips are a continuation of the Douglas Creek Watershed monitoring project that third, fourth and fifth graders have been doing for the last 13 years. In photos published in the May 22 issue of Empire Press, fourth-grader Julia Hinderer is shown taking a water sample to test the pH of Douglas Creek. Fourth grade student Gavin Deich is shown using a compass to take bearings at the creek to determine the place for a photo point picture.