News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

<> The Red Cross held an auction in the Mansfield Gymnasium Friday afternoon which netted them over $500. Horses, dressed hogs, poultry, furniture, country produce and merchandise from the stores were among the contributions.

<> Douglas County Assessor K.W. White gave instructions to his deputies who will begin assessment work today. The deputies are A.T. McClure, east of Moses Coulee; E.R. Eikenberry, East Wenatchee; C.F. Atkinson, Mountain; J.M. Fellers, Waterville district; C.H. Hazelton, Mansfield; W.N. Galbraith, Bridgeport; D.J. Leahy, northeast district; William Ogle, town of Waterville; and J.J. McMullen, all other towns.

50 years ago — 1968

<> State aid of $129,727 for a Waterville School building project was approved this week by the Washington State Board of Education. The money and more than $600,000 raised locally will be used for a new elementary and high school building on the present school grounds. The project would make use of the present gymnasium and heating plant. The present building will remain in use until the new one is ready. It will then be torn down.

<> Boyd Gallaher, son of veteran North Central Washington aviator Herm Gallaher of East Wenatchee, was named Pilot of the Year at Thursday night’s Wenatchee Valley Pilots Association banquet.

25 years ago — 1993

<> Mike Good, son of Mel and Rosalie Good of East Wenatchee, recently graduated from ITT Technical Institute in Spokane with a 3.9 grade-point average. He is employed with an architectural firm in Richland as a computer drafter.

<> Benjamin Holly, a junior at Eastmont High School, served as a legislative page this spring in the Washington House of Representatives. He was sponsored by Rep. Dale Foreman, R-Wenatchee.

10 years ago — 2008

<> After a year’s absence, Waterville Days will once again have a parade. After Julie Warner asked around to find out why there wasn’t a parade last year, she learned that it was because nobody had volunteered to organize it. So Warner has taken charge of it. Warner said that she is trying to get as many participants as possible. “I’d love to get this to be a nice size parade,” Warner said. Lindsey Kelly, who is a junior at Waterville High School, is helping Warner to organize the parade as her senior project. Kelly will ask Mark Harle and his retired veterans motorcycle group to open the parade. Citizens of the Year Daniel and Sheila Miranda will serve as grand marshals, and Mayor Royal DeVaney will drive the town’s 1924 fire truck. Warner said that she also hopes children will ride decorated bicycles and that some people may join in with their pets. Asked why she chose the parade for her project, Kelly said, “I like to… see everybody come together as a group and be happy.”

<> WSU Extension is looking for 125 people to participate in a Walking to Wellness project in Waterville. “We are not looking for speed walkers, just people who want to put more physical activity into their day,” said Margaret Viebrock, WSU Extension educator.

<> Cindy Garrett, a member of Harmony Chapter No. 56, Order of the Eastern Star in Waterville, has been appointed Grand Organist for the state of Washington. She will be installed next month and a reception in her honor will be hosted by Harmony Chapter in October.