News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • A.B. Dorsey bought 420 acres from Albert E. Long for $12,000.
  • Mrs. A.J. Hensel of Waterville returned home Saturday after a week’s stay with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H.D. Webb.
  • The farmers of St. Andrews are working hard toward erecting a 20,000 bushel elevator and so far have met with great success.
  • A new auto stage line operating between Spokane, Coulee City and Mansfield began operating today. It is being run by H.E. Hermanson.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Purchase of the Eastmont Shopping Center and plans to enlarge and improve it into a regional retail and service center were announced today. The 14-acre property and buildings were bought by an Eastside business and professional group called Eastmont Enterprises, headed by B.C. “Bud” Curtis.
  • This year’s Wenatchee Daily World Scholastic Team for Waterville High School included Donna Ogle, Judith Besel, Debbie Marney, Dan Slagle, Robin Johnson, Rick Smith, Randy Jordan, Karl D. Rejniak and Kirk Schmidtman.
  • Washington State University has granted Area Extension Agent John Lange a sabbatical year for study in the Netherlands. Lange has been with the Chelan County Extension office for four years. Before that he worked at the Waterville office for two years and at Yakima for 1½ years.


25 years ago — 1993

  • East Wenatchee resident Kevin Salter appeared in Eastern Washington University’s production of “Man of La Mancha.” Salter is a 1989 graduate of Eastmont High School and is the son of Rob and Cheryl Salter of East Wenatchee.


10 years ago — 2008

  • The Waterville High School graduating class of 2008 is shown in a group photo in the May 29 issue of Empire Press. Class members are Eka Megrelishvili, Ema Zuniga, Morgan Suppes, Katie Feenstra, John Jorgensen, Jakob Ludeman, Hector Rosiles, Andrew Pickett, Briell Thomsen, Erika Cuellar, Josie Grande, Jade Guilmo, Rainie Feenstra, Casey Tollackson, Eric Danielson, Bryan Thomsen, Jesse Greening, Ofe Velazquez, Matt Prpich, Laney Brown, Trisha Mandeville, Kasey Ramin, Bryan Davila, Ivan Jimenez, Isabel Arciniega and David Kope. Among the businesses and organizations offering words of support to the graduates were Bainbridge Manufacturing, Barnes Welding, Central Washington Grain Growers, Checkered Tablecloth, Coyote Pass Cafe, Dorsey & Sutor Insurance, Douglas County PUD, Douglas General Store, Evergreen Implement, Inc., Harrison Parts Supply, Highway 2 Brew, Johnson, Gaukroger, Drewelow & Woolett, PS, Mitchell’s Floral & Hardware, North Cascades National Bank, Odessa Trading Co., Port of Douglas County, Waterville Clinic & Ambulance, Waterville Family Grocery, Waterville Physical Therapy, Wishbone Catering and Western Farm Services. Commencement ceremonies took place May 31. Leading the class were valedictorian Laney Brown and salutatorian Bryan Thomsen.
  • An essay written by Waterville seventh-grader Ruby Capi in honor of a teacher from her past has taken top honors in a statewide “Teacher to Remember” contest, sponsored by the Washington Educators Association. Since first grade, Capi had a favorite teacher. She was Sandy Beardsley of Orondo. Beardsley taught Capi during first and fourth grades and was an important influence in Capi’s elementary years. Beardsley died in 2006. “I really wanted to win it because I felt it was something I needed to do for her,” Capi said. Capi’s essay took grand prize among 1,200 other entries. On June 2, Capi was recognized with a framed award and a $150 gift card.