News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • F.H. Zentner has been appointed county agent for Douglas County. Zentner is a graduate of the Wisconsin State Agricultural College and until recently was manager of a 25,000-acre farm in the Bitterroot section of Montana.
  • The post office at Columbia Bar near Brewster has been closed.
  • Mrs. Gene Courtway of Waterville has the distinction of being the first female taxi driver in this part of the country.
  • A.L. Maltbie, a businessman of Waterville, is in Wenatchee today.
  •  The new Farmers State Bank has purchased the building formerly occupied by Mansfield State Bank and will open for business in about 10 days.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Ten girls and one boy made up the Wenatchee Daily World Scholastic Team at Eastmont High School this spring. They were Mary Hazen, Julie Neigel, Valerie Carpenter, Tana Cockrum, Marilee Davis, Karen Rosenberger, Linda Irwin, Roger Beeman, Linda Lannoye, Nancy Allen and Carolyn Schoffen.
  • Nearly 300 agriculture students from five high schools took part in a careers-in-agriculture day last month. Organizer Arthur Heideman of Eastmont High School believes it was the first of its kind event in the state.
  • Shannon McCarl was was named Girl of the Month this spring at Eastmont High School.
  • The Mansfield Homemakers met Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Bert KrangnesPam Hicks spoke on how to give a party for different age groups for her 4-H project on community leadership.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Shannon Ludeman and Aimee Viebrock, freshmen students at Waterville High School, served as pages in the Washington House of Representatives in Olympia during this spring’s legislative session. They were sponsored by Rep. Dale Foreman, R-Wenatchee.
  • Aaron Canwell of Brewster will be one of the 20 competitors in Saturday’s Upper Columbia Academy gymnastics exhibition at Brewster High School.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Some of the students in Waterville School’s fifth, sixth and seventh grade classes were at the North Cascades National Bank parking lot June 1 washing cars to raise money for an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. The trip is being organized by history teacher Tabitha Mires. Each student must raise $1,800 to make the five-day trip, which will occur during next year’s spring break. Mires plans to take the students to Williamsburg, Jamestown, the Smithsonian, various monuments, the White House and the Capitol building. In addition to the car wash, Mires and parents plan fundraisers that will include a movie screening at the Nifty Theatre, a community barbecue, a booth during Waterville Days and pulling rye for farmers during the harvest season.
  • The Mansfield Theatrical Company will stage a mega-musical version of the play “Nunsense” over the weekend. Diana Mickelson is the producer and set designer for the production and her husband Jim is the director. The cast includes Linda Bayless, Renee Bayless, Christy McGraw, Patty Peters, Mary Snell, Ric Bayless, Ken Peters, Heidi Tonseth, Lori Paine, Brooke Jenkins and Addie Tonseth.
  • The yard belonging to Gordon and Millie Reece has been chosen as Yard of the Month for May by the Waterville Tree Board.
  • Air Force Airman Mikayla L. Hammond has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She is a 2008 graduate of Eastmont High School.