News From Our Past

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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Marie Jetter of Bridgeport is assisting at the Mansfield Pharmacy this week.
  • T.W. Martin and E.A. Carroll have rented the Chris Olsen house on Silico Street in Mansfield.
  • E.A. Carroll and William Skully, auto men from Mansfield, are in Wenatchee today.
  • Arthur Cope of Mansfield, who is home on furlough, was in Wenatchee last night visiting friends. He is stationed at Camp Kearney, Calif.
  • Joe Tuttle, former pioneer newsman of Waterville, is now with the Tonasket Times. Tuttle was for years publisher of the Big Bend Empire and most recently he was with the Mansfield News.


50 years ago — 1968

  • Richard L. Stimpson has been appointed assistant superintendent of the Eastmont School District by the school board. He replaces Alvin M. Jannsen who will become superintendent this summer.
  • Two square miles of rangeland will be a lot more useful next season on the Fred Irmer farm north of Farmer as a result of a stock pond Irmer has just completed. The rangeland, on a south slope of Withrow hills, had no year-round water supply which made it difficult to distribute and keep enough cattle on it to utilize the available feed.


25 years ago — 1993

  • Longtime educator and counselor Jerry Robertson was honored with the Eastmont School District’s excellence in education award. Robertson retired last week after 30 years as a teacher, coach and counselor in the district, most recently at Eastmont High School.
  • Garth Hinderer, Pam Irmer, Brian Gooch, Lucus Willms and Teresa Bauer of Waterville High School participated in the Regional Envirothon competition held last month in Leavenworth. The Waterville team is among the winners moving on to the state competition being held this weekend at the Cispus Environmental Learning Center near Mount St. Helens.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Children filled the halls of Waterville’s Federated Church during the week of June 16-20 to take part in a pirate-themed Vacation Bible School. A photo published in the June 26 issue of Empire Press shows Josh Currier, 7, Ben Currier, 6, Hannah Currier, 4, and Jesse Hanry, 8, enjoying a hot dog dinner while they watch a slideshow presentation from the week’s program.
  • Mike Osborn of East Wenatchee began his first week as coach/director of the Wenatchee Fire youth soccer camp on June 16 when 30 kids showed up for camp at Eastmont soccer field. Osborn is a particularly skilled soccer player. Thirty years ago at Seattle Pacific University, he was on a team that won five national championships in NCAA Division II soccer.
  • On June 22, Father Juan Godina celebrated Mass for the first time at St. Joseph Parish in Waterville. Godina is associate pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee and will be present in Waterville to say Mass on Sunday mornings and on Holy days. He will also be present for confessions before Mass, for counseling and for performing other sacraments such as weddings and funerals.
  • Central Washington Grain Growers has chosen Rep. Mike Armstrong as its Legislator of the Decade for his work in securing several hundred miles of a railroad line for grain shipping in Eastern Washington. Armstrong was a key negotiator in the state purchase of the CW Branch rail line from Watco Companies, Inc. The rail line is located between Coulee City and Cheney.