News From Our Past

7/18/18: This column has been updated to correct an error with a name.


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


100 years ago — 1918

  • Mrs. William Dahlke returned to her home in Waterville Sunday after staying at the home of her son for the past week.
  • Jessie Strauffer of Waterville is in Wenatchee today visiting friends.
  • C.C. Baker recently sold a 160-acre ranch at Baird to Jesse Stark.
  • Malaga School held a picnic at Three Lakes Saturday and students fished and cooked their catch for lunch.


50 years ago — 1968

  • The Brewster City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance authorizing the sale of $35,000 in general obligation bonds for construction of a municipal airport.
  • Mrs. Gerald Dixon and her daughter Jeri Lynn have returned to Mansfield to live while her husband Sgt. Gerald Dixon is serving with the armed forces on duty overseas at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa.
  • Shown in The Daily World standing by one of the large basalt rocks that dot their ranch, Velmor Thomsen and his son Leroy discuss a rangeland problem. The Dyer Hill pair were chosen Cattlemen of the Year by the Douglas County Cattlemen’s Association.


25 years ago — 1993

  • With reluctance, Eastmont School Board members accepted the resignation of longtime educator and administrator Maryann Johnson Monday night. Johnson, 49, resigned after 22 years in the district to accept a position as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with the South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard.
  • The Witten-Mittelstaedt families will have their seventh annual reunion this weekend. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Douglas will have a special service, including communion, on Sunday with the Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. Charter members include John and Rebekah (Viebrock) Witten, who helped build the church in the early 1900s after coming to the United States from Germany. The church was dedicated in 1915. Other activities will include a potluck with a western theme, a flea market, a catered barbecue, and games including horseshoes and a treasure hunt for the entire family.


10 years ago — 2008

  • Waterville Days will be held this weekend. The event starts Friday with a spaghetti feed in Pioneer Park sponsored by the Douglas County Fire District 1 volunteers. Dinner entertainment will be provided by the Waterville Community Choir, the Brown Brothers Quartet and Troy “T-Bone” Lucas. Saturday’s activities will include a fly-in breakfast, horseshoe tournament, craft show, quilt show, car show and parade. Entertainment throughout the day will include Phantom Oscillator, a Waterville group started by Fred DeFord and Mariah Hasseltine.
  • The Waterville School Board approved the hiring of Laurie Riley as school nurse.
  • Eastmont Youth Baseball, a Cal Ripken Little League organization, together with Eastmont Parks and Recreation, has raised more than $100,000 to update the baseball facilities at Eastmont Memorial Park.
  • Wenatchee Valley College’s spring quarter President’s and Dean’s lists included Sunnie Koontz, Kandy Caballero, David Miranda and Lucas Prpich, of Waterville; and Aaron Lesky and Patricia Limon, of Orondo.
  • Tom and Phyllis Jess recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Tom Jess and Phyllis McLean were married on June 28, 1958 in Coulee City. The couple resided in Coulee City from 1958 to 1961. They lived in Waterville from 1961 to 2006 and then moved to East Wenatchee. They were owners-operators of Jess Ford Implement from 1961 to 1987. They retired to working the farm in 1987.